Make It, Wear It! Highlights

on July 6 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 16 Comments

There were so many fantastic clothes created throughout our Make It, Wear It! Challenge. Check the whole group out (well over 1000 new items!) in our Make It, Wear It! Challenge photo pool and this Forum thread. Here are just a few that caught our eyes!…

Sewn by IndiePindiePhotography

IndiePindiePhotography writes, “The pattern is from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing… It is the Kimono Sleeve dress and Obi Sash… Tips for the dress: Go at least 2 sizes smaller on the bodice and if you are already at the small take and inch or two off the top of the front bodice pieces and fold the pattern for the back neck so that it is about and inch or two smaller/more narrow. I think it would look really cute if you did not add the sleeves either and had it as more of a sleeve-less dress with some easy mods.”

Sewn by Regina, Creative Kismet

Regina writes, “I made it using the Skirt Sew-Along tutorial, except I did a straight waist band without any shirring (couldn’t get my machine to shirr at the time). I wrote briefly about it here.”

Sewn by Leisel, Brown Paper Packages

Leisel writes, “This little dress was made with three upcycled men’s shirts and a tank top. The trim and buttons are all vintage. So fun to make and too cute on my little one!” You can learn more about the dress on Leisel’s blog.

Sewn by Este, Blanche and Estelle

Este writes, “I made the Smashing Smock from Anna Maria Horner’s book Seams to Me… This was a pretty easy and fun project and took me a few days to finish during naptimes and evenings… I decided that this top fits me better backwards, with the button opening in front, creating a loose v-neck look. This is in part because I am still learning how to fit my handmade clothing properly, and this one is a little constricting the ‘right’ way. I like the v-neck look better though! I used a plastic Daisy button and muslin for the facing, kind of a modern ‘flower power’ top, I think.” Learn more about the top on Este’s blog.

Sewn by Simone, Brooch the Subject

Simone writes, “I used pants to make a pattern for the shorts… Very quick and fun and they look fabulous with cowboy boots!” See more pictures of the shorts here.

Sewn by Anna, crowleyanna

Anna writes, “This is the first adult garment I’ve ever made. This skirt was my result from the Skirt Sew-Along featured on your site… The only think I changed in the directions was to make the pockets a little smaller– only need them big enough for an extra binky or two for my 16-month-old! Looking back I wish I had added an extra inch to the waist for bad days. That said, this project was a huge confidence boost. My standard for making my own clothes is that they have to look like something I would buy… And this Skirt Sew-Along MORE than met that standard. It was very exciting to add two new tools to my tool box– shirring and sewing pockets, and this was all done during two naps and one early bedtime!” Anna also added some of the very few cute, new boy clothes to the challenge so be sure to check those out too.

Sewn by Kate, harmony and rosie

See more pictures and learn more about Kate’s dress on her blog. Kate sewed up quite a few lovely pieces this past June, so be sure to scroll through her photos for more!

Sewn by Georgia, Puking Pastilles

Georgia writes, “I used Simplicity 9495 and some vintage fabric a friend of mine gave me! I make several of these every summer for the girls because they’re great for hot summer nights.”

Sewn by Adey, The Sew Convert

Adey made a ton of really amazing clothes this June (most can be found in this set of photos). We love the red shorts! Learn more about this fun “Merry-Go-Round Jumpsuit” on Adey’s blog.

Sewn by Florence, Flossie Teacakes

Florence also made several beautiful pieces of clothing in June (most seen in this photo set). She writes, “My daughter picked out this beautiful Nani Iro double gauze for a summer dress, but I was a little apprehensive about sewing with the gauze. Despite the fact that the two layers of fabric are magically created to be sewn as one bonded layer, I had an irrational fear that the whole thing would come apart in the washing machine or before I could sew all the pieces together. But it washed beautifully and sewing with it was just like sewing with cotton… I’ve since made her a matching headband with the gauze too using this tutorial. The dress is my own very simple pattern. You can read about how I made it here. The back of the dress is shirred (as is nearly everything I’ve made this summer… It’s become an obsession).”

Amazing work, everyone!

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16 Responses to Make It, Wear It! Highlights

  1. Nonie says:

    hi all….very inspiring…

  2. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    It was so inspiring! I loved it!

  3. April says:

    Beautiful! So many talented seamstresses. :)

  4. ~Helena~ says:

    Everyone did awesome, such a fun month.

  5. Simone says:

    So many amazing creations. Thanks for featuring my shorts.

  6. melissa q says:

    Amazing! I’m inspired.

  7. Desiree says:

    i loved looking through the flickr pool. thanks :)

  8. Christine says:

    So pretty!

  9. Renee says:

    Beautiful! I wish I had more time to devote to sewing.

  10. Melissa S says:

    Congrats Leisel!

  11. corinnea says:

    Very inspirational!

  12. Leah says:

    Those are all such great pics. Thanks again for doing the challenge. It’s been fun sewing for it and seeing what others made as well.

  13. Ashley Ann says:

    Wowza! Great work everyone!

  14. Beth says:

    So so many talented seamstresses out there! Congrats to all!

  15. Bek says:

    The fabrics are devine!

  16. --ginger. says:

    These are all so incredibly inspiring! Thanks for pulling it all together, SMS Friends.

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