Author: lizethvillalobos

How to make your summer sandals (video)

I’ve been planning to make this project for a while now. To tell you the truth, I postponed it a long time. I think I was afraid I had idealized too much (I think I’ve said this before) , as if I made it, it might not be as good as I thought it would. Well, I was wrong. I think my #memade summer sandals look fantastic and I also think they look super sexy ー when it comes to shoes, for me, the “sexy” adjective should always be applicable This last statement about shoes’ sexiness brings me back to the beginning of this project because, making this sandals, did take me a bit of iteration before arriving to the final result. I’ll let some of my Instagram highlights speak for me first: Since I had espadrilles soles, I did try to make the classic espadrilles, but gladly, I didn’t find a solution because to be honest, I’m not a fan. Then I tried to make a sort of ballerinas, like those beautiful shoes Japanese …

How to hem an evening gown

A few days ago a pretty nice young lady asked me to hem two evening gowns. They were exactly the same color. One of them was cooler than the other. That’s the one you’re seeing here and the one I used to make a new sewing tutorial on How to hem an evening gown On this video I show you step by step how I hem all those gauzy dresses my nice clients give me every now and then. It may seam a bit time consuming but it actually isn’t. All you’ll need is: Pins A ruler Scissors An Iron Tailor’s chalk Thank you for following along! If you are interested in behind-the-scenes of my handmade business, you can find me on Instagram. If you’d like to receive my monthly thoughts about being a creative and some sewing updates, add your email to my mailing list. For other tutorials visit my blog. If you try this tutorial, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already. Cheers, friends!

How to add elbow patches to a sweater

Taking care of our clothes increases their lifespan. But time and use wears out parts of our clothes, even when the rest of the piece is in perfect condition. Besides, accidents happen. Occasionally, with no intention, we rip a sweater, a pair of pants or our favorite blazer. But, no worries, there is a quite stylish solution for these misadventures: patches. Patches are an ideal solution for when a piece deteriorates due to constant friction or simply because it ripped. In addition the market offers quite a few options: small patches 100% cotton to repair ripped jeans and pants, multi-colored patches for type of fabric, elbow and knee oval patches made in cotton, fake and natural leather and fabulous decorative patches for when ripped stuff puts you in a creative mood, like these , these and this one. The good news is that the vast majority of patches nowadays come iron-on! Which significantly eases the work, making it possible for a sewing debutant. In particular, elbow patches. So… How to add elbow patches to a …

How to make a pant cuff

A few days ago, a client asked me to hem for him three pants, he wanted cuffs. As seamstress, this is the first I do this type of hem ー I never thought of one of these for any of my works. Albeit, when my clients asked for cuffed hems I started my little research for the best and most elegant way to do create them. It took me a little while to find the right technique, at least, the one I felt the most comfortable with. Google handed me this video, this one and this one too. No one really convinced me, until I got to this one and decided to create a detailed tutorial based on the one technique I really liked. Cuffed hems are mostly used on tailor pants, but still, it is a valid option for any hem you want to make, even on sleeves! To make this tutorial I made a sample piece in the fabric that I like to use to make my prototypes. How to sew a pant …

Upsizing a pair of jeans

Well yeah, I’m back to blogging. It’s been a long while seen I last wrote a post and it isn’t because I didn’t want to. It was just that I thought a needed to step back for a while and listen to myself so I could define what I really want to do, to determine if I am doing what I want or what others expect of me. I think I’m much clearer now. I definitely want to keep on writing posts, not only for educational purpose (sewing, knitting, crocheting, other stuff) but because I like to. Writing pushes me to do some research and that excites me. At the same time, writing, for some strange reason, organizes my mind. I’m babbling here as you can see, it becomes obvious that I haven’t written for a long time so we better get straight to the point At Atelier Circulaire, up until now, I have always showed you the process of creating/altering/transforming clothes, not the outcomes, meaning, I almost never show you the finished item. Final …

Updating a pair of boots (sort of a how to)

