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Sewing a Floral Skirt Sewing Blogs, Simplicity Patterns, Rolled Hem, Fabric Shop, Summer Dresses, Floral, Pretty, Skirts, Collection

Sewing a Floral Skirt

I recently walked into a fabric shop just a block away from where I live and was wonderfully surprised to discover that they were having a sale on a large selection of their fabrics. I overindulged myself in the sheer luxury on display and left the shop with two bulging bags of potential pleasure. I immediately set to work and cut this fun floral skirt from one of the lengths of fabric I had bought. I show you how to sew this simple pattern yourself in today's blog. I used the skirt pattern…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Sew Wide-Bottomed Pants Bicycle Print, Sewing Blogs, Rolled Hem, Printing On Fabric, Pretty, Pants, Fashion, Trouser Pants, Moda

Sew Wide-Bottomed Pants

I don't really have the length for wide-bottomed pants, but I do like the idea of them. And as I am not forking out a fortune to buy them, and will rather be making them myself, I decided to include a pair of wide-bottomed pants in my latest mix and match collection. I show you how to make these in today's blog. I opted for this bicycle print fabric as I thought it would go well with the florals I was already using in this collection. Reinforce the waistband with stiffening/vilene. Fold the…

Sew A Reversible Jacket Princess Line, Best For Last, Sewing Blogs, Mccalls Patterns, Piece Of Clothing, Buttonholes, Hand Sewing, That Look, Kimono Top

Sew A Reversible Jacket

I have kept the best for last in the mix and match set of clothes that I have been sewing all week. Today I show you how to sew a very feminine reversible jacket to round off the set. Until now, we have been keeping it very simple and easy, but today's jacket has a few snags to look out for, though it is still quite easy to manage. The reversed jacket. It is the final piece of clothing that I will be making from this selection of fabric. I use a McCalls pattern for this jacket. As the jacket…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Sewing Reversible Shofar Bags Perfect Number, Ties That Bind, Jesus On The Cross, Sewing Blogs, Stick Pins, Buttonholes, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Bags

Sewing Reversible Shofar Bags

A while ago I blogged about a trip I undertook with some friends to go and buy some shofars, at a place just outside of Brits. We came home with a number of shofars between the four of us, and it soon became clear that the shofars would need bags, if we wanted to protect them. I have a rather extensive fabric stash and offered to make the bags, but then one of my friends brought a whole bag of upholstery fabric off-cuts, that she had received from her mom, for me to work with. In today's…

Sewing a Paneled Skirt Sewing Blogs, Floral Tie, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Skirts, Collection, Fashion, Moda, Skirt

Sewing a Paneled Skirt

It is a new year and time for new things. I figured a festive new skirt might be in order to set the tone for the new year. In today's blog I show you how to cut and make this skirt for yourself. The truth is, that I made two of these; one for me, and one for my mom. I walked into a fabric store and bought this fabulous collection of fabric. I did not have a pattern, but I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to do. This pattern can not be cut on the fold, but has to be cut single. This…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Sewing An Easy Top Sewing Blogs, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Easy, Mens Tops, Collection, Fashion, Moda, Fashion Styles

Sewing An Easy Top

After having sewn a pair of pants, based on a pattern from an old pair of pajamas, I had only enough fabric left to make the top as well. Even though this wasn't originally my idea, I decided that fate had spoken and I proceeded to make the top. I will probably never wear the two items together, but separately, they are very pretty. I show you how to make this top in a few easy steps in today's blog. I cut the top apart and laid the pieces out on the fabric so I could make myself a top from…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Sewing a Short-Sleeved Jacket Sewing Blogs, Blouse, Pretty, Jackets, Collection, Tops, Women, Fashion, Down Jackets

A Pretty Talent Blog: Sewing a Short-Sleeved Jacket

Sewing a Black & White Top Sewing Blogs, Black And White Tops, Compliments, Sewing Patterns, Lace, Pretty, Outfits, Collection, Women

Sewing a Black & White Top

Today we are making a quick-sew pattern. The top we are making can be sewn in an hour or two and requires very little skill. It is not meant to the centerpiece of an outfit, but rather to compliment the other pieces in the outfit. I show you step by step how to go about sewing an uncomplicated top like this for yourself in today's blog. The fabric I selected was this black and white print and I opted to make the top from an old pattern I have in my pattern collection. The pattern is…

Sewing 2 Palazzos with Inserts Summer Jacket, Sewing Blogs, Extra Fabric, Butterfly Print, Buttonholes, Printing On Fabric, Arts And Crafts, Black And White, Pretty

Sewing 2 Palazzos with Inserts

It is time to do some sewing again. I make two pairs of pants from the same palazzo pattern today. Both pairs have a fabric insert to make it a tad more interesting. These funky, vibrant fabrics is what all of us need to get us in the right frame of mind for the coming festive season. Bring on summer! I found this fabric, that I eventually wanted to put together for an ensemble. The pants would be made from the paradise print fabric, a top from the black and white, while a short-sleeved…

It is time to do some sewing again. I make two pairs of pants from the same palazzo pattern today. Both pairs have a fabric insert to make it a tad more inte. Sewing Blogs, Pairs, Videos, Pretty, Fabric, Pattern, Collection, Women, Fashion

Sewing 2 Palazzos with Inserts

Sewing 2 Palazzos with Inserts

I recently walked into a fabric shop just a block away from where I live and was wonderfully surprised to discover that they were having a sale on a large se. Sewing Blogs, Fabric Shop, Summer Dresses, Videos, Floral, Pretty, Skirts, Shopping, Collection

Sewing a Floral Skirt

I recently walked into a fabric shop just a block away from where I live and was wonderfully surprised to discover that they were having a sale on a large se...

Sew a Short-Sleeved Top Sewing Shorts, Sewing Blogs, Warm Colors, Short Sleeves, Pretty, Fabric, Collection, Tops, Women

Sew a Short-Sleeved Top

After all of the warm colours that I have been working with, I decided that it was high time that I spent some time sewing fabric with cooler colours. Even though we find ourselves in the heart of winter, here in South Africa, I had just enough fabric to manage a short-sleeved shirt. Well, the weather will turn warm again and then I will enjoy the shorter sleeves. I once again show you how to sew this yourself. I chose one of my older Butterick patterns to cut this shirt from. Pin the front…

Sew a Long-Sleeved Fitted Blouse Sewing Blogs, Simplicity Patterns, Buttonholes, Long Sleeve Shirts, Blouse, Pretty, Fitness, Sweaters, Jackets

Sew a Long-Sleeved Fitted Blouse

So, in the last blog, I had made myself a short-sleeved top in the middle of Winter. Well, then perhaps I should show you how to make a long-sleeved shirt as well. This time the pattern is somewhat more of a challenge, but follow with me and it should be easy enough. If you choose a nice sturdy fabric to work with, this top can even double as a jacket as well. I use one of Simplicity's patterns to cut this blouse from. Lay the blouse out according to the instructions and cut. Reinforce the…

Sew a Jacket with a Coordinating Collar Mix Match Outfits, Sewing Blogs, New Set, Collars, Curves, Pretty, Jackets, Fashion, Down Jackets

Sew a Jacket with a Coordinating Collar

I have been making pretty bottoms for my new set of mix and match clothes, but I had yet to make a jacket or top to go with it. In today's blog I show you how to make a jacket with a coordinating collar. I liked this so much that I cut a similar jacket from two of the fabrics that I was using for the set. I decided on a pattern by Butterick to make the jackets from. Pin the shouders. Sew the shoulders of the back and front panels. Reinforce the collar with stiffening/vilene. Pin the coller…