Category: Sewing

Tutorial: Adding Decorative Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt

I’ve been having some fun in the sewing studio, which means you get a tutorial today!  You know I love to use my serger for construction of knit garments, but it can be used for more than that!  So I’m going to show you how I used my serger to add decorative flatlocking to the seams of a raglan shirt!  Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ve seen raglan shirts with this decorative stitching on the seams, right?  It’s such a fun detail and when I decided to make this striped raglan I knew some flatlocking details would be perfect!

So you want to start by sewing your sleeves to the bodice of your shirt.  You don’t want to sew the side seams, yet.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ll need to set your serger up for flatlocking.  On my machine I need to switch to my blind hem foot, disengage the blade, lower the tension on my left needle, remove my right needle, keep the normal tension on the upper looper and increase the tension on the lower looper.  You may also want to increase your stitch length.

Once your machine is all set you’ll fold your seam, wrong sides together.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialSerge along this seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialGive yourself nice long tails on either end, so you have a little wiggle room when you flatten out your seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYour seam will look like the picture above.  Then you just need to give your pieces a little tug and smooth the seam out.  It helps to smooth it both on the front and back.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialAnd that’s all there is to it!  You can do this on your seams, the triangle patch, neckband and cuffs if you have them! 

I added a triangle patch and I love the little detail. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialIf you want another look you can flatlock with right sides together and you’ll get the ladders on the outside. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialHere’s the backside of my triangle to show you what that would look like.  Once you’ve flatlocked your triangle and sleeve seems you can finish sewing up your shirt.  And then totally impress your husband when you wear your shirt with the decorative flatlock stitches! 

That same hubby who was impressed with my shirt also suggested I try making some videos, so here’s a flatlocking video for you if you want to see some sewing in action.

 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialPattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan

Fabric: Girl Charlee

 

 

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Butterfly Cardigan

A few weeks ago Patterns for Pirates released the Cocoon Cardigan and I bought it right away!  I had the perfect sweater knit for it.  I’ll have to show it to you sometime! But for now I want to show you the Butterfly Cardigan, which is the girls version of the Cocoon Cardigan.  I loved testing this pattern! It is such a quick sew! I sewed up 4 Butterfly Cardigans and one Cocoon Cardigan during testing.  First up is this super cute cropped length cardigan in a beautiful mustard sweater knit from Knitpop.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesI used this sweater knit for a Mama Ava for myself and had just a bit left over.  Of course I couldn’t just sew her a cardigan with no shirt to coordinate with it, so I used this amazing double brushed poly to sew a Talor Tank to wear with it.  She just loves this outfit! She told me it makes her feel like a grown up.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesIt does make her look more grown up.  Or that could be the adult teeth making her look grown up………

Not to leave the little one out I also whipped up these two cardigans in the tunic length with long sleeves.  More appropriate for winter.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesFor these I used a rayon spandex blend from Girl Charlee.  I’ve had this heart fabric for a while (received in a KnitFix bag) and wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I just love these cardigans!  Pumpkin loves it, too.  She has worn it twice already!  I think it’s the pockets.  She loves pockets. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesYep, she was pretty excited about pockets.

Lastly I made a mommy and me set for Cupcake and I with a remnant of sweater knit from Joann’s.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesThese are both tunic length with 3/4 sleeves.  I also did a short band on all of these, but a tall band is also an option. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesWe wore these out the other day and we were so cute.  She has her 100th day of school coming up and she wants to wear this cardigan to school that day when she dresses up like she’s 100 years old.  So, apparently I made her an old lady sweater! Ha! 

Seriously, though, this is such a cute cardigan and it’s such a wardrobe staple!  I want to make about a million more and put one on the girls every day! 

Pick up the Butterfly Cardigan or the Cocoon and Butterfly bundle through Monday the 23rd while they’re on sale!  No coupon code needed!

