Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lace Pannel Shirt DIY: 1 Yard Fabric Projects

Spring blogging has gotten off to a slow start… a veryyyy slow start. It’s not that I haven’t been working on sewing projects and DIY things – because I am. Spring is my favorite time of the year to begin sewing actually, because there are so many cute dresses and tops and accessories that can be worn during these warmer months but shunned during that cold season that is winter.  So much inspiration from the fashion shows last month in NYC, London, Paris and Milan… not to mention the latest Anthropologie catalog. I swear that thing is just a giant DIY book.

Today, I’m sharing with you a top that I made a few weeks ago. I’ve gotten into a nasty habit of picking up single yards of different fabric at the fabric stores lately. Usually, it’s something that’s caught my eye and I have no specific project in mind, but I just love the print or color or feel and have to have it. This is a bad habit… because really there isn’t too much that can be made with a single yard of fabric – clothing wise that is.  So I have all these single yards of fabric, and then finally come up with an idea of how to use something, but sadly realize that there just won’t be enough to make what I want to make.  Luckily for me, I had this lace that went well with the fabric and decided that with some piecing I could make something wearable. But from now on I’ve made it a goal to stop and think, when I’m at the fabric store of what I can make and how much I’ll need before purchasing.  Or, if I’m buying just because I love it I keep it at a minimum of 1 ½ yards (there’s a little extra wiggle room then with what you can make).  BUT, maybe this means there will be some 1 yard fabric project ideas coming your way. Lucky you:)

I had a yard of the red and cream fabric, and about 3/4 of a yard of the lace to make this shirt. When making patterns and sewing for myself I tend to take a top I already own and love the fit of and use it as an outline and sizing for my pattern pieces for the new top I want to make. So it isn't an exact science and typically takes some alterations as I go.
But the first step is making the bust darts, and making sure they're going to hit you in the right spot. Next, you'll sew shoulder seams together. Then line up the side panels to the side seams of the front and the back and sew together. The last step is sewing the sleeves into the armholes and then finishing all the edges.

I hope sharing just my basic steps of sewing and how I creatively put pieces together helps you with you're sewing project. There's no exact science, and I've found that using already-made-patterns can be just as frustrating as using your own as they can be not exact or as accurate as you would hope (see blog post on Vogue pattern) But for me, sewing is all about experimenting and learning and hopefully creating something that becomes a beloved and unique piece in your closet!

Naomi Joy