Learning to sew – Idea nº 1

No tutorials for me – The first great idea!

Tutorials are a great way to learn how to sew; you can see how things are made and you can reproduce that.

This is great, unless you are a lazy person like me. When I see tutorials I tend not to think, I only read and reproduce, not thinking about the process. This can lead to a numerous mistakes. I’ve spend hours undoing things because I didn’t read the tutorial properly and I didn’t think. I’ve made a wallet, a beautiful one by the way, but the cards holders…were in the wrong side. Yes, for real! They were inside the wallet and were not visible after sewing.

This way I’m not learning properly, so I decided that for 2 months I’ll only make experiences by my own!

I’ll think of stuff that I would like to make and I’ll do it! I know that it will lead to a lot of mistakes but I think that I will learn more this way.

I’ve already two projects in mind: Some place mats with various top stitches and a ruffle scarf with my beautiful cat’s fabric.

What do you think? How did you learn?

 

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Tutorial – Lace Shorts – DIY

Meet my new love!

My new lace shorts!

Tutorial - Lace Shorts DIY

While wandering through Pinterest I saw somebody using a lace shorts and I immediately fell with love with them. It was only somebody using, it was not a DIY or a tutorial, but I HAD to try it it!

With my new organization method, I finally had some time to sew! I used an old jeans, they had a huge hole in the knees (I spent a lot of time sitting) but were still good for a shorts!

This project is really easy and quick to do, so I thought why not sharing it? In 6 easy steps you have transformed an old jeans into this sweetie!

Let’s do this?

You will need:

  • Old shorts (with a great fitting)
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

Lace shorts tutorial – DIY

1. Mark the length 

First you have to mark the length. Try them on, find out the desired length and mark them two inches longer. You can use a chalk or a pen.

Marking the length

2. Cut both legs

Use pins to keep everything in place and cut! Don’t be afraid, you’ve left two inches longer so you can make adjustments!

One leg marked

3. Let’s adjust the fitting!

The best way to be happy with your new lace shorts is to be very careful. So, try them on, and fold right as you will like them to be. They can be shorter on the back, or in the front…you choose! Cut more if needed. Mark them with pin and undress. Be very careful with those pins!

Fold and Mark

4. Press, press, press

Now it’s time to press! Press very well because you will need to see that line that marks the fold. You have to press your lace shorts folded, so that when you unfold, you can the line.

press

5. Time for the lace!

Now you have to pin the lace! Unfold and in the wrong side of the shorts, adjust the limit of the lace to the folding line. Be sure that you put the right side of the lace together with the jeans! On this phase you will see the wrong side of the lace. In the picture you can see the wrong side, but still a pretty side 🙂

Pin very carefully through the leg.

Pin

In the end you will get this!

Preview

6. Now, the fun part! Sew!

Using a small stitch sew the lace to the shorts. Sew right in the beginning of the lace, right in the folded line. Remove pins while you sew.

Use any color thread you like, it won’t show up!

Sew

In the end, you will get this!

Close up

Do the same thing to the other leg and…. it’s done!

Try your new lace shorts one and fold them again, in the sewing line. The right part of the lace will be showing! Press them very well (while folded) and you will get a beautiful finish! (I haven’t press them yet in this image).

If you wish, you can sew the fold to the jeans. Use the original seam and sew them just a little bit. I don’t think it’s necessary because my lace shorts are very tight.

Tutorial - Lace Shorts DIY

So, what did you think? Are you gonna use this tutorial to make your new lace shorts? If you do make them, pleassssseee share it with me! I would love to see your creations!

I think that they are a great addition to my wardrobe, I can’t wait to summer to arrive, so I can use them!

This is my first tutorial, so please let me know any flaws or omissions that you find! I’ll listen to them and improve in the next tutorials!

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My new fabric – Cats!

Today I want to show you a new fabric that I’ve bought!

It’s a beautiful fabric with some cute cats in it! I love cats and when I saw this fabric, I just had to buy it.
In the photo you can’t see clearly, but this is very light fabric and I will use it to make a ruffled scarf!

I’ve already thought on some projects to share with you and the light scarf is one of them. I’ll make a tutorial for this and share it with you. I don’t know when yet, but soon, soon!
This is a very easy project, so it’s perfect for a beginner that wants to wear something they made. Bags, aprons and other stuff it’s great, but I see so much satisfaction in a scarf!

Is this a gorgeous fabric or what?

Cat Fabric

Cats! Cats! Cats!

Cat Fabric

Natural mode!

Cat Fabric

Cat Detail

 

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Finding time to sew – Get organized

I’m a full time worker and besides my primary job, I have another one.

I’m a web content writer (only in Portuguese), so I spend 11 hours outside my home working and driving, and another couple of hours working from home. At weekends I work, again, as a web content writer, so I guess you know where I’m going… I can’t sew…

But I know that I’m not the only one! Nowadays everyone is so busy that is very hard to find time to do enjoyable things. I really want to have time to myself, so I came up a plan! I’m a very organized person, I like everything in its place and now I have organized my life.

Do you want time for yourself too? I’ll tell you how I did it and you see if it works for you!

Choose the days your work (no, you can’t choose all)

In my full time job I’ve have to work from Monday to Friday, but I get home about 7 p.m. I used to write articles everyday including Saturdays and Sundays, but that is over now! I only write for work 4 days/week – Monday; Wednesday; Friday and Sunday. I’ve to work more on the other days of course, but this way I’ll be happier!

So now we’ve got 3 free days! We have a couple hours of Tuesday and Thursday and a full Saturday. In Tuesday I’ll just sew (yay!); on Thursday and Saturday I’ll sew and clean the house.

At the beginning this can be hard, because you will think “Oh! I’ll just sew a little thing… NO!” You’ve got to stick with the plan. If I remember something nice to sew I’ll just put it in my list (yes, I also have a list of things to sew) and wait for the next sewing day.

Separate your life into pieces and schedules like this can sound sad, but it’s the best choice to the people who have a very busy life. If you find space for everything and stick to it YOU WILL have time to sew (or do other things that you like)!

My lunch bag was made in 4 separate days… Everyday I sewed a little bit and finally my bag was made and you know what? I was happy!

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” (Charles Buxton)

It’s your turn to get organized!

Spend one hour sitting with a notebook in front of you, plan your day, remember everything that you’ve to do and make a routine!

If you are not fond of full routines you can reserve a “surprise day”, a free day when you are doing whatever you want. Actually, my sew day are also free days, I can do other things if I want but if I want to sew, I can, I have time for that!

How do you manage your time? Do you have a better way? Let me know!

Oh! New fabric!!! …and a lace!

Today I really need to show you the beautiful purchases that I’ve made!

I’ve just discovered a new shop that stands… right in the next door! Yes, I think I’m in trouble!

So, I bought fabric and a sweet lace!

Type by Windham Fabric

Type by Windham Fabric

 

Type by Windham Fabric

Type by Windham Fabric

 

Lace

Lace

 

Lace

Lace

 

I can’t wait to start making something with this beautiful  fabric! Now I just need time (don’t we all?)