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.
In two weeks time, my niece, the one who made me actually consider (end then actually do it) buying a Barbie doll and start re-learning how to sew doll clothes, is going to be two years old.
Happy Birthday to her!
Apparently she is too small to play with fashion dolls and her father tells me she might prefer cars and balls when she grows up – but we’ll see. I still have one year left to get pro at sewing doll clothes. I’ve posted some of my adventures, tips and patterns before, but I plan on sewing better clothes and posting more free patterns.
I’m giving away these bags, that I made last year or even before. They are all in a good condition; I made them for myself and some of them were never worn outside the house. I like them and I care for them, but they deserve better than sitting in a dark closet.
They are all yours, for free, if you drop me a comment or write me an email. Or you can go directly to krrb, where I originally posted them.
Please note that you will have to pay the shipping from Barcelona, Spain. (Normally around $10 for US, around €7 for Europe and around €3 for Spain).