Monday, July 27, 2015

Open (ish) Back with Lace Sisboom Angie. a Sort of Tutorial

Anyone else loving all the cut outs this summer? I am!

This tutorial is barely a tutorial.... Sorry about that. I meant to do a proper one....but then I had to redo 3 times to get it how I wanted and don;t have pics of the process.... So this is an Advanced tutorial for those comfortable with pattern hacking and making things work. 

You line the front and then leave the shoulder seams open for putting the back straps into the front shoulder seams.

You will do an elastic casing inside the back piece instead of sewing as per the pattern to the dress.

For the back you cut the back as shown below. I found the black lines I did below a bit wide and added in some extra white lace to cover in to the red lines.

and totally normal looking Angie in the front !

and don't forget the UFO challenge ends when July does! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

4 GIVEAWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I know I usually have a weekly tutorial for you - but I thought what is better than a tutorial - a giveaway! and what is better than a giveaway? FOUR giveaways!!!!

Also, be sure to check out the one pattern 3 ways link party and giveaway

And they blogged about the portrait peasant HERE! 

To help get you inspired I made a collage of some of the Tortola/Tobago's I've done :) but also be sure to check out our pinboards for the FULL wham of inspiration!

We really do love helping you stretch your pattern dollars!

So did this post brighten your day? Which giveaway excites you most?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Flutters on a Peasant! a quick tutorial!

Welcome to yet another Sisboom pattern hack! If you want to see more check out our pinboards! We have them for all the patterns and hacks always get pinned :) 

Grab your Leighanna peasant pattern and let's get started!

To make flutter sleeves you take the sleeve pattern so you know the length to cut your flutter rectangles.  I just estimated on the width. enough for the casing and the hem and about 1.5 inches in between. 

Next sew the side seams together for the main dress

Grab some bias binding. single fold works best. and then pin around both arm holes and sew in that crease as sen in the second photo down here:

Now you will fold the bias down and sew to enclose that edge.

Sew the hems on your flutters and zig zag or serge the short ends of the flutters and then fold downthe end and pin onto the sleeve hole. line up the tops with the main dress and sew along the bias binding line. (yes, this is the easy way... you could also put on and fold into the bias binding, but this was some late night sewing and for a kids item it is good for play even if not fancy inside....)

Then you just finish your top edge with the casing as per the pattern skipping the slit. and hem the bottom.

All done and plain adorable! I love the narrowness of this peasant - perfect for adding on some fun like free motion applique or embroidery :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Asymmetrical Collar VIDEO tutorial for the Tobago/Tortola

This video tutorial is done in 2 parts (for rural internet uploading speed convenience...)  I hope you enjoy!

and as always we LOOOOVE to read your comments and thoughts and would love to see pics! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July UFO Challenge!

Who is ready for the July Challenge?? 

Now, the new challenge! Those pesky unfinished projects taking up space in your sewing room (or if you don;t have those then the ones taking up space in your head that you have been planning to start!)

The album to upload to is in the LAB group