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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!

Now on sale!

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 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!