DIY Halloween Costume Guide

DIY Halloween Costume Guide

Still on the hunt for an easy yet memorable Halloween costume? Fashion Fabrics Club has got you covered! Check out our easy DIY costume guide.

Rosie the RiveterRosie the Riveter

Channel your girl power this Halloween and dress up as the quintessential female empowerment icon: Rosie the Riveter. Pair a chambray button up with a pair of dark-wash jeans. Add a swipe of red lipstick and a matching bandana and don’t forget to show off your biceps.

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins

What you’ll need: a white cotton button up (the more ruffles the better), a red silk bowtie, black double knit skirt, black tights and boots. Don’t forget the umbrella, the flower-embellished bowler hat, and to break out into song at every opportunity.


This is a great pick for a group costume, everyone picks their favorite color and gets a classic T and matching colored tulle skirt and suspenders. Add white gloves and a giant white M on the front of the shirt and you’re all good to go.

Cher from CluelessCher from Clueless

Plenty of plaid and lots of loud, look-at-me colors. That’s what Cher was all about. For the most iconic look, go for the yellow plaid ensemble: blazer, pleated skirt, white T underneath and matching white over-the-knee socks and a whole lot of attitude.

Tina Belcher of Bob’s BurgersTina Belcher of Bob’s Burgers

An aqua blue cotton T and black polyester skirt is Tina’s signature look, and happens to be an incredibly comfortable and easy look to copy for a costume party. Make sure you wear knee-high socks, that iconic yellow barrette she always sports, thick glasses and a pair of sneakers.

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Easy Fall Sewing Patterns

Easy Fall Sewing Patterns

Just getting in on the sewing obsession? Check out Fashion Fabrics Club’s roundup of fun sewing patterns for fall—with links to tutorials, patterns, and the fabrics you need to bring your DIY garments to life.

Fall Skirts10 Fall Skirt Tutorials by

From double knit pencil skirts, plaid midi skirts, classic pleated skirts, to stretchy jersey knit tube skirts, with Everything Etsy’s 10 Fall Skirt Tutorials, you can overhaul your fall skirt wardrobe with unique pieces crafted in your very own home.

Sewing Scarfs25+ Scarf Sewing Tutorials by

Infinity scarves, reversible scarves, patchwork scarves, blanket scarves—whatever type of scarf you love, Polka Dot Chair’s 25+ scarf sewing tutorials has got you covered. When it comes to fabrics, it’s all about the texture, thickness, and pattern you’re looking for—anything goes.

70s dress4 ‘70s-style Boho Dress Patterns by McCall’s

The ‘70s moment continues strong into the fall season, so a fun floral cotton patterned boho dress will get a lot of mileage, paired bare legged or with tights and boots. Check out McCall’s boho dress patterns (with the sewing rating of “easy”!) for four takes on the style.

Swing DressEasy Tee Swing Dress by its

No matter the season, a go-to dress is a wardrobe essential—something that is an easy toss-on and can be dressed up or down without much thought. Try out It’s Always Autumn’s Easy Tee Swing Dress Simple Sewing Tutorial, a gorgeous, yet simple, Tee dress that’s actually quite seasonless. Try it in a lightweight jersey knit.

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Easy Halloween Outfits

Easy Halloween Outfits

DIY costumes for rookies (and procrastinators)

Haven’t found your Halloween costume yet? These looks are super easy to make at home and can be done a week (or even a day) before your Halloween party. And they’re all super comfortable.

