9th September 2013

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The runes were a gift from one of my very best friends, while I was on vacation in Eugene Oregon. 
I made the draw string sack when I got home. I love the gray lining fabric I used. So soft!

The runes were a gift from one of my very best friends, while I was on vacation in Eugene Oregon.

I made the draw string sack when I got home. I love the gray lining fabric I used. So soft!

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22nd January 2012

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Elastic Channels: How to

I haven’t done a sewing tutorial in a long time. So, here we go! I used the skirt I made from a t-shirt. Check out that tutorial here.

The reason for this tutorial is, I’ve lost a butt load of weight. I’m out of a toxic relationship. I have built up some self respect and I lost 50 pounds. This skirt fit me when I was a fatty. I still want to wear it, so this is how I made it possible.

This is what you need (again, I’m all about whatever is on hand is what gets used… please feel free to improvise):

  • pins
  • measuring tools
  • fabric pencil (that’s a white charcoal pencil from my art supplies)
  • elastic (I had 1/4 inch on hand)
  • skirt or other garment that has 2 layers of fabric
  • Not shown: safety pin

Alright, got all that stuff? Check out the rest under the jump:

So here is my elastic:

Yep. It’s 1/4 inch. I want to make my channels a little bit wider than a 1/4 inch, just to make passing the elastic through said channels a bit easier.

So, using your measuring tools mark your fabric like this:

I marked the center, 6 inches out on each side. So, 12 inches across. I want 3 channels, so I put down 4 marks. If you have 1/2 inch elastic, you can get away with doing 2 channels.

Now, we sew (through both layers)!

We are just sewing across. I already have one row of stitching done here. About to do another. Do all 4…. and you end up with this bad boy:

Now we need to measure some more!

3 pieces of elastic, 6 inches long. I needed quite a bit of tension on my skirt to get it to fit properly. Use your best judgement on this one. Each project is different.

Put your safety pin through the first piece of elastic, as shown above.

This part was hard to photograph, so I will use my words the best I can. Put your hand between the two layers of fabric, find your first channel. Slip your safety pin through, and wiggle it through carefully, pulling the elastic through the channel.

You don’t want to go to far though, we don’t want to pull the elastic all the way through. When you get to where you have a little tail of elastic sticking up, as shown above. Stop!

BECAUSE, we need to pin that little bastard down so it doesn’t slip inside the channel. If this does happen, just pull it all the way through and start again.

Now, you can pull the elastic through, like so.

Pin it down again. This is what it looks like. Repeat the last few steps 2 more times, for every channel you have.

Then you get this:

Be careful. You just gave your garment teeth to bite you with. I learned this the hard way, as usual.

Stitch that Mutha down!!! Wooohoo. Yep. I sew over my pins. I have every sewing machine I have ever owned. All 3 of them. The first one was an old as my mom Bernina. It was nice, though. I graduated to a decent but brand new Kenmore. From there a very nice Janome, which I use now. I rarely break machine needles, and you should change needles often anyway. Obviously, this is not safe to do on your over-lock machine.

Lesson: Quit being a pussy, just sew over your pins.

Repeat on the other side. Remove pins.

All donsies!

Inside out view.

Bonus view: my ass and my kitchen. On a side note, I love how the sun just shines in to this kitchen. Makes taking pictures soooo much easier.

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13th January 2012

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Another shot of the bow tie I made ‘M’

Another shot of the bow tie I made ‘M’

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13th January 2012

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Green Bow Tie

I made this thing:

A bow tie (for a special somebody I have just had the pleasure of getting to know)! Sorry about the cell phone picture. My camera died, and my battery charger hasn’t yet come in the mail.

So, my embroidery skills are still top-notch. I did the monogram with a back stitch. I only hurt myself once!

I used the Martha Stewart pattern. I lub you in my hearts Martha. I’ll be yo prison bitch for life. Anyway.

This is my first completed sewing project since I moved into my new apartment.

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19th December 2011

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Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing →

So, here is my girl-crush of the week. I totally love her style and she has amazing tutorials on her site.

I can’t wait to get my sewing machine out of storage. I am totally going to try some of the things she mentions on her site.

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18th June 2011

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Applique Tutorial

I love it when I get free clothing. I can take something somebody didn’t want, and turn it in to an article of clothing that I am excited to own and wear. This khaki colored button up was no different. It was very boring (even though it fit me as if it were made for me, great dart placement and fit my huge boobs), but a cool applique can make all the difference in the world. Here is how I did it.

