see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 zippy top hack // decorative pocket tutorial http://seekatesew.com/decorative-pocket-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/decorative-pocket-tutorial/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9571 This is actually a double hack! I made a zippy top with a front zipper (see tutorial here) and then added a little tiny pocket to the side. I shared this fabric the other day on the Miss Matatabi fabric giveaway post (still time to enter, the giveaway ends 4/25!). I LOVE it. It’s a […]

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This is actually a double hack! I made a zippy top with a front zipper (see tutorial here) and then added a little tiny pocket to the side. I shared this fabric the other day on the Miss Matatabi fabric giveaway post (still time to enter, the giveaway ends 4/25!). I LOVE it. It’s a cotton lawn called Japanese fabric forest. It has little tiny animals like squirrels and owls and bunnies hidden in a gorgeous floral print! The bright primary colors are a little out of my comfort zone, I’m trying to stretch myself with colors. I used a navy zipper and neon yellow pima cotton for the pocket.

Adding a tiny decorative pocket to anything is really easy! I included a printable pocket pattern if you want one just like mine.

decorative pocket tutorial

-free pocket pattern
-scrap of fabric
-iron

DECORATIVE POCKET PATTERN + TUTORIAL // seekatesew.com

 

That’s it! Super easy, right!

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reebok skyscape, my homesewn workout hoodie + $120 shoe giveaway! http://seekatesew.com/reebok-skyscape-homesewn-workout-hoodie-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/reebok-skyscape-homesewn-workout-hoodie-giveaway/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9608 This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok Skyscape via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. Sometimes all it takes is a new pair of shoes, you know what I mean? Reebok sent me a pair of their new SkyScape Runaround shoes and they inspired me to sew […]

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok Skyscape via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sometimes all it takes is a new pair of shoes, you know what I mean? Reebok sent me a pair of their new SkyScape Runaround shoes and they inspired me to sew some activewear! Usually new shoes inspire me to do something, whether that is working out or sewing something new. This shoe is kinda the perfect in-between shoe. It works for working out and it works for running around doing errands and things. When I used to work and hit the gym after, I always needed a pair of shoes just like this, one that would transition with me. They are great for my busy lifestyle now because I can go walking and then (fabric) shopping and not look like I was just working out.

They are super comfy and you really forget you even have them on! I find myself wearing them around the house just because they’re so comfy. They only weigh 5 ounces and they aren’t bulky. I haven’t tried washing them yet, but they are machine washable, which is convenient.

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The thing I love most about these shoes are the colors! Aqua pink and black….love! They came with two sets of laces , black and bright pink. I put in the pink ones, but I might do a double laces thing with the black ones also. Bright laces are just so fun and I can’t get over the secret aqua insides. These are made with the same type of material that bras are made with, that spongy material. It feels like my feet are getting a hug! Seriously comfortable.

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I found some great knit fabric at a local store that was perfect for a workout hoodie to go with them. Originally I was looking for a pink to match but I’m just a sucker for purple. And the fabric is really nice, a spandex cotton. Activewear is something I’ve never sewn before so it was fun to give it a try. I designed the hoodie with a super big hood that is easy to get on when it starts to downpour. That was probably inspired by last week when I went out walking with a friend and we got soaked 10 minutes in. Easy access rain protection. The neckline is kinda low, meant to be worn with a tank or something underneath.

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I still want to add a pocket to the hoodie. Or maybe two side pockets?! I’ll keep you updated.

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I thought a little bow at the neckline would be a cute unexpected detail. Workout gear isn’t always cute, but the Reebok Skyscapes are so cute because of all the color options. The shape is just nice and streamlined as well. I had to update the rest of my workout look to match!

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You can customize your own SkyScapes with different patterns and colors. I made some leopard and light blue ones. You can customize everything on this shoe and even personalize it with your name! These say “KATE” down in the right hand corner of this photo below. I didn’t know what to write, maybe I’d put some motivation words instead of my name if I really thought about it.

leopard reebok

reebok skyscape in black

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miss matatabi fabric giveaway! http://seekatesew.com/miss-matatabi-fabric-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/miss-matatabi-fabric-giveaway/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9118   I know I’ve been taunting you with all the gorgeous Japanese fabric from Miss Matatabi fabric this week! There are just so many great fabrics at Miss Matatabi that are perfect for the zippy top! So today is your chance to WIN some for yourself! I picked out some of my favorites from Miss […]

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I know I’ve been taunting you with all the gorgeous Japanese fabric from Miss Matatabi fabric this week! There are just so many great fabrics at Miss Matatabi that are perfect for the zippy top! So today is your chance to WIN some for yourself!

