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The crib skirt has four separated pieces with inverted pleats.
For the crib sheet you will need:
White cotton cut 51″+1″= 52″ seam x 28″+1″ seam = 29″
This is sheet that will anchor the skirt.
For the skirt you will choose a fabric of your choice, I chose grey to coordinate with the theme of the room.
The skirt width is 63 1/2″ + 1″ seam = 64 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ + 1″ = 41 1/2″
Cut two pieces 63 1/2″ + 1″ seam = 64 1/2″
Cut two pieces 40 1/2″ + 1″ = 41 1/2″
(These measurements include the extra for the pleats)
(after the pleats are in the measurements should be: 51″ x 28″)
Length of crib skirt: 15 1/2″ Add an extra two inches on each panel
ie: the length you will cut 15 1/2″ + 2″ = 17 1/2″
You will stich the piping at the end of the 17 1/2″ and turn over the 2″ so the finished skirt will be 15 1/2″
Bias Binding for piping 2″
You can purchase bias binding at the fabric store, or you can make your own
Buy 2″ bias binding for the trim at the bottom of the skirt
sew piping on the edge at the hem, then fold over 2″ and top stitch.
Do this on all four panels the skirt
To make inverted pleat fold fabric in half to determine center of pleat. fold over approx 3″ on each side and pin
The back of pleat should look like a box pleat
Make pleats on all four panel.
Press in place
The finished pleat should look like the above diagram
REPEAT THE ABOVE STEPS ON ALL FOUR PIECES.
Now you are ready to attach the four panels to the white sheet.
You will have four separate pieces for the skirt.
Two pieces 51″ long
Two pieces 28″ wide. (after the pleats are made)
The length should be 15 1/2″.
Attach the pieces to the crib sheet 51″ x 28″. See diagram. Tack each of the four corners together. and press.
The finished skirt should be about 1″ from the floor
Completed Crib Skirt
The Making of a Bedspread!
Making a bedspread is quite simple, like drapery and curtains it requires a lot of stitching, but the outcome can be very fulfilling.
To make a bedspread it’s best to purchase 45 or 60″ fabric. There are some fabric stores where you can purchase fabric the width of your bed. In that case all you will need is the length and then you add the fringe or trims you need.
When buying 45″ or 60″ wide fabric measure how long you want the bedspread, then buy double the length, ie: if the desired length is three yards or meters then purchase six yards/meters.
To make a bedspread follow these steps:
1: Fold the fabric in half – your will have two pieces of fabric three yards each.
2: Put one piece of fabric away, the other three yards fold length wise and cut down the middle
- ie: if the fabric is 45″ wide when it is folded in half lengthwise you will have two pieces of fabric 22 1/2″ each.
- (When using 60″ wide fabric, you will have to adjust the two side pieces to floor length or where you want the bedspread to fall
- (The reason you join at the sides is that you don’t have a center seam on the bed spread) Adjust to floor length.
Do you have a tablecloth laying around that you never use.
Let your creative juices flow and turn it into a beautiful summer outfit.
(This project may be for the advance sewist)
- This project is ideal for asymmetrical four panel skirt design.
- You can cut the skirt at the four corners of the tablecloth to capture the embroidery edges and eliminate hemming.
- Place pattern on corners of tablecloth and cut four panels on fold, one on each corner.
- The panels should look like the above diagram with embroidery forming a triangle at the edge.
- Serge or zig-zag the four panels, then pin together before stitching.
- Make small pleats or gather to your waist size – ( I find small pleats more suitable for cotton or eliminate pleats by cutting fabric to exact waist size).
- For interest you can make one box pleat in the middle of each panel (this will depend on the pattern of the table cloth – You can let your creative juices flow on this project.
- Leave an 8″ opening for the zipper at the back or side of the skirt.
- For the shirt you can use the remnant of fabric.
- You will have to play around with placing the pattern and manipulate the fabric to create an interesting design.
- For the front I used the end of the tablecloth and manipulated the fabric to get the patterns positioned facing each other.
