pretty clothes on a line

There are a few reasons why I like Eléonore Klein’s Wearability Project: it’s funny, refreshingly sincere, useful and inspiring. It’s also in French, but Google Translate should help you with that unless you want to do a 2 in 1 and learn how to improve your wardrobe and French at the same time. Eléonore, the mastermind behind Deer and Doe, and the inventor of the popular Plantain Top sewing pattern, has decided to review and edit her wardrobe, specifically the garments she sews for herself and to identify the outfits she best feels in – and basically – to sew more…

pouf

It’s comfy, it’s cozy, it’s a fabric pouf! I wanted to make a pouf for some time now but I only tried it a few days ago. Now I want to make another one. And another one. How many fabric poufs can a home hold? The pouf itself was really easy to make. I drew a circle on my fabric using a pencil, a string and a pin. I tied the string to the pencil, then pinned the other side of the string onto the centre of my to-be-drawn circle. If you have a compass that’s large enough, you could…

apple and books

Like many pattern-makers-to-be or pattern making newbies, if you want, I sometimes tend to feel like I maybe need to study this properly in order to make something of it. The only formal fashion design and pattern making class that I could take right now is an online class. I am mainly a self-learner and I know I can save a lot of time learning by myself (in-class experience with fellow student and a teacher who interacts with you is still the best for me, but not always possible). A Coursera and Udacity and Codecademy aficionado, I’ve also noticed I…

free tshirt sewing pattern deer and doe

Something to sew Don’t you love a free sewing pattern, especially when the pattern maker is modelling an awesome garment made with it? I was already impressed by Deer and Doe and their sewing patterns for women and not men men, but this new free t-shirt sewing pattern is really cool. You’d have to sign in to download it, but the pattern looks like it’s worth it. I’ve bought a thick raspberry-pink jersey in my last holiday and this looks like a good project for it. Something to think about I really like Laurwyn’s post about body image. I think…

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Follow sky turtle’s board vintage sewing on Pinterest. I’m not even sure what makes it so special. Why vintage sewing is so magical and breath-taking. Maybe it’s the black and white pictures, the perfect hour-glass silhouettes, the feminine lines, or maybe it’s how nicely they fit the women in vintage fashion photography. Clothes are so affordable now and we’ve become such automated shopping machines, that buying a garment that fits, that’s both durable and well-made is not important anymore. In September last year I started a clothes shopping fast and five months later I’ve bought: a pair of pants to…

couture sewing tips

So you want to make your handmade clothes flawless. You buy the good fabric, the best thread, you invest time and hope to make clothes that will fit and last forever. If making clothes that look as good on the wrong side as they do on the good side is your things, then you’ll find this small couture sewing guide really useful. Want to know the secret of a perfectly sewn banded v-neck on a knit fabric? Interface and staystich your neckline To cut your neckband, measure the garment’s neckline, then ad 10 cm (4 in) Fold and press the…

BEST OF 2013

2013 was a good year. Even if I lost a lot of content from the blog, this allowed me to slow down and ask myself if I am completely happy with the blog the way it is now or whether I should change something about it and focus on the things that really interest me. And I decided I will.  I’ll share the journey step by step if you stand by And a change is good from time to time, right? I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and my needs for knowledge has increased, my taste has changed, as…

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Do you cook? I do. Does your kitchen get very messy when you do? I do. Do you wear an apron? Me neither. I always thought there was something too cute about them. Too housewivey. Until I saw a coffee barrista sipping their slow made brew, dressed up in a chambray shirt and covered with a pale olive green linen apron. Aprons can be beautiful, especially when they are at work. Here are Jones and Didier Murat, a beautiful couple who run Vergennes Laundry, via Remodelista. The next two aprons are made of linen and can be found at Shop Fog Linen.…

Hello readers, Last week my blog was hacked and long story short I lost the content I wrote in the last 2 years. If you have a blog and haven’t made a backup in ages do it now. If your hosting promises weekly backups, check if they don’t make backups of an empty site, backup that overwrites all previous backups (this is Hostgator). I’ll try to slowly recover some of the posts I wrote in the last couple of years. Thank you for your patience. And for reading. Best, Ina

Today I am launching a new column dedicated to clothing refashions and hacks: Liberty Refashions. The column is sponsored by SewBox and features a series of three tutorials that show you how to turn a garment you’re not wearing anymore into something you love. I am going to use liberty fabrics in all three tutorials; because they seem to be everywhere right now, from shorts to shoes to jumpers and dresses – and also because they’re so darn pretty. This month I am showing you how to turn a tank top into a summer dress. Come back here the first week…