Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Puppy!

We finally got a new dog a few weeks ago! We looked for a while and got the perfect one for our family. His name is Bach. We did not rename him. He was in the Poodle Rescue shelter for 3 months. He is 2 years old, a poodle-cocker spaniel mix and is already trained. Perfect fit for us as he loves the boss of the house!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

1940's Pattern GiveAway Simplicity 1273

This pattern is a lovely dress pattern from the 1940's. There isn't a date on it! It is a size 20 with the bust size 38, waist 32, hip 41 and dress length 44".

Rules: Sunday evenings I will post a pattern for the giveaway. You have to follow my blog and leave a comment. I will randomly choose a comment on Sunday evenings. I am going to do this the entire summer and you can win more than once so leave a comment every week. I have tons and found a lot more looking for a fairy princess robot super hero costume pattern for my daughter! She wants this is pink/purple:-) Watch for some crazy posts as I try to make this the way she wants it.

Disclaimer: Everything starts over on Mondays!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

TuTu Summer Shirt

I made this shirt using Indietutes Corset Dress tutorial.
I love the shirt but she just hates to stand still long enough to lace it up. I also had a little trouble with her straps slipping. She has no shape and is even all the way down so I have to make the top of a shirt compensate.

Here is my modification, but check out the original first it is awesome!
Cut 4 shoulder strap pieces and 2 (on the fold) bodice pieces. I just drew up a pattern like I wanted it to fit. You will need 4 hair rubber bands, 4 buttons, and a roll of tulle.

After you cut it out, this is the time to applique or embroidery the front. Sew the sleeve straps right sides together leaving the ends open. Place the bodice pieces right sides together.

On the bodice measure 4 even spaces the same on each side (if you are making it smaller than a sz 6 only use 3). Take the rubber bands and wrap thread around 1 end (don't tie it) and place it inbetween the right side together bodice pieces. Alternate so that each side has 2 rubber bands (first side rubber band, blank rubber band and blank) (second side blank, rubber band, blank, rubber band. Pin the bands down so that they are just sticking out a little. A pin on either side holds the band in place. Pin the bodice together.

Sew the bodice together except for the bottom and where the sleeves will go. I double pin where I am supposed to stop and start. It looks weird and makes you think when you get to it. Turn the straps right side out and press it. Sew across the top and bottom with a long straight stitch and a high tension. It should gather it slightly.

Now place the strap between the bodice pieces into the front insert. Adjust and sew it down. Do this on both sides of the front (not the back).

Now it is easier to turn it right side out and figure out which side for the back go on. Place a dot on the strap and the insert so you can match them up. Do it on both sides of the back. Now turn the bodice wrong side again and insert the straps so that they match up and are not twisted inside.

Now turn it right side out and press it.

Next take your roll of tulle and cute 6 times as long as the bottom of the entire length of the bodice. Fold it lengthwise and stitch with the longest straight stitch and the highest tension at the end of the unfolded side. This should make it really gathered.

I just fold it as I sew. Now pin it with the stitching towards the bottom of the right side of the bodice. Do not go through both layers just one. sew it down.

Now turn the end under and match with the other side so that both are neat and even. Pin it and Top stitch the whole bodice.

Now sew on the buttons so that they alternate the way the rubber bands do. You're done!!

New Look Pattern 6906 Size 4

I made this pattern in a size 4. It is true to the measurements and is very easy to make. I did change the seam allowances because I used the serger. We went to "Mega-lo Mart" for a movie and my daughter saw the pink sparkly butterflies and had to have it and the matching purple. Her favorite color is pink/purple and she says it just like that, as one color. How could I say no! I had to make it an easy pattern because I hate wasting my time on cheap fabric that you know is going to stain the first time she wears it. I have had amazing results with quilting fabric AKA "the good stuff". It lasts through 3 girls and still looks great with no stains. I made the shirt longer so she could wear it as a dress. These are her I don't want to take a picture poses!

Monday, July 19, 2010

1940's Simplicity 4653 Pattern GiveAway!