- The remaining embroidery made the collar and cuff of the shirt
- Serge or zig-zag shoulders and side of shirt before joining together
- Add collar and cuffs with left over embroidery pieces.
- Finish shirt with small hem.
SUMMER DRESS WITH SIDE SLIT
- In this tutorial I’ll show you how to combine two patterns to make a fashionable maxi tunic dress with slits up the sides to wear over your pants this summer.
- I made this outfit with a sleeveless top pattern and a one piece summer sheath dress pattern.
- Match the waist line mark on the blouse pattern to the waistline mark on the sundress
- Match both patterns making sure the waistline match and the underarm of both patterns are lined up.
- Pin both patterns together so it look like one dress pattern.
- I tapered the skirt for a slimmer fit (however that is optional.
- Place cut fabric on facing and cut facing the shape of the neck and armhole
- When making a sleeveless outfit I cut the neck and armhole as one piece.This gives the garment extra body and a neat finish.
- You will notice that the shoulders are narrower in the back diagram. You will need to adjust front shoulders to the same size of the back
TUTORIAL ON MAKING A SIMPLE LACE DRESS WITH A LONG JACKET
Combining two patterns to recreate a style
I used the “New Look” Pattern for the dress and the “Simplicity” pattern for the jacket. .
- I extended the New Look bodice pattern as seen in diagram.
- Use the same method to cut the lining.
- Because the lace is very light, I pinned the lace to the lining before basting to keep in place and add weight.
Join front and back of dress together by basting before stitching.
- I faced the neck. Press seams open and put in zipper and hemmed dress to desired length
- I used the Simplicity pattern for the jacket.
Completed Dress with Long Jacket.
HOW TO GET A STRAIGHT EVEN CUT WITH CHIFFON
- Cut fabric to desired length, plus 2″ for hem plus 4″ to turn over at the top to insert the gromets (ie if the length of the finished curtain is 36″ you will need to cut the length of the fabric 36″ + 2″ for hem + 4″ for top heading = 42″.
- Next cut fabric twice the measurements of the shower rod with an extra 4″ for – you will have a 2″ hem at both sides of the curtain. If you are working with light weight fabric chiffon etc., use interfacing at the top to stabilize the fabric so you can insert the gromets.
- For the top – where the gromets will be inserted – Fold over the 4″ at the top with the interfacing between. Stich in place.
- Fold the 2″ hem at the both sides of the curtain and stitch
- Fold the 2″ hem at the bottom and stitch.
- Gather or pleat the valance to the width of the shower curtain after it is hemmed at both sides.
- Before stitching the top hem in place – put the valance underneath then stich the valance with the hem)
- The gromets will come with a template: Before drawing the template on the fabric pin to prevent fabric shifting
- Draw templates on the fabric
- You can use your existing shower curtain to determine placement of the grommets. The standard shower curtain have twelve hooks
- Place bottom grommet underneath
- Place the top grommet on top and snap into place.
MAKING A SIMPLE TULLE SKIRT
Sewing tulle requires some patience. When making a skirt in other fabric the fabric is cut lengthwise, however when making a tulle skirt it’s easier to use the length of the tulle. The only seam will be the back seam.
- Determine how wide you want the skirt. If you want a very wide skirt purchase between 8 to 11 yards of tulle. Purchase less if you don’t want it very wide.
- You will need crinoline to make the skirt stand out – You can purchase two yards less of crinoline which is like tulle, just stiffer. (if you purchase eight yards of tulle, purchase 6 yards of crinoline).
- You will need about one yard of lining 45″ wide.
- The crinoline can also be cut in tiers and added only at the bottom of the lining, depending on the effect you want.
- (Elastic for the waist of the lining is optional for versality so it can be worn under other skirts)
- Join the ends together, Leave about 7-8″ opening at the seam of the tulle for ease when putting on the skirt.
- If you have a gather presser foot, this will be very helpful when gathering the skirt, if not adjust the tension so the thread will be loose and stich on the fold of the tulle, then gather by pulling the thread to the size of the required waistline.
- I find it easier to do this in sections.
- Repeat this method with the crinoline. Cut the lining the desired skirt length and gather the 45″ to the waist measurement.