I picked out some of my favorites from Miss Matatabi that would work well with the Zippy Top!

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FLORALS! // These are all florals in lightweight cotton fabrics. Aren’t they gorgeous? I have a top made with the fabric forest fabric to show you next week!

1. Monotone woodland purple
2. Fabric forest cotton lawn
3. nani iro sen ritsu double gauze
4. kei vintage time cotton/linen
5. Melimba tiny dancer cotton 
6. Monotone woodland pink

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DOUBLE GAUZE // Double Gauze is SUCH a nice fabric to sew with! I’ve only sewn with it a handful of times because it is hard to source. But Miss Matatabi has a lot of options, even a whole section of them! Trust me, you need to try this fabric!

1. white on minty blue
2. white on off white
3. Pink solid double gauze
4. Reversible dots and gingham
5. Chartreuse double gauze
6. beige with silver dots

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FUN PRINTS // You can find some really unique and fun prints from Miss Matatabi. I love tiny little animals and fun shapes.

1. Watercolor Heart Cats cotton lawn
2. Japanese Fabric Kokka Nani Iro Pierre Pocho double gauze
3. Geese linen voile
4. Hungry Polar bear seersucker
5. Nani Iro shine double gauze
6. Elephant seersucker

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OTHER // This is a random selection that aren’t necessarily the best fabrics for the Zippy Top, but they are super cute! These include unique knits, a few twills and some more gauze! The Zippy Top does work with knits though and I used another colorway of the twill here, a little boxy but it’s my new favorite top!

1. Quilted Polka Dot Knit

2. Japanese fabric flower garden

3. Neon floral stretch twill 

4. Nani Iro Kokka Fuccra double guaze

5. Corsage Kosa-jyu double guaze

6. Herringbone painting knit fabric

Enter to win a $30 gift card to Miss Matatabi in the rafflecopter widget below!

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zippy dress hack tutorial + a goose dress http://seekatesew.com/zippy-dress-hack-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-dress-hack-tutorial/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9712   Yesterday I shared my pink dress that I made from the zippy top pattern. Today I’m sharing another dress, the geese dress, plus a zippy dress hack tutorial. It’s a loose dress, so you can either wear it loose, put elastic in the waist or cinch it up with a belt.  This fabric is […]

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Yesterday I shared my pink dress that I made from the zippy top pattern. Today I’m sharing another dress, the geese dress, plus a zippy dress hack tutorial. It’s a loose dress, so you can either wear it loose, put elastic in the waist or cinch it up with a belt. 

This fabric is c/o Miss Matatabi on etsy. It’s a linen blend voile fabric with little geese all over it. It feels a lot like gauze, lightweight but really strong! t’s so soft and has a nice drape! I love the colors in this dress, almost a Neapolitan color palette, but it also comes in a few other colorways.

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To make your zippy top into a dress, make the crop top version but don’t hem it. You can cut off an inch or two from the bottom if you’d like.  The babydoll dress version is about 3-4 inches shorter at the bodice, so it depends what look you’re going for!step1

Cut two skirt pieces. Use the measurements below. step2

Sew skirt pieces together at the side seams. Finish seam allowance.

step3

Fold under 1/4″ at the hem and press. Fold under another 1/4″ and press. Then stitch hem in place.step4

Sew two rows of baste stitches at the top of each skirt panel. Stop and start again at the side seams, it is tough to gather fabric over seams, so this will make it easier.step5

Pull stitches to gather skirt panels.step6

Flip skirt up and pin to bodice, matching side seams. Adjust your gathers so they match up.step7

Stitch and finish seam allowance.step8

Turn right side out and you’re done!

 

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You can also make the skirt a little shorter if you want a short dress that you can pair with leggings.  

 

    babydoll-dress

  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Come back tomorrow for a giveaway of the FABRIC variety!!!

 

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maxi skirt + curtain dress mashup // my pink ALT dress http://seekatesew.com/maxi-skirt-curtain-dress-mashup-pink-alt-dress/ http://seekatesew.com/maxi-skirt-curtain-dress-mashup-pink-alt-dress/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9154 I’m so excited to share this Zippy Top dress hack today! I first made myself a dress with the Zippy Top pattern for ALT Summit (a design conference), way back in January when the pattern was still in production. I had a maxi skirt with a stain on it that was craving a refashion. I […]

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I’m so excited to share this Zippy Top dress hack today! I first made myself a dress with the Zippy Top pattern for ALT Summit (a design conference), way back in January when the pattern was still in production. I had a maxi skirt with a stain on it that was craving a refashion. I also had a lot of extra curtains laying around because I had cut them too short. So I mashed them together. I used a light pink fabric underneath the lace so it wouldn’t be see-though.