This is a used 1940's Simplicity 4653 pattern. It is for Bust 38 and Hip 41. It has the instructions but the envelope is ripped all the way around. You can still read and see everything, though.

Rules: Monday evenings I will post a pattern for the giveaway. You have to follow my blog and leave a comment. I will do the randomly choose a comment on Sunday evenings. I am going to do this the entire summer and you can win more than once so leave a comment every week. I have about 75 very vintage patterns. A huge amount would look HORRIBLE on me so I am giving them away. I will be making the ones that will look good on me or my sisters.

Disclaimer: The last giveaway no one was able to post a comment on my blog, so I will be giving them both away this week. I reset everything and hope you all can post comments now!

The winner tonight is Myra. She has been emailed! The winner of last week's pattern is SEW RED HOT! I do not have your email so email me at andrea at 4sanchez dot com and give me your address! I will have the next pattern up in a little bit:-)

Rayon Wrap Skirt "How To"

First get nice rayon the kind that is almost scratchy feeling but not quite. It dries quickly and doesn't wrinkle. I use mine as a just about everything skirt including my swim suit cover up!
Take your waist measurement at the place you like to have it lay (I like mine below my actual waist) but only from side around the back to the other side. Now measure the same way only around the front. If they are the same measurement just keep one number. The back measurement is what we will use for the first piece. Mine was 17" and you add 1" for the seam allowance (1/2" for each side). If you use different seam allowance add 2 to your back number. Then I measured where I like my skirts to fall (above my knee) 19" plus 1/2" for the hem. On the fold of the fabric cut straight across the top 1/2 the measurement for the back plus the seam allowance (Mine was 17" + 1" divided by 2 = 9")so I cut 9" across the top. For the bottom measure straight down the length that you like (mine is 19") and make a mark now cut across the length of the original back number (Mine was 17") and cut length-wise across the fabric. Now cut diagonally from the end of the waist cut and the end of the length cut.

For the 2 front panels (if you are the same front and back) take the back panel open it, lay it on top of the uncut fabric folded so you have 2 layers. Lay it so that 2 inches of the back fabric are folded under from the waist down making a straight edge now cut it.

Now my daughter's front is bigger than the back and I didn't allow for it and screwed this up! If you are a couple of inches off allow for a bigger front so that when you measure you are 2 inches + seam allowance from the side of your waist. Example if my front was bigger than my back I would not fold the back over 2 inches I would adjust it so that there was only 2 inches from the edge of my side. Say my front is 19" and my back is 17" I would only fold the back 1" and cut (not the 2" called for.)
Now right sides together sew the 2 curved pieces to the sides of the back piece. This should give you one long piece with the edges straight not curved. Now sew a hem up the sides of the edges.

Now sew on the fold over elastic or bias (be with bias tape and don't stretch it. Start with 10" of bias just sewn so that it stays together then sew it over the entire top edge of the skirt and end with 10" of bias after the end of the fabric.

Now sew 2 pieces of foe or bias 10" each and then pin 1 to each side the wrong way away from the edge and sew it.

Now bend it back the right way and sew it towards the front edge and sew it. This should cover the yucky edge.

Hem it and you are ready to wear your wrap!

If you have questions or need additional pictures, dimensions or info email me! I am new to blogging and this is a bit harder then the hands on teaching.

Rayon Wrap Skirt

This is my favorite kind of skirt and it took me about an hour to make! "How To"

This is why I prefer not to be the one in the pictures! I am Casper white and I always have a goofy look on face.
I made one on Saturday and had to make some adjustments!I made it with a non-stretch bias tape at the waist and it made it too big and pucker. I also made it too big in the waist. I like to wear my clothes a little lower than my belly button so I make them a little larger than my waist measurement, then I get crazy and add way too much! I guess in my head I am way bigger than the fabric says I am.

This just doesn't fit quite right. The bias tape has no give but the fabric does. I think I pulled the bias to get it straight and it kept the rayon fabric from going back into shape. Lesson learned. The one I am pictured wearing I used FOE (fold over elastic) and it is perfect!!