DIY costumes for rookies (and procrastinators) Haven’t found your Halloween costume yet? These looks are super easy to make at home and can be done a week (or even a day) before your Halloween party. And they’re all super comfortable. Robber A simple black-and-white striped long sleeved T, a pair of black skinny jeans (or leggings) and a simple black mask. Add a “money” bag to top it off (bonus: it doubles as a purse!). Strawberry Make a simple shift dress out of a bright red cotton jersey and then paint on white seeds. Cut out leaves from green felt and glue them to a headband. Ballerina Layer pink or white tulle together to make a tutu. Wear it on top of a beige or pink leotard (a tank or camisole will suffice) and white tights, and finish the look with a bun and ballet slippers (or just a pair of round-toe flats). Loofa Colored tulle, all bunched up and sewn (or glued) to a cotton slip dress. Hang a white rope off the side for a handle and carry around some shower gel, and maybe even a rubber duck. Cowgirl If you have a cowboy hat and cowboy boots already, this is probably the easiest costume of all. Just add a plaid flannel button up tied at the waist and a pair of denim cutoff shorts. Bonus points for getting your s/o to dress up as your horse. ‘50s Girl Make a circle skirt out of felt (it keeps its shape nicely, and is easy to work with), cut out a poodle shape from a contrast colored felt and glue it to the front. Pair it with a tank and cardigan (add spectator shoes and ribbon in the hair if you want to up the ante).Robber

A simple black-and-white striped long sleeved T, a pair of black skinny jeans (or leggings) and a simple black mask. Add a “money” bag to top it off (bonus: it doubles as a purse!).

strawberry costumeStrawberry

Make a simple shift dress out of a bright red cotton jersey and then paint on white seeds. Cut out leaves from green felt and glue them to a headband.

ballerina costumeBallerina

Layer pink or white tulle together to make a tutu. Wear it on top of a beige or pink leotard (a tank or camisole will suffice) and white tights, and finish the look with a bun and ballet slippers (or just a pair of round-toe flats).

loofa costumeLoofa

Colored tulle, all bunched up and sewn (or glued) to a cotton slip dress. Hang a white rope off the side for a handle and carry around some shower gel, and maybe even a rubber duck.

cowgirl costumeCowgirl

If you have a cowboy hat and cowboy boots already, this is probably the easiest costume of all. Just add a plaid flannel button up tied at the waist and a pair of denim cutoff shorts. Bonus points for getting your s/o to dress up as your horse.

50s girl costume‘50s Girl

Make a circle skirt out of felt (it keeps its shape nicely, and is easy to work with), cut out a poodle shape from a contrast colored felt and glue it to the front. Pair it with a tank and cardigan (add spectator shoes and ribbon in the hair if you want to up the ante).

October 23, 2015 — Shopify API
DIY Halloween Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes

If you haven’t got you or your children’s Halloween costume together by now, the chances of finding a completely unique costume that won’t break the bank is slim to none. But don’t fret! Fashion Fabrics Club has compiled a list of five fabulous and simple Halloween costumes you can easily make at home in the week you have left between now and All Hallows’ Eve.

Furry CostumesFurry Creature

Five adorable adult and child animal costumes come in this one pattern envelope by McCall’s – bunny, lion, cat, bear and kangaroo. This super easy, super comfortable costume is great for every member of the family! Use a fuzzy fabric like black faux fur, caramel brown faux fur, or faux fur fleece, to construct these super cute costumes.

Dorthy CostumeDorothy from Wizard of Oz

Two yards of blue-and-white gingham fabric and four white buttons are all you need to make this easy DIY Dorothy dress. Add some red shoes, a short-sleeved white button down shirt, white ankle socks, a small wicker basket and a stuffed dog and you’ll be set to walk down the yellow brick road – or go to that Halloween costume party.

Morton Salt CostumeMorton Salt Girl

An absolutely original costume, the Morton Salt Girl dress will be one that your little girl will remember forever, and she can even wear out as a regular dress after Halloween. Use a lightweight yellow cotton fabric for this long sleeved trapeze dress, pair it with some white stockings and Mary Jane shoes, have her carry an umbrella and voilà a super comfortable, super cute costume.

Owl CostumePatchwork Owl

An old pillowcase, fabric scissors, fabric glue, card stock, cardboard, various colored textured fabric like light brown corduroy, chocolate brown jersey, and yellow linen, and felt is all you need to create this cute and comfortable patchwork owl costume. The fabric feathers are applied with fabric glue instead of sewn on, making this costume super easy to make.

Ghost CostumeGirlie Ghost Tutu

No fuss, no muss – easily turn your toddler’s white onesie into a super cute girlie ghost costume. Cut out some eyes and a crescent mouth from a black cotton fabric and use fabric glue to secure them onto the front of the onesie. Next, measure your toddler’s waist and cut three layers of white tulle according to size. Sew them together along the top and iron the layers so they stick up and down creating volume. Place the skirt around her waist – you can even secure it in the back with a safety pin or two so you don’t have to worry about getting the measurements exactly right.

