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Frugal-nomics DIY: Striped Boat Neck Dress

Posted on 24 November 2014 by frugal-nomics

Hey guys! So, I created this dress back when it was warmer…but since the temperature is better today than it has been, I thought I’d share it.  It’s a boatneck dress, and while I’ve always loved this particular neckline on dresses, I don’t think I own a single one. How can that be?! Welp, that had to change and I thought stripes would be the perfect way to incorporate it. So, I found this bold striped fabric that would hug in the all the right places, and I was all set. You a fan of stripes? Tell me below.






SUPPLIES: straight pins, tape, pencil, paper, scissors, striped fabric, and dress for a pattern.


1. First, feel free to use a dress that you already love to create a pattern — I liked two dresses, and created a pattern I started
here for the bottom, and made a new pattern for the top portion.
2. I folded back the excess pieces from the previous pattern (You can completely skip Step #1 if you have one dress you like). So,
here’s what I wound up with.

3. Double up your striped fabric, pin your pattern to it, and then cut it out.
4. Go ahead and sew up the shoulders and sides of the dress.
5. Use your straight pins to hem the neckline and bottom hem for a finished edge.
6. I left the raw armholes….I seemed to like that better. But now, all you have to do is go ahead and sew up the neck and bottom
hem and you’re ready to go.


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Frugal-nomics DIY: Tribal Print Trousers

Posted on 25 October 2014 by frugal-nomics

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make — I’ve never made a pair of trousers before in my life.  To be honest, I was a wee bit intimated by them; so I mostly stuck to dresses, skirts, and a few pairs of shorts here and there because I thought they were easier. But, I’m truly proud to show my first pair off — I just LOVE this print. Over the past year or so I’ve been inspired by the graphic and fun prints worn by folks like Solange Knowles (you gotta admit, she does rock a mean print), and while these are monochromatic, along with the tribal print there’s no shortage in character. Do you remember your first pair of pants you made? I’d love to hear about it below.

SUPPLIES: some tribal print fabric, a straight edge or measuring tape, some straight pins, a rotary cutter, scissors, a zipper (I show green here, but used a black one), a sewing machine, and a pair of pants to copy to create your pattern. 

To create these trousers, I took a pair of cropped pants I got from Old Navy, and used them as a guide to create my own pattern for each side of one leg — much like I did with this dress. You can also take a look at this video I came across, if you need help.
1. Ok, first thing I did was lay out my fabric face down, then I pulled it in so it met in the middle — the fabric you see here is doubled up on both sides. Next, go ahead and pin down your patten to your fabric.
2. Cut out your two fronts and two backs.
3. Go ahead now and pin each of the legs together — one front and a back, and then the other set (Note: the back is a little wider than the front).
4. Now slide your pinned form on your sewing machine, and from waist to ankle on inner and outer thighs for both legs, stitch them together.
5. Ok, now your sides are all done….so now it’s time to pin together the groin area.
6. Here I pulled out the pinned together groin and waist to give me easier access to it, and sewed it together.
7. You’ll need darts for a better fit in the waist, so to figure out exactly where they go, measure out a couple equidistant inches on either side of the back seam, and stick a pin on each side.
8. Sew your two darts into nothing on either side, like pictured here.

9. By copying my previous pair of pants, it created this extra flap of fabric that once doubled up, will serve to give the zipper area a little more girth so it’s not flimsy. Fold back both flaps, open up the zipper, and pin the zipper into place.
10. Now sew in the zipper.
11. Use your straight pins now, and hem your trousers to the length you desire.
12. Now, hem your trousers with your machine.
13. Next, use your rotary cutter to cut a long rectangle for your waist band. Make it the length of your waist, plus 2 inches x 4 inches. (Note: be sure to measure it against the actual waist of your trousers to confirm the length).
14. Fold the rectangle in half (right sides facing), and then use your sewing machine to stitch together the two ends.
15. Turn the waistband to it’s correct side and begin pinning it to the waist of your pants.
16. Sew your waistband in place, and if you’d like the added security, stitch a hook an eye on for an added closure.





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Frugal-nomics DIY: Neoprene One-Shoulder Dress

Posted on 01 October 2014 by frugal-nomics

There’s this one dress I got from American Eagle 4 or 5 years ago, and while I love its simple construction, I wanted one that was a little longer. So, with some gorgeous neoprene Theory fabric I found, I got to work making one that was the perfect length. I tried my hand at creating my own pattern (Size XS) for the first time — it took a bit of figuring out, but I hope you enjoy.  Want to know how to make the studded clutch I have here too? Check it out here.

Supplies: Stretchy Neoprene fabric, pattern (which you can get, here), some straight pins, a pair of scissors, and a sewing machine.

1. First, print out the pattern found here, cut it out, lay it on top of your doubled up fabric, and then pin it into place.
2. Next, cut out your two forms and pin up the sides.
3. Go ahead and sew up the sides.
4. Now, there’s a little notch cut out under the arm, pinch that together, and pin it.
5. Also pin together the shoulder (the side nearest my pin dispenser with the 3 pins in it).
6. Then, go ahead and sew the shoulder together. 

7. Now, fold your arm hole back about an 1.5 inches at the shoulder. I also began folding back the portion your body will fit through…go ahead and stick a pin it to hold your spot.
8. Next, go ahead and put a few stitches in the arm hole to keep it folded back.
9. Okay…this parts a little tricky, but I tried to pull it back to show you that there were two layers.  Here, you fold the body hole back once, and then double it up on itself once more, and pin it.
10. Lastly, I just stitched the length of the pins right at the shoulder (ultimately 1.5 inches on either side of the shoulder seam).


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