Finally a new addition to my wardrobe! It’s been a quick minute since I’ve made any clothing for myself and I thought it was about time. The latest piece to my closet is a duster cardigan in a salt and pepper knit fabric. This cardigan has been on my mind since I saw blogger Mimi G make it and I’m so stoked to have one of my own now!
This duster was made with pattern New Look #6735. The pattern is for a regular cardigan but, I altered it to add length.I decided that I wanted my duster to fall to my ankles so it wouldn’t have a chance to drag. The duster has three buttons down the front, belt loops and a black canvas belt. The knit fabric was 6$ a yard, which I got 2 of, and the black canvas was 8$ a yard which I used only a small piece of. The New Look pattern I got for 4$ downtown at Michael Levine a year ago and it most likely is still just as cheap.
I absolutely love this piece. It’s so stylish and dramatic; a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I urge you to check out Mimi G’s video for a great tutorial on this custom duster cardigan and sew what’s in your wardrobe. I look forward to wearing mine more as the weather gets cooler and in the meantime I’ll just use it as my morning robe! 😀 ❤
The latest episode of Let’s Sew is up. More live streaming of tracing, cutting, and sewing to be had for all! Once I complete this bag I will continue with the video series but, not only live stream. That way for those who prefer videos that aren’t hours long will have something as well. Check it out and subscribe to my Youtube channel for updates on when I go live and post! ❤
Let’s Sew – Episode 2 – Making a Handbag
Video series where I share my projects and progress with you! ❤ Watch as I continue making a handbag out of teenage mutant ninja turtles cotton fabric!
Catch me live streaming Episode 3 tomorrow on Youtube! And check out my past projects here on MachineLove.
The beginning of my new series “Let’s Sew”, where I live stream projects and share my progress.
Watch me make a handbag and show you how it’s done! Part 1 is here. Check it out and catch me tomorrow May 22nd, live streaming part 2 @ 1:30 pm pacific time on youtube. Link below!
Using TMNT fabric. I got that turtle power!!
Hello there! Happy 2016 to you! It’s already three months into the new year and time is just zooming. I had my sweet somethings in February and some green beer last week, so now I’m ready to share with you what I’ve been working on.
Last time we touched base I was gearing up for a little event called Burning Man. I had such an amazing time out there in Black Rock City and I did indeed end up giving away the two light jackets I made in my last post to two wonderful burners (you know who you are! <3). Since getting back from the desert, which was in September, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a bit of a slump.
Unhappiness with my current job and an unwillingness to fully make up my mind about whether to continue school has kept me in a constant state of angst, exasperation and uncertainty. I continue to tell myself that crafting is what I enjoy the most yet, I find myself dwindling from my sewing machine.
In an attempt to steer myself back to my love for all things crafty, I decided that what I really needed in my life was… sweet handbags! (>*o*)>
Yes! Months ago I found this fabulous handbag pattern at Michael Levine. I took it home and put it with my other patterns only to forget about it. Well, later I decided that I wanted to start designing my own fabric. So I took a wicked drawing of a pirate my brother drew and manipulated it in Adobe Photoshop to make a fabric design. After I was happy with the design, I had this company called Spoonflower print and ship my fabric to me. I loved it so much I knew I had to make my first handbag out of it.
I named the fabric Pirate on the High Seas and as seen above, I chose to go with a salmon color. I knew my friend Danielle would absolute love the fabric too, so I gave her the bag for her birthday. The bag was such a hit that her grandmother requested I make one for her in a leopard print. I obliged and this is the end result of that fly LEOPARD BABYYY! 😀
For these handbags I used pattern #M6532 by McCall’s. Each bag called for two zippers; one for the top opening and a convenient zipper pocket in the front. For the lining, bottom, inside pockets and handles of each bag, I used a black duck canvas I got for $8 a yard. The custom fabric I used on the first bag was printed on Kona cotton for $15 a yard. The leopard cotton fabric was purchased for $10.75 a yard and I used fusible interfacing that cost $2.50 a yard. All fabric, besides the Kona cotton, I bought from Michael Levine in downtown LA.