What you will need:

  • Fabric Stabilizer (sorry I spelled it wrong up there, to lazy to fix)
  • Fusible Web
  • Masking Tape
  • Applique Fabric
  • An article of clothing

Not pictured, but still needed:

  • Sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch
  • Iron
  • A lot of thread for your sewing machine

This design is very complicated in nature. If you are new to applique, try a few simple designs, or practice on other fabric you do not care about before jumping into a mess load of curves like I am doing.

The first thing I do is iron my shirt and my fabric. I taped my fabric to my shirt to sketch out my design (an octopus). You don’t need to do this if your piece is small, or you are tracing your design.

Here is my design, I sketched it in chalk. Because of this, I need to handle it carefully, so I do not rub off my drawing. In the picture, my fabric is sitting on top of some fusible web. Iron this to your fusible web (rough side of the web touching the wrong side of the fabric).

Once your web has fused enough to your design, go ahead and cut it out. I touch my hot iron down on this a couple more times, just to make sure I have a good bond. Be careful not to get this stuff on your iron. It is a bitch to clean off, lol.

Now you can peal the paper backing off of your applique, like so.

Now place your design on your shirt. I wanted mine a little bit at the shoulder, off center. Just place it where ever you think it looks cool, now iron that sucker down. Make sure you get a good bond. I iron the front for a while, then I flip the garment over and iron the fuck out of the back too. We don’t want a design this complicated coming up at the sewing machine. Much swearing will ensue.

Here is a picture of Jerry. Jerry is my sewing machine. Say hi. Anyway, I set Jerry to 07 (zig zag stitch). I set the width at 4, and the length at .5 (you may want to test your settings on a scrap until you get the width and length the way you want it, for this project, I used 4 and .5).

Set your design under your sewing foot. I try to keep the line of my design lined up with the middle opening of my foot. It seems to keep things even for me. Once you have it lined up how you like, start sewing! Go slow. Don’t be afraid to take your time. If you need to use stabilizer, use it. For this project, I did not need to this time. If you are doing a small applique, I find you do not need fusible web, just a chunk of stabilizer is enough to keep your sewing machine from eating your project.

Here we go around a curve. I like to keep the fabric nice and taught while I do this. If your design is big like mine, you WILL run out of bobbin thread. Before you begin, it might be smart to wind 3 or 4 to save yourself time. I am not this smart, and I got mad at my bobbins a couple of times. Just back stitch over any places where you run out of bobbin thread and keep going. Should be fine.

Here is the back of my project (before I clipped all my little annoying threads).

My son took this picture. He is 5, and short. Sorry about that lol. Boring shirt is now a smashing shirt. I’ve worn this like 3 times since I added mr. octopus and I get so many compliments on this shirt. I plan on making something similar for my boyfriend, who also has a boring brown khaki button up.

Here are some ideas I have for more applique, and feel free to steal my ideas (I also love pictures):

  • Day of the dead skull
  • Old school tattoo images (birds, anchors, daggers etc)
  • Anything from an old video game (can anybody say, one up mushroom)
  • Stars, hearts
  • Apples and other fruit are always cute

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10th June 2011

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Sheet Dress

Earlier this week, my son Francis and I went to a thrift store and I bought a cool sheet. Here is the post on that. I really can’t believe that I banged this new dress out so quickly. Shit. I guess it helps that I wasn’t taking care of other people’s kids while I tried to make it lol.

Cutting out the pieces to the dress. You can also sort of see my pattern adjustment method here. I use a roll of art paper I got at Ikea for like 3 dollars, and I tape and cut and tape the pattern all over it. Then I cut it out. Smooth. huh?

Awww, look who finally got to come out of his closet! Lord Overlock was finally invited to this sewing party. He has been away for some time now. He totally behaved himself on this project. Maybe he will get lucky and he will get to play another day!

Yours truly finally got herself an ironing board. Well, it used to be Kevin’s but does he even seem like to the type to ever use one? haha no. It was buried in the basement of his parent’s house and I inherited it. Now I need a new iron. :P

Sorry about the not so great quality picture of me here. My friend took it. He only took one shot (really? It’s a digi cam, you can take 20 if you like), and this was it. Getting into the corset isn’t exactly an easy task (I need help to get in it). I am really please with how this came out. I love wearing my new dress.

