Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tammi Tries It!: Grooovy T-Shirt Dress

When I first started sewing, I scoured the internet for hours and hours looking for cool and interesting tutorials. I am not a dress girl by any stretch of the imagination, but when I came across the tutorial for this Groooovy T-shirt Dress by Amynotsomuch on Youtube, I knew I had to try it. I'd just bought a gazillion t-shirts from Goodwill so I had plenty to choose from. The dress consisted of a form fitting tank for the top portion and two large t-shirts for the skirt. One plain and one with a funky fresh graphic.

I love skulls, so of course this tee with the multi-colored overlapping skulls practically grabbed me as I passed by the rack.

And the manic robotic boomboxes with the crazy eyes and even crazier teeth called to me, too.

These angry purple and grey skulls with the matching harlequin background was too amazing to ignore.

The tutorial was super easy and I made three in two days! And even though I've only worn them once since then, I still take them down every now and again to admire my handiwork.

Keep It Funky!

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Sweet, Sweet Serger

I've lusted after a serger almost as long as I've been sewing. If you don't know what a serger (or an overlock machine) is, it's a type of sewing machine that trims the seam and wraps it in a complicated web of thread to keep it from fraying and for a more professional looking finish. And depending on your machine, it can also do different types of hems. To learn more about sergers, take a quick peek here.

Baby Girl in her natural habitat/Beautiful serged seam (which you can't really see 'cause it's white on white but trust me, it's beautiful!)

After much research and deliberation, I chose the Brother 1034D as the newest member of the Sew Sew Funky family.  It was reasonably priced and all the reviews I found on Amazon and Pattern Review were positive.  Even Mimi G listed it as a solid, reliable machine. I was a bit intimidated by the complicated look of it, but it's actually super easy to thread.  There's step by step instructions in the owner's manual and there are color coded guides on the machine itself.  I love, love, love my new serger and can't wait to really put her to work!

Keep It Funky!