Patches are commonplace on jeans and play wear, but on suits? You bet!
They are functional , fashionable and easy to apply. Many fabrics will do well with a simple bonding material to hold the patch in place; however, the best method to assure they are secure is to sew them on. This is where your hand sewing skills become quite handy.
Gather a few supplies, and follow a few easy steps below (captioned pictures) to save your favorite sweaters, suit jackets, shirts and coats.
Do you have tips on application of elbow patches? What's your favorite stitch to hold them? Whatever threads you are saving with patches, I wish your project to be successful and filled with inspiration, today and always!
Part of frugal living is using what you have until it can't be used anymore. That's a lot of use! Furniture seems to always become boring, worn, outdated or broken - then we spend precious dollars to purchase the replacement. One way to save those dollars is to use throws or slipcovers. Today I am sharing with you a standard method for making slipcovers. If you can sew a straight line, measure and/or cut a pattern, you're in great company for making your own covers!
Let's get with it.
First thing is to gather your supplies and fabric. Download the PDF of the entire pattern here for the materials needed and special notes.
One suggestion for you is consider the type and weight of fabric you will select. Is it washable? Will it hold up to frequent use?
Your chair will need to be measured for length and width in the following areas: Top Front/Back; Seat; All Bottom Sides.
Now that you have recorded the measurements, transfer those numbers to pattern papers or to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut the pieces (total of 7). Mark the wrong side of each piece with it's place (i.e., Back, Seat, etc.). Prepare the piping (optional) and baste to the right side of the top fabric (one piece only). Stitch Back and Front right sides together, sandwiching the piping between the two pieces. Turn right side out, smooth piping and press lightly.
In the order listed below, stitch the bottom side panels to the seat edge:
1) Front panel 2) Back panel 3) Both side panels.
Once this is complete, stitch the side seams to the panels closed. Smooth all of the cover after sliding it over the chair. If it's bulky, turn inside out and trim seams, corners. Hem to the desired length.
That's pretty much all it takes. I know, it's easier to write it out than it is to actually sew it. I think you will find the pattern easy to follow. Sew :) when you have the time, break out that fabric you adore and start planning the frugal uplift to your home furnishings.
With that, I'll sign off and know that I wish you success and inspiration in your projects, today and always!
Fretting over the formal event you'll be attending soon? Take away a little of that worry with Day Dreams Sewing top ten formal fitting tips.
10. If you want the scraps from the alterations saved, let the seamstress know at your first fitting.
9. Before handing over the garment to the tailor or seamstress, check it over for stains or tears, noting them on both copies of the service ticket.
8. Don't leave without reviewing (or having received) a service ticket!
3. With regard to hems, ladies think about not wearing high heels in your gown. Will you be standing all through the event? Dancing? Chances are you will be on your feet much of the event and you will appreciate a lower heel. That being said, think of having your dress hem line set to flats. If you bought high heels for your wedding dress, they will show as you're walking down the aisle to the altar; isn't that why you bought them in the first place, for others to ooh and aah over? Consider the tip - it's valid.
2. Buy good undergarments that support, are comfortable and fit. It's terribly difficult to make adjustments to a garment that is not paired with the right undergarments.
1. Buy a size that is closest to your size. Sale prices are great on formal attire, however, add in the cost of alterations of 2 sizes, and you have overshot your budget. While garments may be adjusted an inch or more, it's frugal and smart to invest in a garment that requires only a few alterations.
That wraps this up for today's post. I hope you found at least a few good tips that will help you before or during your formal fitting. For more tips on personal fittings, read the post on preparing for a formal fitting here.
Wishing you a successful and inspirational day, today and always!
We buy new items and want them to look distressed, antique or old. This goes for fabrics as well. Sometimes, it's not a matter of wanting a specialty fabric to look vintage, but rather a desire for the specific shade of beige or off white. It's a color that's not ivory, but a little darker - what do you call tea dyed?
I've had my share of fails with tea dyeing, or color dyeing - period. With a little time, practice and patience, you can approach dyeing specialty fabrics with more confidence if you understand what fabrics absorb tea dye and which ones not to bother with. Before I cover the fabrics that accept tea dye well, let's see how tea dyeing works on the fabrics listed below.
I've set out several common fabric swatches for specialty fabrics (excluding the crochet flower).
An important tip: Use black tea, not flavored teas. Tea bags are preferred, as loose tea will work its way into the fabric you are dyeing. Flavored teas will turn the color of the dye anywhere from a light pink to a dull orange.
See the difference? These pieces were with one tea bag for 30 minutes. I chose to leave it longer because I knew I was working with synthetic fabrics. Synthetics will always take longer to dye because of the plastics in the fabric makeup.
Synthetics are capable of accepting color only if they are a blend: Poly/Cotton, Rayon/Poly/Cotton, etc. The pieces that are synthetic blends (above) are Organza and Stretch Lace. Most lace, tulle, chiffon and organza accept tea dye well.
Sateen (Satin is the name of the weave, not the fabric) is a poly/cotton blend and accepts tea dye well. Sateen also accepts chemical color dye that is used in dyeing shoes and bags.
Silk is a natural fiber and readily accepts color, even when it's blended with other fibers, natural or not. The sample (feather) above is darker than I was going for - understandably so (after leaving all pieces in for 30 minutes).
The two pieces that are cotton in content - I had no doubt they would color, as cotton is highly absorbent.