see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:27:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 DIY Lace Overlay Tee http://seekatesew.com/diy-lace-overlay-tee/ http://seekatesew.com/diy-lace-overlay-tee/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10869 We at Pattern Anthology thought it might be fun to do a little pattern hack blog hop between our blogs featuring the 8 days a week collection. There are so many simple ways to customize the patterns! My hack is a simple lace overlay on the front of my tee. I love the colorblocked tee […]

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We at Pattern Anthology thought it might be fun to do a little pattern hack blog hop between our blogs featuring the 8 days a week collection. There are so many simple ways to customize the patterns!

My hack is a simple lace overlay on the front of my tee. I love the colorblocked tee look where 2 different fabrics are used for the front and the back. I made this shirt in all black knit fabric with stretch lace on the front and sleeve bands. It gives it a little something extra and is really simple to do!

For the lace overlay, I simply cut another front piece with stretch lace and layed it right on top of the black fabric. Then I used a loose zig zag stitch to baste the lace to the black fabric before assembling the shirt. I did the same for the sleeve bands. Easy and totally unique!

Purchase the collection HERE!

 

Check out the other hacks here:
8 Days A Week Collection || Pattern Hack

Lace Overlay Shirt || See Kate Sew

Yoga Waistband || Andrea’s Notebook

Neptune Sweatshirt || Shwin&Shwin

McCartney Hack || Melly Sews

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the NEPTUNE TEE! more details and why it’s called that! http://seekatesew.com/neptune-tee-details-called/ http://seekatesew.com/neptune-tee-details-called/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10868  △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ THE NEPTUNE TEE!  △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ △ Today I thought I’d tell you all the details of the Neptune Tee! Since this was my contribution to the 8 Days a Week bundle, I know lots about it! I had such a fun time designing this shirt. It started out entirely different than it is now. I love […]

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Today I thought I’d tell you all the details of the Neptune Tee! Since this was my contribution to the 8 Days a Week bundle, I know lots about it! I had such a fun time designing this shirt. It started out entirely different than it is now. I love it when that happens! Sometimes I have one idea that transforms into another, like patternmaking magic.

I was planning to make just a basic slouchy tee (which I did, see yesterday’s post!). But then I watched The Veronica Mars movie (for like the 5th time…..any Marshmallows out there? SO. GOOD.) In one scene, where Mac is at the high school reunion, you get a quick glimse at the back of her shirt! She has a cool triangle cutout on the back. Inspiration is a funny thing that I can’t always explain. But this time, I was directly inspired by that triangle cutout! So I went back into my sewing room and added a little Veronica Mars flair.

Neptune, CA is the fictional town that Veronica Mars takes place in. So I thought it would be the perfect thing to call the pattern. The Neptune Tee was born. If you haven’t watched The Veronica Mars Series, it is free on Amazon Prime and it is so good!

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I added a triangle cutout option to the back of the shirt, the front of the shirt and also the sleeves! You can pick and choose where you want the cutouts and what you want to do with them. You can add fabric insets into the triangle space, which is a fun way to use your favorite fabric scraps. You can even use lace! So there are lots of fun options for this tee! The shirt pattern is for knits, but any fabric can be used for the triangle insets. These photos include the blue tee with cutouts at the sleeves and back. And the cream colored tee with floral fabric insets.

If you’re making this shirt with the triangle cutouts, I recommend a sturdier knit fabric. Thin knits won’t work quite as well as a thicker knit will for the bands. But if you’re making a basic tee, any knit fabric will work great!
This is a really quick sew, pick it up in the 8 Days a Week bundle today!

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8 days a week// DAY 1 http://seekatesew.com/8-days-week-day-1/ http://seekatesew.com/8-days-week-day-1/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10998 I’m excited to start sharing some looks from the 8 Days a Week collection! Our concept for this collection was patterns that would fill in all the gaps in your wardrobe. We wanted to make versatile patterns for the busy, modern woman (YOU and ME!), that could be dressed up or down for any occasion. […]

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I’m excited to start sharing some looks from the 8 Days a Week collection! Our concept for this collection was patterns that would fill in all the gaps in your wardrobe. We wanted to make versatile patterns for the busy, modern woman (YOU and ME!), that could be dressed up or down for any occasion. The Neptune Tee fills in a basic, the plain slouchy tee. This is a casual, easy tee. You just need one of those, you know? Maybe 10? I’ve been sewing a lot of these. I know I made the pattern, but it’s such a satisfying thing to sew, hah! (Am I even allowed to say that!?) I didn’t include the triangle cutouts for this one, but I will show you more photos with the triangle cutouts tomorrow! If you’re curious you can see more photos here!

Today we have some bloggers sharing their favorite pieces from8 Days a Week! Check ‘em out!