I didn’t put a zipper in the back of this one, mostly because I was rushing to get it done the night before ALT. But also, the neckline is wide enough that the zipper is more of a design element than a necessity.

This dress has a babydoll silhouette shape. It’s a little bit playful and maybe a little too “young” for me. But I don’t care, it’s fun to wear! I tried to grow it up a little with a pair of heels and a feather bracelet. Simple and easy to wear is my style these days.

I paired it with floral leggings because it was just a tad too short, another thing that happens when I’m rushing! I wore this to the mini-parties the last night of ALT. I honestly haven’t worn it since then (until this photoshoot!), but it also looks cute belted. The ALT dress code is played up on the internet more than it should be, but it is still fun to play dress-up while you’re there.

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That’s for reading! I have another dress to show you tomorrow, plus the tutorial for this hack! Get yer Zippy Top pattern here for 15% off with code ZIPPY!

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zippy top hack: front zipper tutorial http://seekatesew.com/zippy-hack-front-zipper/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-hack-front-zipper/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9153 Happy Monday Friends! If you participated in ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, you have a brand new top to wear today! If not, there is still time to sew up this seriously fast top for yourself! The sewalong goes until April 30. This week and next I’ll be sharing inspiration and and easy hacks to customize your […]

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floral zippy top with front zipper hack tutorial

Happy Monday Friends! If you participated in ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, you have a brand new top to wear today! If not, there is still time to sew up this seriously fast top for yourself! The sewalong goes until April 30. This week and next I’ll be sharing inspiration and and easy hacks to customize your Zippy Top even more! I’ll be featuring lots of fabrics from Miss Matatabi fabrics. You might not know this but I have a serious weakness for Japanese design. The colors, the patterns, the prints, everything is just so cute! So I’m excited to share some this week! Miss Matatabi has a lot of great lightweight fabrics that are perfect for the Zippy Top.

Today I’m sharing this front zippy top hack! I made it with this Japanese neon floral stretch twill. This fabric is a little thicker than the fabric I recommend for the Zippy Top. I just loved it too much to not make myself a top with. Isn’t it pretty? Since it is a little bit sturdier, I switched the zipper feature to the front of the shirt, so I can wear the top over a tank and wear it unzipped a little. It’s just a fun way to switch it up!

floral zippy top with front zipper hack tutorial

Thanks for helping me decide which color zipper to use, by the way! (I posted a few options on instagram.) I think the final tally winner was pink…but I went with white. I thought white would look really cute with white pants. I’ve never had white pants before, this is kinda monumental! How long do you think they will stay white?

floral zippy top with front zipper hack tutorial

The tutorial for this hack is very simple, it’s all in the patternwork. First, cut off the bottom portion of of the back facing, rounding off the facing. Then, take the portion you just cut off and tape it to the front facing. There will be a little extra at the top that you can clip off, but you just need the basic shape. Now the facing is all ready for your front zipper! Follow the rest of the instructions as written.

 

 

the ZIPPY top // front zipper hack instructions seekatesew.com

 

I’m loving my front zipper top! Having the zipper in the front really changes the whole thing.

The Zippy Top is still on sale for 15% off, use code ZIPPY.

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zippy top weekend day 3: finish the top! http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-3-finish-top/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-3-finish-top/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9113 Last day! You are almost done with your Zippy Top! Today is the last day of zippy top weekend. If you missed DAY 1 or DAY 2, check those out. Today we will finish the top in 3 steps: 1. Finish armscye (step 3-4) 2. Sew side seams (step 5-6) 3. Hem bottom (step 15) Good […]

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Last day! You are almost done with your Zippy Top! Today is the last day of zippy top weekend. If you missed DAY 1 or DAY 2, check those out.

Today we will finish the top in 3 steps:

1. Finish armscye (step 3-4)

2. Sew side seams (step 5-6)

3. Hem bottom (step 15)

Good work! Be sure to share your zippy top with hashtag #zippy top on instagram, post it to my facebook wall, or add it to my flickr group!

See you tomorrow for a zippy hack!

