Constructing | Salt and Pepper Dress

Thursday, September 18, 2014

salt and pepper dress

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joann fabric sew your style challenge via Kristina J blog

I was really excited when I read about Joann Fabrics Sew Your Style challenge this month. The challenge was to use quilting fabric to create a project. I'm not a quilter (not at all) so I've never really taken the time to browse all the lovely, breathable cotton fabrics in the quilting section of the Joann stores. Since garment design is my thing, I was a bit worried about whether I could translate the fabric into something other than a craft. Then I had a major light bulb moment--leather!  I've been admiring Kate Spade's leather trim dress for a while and thought a leather peter pan collar would be the perfect way to toughen up the sweetness of this black and white floral print fabric. And yep, did it ever. I can't imagine this design without it. And just like that, the Salt and Pepper dress goes from crafty to wearable art.

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TUTORIAL | How to Refashion a Blouse Into a Pencil Dress

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Everybody loves a great pencil dress, which is why I decided to refashion my never-worn-in-two years cami from J.Crew and create something I would more readily grab from my closet. Using a dress from my Refashion Challenge post as inspiration to recycle my old clothes, I created this dress by utilizing some left-over fabric from The Soo dress design in my 2012 Mid-Summer Collection.  Even though it's really simple, I think it's a dress that will be super versatile, and since I was using materials I already had, it didn't cost me a dime. Score.

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what you need
  • Blouse with side zipper.
  • 1/2 inch bias tap
  • Two yards fabric for skirt
  • 14 inch zipper
  • Pattern in your size with general silhouette of sketches below. I used McCalls 5927, which is out of print, but available on amazon.com.


 what you do
1.  Cut out skirt portion of pattern onto a fabric of your choice and assemble by instructions.

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2.   Enclose raw edge of top of skirt with bias tape and top-stitch to attach and finish.

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3.   Pin skirt to natural waistline of blouse and top-stitch 1/4 inch below bias tape. Leaving one inch free to fold under at zipper

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4.   Fold raw edge of skirt under at side seam even with zipper and pin.

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5.   Top stitch 1/4 inch from zipper edge to finish. DONE.

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On the Dot

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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DIY PATIO EDITION | How to Make a Wood Dowel Pendant Light

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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what you need
1.  15 square wood dowel rods
2.   Hacksaw
3.   Large jump rings like these from Joann Fabrics
4.   Keyhole screws
5.   Acrylic paint in three colors
6.   Rectangle wire stacking shelf like this one from Walmart
7.   Pliers
8.   Gold chain
9.   Parachute cord in three colors
10. Two pendant light kits. I used the pendant light kit in PINK from the Color Cord Company.
11. Clear protective spray paint for wood

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what you do
1.   Mark the dowel rods into 9 inch sections and use a hacksaw to cut. I used 60 dowels for this project. Lightly sand ends.
2.   Insert keyhole screws into one end of all dowel rods.
3.   Paint the bottom four inches of the dowels. I painted 20 in each color. 
4.   Let dry. 

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5.   Cut chain with pliers into 60 sections
2 inch section = 30 
3 inch section = 30
Attach both ends of chain to jump ring.
6.   Attach one end to keyhole screw
7.   Repeat for all dowels.
8.   Attach other end of chain to wire shelf with jump ring, arranging colors as you like

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10.   Spray all dowels and chain with clear coat of glossy spray paint to protect and add shine.
11.   Thread color cord kit through wire shelf in desired location. 

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12.   Knot cord as desired and attach to ceiling with hook or to patio canopy as I did here. Almost done!

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13.   Wrap edge of wire shelf with three sections of parachute chord like I used for my planters to finish the edge. I just twisted all three colors together and did it all the colors at the same time.  
14.   DONE.

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