Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Free Tutorial Tuesday!!!

I had mentioned the other night when I posted that we had BIG plans for this blog. Its going to be a slow process getting it going, but I assure you, you are going to like what you see! lol. So...let us commence: Free Tutorial Tuesday!!!! Obviously, this won't be something we have up every Tuesday, or even every other Tuesday--patterns aren't too easy ya know!--but expect one at least once a month at the very least!



So the very first pattern for Free Tutorial Tuesday is....drum roll please...Paisley's Patchwork Skirt!
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If you haven't realized it yet, we are big fans of clothes made with patchwork. Can you really blame us though? Patchwork is a great way to use all those scraps you have hanging out in your work space or to just get acquainted with sewing straight lines if it's your first time sewing! This is a simple patchwork skirt pattern we created to share with you guys for just these occasions! There are patchwork skirt patterns all over the Internet, but this is OUR version! We personally find this pattern to look the best and is one of the easiest patterns to create with patchwork. If you love the patchwork look, but think you can’t create it, you’re wrong and you have come to the right place to learn how to create this fun look!

Difficulty Level: Beginner
Materials Needed:
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat if using Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • 3/4” Elastic
Amount of Fabric Required:
18 months/2T: 1-1/8 yards
3T/4T: 1-1/4 yards
5T/6: 1-1/3 yards
Size of Squares to Cut Out:
18 months/2T: 5.5”, cut out 39 squares total
3T/4T: 6”, cut out 42 squares total
5T/6: 7”, cut out 45 squares total
Number of Squares per Row:
18 months/2T: Top Tier: 8, Middle Tier: 13, Bottom Tier: 18
3T/4T: Top Tier: 9, Middle Tier: 14, Bottom Tier: 19
5T/6: Top Tier: 10, Middle Tier: 15, Bottom Tier: 20
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Rows laid out ready for sewing!
Step 1: Take the squares and lay them out in the rows making sure to put the correct number of squares in each row according to the size you are making. We prefer to lay them out in no particular pattern, just what looks good to the eye. Make sure to mix and match the squares as best as possible so that there are not too many of any one pattern in a section.

Step 2: When you are done, making sure to keep the rows separate, stack each square on top of one another in the order you just made so that you know what order to sew them in. Put a pin in it to hold each row together so it does not get mixed up with the other rows. 

Step 3: We can now sew the squares together to create our rows following the order we created in the previous steps. When sewing be sure to sew right sides together along the two SIDES only so we end up having one LONG strip for each row. Also, pay close attention to the direction of the fabrics as we sew so that they are all going the same way.

Step 4: Now that we have your rows created, take the ends of each row, and match them up right sides together making sure there is no twist in the fabric anywhere. Put a pin in the upper left hand corner, this serves two purposes: 1.) to hold them in place for sewing and 2.) to mark where your first square is for that row. Repeat for the other rows making sure to leave the pin in place after sewing.

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Three tiers completed with gathering stitches sewn at top of two tiers

Step 5: Now that we have our rows--which should be in very long continuous loops--we can gather our middle and bottom tiers to sew them on. Set the sewing machine on the longest stitch length possible. Sew at the top of each of the TWO tiers 1/4" down from the top making sure not to backstitch at the beginning or end. Some seamstresses prefer to have two rows of stitching in case a thread breaks, however, if you are using high-quality thread as we do, then one row of stitching should be sufficient. 

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Gathered tier pinned in place and ready to sew
Step 6: Take the top tier and lay it on a flat surface for reference on how wide our middle tier need to be. Begin gathering the middle tier by pulling the top 2 threads and moving the fabric back so it gathers together.
When it looks like it is the right width, we can begin pinning the middle tier to the top tier by putting the right sides together—making sure to stagger the two rows, i.e. line the center of the first square in the top row up with the corner of the first square in the middle row.  At this point we will know if it is gathered too much or too little and it is easier to adjust correctly. When we have finished pinning our middle tier to the top tier, we can sew them together.  We will repeat this process with the bottom tier.
When you have the three rows sewn together it will look similar to this except much wider--we only took a picture of a portion of it, so you could see it better.


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Close up view of a gathered tier sewn on and topstitched.
Step 7: We can now topstitch our rows. This step is not necessary, but we feel that it really completes a garment and makes it look more professional. To topstitch, sew an 1/8" up from where we attached each row, being sure to catch the seams as pictured. Repeat these steps for every row. The patchwork portion of the skirt is now complete!

 Step 8: Hem your skirt by folding bottom back 1/2" and ironing. Fold back an additional 1/2", iron, and pin. At this point you can now sew 1/8" from the top of the fold around the entire skirt.

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Bottom of hemmed skirt


Step 9: Starting at the center of the back of our skirt, fold back and press 1/4" down all the way around. Now we fold over an additional 1" down and iron, pinning as we go.

Step 10: Now we can sew an 1/8" from the bottom of our fold all the way around the entire waist being sure to leave a 1 1/2" opening as shown to the right.
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Waistband Casing
Step 11: Thread our 3/4" elastic through the waist casing making sure that it doesn't twist while doing so. When we reach the end, sew the two elastic ends together again making sure that it is not twisted. Once sewn together, pull the waist and spread the fabric around so it is evenly distributed. We can now sew the 1 1/2" opening close. Also, if we have labels, now would be the time to sew them in. .

You are now done and you completed it in 11 steps! Was it as easy as we said it was going to be?!? Look how full and fun this skirt is! Perfect for this upcoming Autumn and Winter seasons as well if you use corduroy or minky! Get creative and be sure to share pictures of your creations with us on Facebook and/or our NEW Flickr Group!
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As always, if you have any questions OR have any suggestions for new Free Tuesday Tutorials, please either comment below or email us over at CreateKidsCouture@gmail.com

Happy Sewing!
Shannon  

6 comments:

  1. Love this! So pretty!

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  2. Love It! Can't wait to try this one out.


    Jamie =)

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  3. So cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'm your newest follower.

    Paige
    www.ribbonsandricrac.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks! Excited to try this out!

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