Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to make your own quick and easy top and skirt without a pattern

You don’t need a pattern, just follow the instructions

I used double thickness for both the top and the skirt as I found the fabric too thin…. it turned out really a good weight with double thickness.
Sew as if you were just using one thickness unless you feel your fabric is thick enough then you only need one thickness.
Mine would have been see-thru almost and I didn’t want to wear a camisole or slip underneath.

The biggest stretch should go around you.
zig zag seam, center back
directions for top

Turn down about 1/2 inch on the neckline and stitch. Turn up about 1/2 inch on the hemline and stitch. Turn in on both armholes a little over a 1/4 inch and stitch.
Cut 2 10 inch stripes of fabric about 3/4 of an inch wide. These are the ties for the shoulders. It may be in the same fabric or in a coordinating fabric.
Tip: If you cut your armholes too deep it will not give you enough coverage in the front!! Better to cut a little bit and try it on.

Seam in the back

Don’t forget your ties and enjoy wearing your new top!!  You can also wear this top with one shoulder tied
and the other one off your shoulder or even no ties…. Play around with it and have fun…. make more than one!!!

The skirt

2 meters to be safe. It depends on the length you want the skirt to be.

Measure the front of your waist and add 1/2 inch each side.  Cut in a triangular shape to the length you’d like and
add enough on the bottom to make a hem…about 2" inch more.

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You can use a marker of chalk and a ruler to make your lines even. Should have a slightly wider base.
skirt pattern
stretch should go across your body!
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use a zigzag stitch to sew stretch fabric
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Sew sides together with right sides facing each other.

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You may want to serge the edges but it is not necessary as the fabric will not unravel

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a good seamstress will ALWAYS iron her seams! ;-)
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You may want to iron the outside too being careful how hot your iron is depending on your fabric choice.

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I have a sway back and a inward pelvic tilt so I have to curve the front waist about and inch or so. Also good to do if you have a slightly protruding stomach also.
If you are unsure what to do here. Try the skirt on at this point
and tie and elastic around the waist of the skirt while you have it on. Check all angles in the mirror and see
where is need to be lower.   It could be the back if you have a flat bottom and a small back.
You may want to taper the sides of the skirt down to fit closer.
It should fit well.
The hem line should be fairly straight as well.
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Measure your waist snuggly and add a 1/2 inch  more for the back seam. Cut a 6'” strip of fabric on the stretch
lengthwise and cut to the length of your waist measurement plus 1/2”. This will be for the waistband.
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Pin it at the sides of the waist skirt and stretch it to fit the waist and pin the middle of the
front and the middle of the back evenly. Use your chin if you have too!!! lol
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serge or zigzag edge if you like
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This step is important so that your waistband stays in place!!
Zigzag stitch just under the waistband seam with the fabric from the seam turned down
underneath your stitching.
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Turn under the bottom of the skirt to wear you want it hemmed, pink and zigzag in place.

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For a quick skirt no need to finish the edge.

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You may want to find an old tag or ribbon to sew in the back of the skirt so that
you know what is front and what is back.
And there you have it a quick and easy skirt!!! Have fun and make many!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My spiritual beliefs