October 24, 2014 — Shopify API
Sewing Patterns

Sewing Patterns for Fall

As the warm weather of the summer months give way to cool autumn breezes, summer garb gets put in storage in favor of heavier-weighted and fuller-length garments. The good news is that there are plenty of sewing patterns for fall looks that are easy enough for even a sewing novice to tackle, and Fashion Fabrics Club has the perfect on-trend fabric to help you construct these fashion-forward fall designs. Here are five fun, easy and on-trend fall patterns complete with links to the perfect fashion fabrics to make them!

This pattern from McCall has easy-to-make semi-fitted pullover tops and dresses with a fun and sophisticated shawl collar and a variety of sleeve options from sleeveless, to three-quarter length, to full length and the option of a one-toggle closure design element. Use a medium weight double knit with a trendy design like black/hot pink diamond double knit and cream/black animal print double knit, or a lightweight tweed like brown/teal tweed wool suiting to create a stunning and fashionable design from this pattern.

This simple tunic pattern by McCall’s is perfect for fall, complete with the ever-popular convertible cuff sleeve that allows sleeves to effortlessly go from long to short – a useful design detail for those transitional weeks between summer and autumn. Use a lightweight, solid colored jersey knit like pewter grey jersey knit, cranberry red jersey knit, or vibrant purple jersey knit for a breathable, super comfortable flowing top.

This flirty bias skirt pattern by Vogue Patterns is labeled “very easy,” it has a side zipper, raised waist and has options for varied skirt length as well as a high-low hem shape option. Perfect for medium weight fall fabrics – for example, stretch knits like sandy tan double knit and eggplant purple double knit, stretch wovens like black linen, and stretch wool flannels like pale green wool flannel twill and smoke black flannel.

Lightweight fall jackets are a necessity. This easy Vogue pattern is for a semi-fitted lined jacket complete with flattering princess seams and fun design elements like two-piece sleeves with shaped lower edging, and contrast collar band. Pick a lightweight crepe or lightweight gabardine for this pattern and use synthetic leather for the sleeves and collar to make the look even more fashion-forward.

A semi-fitted, full-skirted dress is the perfect go-to fall garment. This pattern from McCall’s has a sexy back zipper, the option of a V or bateau neck and a range of sleeve options from sleeveless, to short, to three-quarter length. Make this fun flirty pattern in a medium weight woven like challis, crepe, or gabardine.

September 12, 2014 — Shopify API
Field of Dreams Feminine Designs

11 Feminine Designs

You’ll find soft and dreamy dresses for every day, from long sleeved bib styles to flirty tanks. Plus, look for simple tops and pants! These patterns are from the April 2011 issue of Burda Style magazines.

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Fabrics from left to right: Champagne beige twilled satin; Black pink floral chiffon; Violet blue stretch satin; White floral chiffon.

The look of this sheer Chiffon Shirt Dress over our Satin Slip Dress is simply perfect for this time of year. We love the look of a sheer patterned overlay for the shirt paired with a complimentary under fabric to keep the look bohemian. For a more neutral look we suggest sewing the the slip in a champagne twilled satin, and the overlaid shirt in a nice floral chiffon like this one that has great drapability. For a more springy colorful style sew up the shirt dress in a bright white floral chiffon with multicolored flowers and pick a tone within the pattern to make the under slip in. We think the beautiful blue is a great color to work with so try cutting the slip in this violet blue stretch satinwhich will give you a tight fit while still feeling comfortable.


Fabrics from left to right: White/red stripe shirting; Light blue batiste; Periwinkle blue floral lawn.

You’ll love the cut of this extra Long Blouse to go with all your leggings and skinny jeans. The tapered shape is feminine, but you can get a menswear look with this red and blue striped shirting. A solid color fabric like light blue batiste looks cute with patterned bottoms, like floral shorts or skirts. Or, keep all the interest in the cute top and its gathered neckline with a periwinkle blue floral lawn.