Now this leopard bag is ready to be gifted! I was really excited about how the bags turned out and I will continue to make these in custom fabrics and assorted colors. If you don’t have the time to make a bag but would like your own Warp Candy Bag <3, check out my online store. Link on my About page. I’ll be listing bags up there as soon as they are complete, so feel free to browse. Thanks for staying with me MachineLovers. Catch you later!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and that you had a good weekend. Last week was a lot of fun for me as I got to celebrate birthday wishes with friends and caught a Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins show. It was tons of fun! I grew up with both artists’ music but I was never an avid fan of either until recently. Both of their new albums have great music and I appreciate them more as artists now that they are older and still making sounds they love. I had a great time but now I’m ready to get back to work and make some stuff… I’m on a roll over here!
It’s been such a nice summer so far here in LA that I was compelled to make some sweet shorts to go with my summer wear. If you didn’t catch my post last week, one of my goals this year is to have my wardrobe completely handmade. Making your own clothes really gives your wardrobe an edge and authenticity you can’t find with bargain bin clothes or high-end designer wear. You’ll soon realize that your handmade clothes are more valuable than any store-bought clothes because they are one of a kind, made by you! Sew what’s in my wardrobe these days? I’ve been slowly adding to it and this pair of shorts is my latest addition. Check it out! 😀
If this fabric looks familiar to you it’s because it’s the same fabric I used to make a bolster cushion a few weeks ago. You can check out that post here. I really love this fabric and knew that I wanted to make some clothes with it. I decided to make a pair of shorts I could accessorize for any occasion. A big factor for me when going out is not worrying about carrying my belongings. I don’t enjoy carrying purses when I go out on the town, especially in Hollywood. For me, a good pair of pockets can double as my purse. This is something I’m always considering when making my own wardrobe; functionality. Besides the piece of clothing looking great, how else can I utilize it? The fabrics’ design is classy enough that I can pair these shorts with heels and go out for cocktails or just roam around the neighborhood for a nice stroll.
If you recall, I got this fabric at about 6$ a yard from Joann’s. After making the bolster cushion, I still had enough of that yard left for this pair of shorts. I’m still in the process of learning how to make my own patterns, so for this particular pair I used a store-bought pattern. I picked up this Butterick pattern at Michael Levine’s I believe. I don’t recall the price but you should be able to find it online with the pattern number. I’ve made a few pieces with these already and as the packaging says, they are fast and easy. This was originally a pattern for pocketed pants. I loved how the pants I made with this pattern turned out that I thought it would be a great idea to alter it for some shorts. I used an elastic band ($1.25 a yard) to secure the waist and trimmed a good amount of the pattern for the shorts.
Sewing and designing your own clothes isn’t hard. It just takes patience and consistency, but everyone is capable of this skill and should take full advantage of the benefits of knowing how to sew your own clothes. Don’t be intimidated by the machine, it’s there to make your job easier! And if you’re hand sewing your clothes, I applaud you because this takes much more patience but it gets the job done too!
This concludes the latest Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe? I love these pocketed shorts and will continue to build my collection. As always I encourage you all to make your own clothes and sew what’s in your wardrobe too! 😉 Thanks again for joining me and please share any sweet pieces you are currently working on. I’d love to see them! Until next time, take care MachineLovers!
It’s here! I am pleased to finally bring you this tutorial on how to make bias tape without a tape maker (and with 😉 ). When I first began learning how to sew and more importantly how to manipulate fabric; I didn’t have all the sweet tools I was coming across in all the video tutorials I found online. Many of these tutorials on how to make bias tape were helpful but, it would have been nice to come across a guide that was for a sewer like myself; one who didn’t quite have all the helpful tools for their projects yet. While making bias tape without a tape maker is not a difficult task to accomplish, it does require a little more attentiveness and I hope this tutorial will help you in your effort to make beautiful bias tape!
