Posts tagged ‘Tutorials’

July 7, 2015

Summer Sewing Series: 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Challenge

I’m so excited to finally reveal the project I keep hinting at. It’s…duh dun duh DUN!

10 Dresses Collage

That’s right guys. I challenge you to make 10 dresses in the next 10 weeks with me. I’ve been dying to make cute floral, summery dresses, and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to. And invite you to sew with me! The best part is I’ll be posting tutorials for each dress I make, so you can sew along! Yipee!

This summer series will officially launch next Tuesday with the first video tutorial, so stay tuned and check back often both here on my blog and on my channel. Here’s the intro video for a sneak peak of all the dresses:

This is the schedule for the dresses in the video. Subject to changes. Because of life.

Week one: Fit and flare, floral pleated dress (Tuesday, July 14th)

fit and floral 1

Week two: Pink crocheted swim suit cover up (or sweater dress, depending on how you look at it) (July 21st)

swimsuit coverup

Week three: Simple elastic, curved hem waistband dress (July 28th)


Week four: Lace, fit-and-flare, gathered waistline dress (August 4th)

lace dress

Week five: Striped sleeveless dress (August 11th)

striped tank dress 2

Week six: Zippered chiffon dress (August 18th)

dress 2

Week seven: Two-toned, lace bodice over arrow print, gathered waistline dress (August 25th)

dress (2)

Week eight: Quarter-length sleeve, fit-and-flare a-line dress (September 1st)

fit and flare dress

Week nine: Empire waist, surplice bodice LBD with pink crochet-detailed straps (September 8th)

Week ten: Blue lace over yellow, bodycon dress (September 15th)

blue bodycon

You know what’s crazy? The original idea was that I’d make one dress a week for the next whole year. Yeah! When I told my friend that I might be taking on a challenge to make 52 dresses in 52 weeks, she stared at me as if I was crazy. Then I realized that she was right.

Anyone who’s met me knows how much I adoooore dresses. That’s all I ever wear anymore. Even for work, I’m in a dress 4 days out of 5 (and the one day is a Friday which happens to be casual Friday. Even though I always regret it, I can’t miss my chance to wear jeans to the office).

Plus right now I’m obsessing with florals and bright prints. I’m dying to make about a million fit-and-flare, swing, and tank dresses. Definitely going to throw in some beach-y numbers, and maybe finally get around to sewing a tailored, zippered one. I’m a little nervous and excited. I know life might get in the way some weeks, but what can it hurt to try? And in the end, I’ll have a million dresses–which is sort of a big fantasy for me. Because I’m weird.

For a while now, I’ve been neglecting my sewing and arts/crafts hobby, but I’m going to come back in full force, and taking on this huge project.

This is it guys. I’m so excited! Tutorials will be posted every Tuesday. Why Tuesday? (you ask but silently and only in my head). Because Tutorial Tuesday has a nice ring to it. And because I’ll need at least the weekend to work on the dress, and because Monday sucks. So Tuesday it is.

I’m inviting–no, I’m challenging!–you guys to be a part of this. Hey, in the end, you’ll at least have ten dresses for the summer. And now you have a good reason to go fabric shopping–not that you need one. 🙂

Who’s with me?

September 20, 2013

5 DIY Halloween Costumes and Video Tutorials

Halloween’s coming up! It’s like the holiday that’s made for crafters and people who sew. Do you know what you’re going to dress up as? Instead of spending too much money on a single costume you might never wear again, why not put together something yourself and show off your creativity? We’ve put together a list of five sewing tutorials on YouTube. Hope they inspire you to make your own!

Pirate Costume

Threadbanger shows you how to make an entire pirate costume.

Hooded Cape Costume

Capes are simple and easy–to make and to wear. You’ll probably be grateful if Halloween night happens to be chilly.

Mad Hatter 

One of my favorite storybook characters, the Mad Hatter has got to be the coolest costume to dress up as. Learn how to do the makeup also with this cool tutorial.

Poison Ivy

A flashback from the old Batman movies, this Uma Thurman Poison Ivy-inspired costume is cute, sexy, and really creative.

Totoro Hoodie

I love Totoro! Enough said.

BONUS: Dog Hoodie

Dogs love to dress up too. 🙂 Check out this tutorial for a dog hoodie, which includes instructions on how to make your own pattern.

August 28, 2013

How to Declutter Your Wardrobe and Save the Environment

ImagePlease don’t feel bad. It’s  not your fault. We know you have tried everything to make it work but it’s not meant to be. It’s time to re-invent your wardrobe.  Yet, for some of us it’s so hard to get rid of our unwanted clothes.  There are millions of reasons that make us keep those unused clothes clogging our closet. We at Bumbling Panda are committed to helping the environment. So, here are a few tips on how to get a brand new wardrobe that will help our environment and will save you more than just a penny.

Step One: Clean Out Your Closet

Take out all of the unwanted clothes out of your closet. You’ll want to make 3 separate piles: clothes you definitely don’t want, clothes you’re not sure about, or clothes with stains or tears in them that can be fixed.

Step Two: Donate or Sell

Take the pile of clothes that you know you do not want and sell or donate them to a thrift store. The most common way would be a yard sell but there are other ways to do it. Second hand stores, like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo’s Exchange, will usually give you the option of cash or store credit. You will get more credit than cash. I personally choose to get store credit because I can always go back to the store and use that credit to get clothes to complement my new wardrobe. But, if you don’t mind doing a little more work and research you can try selling your clothes at a Consignment Shop.  These shops will sell the clothes for you in exchange of a small percentage of the sells you make. All you have to do is prize your clothes and collect your money.

For all of the sentimental ladies that feel like a horrible person when you throw away your clothes, how about we find them a second home where they can be happy for the rest of their lives? There are second hand stores and thrift stores that will find your clothes a second home. Thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army offer a tax credit for your donations.

Step Three: Rekindle the Love

Now, take a closer look at the pile of clothes you weren’t sure about. As you go through each piece of clothing, try to remember what it was you liked about it: the fabric, the color, the design…or maybe it was just too expensive and now it hurts to throw away your hard earned money. The trick is not to count something out just because is plain or boring. That boring dress can be the fabric you use to make a blouse that will go well with that dress you love so much.

A lot of your clothes can be altered, re-hemmed, or taken in, in order to look like a brand new piece of fashion.  Be creative as you try to recreate and refashion your clothes and you’ll remember why you fell in love with your outfits in the first place.

Oh, you don’t know how to sew? We got you covered.  Check out our YouTube page where we have easy to follow instructional videos on how to make great clothes.  We will also be posting easy to make tutorials on our blog that will open your mind to endless possibilities.

Save the Earth!

Those are just some tips that help you declutter your closet and do your part to save the environment at the same time. If you have any others, be sure to leave them in the comments below. That warm feeling you have in your tummy is not nature calling. It’s the feeling of accomplishment. Job well done!