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Hi folks! So today we are going to make a SUPER easy project that can even be made by a beginner no problem! This is a simple garbage bag for your car. Everyone need on of those right?! Okay let’s get started! Here is what you will need for supplies: Continue reading


IMG_5342Supplies:

1 yd ponte or interlock knit of your choice  ( I used a metallic leopard print ponte)

1 yd pattern paper

tape measure

measuring stick

scissors

thread

pins

sewing machine

IMG_5340Step 1:  Once you gather all your supplies the first thing you need to do is create a skirt sloper from your own measurements.  Get out the tape measure and measure the following:

waist (place the tape measure around the width of the smallest part of your waist)  ex. 29″

-You will divide your waist size by four.  ex. 29″ divided by 4 = 7.25″  This is the measurement your will plot on your pattern

hip (measure around the widest part of your hips)  ex. 40″

-Also divide your hip by four.  ex. 40″ divided by four = 10″

waist to hip  (measure the length between your your waist and hip)  ex. 9″

waist to knee  (measure the length between your waist and knee)  ex. 22″

See below how to plot your measurements on the pattern paper…  (the 1/2″ mark is to add a slight curve to the waist, all you need to do is measure 1/2″ above waist measurement and draw slight curved to line to connect two points.

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Measure down 3.5″ from top of each side of waist and draw a curved line to connect each side and cut along line.  This will create your waistband for the skirt.  (see pic above)

IMG_5343Step 3:

Place straight line of pattern on center fold of fabric.  If the fabric is a two way stretch like the one I picked make sure the fabric stretches in the right direction, you will want it to stretch across your hip width.  Just give the fabric a quick tug and you can tell which way it stretches, which is usually from selvedge to selvedge.  Only fold fabric over enough to cover pattern to make sure you have room to cut out the back of skirt too.  IMG_5344Step 4:

Repeat step 3 and now you have the back of your skirt.

IMG_5345Step 5:

Place the straight edge of your waistband pattern on center fold.  (make sure you fold the fabric so it is stretching across the width of the waistband.  Trace around patttern on top and side, then flip open to other side and trace again.

IMG_5347Step 6:

This is the shape your waistband will look like after your cut it out on the fold.  Take this piece and trace it on another folded piece of your fabric to make back of waistband.

IMG_5348To make is easy to understand here is what your two waistband pieces look like after you cut them and open them up.

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Pin the front and back skirt panels to each other right sides facing.  Also, pin waistband pieces to each other right sides facing and stitch closed along each side where you pinned them together.

IMG_5351You can use the triple stretch straight stitch (see pic) to sew the sides up or you can use your zig zag stitch if your machine does not have this stitch.

IMG_5352Step 8:

Sew along your seam with a zig zag stitch to finish seams and trim off excess seam allowance on all sewn edges.

IMG_5353Step 9:

Now that your side seams are all nicely finished fold your waistband over wrong sides touching each other.

IMG_5356Step 10:

Place waistband inside waist of skirt with all raw edges up.  Pin in place and stitch.

IMG_5357This is what it should look like inside skirt after you sew in waistband.  Finish seams with zig-zag stitch and trim excess seam allowance.

IMG_5368Step 11:

You are almost done!  Just need to hem the bottom of skirt.  Fold under egde twice and stitch down.

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IMG_5376Hope you enjoyed this easy pencil skirt tutorial!  We would love to see your project photos!  Please post on our Facebook Fanpage.

Happy Sewing!


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Paper piecing is a great way to use up some of the smaller pieces of fabric in your stash! I recently learned how to paper piece and have become kind of obsessed with trying new patterns! I decided it was finally time to try making my own pattern, and came up with this simple arrow block. I think it turned out pretty cute, and it takes no time at all!

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We’ve been a little obsessed with Grainline Studios’ patterns lately. I myself have made three Pocket Tanks already! They sew up so fast and are a super comfy staple for the spring wardrobe! I personally have omitted the pocket on all the Tanks because of where it falls on me, but I thought adding another little detail would be nice. I figured I’d give Pin Tucking a try.

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Hello folks! Today we are making a simple apron with a fun St. Paddy’s Day twist! This is a great project for an advanced beginner.

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