• Fashion,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Video: How to Make a No-Sew Tutu out of Tulle and Elastic

    In this video, I’ll show you how I made this no sew tulle tutu skirt.  I used it as a photo prop in my daughter’s one month milestone photos, but you can make this in any size or length by adjusting the calculated measurements.  This tutu is perfect for photos or dress up play. This project comes together fast with just a few items: scissors, elastic, tulle, and either a single safety pin OR thread.  It’s a no sew project if you are comfortable using a safety pin as the waistband closure. This is fine if you are using it as a photo prop or for supervised play. If you are…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Simple Gathered Elastic Waist Skirt with Rolled Hem

    For the past few years, I have been focusing on sewing quilts and home goodies rather than fashion items.  I often found that my hem finishes didn’t look professional enough for my tastes. Things might be changing: I tested out one of the sewing attachments that came with my Singer 66 vintage machine, a rolled hem foot.  I was shocked by how easily this foot created the dainty rolled hem pictured below: The rolled hem foot feeds and rolls the edge of the fabric into the foot automatically.  It seriously feels like magic and the rolled hem is very small and tidy. I had 2 meters of this floral polyester fabric…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Colour Block Yoke Skirt Made From Leggings

    Recently I bought a few pairs of adjustable-length leggings. After cutting off the legs to my desired length, I didn’t want to just throw the knit fabric into the garbage. I also had about half a meter of this fun, super-bright yellow knit fabric that wasn’t enough to make a full skirt. Put them together and what have you got? This colour-blocked knit skirt! I picked out this Simplicity 2608 pattern. I could just fit the pieces for View D, the gathered pencil skirt, on my small piece of fabric: As a 5’1″ shorty, I shortened the length so that it would hit just above my knees. Creating a Yoke…