In the end of this summer I got a new overlock machine. After a summer sewing on my mothers overlock, she decided that it was time for my to get my own. The machine is an used machine from my mothers school, it is not the most modern machine, but I love it and he does what he is made to do.
This machine makes sewing much more fun. If you sew a lot you need this, trust me. The machine does not need to be new and fancy, a 30 year old good quality machine does the trick.
I had some left over fabric after my dress sewing last week, and wanted to make an skirt from this. Tight fitted skirts are really easy to make and you do not need a pattern. Use an old skirt you like as pattern or just make an square a little larger then your thighs/butt( where ever you are the largest)
You don’t need a lot of fabric, just a enough for the dress. Remember to make the top a bit bigger then your hips, about 5 cm in each side.
As you can see I cut the skirt out in an angle with the tightest in the top, this to make the skirt follow my shape.
After cutting, sew the sides together(remember to leave room for the zipper!). If you try it on now you will realize that you need some incisions on the top to make the skirt follow your shapes. Make two incisions on both the back and the front. See for yourself how long and deep they need to be.
Then it is just finishing left. Cast the button of the skirt and add a lining on the top ( see tutorial on bea lining). Insert an zipper on the side and you are done!
Cute little skirt in under an hour.
After a little holiday I am back behind the sewing machine again. My goal for this week is to make one dress a day. Her are the two first dresses I have made. They are both for sale at epla.no.
Both dresses are made by fabrics found at IKEA in Kristiansand. The fabrics are intended to be curtains, but I find them to be perfect for dresses.
Unique summer dress for the last days of summer:
You can find this dress for sale here: http: //epla.no/handlaget/produkter/522626/
Romantic dress that extend the summer:
You can find the dress for sale here: http://epla.no/handlaget/produkter/522892/
More new dresses coming soon!
Old porcelain cups are great for pin cushion. I bought this cup in a second hand store in Arendal and the fabric is a leftover fabric from dress sewing.
I sew large stings around the side of the fabric. Then i tighten the stings to make a cup to fill with cotton. Use a LOT of cotton, it needs to be tight!
Tighten the cup all the way together. Add strong glue inside of the porcelain cup and insert the fabric ball. Wait for about 12 hours and you have a new pin cushion!
Making a invisible zipper is easy to do when you know all the tricks. I will here try to share all my tricks and hopefully this will help you to do it yourself.
All you need:
One invisible zipper
The best tricks when you are sewing is to check of it is like you want it to be before you sew. This is very easy to forget. Pin it like you wish it to be and check if it is correct.
Lay the zipper as you wish for it to lay when it gone:
Fold out the zipper and pin the zipper to the fabric
When you pin, “fold” the zipper out. You are going to sew inside the fold in the zipper.
Sew inside the fold in the zipper. Use a zipper foot on the sewing machine if you have it, this makes the sewing much easier.
Do not sew all the way down, leave ca 5 cm.
Zip the zipper all the way up and mark of where the zipper meets folds in the garment. You wish the folds to meet in the same spot when you are done.
Pin the zipper inside the fold to the other side. Remember to check so it is right!
Sew in the fold in the zipper.
Sew together the fabric in the hole in the end of the zipper.
Voila! Your done!
Here is an tutorial on how to finish ruff edges. My mother calls this type of lining for Pakistani lining. To do this type of lining you need bias binding.
Start with folding the bias binding open and then pining it on to the edge on the outside of the garment. (see picture)
Fold the start of the bias binding and make it to go a little bit further then one time around.
Then sew the lining in the fold as shown i picture.
Fold the bias binding over to the back of the garment so the lining is placed inside the edge. The bias binding should not the visible from the front.
Sew the bias binding to the inside of the fabric. Sew as close to the edge of the bias binding as possible.
Then it is finish!