Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Your Invited to a Ladies Craft Making Party!!! Please Come!

My church, Columbia Crossroads Downtown, has graciously offered to allow me to host a fun ladies night where we will come together to support a great cause! We will be making bracelets and zippered pouches for She's Worth It!, a campaign that helps raise money to stop human trafficking in children and women around the world.

I wanted to do more than just donate $10+ towards this amazing cause myself. I want to come together with you and DO SOMETHING that I know will tangibly encourage woman and young girls that have experienced more than I can ever know.
Will you come hang out and make some bracelets or zippered pouches (if you sew)? I will be doing a demo on how to easily make a zippered pouch, as well as, some bracelets! You can bring whatever craft supplies you have and your simple bracelet ideas, and hang out for a fun filled night where you will make a difference!

Please tell your friends about this event! It's going to be a lot of fun and I'd love for it to be successful!

You Can Bring:

1)Your Craft supplies (I will have some, too)
2) Any/all easy/fun bracelet ideas you have (You don't need to be a jewelry guru to come! Email me if you need some ideas!)
3) *Suggested minimum $10 donation (if you feel led!) This is not required to come, so don't feel like you must donate to come. It will be a FREE event, but obviously any money raised will be donated to She's Worth It! to help in their funds to stop human trafficking. It's amazing what your $10 could do.
4) a sewing machine/extra extension cord if you sew & plan on doing zippered pouches

That's it! Please RSVP to me! Vanessa {at} DesignsBySessa {dot} com Put *RSVP She's Worth It! in the subject line.


Columbia Crossroads Downtown
1215 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC
6:30 - 9 pm
March 23rd, 2013

I hope you will join me! I can't wait!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Boy Belt DIY


Today I'm over at the wonderful Stacey's blog at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! for the Winter edition of Sew in Tune hosted by Stacey and Melly Sews! You can see my very lack of musically inspired outfit over there and some super cute photos of Cai IN this sweater, as well as all the pattern/sewing details!

I also did a tutorial on a Boy Belt DIY in the same outfit that Cai was wearing!
Today I'm going to do a sister post with a little more detail of how to do this Boy Belt DIY with larger photos and a tad bit more explanation!
You will need two belts about similarly sized. In this case, the blue/white belt was too large for Cai, so I found a similar sized belt with the hardware I needed in the pink belt. Both belts were thrifted for a couple dollars each. It's really easy to make a belt smaller and make the hardware switch! Let me show you how!

Grab these tools before we get started.*You will need your sewing machine later on, but it's one tiny little seam back and forth to secure, so don't be scared, if you are a beginner sewist!

Let's GO!

Pop the metal of the end off with a screw driver.
Save this for later.
Cut open the loop that secures the silver rings.
Cut off the belt from the buckle.
Now you have two free ends.
Grab a lighter and run the flame quickly over the ends to keep them from fraying. Be careful not to catch anything on fire, of course!
Attach your new hardware onto your new belt piece.

Use your pliers to squeeze those triangle teeth down on your new belt.
On the other end, loop your rings over your belt.
Sew this end down back and forth slowly to secure a couple times. I turned my izod hardware inward, so it wouldn't be seen in my outfit.
It's really that simple!!! I told you!
Now to read more about this little Sew In Tune ensemble, please click here!

Boy Belt Birds-eye view:


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sew in Tune: Hawaii Five O Guest Post

***This was a guest post that originally aired at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! I'm currently working on another guest post and I realized I never officially brought this one home! Enjoy!***

