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February Project – Tulle Skirt

For the second project of the year, I decided to tackle the tulle skirt  (que dramatic music😂).

I chose pattern 118 from burda style magazine issue 4/2013.

Most tutorials for a tulle skirt I’ve seen were for a gathered skirt, but I wanted it to be less bulky at the waist, so this pattern was a perfect fit for me 😊. 

As usual, I started by sketching the skirt. Watercolor seemed fitting. 

Then I made another illustration because why make one illustration when you can make two, am I right?😁

I used the instructions for the pattern to make two layers of tulle and a layer of knit fabric for the lining. I used an elastic waistband in black. The original pattern calls for a zipper, I decided to make my life and bit easier…

I love how it turned out! Very 80s chic and also perfect for a Valentine’s day date if you have one ❤ cause I don’t…😂.

I liked it so much, I made another for a friend in a red fabric with tiny white hearts which is also perfect for Valentine’s day😍. 

All in all very useful pattern 🤗. 

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New Year Project and Fashion Illustration Tutorial 

Hey everyone! Happy 2017! 😃

I have decided to start 2017 with an exciting new project I’ll probably never finish…😂

As someone who enjoys sewing and who studied fashion design, it is no surprise that I have a growing stash of Burda style magazines. Most of which have not been used for more than flipping through the pages and fantasizing about all the things I’ll sew when I have the time. Well no more! 

 I decided that this year, I will sew an item every month so that at the end of the year, I will have 12 new items I made myself and the collection of magazines wouldn’t seem like such a waste…

The system is simple. I’ll start with the simplest item and work my way to the more complex items, or to put it in clothing item terms- I’ll sew my way from skirt to overcoat. 

I chose to start with an asymmetrical knit skirt pattern 115 from the first burda style magazine I ever bought in July 2011- how fitting 😁

As always, I began by sketching the skirt. To do that I traced the image of the model in the magazine with transparent paper like so –

Although it is usually recommended to use images of models wearing tighter fitting clothes when tracing, I  like using the image of the model actually wearing the item  (if I have it) because while you do need to make some adjustments to the figure you can easily sketch the skirt accurately as it is supposed to look in real life. 

Now, I wanted to use watercolor for the illustration, so in order to transfer it to watercolor paper, I cut the traced image and traced the outline onto the watercolor paper –

Then I added some detail- I wanted to combine the skirt with clothing items I have to make a total look –

Then I added color with watercolor and copic markers-

Now it was time to sew!

Now, I had a few fitting issues, but since it was a knit skirt adjustments were pretty easy to make. 

The final result-

See you next month for the February project!😄

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Felt Cactus Tutorial

Hello all!

Today I decided to share the process for making a decorative felt cactus for a friend. I also took this opportunity and (finally!?) made myself a pincushion.

As with all my projects, this too began with an illustration which also gave me the opportunity to dabble with my new watercolor set (Yay!!!).

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Then, I set out to find the right container. I found this really nice one with fake plastic flowers in it. I cut the flowers (Morticia Addams style…) and just left the stem to provide some support.

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Then I cut the pieces (two of each) of felt and arranged them in the desired shape like so:

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Next I added simple v-shaped embroidered spines:

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Now it was time to assemble –

I started with sewing the smallest pieces and filling them –

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Then, I attached them to the larger pieces before filling them –

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Now I filled the base of the cactus and glued it to the base of the pot with the stem inside.

It turned out pretty well, in my opinion –

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Here you can see it along with my new pincushion 🙂

 

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Halloween Is Coming

So, it feels like a million years had passed since I posted my last post (it has been two years!?), but better late than never I guess.

Halloween is upon us and I thought I’d share a costume I made for myself for Purim last year that turned out really well.

The idea came to me because of this dress embelishment I had used for one of my designs for the fashion design course I had taken.

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I thought it was very 1920’s style and decided to make myself a flapper inspired costume with a hair accessory using this embelishment. The next step was a sketch.

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Now I had to figure ot the design of the dress. My one rule was for it to be a dress I could actually wear more than once. For this purpose, adjustments had to be made. 1920’s style doesn’t actually go with my full figured body type, so it had to be 1920’s inspired with more of a 1950’s silhouette – think “Some like It Hot”.

Here is a sketch of the design for the dress:

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I went with a black form fitting mesh dress on top of a pink silk satin slip. i like the texture the transparency of the mesh fabric creates with the shine of the satin underneath. I also added a lacey top beacause the slip was too revealing for me.

And voila!

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Collection Pics are Here!!!

