The right elbow patches placement

This is a pretty short post which I wrote when I realized that I never shared this detail for my cotton jersey dress for which you can get the free pattern. I shared the tutorial about how to sew the patches, but I never mentioned the best position for them. Here is a picture:

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How to alter a pattern for a cocoon dress

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The word cocoon describes garments which usually are boxy and get narrower to the hem. Extremely forgiving for any body and easy to wear everyday, styled with all types of shoes, they are in my opinion a “must have” for any winter wardrobe. As promised, here is the tutorial that will help you alter any dress or even sweater pattern to a cocoon dress pattern. This is exactly what I did with my watermelon pick cocoon dress. I used the same technique both on the body and the sleeves, here I show you just the body. Ok, lets start!

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What you will need is just a pattern  of a dress (or a sweater and add some length), a measuring tape and a ruler.

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  1. Above you see the front piece of the body.coccon2
  2. Measure about 27cm (10-11 inches) from the bottom, mark and cut. Do the same on the back piece.cocoon3
  3. Measure and split the piece you cut into 6 or 7 even pieces. cocoon4
  4. Tape the pieces with the tops joined and the bottoms overlapping for 1cm (1/2 inch). Use this both for the front and the back.

Thinks to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the finished pattern is not too narrow on the bottom, so that you can walk with comfort.
  • If you are full-figured, choose a less boxy pattern.

Good luck, if you have any questions, go ahead and comment below!

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Grease is the world- Night blue lycra leggings

DSCN1315 And here it is, what I made for Sewcialists Grease tribute! In my opinion nothing screams Grease louder than leggings as they remind me of the Olivia Newton John’s iconic final all black outfit! Yes girls, I was inspired by bad Sandy! Thanks for the inspiration! I have seen a lot of these lately, looks like it is a trend which I must say I like! Lycra is a very nice material to use for leggings as it is thick enough to offer some support and make your legs, thighs and butt look as firm as possible while offering lots of comfort and warmth! Love it or hate it, Lycra is also a little shiny, specially on the right side, which makes it ideal even for a night out! I was between pink, mint and blue but as the first two colors are mostly for spring, I chose this amazing night blue shade. The pattern is self drafted and features a little hack! After removing a small piece, I added a small elliptical piece of fabric on the crouch as this is the place where the seams need the most of support. Here are some simple instructions to do that.

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Here is an image of your pattern. You need 2 of these to make a pair of leggings.
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Cut on the red marks, 2 cm or an inch will be just fine. Now cut a round piece of fabric to fit the hole and sew it.
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Here it is how it looks

I added some elastic on the waist, serging it on the fabric and then folding and zig-zaging it, like we usually do for elastic garment waistlines. waist                DSCN1341 What can I say, I simply adore it! I can’t wait to wear it in every possible way as I think it really complements my legs! Today I wore this outfit, matched with my cloudy sky unlined coat and it looked really nice.DSCN1322   The previous couple of weeks I have been sewing a lot and since today was the first day of the week to not rain I took all the pictures. Therefore, the next three days you will see three more finished project posts, two dresses and the pink sweater above. Have a nice weekend!

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Sew the perfect leather elbow patches on knit fabric

As much as I adore elbow patches, I have, from time to time found it extremely difficult to attach them with accuracy and create a knit blouse or dress with such a detail which actually satisfies me and I have told you what happens to garments which don’t meet my standards. Anyway… I finally figured out how to perfect this technique and I first tested it with leather patches on my nice, stripped, cotton jersey fabric and it perfectly works! Here are the steps.

  1. Cut the patches from the fabric of your choice. This technique is mostly for woven patches on knit but if you try it with knit on knit, please let me know about the results.
  2. Mark the patch placement on your fabric, preferably with chalk or wash-off marker.  1
  3. Place the patches on the fabric and pin them just on the center2
  4. Using an embroidery hoop stretch your fabric. It is normal for the placement marks to get distorted and larger.
  5. Handsew the patches with large, baste stitches.                                      3a
  6. While slightly pulling the knit fabric, sandwich the edges of the patch with the knit fabric and machine sew all the way round at 3mm (1/8 inches). When finished, it should look like this on the back side. 4_Fotor
  7. Turn on the right side, iron and topstitch. You are ready!1st

Of course you can use this tutorial in all kind of patches and inserts. I used it to make a lovely striped dress which will be bloged in the next couple of days. If you enjoyed that post, you can follow me for more…

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Update: 12 Nov. 2014

On the image below, you can see the perfect placement of the patches

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