DIY Coat Sew Along

The cooler temperatures have inspired me to start sewing some coats and jackets lately. I've noticed I always wear a sporty puffer coat to keep warm and want to add more prints and styles to my wardrobe. I've been wanting to sew a classic coat to wear to dressy occasions and with a neutral color like beige/camel (I already have a black one). I liked this simple yet elegant Sophia Swing Coat pattern from Indygo Junction. I can pair this coat with anything from a sweater and jeans to a holiday dress. To finish off the center front closures I used Dritz Sew-On Toggles. These add instant detail and professionalism to any coat and are easy to apply. Get the details below and make your own.  


Cut the pattern out according to the instructions. 

Follow the pattern instructions to construct the garment. 

For the closure I used Dritz Sew-On Toggles in the middle. You can place them anywhere you'd like. I pinned them first to get an idea of how they'd look with the coat on. 

You can hand sew the toggles on, but I find it much easier to use my sewing machine.  I like to use button or jeans thread which is thicker than all-purpose thread for a nice contrast. I set the stitch length to 4.5 and used my hand wheel the first couple of stitches. Then once I see the thread is stitching through each hole evenly I continue to sew. Just go slowly and adjust the hand wheel and presser foot accordingly. 

For the plaid jacket I used a quilted fabric and to finished the edges I used Dritz 1" Fold-Over Elastic which gave the edges a nice contrast. I used the black Sew-On Toggles for the front closures. 

Now that I've done a simple material I really want to try a fun print for my next one. So many ideas and way too little time.


DIY Black Widow Tee

I loved these free standing lace designs from the OESD collection Halloween Couture. I wanted to do so many different projects so I narrowed it down to a t-shirt and a home decor project. The ideas are endless. I love that this can be worn throughout the year and not just October! My mom is already calling dibs on the skeleton banner. I was going to put this one on a hoody but wanted to show some other options on what could be done with these designs. Get the details below and make your own. 



DIY Fall Vest

This time of year is my favorite time to be a sewist. I love all things fall sewing, from Halloween Costumes and decor, to light jackets and ponchos. This is a great time to sew separates for layering your looks. I like pieces I can take simply take on and off that aren't too heavy for the chilly mornings and hot days fall can bring. This drapey vest is a great example. It's also simple to create and all you need is a quality thread like Coat's & Clark All Purpose Thread and a strip of fabric or scarf. Get the details below with and sew your own Fall Vest in under 30 minutes. 



DIY Halloween Porch Decor

Happy October! My family's favorite time of year. We love the weather, the colors, and Halloween! One thing we do every October 1st is start decorating the porch. I like to start with pumpkins and hay bales that celebrate the fall season. I continue to add spooky decor as we get closer to Halloween. Once Halloween is here we have a whole haunted house on our front porch! One thing I love to use to decorate our porch is Dritz Cheesecloth. It creates a scary effect and all you have to do is drape it around the porch. I like to get the box because I have a big porch and I can use the rest for other projects like ghosts, bats, and mummies.  I love decorating with this stuff, it's easy to hang and create with. This year my son wanted to add bats all over the cheesecloth to create more drama so we did that for our front porch.


DIY "Paper Bag Waist" Skirt From Men's Shirt

I have been wanting to make a "Paper Bag Waist" skirt for while now and really liked the look of buttons down the center front. As I was organizing our closets I saw this buffalo plaid shirt my husband didn't want anymore. It was just the fabric, print, and color I was looking for with buttons right down the front. So why make life harder when I already have the buttons and hem sewn into place right? The trick was figuring out the "paper bag waist" which is a wide waist band with elastic or a sash to cinch and give a ruffled look. I got resourceful with the sleeves and excess shirt portion to create the waist, the tie, and the belt loops.  It turned out cuter than I thought and a great fall skirt to add with a sweater and boots. 

Get the details below to sew your own. 



DIY Studio Wall Organizer

Now that the kids have gone back to school I've been looking forward to getting more studio time. Although, before I dive right into projects I needed to organize. As my project list grows, so does my need for supplies and notions. I was noticing my cutting table was getting cluttered with little bins. I need the space to cut but also prefer all my supplies be right there. So I designed this hanging organizer. I also added Scissortail Stitches "Perfectly Positive Quotes" embroidery collection on the front using Coats & Clark Embroidery Thread. It is nice to look up and be reminded to "Enjoy the little Things" or "live inspired."

Get the details below to make your own.


DIY Upcycled Denim Top

My past couple sewing projects have consisted of sewing different shades of denim together.  Denim fabric doesn’t have to be used just for jeans or jackets. It’s a great material to make accessories, home projects, and comes in a variety of different weights and shades. After combining some light weight denim together I wanted to create a loose top using this technique. I typically use Dual Duty Plus Jeans thread in gold for topstitching and for sewing I like Dual Duty Plus Denim thread for Jeans in faded blue. To add more detail I topstitched along the seams with Dual Duty Plus Jeans thread in gold. Get the details below and create your own.