Sewing and DIY Inspiration: The Honeycomb

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A multitude of soft yellow, tidy, wax hexagons. A surface that’s soft and rough at the same time. A structure that’s both transparent and opaque; a honeycomb is a thing of beauty. I’ve had a honey-filled honeycomb as a wallpaper on my computer for a few weeks now, and even though I picked it because it just was just nice to look at and nothing more, I am starting to become more and more interested in the beauty of the shape. I don’t know what attracts me most to the shape of the honeycomb, if it’s the repetitiveness of the…

Spring Play: Flower Inspired Outfits

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Spring is almost here and what better moment to shuffle, edit and update the way you dress. I didn’t do a lot of sewing this winter. Even though I live in a Mediterranean climate, winter mornings, when it’s still dark outside and you hop on your bicycle are still cold. I can’t even think of dresses or silky shirts, just my practical everyday bike to work uniform, which is mainly constituted of pants and a jumper. Not very chic, but warm and comfy. But spring, that’s a whole new story. Spring is wonderful here. With crazy blue skies and timid…

DIY Leather Painted Bracelets

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I had this leather leftovers in my “to use someday” stash for more than a year. I had bought them to make handles for the bags I used to sell in the Etsy shop, but then I decided to close the shop for a while and forgot about them. Many years ago I used to wear a lot of these leather painted bracelets: they remind me of spring, of music festivals, of laughter-filled sunsets and nostalgic, cold sunrises. I don’t really wear bracelets anymore, actually I almost don’t wear any accessories except the watch I recently bought because my smartphone…

Eleonore Klein’s Wearability Project

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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…

I Made A Fabric Pouf!

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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…

Wanted: Fashion Design and Pattern Making Books Recommendations

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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…

Great Things in Sewing This Week

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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…

Ode to Vintage Sewing: Inspiration

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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 Techniques: How to Sew a Banded V-Neck

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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…

What I’ve learned and discovered in 2013

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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…