My New Old Skirt

Behold, my latest creation: a new skirt in an old style. I got the pattern for this skirt from a swap with lovely Carmen. I was very excited about it because it had lots of instructions about sewing at fitting. And illustrations! I am more used with sewing from Burda or Patrones patterns, and their instructions usually come written. Not drawn. In my own sewing tutorials I try to make as many photos I can – sometimes way more than necessary because I need to see how the steps of making a garment are to understand. When I read, I…

How to Use More of Your Pattern Stash

If you’re like me, you probably already have a huge collections of sewing patterns and you still, from time to time buy new ones – because you “need” them for a new dress. The truth is, there are many commercial sewing patterns that can be minorly altered to make the piece of garment you have in mind. (That’s another reason why I think you should draw sketches of the clothes you want to sew – it will help you recognize the shape and cut you need – quicker.)And if you’re planning to sew a new dress, a new jacket or…

3 Reasons You Should Draw Sketches

One day or another we all have to face it. We are not (at least not all of us ) geniuses who can draw beautifully, cut flawlessly and sew magically. In case you sew – and probably you do – or maybe you’re planning on learning how to do it (good for you! – check out the sewing tutorials  page) – ok, in case you sew but you can’t draw there’s one thing to do: draw. Umm… but the whole point here is that we can’t draw. Yeah, I know, I can’t either. This shouldn’t stop you. Why? For a…

Summer Sale this Sunday

This Sunday, all day I am having a summer sale on my Etsy shop. 20%off everything. That is, of world map fabric bags, shorts patterns and accessories. Check back here on Sunday for the coupon code or send me a tweet @skyturtle on Twitter. later edit: and the sale is ON. Use SUMMERSALE11 at checkout :>

Banana and Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

What you need (to do): freeze 4 bananas and a handful of raspberries get 4 spoons of dehydrated milk and a teacup of skimmed milk and 4 big ice cubes no sugar Cut the bananas in pieces – it’s better if you do this before you freeze them. Add the raspberries, the ice, the milk and blend for a couple of minutes. Ta-da! Tip: How to make a smoothie without a blender Smoothies are quick, delicious and healthy snacks. They are so easy to do, you won’t believe it. Yeah, if you have a blender. If you don’t, prepare to…

How to Draft a Simple Skirt Pattern

Want to sew a quick skirt for yourself and don’t have a pattern for it? Make it. I’ve made this quick illustration to explain what measures to take and how to draft a simple pattern for yourself (or someone you can measure:). This is a very basic, easy to sew skirt and perfect for a beginner project or for that Saturday afternoon before you go out :> You will need: fabric (I suggest cotton for starters) a zipper a button (optional) paper a ruler and a pen white chalk or a piece of soap (to trace the pattern on the…

3 Reasons I Like Sewing My Own Clothes

The [short] sewing manifesto –  and why you should start sewing for yourself I’ve been talking to a lot of people who want to sew their own clothes lately. People who aren’t necessarily crafty (do you think you have to be crafty to sew well?), who don’t necessarily buy handmade, who didn’t grow up with a mother or grandma who was a seamstress and didn’t have a roommate in college who used to repair their hems and shorten their skirts. People who want to sew because they thinks it’s fun, because they’d rather wear something they made rather than buying an item that…

Painting tote bags

I’m making these little white tote bags, painted with acrylics mixed with a fabric medium. For now, I’ve noticed that mixing one part paint with another of medium makes the resulting substance long lasting but not necessarily nice to use with stencils. And the final painting result is just cleaner if I do it by hand. But it shouldn’t be like that, right? Is my paint too thick or too runny? Mm… must investigate that.

How to sew a pair of short pants with pockets

Sewing pockets into short pants might look complicated to do and even more complicated to understand if you read the instructions. It’s always easier for me to do something if I see the whole process. Remember my perfect summer shorts I blogged about the other day? Well, I decided I should try a pockets version. It’s really easy. So here we go.