Author Archives: Heather

The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

DIY – The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial

The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

Where do you take photos when it’s below freezing outside? Your local museum!

The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

Getting some loving from number one.

The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

The bump!

The Batwing Sleeve Maternity Top Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

The v-neckline.

Hello! It’s been some time.  I’ve been very, very… well, pregnant.  With a toddler in tow, it means I’ve also been very, very tired.  On the weekends, I used to steal some time to sew while my son was napping, but lately I’ve found myself napping when he does (which has actually been really wonderful!).  But I finally got some time to myself and decided to make myself something comfy and pretty to wear to help get me through the next few months.

Today we will be making a batwing sleeve maternity top.  This should be relatively easy as the sleeves and tunic are one piece.  The neckline will be nice and loose so it can hang freely from your shoulders.  One side of the shirt will have a scoop neckline, and the reverse side will have a v-neckline.  With this, I plan on flipping it around depending on my mood.  Feeling sassy?  I’ll rock the v-neckline in the front.  Feeling proper?  I’ll rock the scoop neckline in the front.

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The French Striped Dress Tutorial by Sewing Daydreams

DIY – The French Striped Dress Tutorial

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Summer is well underway and I find myself lacking an essential summer wardrobe dress staple; the French Striped Dress.  No one can deny that the French have some serious style and some of their pieces seem to never really go out of style.  This French-inspired dress is one of them.  When I came up with it, I was thinking of something that a 1960s Brigitte Bardot would have worn.  So, to remedy the deficiency in my wardrobe, I’m going to make myself a comfortable French Striped Dress to have to wear in the months (and years) ahead.  This tutorial will have instructions on how to first make the pattern, and then make the dress from scratch.  Read on for my full tutorial!

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My DIY Spring Wardrobe from 2017 by Sewing Daydreams

My DIY Spring Wardrobe from 2017

Spring is almost through here in upstate New York and I am pleased to say that I had a rather productive one!  I got to sew up some pieces that I had been thinking about for a really long time and it feels so good to finally be able to wear them.  I caught up with the talented photographer, Dave Blenis, recently and got to show some of my newest sewing pieces off.  Read through and check out my homemade spring wardrobe pieces from 2017.  After wearing them for some time, I have some new insight into them that I’m going to share here.  From my Red Riding hoodie to my embroidered Bohemian tunic to my Mad Men inspired skirt… Enjoy!

Also, as a side note, my husband enjoyed this spring wardrobe photo shoot because he got to take a brief vacation from being my Instagram Husband.  🙂

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Embroidered Tunic Tutorial

DIY – The Embroidered Tunic Tutorial

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Spring is finally here and I want to celebrate with an embroidered tunic.  I want a shirt that’s somewhat light, airy, and fun to accompany my mood (I’m not a winter person and am celebrating the warmer, longer days).  I’m thinking a boxy shape, 3/4 length sleeves, with a deep v-neck in the front.  It will be a longer tunic, with the sides split up to the waist.  For the color, I’m thinking off-white with some fancy stitching around the edges.  Sound good?  Let’s get sewing!

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Hooded Wrap Tutorial

DIY – The Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

Hooded Wrap Tutorial

I like wearing it open without the self-tie belt as well.

It’s cold where I live, and I want to make something cozy that I can layer on to help keep the chill off.  I also want it to be versatile enough where I can wear it out or wear it in while cuddling on the couch. So, today, we will be making a hooded wrap long sleeved shirt with a self-tie belt at the waist.  Of course, there will be pockets, so no worries there.  Here we go!

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How to Hem Dress Pants

DIY – How to Hem Dress Pants – A Tutorial

Today, we’re going to learn about how to hem dress pants using a blindhem stitch. These pants were bought by a friend unfinished at the store, and it’s a really easy fix to hem them up yourself.

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Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer Sewing Tutorial

DIY – Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer

Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer Sewing Tutorial Adding Inside Pockets onto a Blazer Sewing Tutorial

Today we’re going to add inside pockets onto a blazer.  I love the blazer, but the pockets that came with it are essentially non-functional.  The opening is a vertical slit and they are only a few inches deep.  I’m pretty sure I would only trust them to hold my chapstick, if that.  So, we will be adding a pair of patch pockets to the inside of the blazer to make it that much more useful.

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Christmas Cones Tutorial

DIY – Christmas Cones Tutorial

Here is a quick and fun tutorial to make some Christmas cones.  These cones were a tradition in my family growing up, and now that I’m older, I’m continuing the tradition with my own family.  I make one a year after the season is done in rememberence of the year.  You can fill them with treats or other goodies and hang them anywhere.  We usually put them on our tree. Enjoy!

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Classy Plaid Gathered Skirt Tutorial

DIY – The Classy Plaid Gathered Skirt Tutorial

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Today is a good day.  Today I finally begin my Christmas present to me! I’m going to make a classy plaid skirt that will *hopefully* be done in time for Christmas.  This will be a gathered skirt tutorial.  I’ve been wanting to make something plaid for the winter season.  In the back of my mind I kept thinking about this lovely skirt made by Gina Michelle and decided that it would be a classy winter look using some plaid fabric.

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diy bibs

DIY – Upcycle Towel into Toddler Bib

My one year old is exploring the wonderful world of food. Not only does he enjoy eating the food, but he likes to squish it in his fingers, run it through his hair, fling it from his spork, push it off his tray, and occasionally, put it behind his back.  Needless to say, mealtime is a very messy though enjoyable experience.

My son has a ton of bibs from when he was younger, but they are really meant for babies and don’t really stop the food from covering his clothes.  So I thought, DIY bibs, or more specifically, DIY toddler bibs!  We recently upgraded our towels so I decided to upcycle an old towel into a toddler bib just the right size for my little man.  Read on for my full DIY bibs tutorial…

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