Gathered Front Bodice


I finally landed on a design for my Tina Givens Fairy Bear fabric, and it will provide me with a few tutorials to share with you:
-Gathered Front Bodice (that’s this post!)
-Lined Bodice
-Whatever Else Pops Up 😉

In this blog, I’ll be doing a tutorial for the design on the front of the dress:
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There’s Pockets!

Pockets are an amazing thing to discover, hidden in the seams of a skirt or a dress, and they are an awesome touch to any skirt or dress you make yourself! I always try to put a pocket or two in the seams if there isn’t an applied pocket, if only to have a convenient place to stash my phone! So here’s a little tutorial on how to add pockets to your garments!

It is fairly simple but it may take some time as it takes a lot of careful pinning and stitching.

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1) Figure out which seam you want your pocket to be in and how big you want the pocket to be. A good guideline I use it to make sure the opening will be wide enough for my hand and big enough for my phone to sit in. I don’t usually use a pattern, I will just free-hand cut something out of scraps with pinked shears. You will need two pieces with a one inch allowance at the “opening”. Continue reading

Oh My! What A Flattering Waistband

I couldn’t find any good brown fabric at JoAnn’s (and I have a gift card, so I wasn’t going to look anywhere else until it’s all used up!) but I did find these amazing fabrics instead:

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I quickly figured out the skirt I was going to make and patterned the skirt gores. I would use the blue dragonfly fabric for the main skirt and the red for the wide, shaped waistband and either a band or ruffles on the hem.

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to best achieve that shaped waistband. Continue reading

A Whole New Ruffle: Zig-Zag Channel Ruffles

Unless you are blessed with a ruffler foot for your machine, gathering stitches are the typical way of gathering ruffles: two rows of long-length stitches that you pull.

However, this is not the only option, if you have some thick, wirey thread (such as quilting thread).
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This method of gathering is a lot more reliable than gathering stitches, but might require a little bit more clean-up.  With this method, there is no risk of breaking thread, and if your gathering thread comes out, you can easily thread it back into place.  Also, distriputing fabric is a lot easier to control and conduct. Continue reading

Magic Hem

If you ever wanted a dress without that top stitching to finish off that hem, then this is the tutorial for you!


I love this hem when I am making a garment that I want to have a more elegant look or if I don’t want to wire out the hem too much with a hard stitch.  I sew and invisible hem like this with a cross-stitch by hand. Continue reading

The Shortest Shirring Tutorial Ever

I got this ADORABLE fabric from JoAnn Fabrics!  I have to go back this week because the coupons are AMAZING.  I got all the materials needed to make a dress for $25!  There is a 50% off, 40% off and 30% TOTAL purchase.  Which is all pretty rad.

Also, I made this dress in a day and now I need things to do.  Because sewing is fun and packing is not.  Also, there isn’t anymore wedding planning I can do until I get some more things in the mail.

So, here is a little tutorial for how I do shirring!  I use channels, which allows me to adjust the elastic if needed.

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Ruffles, Ruffles Everywhere!

I am finally finishing my high-waisted Butterfly Sonnet skirt.  Which I didn’t finish for so long because I made a major derp and cut out the skirt with the butterflies flying downwards :P.  And even after consciously telling myself over and over again, I also accidentally sewed on the ruffle with the butterflies upside down.  Therefore, I am renaming this skirt

The Derp Skirt.

Despite that, I present the promised tutorial for Applied Ruffles.  This is the kind of ruffle that is placed onto the garment, not seamed to it, so that you have both the ruffle and a header (the top of the ruffle).


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