What the heck is bias tape?!
I didn’t know myself up until about two years ago what bias tape was. Once I discovered how to use it though, it not only improved the quality of my work but I now enjoy making it! Bias tape is pieces of fabric sewn together in a long strip. It can be utilized in a number of ways such as the finish for raw edges, going around corners and as decoration. Use it to finish quilts, collars, pant bottoms, just about anything you’d like. Pre-made bias tape can be bought in craft stores or online but, being able to produce your own opens up a greater world of creativity for your work. You get to pick the fabric and the size; the possibilities are endless! I’ve read some bloggers state that bias tape is not necessary but, believe me, you will see the quality of your work improve when you take the time to utilize it.
What You’ll Need:
- Fabric of your choice (how much tape will you need for your project? the bigger the project the more tape you’ll need and the more fabric.)
- Rotary cutter; if no cutter try with scissors
- Rotary mat
- Chalk or something to mark your measurements with
- Your Machine ❤
This tutorial is catered to those who don’t have a store bought bias tape maker, however, I will be including directions for utilizing this tool as the steps come up. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a maker just skip these steps and continue on. Also, I wanted to share that in my experience with making bias tape, in regards to ironing, I have never accidentally burned or singed myself while using the iron. I know that this can be a concern for some but, it is possible to keep a safe distance while ironing and still produce a beautiful tape. Don’t get discouraged; I find making bias tape a fun challenge now and I hope you’ll feel the same. Once you have all of your materials and you’ve designated a table top for your work area, we’re ready to get started!
Step 1) Find and fold along the bias
Lay out your piece of fabric on the rotary mat, or on your table top if using scissors. Let’s find the bias so we can cut and make our strips for the tape. The bias is the diagonal line of direction across woven fabric. Cutting along this line of direction gives our fabric a nice stretch; key for going around edges and corners. Once you have your fabric laid out, grab one of the corners and bring it down over the top, making a nice fold as pictured above. This is where we will cut to make our bias tape.
How big do you want your tape?
No matter how big your tape, it will be folded into four equal parts and only a quarter of the size will be seen when attached to your work. So let’s say you’re finishing up a quilt and you decide you want the border to be 1 inch wide. For a 1 inch wide border you would cut your bias strips 4 inches wide (1 inch x 4 = 4 inches). Or maybe you’re making a shirt and you want the collar to be half an inch (.5 inches), then you’ll cut your strips 2 inches wide (.5 inches x 4 = 2 inches). Maybe you want your bias tape to be smaller and you want the finish to be 5 millimeters wide, then you would cut your strips 2 centimeters wide. (5 mm x 4 = 20 mm / 20 mm = 2 cm) When using a bias tape maker it may very in terms of the measurements they use. For the bias tape kit I have it uses millimeters and states the size on the maker. However, the size it states is half the size of the strip needed. Again, these measurements will vary from maker to maker but I just wanted to share my experience with the tools I use.
Step 2) Mark your measurements and cut
Once you’ve decided how big you want your tape to be, it’s time to measure and cut. I want my bias tape to have a finish of half an inch, so I will be cutting my strips 2 inches wide. Grab your chalk and ruler to help you measure. For the first cut, since the fabric is folded here, we will measure and mark half the size we need, so when we unfold it, we will have the exact size we want. This is just for the first cut; after this, continue to measure the rest of the strips the full size, which for me, is 2 inches.
Mark your fabric and with your rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors, continue to cut your strips along the bias. Don’t be shy about using the smaller pieces at the end, these all can be used for the tape as well. Try your best to cut each strip exactly the same length, it will make it much easier for you when connecting them later.
Step 3) Connect your strips together; pin and cut!