103 Jacket

Fabrics from left to right:Khaki tan stretch fabric; Coral pink canvas; Taupe cream stripe linen.

Cover up those sundresses with our lightweight, unlined summer Cropped Blazer in a straight shape with covered buttons. To keep this jacket lightweight and wearable we suggest sewing it in medium weight canvas with or without stretch like this khaki tan stretch canvas or add a pop of color with this coral pink canvas. To add some dimension to the blazer you can even sew in a printed fabric like this taupe cream striped linen.


Fabrics from left to right: Aqua green/orange plaid chambray; Raspberry pink chambray; Ivory/bright red floral challis.

What’s more springy than a little Gathered Crop Top with a sweet gathered neckline? Ring in spring with a floral, like this ivory and bright red floral challis. You could also give this versatile tank a country vibe with a lightweight plaid. Green and orange plaid chambray has unexpected color for summer. Or, make it trendy with a little preppy style in solid raspberry pink chambray with high waisted white shorts and boat shoes.

107 dress

Fabrics from left to right: Ivory bright red floral challis; Ivory crinkled lawn; Pale yellow floral stripe lawn.

This Dress is a modern prairie classic with a short collar, full skirt and frayed hems. It is perfect sewn in printed fabrics and especially florals like this ivory bright red floral challis or yellow floral stripe lawn. If you are not into the colorful florals try making this dress in a textured fabric like this golden ivory crinkled lawn.


Fabrics from left to right: Aqua blue zebra silk georgette; White/green silk chiffon; Black/pink floral challis.

Tiptoe through the tulips in this lovely Floral Wrap Dress with a tie belt and cuffed sleeves. Wrap dresses work so well to showcase fun spring prints. Make it modern and a little wild with a aqua blue zebra silk georgette. This fabric skims the body and we love the bright color. If animal prints aren’t for you, we recommend an abstract print, like this white and green chiffon. The confetti print is such a fun pop of color against rainy skies. A darker floral like this black and pink floral challis can take this style into the fall with black tights.

104 and 162 pants

Fabrics from left to right: Ivory batiste; Apricot beige floral linen; White denim.

These Floral Flared Pants have a retro look with a little romance. We love that they have a seventies style with the bootcut and waistband. This apricot beige floral linen is a great floral fabric to sew these pants in and it has a great crisp hand. If you want a neutral pant you can use fabrics like ivory batiste and even white denim!

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Fabrics from left to right: White stretch satin twill; Orchid purple silk georgette; Champagne brown satin; Pink/blue silk crepe de chine.

Diaphanous fabrics are dreamily romantic in this Sheer Wrap Dress with a kimono shape and little cap sleeves. For a demure look, make it in a solid pastel with pearl buttons, like this orchid purple silk georgette. So timeless! You could even make it in a rainbow of pastels for bridesmaid dresses. We also love the look of this 80s style pink and blue silk crepe de chine. This dress is meant to be sewn in sheer fabric, so get extra coverage with the Stretch Slip Dress in champagne brown satin or white stretch satin twill.

Filling up our closets with spring florals and pastels is one of the best things about warmer weather! We hope these fabric picks give you a little extra inspiration for all those fun dress patterns.

Happy sewing!

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May 02, 2014 — Shopify API
Simple Everyday Tricks

Simple Everyday Tricks

Have you ever used a simple trick to do something clever? You may not always have the required tools or supplies needed to complete a task, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing it. Sometimes, you can use simple everyday tricks like the ones illustrated below to get things done efficiently. Not only will these tricks help you to be more productive, but they’ll make you look smart too.


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March 27, 2014 — Shopify API

Perfect Patterns: Spring & Summer

With Spring and Summer just around the corner, we teamed up with our friends at BurdaStyle to bring you some perfect patterns for Spring and Summer!

