Anna Maria Horner Museum Tunic Tutorial.

Headband by Lori Danelle

Awhile back I posted this tutorial for how to make the Anna Maria Horner Museum Tunic, then for some reason the photos in that post along with many other photos in many other posts vanished! I could not figure out where they went or how to retrieve them. Well, today I solved the puzzle and was able to grab the original posts from my old blogging account to share with you again! Hooray! Here is the tutorial, complete with photos. The text is a bit out of sorts, I apologize, but the tutorial is good, so I hope you can see past the minor issues. :)

Let’s give Anna Maria Horner a hand for coming up with a great dress idea and the loveliest fabrics I’ve seen. As you can see, I made my Museum Tunic in the yellow Square Dance print. I thought it was the most summery of the three and besides, the store was out of the other two colors, so my choice was made very easy for me! When I saw the fabric at the store I realized just how sheer it was. Way too sheer for me to wear by itself. Anna Maria suggests wearing a slip/camisole underneath, but I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t own either one, at least not that fit me. What I decided to do is self line the dress. I chose a very lightweight batiste fabric in a pale blue (they were out of white) and laid it underneath the yellow fabric, doubling the dress. The two practically stuck together making it very easy to cut the pieces as one. Together they were still light and airy, very breathable and comfy to wear. So let’s get on with the tutorial!

Materials needed:

- 1 1/2 panels of Anna Maria’s Square Dance Fabric (the length is about 45″).  Our fabric shop will only sell by the panel, if yours does too you’ll have a little bit leftover.  If you choose to use another fabric your panels should be about 14-15 inches wide.  So you’ll have four panels that are 14-15″ wide by 45″ long.
- elastic thread
-coordinating thread

all inseams 1/2 inch.

This is what one panel of the Square Dance fabric looks like 
(please excuse the terrible lighting, I had to take this at night).



1 1/2 panels looks like this (I’ve marked where you’ll be cutting):


1.  Cut fabric from top to bottom into four panels.  You will end up with four of these:

You can see where I have lined the Square Dance fabric with the liner fabric.

2. Right sides together, sew two panels together along the top edge.

3. Press open seam, turn under seam allowances and press again.  This is kind of tricky… I nearly steamed my fingers off. 


4.  Topstitch along each side of the seam to secure the allowances underneath.  I sewed about 1/8 of an inch over, but don’t do that.  When I looked at the seams, I noticed that all of the turned under edges did not get caught in the stitching, so I just sewed another line another 1/8 of an inch in.  You’ll want to sew your original line about 1/4 over from the seam to catch it all the first time.  Your stitches should be closer to the outside edge of the folds.



5.  Repeat Steps 2, 3, and 4 with the two remaining panels.  You now have the two main pieces of your dress.


6.  Now it’s time to figure out how deep you want the neckline to be.  Lay out your two long panels, right side up and next to each other.  Going from the shoulders seams in, mark where you would like the v-neck to be.  Both the front of the dress and the back of the dress will be a v-neck.  I marked mine about 10.5″ from the shoulder seams.  Anna Maria made her V a couple inches deeper.



7.  Right sides together, and starting from the hem, pin the two panels together, stopping at your marks.  


8.  Sew from the hem to your mark on each side, leaving the neck open.  After you have done this you can throw it over your head to see if you like where the v-neck opening hits.  I decided to take mine up a bit higher.



9.  Now we’re going to do the same thing that we did with the shoulder seams, pressing the front and back seams open, folding them under and topstitching them down.  This time you will continue along the neckline.  Do a check every once in a while to make sure that the stitching is catching the hem underneath.



Now it’s time to create the gathered empire waist.  On her blog, Anna Maria sews the side seams first then sews 1/4″ elastic to the wrong side of the dress to gather the waist.  I have never sewn elastic on this way before, and I’m sure it’s easy, but I didn’t want to risk it with this dress.  I decided to use elastic thread in the bobbin and use shirring instead to gather the waist.  
Here is a good tutorial on using elastic thread.  If you haven’t done this before, go check it out.  It really is extremely simple, but a lot of sewers are afraid of it… don’t be!

10.  BEFORE sewing the side seams, sew across the front panel, in between the large squares and the smaller squares, with elastic thread in the bobbin.  I’ve shown where to sew the first line in the picture below.  Sew about 4 rows (totally depends on how wide you want the waist to be), using the edge of the presser foot as a guide.  Your first row might not look very tightly gathered, but with each row you will see it take shape even more.  




11. Repeat on the back panel.  Finish off the shirring by using your iron on the steam setting.  Steam over the elastic rows and you will see the fabric magically gather more tightly.

