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Knock it Off - you & mie

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I'm such a huge fan of today's guest, Cherie, fromyou & mie! Her retro, yet modern creations have been inspiring me ever since I was first introduced to her in theProject Run & Playsew along several seasons ago. And it seems everything she makes is heightened in cuteness when worn by her adorable daughter, Yuki. Thank you so much for being here today, Cherie!

Hello! I'm Cherie fromyou & mieand I'm soooo excited to be here sharing this knock off tutorial with you today! I love sewing all sorts of things, but sewing for my daughter is my absolute favorite. I'm also a huge fan of Heidi's and I think this series is absolutely brilliant - I mean, who doesn't love a good knock off?!

But I didn't realize just how hard it was going to be to pin down just ONE thing to knock off! There are soooo many awesome store bought outfits out there just waiting to be made at home. I checked out some of my favorite knock-off inspiration pinboards (here,here, andhere) and consulted with my favorite idea girl,Kristin, and with her help FINALLY decided on this Mini Boden Quilted Jacket.



I love that the jacket is super stylish, warm and comfy and the bias tape finishing actually makes the construction really quite simple. I also love unisex patterns AND, get this, it can be reversible!! The most time consuming part is the quilting, but it goes quickly once you get going (or you can buy pre-quilted fabric). So let's get started!

You'll need:
- Main fabric
- Lining fabric
- Batting
- Double fold bias tape
- 4 buttons (or 8 if you're making a reversible jacket)
- Chalk or fabric marking pen
- Coordinating thread
- Walking foot (optional)

Draft your pattern:
起草你的模式,从夹克或that fits well and draft the back piece on the fold. The jacket has a slight A-line shape, so draw a slight slant from the bottom of the armhole to the bottom corner of the pattern.


I need to mention that my jacket turned out quite snug on my daughter and I'm wondering if the batting had something to do with that. I'd suggest giving your pattern some extra wiggle room when you draft it.


To draft the front piece, trace the shoulder, armhole and side and bottom of the back pattern. The neckline should scoop lower and the center should extend past the back piece (mine extended 1.5 inches) and round your edges.


Using your well-fitting jacket, draft a pattern for the sleeves, a 3 piece hood and a pocket.

Cut your fabric:
Here's what you'll need to cut . . .


*如果你想让夹克可逆,减少4pockets of the lining fabric as well.*

When I cut my batting, I pinned the main fabric to it and just roughly cut around it in case the batting shifted.



Quilting:
Now, we quilt! We're only going to quilt the main fabric to the batting. Because I'm sorta anal, I wanted to center my diamonds. So first mark a line down the center of the pattern piece. Then make another line at 45 degrees. I decided to make my lines 1.75 inches apart, so I cut a piece of cardboard of that width to help mark the rest of the lines. Once you have your lines marked, sew along each line, using a walking foot if you have one.


To center your diamonds, draw a 45 degree angle going the other direction making sure to cross a point where the center line intersects with one of the lines you already quilted (red dot). Use your cardboard ruler to mark the rest of your lines and quilt. Trim the excess batting.


Repeat these steps to quilt all of your main/batting pieces.


Construct hood:
With right sides together, pin the curved side of the hood to the center panel and sew. Repeat with the other side. Press seams open.


Top stitch along the inside of your hood seams.


Attach pockets:
Position your pockets (right sides together) on the front and back pieces of the jacket, making sure they line up. Sew along the straight edge. Press open.



Attach shoulder seams:
Pin the front and back pieces right sides together at the shoulder and sew. Press seams open.


Attach hood:
Line up the center of the jacket back with the center of the hood and pin, right sides together. Pin the hood along neckline. You want at least 2-3 inches of the jacket front to extend past the edge of the hood (I had to trim my hood back a little bit for it to fit). Sew the hood on and press seam open.


You'll have the extra seam allowance along the top edge that extends past the hood. Trim that down and round the edge (I think this will make more sense as you're sewing).


Attach sleeves:
Pin the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam and then carefully pin the rest of the sleeve along the armhole, curving the fabric as you go. When sewing, start from the shoulder seam and work your way down to the bottom of the armhole slowly. Then start back at the shoulder seam to sew the other side of the sleeve. Repeat with second sleeve and press.


Top stitch along the inside of the sleeve seam.


Side seams:
Turn your jacket inside out and pin the sleeves, sides and pockets together and sew. Clip corners. Flip your jacket right side out (your pocket will automatically be turned in) and press seams well.

构建衬里:
Follow the same steps to construct your lining, omitting the top stitching (if you are making a reversible jacket, add the pockets as you did previously. If not, skip those steps). This should come together really quickly and easily this time around!


Attach lining:
一旦你的衬里完成,将它溜进夹克的外层,错误的边。确保仔细排列接缝和边缘。口袋应该指向夹克的前部,隐藏在衬里和夹克之间。沿着夹克的外侧靠近边缘沿着边缘填充,将图层连接在一起。


Binding edges:
We're almost done! To finish the edges, unfold your bias tape and starting from the bottom of the jacket, a few inches from a side seam, pin your bias tape along the edge of the jacket. Make sure to leave several inches of bias tape free before you start pinning. Continue along the entire edge of the jacket, being careful around curves. You should have one continuous long edge starting at the side seam, up the front of the jacket, around the hood, back down the other side and along the bottom. When you get close to where you started, measure where the ends will meet and sew the two ends of the bias tape together.