I believe in God the Father, The creator of the world, universe and everything in it. Including the sun,moon,stars,air and water, plants, animals, fish, insects, reptiles,aliens, men and women and everything else I may have missed.
I believe there is only one God.
I believe God is omnipresent….. meaning He is everywhere and with everyone at the same time. God is never too busy to bother with us.
I believe God is omnipotent……meaning He can do anything He choses to do.
I believe God is omniscience……meaning He is able to know everything about  you including all the  thoughts you think and everything you feel,all about your life  etc..infinitely
I believe you can “know” God intimately.
I believe God can bring light to your life, even when it’s  dark.
I believe God can bring fullness to your life when it feels empty.
I believe God can bring joy to your life when you are sad.
I believe God has a son, His name is Jesus. I believe He is God that lived in human form.
I believe He lived as an example to us and that He died to show us God’s love for us.
I believe it was his choice to die for us. He didn’t have to. He could have called on the angels and they would have rushed to His side.
I believe He was crucified on a cross  because of people with unbelieving and cruel hearts that wanted Him dead because they didn’t want to hear the truth. His goodness caused them to feel bad about themselves so they decided to get rid of him so they didn’t have to look at themselves or change.
I believe He died to show us that our hearts and thoughts can be very wrong and that we need to turn from evil things. Things that are not good for our souls.
I believe He rose again on the third day.
I believe God cares deeply for us, even about the smallest detail.
I believe I would never want to live without God in my life.
I believe we should admit that we sin.
I believe we should admit that we need Jesus as our savior.
I believe God is merciful.
I believe God is powerful.
I believe God has great compassion.
I believe God has feelings. I believe He laughs and I believe He cries.
I believe I hear Him
I believe I see Him
I believe I smell His intoxicating fragrance like the rose of Sharon.
I believe we should forgive others as we want to be forgiven.
I believe God will be shaking things up in this world.
I believe God loves me.
I believe God loves you.
I believe I dance with Jesus.
I believe Jesus still lives today and that we can have a greater life because of Him.
I believe that you must except Jesus as your Lord and saviour.
I believe you must except Him in your heart and not your head.
I believe you must make a choice to love Him because of the love He showed us when He died for our sins.
I believe you can’t see the Father without knowing the son.
I believe you must ask God for forgiveness of sins.
I believe you should turn away from sin and try to live a pure and holy life as best as you can.
I believe we should not judge, that there is only one judge, and judge HE will.
I believe we should have a healthy fear of the Lord. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord.
I believe we should trust God.
I believe there is a devil, his name is Satan, and his followers are demons,
I believe we must resist him.
I believe we should love our enemies because God says so.
I believe we must hate sin but love the sinner.
I believe we should ask God for wisdom and guidance.
I believe there are a lot of “if”s in God’s word.
I believe we should humble ourselves before God humbles us. It’s best that way!
I believe the devil comes to destroy, lie and steal anything and everything God has for us.
I believe we can see him at work in this world.
I believe God has already won the battle between them.
I believe he has lost and he is angry.
I believe you should hold on to grace ( God’s gift to us) It’s free and it’s great and we definitely need it!!!
I believe in God’s word, the bible
I believe Jesus is the word in human form
I believe Jesus was in the beginning of time, and is now and yet he’s still to come.
I believe the world as we know it, will end.
I believe life goes on.
I believe we will have a new body and a new earth and a new heaven.
I believe the sun will turn to blood and the sky will darken.
I believe there will be more earthquakes, famine and disasters before the end comes.
I believe the bible is true, even when I don’t understand it because I know God and I know He is always right, it doesn’t matter what I believe or think. I`m always wrong even though I may think I`m right and that`s fine with me.
I believe God comes first before husband or wife or children and if God comes first then  life should fall into place properly. I believe spouse should be next and then children. If parents are happy the children will be happy also. But all things in a Godly way.
I believe God gives us common sense and wants us to use it.
I believe that you must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Born again is:
In Christianity, born again refers to a "spiritual rebirth" (regeneration) of the human soul or spirit, contrasted with the physical birth everyone experiences. The origin of the term "born again" is the New Testament: "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.'"[Jn 3:3 TNIV][1] It is a term associated with salvation in Christianity.
Throughout most of Christian history, to be "born again" was understood as spiritual regeneration via the sacrament of baptism by the power of water and word. This is still the understanding in Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Lutheranism and Eastern Orthodoxy. However, beginning sometime after the Reformation, being born again[2] has been predominantly understood by some radical Protestants (of the "anabaptist" branch) to be an experience of conversion symbolized by water baptism, and rooted in a commitment to one's own personal faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Following an interpretation of, for instance, Ezekiel 36:26,[3] many believe that when a person accepts Jesus as the Messiah and receives the Holy Spirit, a radical "change of heart" occurs. This change is marked by an aversion to sin and a passion for obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ, as outlined in the Christian scriptures. Many associate the term "born again" with the revelation of a new concept, or an experience of conversion, defined as mental assent to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as one's personal Saviour; though some believe that this experience or mental assent (See Gnosticism) is not alone sufficient to merit Christian salvation. Rather, in addition, this is brought about by repentance, the aforementioned "new birth" of the Holy Spirit, and faith in Jesus Christ's propitiation for sins.[4]
I believe that there must be a change in your life and what comes out of your mouth.
I believe you must have a radical change of heart towards God and towards others.
I believe that there are people who believe that they are born again when they are not.
I believe that there will be people in heaven that you would think they wouldn’t be there.
I believe that there are people who are saved who don’t know that they are saved.
I believe it’s important how you walk with God.
I believe we should daily check ourselves on how we act or what we say.
I believe there is power in your words.
I believe through Jesus we can do things that we never thought possible
I believe in the Holy Spirit….. I believe it is part of God’s personality and is what God uses to draw us to Him.
I believe we can feel, see and smell His presence.
I believe we should be faithful
I believe you should have contact with other believers in a group or church meetings as this helps you to grow spiritually as God wants you to grow.
I believe God wants us to mature spiritually.
I believe churches or groups should be small to get the most out of them.
I believe we should be accountable to one another.
I believe we should confess our sins to one another.
I believe in the power of prayer.
I believe you can have God’s favor
I believe in speaking in tongues…. I believe it is our spirit connecting directly to His….. I believe it lifts us up and edifies us and strengthens us…… I believe it empowers us to a greater calling.
I believe we, the believers, are chosen and called.
I believe God calls everyone.
I believe God wants everyone to be saved.
I believe Jesus is the Christ. Christ means the anointed one.
In simple terms, the anointing is the presence of the Holy Spirit being smeared upon someone. It is the overflowing life of Jesus which imparts supernatural strength enabling an individual to perform a special task or function in an office he is called and appointed to.
In ancient times, God would anoint an individual to function effectively to a particular office. For example, He would choose a person and anoint him to stand in the office of a prophet. He would choose another and anoint him to stand in the office of a priest. He would choose still another one and anoint him to stand in the office of a king.
I believe God is love.
I believe God is powerful.
I believe you must have faith.
I believe all these things because God, my Father says so.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hat that matches my coat of many colors

