1/23/18

DIY Elbow Patches



When it comes to sewing I'm one that prefers to upcycle something rather than start from scratch. It's a sustainable approach to fashion which I value. That's what I love about elbow patches. Add these for an instant update to an otherwise simple or outdated garment. Dritz has many different types from suede to twill iron-on patches. Create different designs for a festive theme or go the more practical route with a rustic suede.  Either way, it's the perfect DIY project for everyone including the kids. My son made a pikachu and lizard patch! Get the details on how to make your own DIY elbow patches below. 

1/18/18

DIY Batwing Cardigan/Shrug





Remember when I shared back in the summer I was going to be on It's Sew Easy TV? Well, I finally have the episodes and I'm thrilled to share them with you! For one of the episodes I partnered with Stylish Fabric on how to make my "batwing cardigan." I love this versatile piece that can be worn for all occasions and made in all types of fabrics. It's really "sew easy" to make. Alter the measurements and go for an evening shrug or try an oversized plush fabric for a cozy winter look. Stylish Fabric has every type of fabric you'll need for this project and the quality and competitive prices are top notch (pun intended). I chose a knit but really you can't go wrong with most of their options. 

Full episode and tutorial here.

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In Collaboration with www.StylishFabric.com
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1/15/18

DIY: Simple T-Shirt Quilt




I know this is mainly a fashion sewing blog but I got a crazy response to this t-shirt quilt I made for my husband...mainly from people wanting me to make them one :). Because I can't do that I wanted to share a tutorial on how I made it so maybe you can try it yourself.

The story behind this t-shirt quilt starts 15 years ago. I was 18 and just started dating my then boyfriend, (now husband). We both met at the University of Colorado where we were on the Track and XC teams.  He had on this old t-shirt from High School and I remember commenting on its condition. He semi-jokingly told me he was saving it so I could "make him a t-shirt quilt." Well, years went by and we married, had 3 children, and moved to 4 different states. Through out all the races, career moves, and life, I continued to save t-shirts that I wanted to add to the quilt one day.  After a successful running career and his 4th Olympic Trials, my husband decided to "retire." This Christmas I decided it was time for me to begin his quilt. As a bonus I included my son's first race (following in our footsteps...) and one from when I ran in high school (when we first met).

This was the perfect time too as I just updated my cutting/measuring sets with the new Omnigrid products from Prym Consumer. Their products are durable and versatile in use for all types of sewing. The fabric scissors are my favorite to date. If you're a seamstress then you know scissors are just as important as the sewing machine you use. The combination of the cutting mat and grid ruler together provides the most accurate cutting system available. Get the details below on how I made this memory quilt with Omnigrid products.


1/11/18

DIY: Refashion Zipper Joggers





If you've been following along from the beginning on Trash to Couture then you know I like to use zippers. From practical closures to design details, they're an easy way to edge up old clothing.  My go to for zippers has always been Coat's. They have every type you can imagine from practical to fashion-forward.  For this project I updated some flared sweatpants into edgy joggers with Coat's Fashion Brass Closed End Zipper.  Get the details below and make your own Zipper Joggers. 

1/9/18

DIY: T-shirt to Long Sleeve Raglan



When I first learned to sew, my favorite projects were upcycling old clothing. I found it to be an easier and sustainable way to sew rather than starting from scratch every time. This project is a refashioned t-shirt raglan I initially designed for my kids when we lived in Colorado. They grow up so fast that by the time they were ready to wear that favorite t-shirt again, it was too small. Adding sleeves assures they can at least wear it through winter and spring. I also like to use it for a boxy fitted t-shirt and take in the sides along with it. Find a fun print or a bold color to create a one-of-a-kind look. Get the full tutorial on the Brother Sewing blog HERE including a video!




Another version and video HERE

1/4/18

DIY: Wrap Cardigan


Today I’m sharing with you how to create my “Everyday Cardi.” This is my go to for running errands, traveling, and just about everything. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn several ways and for many occasions. The tutorial is simple with only three pattern pieces and one is just a big rectangle. If you're not sure about drafting a pattern just yet, this one here from Burda Style is will work great. I also will be using my Brother 1034 DX Serger which is perfect for sewing with knits. If you don’t have a serger, that’s fine, a sewing machine will do! 

For fabric I suggest a lightweight, jersey knit with a 4-way stretch like this solid rose knit from Fabric.com. They have an array of colors and it drapes perfectly for this wrap cardigan. For serger thread I always use Coat's Surelock Thread which matched well with the dusty pink knit. Get the full tutorial on the Brother Sews blog HERE on how to make your own Everyday Cardigan


*In collaboration with Brother Sewing

12/30/17

DIY: Embroidered NYE Dress


Its been a tradition of mine since forever to sew my NYE look. Even if I don't go out I like to dress up for the family party. It's that one time of year you can go all out with metallics, sequins, and basically be a disco ball. This year I was inspired to create a themed look based on celestial beauty. I wanted stars, moons, and galaxies mixed with a rich velvet. Because the embroidery would be dramatic I wanted a classic silhouette like this slip dress. I found the perfect stretch velvet from Mood Fabrics to work with this pattern. This stretch velvet made it easy to create a fitted dress without the hassle of adding a closure. For the embroidery I went with several designs from Embroidery Online.  I can always find what I'm looking for when it comes to embroidery designs. I searched star and found an array of patterns to use. For the tutorial to make the slip dress go here. Get the details below on how to make your own NYE dress.




See the steps below but also refer to the full tutorial I mentioned above for the dress.