Fashion Gauge

Fashion Gauge-1While many of this season’s hottest looks were inspired by the fashions of the ‘60s and 70s, the interpretations are definitely in the ‘00s. Case in point, the jacket / dress combo. In the 60s, it was a dress-plus-little-jacket: in the ‘00s, it’s a long jacket and no dress, opaque hose, and lots of leg. Pantsuits are back and looking like real suits, just as they did a few decades ago when they first made fashion headlines.

Global warming is affecting our climate and our color palette. Spring-like tones have crept into fall’s array of livelier brights. Raspberry, lilac, acid green, pink, fuchsia, daffodil, and cool blue all make an appearance. And brown is the new black.

Separates dominate over dresses. The bomber jacket abounds in everything from supple leather for day to quilted satin for night. The peplum jacket, over pleated or gently flared skirt, is the citified suit. Cardigan jackets are cropped short and trimmed with binding or braid, a la chanel. No matter what style jacket you choose, you can’t go wrong by mating it with a turtleneck. In fact, the boxy, knitted cardigan, paired with matching turtleneck, is this season’s answer to the sweater set. For those who can, the catsuit is the perfect choice for leisure wear.  For those who can’t, the long sweater over leggings or stirrup pants combines camouflage with fashion. Where coats are concerned, the trend is king in gabardine, sateen and polyurethane.

Zippers have crossed the line from function to fashion, making a statement on jackets, dresses, and skirts. Look for them as center front closures, or as a wrist or pocket detail, replacing the tailor welt. They’ve even been spotted spiraling around the body on a simple knit dress. From rugged jackets to cocktail dresses, Native American motifs (from fringe to beading), are a favored embellishment. Also in the forefront are the vivid colors and patterns so loved by the Amish.

First Size Layette


First Size Layette-1This easily and quickly knitted layette was designed to take care of baby’s first outings. Beehive Astrs is the yarn to use for these instructions in order to obtain successful results. You will need:-4 (50 g) balls for the layette. If made separately, the jacket requires 2 balls. Bonnet 1 ball. Bootees 1 ball. Panties 1 ball. Two No.8 (4 mm), (U.S.6) knitting needles or whichever needles you require to produce the tension given below. One button. Length of ribbon.

TENSION: 5 1/2 sts. and 7 ½  rows – 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stocking st.

MEASUREMENTS: Jacket: Width all around at underarms 17 ins (43 cm). Length from top of shoulder 10 ins (25 cm). Sleeve seam 4 ½ ins (11 cm). Bonnet: Width all around at face edge 11 ins (28 cm). Depth 5 1/2 ins (14 cm). Panties: Length at centre front 8 1/2 ins (22 cm). Width all around 18 in1 (46 cm).


This Jacket is started with the collar and is knitted down towards the lower edge of body and sleeves, increasing as given in the instructions to make raglan sleeve shaping outlined with eyelets.

Beginning with collar, cast on 50 sts.

Knit 12 rows Garter st.  (plain knitting every row).

l3th row: K3. (K2tog.) 22  times. K3. (28 sts. on needle).

l4th row: (K2tog. Wl.fwd. for buttonhole). K1. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.

l5th row: K3. Inc. in each of next 22 sts. K3. (50 sts. on needle).

l6th row: K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.

To make raglan shaping: 1st row: (K8. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd.) twice. K14. (Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K8) twice. (58 sts. on needle).

2nd and alternate rows: K3. Purl to last 3 sts. k3

3rd row: K9. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K10. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K16. Wl.fwd. K1. wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K9. (66 sts. on needle).

5th row: K10. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K12. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K18. Wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K12. wl.fwd. K1. Wl.fwd. K10. (74 sts. on needle).

7th row: K11. Wl.fwd. K1 for seam st. wl.fwd. K14. wl.fwd. K1 for seam st. wl.fwd. K20. W.fwd. K1 for seam st. Wl.fwd. 1K14. Wl.fwd. K1 for seam st. Wl.fwd. K11. (82 sts. on needle).

There are now 4 eyelets at each side of each of the 4 seam sts.

Continue in Stocking st. inc. 8 sts. across row as before, by making a Wl.fwd. before and after each of the 4 seam sts, every knit row and being sure to K3 at beginning and end of every row, to 170 sts. on needle, ending with purl row. There should be 15 eyelets at each side of each of the 4 seam sts. Proceed:

Do not break yarn. With right side of work facing, slip 1st. 24 sts, onto a thread. Slip next 38 sts. for one sleeve onto a spare needle with points at both ends. Slip next 46 sts. onto same thread with the 24 sts. Slip next 38 sts. for other sleeve onto a separate thread. Slip remaining 24 sts. onto the thread with the 70 sts.

