Box Pleated Midi Skirt

As you can see,  A Fashion Addict has gone through some serious cosmetic changes.  A face lift!  Take a few minutes to take a look around & check out the new features.  My hope is that you can find everything you’re looking for with ease & more importantly, want to come back for more 🙂

My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed.  Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

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Tis the season for spring – Easter is right around the corner and it’s officially Wedding Season!  In layman’s terms and for those of us that sew… it’s tulle season.

Tulle is definitely not my favorite fabric of choice.  It’s not easy to work with and the funny thing is, you need SO MUCH OF IT!  For this dress, I bought 24 yards of tulle!!  Yes – twenty-four yards!

Materials Used

To make this Easter dress, I started with my daughter’s t-shirt and drafted the bodice.

DIY Bodice

DIY Bodice Pieces

I added a faced waistband, cut the tulle into pieces, sewing them into layers to make the skirt.  You can read more about my process HERE.

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A quick note for my DIY-ers:  Remember to baste 2 rows when gathering.  When using tulle, or any stiff material, the thread can very easily break during this process.  Proceed with caution!  You will not want to start this process over 🙂

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As you know, I loathe LOVE installing zippers!  You can read about the method I used for this install HERE.  After using my alcohol trick and normal touch up work, this turned out pretty decent.

I added a custom neck band.  Slipstitching is the thing for me 🙂  If you’re interested in getting any good sewing done, I highly suggest throwing something on tv like a Game of Thrones marathon and just get to work!  It works!

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My dress form is too big for such a little body, so I couldn’t get a good pic of the finished look for the life of me.

I love self-drafted projects!  They’re so rewarding once you’re done 🙂

Do you like this tulle skirt option, also seen HERE, but don’t want to make it? 

You can shop the look HERE!

Do you prefer pattern sewing or self-drafted projects?  Sometimes it’s good to switch it up!  Let me know your thoughts 🙂

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XOXO 🙂

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Coat Scraps to Infinity Scarves

The temperature has taken a definite turn and I really wanted a quick and easy project that I could get me over my current sewing funk.

I went through my stashes and already knew I had mounds of fleece leftover from my recent projects – coats for Christmas! I love infinity scarves and with this cold, windy weather it’s just what I need… in fleece!

DIY Infinity Scarf

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To make an infinity scarf, you’ll want to know the following:

  1. You should start with a large, rectangular shaped base. You will  fold the fabric in half length-wise, ending with half of a long rectangle.  My scarf  shown below started at about 36in wide x 60in long.
  2. Pin & sew right sides together along the length of the open side of your rectangle, leaving the 2 sides open.  My scarf is now 18in wide x 60in long.
  3. Next, turn your rectangle right side out.
  4. Pin the 2 ends together, matching seams. This part is a little tricky for me, because you won’t be able to sew all the way around the circle with your machine.  Sew as far as you can make it with your machine and then turn your fabric right sides out again.
  5. To close the remaining fabric, you can either sew with your machine close to the ends of the seam or you can slip-stitch.
  6. Voila! You’re done. Final measurements for my scarf were – 18in x 60 in round.

This is a great beginner project, with no pattern required. This can take as little as 30 minutes!

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Special thanks to Shella Baker for modeling my scarf!  Check her out on YouTube, AlwaysClassy111 & IG @ahykonikdiva!  She’s a natural hair guru! 🙂

PEACE 2014 & Happy New Year!

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DIY Tulle Skirt

I have purposely avoided making a garment for anyone other than myself, for many reasons. I don’t feel like I’m ‘there‘ yet. I’m happy with each piece I’ve made for myself thus far, but if you ask anyone that sews, they know all of the flaws their pieces have. I like to take my time on making some thing for that reason.

My husband has very graciously tasked me with making something special for my bonus baby’s upcoming birthday. Immediately, I’m thinking along the lines of ‘what have I made myself, that would look good on an 11 year old’? Fast forward through the brainstorming, she tells me she wants a puffy dress or skirt. My first thought was a tulle skirt. Not a tutu, but an actual tulle skirt if there’s a difference… I’ve seen a lot of traffic from DIY bloggers making these in recent months, so I hit up Pinterest for tutorials and eventually found this one from CheapButChic1 on YouTube.  This video became my Bible for making this skirt!  I followed this tutorial to a ‘T’ with some minor adjustments, listed below.

Materials used (all purchased at JoAnn’s):

5 Yards of Net

10 Yards of Tulle

1/2 Yard of lining fabric

1/2 Yard of silk for band + interfacing from my stash

1 in elastic, the length of the waist measurement + another 1 inch in length

Measurements:  25 in waist, 16 in length

As mentioned, I followed the steps in the tutorial and when making the lining I cut the length of the lining fabric to about 10 in, from the intended 16 in for the skirt.  The lining came together pretty quickly.  [Not a valid template] Next step was making the net pieces.  After some trial and error, I decided to layer the net/tulle for each main layer of the skirt vs CheapButChic1’s video. [Not a valid template] I tried it her way and my skirt didn’t have enough flare, even after 10 layers of net under 20 layers of tulle.  My tulle fabric, found at Joann’s for $1.49/yd, is extremely thin so this sounds thick but it’s not.

I ended up making 5 separate layers of the net/tulle combo, using the video as a guide.  Right before combining all layers, I pinned them together and noticed that the skirt still wasn’t flared out like I knew she wanted it to be.  Thankfully my husband is always good getting me to think through things.  Instead of moving forward and layering on top of each layer, I took 2  sets of net/tulle layers, basted those together (one on top of the other) and then attached them at the side seams doubling the width of the skirt.  I attached the elastic and added pleats.  Next, I attached the lining skirt.  Adding the extra width to the skirt allowed the skirt to flare out, just like I wanted.  (Big WIN!)[Not a valid template]

My thoughts on the video tutorial – I love and appreciate all of the detail that she put into this  tutorial.  She really walks you through the process and gives you the pros/cons about what to expect.  Tulle is not an easy fabric to sew with and this video definitely helps you through the process.  The thing I like the most, aside from the hidden zipper, is the fact that there is no pattern used to make this skirt.  You start from scratch and finish with your masterpiece!  Using patterns takes so much cutting time in the beginning and can sometimes over complicate things.

Disclaimer for newbies – give yourself ample time to make this your 1st go round.  You’ll need it!  It will be a VERY long time before I voluntarily pick up some tulle and plan on sewing it. 🙂

Check out my hand sewn snaps!

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Mission Accomplished!

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