 

8 Days a Week sewing patterns

Sabra from sew a straight line
Rachel from House of Pinheiro
Melissa from Melly Sews
Stacy from Stacy Sews
Trinh from Sweet Cheeks Designs
Kate from see kate sew
Dixie from Dixie DIY
Abbey from Sew Charleston

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8 Days a Week // by Pattern Anthology! http://seekatesew.com/8-days-week-pattern-anthology/ http://seekatesew.com/8-days-week-pattern-anthology/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11260   The new Pattern Anthology collection “8 Days a Week” is HERE! This collection has 4 brand new women’s patterns! A tee, a dress, a jacket and pants! The collection is available at 40% off for a limited time only! The Neptune Tee is my pattern, it is a basic tee with a twist! Add […]

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The new Pattern Anthology collection “8 Days a Week” is HERE! This collection has 4 brand new women’s patterns! A tee, a dress, a jacket and pants!

The collection is available at 40% off for a limited time only!

The Neptune Tee is my pattern, it is a basic tee with a twist! Add triangle insets at the front back and sleeves for interest! This shirt is great for the gym or dress it up for a night out!

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The Go To Knit Pants is THREE patterns in one! Make leggings, slouchy pants or yoga pants to fill your comfy fall wardrobe!

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The Marigold Dress pattern includes a top and skirt. It has an elastic waist and button placket at the front!

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The McCartney Jacket is super fun! Keep warm this fall with a handmade jacket!

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I’ll show you more tomorrow!

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Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/boat-shoe-embellishment-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/boat-shoe-embellishment-tutorial/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:28:40 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11124 Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.     I’ve had a pair of boat shoes for several years.  I wore them out in college and then even when they looked like they were on their last life line, I just couldn’t bear to throw them out.  So naturally, that means they need some sprucing up.  […]

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Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.

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I’ve had a pair of boat shoes for several years.  I wore them out in college and then even when they looked like they were on their last life line, I just couldn’t bear to throw them out.  So naturally, that means they need some sprucing up.  A little embellishment.  Some polka dot fabric, metallic ribbon, and an afternoon later these boat shoes had a second life.

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Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Supplies Needed: a pair of boat shoes, scrap fabric, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, scissors, a utility (or exacto) knife, and approximately 30-35″ of metallic ribbonboat shoes 03

Step 1: Using the scissors, cut your pieces of scrap fabric into a size and shape similar to the area of the boat shoe being covered.  This is as simple as laying the fabric over top of the shoe and cutting out a shape.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will be trimmed later.

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Step 2: Make sure the surface area of the shoe is clean and remove the laces.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the area of the shoe that will be covered in fabric.  For hard to reach areas like the tongue of the shoe, it can be easier to work in sections.  In this case, I covered the toe area in glue, moved on to step 3, then came back and started at step 2 again with the tongue.

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Step 3: Place the fabric over the area covered in glue.  Make sure to rub it down firmly and smooth out any bumps or bubbles.  Stick your hand into the shoe and apply pressure from both the top and bottom to be sure it the glue will hold.  It will need about ten minutes to dry enough to move on, so repeat step 2 in other areas at this time.

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Step 4: Trim the excess fabric around the glued area.  This can be done with the utility knife or the scissors, whichever you are more comfortable with.  If you notice edges not being fully glued down, go back and add more glue and hold them in place until it has begun to dry.

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Step 5: Using the sponge brush again, apply a moderate coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric.  Cover all the edges to prevent fraying.  The Mod Podge will dry clear and will act as a sealer for the fabric.  To work with the tongue area, I used the old laces to hold the flaps back by running the laces through the holes and tying them underneath the shoe.  Apply the Mod Podge to the back edges of the tongue so the fabric can be wrapped around behind for a finished look.  Apply some Mod Podge over top of all the fabric behind the tongue as well.boat shoes 09 boat shoes 10

Step 6: Allow about one hour for all of the Mod Podge to fully dry.  Once dry, remove the old laces holding the flaps back.  Cut the ribbon into two equal pieces and lace the shoes to your liking.

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Done!  Now these much loved boat shoes can take one last spin at life, and look quite a bit fancier!

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cotton + steel velcro wallet tutorial http://seekatesew.com/velcro-wallet-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/velcro-wallet-tutorial/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11229   I finally got my hands on some of the Cotton + Steel spring line! I had to sit and stare at it for a few days before deciding what to do with it, but this is the first project! I made velcro wallet cases that can be used for lots of different things. I […]

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I finally got my hands on some of the Cotton + Steel spring line! I had to sit and stare at it for a few days before deciding what to do with it, but this is the first project! I made velcro wallet cases that can be used for lots of different things. I made these as little gel pen cases.

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Want to make some too? It’s really easy!

Velcro Wallet Tutorial

Materials:
-Fabric
-Felt
-Bias Tape
-1/2″ Sew-in Velcro

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First cut two rectangles, one from fabric and one from felt.

They should measure 5″ by 10″

 

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Next, press 1/2″ under on both long edges of the fabric.

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Pin the fabric to the felt centering it. Sew close to edge.

