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Tutorial: High-Waisted Skirt

I got a request for a tutorial for the high-waisted skirt I posted a couple weeks ago…  So here is my awesomely drawn tutorial.

You will need:

fabric for the skirt.  I got my ombre effect fabric because (shh) the fabric was being used as curtains.  The part that the sun faded is the ombre.



a 7″ zipper

Your fabric will need to be three times your waist measurement, width-wise.  Make it whatever length you want.  Sew the sides together to make a tube, leaving 7″ open for your zipper.  I used the selvedge as the sides, so I didn’t have to finish the seam.  Finish the bottom hem by folding it over twice, iron it, and sew it.  Cut your waistband to your waist measurement plus 2″, and 3″ tall.  Cut your interfacing to your waistband width, and 1.5″ tall.  Iron your interfacing to the bottom half of your waistband, on the wrong side.  Fold the waistband down over the interfacing, wrong sides together, and fold up .5″ on either side to make a hem, ironing both folds.  Sew the ends of the waistband together.  Using either a hand stitch or a very long machine stitch, run the raw edge of the skirt and pull the threads, gathering the skirt to your waist measurement.  Pin one side of the waistband to the skirt, right sides together, and sew.  Remove your gathering thread.  Flip the waistband to the inside and whip-stitch the other side down to the wrong side of the skirt, being careful to hide your stitches in the seam allowance.  You should have a slight overlap on the waistband when you try it on.  Sew your zipper into your opening on the skirt, right sides together.  Sew your hook and eye to your waistband where it meets.  And you’re done!  If you need clarification, let me know, and if you make it, send me a picture!


Tutorial: Girl-ifying a T-shirt

Let’s face it, women’s T-shirts suck.  The fabric is thin and flimsy, with too much stretch.  They tend to come in limited sizes and if you have big boobs, by the time they fit over your chest, it’s six inches too short.  They are also usually more expensive.  I’ve always bought men’s T-shirts, but I hate having the neckline up so high.  It feels uncomfortable.  They also have no curve to them, making them unflattering.  For the longest time, I just cut the neckline right out.  But that looks bad, and it just looks worse every time you wash it.  So I figured out a way to make a basic T a little more suited to my body.

This looks horrible. Don’t do this.

Start with a loose men’s T

The first thing to do is to carefully unpick the neckline with a seam ripper.  Only undo the front portion of the neck, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, leaving the back neckline intact.

Undo the neckline from shoulder to shoulder

Next, pin the neckband down to the length you want to open up the neck, right sides together.  You can add half an inch to a couple of inches.  Trim out the excess, and take it to your sewing machine.

Using a zig-zag stitch on a fairly wide and long setting, stitch the neckband to the shirt, encasing the outer edges in the zig-zag and backstitching at the ends.  Taper the stitch line where it meets the existing seam from the back of the neckline.  You will have to stretch the neckband slightly to make it match.

Now look at your pretty new neckline!

With the shirt inside out, mark out a curve on either side to take it in a little.  You can make this as dramatic or as subtle as you want.  I didn’t take out much, because I still wanted my shirt to be on the loose side, with just a little shape.  Pin it, trim it, and stitch it the same way you did the neckline.

Shown with one side cut and pinned

Now try on your shirt!

another altered neckline

Kitty Cloak Tutorial

I posted my cat’s elven cloak in this post.  The cosplay kitty is rather popular over on my DA page, so I decided to do a tutorial!  It’s my first tutorial, so if it’s awful, I apologize, and feedback is always appreciated.  Also, pardon my craptastic drawings.  This cloak will work for any of your more patient four-legged friends, and here’s a secret:  it’s just a basic cloak pattern.  You can plug your own measurements in there, and make it human sized.

First, find your kitty and get some measurements.  Measurement A is how long you want your cloak to be, from the nape of the neck.  Measurement B is the height of the hood, from the shoulder to the top of the head, plus a little extra for ease.  Measurement C is around the neck, or how wide you want the neck of the cloak to be.  For your furry friends, make it pretty loose.  If the neck gets caught on something, you want them to be able to slip their heads out instead of getting trapped and strangling themselves.

Now, we will make the pattern.  You should make your pattern out of paper and then transfer it to your fabric.  Mark out a small circle with an opening, the circumfrence of which is equal to your neck measurement plus your ease.  I’ve marked one inch of ease on my drawing.  You can make the cloak a full circle, or leave an opening on it as I have in my drawing.  Next, draw out a larger circle around the smaller one, using measurement A to determine how far apart they should be.  (I know, my drawing is not a perfect circle.  It’s because I’m lazy.)  Mark this on your fabric, and cut.

The pattern for the hood is cut in two pieces.  Measurement B is the height of your hood.  Use 1/2 of measurement C plus 1/2 of your ease  to mark out the neck.  The odd little dip in the drawing is there to accomodate the shoulders.  It doesn’t need to be very drastic for a pet, because they don’t have as defined shoulders as a human, but the pattern should be lower at the front, and then rise a little in the center where the shoulders will be.  The front of the hood will be a straight line.  Don’t forget to add in a little seam allowance, then cut out your pieces and stitch together the back seam, which is marked with a dotted line in my drawing.

Next, pin the hood piece to the neck of the cloak, right sides (the pretty sides without the seams showing) together, making sure that the center back and side edges match up.  Stitch together.  It’s a little less clear in my drawing, because I’m not sure how one draws an inside out garment with seam lines showing.  Now, try your cloak onto your pet, and mark out where the ears should go.  Take off the cloak, and cut a line for the ears to fit through.

Since my cloak was an elven one, I closed it with a leaf pin, which I made out of gold fimo and then glued a safety pin to the back of it.  However, you can use whatever closure you want.  A good idea is to use enough elastic so that the cloak can be slipped over your furry friend’s head.  Now, finish your seams and your ear-holes up however you like.  I chose to leave mine raw, because I knew there was no way in hell I was getting my cat to wear it more then once.  And now you’re done!  

If you use the tutorial, be sure to send me a picture of the finished product!

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