Saturday, 23 April 2016

DIY Off-The-Shoulder Top

This has been my favourite DIY this season so far. It is perfect for spring and super duper easy to make. I can't wait to make loads more of these for the summer. To make your own off-the-shoulder top you will need to get yours hands on about 1.5m of fabric (you need enough to go around your body and your arms), elastic (to measure all the way around your shoulders), pins, scissors and a sewing machine. 

Step one: Measure out all of your fabric. You need to end up with four rectangular pieces; two that measures from the top of your shoulders to your waist and around to the side of your body (one for the front and one for the back), and two that measure from the top of your shoulders to where you want your sleeves to end. Cut all four pieces out and hem the bottoms of each of the sleeves. Leave the body pieces as we will hem them at the end.

Step 2: Sew the sleeves to the body. Place the sleeve on top of the front body piece so the top edges match up (with right sides together) and so that the raw edges on the sides of the two pieces line up too. Pin in place and sew. Pull the sleeve round and pin onto the piece of fabric that will be the back (make sure that the seem faces in) and pin in place and sew. Do the same with the other sleeve. 

Step 3: Sew your side seems. Turn your top inside out and line up your fabric so your side seems line up neatly. Pin together and sew on a machine. Make sure you sew right to the bottom of the sleeve, otherwise you will end up with a hole under the armpit. Now you should have something that resembles a top! Wahoo! 

Step 4: Add in your elastic. Still with your top inside out, you are going to fold over a small amount of fabric all the way around the top of your garment. This is where the elastic is going to pass through so make sure it is wide enough!! Pin in place and sew all the way around the edge of the top. Make sure you leave a little gap to put your elastic in (I've made that mistake many times!). Now you need to thread your elastic all the way around the top. You might find it easier to attach a safety pin to the end of it so you can drag it around. When it gets all the way to the end secure the two ends of the elastic together with a couple of hand sewn stitches and hand stitch the opening of the fabric tube closed.

Step 5: Hem the bottom of your top. And you're done! 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Spring Sewing Inspiration

With the lighter nights and glimpses of sun, we are starting to get very excited about Spring arriving. It is such an exciting time of year, especially for the old wardrobe! I really can't wait to not have to wear 10,000 layers every time I step out the house. I've been getting inspired to start sewing my spring wardrobe, so I thought I would put together some of my favourite ideas of things I've found on the high street. So far, I've made an off the shoulder top (like this one from Urban Outfitters) out of an old bed sheet. Don't you just love it when you can make something yourself that costs next to nothing?! Blog post to follow very soon, so keep your eyes peeled. I've ordered THIS pattern for a pair of culottes inspired by Lace And Locks, so I will let you know how I'm getting on with them. And I'm currently on the hunt for some leopard print fabric to make a mini skirt out of. Does anyone know of any good stuff anywhere? If so, drop me a little comment! Let me know what you're all planning to make for spring.