12. Right sides together, line up the right side seams and pin from hem up to where you would like the bottom of the arm hole to be.  I stopped 8″ from the shoulder seam.



Sew from the hem up to your mark.  Repeat this step with the left side seams.  I also sewed over the shirred waist again to reinforce the seam at that spot.  Make sure you take the elastic thread out of the bobbin before doing all of this!




13.  Now finish off the side seams just as you have the others, treating the arm holes the same way that you did the neckline.  You’ll topstitch up one side of the seam, around the arm hole, and down the other side of the seam.


14.  Now all that is left is to hem the dress.  Fold the bottom hem under 1/4″ and press.  Fold under 1/4″ again, press, pin, and sew.

You’re done!  Now try that beautiful dress on and get ready for the compliments! 

As I was working on this dress, I happened to look up at my inspiration board and saw this…


I had seen this in the Garnet Hill catalog and wanted to figure out how to make one myself.  As I was sewing the Museum Tunic I realized it is practically the same dress!  I think I may be buying some knit fabric and making another!  That’s the beauty of the Museum Tunic!  I hope you enjoy making this dress… I know I did!

Many thanks to Anna Maria Horner for giving this tutorial her blessing! 
 She is a kind and generous woman!

If you have any questions at all about this tutorial, please feel free to email me!
And if you make the dress, be sure to send me a picture… I’d love to see it!

No Sew Watermelon Towels with Sarah from Craft Quickies.

Hi, everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful beginning to your summer, or winter if you are visiting us from across the globe.  Here we are heading into warm summer says and enjoying laid back days at the pool and on the river banks even.  I love this time of the year!  

Today I have a guest visiting…Sarah is here from Craft Quickies!  Sarah has an AMAZING blog!  She has been so graciously thanking me over and over again for having her as a guest here, when in reality, I am the one who is honored to have her here at The Southern Institute!  Sarah is truly talented and has such a creative mind… I am in awe of how she is always coming up with something new!  I love her Sunday Spotlight posts too, you have to check them out.  Anyway, she’s here today sharing a great no-sew tutorial with us that I know you are going to love.  Please welcome Sarah to The Southern Institute!

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels at http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Hello, new friends! My name is Sarah and I blog at Craft Quickies.  As you can tell from the name of my blog,  I am so incredibly honored that I have been invited to guest post today at The Southern Institute! I hope that you enjoy my project!

When I got the invitation to guest post here I knew that I wanted to do something summery and fun, with plenty of color involved. I am a bit of a color junkie. I also thought I would do a sewing project. But then this happened…..

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Yikes. We live with my dad, and a major remodel happened at his home recently. My sewing machine is somewhere in that garage….I hope! But I sure as heck don’t know where, so today I am bringing you a no-sew project instead! Thank goodness for Heat ‘n Bond, right?!

Here’s the thing, though: if I had my sewing machine I probably would have topstitched down all of the ribbons, etc. on these towels just for the sake of longevity. I never really trust anything that isn’t sewn to stay together. But you can choose how to proceed if you choose to create some fun watermelon towels of your own!

Now let’s get creating!

I was walking through Target last month and stopped to pick up some plain, colored dish towels, thinking that I would probably create some fun and flirty ones for this guest post. Right next to the towels were a few aprons, and one of them was bright pink with watermelons on it. It bit me with the watermelon bug, and I set out to make these summery watermelon towels for our newly renovated (eek!) kitchen.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! Here is what you will need to make these No-Sew Watermelon Towels:

* plain, colorful dish towels (I got mine at Target.)
* pink and green felt
* black puff paint (or a permanent marker may work as well)
* ULTRAHOLD Heat ‘n Bond/Wonder Under – both in tape form AND in roll form (It needs to be the sew-free ULTRAHOLD kind unless you intend to stitch down the ribbons once you have ironed them into place.)
* a variety of ribbon and/or rick rack (I just gathered up stuff I had around the house….I seem to have a bit of a ribbon hoarding problem! Sheesh!)