 

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ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND DAY 2: neckline and zipper http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-2-neckline-zipper/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-2-neckline-zipper/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9108 Welcome to Day 2 of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND! Today we will be doing 3 steps 1. Sew shoulder seams (steps 1-2) 2. Finish neckline facing (steps 7-12) 3. Insert Zipper (steps 13-14) This should take you about 20 minutes to complete! We’re going out of order so that today is the hardest day and tomorrow […]

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Welcome to Day 2 of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND! Today we will be doing 3 steps

1. Sew shoulder seams (steps 1-2)

2. Finish neckline facing (steps 7-12)

3. Insert Zipper (steps 13-14)

This should take you about 20 minutes to complete! We’re going out of order so that today is the hardest day and tomorrow will be super fast. So you’re almost done!

Tomorrow we’ll finish the top and you’ll be ready to wear it on Monday! See you then.

 

If you missed the details of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, this weekend we’re kicking off the Zippy Top Sewalong with 3 short days of sewing. I have broken down the Zippy Top instructions so you’ll have a completed top by the end of the weekend. Buy the top here (ZIPPY for 15% off) and see Day 1 here. Use hashtag #zippytop on instagram, post to my facebook wall, or add your pictures to my flickr group.

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ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND: collect materials http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9112   Zippy Top Weekend starts today! To kick off the Zippy Top Sewalong, I’ll be breaking the Zippy Top steps into 3 days worth of sewing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be about a 20 minute commitment each day, this top is, well, ZIPPY! The Sewalong ends April 30, so you have lots […]

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Zippy Top Weekend starts today! To kick off the Zippy Top Sewalong, I’ll be breaking the Zippy Top steps into 3 days worth of sewing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be about a 20 minute commitment each day, this top is, well, ZIPPY! The Sewalong ends April 30, so you have lots of time to finish and share your top! Share on instagram with the hashtag #zippytop (tag me! @seekatesew), post it to my Facebook wall, or add it to the flickr group. I’ve already seen some and I will be featuring them soon! Buy the top here if you haven’t already! Use code ZIPPY for 15% off.

This post will get you all ready to sew. We’re doing three things today, printing the pattern, gathering materials and cutting out our fabric. Easy, right!

1. Print off PDF pattern and tape together. Use this post if you need some tips

2. Collect Materials:
-1-1.5 yards of fabric
-5″ or 8″ zipper
-lightweight fusible interfacing

Fabric selection

I recommend lightweight fabric for the Zippy Top. Anything with a nice drape is perfect! Some suggestions are cotton lawn, cotton voile, gauze or double gauze, chiffon, crepe de chine, georgette and anything similar. You can certainly make it with quilter’s cotton if you want!

If you’re making the crop top version you only need 1 yard! In fact you can probably make it with less than that…or even scraps you have laying around!

Zipper Selection

The Zippy Top pattern includes instructions for a 5″ or 8″ zipper. Zippers with wider tape are best. I like to choose a bright zipper that contrasts with my fabric for a little color pop! The zipper is exposed, which is really fun!

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3. Cut out fabric. Cut 1 front, 1 back, 1 front facing and 1 back facing.

That’s all for today! You can finish now or wait until tomorrow for the next steps!

I’ve made quite a few Zippys and I am excited to share even more of them next week! I have some fun surprises….so stay tuned!

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of Zippy Top Weekend. We’ll be finishing the neckline and zipper!

 

 

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striped nightstand ikea hack http://seekatesew.com/striped-nightstand-ikea-hack/ http://seekatesew.com/striped-nightstand-ikea-hack/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9675 Yesterday I shared the floral nightstand tutorial and today I’m sharing the other half. This is a tutorial for this black and white striped nightstand, also made with a SELJE nightstand from ikea. I really wanted some fun nightstands that went together. Since they have the same shape, why no do a floral and a […]

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Yesterday I shared the floral nightstand tutorial and today I’m sharing the other half. This is a tutorial for this black and white striped nightstand, also made with a SELJE nightstand from ikea. I really wanted some fun nightstands that went together. Since they have the same shape, why no do a floral and a stripe? Pattern mixing is cool in home decor, too, right?

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Materials:

-SELJE nightstand
-1/2″ electrical tape
-spray paint for metalstriped ikea nightstand

BEFORE AND AFTER // striped nightstand

The method for this nightstand is really simple. First, assemble the nightstand. Then tape off the whole thing with electrical tape. The spaces in between should be about 1/2″.

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Press the tape down really well then spray paint. Let it dry and peel off the tape.

Done!

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FLORAL NIGHSTAND

 

Click here for floral hack!

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