The Romantic Maxi Dress

The Romantic Maxi Dress may be the highlight of this collection with its revealing sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, and flowing full skirt. Two different florals are beautifully feminine. We love turquoise blue floral lawn with a pink and blue floral lawn or the coral pink floral lawn with a larger floral lawn for the skirt. You could also go for a darker, bohemian look with solid teal blue lawn for the bodice and floral stripe lawn for the skirt. Keep the colors in the same family, and you can mix and match with ease!


fabric from left to right: Turquoise blue floral lawn, White/blue floral lawn, Teal blue lawn, White multi floral stripe lawn, Coral pink floral lawn, White floral lawn

Bustier Top Dress

This slim fitting Bustier Top Dress has an intricate top with set in bustier and shaped shoulder straps. The godets in the hemline also give this dress ample movement! This style needs fabric with a little structure and movement, and we also love that polka dot-esque print. In keeping with this theme, we think this design sewn in this white dot printed jacquard would really bring this dress into springtime style. If you are more taken with the dark nature of the fabric above we suggest a classic black and white polka dot cotton. The bustier style paired with that fabric would give this dress a real retro look. We also love this black and red printed sateen for the dress, the print is fun and the color is rich.


fabric from left to right: White dot jacquard, Black white dot cotton, Black red print sateen

Peasant Top

Gypsy and peasant styles inspired this folksy Peasant Top. It’s finished with asymmetrical ribbon closures and pretty fluted sleeves. Go bold with a patterned jacquard to highlight the fluted sleeves, or get a more casual look for the weekend in blue chambray. 90s trends are huge for summer, so we also picked out a whimsical black and white polka dot. This print would look great with dark wash jeans! Or, go for a romantic look in black and tan lace. This lacey print would look sophisticated with black cigarette pants for a summer date.


fabric from left to right: Turquoise blue chambray, White/black jacquard, Black/tan lace jacquard

Short Waisted Blazer

Here is a lovely short waisted Blazer with wide lapels, and a double breasted opening. This jacket is great for a suit style with matching skirt or pants, or can be worn as a little coverup for your spring dresses because of the short hemline. The main feature of this jacket is that beautiful eyelet fabric. You can find many eyelet fabrics herehere in a multitude of styles and colors. We would like to see the color played with a bit and sew this jacket in a deep dark chocolate eyelet gauze. Or you can brighten it up with this cheery blue embroidered eyelet and simplewhite eyelet. Eyelet is a classic fabric for spring, and makes a great spring jacket fabric because of the weight and holes in the texture.


fabric from left to right: Dark chocolate eyelet gauze, Dusty blue embroidered eyelet, White eyelet

Dress with Fluted Sleeves

The Dress with Fluted Sleeves has so many interesting details. The sleeves are pleated and ruffled at the cuff, and the bodice has a wraparound style. Make it a statement piece in printed silk satin like this navy blue floral, or show off the construction in a solid like this gorgeous gem toned hot pink satin. We also like mixing fabrics for the bodice and skirt of a structured dress, and might try a print like this black floral twill satin for the skirt and a black satin charmeuse for the top.


fabric from left to right: Navy blue floral satin back twill, Hot pink satin, Black satin charmeuse, Black floral twill satin

Summer Dress

The cut of this Dress was inspired by a classic men’s shirt, especially with the yoke and wide cuffs. An elastic band at the waist emphasizes the feminine silhouette, and the ruffles make the front neckline eye-catching. We love the print the print this dress is sewn in, and a similar print really flatters this dress design. This white floral striped lawn is a beautiful lightweight cotton fabric that has horizontal floral stripes in rich colors. Or we would switch up the color scheme a bit by sewing in this beige aqua print lawn with metallic accents, or this luxuriouscaramel print egyptian cotton.


fabric from left to right: White floral striped lawn, Beige aqua print lawn, Caramel print egyptian cotton

Pleated Eyelet Skirt

Every woman’s summer wardrobe needs a skirt, and this Pleated Eyelet Skirt is simply perfect. The pleats add just the right amount of fullness and movement without that added bulk. The sleek silhouette allows for a textured fabric like the eyelet pictured above. We would go classic and just like the in the photography with this black embroidered eyelet. If you are wanting it all in terms of texture and print this yellow medallion eyelet lawn has both the feel and look of the collection. Maybe you are visioning this skirt not in eyelet, if so we would suggest a bold and neutral print like this black and tan geometric embroidered cotton.


fabric from left to right: Black embroidered eyelet, Yellow medallion eyelet lawn, Black tan geometric embroidered cotton

Embroidered Peasant Top

This Embroidered Peasant Top has a wide square neckline and pretty ruffles at the waist and sleeves. White dotted swiss or soft blue floral eyelet are perfect choices for this lightweight spring top. The ruffled skirt and sleeves are lovely in textured fabrics. Embroidered batiste has instant folksy appeal, but we also like this top in a retro white and pink striped linen. Try this top with relaxed cutoffs or jeans.


