+ - - - - - - Last Minute sew and no-sew Valentine’s Day projects

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I’ve always been a sucker for seasonal decor and cheesing it up on any holiday…..Valentine’s Day is NO different. I’m posting just a few of some past tutorials and outfit DIYs to do in case you haven’t fulling embraced the VDay spirit or you’re just feeling crafty. Or like me….you don’t have anything you want to wear. So get your crafting/sewing pants on and have some fun!

For those who are looking to make something for you HOT date….look no further. Here are a few sewing and non-sewing ideas below. Also checkout my DIY section for even more clothing diys including maternity.

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wide pleat wrap skirtmaxi wrap skirtasymmetrical wrap dressflutter sleeve wrap dress

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2 EASY go-to Valentine’s Day heart inspired hair tutorials

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heart-felt banner and 3D vintage book pages banner

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DIY reversible kiss clutch

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XO stamped top

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“Follow the string” idea – fun gift surprise idea!

+ - - - - - - 2 EASY go-to valentine’s day hair tutorials – twisted heart and double braided heart knot

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I’m all about cheesy holiday hair and outfits, why not? So embrace the heart for valentine’s day and stick it in your hair do! Make it subtle with the double braided heart knot or make it not-so-subtle with the twisted heart half up do.

 

Twisted heart half-up hair tutorial

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Double braided heart knot hair tutorial

 

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+ - - - - - - DIY 20 minute chiffon gathered skirt – VDay outfit series #2

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Supplies:

2.5 to 4 yards of chiffon (sheer) fabric
2/3 to 1 yard lining fabric
1″-2″ wide elastic size of your waist
scissors, thread, sewing machine, pins

Instructions:

1.Grab at least 2.5 to 4 yards of sheer fabric. The more fabric length you have the more gathered and full it will be look. You can always take out some fabric out if it seem too puffy.
2.Cut the fabric to be the length you want plus extra few inches for the hem and the gathering, and if you are indecisive like me to decide later what length you want it. You may have to sew 2 long strips together like I did. In this case sew on of the sides together to make it a long strip.
3.Sew a basting stitch around the top of the skirt fabric
4.then pull the ends of the stitch gently, till the skirt gathers to match about the size of your waist
5. Sew the sides up to make a big tube. Then try on the skirt to determine if it was the right amount of puffiness. If it is too puffy at the waist, Cut some of the chiffon out and re gather to your waist again. Serge or sew edges with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying because this kind of fabric will fray like crazy.
6.Now lets make the lining….You’ll need 2/3rd to 1 yard of fabric for the lining.
7.Lay out a skirt on top of the lining fabric thats folded. Then mark outwards on one side to make an A-line shape, fold down the center and cut the other side . Gently round the bottom and waist a little.
8.Sew up the sides then serge or a zigzag stitch the edges to prevent fraying which I don’t show this. then try the lining on, make any adjustments and mark where you want the hem, hem the bottom with a rolled hem of a 1/4” twice.
9.turn the skirt and lining fabric right side out and slide the lining into the gathered chiffon skirt and pin it together matching up the side seams.
10.Sew the two skirts together at the top and serge! Again I would serge or zigzag stitch the edges here to prevent the nasty fraying. I’m sorry I don’t show this!
11.Measure your waist with the elastic then Sew the two ends of the elastic together.
12.match up the sides of the elastic with the sides of the lining and skirt. remember the skirt’s waist won’t be as small as the elastic. pin.
13.Sew it together with a zig zag stitch or you can use a straight stitch as long as you stretch it while you sew.
14.Try it on again and hem the chiffon, which I did a rolled hem of 1/4” twice.

