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).
I was organizing my fabric stash in the weekend and I realized not only that it’s getting bigger and bigger, but that the fat quarters and the other smaller fabric scraps are um… excuse me… not getting any.
This happens of course because I don’t have a whole wardrobe for organizing fabric and having it nicely displayed on shelves or carefully tucked into boxes doesn’t work for me. I like to make a huge mess, have everything around and let myself be inspired by the fabric – not over-label, over-organize and archive stuff and then wonder why I never use my stash of fabric.
Fabric needs to breathe. And so do I.
So out with the old and in with the new. (Yes, yes, I am sort of spring cleaning – it feels nice!)
Anyway, I back to my fabric scraps – I completely forgot about them lately and it’s been a while since I last used these scraps. I’m not really into quilting – even though I’ve seen amazing work out there – and patchwork pillowcases don’t motivate me anymore.
But I can’t continue like this or they’ll take over my house. I’ve decided to – at least try – to rescue some of these scraps and to giveaway others. I will also not buy any new fabric until I’ve used or gave away at least 20% of the actual fabric/scraps/refashion piles.
Wish me luck, I know I’ll need it. (If you have any suggestion or ideas, I’m all ears!)
Because I am used to the European metric system I always get confused when reading instructions where the metric is inches or yards. This is also why I try to always post both metrics on my blog posts and in the tutorials.
And I always get confused about the fat quarter – now after making myself a drawing – I can sum it up as a rectangle a little less than half a meter on a side and a little more than half a meter on the other.
I tend to remember things visually so in case you’re in the same boat here’s my drawing for you (and I both) never to forget what a fat quarter is!
I bought this blue retro floral jumper from a thrift shop almost a year ago. It looked exactly like a jumper I had when i was six
It was so tacky I had to try making something out of it.
At first I wanted to reconstruct it into a short sleeved hoodie, but then I realized there wasn’t enough fabric in the jumper for the hood itself. And to make the hood from another fabric was em… not cool.
So there it stayed, in the darkness of my (ever-growing) to be refashioned pile, for many many months. Until the inspiration struck.
So I cut everything. I Cut and shortened the sleeves to make them 3/4, reattached the blue cuffs and reshaped the body of the jumper. I also cut a deep cleavage, because the fabric is thick and I didn’t want to look like I just ate a baby whale* when wearing it.
Then I sewed it all back and voila! – prettiness. The new cut makes it look feminine and delicate and springily not at all tacky. Just a bit retro maybe, but that’s cool :>
I know you guys prefer action photos, so I’ll try to get those soon.
What do you think? What would you have done with it?
This blouse was in my “to be finished soon” basket for almost two seasons. I spent a lot of time learning a new way to sew really clean margins and in the end I wasn’t very happy with the results. I mean, I could have done that in a third of a time, but hey, practice makes perfect and learning new sewing techniques is a success in itself.
I do like the collar – you can’t really see it in the picture, but it looks a bit “couture”. And with better ironing it will look even better. So that’s cool.
I’m not very happy with the pattern either – it’s Burda and can’t remember which – in the pattern photo it looked like a clean cut, simple, armless blouse. In reality is a shapeless armless piece of green fabric.
Maybe I’m being to hard on it and you get the feeling I don’t like it. No, no – it looks great belted with the yellow sash I made the other day. And with a pencil skirt. And I did get to use two tiny sukie iron-ons from my book near the back closure. (Yaay!) It’s just now what I expected
I like the fabric – it’s a light cotton batiste – and the shade of green – sort of the green you’d get if you’d mix grass with emerald.
I have mixed feelings about the fit – it’s a bit shapeless too loose for my taste, but that might be a blessing in summer.
I saw this sash from American Apparel the other day. And I fell in love (with all the pretty girls wearing it
The sash is €16, but let’s face it, if you have a bit of fabric and 20 minutes you can make your own. A much, much prettier one. Your style, only for you. Etc etc.
It’s yellow with little burgundy, green and blue flower-like creatures. It’s over 2 meters long and around 20 cm wide.
And here are some ideas to wear it! (photos from the AA site)
2, 20 m/ 20 cm fabric – i suggest starting with something light, batiste, soft cotton, polyesters.
a sewing machine or some needles
happy music and/or coffee
If you’re making one, send me a link, I’d love to see it! If you have any questions and/or suggestions do share: )