 

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Christmas Jammies

Hello from the other side of the holiday!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a great, low-key holiday.  Just the 4 of us.  As much as I’d love to spend the holidays with our families it’s very important to me that my kids wake up in their own home on Christmas morning.  We’ve got our own traditions.  We have matching stockings, we bake and frost cookies for Santa, the girls get squeaky clean and then we track Santa in our Christmas jammies!  The girls have had matching Christmas jammies every year and this year was no exception!

And just like last year I made matching jammies for their dolls.  Well, coordinating, anyway.  I gave the girls a few pattern options for their pajamas this year and they picked the Dreamland Nightgown by Peek-a-Boo Patterns.  The little one is very much into nightgowns these days because, well, she’s very much into dresses.  And the big one insisted that I make the long version of the nightgown. 

And I decided to take it up a notch this year, mostly because I ordered way too much fabric, and make myself a matching pair!

I used the Beauty Sleep pajamas pattern for mine.  (I was planning on using the matching Alex and Anna Winter PJs for the girls, but again, they wanted a nightgown)  These are some comfy pajamas!!!  Especially in this Riley Blake knit!  Unfortunately the fabric was a tad too girly to make hubby a matching pair……

…maybe next year. 

 

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Tutorial: Sew a Fleece Pocket Scarf for Kids

I’ve got a quick and easy sewing tutorial for you! Perfect for the first day of winter! Cupcake has been wanting a scarf, so I had the idea to sew her a scarf with pockets on the end.  Like built-in mittens.  Because she keeps losing gloves on the bus.  So I grabbed some fleece and started working!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with a piece of fleece.  Cut two pieces 7″ x WOF (usually 59″) and two pieces 7″ x 8″.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with your small pieces.  These are your pockets.  Fold one short end down 1/2″ wrong sides together and stitch in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialLay one of your long (scarf) pieces down right side up then place a pocket on the end right side up, lining up the raw edges.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialRepeat on the other side.  Place the other long piece on top, right side down and pin or clip in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStitch around the entire scarf with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening for turning. (In the picture I left my opening on the short end, but the opening is better left on the long side between the pockets)

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialTurn right side out and stitch the opening closed.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialAnd you’re all done!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCupcake loves her new scarf!  And I love that I don’t have to worry about missing gloves!  And Pumpkin loves hers, too!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialThe matching headbands are from a Made for Mermaids pattern. 

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCold weather – check!  Warm ears – check!  Warm necks – check!  Warm hands – check!

 

Enjoy!!!

 

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Christmas Dresses 2016

I feel so ahead of the game right now!  I’ve already got the girls’ Christmas dresses done!  Wait, I still need to send out cards, sew their pajamas and do some shopping, so I guess I’m not really ahead of the game.  The Christmas cards are ordered, though!  We took photos over the weekend in their new dresses for our card, so I thought I’d show them off.

Christmas DressesHave you ever seen such cuteness? 

Oh, yeah.  Their dolls got matching dresses, too.  Both dresses are a mash up of two Made for Mermaids patterns.  It’s Pumpkin’s favorite combo of the Brooklyn dress bodice and Riley skirt.

Brooklyn Riley Christmas DressPumpkin and her baby, Rosie both got plaid flutter sleeves per request.  I lined the flutters because I don’t like to do a rolled hem finish and because I wanted them to look a little nicer than with an unfinished edge.  I topstitched with my coverstitch machine to give them a clean finish.  And I love the way they turned out. 

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressWhen I asked Cupcake what kind of sleeves she wanted she said plaid.  So she and Kit Kitredge got plaid sleeves.  Once she saw Pumpkin’s flutters she was having second thoughts, so I made a bow to fancy up her dress a bit and she was much happier.

Brooklyn/Riley Christmas DressBoth fabrics are from Girl Charlee.  I just loved this buffalo plaid and knew it would make adorable dresses.  And I was right.  And I kind of wish I had ordered more and made myself a dress, too!

dsc_4449Why is this Pumpkin’s favorite dress?  The twirl factor!  I asked for a twirl and she was on it!  Cupcake not so much……

Do you have holiday outfits picked out, yet? 

 

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