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March 14, 2014 — Shopify API
Hemming Jeans

Hemming Jeans - Fast & Easy!

Let’s face it, everyone wears jeans (who doesn’t love Denim Fabric?). Young, old and especially anyone in between wear them for just about any occasion. Jeans are typically manufactured in very long lengths so shortening them is a common necessity. Surprisingly, jeans are one of the easiest of pants to hem. Why anyone would pay $20-$30 to have this fast and easy task done for them is mind boggling. It really is that simple. No hand stitching is involved and within an hour the task is complete.

Step 1

The first step is to determine the desired length. If making that determination on yourself there a few ways that can be done. The easiest way is to take a pair of jeans you already know are the correct length and measure the inseam of both legs. Using that measurement, mark each inseam of the pants to be shortened with either a pin, fabric pen or chalk. Measure the distance from the new mark to the current hem. Using that measurement turn up the hem of each leg and pin in place.

Try on the jeans to make sure the hem length is where you want it. Look to be sure the hem on both legs are the same length and that the hem is parallel to the ground all the way around both legs. Make adjustments where necessary – this is a trial and error sort of task. Some people prefer to have the back portion of the jeans a bit longer to accommodate a high heel. If that is the case, make the appropriate adjustment. Once the final length is determined and securely pinned in place, steam press the hem to get a strong and clearly visible crease.

hemmingStep 2

The next step is mark the hem allowance and trim away the excess fabric. Using the pressed hemline as your guide, mark a cutting line 1 1/8 inches above the hemline using a chalk pen, fabric pen or tailors chalk. Since the line will never show, even a regular pen will do.

Step 3

Using the marked cutting line, trim away the excess.

Step 4

Now using the pressed hem crease as your guide fold up the raw edge to the crease line. Fold up once more to complete the hem and pin in place.

Step 5

Next, stitch the hem close to the folded edge. Denim is a very heavy and thick fabric so be sure to use a size 14/90 to 18/120 size needle. Also, use a thread designed for denim and try to select a color to match the old hem.

Start the stitching close to the inseam seamline where is less likely to show. Since a double turned hem creates a rather thick layer at the side and inseam seamlines, use a clearance plate to level off the presser foot. This will facilitate the foot’s ability to sew over the thick hump of fabric and keep the stitches uniform. And, that’s all there is to it.

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February 28, 2014 — Shopify API
Houndstooth Fabric Impact

Houndstooth Fabric Heaven

I keep no secret of the fact I go nuts for classic fabrics, particularly in the coat department. So as temperatures continue to drop (and after a brutal day of hurricane winds at the pumpkin patch with my niece), I’m seriously on the hunt for some timeless winter inspiration. More specifically, I have my eye on anything and everything with houndstooth fabric. Dresses, skirts, blazers, scarves—you name it, I want to make it.

Fortunately, ‘tis the season for the two-tone checkers to thrive. After digging around for ideas from the world of internet shopping, I found some share-worthy favorites. They’re on-trend and fairly uncomplicated to replicate, with your own spin, of course.

HOUNDSTOOTH SHIFT DRESSIt doesn’t get much more mod than a houndstooth shift dress. What I love about this Mango design (aside from the forgiving shape) is the heavy neck and armhole binding. It breaks up the pattern nicely and would give a charming finish to any piece. I imagine wearing this with black tights and ballet flats for a day at the office.

Houndstooth Fabric MARC BY MARC JACOBSNow, if you want to truly dive into Mary Quant territory, a miniskirt a la Marc Jacobs will do the trick. Make sure to buy some knee-high socks for this baby.

