Me Made May 16 – Week 2

mmm16 week 2

This second week of me made may 2016 I’m experimenting with documenting the clothes I made or tailored or refashioned by drawing in coloured pencils. It’s really great to try something new. Coloured pencils are so uncomplicated. In the best way possible. I mean, there are wonderful artists out there that do magical things with their ideas, ability and… coloured pencils, but most of us had a box of pencils when we were kids. It was okay to just scribble away all day and if I remember correctly, there was no other goal than having fun. And an inexplicable urge to…

Me Made May 16 – Week 1

me made may 2016

Love the idea of MMM16, or Me Made May, the challenge to wear things you’ve made or refashioned yourself for a month. Not so much the idea of selfies 🙂 This week I experimented with illustration as a way to record and share my MMM16 musings. Monday: leggings and a thrifted sweatshirt that I refashioned and completely reshaped. I made a mistake and forgot to change my needle to ballpoint and had to unpick a seam when I sewed this, which means that there are some unsightly holes under one of the armholes 🙁 I was thinking I could add…

New: Sky Turtle Embroidery Patterns

frida embroidery pattern free

Today I’m launching a new series: the Sky Turtle Embroidery Patterns, starting this summer with the ICONS mini-collection. The first of the four embroidery patterns is Frida. You can download the free embroidery pattern by subscribing to our newsletter here. You’ll instantly receive the download link. We only email when we publish new content and we will not share your address with anyone else. Next month, you will also receive the new embroidery pattern, right in your inbox! What’s in the pack? A high quality printable PDF with the Frida pattern in five different sizes, so you can embroider a…

The problem with sewing as much as you want

pretty alladin fabric

The only problem with sewing as much as you want is that you end up with lots of stuff. Lots of garments you loved to think about, plan out, and make reality. But how much stuff does one need? Not so much, I think. When putting back in storage (finally!) my winter clothes and reviewing my possessions (which I am trying to keep to a certain minimum that still lets me discover new combinations and garments I love and not worn in a while), I realised I have a bit more than I really need. Do I love everything I sew?…

A self-drafted floral peplum top

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“Oh! A top with flowers”… my partner exclaimed when presented with this blouse.” But you don’t really do flowers…” And it’s true. I don’t. Normally. Yet when I saw this fabric, a light and fresh cotton batiste it screamed of spring and pretty things. There was still snow on the ground then, but today it feel like a good day to share this without feeling spring will be jinxed and forever banished from Canada. In a recent post, Portia was writing how sewing enables us to adapt trends (or in this case things that inspire us) and make them work…

Tie Dye Flared Knit Top

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This is actually a short sleeve top I made almost two years ago (!), I just drafted the pattern using a t-shirt I already owned and, instead of cutting the body of the top at the sleeve point, I continued the shoulder line, perpendicular to the neck line. I explained how to create the flare, in the How to make a flared waist tank top blogpost. The construction is very simple: I first sewed the shoulders seams together, then the side seams. I then finished the flutter sleeves, the neckline and the bottom hem. Very simple and very practical. Garment notes: Sewing pattern: self-made.…

DIY Natural Beetroot Dyed Easter Eggs

pink pastel easter eggs colored naturally with beetroot

If you’d like to paint eggs in a natural way this Easter, you could try this quick tutorial. I first grated the beetroot and boiled it until it was done. If you don’t want to grate it, you can also cut it into chunks. I strained the beetroot, mix it with carrots and mayo and made a side salad 🙂 I kept simmering the remaining dye for 10 more minutes. In the meantime, I boiled the eggs. You can also boil the eggs in the beetroot coloured water! I think the colour would stick much better (and they’ll be pink…

How to make a flared waist tank top (pattern drafting basics)

self drafted tank top

I wanted to show you a very easy pattern drafting for a top that flares from the bust down. To draft this, I first traced around a tank top I already owned and fit me well. The best top to trace from is a top in a similar fabric than the one you are going to sew you new top. If you’re using a woven fabric for your new top, use a woven fabric old top. If you’re using a stretchy knit, the more similar the stretchiness in your RTW (ready to wear) to your new fabric, the closest the…

Thick knit long sleeve tunic (a Mesa pattern hack)

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If you’ve been reading my blog before, you might have noticed a lot of Mesa Love. Mesa is a basic, yet beautifully shaped, t-shirt dress pattern from from Seamwork Magazine. I love Seamwork Magazine. I love the simpler lines and how easy it is to modify them. It’s easy to be creative with a good base. Other Mesa-based garments I made: Magenta knit mesa dress (no alterations) Green textured knit mesa (modified) For this long sleeve tunic I changed the neckline a bit by bringing in closer to the neck (to make it less boat-neck-shaped) and then lowered it a few…

How to tie dye fabric napkins with blueberries (DIY natural dye)

naturally shibori napkins

Have you ever tried natural dyes? Some of the natural dyes I’ve used in the past are coffee and tea. They give linen and cotton a wonderful vintage look. This time I’ve tried blueberries. They always stain my fingers and they stained one of my handmade napkins recently, so I thought I’d give it a try. I first boiled a cup of blueberries in water for around 30 minutes. I strained the berries and left the not dark red looking water, to which I added vinegar and salt to help set the colour on my cotton napkins. Before submerging them in the…