Monday, April 26, 2010

Tutorial: Shirt Resize - smaller!

This is my first tutorial EVER.
I apologize in advance for any confusion.
If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask so I can clear them up!

(I take such terrible pictures. Remind me to work on that.)
This was my FREE jersey.
Size? XL.
Oh boy.

I'm really little...
XL does not work for me in ANY way.
So, I needed to make this jersey smaller.
(I got two, so I wasn't worried about any mistakes... if you're worried about mistakes, I suggest you do the same.)

First, put your shirt on an pin it to your fit.
Make sure you pin it a little looser than you'd like the end result, because you'll need seam allowance.

This is my shirt, pinned, after I took it off.

Take apart your seams: side seams and sleeves...
Leave your shoulder seams intact, less work for you later.
(If your shirt has no side seams, like a T-shirt, then cut straight down the sides.)
Transfer pins to each separate side, so that the fabric isn't pinned together but that the pins are just place markers.

Cut to the outside of your pins.
You want to make sure you have enough seam allowance without making your shirt too small.
You can always go smaller, but you can't add fabric very easily.

DO NOT cut your sleeve holes the same size as the previous ones, you'll regret it.
Instead, lay your new cut sleeve next to your shirt and cut new holes that are the same size as your sleeve, like this.

The next few steps I forgot to take pictures of. Forgive me?
Once all of your pieces are cut, lay your body pieces right sides together and sew down the side seams (but not the holes for the sleeves!).
Sew down the side of the sleeves.
Then turn the sleeves right side out, and keep the bodice of the shirt inside out.
Line up the bottom seam of your sleeve with the side seam of your shirt.
(The sleeve should be inside the shirt)
Pin and sew.

To hem the bottom, I took the easy way out.
I pinned to the height I wanted, and then zig zag stitched across the raw edge.
This is the lazy way, but it works.
Even with fabric that ravels.
Remember to cut with extra length so that your shirt doesn't end up smaller than you'd like.

Here is my end result!

However, my first sleeve opening was larger than my sleeve, so I have this funny little tuck in my shoulder.
It doesn't bother me, but just make sure your sleeve and the opening are the same size.


Baby legs: Not just for girls!

Baby legs are great for girls because they can wear them with dresses instead of tights,
and it makes changing diapers MUCH easier.
You know why they're great for boys?
They make changing diapers MUCH easier...
In place of pants.

These may just be my favorite things to make now.
They literally take 5 minutes total.
It's wonderful.

Why spend big $$$ when you can make them yourself?
Buy cheap socks or use some you don't wear!
(Knee socks, that is.)

I've seen various tutorials for these over time, but they're basically all the same.
I used this tutorial when I made Levi's.
It got the job done.

He loves them!
And I love making them.
Gotta find some cheaper socks though.
I forked out a whole $2 for those bad boys...
And while that's not much...
...I'm cheap.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Great Expectations.

(man, did I hate that book!)

If you were to open my 'bookmarks' file you'd find hundreds,
if not thousands,
of tutorials and photos for inspiration for my crafts.
It's insane.
One day I'll organize them, but for now they're just...

As far as what you can expect from me, though:
- Resizing a shirt (smaller), tutorial.
- Carseat tent and a headband.
- Valances. (from another crafter's tutorial)
- Cushion covers, a tutorial.
- Little girls dresses, by pattern.
- And a gift for a friend, so I can't tell you yet!

Links will come in the separate posts,
so, sorry...
you'll see them when you see them,
and not before! 

Current Obsessions

My heart is being pulled in many directions lately... there are so many exciting crafts out there waiting to be made! Here are just a few things I will be working on over the next week or two...

Stay tuned for updates and pictures as I complete these items (and add more to my to-do list!)... once we get a few followers, we will host a giveaway!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Something Funny and Witty

I'm Beth.
I'm the sewing, stitching half of the blog.
But I dabble in a little bit of everything.

I'm twenty years old.
I have a son.
He's 6 months old, and his name is Levi.

I am a part time college student, but a full time mom.
There are so many ideas in my head,
I can't wait to try them all.
You'll get to make most of them too!

Due to mention of the Red Sox, watch for my first tutorial =)

I look forward to getting to know our future readers/followers,
and if you hopped on over from my personal blog…
it's nice to see you again!

Get to crafting!


Welcome to SKD Crafts! 
I'm Lisa, and my sister Beth and I are hosting this blog together. I'll start by telling you a little about myself... 
  • I am a 25 year old mother to a beautiful 18 month old little girl. 
  • My husband and I are currently remodeling our house, which may come up in posts from time to time. 
  • I currently teach high school, but after this year I will be returning to the world of IT. My husband and I are both computer nerds. 
  • My husband is from Boston, so we are big Red Sox fans! 
  • I love to read, paint, draw, and of course craft! 
I hope to post some paper-craft tutorials of my own on here along with my experiences trying other people's ideas! I'd love to get to know you, so leave a comment letting me know who you are, and if you blog, leave a link!