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Free Pattern: Girls' Fully Reversible Skirt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 27, 2017 11:39:33 AM
  

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Do you know a little girl who loves to change outfits multiple times throughout the day? While expressing themselves though fashion may be fun for the kiddos, the laundry can start to pile up! Enter the Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt, a free pattern for a simple, twirly skirt that's just as much fun to sew as it is to wear. The comfy elastic waist and choice of two favorite fabrics will make it a wardrobe staple, and the ease of sewing (no pattern pieces! no interfacing! no zippers or buttons!) will make it easy to sew up a whole closet full. 

Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 

My favorite thing about this skirt is the way it is 100% reversible without the usual piping, binding, or added bands that are typical for reversible patterns. All you need is two different prints, enough elastic to fit comfortably around the child's waist, and an hour or so for cutting and sewing. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

Another wonderful thing about this skirt is you can customize it in so many ways. Make it shorter or longer, add fullness, stitch on some applique or pockets, whatever makes you (and the recipient) happy! The sewing is very, very easy, especially once you get the hang of sewing down and around the side seam. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

For the fabric for these skirts, we chose two new lines in the shop-- the skirt at left is made from "Double Dutch" by Latifah Saafir for Hoffman Fabrics. Aside from the line having the perfect name, how could we resist an ice cream bar skirt for a little girl?! Not to mention that if (ahem, when) popsicle juice drips onto her outfit and you've still got to get through the grocery store, just flip the skirt over to a clean side. The happy, colorful geometric dots on the reverse side look like something from a retro arcade game. 

 

For the yellow skirt on the right, we used "Supernova' by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabrics. This line of science-inspired motifs, including these glasses, will appeal to the girl who would rather read books and pair her skirts with high top sneakers (how sweet would this be with a cardigan for school?) The reverse of the skirt is Dear Stella Scallop Dot, which makes for a simple basic perfect for pairing with busy shirts.  A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

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A free sewing pattern for a skirt for little girls that's fully reversible from Pink Castle Fabrics

Topics: kids sewing, latifah saafir, skirt, Free Pattern, dear stella, Apparel Sewing, kids, reversible skirt, girls, kids clothes, Techniques

Liberty of London Tana Lawn Popover Dress

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 5, 2017 5:00:42 PM
  

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics.

Everyone loves free patterns, and Oliver + S's Popover Sundress for little girls is a fast and easy summer make! Using Liberty of London Tana Lawn makes the dress particularly light and cool, and always looks pretty and classic. The whole pattern is only 3 pieces and the front and back are identical (perfect for twisting around in case of any popsicle mishaps.) There's no zippers or buttons or snaps, just sweet (and easy!) shoulder ties that double as armhole binding. We found we only needed about 1 1/2 yards of 54" wide lawn to make the size 6, including the bias straps! A little rickrack (about 1/2 yard) trims the narrow yoke, but you could also sew a mini ruffle or add lace instead.

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Oliver + S really knows kids clothes, and their patterns work so well together-- couldn't you just see how adorable a matching bucket hat would look with this dress? 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The construction of the dress couldn't be simpler, and to make it even faster we used  Janome serger and Janome CoverPro 1000CPX for side seams and hem (read more about this machine here.) You certainly don't need a serger or coverstitch machine to make this dress but if you have them, it will make the process a snap. 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The Liberty of London fabric print we used here is called Betsy Ann in E, a tiny, feminine floral with a lot of movement and detail. It washes like a dream and is sturdier than its soft, smooth hand implies. It only took me an hour and fifteen minutes to make this dress start to finish, so you could turn out a few of them in a weekend. We'd love to see any popover dresses you make-- just be sure to use the hashtag #pinkcastlefabrics on social media!

Other Oliver + S pattern reviews:

Summer is for Sun Hats 

 

Buy Yourself Some Liberty Here! 

Topics: Liberty of London, kids sewing, Free Pattern, Apparel Sewing, oliver+s, oliver and s, oliver + s, Techniques, Fabric

All about the Janome CoverPro 1000CPX

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jun 1, 2017 11:06:59 AM
  

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqDf72BXeE8

An Awesome Video all about the Janome CPX1000!

Hi everyone!  I know we talked a little before about what a Coverstitch machine does before:

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http://blog.pinkcastlefabrics.com/professionally-sewn-hem-janome-coverpro

But I think seeing is believing!  Our friend Jennifer from the Sewing Report has put together a comprehensive video that talks all about the best selling Janome CoverPro 1000CPX.  This 25 minute video is an awesome in depth look at what this machine is capable of and how it will take your garment sewing to the next level!

You will be sewing professional looking hems in no time! :)

 

BIG THANKS to Jennifer for taking the time to make a great video all about this awesome coverpro machine!

Janome CoverPro machines!

Topics: Janome CoverPro, Sewing Report, Apparel Sewing, Techniques, Sewing Machines

Free Pattern: 1 Yard Liberty Lawn Easy Kimono Top

Posted by Katie Remski on May 23, 2017 9:24:50 AM
  

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"I have nothing to wear!"

