Growing in sewing




A jumpsuit is the ultimate comfort outfit. Sometimes I envy babies who get to wear onesies all the time. This cozy jumsuit is great because I found a use for an old tank top that was too tight and too short to use anymore. You could also reuse old sweatpants, I might try that another time.

I was in “the zone” when making this one and didn’t take any pictures for a tutorial, so I’ve drawn a quick tutorial instead. Leave a comment if you want more info or if you need me to make a more complete tutorial.

To the tutorial!Image 1

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“Nurses Dress” Redesign

This is another dress I bought at a second hand store and decided to redesign. It originally looked like an old nurses dress. I forgot to take a picture. The design looked a lot like this: nurses dress. I started out by cutting out the back to make it a razor back and cutting of the sleeves. Then I added a multi-color ribbon to the edges and under the bust. I finished off by shortening the length. It’s perfect for a bike ride on my new bike (that my mother got me :)) on a warm summer day.





iPhone wallet

iPhone wallet

I recently got my first iPhone and of course needed something to protect it. Of course I was going to sew a case! I came up with the idea to use a micro-fiber cloth as the lining, to not only protect but to clean the glass at the same time. I have already made two and they only take about half an hour to make.

You will need:

About 20 x 20 cm of fabric (8×8 inches)

About 20 x 20 cm of micro-fiber cloth (one that is specifically for glass is probably best but I think any kind will do)

Velcro, buttons or whatever you want to use for the closure

Start by placing the phone on the fabric to decide what part of the pattern you want in case it has big flowers like my fabric did.

Then place the miro-fiber cloth back to back of the fabric. Use the phone to measure the width. Wrap the fabric around once and add seam allowances. Cut.

Cut lengthwise leaving about 2,5 cm (1 inch) above and below the phone. Place two pins for an opening about 4 cm (1,5 inches) on the right side. You don’t need to pin the rest if you’re using micro-fiber cloth. It will stay together by itself!

Sew around the fabric starting and stopping at the pins. Always place the micro-fiber side up or it might get caught in the feeding mechanism. Cut across the corners diagonally and turn the project inside out. Use a tool to get the corners out and iron the sides flat with the fabric side up.

Cut a strip of both fabric and micro-fiber that is about 4,5 cm (1,75 inches) wide and 8cm (3 1/8 inches) long. Sew around three sides leaves one short end open. Turn inside out and flatten by ironing.

Place the flap in the hole of the rectangle, turning in the seams, and sew across to secure the flap. Iron/sew on velcro pieces (or sew on buttons) on the flap and wallet. Be sure to place the rougher piece on the wallet so it doesn’t scratch your phone. Fold the fabric right side against right side and sew the sides together. Turn inside out, get the corners out and iron. Done!

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Sea Dress

I recently found three dresses in a thrift shop for about 40 kr (about 6 USD). They were all similar in the design but the fabric varied. They were all mid-calf length with a button down front, short sleeves and a collar. I forgot to take before-photographs which I wish I had done to show how different they turned out. I will remember to do it next time!

One of the dresses had a pretty funky polyester fabric in blue, green and turquoise. But the dress was a little big and there was just too much fabric so it was a little hypnotizing.

The first thing I decided was that I wanted the buttons to be on the back instead of in the front. I started out by turning the dress around on my mannequin and pulling it up so the seam that was at the waist came up to just under the bust. This got rid of a lot of extra fabric and also pulled up the hem to knee level. I needled the dress to the mannequin and just draw the neckline that I wanted. Then I took out my scissors and just cut away until it was just right. I did the same thing for the sleeves. The dress has a lining that I wanted to keep so I used my Serger to  fasten the two layers together. I sewed the shoulder seams and added darts to the bust. Then I folded under the seams and sewed them down with a straight seam. To finish off I added a cotton lace to the v-neck that I had laying around.

I’m pretty happy with the end result and wore it with heels on a date with my boyfriend.