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Pin the bias tape over the short edges and tuck in the sides.

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Sew it on. Then place velcro on flap. Fold up bottom of wallet case to find correct velcro placement for the other side. Sew the velcro in place.

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Fold the bottom of the case back up and topstitch at 1/4″ with matching thread.

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All done! Now make some more!

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Pattern Anthology Giveaway! http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-giveaway/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11225 Pattern Anthology is about to release a new collection, another women’s collection! We’re so excited that we are giving away a Just Add Jeans collection! Just enter below! Loading… Related PostsPattern Anthology Video + Launch Announcementhow to coordinate sibling outfits!8 Days a Week // by Pattern Anthology!JUST ADD JEANS // pattern anthology spring 2014 collectionMINI […]

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Pattern Anthology is about to release a new collection, another women’s collection! We’re so excited that we are giving away a Just Add Jeans collection! Just enter below!

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Bandana Bib Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/bandana-bib-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/bandana-bib-tutorial/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11136 Written by Vivian of Vivileen My little man is teething and constantly covered in slobber.  I hate putting him in a bib every day because they cover up his cute clothes.  Instead of putting him in a bib that covered his clothes I decided to make some drool bibs that were part of his outfit. […]

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My little man is teething and constantly covered in slobber.  I hate putting him in a bib every day because they cover up his cute clothes.  Instead of putting him in a bib that covered his clothes I decided to make some drool bibs that were part of his outfit.  These bandana bibs are really cute and great for soaking up teething baby drool!

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Bandana Bib Tutorial

Materials:

-two 12 by 12 in squares of fabric (at least one of the fabrics should be absorbent, like flannel or terrycloth)

-snaps or sew on velcro

1. Cut the fabric into 12″ squares.  This is enough fabric for two bandanas.

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2. Cut diagonally from one corner of the square to the opposite corner making an isosceles triangle.

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3. Fold the triangle in half along the long edge.

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4. Along the top of the triangle (the long side when it’s not folded) cut from the corner down to the folded edge an inch from the top.  This makes the neck of the bib.

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5. Unfold the triangle and cut an inch off each of the top corners.

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6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the lining fabric.

7. Place fabric right sides together and pin.

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8. Sew around the edge with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Create a curve when sewing the top corners.  This will make the bib look nicer when it’s turned out.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening for turning the bib.

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9. Turn the bib right side out.

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10. Iron the bib.

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11. Top stitch around the bib with a 1/8th inch seam allowance.

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12.  Add the snaps or velcro and put the bib on your drooling baby!

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uncommon sewing supplies // frixion erasable pens for sewing http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-frixion-erasable-pens/ http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-frixion-erasable-pens/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11077 I really enjoyed all the comments on Part 1 of this series! I am planning to do a follow-up post later this week on where to buy “cute” icing spatulas, hah! Since so many of you asked, I don’t quite remember where I got mine since it was quite a few years ago, but I […]

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FRIXION PENS FOR SEWING

I really enjoyed all the comments on Part 1 of this series! I am planning to do a follow-up post later this week on where to buy “cute” icing spatulas, hah! Since so many of you asked, I don’t quite remember where I got mine since it was quite a few years ago, but I did find some really great ones that I’ll share with you soon! I’m so happy to spread the sewing tip love and here is another tip you have to know about!

FriXion Erasable Pens are useful in sewing because the ink disappears when you apply heat to it! So you can write all over your fabric with a nice ballpoint pen and not worry about it! Isn’t that awesome! There are a few other methods of writing on fabric, but nothing beats a ball point pen for precision. You can mark dart legs and points, pleats, notches, anything really! It’s magical!

Here’s a little demo of how it works:

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FriXion Erasable Pens for Sewing

1. Draw on fabric. 2. Press 3. It’s gone, just like that!

There is one caution, however! If you live in a very cold climate, you may not want to use Frixion Pens. In freezing cold weather, the marks can reappear. It might be fun to write secret messages on coat linings for kids that only appear in cold weather, though!

I’m guilty of using real pens on my fabric at times (GASP!) but with Frixion pens you don’t have to live on the edge when you’re trying to mark things! I got mine on Amazon, but they are also available at most office supply stores!

FRIXION PENS FOR SEWINGHope you enjoyed this tip! What’s your favorite way to write on fabric?

 

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Labor Day Weekend Sale! http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/ http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11127 Save big in the shop this weekend! All Graphic Tees are just $18 this weekend! Sizes are selling out quick! And all women’s patterns are marked down to $10!   Sale prices good through Monday. No coupon code required!   Enjoy!     Related Postsnew pattern! The EVERYDAY MAXI dress!pippa peplum pattern release!last day to buy […]

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Save big in the shop this weekend!

All Graphic Tees are just $18 this weekend! Sizes are selling out quick!

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And all women’s patterns are marked down to $10!

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Sale prices good through Monday. No coupon code required!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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