Have you ever wished there was a garment you could make that would be fast, simple, and actually wearable in everyday life? Open-front kimono tops are definitely having a moment, with stores and designers at every price point jumping on the trend. This light throw-on layering piece couldn't be more simple to make, and will look just perfect over anything, from a sophisticated sheath dress to your favorite concert tee. With just 1 yard (36" by 54")  2 seams, and a little hemming, you can make this simple kimono-style top with our free apparel pattern! 

What is Tana Lawn fabric? 

I chose Liberty Tana Lawn for our free pattern because it has all the features of good cotton fabric: light and airy to catch those gentle summer breezes, and always cool against your skin. You can machine wash it with a cool, gentle cycle and a little detergent, and the crisp weave will keep looking fresh for years. Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics are perfect for apparel-- a 54" width makes for easy pattern placement and means you get a pretty decent amount of fabric for your money. 

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With the body and sleeves cut as a single piece, the kimono has a gently angled front and flattering drape. One yard works perfectly with the PDF cutting diagram and will fit ladies' sizes small-XL as is (you'll just have more or less ease depending on body type.) If a longer length or larger size is desired, more than one yard can be used-- simply fold the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise to accomodate cutting proportions.   We are so excited to see the tops you make with our free kimono pattern!

Free Easy Kimono Top Pattern

Materials:

Notes:

  • This pattern works best on non-directional prints (a print like the one featured that looks the same up, down, and across.) If your Liberty lawn is a directional print (such as brids or animals that you don't want to be upside down,) use 1.5 yards to get the 54" needed length. 
  • 5/8" seam allowances are used for side/underarm seams. 
  • Use a zizag stitch or overlocking stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish seams. A serger's blade may cut underarm corners too deeply as you pivot. If you would like to use a serger to finish seams, practice turning corners on a piece of scrap fabric first. 
  • A narrow rolled hem works best on the neck/front opening. Clip the 2 neckline corners as needed for ease. Alternatively, you can also bind the opening with premade or homemade bias tape.
  • For the sleeves and bottom of kimono top, I used a 1" hem. If you have a coverstitch machine, that would also make very nicely finished hems. 

  

Step 1: Fabric layout 

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The folded edge is at the top, furthest away from you. The selvedge is at the bottom, closest to you. 

 

Step 2: Mark lines and cut fabric 

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Using a fabric marking tool and ruler, mark all lines from diagram onto fabric exactly as shown. 

 

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For cutting the front "V" shape, remember to cut ONLY the top layer! cut off top of "V" at the folded edge. 

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Step 3: Sew!

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Sewing diagram 

Flip your piece over so right sides are together. Pin in place, then use a 5/8" seam allowance to stitch up the side seam, pivot, then sew down the sleeve. Repeat on other side. 

Hint: now is a good time to try your kimono top on and see how deep you want your sleeve and bottom hem to be-- I choose a 1" hem, with a 1/4" edge turned under first so there would be no raw edges. 

Hem front opening/neckline using a narrow rolled hem, clipping back neckline as needed for easing in seam. Don't worry if you have to clip corners in order to turn hem-- just backstitch over the a few times to prevent fraying. 

Turn sleeve hems under 1/4"  and press, then turn them under 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch around. Repeat for second sleeve. 

Turn bottom hem up 1/4" and press, then turn hem up 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch. 

Give your kimono top a final press, and you're all done!

Make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram!

#pinkcastlefabrics

#easykimonopattern

Want to see all the Liberty of London fabric we have in store for you? Check out this post to get some great quilt pattern ideas with Liberty!

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Topics: Liberty of London, garments, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Apparel Sewing, Techniques

Professionally finished hem with a Janome CoverPro!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Mar 22, 2017 2:52:00 PM
  
 
A professional hem with the Janome CoverPro 1000CPX!  The best deals from Pink Castle faabrics!
A professional hem with the Janome CoverPro 1000CPX!  The best deals from Pink Castle faabrics!
Ever wonder what a CoverPro (or a cover stitch) machine does?  This little beauty makes amazing professional looking hems!   When you look at the bottom of most knit shirts (you may be wearing one now) you will see 2 or three lines of straight stitching on the top and some crazy loops on the other side.

This allows your hem to stretch with the fabric without breaking.  It gives a really nice clean look to the hem and stops the other side from fraying.

Janome CoverPro machines!

The Janome CoverPro 1000CPX can be used for 2 or 3 thread stitching.  The cover stitches look professional, just like a shirt you would buy off the rack.  I love to use a contrasting thread like the awesome  NEON yellow serger threads we have in stock from Maxi Lock to give my garment a cooler look.

You can use Nylon Stretch thread (also called Wooly Nylon) in your loopers (both in the CoverPro and/or your serger) for a SOFT wooly feel next to your skin.  This is particularly nice when making clothing for a baby or small child!  

You can achieve a similar look on your garments without a coverstitch sewing machine using a twin needle!  Although it's faster using a Janome Coverstitch machine, most machines have an extra attachment on the top to use two spools of thread and you wind the Nylon Stretch thread onto your bobbin if you want it to be extra soft next to your skin.  Amy did a post on how to use a twin needle for our blog a few years back.

Sew knit fabrics like a professional!
Sew knit fabrics like a professional!
Sew knit fabrics like a professional!
Sew knit fabrics like a professional!

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Topics: knit fabric, Janome CoverPro, Apparel Sewing, Techniques

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