Sunday, December 30, 2012

Peacock Feather Pajama Bottoms

After sewing the Burberry-Inspired Peacoat, I really needed to work on something that did not take a lot of thinking. I've had this peacock feather rayon knit in my stash for a little while now and needed to make something with it now! I made a few infinity scarves with it in the fall, keeping one for myself, but had pajamas in mind originally. I saved myself about 2 yards just for this project.

These pajama bottoms are best for the spring/summer months since they are capri-length. I used Butterick Pattern #5792, which is actually to be made from woven fabrics. It turned out fine though anyway using a knit. The pattern was super easy and would recommend it for a beginner.

A lot of times when I make pants/ shorts/ boxers/ etc with elastic, it is hard to tell the front from the back. So I came up with an idea direct from the clothing companies---use a folded satin ribbon on the back and you'll know exactly how to wear them! I had a satin ribbon with "Artful Addiction" printed on them a couple years ago but never used it. So I used it in these bottoms. (A plain ribbon will work also.)

I wonder what my next sewing project will be??? What are you working on?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Burberry-Inspired Peacoat - Finished!

I've been blogging on Fabric Mart Fabricistas about my progress in a Burberry-Inspired Peacoat. I've finally finished! Rather than blog about it again here, I'm going to just share the final product with you!

I used Simplicity Pattern #2311. Overall it was easier than I thought! It is fully lined, underlined with flannel for extra warmth and has three anchor buttons down the front. The plaid is like a Burberry plaid wool I got at Fabric Mart last year. I lined it in an Italian silk crepe de chine in midnight navy, also from Fabric Mart. I also made a muslin first which was helpful for making sure it was going to fit correctly. It does fit, although I probably could have even made it a little smaller in some areas. I fixed that by overlapping the front flaps more making it a more snug. I also included the belt so it would help make it fit better. I didn't have my dressform while I was making this (it was in use somewhere else), so it was a little more challenging to construct, it but overall, I'm pleased.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I'm back! + Infinity Scarf Tutorial

After a few months on hiatus, it is time to start this blog again. I've been blogging on Fabric Mart's Fabricista Blog and will be highlighting some of my favorite blog posts I've written since I started. Here is one that is great for a last minute gift for the holidays.

Have a person on your gift list, but have no idea what to get for them? Making a gift is the perfect idea and it will be even more thoughtful than a silly little gift they don't really want anyway.

Infinity scarves are super easy and quick to make. They are called infinity scarves because they look like a continuous piece of fabric in a tubular form. You can make them in almost any type of knit. Knits come in so many different prints that you can make one for every outfit in your closet. 

Here is what you will need: 
- Sewing machine
- 1/2 yard of knit fabric (sweater knit, rayon knit, ITY knit, cotton knit, etc)
- Thread to match
- Hand sewing needle

1) Fold the 1/2 yard piece of knit in half the long way. Pin along the entire long edge. 

2) Using a thin zig-zag stitch (almost straight stitch), stitch the long edge. I pull slightly on the front and back of the fabric as it goes through the sewing machine so that when the scarf is finished, it can be stretched and the seam does not break. Serge the seam if possible.

3) Put your hand through one open end and pull the other end through, matching raw edges and seams. Pin together.


4) Sew along the raw edges of this "tube", making sure to leave an opening to turn right side out. Serge if possible. 

This is what the scarf should look like before turning it right side out.

5) Turn the entire scarf right side out. Hand stitch the opening closed. 

You can also make these scarves with 2 yards of fabric, cutting 18" from the selvedge. You will get at least three scarves from this. Making them this way may create a different drape effect.You can make the scarf fuller by using a 3/4 yard piece of fabric or 27" piece of fabric (if you are making it with the 2 yard piece of fabric. 

This fabric is still available on Fabric Mart's website! Check it out now!

Make a scarf for everyone on your list! What will you be making as gifts for the holidays?