<![CDATA[Boutique Dressed of Crafted by Erin - Blog]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:21:19 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Learning to sew clothes, Segment 1]]>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:57:03 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/learning-to-sew-segment-1Picture
    So you came home from the store with a pattern that you are just itching to start.  You bought the fabric you want and the notions that the pattern required.  So what do you do next?  You guessed it, you MUST wash and dry the fabric if the fabric you bought can be cleaned that way.  When you are shopping for fabric look at the end of the fabric bolt for the cleaning instructions.  If you like fabric that is dry clean only then you do NOT have to wash and dry beforehand.  I try to avoid buying dry clean only fabric,  if the fabric can be laundered then that is what I buy.  Just take note of the cleaning instructions and do so beforehand for ALL washable fabrics, especially for cotton as it will shrink. 

Step 1:  Wash and dry how you would normally care for your dirty clothes or take to dry cleaners BEFORE you start the next step. 

I should also mention that your first attempt at sewing clothes should be a simple design.  An example would be skirt or a dress.  Shirts can be challenging but only if your sewing machine doesn't have buttonhole attachment.  Pants are also another challenging item and would require some extra experience.

So lets pretend you bought yourself a skirt pattern.  A simple flowing skirt with an elastic waistband.  See image below.

    Ignore the patchwork of the skirt and focus instead on the shape of the flowing skirt.  The waistband is made using elastic for an easy fit.

Step 2:  Take out your pattern, laying out each page out on the table or floor (if you need more room).  Open your pattern instructions and look for the illustration telling you which pattern pieces go with your skirt.  Those pieces will be numbered for easy reference.  Cut out the pieces you need and set aside.

Step 3:  Iron your fabric (if the fabric can use the iron), you don't want wrinkles when trying to cut out pattern pieces.

Step 4:  Now take your laundered fabric (or non-laundered if you bought dry clean only) and fold in half length-wise.  The right side of the fabric should be folded in (or right-side together), with the wrong-side of fabric showing.  Smooth out creases or wrinkles until the fabric is laying flat.

Step 5:  Looking at your pattern pieces illustration take the pieces you cut out and lay them on the fabric as suggested.  Note:  Sometimes patterns have you place the pattern pieces right-side down (usually shown has a darker color), just check first with the instructions.  Pay close attention to pieces requiring a folded edge and place accordingly. 

Step 6:  Pin your pieces to your fabric until each piece is secure.

Step 7:  Cut out your pieces.  Pay attention to notches ( those little triangles) and cut those out too.  Notches are used to help pin fabric pieces together to make the clothing.

You will notice the picture above.  The left-side of the picture shows you a pattern piece that is on the fold.  The right-side photo has an arrow showing you the "grain" of the pattern to be placed on the fabric. 

Step 8:  You have completed the first segment on preparing the fabric and cutting out the fabric.
<![CDATA[October 29th, 2014]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:28:30 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/october-29th-2014Picture

I am going to focus on bringing in jean fabric material with lace, tulle, and soft fabrics to create unique pieces for girls.  My vision is a dress or skirt that combines these elements that is perfect for a good twirl.  (Maybe even throw in some fabric flowers to highlight the design)
<![CDATA[Coupon Just For You!]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:37:23 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/coupon-just-for-youShop my store and use the coupon code FALLSPECIAL to receive Free Shipping on any domestic order!  Coupon is good until December 1, 2014

<![CDATA[Why is Boutique Dressed Special?]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:26:08 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/why-is-boutique-dressed-specialWhat makes my homemade business different from other products or brands?  Here is 10 reasons.
  1. I focus on Quality instead of Quantity
  2. I pay close attention to detail and workmanship
  3. Focus on creating original, one-of-a-kind clothes
  4. No assemble line attitude
  5. Not afraid to mix up clothing and styles to create something new and exciting
  6. Buy supplies from the USA only
  7. Upcycle/recycle notions to create "new" pieces
  8. I have a deep love for sewing
  9. Constantly evolving
  10. Did I mention that I love sewing!

<![CDATA[Bubble Time!]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:57:42 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/bubble-time
I don't know where the fascination comes from but our dogs absolutely love jumping for bubbles.  They will jump and bite into the bubbles.  You would thinks "soapy" mouths wouldn't taste very good but what can I say, they're dogs:)
<![CDATA[The Elusive French Fry]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:48:37 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/the-elusive-french-fry
This is my dog Atlas (aka Doofus).  I thought to supply a comment with each picture but realized that each picture speaks volumes. 

Here is Atlas's trial by french fry.  Don't worry folks, we gave him the fry in the end:) 
<![CDATA[Buy yourself a Pattern]]>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:57:11 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/buy-yourself-a-patternPicture
I love buying patterns.  I love the variety of patterns.  I love the hope I feel when I buy a pattern.  To those new to sewing or buying patterns fear not because once you know what to look for it will be a breeze.

Before you buy that pattern measure yourself or whoever the pattern is for.  Measure around the bust, waist, and hips.  Be sure to take those measurements to the store with you so that you purchase the correct sized pattern.  Store bought clothes are sized smaller than pattern sizes.  I find the retail market is being kind when sizing their clothes.  Don’t stress about the number (size) instead focus on the fit.  Use your measurements to find the closest matched size.  If your measurements are between two different sizes choose the larger size.  You may need to alter your pattern to reflect those necessary adjustments.

After you have that pattern in hand the next task is finding the fabric and notions needed.  I usually have fabric overload when trying to decide on how I want the clothing to look.  Some ideas to make this easier would be.