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Grab your Heat ‘n Bond roll and cut off two squares of it for your felt.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Place the Heat ‘n Bond BUMPY SIDE DOWN on your felt and use a hot, dry iron to iron the it onto the felt.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Now draw your watermelon onto the paper side of the Heat ‘n Bond with a pencil. (For some reason I couldn’t get any pens to work well on it. Odd.) You can freehand it if you would like. I happened to have come across my little sister’s middle school protractor in the desk in her old bedroom the other day, so I used that as a stencil. It was very random, but it worked out quite well.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Cut out your pink watermelon and use it to trace and cut out the green rind. Make the rind a bit wider than the melon so no pink edges will be peeking out.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Peel the paper off of the Heat n’ Bond, place it carefully on your towel, and iron the felt cutout firmly onto the towel. I find that with thick materials like felt (and rick rack) it is helpful if I iron the towel to warm it up, THEN place the felt, and THEN iron on top of the felt to seal the two together.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Time for embellishments! Play with ribbons and lay them out however you would like them. Once you find an arrangement that makes you happy, cut your ribbons to the width of the towel and use a bit of Fray Check to seal the edges.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Now you are going to use the Heat ‘n Bond TAPE to iron on the ribbons. For the thinner ribbons I actually had to cut the tape in half, as shown below. You will follow the same procedure as you did with the felt. Place the BUMPY SIDE of the Heat ‘n Bond down on the ribbon and iron that on. Then you will peel off the paper, place it on the towel in exactly the spot that you like it, and then iron it on carefully. Before I show you pictures of that process, let me give you two important tips.

Tip 1: I used JUMBO rick rack. You will need to go at least that wide for Heat ‘n Bond. I had to cut the Heat ‘n Bond strip in half, and it still peeked out a bit, as you can see in the pictures below. However, once the paper is peeled off you can no longer see it, so don’t stress over it.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

****VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT TIP: After ironing down your ribbons and rick rack DO NOT PICK UP THE TOWEL RIGHT AWAY! If you pick it up while everything is still warm it will fall right off.

However, if you wait until the towel and ribbons have cooled down and “set” they should be firmly attached. I repeat: WAIT FOR EVERYTHING TO COOL OFF BEFORE YOU MOVE IT! I learned this the frustrating way. Save yourself that sorrow by taking my advice!

Ok, now we can take a look at the ribbon attachment process via pictures.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! v Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Once everything is attached AND COOLED OFF, then it is time to use puff paint to add seeds to your watermelon. Be sure to practice first and squeeze the first bubbles out of your paint! Give you paint plenty of time to dry.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies! Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Now you can enjoy your fun, summery watermelon towels! If you sewed them you can throw them in the dryer, but if not you may want to dry them flat after washing. That is what I will be doing.

Summery NO-SEW Watermelon Towels from Sarah at Craft Quickies!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share today on The Southern Institute! I am so honored to have been here! If you enjoyed this tutorial then I invite you to visit my site and take a look at some of my favorite tutorials from the past!

Craft Quickies Minnie Mouse Headband Tutorial, Triple Stack Pearl Earrings Tutorial,
S’mores Shake Recipe, How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party

Faux Peter Pan Collar with Sumo from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t even remember where I first saw today’s guest.  I believe it was one of her guest posts on another blog, but I can’t quite be sure!  What I am sure of is that Sumo is one sweet lady, and creative as all get out!  I’m so excited to have her as my guest today at The Southern Institute.  Please welcome, Sumo from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff! (Insert wild applause here)

Hello!

I’m Sumo, and I blog over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

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I do a little bit of crafting, and a lot of sewing. With three little girls to sew for, I’ve always got plenty of projects to work on! Besides sewing and fabric shopping, I’m a big fan of historical fiction, diet coke, chips and salsa, and most treats.

I’m so excited to be visiting over here today!

The Peter Pan collar seems to be super trendy right now, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon by turning some plain shirts into something a bit cuter.

Here’s what you need to get started:

- t-shirt(s)
- iron on vinyl
- iron
- pen/pencil

- scissors

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Start off by taking a plain piece of paper (even tissue paper would be great since it’s a little bit see through) and trace the neckline of the shirt.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

You can probably find a template online somewhere for the collar part, which is totally great – but you do need to make sure your neckline will fit the shirt you have. Find the middle of the neckline. I just hand drew the collar part to the middle of the neckline next. I love the little scalloped edge!

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Cut out your template.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

If you’re like me and like to match your girlies, you might have to take time to draw a couple of other templates as well. I did three different variations for my three girls’ shirts.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Now take the template and trace it on to the back of the iron on vinyl. The iron on vinyl will have a clear sheet over the top of the side that will be displayed on the shirt. Flip the template and trace again so that you will have both sides of the collar.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Cut the templates out and make sure the curve of the neckline is going to work with the shirt before you start ironing.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Iron the templates on to the shirt, and peel up the clear backing.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

And you’re done! Can you believe how easy that was?

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I made all three shirts for my girls in an hour; talk about productive!

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I hope you enjoy making your own iron on vinyl shirts; there are so many fun things you can do with iron on vinyl!

Come visit me at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff anytime!

 

Thank you so much for being my guest today, Sumo!  These are just adorable and perfect for pairing with spring and summer dresses!