A few days ago, a customer asked me to renew a pair of Christian Louboutin woven boots. Every time a client asks me for something I have never done before, it gives me the jitters . I usually get very anxious and not in a way that pushes me but rather the opposite, it sort of paralyzes my thoughts for a second and my ego says “you won’t be able to do this…. say NO!!”. But, through my life experience, I have learned to modify these thoughts quite rapidly, so I just say “yes! of course!” Overcoming fears ALWAYS makes me feel sort of triumphant, and I really like the feeling. Updating for a first time a pair of boots was (obviously) no exception. Here is how I did this: Hahaha, no worries here is the step by step: STEP 1 My client marked the height at which she wanted the boot to be cut. The boots had a ribbing at the end, I measured it. And subtracted its measure to the height set by …

Alterations #1: Shortening a skirt from waist because you don’t want to mess with the hem

Sometimes the best solution to shorten a skirt is to do it at the waist instead of the hem. This is usually because there is some kind of embellishment on the hem, or it may have an edge that you want to leave intact: a pleated skirt, a knitted skirt, some hems even have a slit cut ー the heat sealed kind. Usually, when I have to do this type of alterations it is on a pleated skirt with an elastic waist band. Something that may seem simple but in fact it really isn’t. Let me show you how I worked this skirt. How to shorten a skirt from the waist Start by carefully unstitching the waist elastic band with a seam ripper, I used this one. Then place chalk or pencil marks around the new hem length at the top and sew a row of stitching around the garment BEFORE cutting.  This is important to do, the fabric may unravel.  The row of stitching should stop any laddering. Now, cut what you want to …

(sort of ) How to make a knitted/crocheted Tote Bag

So I finally finished this cutie. I say finally because this little nut was tough to crack. I actually didn’t do a tutorial for you because it was me who needed some help. I’m a self-taught seamstress, knitter and crocheter. Therefore, I’m always learning new stuff too. So when I need help, I look for it. Today, instead of giving you a step by step guide, I’m going to narrate the process of making this crocheted Tote Bag. I hope you like it as much as I do. Although, like I said, it wasn’t easy to assemble this knitted/crocheted tote bag, knitting the pieces that compose it was a little walk in the park (I really love knitting) ー Finishing details were the hard tasks. But hey, let’s do this! Yarn Phil Creativ’ in noir and sable, from Phildar Here in Versallles the shops opened Saturday before May 11. When I found out I (almost) ran to the Phildar store because I had this project in mind for a few days already. I was hoping …

How to make a bucket hat

Bucket hat sewing tutorial is now available on So, summer is coming!… …and it’s time to bring out another round of bucket hats. Lets give a warm welcome to these summer toppers. Bucket hats are my favorite summer accessories, but I have to confess something: I think I have a big head. I really don’t know why but it has never been easy to satisfy my eternal craving for one of these fashionable pieces because more often than not, they’re too tight. Believe me, I have ignored this but then after a little while I remember why I shouldn’t – I get a massive headache. So, a few days ago I decided to make myself one. The result was so good, that I decided to create a new tutorial for you. I think you will enjoy this one. You will need a bit more than some basic sewing skill, but no worries, I will guide you all the way through. The good thing about bucket hats is that they look good no matter what material …

So, what happens now?

Like everyone else, I have thousands of questions about what our reality will be like from now on, about how we will manage our lives under these imperative rules of “social distancing.” We are social entities by nature! Until very recently, I worked as a freelance seamstress. I would go to my clients’ stores or to their homes, more often than not, we shared a coffee while I answered some questions and listened to their needs. Then I would take some measures from clients and I would leave with their garments. I worked on them at my atelier. Once finished, I returned them to my client. Sometimes myself, sometimes a delivery man did it for me. As you can see “social distancing” rules are complex to respect when you are a freelance seamstress. So what happens now? I am a bit of a superstitious person and in my own way I believe things happen because something is awaiting for us next corner. I also believe this on a global level, what is currently happening to …

Hola!

I’m Lizeth. I came to this world in 1973, in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lived for a little while in Canada and went back to beloved country to study architecture. I launched my career as a furniture designer at a high-end woodwork company. On my free time I sew my own clothes. My co-workers at the time began to compliment my creations and they often encouraged me to create for others as well. So I did! I started making fairly elaborate cross stitch handbags. I also made accessories and even small clothing collections, I love making blouses! Unfortunately, in 2009, I had to leave my beloved Venezuela behind to look for a better future for my 10 years old daughter, my husband and me. As you may already know Venezuelan economical and political situation, back then and still, is extremely complex, not to say unlivable. So southern Chile became our home for the next five years. There I continued my work as a jewelry and womenswear designer but then again I had to put …