Friday, April 27, 2012

Fabric Cuff with Vintage Lace Tutorial

Tirabaralla asked for it and now here it is. I actually made this cuff elasticized but you can skip the elastic and do it with snaps or buttons too.

Cuff with vintage lace tutorial

I began with this awesome hippie dress from Lane Bryant. Did you know that Lane Bryant has been around more than 100 years? And they did the very first, ever, commercial maternity clothing? Anyway, I had found the dress at the Salvation Army and I am super loving vintage looking florals and orange right now and this dress has BOTH! And lots of it with some awesome straight lines to work with. If you are a fairly half-hazard cutter like I am, you will really appreciate lines to work with.

Lane Bryant seventies hippie dress.


I was actually a bit torn about cutting this dress. I think I could really rock it! Throw on a head band, do my hair in braids and then I will be ready to head down to L.A. for Let's Make a Deal. Hehe.

Here is the dress again. It takes up the whole dining room table (complete with both leaves!). I began by cutting the skirt off the dress and cutting out one panel.


Fabric cuff tutorial


If you are elasticizing it then cut a piece of elastic to fit your wrist plus about an inch extra.

Fabric cuff tutorial  




For a good, straight cut, use your rolling blade and your mat and ruler. If your fabric has lines then you can carefully follow a line with scissors as well. Cut your wrist size plus 2 inches for button or snap closure, 3 inches if you are elasticizing it. This allows for seams and some overlap for snaps or buttons.

Fabric cuff tutorial


I have two fabric panels and a similarly sized piece of interfacing.

Fabric cuff tutorial


Here is how you stack them for sewing. The fabric panels will have right sides facing each other, wrong side out, and the interfacing on the outside.

Fabric cuff tutorial  


Next, you will take your lace and sandwich it inside the fabric panels. Pin it all together and make sure your lace lies down smoothly. I usually don't bother to cut the lace piece until it is sandwiched in. I just take the whole roll and go.....

Fabric cuff tutorial


Once both sides are pinned, sew it down. I just use a straight stitch. Then you will turn the cuff right side out.

Fabric cuff tutorial



Topstitch both seams. Again, I just used a straight stitch. Very closely spaced.

Fabric cuff tutorial


For the elastic ~ If you are not using elastic, skip this part. Pin your elastic in at both ends. You will have to scrunch the fabric toward the middle in order to work at the ends.

Fabric cuff tutorial


For everyone ~ Fold the ends down and tuck inside the cuff and pin. Make sure your elastic (if you are using) is securely pinned here. Sew down both ends. I find that it is easier to begin about 1/3 of the way in, backstitch and then stitch forward. Then the fabric moves along properly and doesn't get stuck as easily. If you are using button and ribbon closure, sew your ribbon into one of the ends at this point, just tuck it in where the pin is poking out in the below photo.

Fabric cuff tutorial  


We're not done yet.....

Fabric cuff tutorial


When making this cuff I accidentally trimmed too much elastic. If I hadn't done that I might have sewn the cuff ends together and called it done. But, alas, I will never wear it if it is strangling my wrist.....

I sewed a piece of ribbon, ends together to form loop, directly to the cuff and added a vintage button over it. I added another vintage button to the other side to close with this ribbon loop. I used embroidery thread here but you can use regular sewing thread too. 

After sewing the ribbon I sewed a straight line down the middle, between the buttons, pulling the elastic all the way out while sewing.  I forgot to include this step but you can see it if you scroll down.

Fabric cuff tutorial


And here she is!

Fabric cuff tutorial


Here is where I sewed through the middle. I just thought it made it look a bit more finished. Not necessary if you don't want to.....

Fabric cuff tutorial



LOVE this fabric!!!!!

Fabric cuff tutorial


I had found the ribbon and buttons in Clovis, California, about an hour and a half from my house. I am going to Clovis today (yay!!) but the antique stores will already have closed for the day (boo!).
 
Fabric cuff tutorial


3 comments:

  1. Squeee! how cute is that!?
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  3. Very neat idea! I don't think you should feel bad about cutting up the dress, I think you'll find lots of uses for all that pretty fabric. If you're looking for another place to share your awesome tutorial, head on over to Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). Party starts tonight, hope to see you there~

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