pattern fusion // zippy top turned DIY jumpsuit

I made this jumpsuit a few weeks ago and I have been living in it. It’s soooo comfortable! I guess I never thought about how comfortable a jumper would be! And since it is made out of knit, it’s extra comfy. I’m thinking I will get a lot of use out of this jumpsuit in the summer. It almost feels like a maxi dress in how cool and lightweight it is, if that makes sense.

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This is another Pattern Fusion, which means it’s super easy to make! The two patterns are my Zippy Top pattern and the Go To Patterns Go To Knit Pants, which are, consequently, two of my favorite patterns to sew and wear! It only makes sense to sew them together!

So let’s make a jumpsuit!

DIY jumpsuit tutorial

Materials:
-2-3 yards of knit fabric
-one 16″ zipper (or longer)

 

1. Sew up view B of the Go To Knit Pants. The only modification we are making is to the waistband. Instead of cutting the waistband on the fold, cut 4, adding seam allowance where the fold would be. Sew waistband pieces together at the short ends and press seam allowance open. Then stack waistband pieces with wrong sides together and sew to top of pants. The top of the waistband will still be open. This is where you will insert your elastic later.

 

2. Cut the Zippy Top pieces from fabric. Drop the front neckline into a V-neck and make new facings.

3. The back facing will be the one in the pattern with the zipper extension removed.

4. The new front facing should be made by drawing down 1.5″ on either side of the neckline. Round the bottom and cut on the fold.

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5. Sew up zippy top normally, but insert zipper into the front.

6. Do not hem zippy top.

7. Now is a good time to try on the zippy top and pants together to find the right length. You will have to trim the zippy top into a curve, as shown below.

8. Sew waistband and zippy hem together with right sides together. Leave a small opening so you can insert elastic.

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9. Close the casing and you’re done!

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Fine Art Print Giveaway with Lysha Cole!

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I’m really excited to introduce you to this gorgeous art shop today! Lysha Cole is an online art gallery full of pretty things!

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Alysha creates colorful abstract art canvases and prints! I pretty much love all of them, the colors are perfect and I can think of a million places to hang them in my house!


So much eye candy!!

I think this one below is my favorite, it’s just so interesting and pretty!

But this one is a close second!

 

 

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paper bag skirt tutorial

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I’ve made a few paper bag skirts before, but never one in the same color as a paper bag! I found the right fabric and made this simple, comfy skirt in about a half an hour. The paper bag effect is made with elastic to cinch it up like a crumbled paper bag. It creates a ruffle at the top and is so pretty.

So let’s make this!

Paper Bag Skirt Tutorial

Paper Bag Skirt Tutorial

Materials:

-2 yards Kona Cotton Bisque
-1″ elastic

Pattern pieces:
-pockets, cut 4: 10″ by 8″
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Draft your skirt pieces using your measurements.
Width= waist X 1.7
Length= waist to knee(or desired length) + 3

Instructions:

Cut fabric piece based on above calculations. Cut in the width in half.

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Sew pockets to skirt sides with right sides together 5″ from the top.

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Press open.

 

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Sew skirt together along side seams, pivoting at the pockets.

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Sew pockets together 1″ at the top and about 3″ at the bottom.

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Finish seam allowances, and top and bottom of skirt.

Press under 2.5″at the top of the skirt and sew a casing. For the casing, sew 1″ below the top fold of the skirt and then again at 2.25″. Leave a small opening on the lower stitch to thread elastic through. Use 1″ elastic as long as your waist measurement – 1-2″ and thread it through using a safety pin.

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Sew elastic ends together and finish casing. Hem skirt and you’re done!

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Paper Bag Skirt Tutorial

Measure Twice, Cut Once Tee (order 1 or 2 sizes up!)

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4 ways to make your own clothing labels with HPx360

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I’ve partnered with HP to introduce their x360 laptop/tablet. HP is on tour with Meghan Trainor for her All About That Bass Tour!

 

Today I am sharing 4 quick tutorials to make 4 types of custom labels, inspired by the HP x360’s 4 modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand! Clothing labels add such a special touch to handmade items! I love them because they are really cute and make a project looked more “finished” or store-bought. They are perfect for branding your items or just adding a finish to a gift. And there are lots of great ways to make them yourself, I have FOUR favorites.

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The HP x360 is a nifty device. It has a touch screen, which my kids (and I) love. They have been trying to get our old computers to be touch screens for a while now. The 360 in the name comes from the fact that the screen can flip 360 degrees around! It’s so cool! So I can be a laptop, a tablet, a gaming screen or set up to stream video. I’ve been so impressed with this device, it has all the capabilities of a tablet, including apps for things like weather, etc. And also, everything you need in a laptop. And YOU CAN TOUCH THE SCREEN.

It is kinda perfect for my sewing room, too. I can set it up to stream while I’m sewing, or scroll while I’m looking at blogs or tutorials.

Four is a great number! All four of my DIY sewing label tutorials are washable and inexpensive to make! There are 4 different ways to make them for 4 unique looks to fit any sewing project. I’m excited to slap some screenprinted “HANDMADE” labels on quilts and the smaller ones in clothing and on accessories.