Isn’t it great? My new dress only cost me 2 dollars to make. Awesome.

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8th June 2011

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Pinafore Dress Re-post

Last month I made this dress. Pretty effing cute dress, pretty effing bad pictures.

Well, I finally got some better pictures of this, so here we go:

Cool necklace eh? I got it on eBay in like 2004. It is a Russian dog tag. Def a conversation piece.

I love the bow! When don’t I love bows haha. The straps are cute. I have worn this dress with many different t-shirts, black, hot pink, purple. I have a white shirt I wanna try with this too!

I love the back.

And yes, I have been addicted to french braiding my hair lately. I think my menz are starting to think that is the only way I know how to do my hair lol. I need to redye my bangs. Damn. I don’t have enough time in my day.

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6th June 2011

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Burda Style Maryy Dress

*phew* I had an event filled weekend. Friday evening I started cutting out the pattern for the Maryy dress, here is the link.

I figured out I kind of like using these Burda Style patterns. They lay really flat, and are a bit more sturdy then traditional tissue patterns. Even putting them together wasn’t to much of a chore.

Saturday morning I spent cutting out my fabric. I used some gray pin stripe fabric somebody gave to me. I have a lot of it. I wanted it to be fun so I added hot pink accents!

This dress should have been really easy but it took me a few days to put together. I made the fatal error of baby sitting my friend’s 7 and 4 year old daughters this weekend. Thank goodness I did not have my son this weekend. It was so hectic. Giving attention to the girls while trying to sew… Well, lets just say I had to rip some stitches out and start again in a few places.

Yay I look great! I had to do some adjusting to the bodice part of the pattern. It is a well known fact that Ashleigh has huge knockers. Commercial patterns really aren’t made for girls with bigguns (I think industry standard size is a B cup, please bitches, I be rockin’ an F cup). Anyway, I am pretty good at adjusting patterns in the booby area, cus I have always had big boobs. Enough about boobs (I really like talking about them).

This is a great pattern. If you have printing access, download and print it NOW. I have a great piece of clothing to add to my wardrobe and it only cost me 2 bucks to make (I paid for the zipper *gasp*).

Ugh, and yes, I put a bow on practically anything.

And just for fun, I added this scallop to the hem.

I don’t think I will be doing that for awhile. I am the kind of person who needs instant gratification. If I can’t make it in less then a day, I usually don’t finish it. I hammered this out over the weekend. I love it!

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30th May 2011

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Shirt to a Skirt

I have a stack of old t-shirts. I can’t or wont wear some of them (to much wear and tear, stupid images I used to like). Anyway, I used to wear band t-shirts when I was a teenager. Here is one now:

I don’t really dig Static-X anymore, but I love this shirt so much. I have so many memories of wearing it, but it is to the point where I cannot wear it in public anymore. I don’t want to get rid of it, but I do not want to keep something I can’t wear. So let’s turn it into this:

This is the back of the shirt, cus my front facing shots didn’t come out. Don’t mind my huge butt.

Here is how I did (sorry, I didn’t take pictures, but if you know how to sew this will be so easy):

  1. cut the sleeves and collar off of your t-shirt. I didn’t do this, but I thought of it later, Turn the sleeves into pockets!!! Or the sleeve holes.
  2. measure across the top of your cut shirt, and down the center to the bottom. We need to cut a tube of jersey using this measurements.
  3. Cut your tube of fabric as tall as your shirt, and twice as wide as your horizontal measurement.
  4. Now measure your waist, where you think the skirt should sit. Subtract 2 inches.
  5. With that measurement cut a piece of jersey for the waist band. I cut mine 13 inches tall.
  6. Sew up the side of your skirt, and put it inside of the t-shirt. Sew around the top to keep them together. You can hem this piece if you wish. Jersey shouldn’t unravel. Your choice.
  7. You may, or may not, need to gather your skirt top. Do so now, if you need to.
  8. Sew the sides of your waist band, just like you did with the skirt part.
  9. Pin it to the top like so:

    The blue lines are your pins, and the pink is the fold line
  10. Once you have sewn the waist band down, fold it over along the pink line there, top stitch it down, and your done!!

You can do so much with this, even though it’s really simple. I think my skirt is super comfy and I love wearing it all around :D I fold the waist band down (like in the picture). It’s like a yoga band. This would be an awesome maternity skirt.

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