To Make sleeves: With right side of work facing, join another ball of yarn to the 38 sts. on spare needle. Working in Stocking st. cast-on beginning first 2 rows. (40 sts, on needle). Dec. each end of needle on 3rd and every following 4th row to 32 sts. on needle, ending with knit row.

Purl 1row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Next row: K2. (K2tog. K8) 3 times. (29 sts. on needle).

Knit 6 rows Garter st.

Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Next row: K2. (K2tog. K7) 3 times. (26 sts. on needle).

Knit 5 rows Garter st. Cast off loosely.

Slip the 38 sts. left for other sleeve onto needle and work to correspond.

To make body: With wrong side of work facing, slip the 94 sts. from thread onto needle so that the point of needle points to the ball of yarn attached at Left Front edge.

1st row: K24, Cast on 2 sts. for underarm. K46. Cast on 2 sts. for underarm. K24. (98 sts. on needle).

2nd row: K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.

3rd row: Knit.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows for 4 1|2 ins. ending with 3rd row.

Knit 6 rows Garter st.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows once, then 2nd row once.

Knit 6 rows Garter st. Cast off loosely.

TO MAKE UP: Sew sleeve seams, then sew the 2 cast-on sts, of sleeves to the opposite cast-on sts. of body at each underarm. Press lightly. Sew button to correspond to buttonhole.


Beginning at crown, cast on 9 sts.

1st row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K1)8 times.

2nd and alternate rows: Purl.

3rd row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K2)8 times.

5th row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K3)8 times.

7th row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K4)8 times.

9th row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K5)8 times.

11th row: K1. (Wl.fwd. K6)8 times. (57 sts. on needle).

Continue even in Stocking st. until work measures 3 ¾ ins. from cast-on edge, ending with purl row.

Next row: K2. (K2tog. K9)5 times. (52 sts. on needle).

Knit 6 rows Garter st.  (plain knitting every row).

Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Next row: K2. (K2tog. K8) 5 times. (47 sts. on needle).

Knit 5 rows Garter st. Cast off loosely

To make neckband: Sew up back seam for 2 1|2 ins. from base of crown. With right side of work facing, pick up and knit 34 sts. along lower edge of bonnet.

Next row: (eyelets). K2. *Wl.fwd. K2tog.

Repeat from * to end of row. Knit 1 row. Cast off loosely. Press lightly. Thread ribbon through eyelets at neck.


Cast on 23 sts.

Knit 6 rows Garter st. (plain knitting every row).

Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Knit 7 rows Garter st.

Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Next row: (eyelets). Kl. (Wl.fwd. K2tog.)S

times. K2. (Wl.fwd. K2toS.)5 times. Purl 1 row.

To make foot: K16. Turn. P9. Turn.

Working on centre 9 sts. work 11 row even in Stocking st. ending with knit row.

Next row: Pick up and knit 6 sts. alongside of the flap. Knit remaining 7 sts.

Next row: K22. Pick up-and knit 6 sts. along other side of the flap. Knit remaining 7 sts. (35 sts. on needle). ”

Knit 10 rows Garter st.

Next row: (K1. K2tog. K12. K2tog.) twice. K1. Knit 1 row.

Next row: (K1. K2tog. K10. k2tog.) twice. K1. Cast off. Sew up back seam. Press lightly.

Thread ribbon through eyelets at ankle.


Beginning at top of waistband of Front, cast on 48 sts.

1st row: K2. *P1. K1. Repeat from * to end of row.

repeat 1st. row twice.

4th row: (eyelets) K2. *Wl.fwd. K2tog.

Repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat lst. row 6 times.

knit even in Garter st. (plain knitting every row) until work measures 6 1|2 ins. from cast-on edge, being careful not to stretch work as it should measure 9 ins. from side to side.

To make leg openings: 1st row: k1 Sl.1. k1. p.s.s.o. knit to last 3 sts. k2tog k1. repeat 1st. row to 14 sts. on needle.

Knit 6 rows even.

Next row: Inc. in 1st. st. knit to last 2 sts. Inc. in next st. K1.

Repeat this row to 48sts. on needle.

Knit even in Gasrter st. for same number of rows as front to ribbed band, then knit 6 more rows to deepen the back.

Work 6 rows (k1. P1) ribbing, the eyelet row, then 3 row ribbing. Cast off loosely in ribbing.

TO MAKE UP: Easing in the extra- 6 rows of Back, sew side seams from waistband to beginnings of leg openings. For the cord, cast on 120 sts. loosely. This-should measure about 34 ins. when stretched. Darn in ends. Thread through eyelets at waist Press lightly.


The designs in this post, when made to exact tension with Beehive Aetra will produce garments with the same measurements as given at the toD of each instruction and thus fit an average baby of the given age. There is, however, such variation in size between one baby and another that age is not, of course, a completely accurate guide.

