Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DIY Little Black Clutch, pt 2



   Last week, we made the inner pocket of our clutch. If you missed that post, click here. Now, we're going to make the shell of our clutch. 

   Take one piece of black cloth (the 6 1/2" by 10 1/2" piece) and lay it down, good-side up

   Take your second zipper and lay it good-side down on top of the black cloth, lining it up with the top edge of the fabric. 

   Take your second piece of gray lining and lay it on top of the zipper, once again lining it up with the top edge of the fabric. 

   Pin everything in place and sew along the top edge.






   Flip the fabric over so that it hangs at the bottom and the zipper shows on top. 





   Take the inner zippered pocket that we finished last week and lay it down, good-side up

   Take the second zipper with the two pieces hanging off it that we just sewed, and lay it on top of the zippered pocket, good-side up

   Take the second piece of black fabric (the 6 1/2" by 10 1/2" piece) and lay it on top of the piece below, good-side down.

   Make sure all the edges are lined up, pin in place, and sew. 






   Unfold the fabric so each piece lays nicely on either side of the zipper. Then sew a straight line on either side of the zipper.





   Your clutch should look like this from the side:



   
   We're almost done! Now we have to make the wrist loop and sew together the sides. 

   Take your 1 1/2" by 10" long piece of black fabric, fold it in half, zig-zag sew along the edge, and turn inside-out. 





   Lay open your clutch so that the two pieces of gray lining are at the top and the two piece of the black shell are on the bottom. 

   Fold your wrist loop in half and sandwich it between the two pieces of the black shell, near the top. 



    

   Sew around all the edges, except for the top of the gray lining. Leave that open. 


Unfortunately, when I first measured the material, I made my lining a little smaller than the shell. 
I ended up trimming the edge of the black shell so that the widths would be even. 


   Turn your clutch inside-out.





   Tuck the edge of the lining back into itself, pin in place, and sew.





   Push the lining into the shell of your clutch.





   Woohoo! Your clutch is complete! 











~ Gloria




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DIY Little Black Clutch, pt 1




   With both a main compartment and an inner zippered pocket, this little black clutch is perfect for carrying all your necessities without having to drag along your entire purse. Here's how to make your own! 


Supplies:
- Two 6 1/2" by 10 1/2" pieces of black fabric (shell)
- One 1 1/2" by 10" long strip of black fabric (wrist loop)
- Two 6 1/2 by 10 1/2" pieces of gray fabric (lining)
- One 6" by 10 1/2"piece of gray fabric (pocket of lining)
- Two 9 1/2" long zippers (color of your choice) 
- Sewing machine
- Thread (black)
- Sewing chalk
- Pins 

   Before getting started, you should be warned this is a complicated project only for the brave and adventuresome in heart. Proceed with caution! 


   First, let's work on the inner pocket of the lining. Take the smaller piece of gray fabric (the 6" by 10 1/2" piece) and one of the zippers and line up the zipper with where you want it to lie on the pocket. 

   Mark where the zipper starts and ends on the fabric and then cut a slit in the fabric. 

   Line up the bottom edge of the zipper with the top edge of the slit, pin, and sew in place. 






   This is the tricky part so pay close attention.
   Fold the top part of the zipper and the fabric over, tuck the top part of the zipper into the slit so that it comes out on the other side, line it up with the edge of the slit, pin, and sew in place. 







   Once done, it should look like this: 




   Voila! You've completed the the pocket. Now let's attach the pocket to the lining. 


   Take one of the pieces of lining (the 6 1/2" by 10 1/2" piece) and line it up with the top of your pocket, making sure to tuck it in-between the fabric and the zipper. Pin it down and sew.






   Fold the lining over, pin, and sew around the bottom and the edges, but not the top. 






   When you flip it over to the front, it should look like this:




   Congratulations! You've completed the inner pocket of the lining! 

   Be sure to check back next week for part two as we work on the shell of our clutch. 






~ Gloria




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Long-Sleeved Blouse to Cute Peplum Top





     There were two reasons I wanted to rescue this shirt. First, it was my mother's when she and my father took their engagement photo 21 years ago.




   Second, I really like the peplum-style frill at the bottom of the shirt. 




Oh, did I mention it's 100% silk?




     Now, for the upcycle. First I turned the shirt inside-out and unpicked the sleeves, being very careful not to rip the material. 






Next, I took in about a half inch from both sides.




     For the sleeves, I first hemmed them a bit to fit the slightly smaller armholes, pinned them, and sewed them back onto the blouse.



     After trying on the blouse, I decided to make it short sleeved instead of long sleeved. In hindsight, I probably should have done this before reattaching the sleeves to the blouse to ensure the sleeves were exactly the same length. Fortunately, the lengths were only slightly off. 





My new peplum top is finished!










~ Gloria