Serge w/out a Serger

First tutorial of the new year has to be one of my highly requested videos; How to serge without a serger.
serge11

Ok. So if you are one of those that are holding off on purchasing a serger because of it’s high price, this tutorial is for you.  To those of you that have no clue what a serger is or why serging may help you when sewing, I can help answer those questions.
serge

Serging: a sewing machine that overcasts the raw edges of a fabric with a V-shaped stitch.

Why Serge? Serging creates a clean edge, helps prevent fraying, allows for greater stability of your garment.

What Type of Fabric Requires Serging? Fabric that tends to fray such as: linen, cotton, tweed, etc.

Ok. So here is the tutorial on how to serge without a serger. This technique has been around for many years. I just decided to give my fresh take on it.  Thanks for stopping by.  Please remember to “Thumbs up” this video if you enjoy sewing tips & tricks.  Also, if you enjoyed it, don’t be selfish, please share.

High-Waist Pallazzo Pants

Pallazzo Pants were so popular way back when and they have came right back around again.  Depending on the fabric that you choose, they are very light, comfortable, and they definitely make a fashion statement.
pallcollage

The pattern that I chose to make my Pallazzo pants was McCall’s M6515. I’m so sorry. I totally forgot what type of fabric I used for my pants, but it is light, it has a lot of movement, and it feels silky against my skin.
M6515

These are great for day and night.  You can wear them to work with a button up, a fitted top, or a turtle neck.  If worn at night, a crop top would make it more appropriate for dancing at a club, hanging out with the girls, or a bar. However you wear it, keep it sexy.
get the lookpall1 pall2 pall4 pall5pall3

Enjoy the tutorial.  Please support my channel by liking the video. If you have any suggestions for upcoming videos or tutorials, comment below. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless! XOXO


signature

Illusions

Are you trying to lose weight but the pounds aren’t falling off fast enough?  Are you losing the weight, but can’t seem to tell?  This skirt is for you! Last year, the illusion dresses was pretty popular.  It gave the illusion that you were slimmer than you really were.  Celebrities were seen everywhere on the red carpets and events sporting this look.celebs

This pattern gives the same effect, but the best part is, it’s customizable!  I was able to choose whatever print I wanted; solid or bold. (View D)
m6711pic The skirt was pretty easy to make as usual.  The waistband I think was the most time consuming, because I had to stitch it by hand.  I think it came out pretty nice though. What do you think?  Scroll below to see the easy to follow tutorial.
skirt
get the lookskirt4 skirt2 skirt1skirt3Black Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Leopard Printed Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

signature

DIY 4th of July OOTD

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July with your family and friends.  Here is what I wore yesterday to show my American pride. And YES! I went all out. LOL! closeup You guys know I am all about living on a budget. I love my thrifted purse. I bought it so long ago and never had an outfit to wear it with until yesterday.  The purse only cost me $1! Steal right?

pic111

pic22
pic4

And ofcourse I have to talk about the DIY peplum top that I introduced to you a couple weeks ago. You can make one today.  I promise you, it’s EXTREMELY easy! Want to learn how?  Watch below…

Comment below. I would love to hear from you.
signature

DIY Couture High Low Skirt

A trend that was hot last year and even hotter this year is the High-Low skirt.  My fabric choice for this skirt is chiffon.  It presents itself to be feminine and soft.  I love the way the silhouette of the skirts sways when you walk; it’s so graceful.
skirt collage1

(This skirt above will be posted in a future OOTD)

Just like every other article of clothing purchased in retail, quality skirt like these do run pretty high; between $75 to about a couple hundred dollars.  Who has that kind of money to spend on a skirt?  I surely don’t so I decided to make a couple of my own. Below is a list of supplies I used to make this skirt.  This DIY is easy and fun.  I’m sure you will probably make more than one. (Hey! That rhymes!)
DSC_0075
Butterick B5892
Yellow-Cation-Chiffon-Fabric-50DX68D-ROLL-Chiffon Fabric
il_340x270_409093505_7ou3Lightweight Cotton Knit Fabric
1-(product-photography)1 inch width Elastic (length depends on your waist)

Note:  When shopping for fabric, always check the Clearance first.  I found the multi-colored one for less than $5/yd.  You will need about 1.5-2 yards depending on your height.  Also, don’t be in a hurry to purchase fabric. Wait for the sales or 50% off coupons. One more key thing to remember is JoAnn’s and Hancock Fabrics always has .99 sales on their patters. NEVER pay full price on patterns. Keep a look out for the sales on those and stock up when you can. My local fabric store has excellent sales every week. My husband has to pay me to stay out of there. LOL!
If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, subscribe today!  Enjoy the video and please be sure to rate, comment and subscribe.

get the lookDSC_0053DSC_0081DSC_0060 Tank Top: Forever 21
Shoes: Urbanog.com (These heels run 1/2 size big)
Necklace: Charlotte Russe Outlet
Watch: Target
Ring: Charlotte Russe Outlet
Fabric for Skirt: Hancock Fabrics
Butterick Pattern: Joann Fabrics
PicMonkey Collagesignature