The chest measurement and weight of baby for each size used in this pattern are as follows:

                AGE                                       WEIGHT                               CHEST

                3 months                             11 ½       lbs.                         18           ins

                6 months                             16           lbs                          19           ins

                9 months                             19           lbs                          19 1/2    ins

                12 months                           20           lbs                          20           ins


The garments in this post are worked to the exact tension given. They are closely knitted to ensure a firm fabric that will wear better and keep its shape longer than a loosely knitted fabric. Check your tension. Before beginning your garment take the yarn and needles specified. Cast on 20 stitches. Work 20 rows stocking stitch. Lay work flat on a table and place a ruler across the stitches. Count the number of stitches to measure at least two inches and compare with the tension given in the instructions. All given tension in Beehive instructions is measured over stocking stitch. If your tension is too loose try a size smaller needle. If your tension is too tight try a size larger needle. Be sure to work to exact tension given if you want your garment to work to correct size.

How to sew a baby bloomers – Diaper Cover


First you will print and join your patterns; I am using a bloomer pattern from sewkiddies, cut pattern to fabric, place fabric on fold where the pattern say (on fold)








Ready to sew – gathering of the ruffles

Before gathering the ruffle, fold end of the fabric half inch straight across and serge using the two thread flat stitch, your regular serger or just turn and stitch to give it a neat finish.


Run two rows of gathering stitch across the top of the fabric. Gather to fit the top section of the bloomers.

Note: to fit the ruffle in the back of the bloomer the pattern maker cut the back section in two, you will now gather the ruffle and fit in between.



In order to insert the gathering pieces into the garment, the back of the garment is cut in two parts. (Fabric 1 and Fabric 2)

Pin the pieces together by placing the gathered fabric in between the fabric 1 and fabric 2.

The top of the gathered fabric should be pin to the bottom of fabric 1 and the top of fabric 2, with the right side of the fabric 1 facing the right side of the gathered piece and the wrong side of the gathered piece facing the right side of the fabric 2.

Stitch straight across to join fabric pieces.










To add the second ruffle pin ruffle to the bottom of fabric 2 and the bottom of the front piece. Stitch straight across.

sewing4Serge the raw edges for a neat finish.

Join sides of the front to the sides of the back.

Serge the raw edges for a neat finish.

Stitch leg band around the opening of the leg, with right sides facing. Fold fabric half inch to the wrong side of the fabric and stitch leaving an opening to insert the elastic. After inserting the elastic, stitch the opening close.

Repeat the process for the second leg.


Stitch the waist band to the waist line. Fold fabric half inch to the wrong side of the fabric and stitch leaving an opening to insert the elastic. After inserting the elastic, stitch the opening close.


Control Seam in a Two Piece Sleeve

The elbow dart control of a one-piece sleeve can be divided and shifted to the control seam of a two-piece sleeve.

1. Trace the sleeve sloper. Cut out the tracing and the dart.

Shift some of the dart control to the wrist to widen it (Fig. 81a).

2. Extend the elbow dart across the width of the sleeve (Fig.

81b). Fold it out.

Fasten temporarily

3. Draw a line dividing the sleeve in half . . .

Bodice Back Yoke

1. On the cut-out bodice-back sloper with the cut-out darts, draw

the style line for the yoke. Make it at right angles to the center back.

Notch the style line (Fig. 80a).

2. Extend the shoulder dart to the style line (Fig. 80a).

3. Slash the style line.

4. Cut out the extended dart and close it. Note that the dart

control is shifted to the . . .

A-Line Custom made skirt with cut Motives

A-Line Custom made skirt with cut Motives-1

A-Line Custom made skirt with cut Motives
decoration to the front, this skirt is unique to you I personally cut the motive from floral material and sew to the front of this skirt with machine decorative stitch.

A-line skirt available in sizes small through extra Large, please contact me with your size or measurements after checkout


Order three in different styles and I will ship free

Skirt has

Back zip

Front and Back Darts

Sew from Ramie Linen

Motives cut from floral cotton

Skirt is custom made to fix your natural waist


Waist between 25″, and 27”

Hip between 35″ and 37”

Specify your Length up to 25” with Waist Band

A-Line Custom made skirt with cut Motives-3


Waist between 29″, and 31”

Hip between 39″ and 41”

Large – waist 31″, hip 41″

Specify your Skirt Length up to 25” with Waist Band


Waist between 33″, and 37”

Hip between 43″ to 45”

Specify your Skirt Length up to 25” with Waist Band
A-Line Custom made skirt with cut Motives-2

Extra Large

Waist between 37″ and 40”

Hip between 47″ and 50”

Specify your Skirt Length up to 25” with Waist Band

PLEASE NOTE: skirts are Custom made to individually, please allow up to 5 days for your order to ship, I ship with express mail, after your item ship delivery will take three to five days, order will be deliver to your front door.





making your own sewing patterns

Sewing patterns serve to be really useful when talking about sewing as these patterns not just save time and efforts, but are really helpful to prevent one from ruining the fabric. These patterns are available in plenty at the fabric stores and are there for almost every type of sewing project. But, there are times when one may wish to go with a particular pattern that is not readily available. Thus, at such times, it is best to make your own sewing patterns.

