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Living in the city must affect us somehow. Maybe more than we imagine or we’d like to think. We might love to go away, but we feel safe when we see the sky-scrapers and the wet grey of the streets after a rainy day.
So instead of fighting it, why don’t we celebrate it?
Here’s my latest experiment, a baby blue tiny bag shaped like a tetris piece. Or a building. Or lego.
I’ll tell you more about the synthetic leather strap in the next post. Happy Sunday
My sister makes the most amazing things from clay. This Easter she send me these: a set of Easter Egg-stands made of elastic fimo. (Even when fully baked this polymer clay stays elastic and soft.)
I will show you these with Easter painted eggs modeling them later
They have the tiniest of details, like this white chubby hen with her baby chick.
Or this orange and yellow tour with little blue-purple beads.
Or this m&m donut thing :>
Aren’t’ they really cute?
Hope you’re having a nice Easter mini-holiday!
Sometimes I do something all seamstresses will tell you it’s a no-no. I cut before I measure, I sew before I think stuff through. Many times I end up with a mess, other times, I make something surprisingly fun. Every time I learn something from it. I wish I did it more often – just play with fabric and shapes and plan less.
Anyway, this is one of those cut, cut sew – “Ooh! It’s not horrible” times. I always liked this super simple bags and with my latest bias tape passion I finally decided to give it a try.
This pattern is perfect for using smaller pieces of fabric. And if you’re going to make the bias tape from another fabric – you can make this bag from almost any fabric remnant you have that’s larger than 30/40 cm (12/16 in). Or a fat eight, like they call it.
I used a magnetic snap for closure and I fell in love with the clean, minimalistic feel that the snap gives the bag. Velcro would look totally different on this bag. And I’m not even considering using a zipper.
What do you think? Any suggestions of how I could improve it? What about the fabric, what kind would you use?
I used a tshirt pattern from a june 2008 edition of Burda to make this blouse. It has just to pieces and I love the square sleeves and the relaxed fit.
I like to experiment with patterns that are designed for a different type of fabric that the one I’m going to use. Sometimes it’s a disaster (remember the bloomers?:), other times you get to make something really beautiful.
I used a sheer cotton embroidered with tiny red, yellow, orange and blue lines and sewn four rows of elastic thread at the bottom hem to make it gather nicely above the hip.
Now, al this blouse needs is a walk on the beach
There are a couple of reasons why you should consider sewing a pair of shorts this spring. Here’s my 5. Can’t wait to hear yours!
A basic pair of shorts like the red ones I made this weekend take about 2 hours, from choosing the pattern to wearing them for brunch.
If you sew them in a bright color, like red, yellow, green and wear them with shirts or tees in contrasting colors. Or if you use a playful button, like my fat kid button above.
If you iron them flawlessly and wear them with a nice shirt or blouse, they’ll look as feminine as any skirt. And you can go to work by bike even on windy days
You can wear them with sneakers, flats, sandals and even heels – if you dare. They’re not pretentious.
They make you feel like a kid
If you let them If you take dressing up less seriously just for one day.
Enjoy your spring. And sew a pair of bright red shorts. I dare you
There’s something deeply relaxing and somehow holy in making your own bread. In kneading the dough, waiting for it to grow and then baking it. Letting the smell of fresh bread fill your house and then eating it with butter and cheese while it’s hot.
It’s also delicious. And very easy to make.
- 1 kilo of flour
- 2 and a half glasses of warm water
- 40 g of baker’s yeast
- 1 spoon of salt
- 1 spoon of sugar
- 1 spoon of oil
First, put the flour into a big bowl. Put the salt in and mix. Then make a hole in the center, and put there the sugar, the yeast and the oil.
Start kneading from the centre outwards, putting the warm water in little by little until you get a sticky and soft dough (and no flour).
Then put it in a warm place and let it grow for an hour.
