Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Seriously ? Easy Tank Top Pattern "Normal" look tutorial

So for those of you who have purchased the Seriously ? Easy tank top pattern... is'nt it crazy how easy and quick it is to create?? I am going to give you an easy tutorial here to use with your pattern, and with just a couple simple changes you can make a ummmm... Normal? tank top instead! :-) Follow all pattern instructions except your raw strips! follow this in the place of that portion of the pattern...

Cut strips of stretchy knit fabric (like jersey or rib knit) 4" long. I usually cut the strips as wide as I can using the entire width of the fabric.

Fold your 4" strips in half, making them 2". Match the raw edges of the strips with the raw edge of one of the the arm openings in your tank top front piece. Pin down all the way accross the arm opening. Once all the way accross trim off what is left to use on the next arm opening!

Go to your machine and stitch in place. I then serge the raw edges, if you do not have access to a serger no problem... just either zigzag or overcast stitch the raw edges with your sewing machine. NOTE... knit fabrics normally do not fray... so if you choose you can leave your edges raw as well! :-)

Now off to the sewing machine again... now you will need to top stitch your seam down... this makes for a much neater and more professional finished look!

Follow these steps with all arm and both neck and bottom openings. Now you will follow all instructions that came in your pattern to construct your top. I have decided to show you another option also... I am going to simply hem the bottom of this tank top instead of using our red band of fabric on the bottom...

I serged the bottom first, all the way around. Next, I folded up 1/2" all the way around. Now Press, and go to the sewing machine! Sew with either a zigzag or a straight stitch (its all in what you like the look of better) And your finshed!

The flower on this tank top was a lot of fun too... I just used strips of a t-shirt that I was using when making a matching skirt! Runched the strips up and stitched on! If you have any quetions OR would like to see a flower tutorial just comment and let me know! :-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Daddys Shirt upcycle, recycle using instant gratification pattern

This was such a fun upcycle, and my little one LOVED that it used to be Daddy's shirt!!
SEW simple!!! If you have our Instant Gratification pattern just follow all of the pattern instructions... I took some pictures to show you how I laid the pattern out to cut! I constructed everything exactly the same as the pattern describes. I did NOT have to hem this dress however... I used the hem that was already on my hubby's shirt!! Easy Peasy and SEW adorable on... here are some pics!! If you have any questions feel free to post them!! :-)

Have a BLESSED, wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Upcycled Knit Dress Pattern Fun... JoyZ Girl Dresses

These were all made using our JoyZ Girl ebook pattern... upcycled out of some adorable cozy knit t-shirts! These are SUPER fun to make and my lil ones LOVE wearing them!!!

Have a blessed day!! :-)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

R U Kidding? Easy Knit Shorts Pattern and Instructions

We are falling in love with playing on fabric!!! We are stenciling, stamping, screen printing and dyeing fabrics!! Its a ton of fun, and since we LOVE upcycling old wears it adds a huge element of fun to that as well!! :-)
Featuring our EASY PEASY "R U Kidding?" knit shorts pattern (available in our etsy shop)... we stenciled, screened and stamped this fabric... (and it was SO much fun) to come up with these adorable shorts!!! Have a wonderful, blessed Sunday!!
Brian & Charity

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Birthday Girl Dress and Keepsake Party Hat...

My sweet niece will be 7 this week! I had bunches of fun creating this sweet dress and keepsake party hat for her!!! Check out these pictures. Yes, I may be partial, BUT seriously.... what a BEAUTIFUL birthday girl!!!

This hat pattern is available in my etsy shop here... http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheVinesBranches
The dress pattern is in the making and will be listed soon!! Thanks for peaking, have a blessed day! :-)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gotcha Covered SEW Chic Ironing Board Cover Pattern and Instructions

Gotcha covered!!! This is a SUPER easy to follow pattern to give your ironing board a makeover, and is available in my etsy shop! This came about because mine was in SERIOUS need of a new look!! Now... it is too cute, seriously adorable!! I wish I could say that it makes me like ironing... no such luck!! Have a blessed day! :-)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Behind the scenes...

LOTS LOTS LOTS happening behind the scenes here!!! We are working on several patterns that will soon be ebooks!!! Also soon to come to our etsy shop will be custom painted fabrics... fun, adorable and in limited quantities!
Be on the watch for a super fun tutorial coming next week!!! Sew simple and ADORABLE... you'll love it!!
More to come tomorrow, have a blessed evening!! :-)