Reconstructing the blue floral pullover gave me courage to try to make my own – from scratch. Using a pattern I design. Probably ruining fabric I really like – a disarmingly crude green I found by magic in a fabric store.
I drafted the new pattern from the above-mentioned reconstructed pullover. I added longer sleeves, puffy shoulders and a bit deeper neckline.
I marked and cut the fabric and kept it in the unfinished box for a few weeks to marinate. Then, in half an hour I stitched it up and – voilà! A pullover. That I made. That I like! And it was soo easy.
You can’t see in this photo – but I’ll try to get action shots – but there’s an iron-on green and pink butterfly on the back neckline.
Now, I could have added the classical ribbed trim for the hem and neckline, but I didn’t. The unexpected upside of that is that it actually looks dressy. A pullover. Can you imagine?
Hope you’re joyful and inspired and hope you’re having a great day.
Last year I made the anti-valentine broccoli (they say hello!) and this year I’m sharing these Chinese paper fish hanging on my terrace, enjoying the wind and the sun.
Because you don’t need a special day to say “i like you”, you can say it everyday, or even twice a day if you want. You don’t need to shape everything like a heart to say it either. You don’t have to be corny and faintly sweet, you can just be who you are and do the things you naturally do.
So heart-shaped candy, “I’d like you to be mine” cards, pink roses and kittens and cotton candy, I don’t want you today.
Have fun, don’t buy stuff nobody likes and make popcorn! Happy anti-Valentine y’all.
This awesome bag was a present. (:D) It’s one of the prettiest bags I’ve seen lately. The deep orange, the hand weaved wide strap and the incredible detailed patchwork (I don’t know the name of the technique, but it’s so delicate it looks like fabric sculpture). And the colors! Beautiful.
As you know, this month is about sewing more from the fabric stash (and in my case this also includes the “to refashion pile”), so off we go with a new tshirt surgery.
What do you get if you cross a tshirt with a shirt? A tshirt-shirt? Ok, ok, bad joke, I’ll stop.
Thing is this new piece of clothing born from the mutation of a v-neck white tshirt and a pink shirt is as comfty as a tee and as dressy as a shirt. Plus it’s really comfortable to wear under sweaters.
It’s easy to do to: i just cut the front part of the tee, from the v down. Then I cut the shirt in a spoon-like shape: the collar and the part with buttons. And then just sew them together on the wrong side of the fabric. And voilà!
This looks like any ordinary tshirt dress, right? Just a piece of fabric and a few seams and ta-da – E-A-S-Y. Right? Wrong. This dress has a story
Once upon a time the fabric was found in a thrift fabric shop in the centre of Barcelona. It was a thick jersey knit and the pattern was so early 60′s that it had to be purchased. To defy all mod rules, I had envisioned sewing a batwing blouse from it but the weather was so frightening (ice-cream was turning into liquid the instant you went out of the shadow, oh the lovely times) I didn’t dare cut the thick, elastic knit.
And forgotten it was until I made a long-sleeved dress from it. Just that the dress didn’t quite fit. It took hours and hours to sew a new type of neckline that I will never sew again and it just looked funny. The wrong way. The sleeves were to relaxed compared to the tight fit of the dress. For a while I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just let it marinate in the “ugly things” basket.
And then, one day I had it – why cut off the sleeves, of course and make it a t-shirt dress. And it worked. So I’m sharing.
I was talking the other day about fabric scraps, how they seem to infinitely multiply, get forgotten and generally make a big mess. Inspired by the comments and mails I got (thank you!) I started taking out some of the scraps bags from “the attic” (will keep you informed about the fabric organization process) and decided to give patchwork another try. Continue reading →
You never know when inspiration hits. Or where. It’s cheeky and difficult it. This unexpected, most wanted, incredibly difficult to summon – arousal of the mind. One should always keep their eyes open and their notebooks handy.
Today inspiration comes from some searches people made to get to this blog during January. Thought I’d share. Thought you might vote. Or not – but sure it’s fun to watch.
So, here is a list of the potential future sewing projects and tutorials. Vote for your favorite and you shall see it on this blog.