Houndstooth fabric flared dressHowever, if you prefer to go pre-miniskirt era with a little ‘50s style, look no further than Dolce & Gabbana. I’d really love a herringbone dress with a fit-and-flare silhouette hanging in my closet, but at a lower price point courtesy of my sewing machine.

Houndstooth fabric coatThis Theory cocoon coat is another winner in my book. It offers a tailored look without needing a sternly tailored pattern due to its drop-sleeves and oversized build.

Houndstooth Fabric Neck WarmerIf you’re just looking for a fun project, on the other hand, or perhaps some holiday gift ideas, check out the beautiful simplicity of Zara’s frayed neck warmer. All you have to do is order the proper yardage of houndstooth fabric, cut a long rectangle, sew a single “stay stich” one inch inside the parameter, then fray the edges with your fingers. Easy peasy!

November 07, 2013 — Shopify API
How to Create a French Seam

Sewing Sheer Fabric: How to Create a French Seam

I’ve always been drawn to the ethereal look and feel of transparent textiles, be it organza, chiffon, or a delicate rayon. They hold so much potential, from dreamy eveningwear with floating trains to sophisticated blouses layered over camisoles. But, admittedly, it takes a bold soul to bring them to a sewing machine.

Since the final product is, well, see-through, every part of your construction must be flawless. No pressure! Fortunately, there’s a go-to technique that will get you beautiful results inside and out: French seams. It’s basically a seam with a casing on the inside to hide any raw edges. In fact, sometimes I even use this tactic on fabrics that aren’t sheer, just to get a professional finish.

How to do it:

Step 1: Factor in extra seam allowance for your pattern. Generally, this means you will double your standard seam allowance, then add ⅛” of an inch to that. Yes, it takes slightly more of your precious fabric, but is totally worth it.

Step 2: Face the wrong sides AKA the insides of your fabric pieces together and sew your standard seam allowance. This will look, at first, as if the seam is on the outside of the garment.

Step 3: Trim off any seam excess, but don’t get closer than ¼” to the sewing line.

Step 4: Iron the right sides AKA the outside of your fabric pieces together.

Step 5: Sew a second seam encasing the original.

Viola! You have a flawless closure to any unsightly interior seams, making sheer fabrics a breeze to work with. Bonus: This trick is especially helpful for any fabric with the tendency to fray like crazy.

For a visual, check out this super helpful Youtube tutorial.

Take a look at these gorgeous high-end items on the market now that utilize this technique:

Sheer Fabric

October 03, 2013 — Shopify API
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Two Easy Tricks for Beautiful Knit Fabric Hems

When it comes to sewing with knit fabric, you either love it or hate it. Fortunately, I’m in the first camp. In fact, I learned to sew in high school using stretch fabric that I would drape and pin on myself to make my homecoming and prom dresses. And I have to say—despite my lack of formal training—the results were pretty fantastic. I loved how forgiving it was in the fit department, if I made my gown a wee bit too small no one would be the wiser, not even myself. Anything woven, on the other hand, would have told a different (probably Frankenstein-y) story.

One of the first steps to conquering the pliable textile is to work with its unruly behavior. Often, it’s a battle to hem a knit dress, but luckily when you stop fighting it, the outcome is quite beautiful. This particular trick works best with a serger, but will also work with a regular sewing machine. While hemming, simply pull the fabric lightly and you will create a lovely lettuce leaf effect that’s perfect for scarves or whimsical frocks. Try it with a strip of fabric to see what I mean. Note: The harder you pull the more intricate the curled edges will be, but don’t pull so hard you break your needle!

Not a fan of the effect and hoping for a streamlined finish? Don’t fret, there’s a simple solution for that, too. Hit up your nearest gifty retailer and stock up on tissue paper. Next time you’re about to face off with a slippery neckline or armhole all you have to do is place a sheet under the fabric. It’s seriously miraculous. Bye-bye wonky uneven edging!

Soon, you’ll fall in love with that stretch as much as I have! If you’re looking for inspiring ways to test out your skills, first take a look at these fab fabric options, then turn to the queen of knits: Diane von Furstenberg. Here are a few of my recent favorites from her collection:

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Swoon-worthy, right?

September 10, 2013 — Shopify API