Saturday, July 14, 2018

Living in "Style In An Instant" dress all summer

At first I thought that the short version of the Style In An Instant dress would not look good on me, given that I am fairly short, but I have found it quite comfortable to wear, and it has been my most worn dress this summer.

I wear it with a cardigan and capri leggings if it's cold.

"Style In An Instant" dresses -- long dress

When I don't have much time to sew, this is my go-to project to get at least a tiny little bit of sewing accomplished:

  • All I need is my bust measurement, add 2 inches, and I know the length of shirred fabric I need. I get my fabric for this from JoAnn; it's called Style In An Instant. I tend to choose the cotton versions, not the rayons, because the cottons don't wrinkle as much.
  • And since I don't wear strapless dresses and tops, I also buy or find some rick rack in my stash to complement the dress. Easy peasy straps in an instant. :) I do seal the ends of the rick rack straps with a little heat.
  • Before I start sewing, I serge the edges of the fabric so they don't ravel.
  • If I have time, I prewash the fabric.
  • The entire sewing is accomplished by a single seam in the back. I sometimes hem the skirt part if the selvages aren't particularly nice. The additional hem also gives the skirt more body, and I find that the skirt doesn't wrinkle as much in the wash if there is a hem.  

Pattern: None, just bust measurement + 2 inches.
Fabric: Style In An Instant shirred fabric form JoAnn, rick rack (I tend to like the wider ones).
Things I learned: Do take your time to finish the edges securely, because you don't want the shirring to come undone in the wash or as you wear it.

Please excuse the wrinkles in the picture; it just came out of the wash (and this one has no hem)...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another 30-minute blankie

My blog has been a bit neglected... (ehem) for a few years... And even though sometimes I feel that I hardly made anything, it doesn't mean that I have not been sewing. So it's time to document the things I made. :)

Here is another 30-minute blankie. The first one was in blue.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

30-minute blankie

Instant gratification :)

1 yd of soft fleece

  1. Straighten edges, cut off selvage.
  2. Right sides together, sew around 3 sides using a narrow zigzag stitch, leave a bit of an opening on one side. (Not at a corner.)
  3. Turn right side out through opening.
  4. Slipstitch the opening closed by hand.
  5. Topstitch all around 1 in from the edge with narrow zigzag (start on a side and not at a corner).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I copied this apron from a RTW one a friend of mine had. It has adjustable ties. The height is adjustable, because the ties are not attached to the apron, but go through a tunnel.

Things I learned:
  • I used bias tape for the facing, which turned out to be a mistake, because it was very hard to mold it into shape and especially turn it under at the ends.
  • I also used bias tape for the ties, which was OK, but not very easy to sew, as the bias stretched.