  • Choose colors that you like
  • Don’t be afraid of fabric patterns
  • Choose the right kind of fabric (read the suggested fabrics from the pattern)
  • Decide on wearability (how it will move or stretch)
  • Choose quality fabric (avoid low thread count fabrics for trousers and blouses)
  • Read the label of the fabric (Is it dry clean only or washable?)
You are finally home with your purchases.  You have the pattern, the fabric and any notions (thread, zipper, buttons) that are needed and you want to start right away.  Stop.  You MUST pre-wash your fabric first (if the label listed it as washable)!  If you do not pre-wash your fabric it will shrink.  This happened to me when I first starting sewing and I was devastated.  Wash and dry your fabric like you would treat your finished garment.  The next step after it has dried is to iron it.  I know ironing is a huge pain in the tush but you will have an easier time with the pattern once the fabric is flat and free of creases.

You are now ready to open your brand spanking new pattern and read the directions inside.  The directions will tell you which pattern pieces to cut out for that specific item you are making.  Usually a pattern will have a couple different options to choose from.    Cut out your pattern pieces.

Now follow your pattern directions for details on how to position the fabric and how they recommend laying the pattern pieces on the fabric itself.   Pay close attention to notches, darts and the direction of the pattern piece.  Also make sure you read the directions for the seam allowance.  Most patterns have you sewing a 5/8″ seam allowance.  Follow the steps exactly until that beautiful item is complete.

Give yourself a pat on the back, you did it!

Important side note:  Don’t try to stuff your nice pattern into the tiny little envelope it came in.  It won’t be pretty anymore.  After using the pattern I put it in a file folder or in a large 11 by 14″ envelope with the pattern picture taped to cover to make it easy to select the pattern for future use.  Patterns can be very expensive and you want them to last, so take good care of them.

Happy Sewing!

<![CDATA[The Power of Color]]>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:55:10 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/the-power-of-colorPicture

Why do we like certain colors or feel the need to paint our walls different colors?  Color holds power over our minds and this impacts how we view colors.  Many believe that the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood factor into our color choices. 

 The fire element consists of the red spectrum, pink, orange, coral and purple.   The earth element is made up of taupe, gold, yellow, brown and earth tones.  The metal element is white, pastels and metallic colors.  The wood element is made up of medium green, blue and turquoise.

 Since color affects our moods use color to change, alter or enhance your mood.  If you need decisiveness, assertiveness, motivation and passion use the fire element.   Use the earth element when you need to be grounded in your life or to be organized.  Need mental clarity or want to develop child-like qualities then use the metal element.  Use the water element for spirituality and intuition.  For growing a business, working on your health and personal growth use the wood element.

Need to make a change with your business clothes?  Did you know others are six times more likely to be influenced by the color you wear than by anything else about your appearance?  I know that I am drawn to certain colors but to impact other people’s opinions about me based on the color of my shirt is crazy.  Studies show that women tend to react more positively to blue toned colors while men yellow based colors in addition to blue based colors.  Lower socio-economic groups prefer yellow based colors while upper class like blue based colors for both men and women.  I guess I need to wear more blue to better influence others!

 Even our choice for websites, blogs, business cards and fliers impact how a business is thought of.  Color choice in business is an important factor to think of before buying 1,000 business cards.  Here are some examples of color in business.  Red is a powerful color.  It calls for action and is a warm color.  Turquoise complements and balances red.  Turquoise gives us clarity of thought, balance, and compassion.  Combine this color with pink for the fashion or beauty market.  Pink implies love, romance, nurturing and compassion.  While brown seems to be a really boring color for business it gives us the impression of practical down-to-earth feelings and says we are reliable.

 I collected this information from the following websites, http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/ and http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-use-the-power-of-color.html 

 For my business I am using pink and turquoise.  I chose those colors before I had even researched colors.  Since reading these articles I will also add brown to the mix.  I am thinking the packaging and tags will be brown and maybe have a brown background business card with pink and turquoise lettering?  I will think on that some more.  Any suggestions?


<![CDATA[Skirt Anyone?]]>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:44 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/skirt-anyoneReady for your own Patchwork Skirt? I would love to make your little one their very own patchwork skirt.  Each skirt will feature fun cotton fabric sewn together using a Serger sewing machine to ensure no fraying of the seams.  Each layer is gathered to create a really cute silhouette.   Please visit my shop on Etsy for more information!

The skirt on the top was made with four layers of blocks, with each layer gathered by hand and then sewn with a Serger.

The skirt on the bottom has 3 layers with a different color for the waistband casing.

All I would need from you to make a custom skirt is the waist measurement, size the child typically wears, and the desired length of the skirt.  Pretty simple:)  Email me and we can get started!

<![CDATA[Some New Creations from Boutique Dressed]]>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:50:08 GMThttp://boutiquedressed.weebly.com/blog/some-new-creations-from-boutique-dressedI took a little time off from writing.  Here are some dresses that I have completed for my Etsy shop, Boutique Dressed.  Each dress is 6-9 months.  The Red and Black creation is one of my favorites.  I love the bold red and the black/gray suiting fabric.  The combination is striking.  Each dress is unique and special.  The pink paisley and blue jean dress is a simple A-line dress and very pretty.  The last dress listed is the complete outfit of a dress, panties and a jacket.  The jacket was made using a tablecloth.  Yes, I said a tablecloth.  The dress fabric was found in a vintage store and complemented the tablecloth color so well I paired them together.  The panties are made from a yellow cotton print.  I can see a little girl wearing this to church.  Simply adorable.