How to go about it? 

To start with, you will have to make drawing of the pattern that you want on your finished product or item. Then, after you make the pattern, you will have to transfer it to some tissue paper to make the rough drawing on the material. At this stage, you can use the cheap fabrics or scrap materials in order to practice pattern making.

Also, if you wish like making a vintage dress for yourself, you can learn the art of sewing pattern even from your home through the online classes available. This way, your much liked outfit can be made with ease. There are some sewing workshops as well that help you to make those perfect sewing patterns and designs and solve all queries related to this field. The best part to note is the fact that there are online classes in plenty that offer the sewing pattern and design courses.

Be specific 

So, when you are sure of the design that you want, take the measurements and start cutting the pattern. The swing pattern has to be ideal and so remember that you use perfect measurements. At first look, it may seem to be a tough task, but with some practice and after you have made a few designs, you can gain greater understanding of the patterns and how to make your own with ease.

Make patterns perfectly 

Using the tracing paper or wheel, you can mark the pattern. The tailor’s chalk can be used as well. This way, you will be able to sketch the design with perfection. The vintage patterns of all types ranging from the evening dresses and cocktail gowns to strapless blouse and corset dresses, the sewing patterns are available on the net as well. You can thus easily choose from the wide variety of patterns and sew your own outfit without even worrying about the huge costs involved with readymade designer dresses.

Enjoy the pattern making process 

Sewing thus requires huge amount of patience and focus. When you can sew on your own, you can then easily make the clothes as per your favorite pattern or design. More so, sewing on your own also proves to be economical and useful. This way, you can easily create your customized and personalized pattern without any hassles.

So, when you believe that you can make great patterns for your dresses and outfits, it is best to make the customized sewing patterns. With some practice and experience, you will be able to master the field of designing and pattern making thereby creating those perfect outfits in no time.

sketching in fashion designing

The fashion and design industry is all intimidating. For all those who hold interest in the field but do not have any sort of technical training, experience or formal education, designing clothes may seem to be a challenging task. But the fact

is that you do not require any formal training for designing the outfits. All you need to have is perfect information, hard work and patience to carry out the designing work.

What are fashion sketches? 

The huge amount of competition in fashion world makes it crucial for the designers to highlight the designs to the audiences. And this may be done through creating the fashion sketches as well as displaying them. These sketches in turn give insight to whole fashion fraternity and to the audiences about the actual concept behind the fashion design. More so, it is the way to communicate the theme to audiences and others who are linked with the fashion industry. So, the fashion designs and sketches prove to be really useful for all sorts of fashion designers and other professionals of the fashion industry.

Why the sketches? 

The very art of creating design sketches is crucial for making a niche in the competitive industry of fashion. The designers can thus make their presence felt just when the sketches or designs they make are original and distinct from others. The quality sketches are thus the means to establish proper foothold in fashion industry.

The very first step towards making those brilliant designs is to start the sketching work. So, whether you are a pro or not, sketching is really important. When you are all set to present the sketches to some professional for manufacturing or other purposes, the process will become easier.

Make amazing sketches and designs 

So, if you are just the beginner, take drawings that you want to use and so without having a look at the original drawing, add your very own flair or style to the particular piece. Make modifications wherever you want and change details through being innovative and creative. Just don’t dive in and start making the sketches. You need to understand the fabric well and then try making the sketches. Study the kinds of fabric, their colors, stitching and then design the perfect piece.

Perfection in creating the sketches serves to be the prerequisite as it serves as main tool for the fashion experts. The sketches indeed reflect true trends and thus serve as value added feature of design. They can even be used for evaluating different patterns.

Sketching and designing go hand in hand and this is the fact that every fashion designer should be aware of. There are even some amazing designing tools and software available that help greatly to make those perfect designs and sketches.

Enjoy your sketching experience 

You can go online to find the useful tools to design the perfect sketches or pattern for the clothes that you wish to create or design. Thus, when it comes to designing and fashion sketching, you need to put in the best of your efforts and creativity in order to produce amazing, original and innovative results.

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How to Sew a Comforter Cover

How to Sew a Comforter Cover-1

1) Press under 16″ (40.5 cm) across the lower edge of the back, right sides together. If using tapes or zipper, snip the fold to mark ends of closure. Stitch 3/4″ (2 cm) from the fold; backstitch at snips and baste stitch across the


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