Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Aivilo Shirred Sundress & Swing Top



These very easy instructions are great for those with basic sewing skills. Shirring is a very easy technique - it's as simple as sewing a straight line. The Aivilo Shirred Sundress & Top are fun, quick projects with an absolutely beautiful finished item. Not just for summer, you can pair your dress or top with a turtleneck and jeans and take this feminine style into cooler weather! Instructions are included for sizes 6 months to girls 14.

Materials needed:

• Lightweight woven (not knit) fabric - calico or other cottons work well. (exact amounts are based on size)
• Elastic thread – look for this in the elastic section of your fabric store. Generally comes on spools in white and black; you should purchase the color closest to your fabric color.
• Heavy Duty or regular thread to match your bodice fabric
• 1 package of ¾” elastic
• Safety pin, any size (to pull elastic through the straps)
• Rotary cutter & mat OR ruler & scissors

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pattern Downloads Available

Visit www.easytosew.com for sewing patterns you can download instantly and print from your home printer. Buy today, sew today, show off tomorrow!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Did you get a sewing machine for Christmas? I got my first machine for Christmas when I was 17. I used it until a couple of years ago, when I got my new sewing machine, also at Christmas. What a great gift, eh? So, you've got this great machine, and you're just itching to use it. I have some great projects available for new sew-ers, rusty sew-ers, and intermediate sew-ers.

If you're just starting out, I highly recommend the Aivilo Pouch Wallet or the Aivilo Flapper Purse to help you get used to your machine and learn or remember the basics of sewing. The Pouch Wallet is a fast project (like, less than an hour) that takes a minimal amount of fabric and it's something that'll definitely get used! The Flapper Purse would make a great second project - it's still easy, but takes a bit longer. Buy them both at the BOGO sale in my store for only $6.95 total! http://www.aivilocharlotte.etsy.com/

BOGO Sale ends 12/31!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Aivilo Gathered / Pleated Bag

The ebook and sample bags shown here are available now at http://www.aivilocharlotte.etsy.com/

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Purse Design!

This turned out so cute! I'm working on editing the ebook now, and hope to have it available for sale within a week or so!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Upcycled Twirl Skirt

This skirt is so cute; I just love how it twirls!

This adorable twirl skirt has plenty of swing! Made from an upcycled pair of pants and strips of fabric, it looks like an expensive boutique item. But it's not expensive to make at all! Even better, it's quick and simple to sew - if you can sew a straight line, you can make this skirt!

Make matching holiday skirts for your favorite little girls! Or a custom birthday skirt for her special day.

My ebook gives simple instructions for making this skirt for anyone - from babies to girls and even ladies sizes. You can use a rotary cutter and mat to quickly cut your strips, or easily make your own custom pattern piece with your measurements.

To purchase this ebook, go to www.aivilocharlotte.etsy.com