EASIEST WAY TO MAKE A T-SHIRT DRESS
It is very easy to make your own wardrobe with some simple steps! I mean, not everything you sew should be featured in a fashion magazine… If you are a consumer of RTW world, then with average sewing skills, you can easily make a good quality RTW outfit as well!
Moreover, it is quite easy to create different outfits by using simple and basic patterns, like the one I used in this dress. This was created with a basic t-shirt pattern.
Well, you don’t know how to sew a t-shirt either? No problem! You can use one of your t-shirts that you already got bored with.
All you need is half a meter fabric that you’d like to sew onto your t-shirt .
For example, I wanted to make use of a denim fabric leftover which was barely half a meter. In the meantime, I wanted to practice (and hopefully improve) my aplique making skills, so I made this flimsy patch onto my skirt piece. Am I not the designer? I can create whatever I want and call it a new style! :P
All you need to do is to measure the length of your hips, cut that much of fabric and sew it onto your t-shirt hem.
But I must warn you on one thing. If the fabric you’re using is thicker and thus heavier than your jersey, then your dress may get a little longer than you want.
Or maybe more…
Anyhow… let me pull up the dress for now and shorten the jersey top after writing this post. But isn’t it easy and fun?! In half an hour, I turned a boring t-shirt into a chic outfit. Would you like to try it as well? :D
When I started my blog, this pattern was one of the first projects I made, again with a little twist… If you like to check it out visit: Making a Chic Top from a Basic T-shirt Pattern
Any Questions? - What to do with velvet fabric…
Hello! I have a brown colored velvet fabric at home (for about 3 meters) and I can’t decide what to do with it. :) I was thinking maybe you could help me make up my mind about how to use it :D
Hi! As the winter is coming, it might be a good idea to get ready with chic outfits and velvet is indeed a nice choice when used wisely :P
How about a velvet dress? Combine it with a sheer fabric or lace and get a great look. How about this?
You can find many similar patterns to make this look. One of them could be the Swing Dress from BurdaStyle. It is simple to sew and would turn into a very chic outfit if you just shorten the skirt a little and add a lace at the hem!
Or you can sew something like this which I have recently made as a summer dress:
I have used a classic pattern from McCall’s (m6460). You can get more information about this project in this post: Polka Dots and Childish Dreams
Do not throw away the leftover fabric! You can make yourself a great necklace like this:
Happy sewing! :)
Hello, I just discovered your blog and there’s great stuff in it! Is it possible to get some information about how to sew a maxi skirt as well?
Hi! Maxi skirts are indeed quite trendy these days. I can see it on almost everyone when I walk around the streets, with various colors and patterns. I, however, got really bored with wearing maxi skirts, since they used to be my no.1 outfit when I was in university. So, you probably won’t see any maxi dress sewing posts from me :) However, let me try to guide you in making a maxi skirt by yourself with easy to make steps.
You may find quite useful tips in sewing a basic skirt from this post: Watch and Learn Grasshopper: Sewing a Basic Skirt
Follow the steps described in here to make a basic skirt pattern. Then, starting from the fullest part of your hip extend the side line like a triangle that you add on the original side line on the skirt pattern.
Watch and Learn Grasshopper - How to make piping outfits
I woke up this morning thinking that it is a fine day to write about how to make piping at home!
So, what t is a piped bias one may ask… Hmm, think about the boring pillow and cushion covers… Not a very inspiring example isn’t it? :P
Well, let me tell you, by using the right combinations it becomes a very cool sewing technique that turns an ordinary pattern into a chic outfit. And the good part is… it’s quite easy to do!
Some examples of piped bias / piping dresses:
Sewing Steps for My Super Chic Pencil Skirt!
So, the ones who follow my blog are already familiar with this project. For the ones who have just found it (shame on you by the way! :P) visit these two posts first if you’d like to learn sewing a basic skirt and then style it up by adding simple and hip details:
Create Chic Outfits with Basic Patterns - PENCIL SKIRT
The reason I decided to learn sewing my own clothes was to be able to wear anything I like with high quality and low budget.
I respect and admire the Fashion Brands and how much effort is spent in building them, but if it is not for my budget, what’s the use! So after I started sewing, instead of idle window shopping, I started to notice the details and how one yard of fabric can be turned into a good quality outfit. Now I use my SYS - Look Book for this, and it’s much better than spending time in malls :) I advise you to use it as an inspirational resource as well.
When I examined the high fashion outfit brands closer, I realized that many of the RTW outfits are just smart variations of simple patterns. Of course the creativity and design quality lies in these details… And you HAVE TO HAVE good quality fabric to begin with. I claim that anyone who has an eye on fashion, and willing to execute basic sewing techniques, can create a high quality outfit just by following some simple steps.
Watch and Learn Grasshopper - Sewing a Basic Skirt
I’ve been getting queries about how-to steps for sewing skirts. I recently posted a question about which / what type of skirt pattern you’d like to see as a sew-along. But I got a lot of different replies. So I decided to select a very basic skirt pattern to show the sewing steps in this post and surprise you with showing how you can use it for creating various chic skirts later on.
Follow this post for learning to sew a basic skirt and keep an eye on the upcoming posts :)
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I loved it! It’s very me, it’s very “Sewing Your Style”. I wish my sewing room would be as organized as this :)
This great design is from another creative chick from Iris Communication.
Thanks a bunch! I love every single detail on it!
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