Here are my FOUR ways to make your own clothing labels:

  1. Printed Labels
  2. Custom Stamped Labels
  3. Screenprinted Labels
  4. Fabric Pen Labels

DIY clothing labels

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1. Fabric printed clothing labels

I shared my label secret a few years back in this post. I finally printed some updated ones and I have some more tips to share to get these perfect. This method is simple: design your logo or design on a computer and either print it yourself or have a fabric printing company do it.

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  • Design labels in Photoshop, Picmonkey or other design software
  • Upload design to Spoonflower, or another fabric printing service and have it printed
  • (You can print from home, too with photo fabric paper, however the designs won’t be washable.)
  • Cut along edges of labels and press under top and bottom 1/4″
  • Press fusible interfacing to the back
  • Stitch along top and bottom about 1/8″ from edge of label
  • You can do multiple at once by sewing them onto a chain and then clipping the threads later.
  • Press sides under 1/4″
  • When you are ready to sew the label onto a project pin sides to project and stitch along each side edge. Backstitch at start and stop.

Tips

  • My labels measure 1.75″ tall by 3″ wide and I made a design with 6 colors.
  • One yard of fabric will get you about 300 labels when printed at this size.
  • Here is what my file looked like for these:

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And printed with a basic repeat on basic combed cotton:

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2. Custom stamped clothing labels

My newest toy is a custom stamp with my logo on it! It’s just a rubber stamp that I ordered from a seller on etsy. I uploaded a design and had them make it. However, you can also use letter stamps to stamp out words and phrases, or use a store-bought stamp with a picture or graphic on it, like a heart or cute phrase.

You need special ink for this, fabric ink. I use something similar to this product. It is washable and I’ve had the same bottle for over 6 years now and it’s still good! I don’t use it super often, but it lasts. The fun thing about stamps like this is that you can stamp directly on your project or even make “fabric” with your stamp and fabric ink!

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Instructions:

  • Stamp scraps of fabric with logo design
  • Trim edges leaving an extra 1/4″ or more around your design
  • Fuse lightweight interfacing to the back
  • Fold all edges under 1/4″ and press well
  • When you’re ready to use, pin and sew to your finished project!

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3. Silkscreened labels

I’ve always loved screenprinting and I have shared some of my printed projects before. I had never printed labels though, and I’m not sure why! I love these! I just used things I had on hand: bright pink ink and fabric scraps and the result is a very handmade looking label! Screenprinting is great because when your screen gets old and kinda dirty from old ink, it leaves imperfections that cannot be replicated any other way. Each label turned out slightly different from the others.

You’ll need a few supplies for this: a screen, ink, a squeege and vinyl or tape. Here is a great starter kit for under $50.

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  • To screenprint labels, cut your design out on a vinyl sheet using an electronic cutter or small craft blade
  • I recommend cutting out a few to each sheet so you get more labels each time you screen. I cut 4 for these.
  • Attach to a silkscreen and fill in all the gaps with masking tape
  • Screen ink through the screen and print as many labels as you want!
  • The ink must be heat set, you can do that as you iron the interfacing to the back of the label.
  • For a more in-depth tutorial on screenprinting click here
  • Tips: Cut out words backwards to make sure they show up correctly when you screen the ink through

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My design here is about 3″ by 3″ so these are nice big labels that I plan to use on quilts.

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Screen the ink through the screen and onto your fabric!

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Cut out labels and fuse interfacing to the back.

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Fold over edges to give your label a nice border and press.

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Stitch around and onto a project!

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4. Permanent Fabric Pen Labels

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These labels use a basic fabric pen found at many craft stores. It’s a permanent wash-safe marker, I use the one made by Dritz! I like the idea of being able to make just ONE label because you can write specific notes to people, add care instructions, etc.

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  • For these labels, you can write directly on your project or make a little label with scrap fabric and write on that.
  • Use interfacing again and fold over all edges at least 1/4″ and press
  • Sew around the edges
  • Add your message, pictures or care instructions
  • For these, I sewed the first label onto another scrap of fabric, using pinking shears around the edges, just for an extra pop of color!

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And there you go! FOUR ways to make clothing labels to go with the HP x360’s FOUR modes! I hope this post inspired you to make your own labels!

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SEWERS GONNA SEW tees!

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I’m so excited to release these new tshirts! If you follow on instagram, facebook or subscribe to my newsletter you have probably already seen them!

These shirts feature a cute calligraphy design that says “Sewers Gonna Sew” with a needle graphic! I love them! There are two colors to choose from: heather grey or mauve. Size small is already sold out in Heather Grey, but I put those on backorder if you still want one!

 

 

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A note about shirt sizing:

The Sewers Gonna Sew tees are printed on Unisex size shirts, or men’s sizing. I normally wear a size Medium in women’s and these shirts I am wearing are size Small. I recommend sizing down one for a good fit. This sizing is similar to the sizing for the Sewing Machine Graphic Tees.

The Measure Twice, Cut Once tees are printed on women’s sizing that runs a little small, so in the photos I am wearing a size Large. Sorry about the sizing discrepancies! But I hope this helps you get a good fit!

All shirts are made, designed and printed in the USA on 100% cotton shirts! (Heather Grey is 90% cotton, 10% polyester)

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