3/27/17

DIY: The Easy Peasant Top


One of my go to tops for spring and summer is a peasant top. I love the chic yet effortless look and they're versatile for all occasions. This is the simplest pattern and I love the outcome. I used a skirt for my bodice piece but you can simply make a tube top and then add the sleeves. 

3/14/17

DIY: Custom Patches and Embroidery with a Basic Sewing Machine



The embroidery and patch trend is here to stay for now and it's easier than ever to create your own with just some basic supplies and a sewing machine. I love the innovative products Sulky offers that make even the most intricate projects manageable. You don't have to own embroidery machines or spend hours hand stitching to get this look. Below I show you how to create your own designed patches to add to denim or anything you'd like and even how to embroider custom designs directly onto your project using a basic sewing machine. 

These old jeans had that bejeweled pocket going on and I hated that to begin with but it was made worse by the fact they started falling off. I love the fit though and you know how it can be impossible to find a pant that fits you perfectly. So I decided I'd update the bum with a mix of appliqué and free motion to create this patch look. Check out the full video below to see more of how "thread sketching" is done. 


3/9/17

Trash to Couture: Finish your knit edges like a pro


When I learned sewing at the age of 12 I loved the process of creating a garment from cutting the pattern to construction and fit. That was until I reached the final stage of finishing the edges and I can't tell you how many wavy hems and just horrible collars I made, especially when it came to knit.  Nothing said craft project to me. Out of my frustration I bought a serger at 14 with my Christmas money thinking it would fix this problem. Finally over the years I've learned some tips and techniques to fix these pesky problems even on the most challenging of knits. Here are my top tips for finishing your knit edges. 




Everything is in the video here but you can read below for more tips:

2/24/17

The Sewing Essentials: Guide to Basic Notions


I've been sewing and designing since I was 12 so that's a good 20 years of experience I have with notions and supplies. It can be overwhelming with all the products and information out there. That's why I compiled everything you need in this quick video. It's not as much or as complex as you might think. Fabric.com makes this easy with their starter sewing kit by Ever Sewn. I also include a couple of my other favorite sewing products with brands I trust and use like Sulky for threads, stabilizers, and transfer pens. The best for embroidery, appliqué, needlework and more. Another favorite is Mannequin Mall professional dress forms for all your designing and tailoring needs. 

Links for all the products below:




USE CODE "LAURA10" FOR 10% OFF!



2/12/17

DIY Pom Pom key chain



Check out the simple video above or photo series below.

Using cardboard cut 2 circles and then another smaller one in the middle. You will then cut a slit in each to easily wrap the tulle around. Using a roll of tulle wrap around till it's a good thickness. Cut in between the cardboard and use the open slit for this. Open the cardboard and tie ribbon or any string into a tight knot. Remove the cardboard and use again. Add a chain by knotting the string a few times through one of the links. Then add a keychain loop through the top of the chain link using pliers.

Make these for your friends, with your friends, or the kiddos love them too. Size, color, and chain is up to you. 

2/6/17

DIY: 3 Ways to Refashion a T-shirt with Shirtspace


Who doesn't love a t-shirt refashion? Everyone has a few around the house, it keeps the tediousness of hemming edges to a minimum, and even better it's eco-friendly. I partnered with ShirtSpace to create 3 fashion-forward looks all from a t-shirt and one is even "no sew." ShirtSpace is also giving you 10% off by using code Laura10 at checkout on their already low priced tees. So get enough to do all 3 or try your own.

Follow the step by step tutorial HERE to create your own.






 Full tutorial HERE

2/5/17

Update Clothing with Embroidery




For this tip post I am sharing with you how to update an old collared shirt by adding embroidery with my BERNINA 560 and the embroidery module. I’ve been wanting to get an embroidery machine for as long as I’ve been sewing, so this was a dream. Because I’m new(ish) to using one it was a little tricky at first. I had to practice and get help from my local Studio BERNINA. I learned quickly that proper stabilizer (Sulky Sticky +), thread (Sulky Rayon 40wt) and proper embroidery needles were important to have a successful outcome. Once I got the hang of it, it’s become a nice edition to my designs.
Top designers showcased their Spring 2017 lines with intricate appliqué and embroidery. Some of my favorites were Gucci’s wild garden patterns with snakes, butterflies, floral, and tigers. It’s a great update to boring clothing, so for this post we will be showing you tips on how to do your own.
See the rest of this post and the finished result on the We All Sew blog HERE
FULL Video tutorial of the steps and process HERE