Aloha! I'm Vanessa and I blog at Designs By Sessa. I'm sort of a "new-ish" craft blogger that loves to sew cool boy clothes for my son, Cai, who's growing up so fast before my very eyes! Thank you SO much, Melissa and Stacey, for having me Sew in Tune! This Sew in Tune guest post was inspired by the Hawaii Five O show's theme song, which was re-made just recently on air. Go ahead and play the song, so you can get the whole experience of this post. It will make you smile!!! 
I actually live on the East Coast in South Carolina, but I have been to Hawaii when I was pregnant with this little guy and loved it, of course!
 Since I made the whole outfit basically from scratch, I'm going to share the v-neck tee here, since it's Melissa's pattern, and my awesome shorts on DBS. Please be sure to check it out and come say ALOHA!
Both clothing pieces were made from XL Men's shirts. I heart upcycling. The tee is from Old Navy. Originally I picked it up for my husband ($6), but he wasn't too crazy about the  vneck, so instead of returning it, I shrunk it down to toddler size. The shorts came from another Old Navy buttondown Hawaiian shirt from my husband's closet (free). They make much cuter shorts, for sure, and the last time he wore this shirt was in Hawaii, so it was snagged! And while I'm talking about my husband, might I mention that he's an amazing musician... he can play 16 different instruments, at least, and he's currently learning to play the bag pipes. So music is in our family big time!
Hart playing the Madolin sitting behind his Hammered Dulcimer at our church.
When I realized that Melissa was releasing her ebook and it was full of blank basics just for BOYS, I commented saying how I needed that v-neck pattern for my guest post stat, kind of half joking, but kind of not, too! I was going to wing it, but sometimes that doesn't always work out, so I was SO thankful when she sent me her v-neck pattern still in draft form. I can tell you that it's amazing, and that you should all buy the whole thing, and I didn't even have the directions telling you how to put it together!
I'm going to show you how to use the Blank Slate Basics Vintage V-Neck Pattern to shrink a men's v-neck to a boy's v-neck! Since this is knit, make sure your stitch length is at 4.0 - 5.0, and use a stretch stitch like the Triple Stretch Stitch on your machine. I use no walking foot, just that stitch and a long length and when hemming I do usually use tear-easy stabilizer (or you could use tissue paper) underneath to keep it from going wonky, but not for normal seams like this. Let's go!
1) Lay your v-neck pattern right up along the center point of your shirt. Trace this with chalk. Flip to the other side and trace with chalk, too. Like so...
2) Cut just the top front layer of the shirt (not the back) out. 3) Repeat with the back pattern piece lining it up as far to the top of the shoulder seams that you can, centered on your shirt. I did not actually use the original shoulder seams as that is too bulky.
 4) Use the hem of your men's shirt when cutting your new sleeves. I put both of the sleeves on top of one another and just cut this one pattern piece out once. Scoot it down just a tad, since it's already hemmed up.
5) Pin your front and back of your new shirt right sides together across the shoulder seams.
6) Sew your shoulder seams.
Now, unfortunately when downsizing a shirt like this, your seams will go all the way over across the ribbing. If that bothers you, then you probably should just cut out the entire neck ribbing and start that area from scratch. I do not even care one bit, and you don't even notice when Cai has it on, so really it does not matter, but I'm a go with the flow sort of person anyways! 7)Pin your sleeves to your shirt.
8) Sew your shoulder seams.
9) Turn inside out and put right sides together and pin up your side seams and your sleeve seams.
10) Sew up your side seams. Start at your sleeve hem and sew down under the arm pit and down the side. This will make sure that any possibility that your fabric is not lined up, you can cut off at the bottom before you hem, or not, if you are like me and decided you didn't need to hem the bottom.
The last step would be to hem the bottom of your shirt. I personally did not hem the bottom. I like the informal "more hawaiian" look of a slightly rolled up look with the jersey shirt. And you should all know by now that jersey doesn't fray, so enjoy this amazing fabric, as is! Next, we were off looking for our bad guys... I made a little police badge with a random machine applique pattern that came with my sewing/embroidery machine. He thought it was a sticker, lol.
 We didn't find any bad guys, but he did manage to arrest one cute little girl...
Now, as adorable as the V-neck tee is, I had the most fun with making up these shorts. I really wanted to get creative with my men's button down.
My goal with these shorts was to try to do something with a men's button down that I have not seen before. We all try to re-invent the wheel some way or another, so maybe it's been done like this, but I have not personally seen this for a boy, and I seriously love how these came out! Kind of preppy, but still really hip, at the same time! Overall, these are my baggies pattern with a different waist band. For the waist band, I used the button down placket, turned it horizontally and created a new look with 3 buttons along the top front.
 And the same shirt jersey for the back to make it stretchy to get it on and off a diaper booty. And the last feature of these shorts was that I maintained the bottom hem of the shirt to make sure I got the open style of the side seams.
I will show you how I modified my baggies pattern to involve the new button waistband and keep this side seam feature over at Designs By Sessa! Please come say hi! I'd love to "meet" you! Aloha, baby! Thanks for having us!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Girls Night Out - Charlotte

