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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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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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Squirrel Appreciation Day?!

It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day, Everybody!
I only heard about this existing yesterday for the very first time so I decided to dedicate my next project to squirrels.

Project #2 – Plush Squirrel – Mini Tutorial of the Steps to Sewing a Burdastyle Pattern
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I found this cute little pattern of a plush squirrel on Burdastyle magazine (May 2014 issue) and thought I would go through the steps for making any burdastyle pattern while I make the squirrel. Back when I was just starting out I really wanted to make a lot of the patterns I’ve seen in the magazine but had no idea where to start. This is a pretty basic project which doesn’t include any of the more complicated steps usually included in a clothing item such as zippers or buttonholes, but it’s a good way to understand the basic process and gain a little more confidence before jumping into bigger, more complicated projects. So, if you’re new to sewing and feel a little intimidated to try a project from Burdastyle magazine, then this is just for you!

Every project can be broken down to three basic steps. Pattern pieces, fabric cutting and sewing which is usually the most difficult and time-consuming step. Well, let’s dive in!

Step 1 – Pattern pieces

The first thing we need to do is trace the pattern pieces. For this you need to check where to find the relevant pattern pieces in the instruction section. There is a box which details where to look.

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Gently remove the pattern sheets from the middle of the magazine. before tracing the pieces check in the instructions regarding the seam allowances. Most Burdastyle patterns don’t include them but some do, so you should make sure before cutting the traced pattern pieces. If the pattern doesn’t include seam allowances, I like to add them to the paper pattern but it is also possible to add them on the fabric. While tracing, make sure to add the details of each pattern piece including: the pattern piece number, straight grain, and any notches or darts included.

Step 2 – Cutting the Fabric

Now we are ready to cut the fabric. For this purpose, we pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Make sure the straight grain on the pattern pieces is parallel to the fabric selvage and that the pieces that should be cut on a fold, are.

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Step 3 – Sewing

Now we begin the sewing process. I recommend reading the instructions carefully before starting the sewing process. I usually follow the order of the instructions but sometimes you may find it easier to change the order. For example, the order for this project was sewing the body,head and tail, stuffing each piece and then hand sewing the pieces together. That order makes sense. However, the order for making the head of the squirrel did not include the directions for adding the embroidery for the eyes and nose. It appeared only at the end of the instructions for the construction of the head. That is why it is very important to read the entire instruction before beginning to sew.

Final Product 

Squirrel final product

Family portrait

Family portrait

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed making this project. It is a fun and simple project which is excellent for using scraps both for making it and for filling it. It’s great for gift giving if you have a baby shower coming up, home decor and just for fun!

Hope you had a happy squirrel day and I’ll see you next week for the next project (Valentine’s day special – don’t miss it).

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Happy 2015!!!

After completing a couple of courses in sewing, pattern making and fashion design I was left with loads and loads of fabric and other materials that I didn’t want to see go to waste (including over 6 meters of tulle – stay tuned for that!!!). Being unemployed with a lot of time on my hands I came up with a plan for 2015 to use up all of the material I collected over the past couple of years.

Let’s get to work!
First Project – Owls in Love Ornament Tutorial

I’ve noticed recently that owls are very popular, so I came up with this idea as a gift for a friend’s house warming party.

I knew she was into owls and decided to make her something she could hang in her new apartment.

Every project begins with a sketch/illustraion
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The next step is figuring out the pattern pieces. We need half a heart in two sizes which we will cut two of each color in each size. The pattern for the eyes which is basically an incomplete circle shape cut on the fold. We need to cut two of those – one for each owl.

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Time to assemble
We start by attaching two sets of hearts. two large hearts and two small hearts. Once you sew the hearts, you have a choice on how to attach the smaller hearts to the larger hearts. You can needle point or the applique function on your sewing machine (which is basically a very narrow zig-zag stitch – a very narrow and short zig-zag stitch should be just fine). I chose needle point which proved to be a very long process, but also a very soothing one. What you need to do is simple – you clip along the edges of the small heart. the notches should be about 1 cm apart and about1 cm long. Make sure they are the same length in order to maintain the heart shape. Next you should fold the edges toward the using the length of the notches as a guide and maintaining the heart shape and iron (that sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is – just fold in the notches). Now you are ready to needle point. You can do it with a contrasting color thread or with the same color thread. You can make the stitches very close together like I did or up to 1 cm apart. The choice is yours – you have the power!

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The same process goes for attaching the eyes – you need to attach a “pair” of eyes to each side on the front of the larger heart. Don’t forget to attache the eyes at a reasonable distance from the edge to avoid stitching over the eyes while attaching the front and back sides of the ornament. This time I chose to use the applique option on my sewing machine just to save time. I recommend attaching a beak with fabric glue (I just cut a triangle out of red felt) prior to attaching the eyes. This gives a nicer finish.

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Now it is time to attach the front and back sides – right sides together. Don’t forget to leave a couple of centimeters unsewn so you can turn it over. This is also the time to attach the ribbon for hanging.
Now it’s time to fill her up. You don’t have to purchase stuffing material especially for this – whatever scrap fabric you have could do the trick.
Now all that is left to do is sew up the opening and you’re done!

Ready to be sent to a good home

Ready to be sent to a good home

Tips and tricks

  1. Stuffing material – There is no need to buy stuffing material. You can use whatever you have on hand. I used some cotton batting I had left over from another project. This is great for tiny fabric scraps you can’t use for any other project
  2. Needle point vs. Applique – As I mentioned, the applique option is alot easier and faster than the needle point. However, you have a lot more control with the needle point option. Also, I ecommend using the notches technic, especially for a fabric that frays easily.
  3. This project is very versatile. Make it bigger as a couch cushion or smaller as a key chain.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed  this tutorial, I know I did. See you soon!