缝沿折痕的偏见tape closest to the edge. Flip the bias tape over the edge of the jacket and fold the other edge of the bias tape back under. Make sure to cover the stitch line with the edge of the bias tape and pin. From the outside of the jacket, top stitch along the bias tape just next to the seam.


For the sleeve, measure the length around the sleeve and cut two pieces of bias tape one inch longer. Unfold your bias tape and sew the ends right sides together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance creating a tube. Press seam open. Pin the bias tape along the edge of the sleeve and repeat same steps as before to attach binding.


Buttons and buttonholes:
Sew on your buttons and make buttonholes where desired. If you are making a reversible jacket, sew buttons to both sides of the jacket.

And you're done!








I hope you can make your little one something warm and comfy this season. Please feel free to visit me atyou & miesome time and if you make a quilted jacket, please add it to theyou & mie flickr groupbecause I love to see your creations!

Thanks so much for having me Heidi. I'm so glad I was able to join in on the knock-off fun.


Knock it Off - Designs By Sessa

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It is such a privilege to have Vanessa fromDesigns By Sessahere today...not only is she an awesomely talented seamstress, but she is also super sweet. She's the kind of person I wish lived down the street, because I know we'd be great friends! And she did such an amazing job on her knock-off...can you even tell hers from the original?! Welcome, Vanessa, thank you so much for inspiring us!

It's such a pleasure to be here with you guys today! Thank you, Heidi for having me! I love a good knock-off and I have been LOVING this series like crazy! I'm often inspired by what I see in clothing stores. I have trouble even shopping anymore, because I would rather figure out how to make it, than buy it. Oh, you know you're the same! Today I have a Knock-off for theGap Embroidered Rugby Pullover, that was originally $32.
There is no way, I am going to buy a $32 polo for my growing son. I love him to pieces, but no. Not when I can make it.
Mine is not EXACTLY the same, but I had this knit stripe shirt that matched so perfectly, that I just had to knock-off this Gap item when I saw it. I'm one of those blessed sewist that has a machine that is both an embroidery machine and a sewing machine in one. While I did use some of the machine embroidery for this shirt (the nine and the patch area), I also added some hand embroidery to make it match a little bit more, too. There's an art to learning both machine and hand embroidery, and I enjoy both. So, here's how to make the Knock-off Embroiderd Gap Rugby Polo!
Since I was upcycling an existing polo, I first detached the collar by seam ripping the original collar out. My plan was to sandwich the new hood I would make in the old collar's place.
I cut out my shirt using a pattern block, and I kept my shoulder seamstogether, so that I would not have to resew my collar piece later. I just cut off the bottom and sides, leaving the shoulder seams. Literally, I used the front block piece to cut out the front. And the back block piece to cut out the back.
Now that my shirt was cut out, I worked on the embroidery aspects. First, I designed the 9 in my software and machine stitched that out. After I was done, I free stitched the extra blue stitching using a triple-stretch stitch with a wider width over the 9 to make it look a bit more like the Gap version.
Then, I used what embroidery patterns I had on my machine to make the other shield patch. The biggest disappointment was how small the flags turned out. Learning to machine embroider can be such a learning curve. I have no idea why I couldn't get them any larger than that, but oh, well, it's still cute. After I stitched that out, I hand stitched the crown and the red chevron area. Next, I used a Gap hoodie we already own to trace out my hood. The GAP hoodie I was knocking off, just had two hood pieces, not three, so it was very easy to lay a hood flat and make a new pattern piece.
I used a gray knit t-shirt, using the hem of the shirt for the hood hem, and sewed and "serged" the two pieces together. And by "serged" I mean, I used the stitch over where I had done a straight stitch to make it look serged. Tricky, tricky, eh!? I sandwiched the hood into where the old collar used to be and stitched in the ditch to add my new hood. All that was left was adding my sleeves.
I used a twin stretch needle to hem my shirt, as well. I just think it turned out so cute!
I guess, he did, too!
Now, isn't that just fun! I love knock-offs! Mine was Free since I already had all the supplies in my stash! Yay, for that!

Knock it Off - Simple Simon & Co.

Monday, November 26, 2012
Today's knock-off is brought to us by Elizabeth fromSimple Simon & Co., where she shares her creativity with her sister-in-law, liZ. Their designs are beyond amazing...I just can't get enough of pretty much anything and everything they make! They also organize theProject Run & Playcompetition, so you can imagine how busy they are. I am super appreciative that despite their incredibly busy schedule, Elizabeth took the the time to show us how she made this adorable accessory.


Hi everyone! I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters-in-law that make upSimple Simon & Co., a place where we blog about our mutual love of sewing, especially for children's wear, the art of homemaking, simple craft projects and other crafting adventures in life.


I am totally in love with anythingOlive Juiceclothing does and this darlingpom pom necklaceis no exception. Simple, childlike but still so darling on an outfit.


I also figured out that it would also be the perfect mom-and-me project for a budding-crafty-seven-year-old. And it was. She had so much fun picking out the bead colors and the "sparkly" beads (which I am kind of in love with myself). They are like tiny disco balls and sparkle up a storm. She also decided that these would be a great presents for her friends this Christmas, which will be fun...we just need some more supplies!

The cost of the original necklace is $17.50 but we made 2 necklaces for just under $6 using coupons. (I love a good savings.) But, if you did the felted wool poms yourself I am sure you could save even more.

Here's how we made them....









Thanks Heidi for having me here today! I love your series and all the projects that have been here....so much inspiration and eye candy to look at. Amazing!

~Elizabeth
Simple Simon & Co




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