I've been keeping a little secret! I am honored to attend the next Girl's Night Out! I've been giddy with excitement at getting to meet fellow seamstress blogger friends! Never in a million years did I think that blogging -of all things- would be a tool that would carry me places, and it's just getting started!

There was such an outcry for more Blogger Get Together's after the Girl's Night Out Dinner in Salt Lake City this past October, that they decided to take it on the road.  Bringing the Girl's Night Out Event to a city near you!

What: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl's Night Out Blogger Get Together is an event where online friends can gather in an intimate setting to meet, laugh, and share their passion for sewing over dinner. Knitting together the sewing community in a more personal and binding way.

When: Saturday, March 9th at 6:30pm

Where: Charlotte, NC

Now you can come too!

Join us for dinner, laughs, and lots of goodies and swag as we bond over sewing and our love for the art. Meeting fellow bloggers in your area!  But act fast, as there is a very limited number of tickets available!!!

Click here to purchase your ticket. We would love to meet you!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fabric Covered Bracelet Tutorial

The list is growing of people raising money for the She's Worth it! Campaign and this week we are inspiring you guys out there to make bracelets and zipper pouches. If you have questions about why we are doing this, please visit Andrea's page here.

I know this knot fabric covered bracelet isn't a new idea. In fact, this was the first item that I saw somewhere and thought to myself, "Hey! I can figure out how to make these on my own!" And I did. And I was proud and loved them and made them as necklaces for whoever wanted them in tons of different colors. The fact that I never did a blog post is kind of funny to me, but I didn't.

This is the first time I made them as bracelets, so there's room for improvement, but I will do the best I can in breaking it down for you, so you can make them and send them to Andrea to give them out for this cause, too! 

Here are some supplies you need in addition to fabric! 

5 wooden beads
2 -14inch ribbons
Strip of fabric 3.5 inches x 23inches
large safety pin

Cut your fabric. Fold your fabric in half and sew down one side.
Pin a large safety pin to one end and turn your fabric right side out. Or you can use a Fast Turn if you have one.

Tie a knot in the center.
Insert one bead and tie again.
Insert 3 more beads tying knots in between. For the final beads, follow these directions.
Put a piece of tape to one end of the ribbon to the wooden bead. Cut your ribbon at an angle and run some fire right over the end to prevent fraying. Be careful not to catch anything on fire!
Slip your bead inside and tie your last knot.
Now be careful to trim this tail down to about one inch. Fold under the raw edges.

Sew this down over the ribbon. Backstitching at the ends.
Repeat on the other side.

And you're done!
If you want just a knot, then only cut your ribbon about 10inches. I would have preferred a big pretty bow, but this is pretty cute in just a knot, too! As I said, I was working out the "bracelet" version kinks!

Let me know if you make one! You can post it to the DBS Flickr pool! I'd love to see them!

Donate $10 today to She's Worth it! to help women and children who have come out of Human Trafficking! You will make a difference by dontating just $10! You can find my donate button on the side bar. All the money (besides credit card fees) goes to this specific campaign! You can read all about it at She's Worth it! 

Go team MAKE for She's Worth it!