Look at all these awesome strips we have! Now let’s connect them. How you connect them is very important. When I made my first bias tape it was for a collar on a shirt (shown below). I was so excited about making it that, as I was pinning and sewing away, I didn’t realize I had sewn one of my strips to the wrong side.
Mistakes are going to happen, so just make sure your fabric is facing the right way when pinning them together before you sew.
How we determine this is by laying down one of our strips, front side up. Next, grab another strip and lay it on top of the first one near the ends; front sides of the fabric facing each other, like so.
Cut off the excess tips so you have nice square edges.
Great, now pin these two pieces together. We will be sewing from the bottom left of the strips, vertically up the middle to the top right corner. Place your pins parallel to this line.
Now, grab the strip on top and bring it down, folding it over the pins, as shown below. When folded, the second strip should now have the front side of the fabric facing up as well. You can now pin on your next piece, following the same steps. Repeat this until every strip is used and pinned together. See photos below for examples.
Step 4) Sew your strips together; get that iron hot too!
Yay! Now that we have all of our strips pinned together, it’s time for some machine love! Load your machine up with some thread, minding the thread tension. Sew along the middle of the pinned strips. Once sewn, go ahead and cut off the excess fabric, as shown below.
Next, fold the strip back over and turn it wrong side up. Open up the flaps of the stitch and iron them.
Continue this at every pinned section until all strips are sewn together. You should end up with nice pressed stitches connecting every strip.
Step 5) Make friends with your iron
Look at us now!!! We have our tape nearly done, woohooo! This long strip we’ve sewn together will now have to be folded and ironed. My strip is 2 inches wide and will yield a half an inch wide tape. So I will be folding both sides of the fabric over half an inch. Grab both sides of the fabric, folding inward, meeting them in the middle, as shown.
I find it helpful to use my index and middle finger, one on either side of the tape. Iron the tip and once you do, use the ring and pinky finger as well to hold down more of the fabric at a time while staying away from the iron.
Continue this until you have ironed both sides down the entire length of your sewn strips. Is it starting to look more like a tape? 🙂 Once you’ve folded and ironed all of your tape, we just have one last fold to make!
Have a bias tape maker?
I wanted to include this just in case someone was looking for a tutorial that does utilize the bias tape maker. The benefit of having a bias tape maker is that it folds the fabric for you as you iron, instead of you having to fold and hold it yourself. As I mentioned early, a kit will usually come with various sizes of makers but, it may also come with a tool called an awl. This tool is simply used for pushing the fabric through the bias tape maker. If you don’t have an awl, a long needle will do just find.
First step is to feed the tip of the fabric (wrong side up) into the wider side of the maker; curving the sides up a bit to fit snugly through the opening. Make sure you’re using the right size maker for your strips. Once you have the the tip partially in the opening, use the awl (or needle) to push the fabric the rest of the way through. Do this by utilizing the long opening at the top of the bias tape maker, as shown.
One you’ve pulled the fabric through start ironing your tape. Use the hook at the top of the maker to continue to pull the fabric through it. Continue this until you have completed the entire length of the tape.
Step 6) Where many have gone before: The Final Fold
This isn’t a necessary step but, I believe pressing a middle fold can be useful. It can be used as a guide when attaching it to another piece of fabric. Take your already folded bias tape and fold it one more time, right down the middle. Press the fold with the iron and continue this until your entire piece of tape is folded.
When you open the tape after pressing it, you should see three creases separating four parts of your strip. Did you press it all? Great! That’s it, you’re done! You made your very own custom bias tape. Pretty sweet! 🙂 ❤
That completes this tutorial on how to make bias tape without a tape maker, and with. I hope you found these steps to be helpful and I wish you continued success in attempting to make your own bias tape. I do sincerely have a lot of fun making bias tape, however a pain it may seem, hahaa! 😉 In my next tutorial I will show you how to attach your custom bias tape to your projects. Stay tuned MachineLovers! ❤