Category: Tutorials

How to Add Belt Loops to Pants

Nut#3 got a new pair of nice dress pants for wearing to church-made by mom! He rarely gets new clothes because he lives in Nut#1’s hand-me-downs. But the church pants got holes in the knees- so I used the New Horizons Metropolitan Pants to make Nut#3’s new Sunday pants. I sewed them up, Nut#3 declared them great, and then as I helped him get dressed for church I realized they were missing something. Belt Loops. I’ve made church pants for Nut#1 before (aww..look how cute Nut#1 is as a 4 year old!).  Back then I up cycled my husband’s old work pants into...

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Make a High-Low Dolman Maxi Dress

For Easter this year, I made myself a new dress!  I had some lightweight knit from Joann’s Red Tag section and thought it would be great as a lightweight dolman maxi dress.  Nothing fussy or fancy, but cool and comfortable for the upcoming summer. To make my dolman maxi dress, I started with the Deer Creek Tunic and Dress and made a few adjustments. Adjustments During Cutting As I was cutting out the dress, I lengthened the bodice 3 inches and extended the shoulder seams about an inch.  I extended both the top and bottom lines for the sleeves...

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Quick Fix for Holes in Footie Pajamas

Spring is here, but just barely.  Our cold days are more than our warm days, but I think we are past snow.  (Please?) Anyone else have footie pajamas with holes in the toes?  While I still want my kids to wear warm pajamas to bed, I’m not buying or making new ones since warm weather is right around the corner.  Time to get creative! Nut-Nut really likes these pajamas.  They are hand-me-downs from Nut#2, who got them handed down from cousins, so they have had a good long life.  But she likes them.  I could have just cut off...

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My Experience with a Wide Shoulder Adjustment

Originally posted Monday, October 24, 2016 I feel a bit scatter brained…I’ve been working on several projects I haven’t finished, am just not ready to share, or haven’t taken decent pictures yet.  But I thought I’d share a part of what I’ve been working on. Wide Shoulder Adjustments. My shoulders seem to be wider than the average woman, at least for the average woman clothing companies and pattern designers draft for.  So I’m learning to alter the patterns I sew with to fit me correctly. I first attempted this kind of adjustment when I tested the Wardrobe Builder Tee...

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Felt Squirt Gun Holster Tutorial

First, for the belt I cut out a long strip 3 inches wide, fold it in half and sew down the length.  And then sew down the length of the other side.  I don’t bother closing off the ends.  I add button holes to one end of the belt and a button on the other end. For the holsters I lay my squirt gun on the felt and cut around it in the general shape.  It’s probably about 1/2 to 3/4 inch from the actual squirt gun.  I slant the top end so that when it is hanging from...

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