When it’s doubled it’s mass, knead it a very little bit, make a round (cake like) shape with your hands and put it in a tray with a bit of flour.
Bake for an hour (check it every ten minutes after the first 35) at high heat.
After letting it marinate for a long time in my unfinished pile, I finally finished this striped t-shirt. I used bias tape made (made with my newly purchased bias tape machinery : ) of a very light batiste and wow – wasn’t that fast. And so easy.
I had the fabric in my stash from almost 6 months now (a little while for my standards it seems) and wanted to make a tshirt. Now, I’ve been told that this looks more like a pajama top (do you think so?), but I am too in love with the neat cutting of the sleeves – on the bias – so that the stripes on the sleeves look like little wings – to care.
I bought the other day a bias tape metal makers – the simple, manual type that you use with an iron, not the one that irons for you. I didn’t know what size to choose, tried a few types of fabric, made a new t-shirt (yay!) and here’s what I learned:
How to choose the size of your bias tape maker
The size of the bias tape maker varies, and the most common sizes are 12, 18 or 25 mm. First I thought that 12 mm is the size of the bias tape that the machine makes, but it it actually half of it, because the machine only bend the fabric inwards once. You have to bend the fabric the second time yourself – and press. Thus, a 12 mm bias tape making machine will actually make 6 mm bias tape and will use a 24 mm fabric strip.
If you’re thinking whether you need a bias tape maker or not, buy this small size first – it would be more difficult to make this by hand (as opposed to 10 or 15 mm bias tape).
Then you’ll be bale to decide yourself if it actually helps or you can do without.
Since I was in full stash busting and scrap re-purposing mode, I was thrilled to use it for making bias tape. I soon discovered it is much more practical to use bigger pieces of fabric. It’s cool to use for small projects, like adorning the edge of a pocket, wallets or purses, or even doll clothes. But when it comes for using bias tape for clothes, you’ll wish you cut a longer strip in the firstplace.
If you have a lot of time in your hands you could try making multicolored bias tape by joining together multiple strips of your scrap fabric. But I suggest doing this for fun and not just before you need some bias tape for a project you’re working on. It will drive you crazy.
Fabric type (composition)
While you could make bias tape out of anything that folds and irons, I suggest using natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, silk. They iron well, they keep their crease and they sew easier. The downside is that they are not very flexible, so if you’re using a cotton bias tape on a knit you have to understand that the fabric contrast will be visible. You can use it in your advantage and create new and exciting garments, of course, but it will not be discrete and it will not look like a bias made out of the same fabric.
If you’re using synthetics, don’t forget you’ll have to press the fabric (which means the fabric must be iron-able and that you will need the fabric to keep its crease to sew it easier.
Only some types of knits work well for making bias tape – the ones that are not very elastic – cut a stripe and try it. That’s the best way to find out
Bias Tape Making Technique
I was very happy when I found the continuous stripe bias method and couldn’t wait to try it. I think it’s good for smaller pieces of fabric that you’d like to use because they are awesome and the combination with your main fabric is fabulous. (Like a print with tiny flowers on a white cotton shirt). Otherwise, I wouldn’t sweat over it (again).
I wouldn’t do the classic sewing of strips together either (unless absolutely necessary) and if I can’t cut on the bias, I will just cut a straight strip and fabric and that’s that.
I am very looking forward to you trying to change my opinion, should you have your own tips and arguments:)
Hope this helps and have fun with bias tape.
It’s been raining the whole week here, in Barcelona. Rain, rain, rain. Well, it could be worse – remember the frog rain scene from Magnolia? Big, fatty, green-purple frogs falling over umbrellas, cars and people?
So, if you’d rather not think about rain in terms of cats and dogs and – like me – think of how fun it could be for other creatures – such as well, frogs – just take a book, make a cup of tea and enjoy.
Psst! This is a sneak peek of the new frog pouchies I made recently. They are so cute and easy to make. (Will post the pattern soon:)