Monday, July 21, 2014

Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns Summer Pattern Tour 2014

Pattern Tour, 50% off COUPON 

Hi everyone!! I am THRILLED to announce our 1st ever sewing pattern TOUR!! Geez, what took me so long, right?! I have teamed up with 12 AMAZING sewing bloggers and they are going to show you what you can make with one of our summer sewing patterns! You are going to be inspired to GO SEW something modern and fresh for your closet today!!  I hope you follow along each day as these ladies show off their skills and their chic new clothes and stop by their blogs and let them know how AWESOMELY TALENTED they are!

Enter our GIVEAWAY below or on any of these ladies' sites!! 3 WINNERS will each receive 5 FREE Seamingly Smitten sewing patterns of their choice ($40 value)!! (Winners will be announced here on the blog, on facebook and via email on Saturday, July 26th, 2014.)

AND - use COUPON code: PATTERNTOUR50 to save 50% off your ENTIRE sewing pattern purchase in our pattern shop HERE!! Offer valid 7/21-7/25 ONLY, so HURRY!

Monday, July 21st - Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Tuesday, July 22nd - Gloria from Gloria June
Jenny from Uku Chic
Erin from Crafty Biggers

Wednesday, July 23rd - Jen from Eat Sleep Make
Emily from Lady and the Gents
Sabra from Sew a Straight Line

Thursday, July 24th - Lynn from Bebelambs
Ula from Lulu and Celeste

Friday, July 25th - Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch
Jessica from Snickerdoodle Stew

Giveaway Time!! Be sure to enter so you might WIN!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Burlap Coffee Sack Tote Sewing Tutorial by Seamingly Smitten

Want to sew a BURLAP coffee sack into a TOTE?
I found this awesome burlap coffee sack in an antique shop in New Orleans a few months ago for $5! With that price tag I had to have it! The colorful bird reminded me of summer time and I though I could turn it into a large tote - to carry beach towels! Read more for a full tutorial!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Simple Skirt sewing pattern NEW RELEASE!

Have you seen our latest skirt sewing pattern? For years I thought about making a skirt pattern, but I wanted it to be GREAT, not just your basic skirt. I wanted it to have options and this one does!

Check out this easy skirt sewing pattern for WOMEN!

You can make 12 skirts with this pattern! Your options include a short skirt, high-low hem skirt or maxi skirt, pockets, a foldover waistand with elastic or a separate waistband with elastic inside. You will be BLOWN AWAY by what you can easily make with this!
This one pattern will give you skirts that can last all year long!
Try it in cotton, knit, corduroy, seersucker, poly, poly blend, voile, rayon and MORE!!

It comes in sizes 0-26 (XS-XXL) and includes petite, regular and tall hem lengths and petite and regular widths. Get yours today - SHOP HERE!

Check out our pattern tester photos!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

DIY Slip - How to sew a slip

How to sew a slip

This season there are so many sheer tops and sheer dresses showing up in stores. The trouble is that you need to wear something underneath those sheer tops and dresses!

I just got this silk sheer dress last weekend but all I had was a white camisole/tank top - which would not work and clearly you can see right through it :) So a slip is going to be perfect!

Since I want to wear this dress tonight I had to take action and make a slip today! I went to JoAnn's fabric and bought an ecru knit that was $5.99 a yard - on sale for $2.99 - and I bought one yard. The fabric was 60 inches wide.

Here's a tutorial so you can easily sew a slip for yourself!

TUTORIAL: How to sew a slip (size XS is shown)

1. Gather materials: 1 yard of 60" wide knit fabric, measuring tape, scissors, pins, fabric marker, ballpoint needle, thread, sewing machine, camisole/tank that fits you

2. Measure the length from the top of your shoulder to the top of your knee (you can measure higher or lower here as needed) Write that down. My measurement is 29 inches (I'm petite)

3. Fold your camisole in half so you are looking at the front of it. Take the right selvaged edge of your knit and fold it over towards the left until you can lay your camisole on the fabric, along the fold.

4. Trace around the bust, underarm and down the side of the camisole one inch away from the side. (HINTS: I do not want my slip skin tight like a camisole, so I added an inch of width. I also rounded off the upper bust into a slight curve so the binding will sew on easier. Measure from the top of the straps to the final length you want your slip to be plus 1 inch. (Mine was 29 inches long, so I measured down 30 inches.) Continue tracing down the side until you reach that mark. Then draw a line perpendicular to the fold for your slip's bottom hem.

5. Cut around your drawn lines. Repeat until you have 2 pieces for your slip.

6. Cut two straps 1.5 inches wide by the length of your camisole straps plus 1 inch for each.

 7. Lay your slip pattern pieces right sides together and pin down ONE side seam.

8. Pin each strap in half right sides together (so they are each 3/4 inch wide) and pin down each long side.

9. Sew along the pinned edge of your slip using a 3/8 inch seam allowance and a slant stitch or zig-zag stitch and both your straps using a 3/8 inch seam allowance and a straight stitch (just increase the stitch length so the fabric does not pucker).

 Serge if desired. Trim threads. Turn straps right side out. Press straps and press seam of the slip open with an iron.

10. Spread out your slip right side up. Measure across the top border of your slip and add 2 inches. I need 33 inches + 2 inches = 35 inches. Cut a piece of knit 1 inch wide by the length you need. I need 35 inches. This is your binding.

11. Fold your binding in half and pin your binding from one side to the other along the top of your slip with right sides together. Sew along your pinned edge using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press binding up with an iron and press the seam down towards the bottom of the slip.
Topstitch 1/8 inch below the binding seam to secure the binding in place with a straight stitch.

12. Lay your slip right sides together and pin down the remaining side seam. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

13. Pin straps on the inside of the slip at the front and back according to the strap placement on your camisole tank. You want the raw edges to overlap the binding seam 1/4 an inch.

14. Sew on each strap.

15. See the difference? Now go out and WEAR it!!

Love it? Pin it!