Watch my video
Practicing my video skills, be nice! lol

It was wayyyyyyy too cold to keep my hood off!!! I just about froze!!! hahaha



I wish I had had some black fleece, it would have looked great mixed in with those pink tassels!!





Hope you have a warm hat day!!! xox

PS. I found some great fabric at Walmart!! It is pink and dark brown prints(the dark brown looks almost black) and I think it would look great as a jean style jacket for spring with a twist of course...Yup I think so!!  Creating my pattern now for it. Stay tuned!!! hehehe   SO ExCiTiNg!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fabric designs I created

I have always had the desire to have my own fabric…I looooooooooove fabric!!!! It would be my dream to have a large fabric store or have my own fabric line!!! It would be soooooo awesome!!! Just imagine the clothes I could make with them!!! love, love, love!!!
Anyway, I decided to play around and make some patterns and these are what I came up with. I’m still working on others but they are not ready yet.

Be nice and do not copy my work. You wouldn’t want someone to do that to you right?
Use these samples as inspiration to do your own designs!!!

“Sizzle in the sun” series
These are warm popular colors coming for spring
spring fling Ready redcorn flower yellow             poppy red
random scratches
nectarinepoppy rednectarine mesh

“Clearly Bright” series
These cool colors would be a great way to kick start spring!!
This is my silhouette image enlarged. On the fabric it would be small patterns repeated like below.
silhouette in black
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I would like to make a rain coat out of this pattern for a bold look or out of the one below using one of the patterns for the inside lining.
blue as the skyhearts in color
This would be the pattern inside my raincoat if I went with the plain blue for the outside.

candy stripedChevron pink green and bluetender shoots
I can picture a bold fitted skirt with that chevron pattern and a pretty silky sleeveless top to match in that lime green!!  maybe a striped slightly fitted shirt to finish the outfit!!  Goodness what fun I’d have!!! You’d buy my outfits wouldn’t you!!??  hahaha

musically inclinde
Pattern is called “Musically inclined”
Picture this on a soft silk fabric scarf wearing that blue raincoat!!!….great for someone that loves music.

grass and stripeshot pinkblack
Pattern is called “Black reeds”

love and kisses (clearly bright)
blackhot pinkblue as the sky                      
Pattern is called “Cross my hearts”

stripes in clearly brightblack
Pattern is called “As bold as you can”

“Spring into it”  Series
Hot colors this spring!
Emerald stripeslazy flowerstender shoots
Patterns are called “lime stripes” and “Stars a cross”

funky flowers
Picture this pattern on the bottom of a white dress! Fabulous!!
Hope you liked my fabrics!!! What series do you like the best??  Mine is the “Clearly bright” series
Have a fabulous fabric day!!!