Tag: womens

Sew a Stunning Black and White Color Block Caftan

Sew a Stunning Black and White Color Block Caftan

Caftans are a classic garment that fits like a maxi dress but also features large comfortable sleeves that make it perfectly flattering for any size figure. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge 

Embroidered Tulle Capelet and Dress

Embroidered Tulle Capelet and Dress

This easy sewing project will make you the talk of the town! Perfect for an evening occasion, this embroidered tulle capelet and dress are both easy to make and fun to wear. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a 

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress

The Tunic Bible recently went to #1 on Amazon, here’s how you can embroider your own tunic dress!

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

Embroidered Tunic Dress

I recently ordered a copy of The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr of Goodbye Valentino. If you haven’t seen their sewing blog, it’s full of beautiful classic styles, perfect for us midlife ladies. The book recently exploded on Amazon with the trending Instagram hashtags #sewover50 and #sew50visible. The idea of this challenge is to make a sewing pattern that has a woman over 50 on the cover. Silly me, I thought this was going to be easy, but there are very few of them in the 4 big pattern companies. This led me to The Tunic Bible, and I am hooked!

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

The book has a basic tunic pattern and pages upon pages of ways you can customize your DIY tunic dress. One of the styles I loved the most had a beautiful embellishment done by machine embroidery around the neckline. I was thrilled to be able to try out my embroidery functions on my new “old” Huskavarna Viking sewing machine. After a bit of research, I discovered that I needed machine embroidery design files with HUS capability for my machine. Refer to your manual to find out what kind of file you need as it is different for each machine.

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

This floral design was purchased from Urban Threads. It’s a one color design but looks different with dark blue thread on my blue and white stripe fabric. Because embroidery is completely new to me, I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of money on this project. I used an old Ralph Lauren bed sheet from the thrift store! My purchase was $1.50, plus the embroidery file which was $4.99. Not bad for an entire embroidered tunic dress!

The embroidery file was easy to download to my computer, transfer to a USB memory stick and plugin to my sewing machine. I traced the pattern of the bib design on the piece of fabric with a heat soluble marking pen instead of cutting it out. I stabilized the fabric with embroidery stabilizer in the hoop before embroidering.

The design took about 15 minutes to stitch and I had a lot of fun watching it come together, it is rather mesmerizing!

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

The sleeves were even easier to embroider. Instead of purchasing a new design, I used two rows of heirloom vine stitches that came with my Huskavarna Designer SE sewing machine. Be sure to put a scrap of embroidery backing behind the rows of stitching for the best result. After the embroidery was finished, it was time to assemble the pattern and finish the sleeve hem.

This design for this sewing project is very simple, but I love how it turned out!

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

With a simple tunic top such as this, the embroidery takes center stage. It was very easy to make and fits wonderfully! This is the first pattern I haven’t had to do major alterations in a long time. I’m so ready to wear it!

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

I’ve got another tunic dress in the works that I will share with you soon! Meanwhile, head over to Amazon and purchase your copy of the Tunic Bible. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram for more on the current hashtag challenges!

More Inspiration

If you loved this project, here are a few others you will also enjoy!

Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Correctly

Neapolitan Quilt with Riley Blake

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt

How to Make a Paper Butterfly Dress

Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

 

Don’t forget to Pin this post for later!

Embroidered Tunic Dress : The Tunic Dress Pattern Review | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Please follow and like us:
Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right

Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right

Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right   A classic wool pleated skirt like this one is not hard to sew. Here are my 7 secrets to sewing it right for a professional look! This post contains affiliate links. By making a 

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity   Every woman needs a LBD (little black dress) in her closet. My latest dress make is this Simplicity pattern that is perfect for a night out on the town! This post contains affiliate links. By making 

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt

Self drafting a sequin skirt for a special event isn’t as hard as you may think. Here is my step-by-step process for sewing with sequins.

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

Simple Sequin Skirt

Sequins are always a popular choice, especially in the winter season. I made this simple DIY skirt in just a few steps using basic body measurements. The matching t-shirt was also incredibly easy to make with the help of my Cricut Maker. This beautiful gold sequined fabric was even on clearance after the holidays at Hobby Lobby! Although this was my first time sewing with sequins, it certainly won’t be my last. They aren’t nearly as hard to sew as you may think. (I think a sequin pencil skirt would be a fun addition to my closet!)