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+ - - - - - - DIY silky fitted Kimono sleeve crop top video

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Instructions:
1.Grab some 1 to 2 yards of satin or flowy fabric, like polyester or silk which is what I’m using here. fold it in half to make a rectangle that is the length you want plus a few inches and the width to be at least as wide or wider as one of your boxiest tops. Make sure to incorporate the longer sleeves. Its always good to over estimate! Honestly If I had more fabric to work with I would have made it a little wider.
2.Mark around the top of the shoulders down to elbow length sleeves, making the sleeves wide and boxy like a rectangle .mark the shirt pretty wide if you can, At least 5 to 10 inches wider than a regular shirt. You can always take it in later. It will end up looking like so.
3.cut!
4.Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams right sides together. Serge the edges if you like. Try the top on again and see if you need to make any adjustments.
5.Cut notches into the armpit corner or serge raw edges really close to the seam so the armpits don’t bunch after turning right side out.
6.Cut out two, two inch strips that are the length of the sleeve’s opening when folded, then sew the sort edges together right sides together to make a little tube.
7.fold it in half and pin the edges or the folded tube to the edge of the sleeve opening right sides together and sew close to the edge.
8.Fold the fabric inside the sleeve and pin it down concealing the new band you just sewed previous.
9.Then topstitched sleeve band down 3/4” in and right along the edge
10.Try the top on and mark and cut where you want the new neckline to be but make sure to add seam allowance. I did a simple rolled hem which is folding under 1/4” twice and sewing. But If I have enough material I would have loved to put in a neckline facing which would be preferable. I have a tutorial for a neckline facing in my youtube channel.
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+ - - - - - - DIY flutter sleeve wrap dress refashion video – V-Day dress series part 1

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Ok, ok, I know I’m a bit of a sucker for a good wrap dress I know. But I couldn’t resist. It was a bit too short for a maxi dress so midi it was. If you want some similar tutorials check out HERE and HERE.

Instructions:
1.Try on the dress and mark your natural waist with a half inch for seam allowance. then Cut.
2.Lay the top down and cut up the center front. Then cut out a new neckline into a deep V shape
3.Fold it in half and cut off some of the extra material.
3.Roll the neckline under 1/4” twice and sew. also sew up the side seams.
4.Try the top on and criss cross the front into a wrap. pin the wrap edges down where you want it to hit.
5.Also double check the natural waist and cut any extra off if necessary.
6. mark and sew how much the side seams and sleeves need to be taken in. It needs to be 5 inches wider than your natural waist (once wrapped).
7.Add a basting stitch the the back half of the top at the bottom edge and gather till the top is the same size of your natural waist while wrapped. This will make it a little more loose.
8.Set the top aside and make the bottom. Lay the bottom half down and cut it to the length you want and the make the width a little bit wider than your natural waist, make sure to include seam and hem allowance.
9.Then taper the corners of the bottom like so.
10.And also round the waist a little too
11.Hem whole bottom edge of the skirt by folding under 1/4” twice and sewing.
12.Place the top and the bottom pieces on top of each other right sides together lining up the waists. When pinning, gather the very bottom corners of the top at the waist to make a nice gathered look. If the skirt’s waist is too long then gather a little bit of it around the middle back.
13.Sew along the edge.
14.Try the dress on again and make any final adjustments to the sleeves, then hem them by folding under 1/4” twice and sew.
15.If you aren’t going to use ribbon or premade ties this is how you can make them. Take strips of the left over fabric from the dress and cut them in inch wide pieces. 15.Sew these pieces together to make 2 long strips. Then fold in the edges of these strips to hide the raw edges and sew. I just did this as I sewed to be fast.
16.Attach these ties to the waist on both sides.
17.Seam rip a half inch opening in the side seam where one of the ties will be pulled through.
18.Secure the opening down with a few stitches.

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+ - - - - - - DIY 10 minute no-grommet lace up top

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Instructions:

1. Try the top on and roughly mark where you want the buttonholes to be.
2.Lay the grosgrain ribbon across the V neckline 3 times with equal gaps in between.
3.Add pins on both sides of the grosgrain to show the buttonhole’s start and finish
4.Mark a centered line between each of the pair of pins to show where the buttonholes will be.
5. Sew the buttonholes. If your sweater is thinner or vertically stretchy, then you may need to reinforce with ribbon or whatnot so the buttonholes don’t turn out wonky or stretched out. You can use a button hole foot here if you like but it isn’t necessary.
6.Cut open the button holes
7.Lace the grosgrain ribbon through the hole
8.Shorten the ribbon to the desired length and burn the ends to prevent fraying

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