Sorry for the long pause in posting! I’ve been sick for the past month(!) give or take. I’m still not fully recovered and the winter just refuses to leave… but I have learned not to party till dawn two nights in a row, so I guess that’s something…

Anyway, I hope to never have such a long break for such a sad reason…

I do have some exciting news to share –

Remember this guy?

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I sold him on Etsy!!! Isn’t that exciting?! My very first sale… Hope many more will follow!

Also, I have recently received the pictures of the mini collection I made for the fashion design course.

Check it out –

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The collection’s name – Globalization – Rags to Riches.

The concept was demonstrating the contrast in lifestyle between the western world and the third world by the use of shiny glitzy pink fabrics of satin and organza alongside canvas fabric that I dyed with tea to give it an aged look. I also used some patch work and left some of the edges raw to achieve a torn, ragged appearance. I added the logo prints on the organza fabric as seen on the dress in the middle and on the shawl to represent consumerism in the western world.

Here is the illustration for the collection –

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Now, the bad news are that the critics brought by the school to our final presentation really hated my work. All of them did and very much so. I was especially surprised at how all of them had the exact same opinion. I would expect creative people to also have some original thoughts, but that wasn’t the case.

The dress they like the least was my personal favorite –

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And that leads me to the good news – Giveaway coming up soon!!!

I have a lot of the pink printed organza fabric leftover and I thought I’d make a little something with it and since I can’t sell it, I would be more than happy to give it away to good home. I thought of making a clutch purse with some of it. If anyone has any other ideas for stuff I could make with it to giveaway I’m open to suggestions.

That’s it for this week’s post. Don’t miss next week’s post regarding the corset I made for myself. Stay tuned!

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New Etsy Shop and Future Announcements!

Congratulations are in order! I just opened my new ETSY shop – Wish me luck!

The top you all know and love from my recent post is now on sale!

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Now on sale!

I also uploaded an owl decorative pillow and the owls in love ornament in floral print and lavender –

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Additional announcements – I am planning to have a giveaway very soon!!! I can’t say what exactly is in store, but it has something to do with this baby –

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This is pink organza fabric I used for my final project for the fashion design course (more to come about this project in the future). I had the fabric printed with different kinds of logos. It turned out beautifully, however, since it features different logos I can’t sell anything I make with it for copyright reasons. So I decided to giveaway the item I make with it. Are you excited? Cause I am…

Other things to look forward to in the very near future are in this picture –

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I don’t know if I happened to mention that the final project for the fashion design studio included a lot of pink fabrics, well now is as good time as any I guess…

In the following weeks I will complete my first satin corset in pink and will make my first ever tulle skirt!!! Stay tuned for that!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Welcome to the final part of my Valentine’s day series for 2015! Today’s tutorial has quite a background story so brace yourselves…

It all started at a denim workshop we had at the studio. we were divided into groups. Each group got a different era or style for which we were required to make an outfit out of old jeans and other fabrics and accessories. My group got the style of Rococo and this is what we came up with –
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Part of my contribution to this project were the small fabric roses on the shoulder. Everyone were interested to know how I made them and the truth is it was really simple. Now, there are many available tutorials on how to make a fabric rose, but this is much simpler than anything I came across. Also, it’s a great way to use up fabric scraps which is basically my purpose in life right now…

Fabric Rose Tutorial

Tools and Material
All you need in order to make this is some knit fabric (it is crucial to use knit fabric otherwise the roses would fray on the edges), scissors, Needle and thread.
Let’s get to work!
Step 1 – cutting Fabric Sircles
Each rose is made from a fabric circle. I recommend using circles No larger than 3cm in diameter (1.2 inch) and no smaller than 1cm (0.4 inch). You can use several sizes of circles for an interesting composition.
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As you can see from the picture, the circles really don’t have to be perfect. I just cut them free hand. Once the circles are cut, you need to cut each circle in a spiral starting from the edge to the center.
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Step 2 – Sewing
Now, this step is a little more difficult to explain but I’ll do my best. What you need to do in order to create the actual rose is gather the spiral around the center. you start by slightly folding the center of the sprial over and over in a circular way. I stitched thruogh each fold.
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Step 3 – Enjoy!
Now you have an array of little roses and all that is left for you is to decide what to do with them. What can you do with them? Whatever your heart desires!

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Fabric Roses

I used them for a top I made for the Jeans and top project we had a while ago –
This is what it looked like on my beautiful model-
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You can use these as accents for clothes, accessories, arts and crafts. The possibilities are endless. Just go wherever your imagination takes you and have fun!