In order to self draft the skirt sewing pattern, you will need waist and hip measurements, as well as the total length from your waist to the floor.

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

Sequin Skirt Drafting Directions:

  1. Fold a large piece of craft paper in half lengthwise. Place the paper on a table so that the fold is closest to you. Be sure the paper is both longer and wider than your basic measurements, but not larger than your piece of sequin fabric. My fabric was 48″ wide so my pattern could not exceed that width.
  2. Divide your waist measurement in half. If your waist is 40″ divided by 2 = 20″.  Jot this down on a piece of paper. Next, mark this measurement with a straight line using a pencil across the top edge of the paper. This will be your skirt pattern front, we will also use the same piece for the skirt back.
  3. Decide how many gathers you’d like in your skirt waist. My skirt has 6″ of gathers in the center. To calculate the gathered amount of fabric, multiply this measurement x 2. So 6″ x 2″ =12″ of fabric needed for the gathers. Because you are working on the fold, you will be making half the pattern. Draw a vertical line near the left edge of the paper, starting at the fold and going toward the other edge for the waistline. Mark the 6″ point for the gathers on the line measuring from the fold up the line. Continue the line adding the additional amount needed for the rest of the waistline, 20″ as in step 2. The total length of the line would be 26″ for the waistline.
  4. Next, draw the side seam making the line as long as you need for the skirt to reach the floor. The hem and seam allowance will be included in the skirt measurements.
  5. Make another line for the hem along the bottom edge, the same length as the waist measurement. Your rectangle is now complete!
  6. Using another piece of paper, make another rectangle for the waistband. My waistband is 4″ wide, with a total circumference of 41″ (including seam allowance). Make your waistband 4″ wide x total waist circumference +1″ for a seam allowance. You will cut 2 of the waistband, one of the sequin fabric, and one of the lining fabric.

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

Sewing Directions:

  1. Lay out your fabric. Cut the front and back pieces of the skirt with a rotary cutter. Cutting the sequins is so much easier with a rotary tool. Be prepared, it’s a messy process! Also, cut the front and back lining with the same pattern pieces.
  2. Layer the front lining and sequin skirt front together. Baste along outside edge. You will also need to gather two rows of stitches between marks at front and back waistband with a basting stitch length of 5.0mm. Repeat for the back of the skirt.
  3. Using your sewing machine, sew side seams using a walking foot and 3.0mm stitch length You can remove sequins at the side seam if you need to so it’s easier to sew. My machine had no problem sewing through them, but I have seen others cut them off by hand.
  4. Bind side seam edges with either purchased 1/2″ quilt binding or homemade seam binding to keep sequins from unraveling.
  5. Sew the sequin waistband to the waistband lining at the top edge. Stitch ends together so that they make a circle. Cut 2″ elastic to a comfortable size for your waist (waist measurement – 4″ should be about right). Pin ends of elastic together, then insert elastic into the waistband. Baste along the bottom edge.
  6. Pin waistband to skirt adjusting gathers as needed while lining up the seam of the waistband at the center back or side seam of the circle skirt. Baste together. Put the skirt on and check for fit. Make any needed adjustments and stitch.
  7. Bind the waistband seam with more binding.
  8. Lastly, mark the hem, mine was 1 1/2″. Sew seam binding or lace hem tape to hem. Turn hem up, stitch in place with a catch stitch. Press.

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

T-Shirt Directions:

The t-shirt is really easy to make using the rose gold HTV Cricut vinyl. You can find the t-shirt SVG file here. I used an XL shirt from the Walmart clearance rack for this project. Follow this simple tutorial for making t-shirts with Cricut.

 

More Inspiration

If you love simple projects like this one, then I promise you will like these posts as well:

Sew a Clutch with Cricut

Easy Cut & Sew Sweater

Make Your Jeans Fit: Easy Denim Hack

Cricut Yoga Shirt Collection

3 Step Buffalo Check Cardigan

 

Don’t forget to Pin this post for later!

Self Draft a Simple Sequin Skirt|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com

Please follow and like us: