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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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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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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!

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Valentine’s Day Series

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, so for the next three weeks the weekly post will be dedicated to projects of the more “romantic” nature. Luckily, I have yards of pink satin which would be perfect for the occassion.

Project #3 -DIY His and Hers Satin Blind Fold Tutorial – Make Your Own Pattern!
This is a super easy project. You can complete it within an hour or two if you’re really slow. It is also a small project and therefore excellent for using up scraps.
For this project you’ll need some fabric – I used satin for the outside of the blind fold and cotton fabric for the lining. The choice of fabric is up to you, but I recommend using a breathable material for the lining cause that’s the part that comes in contact with your eyes and you would want it to be pleasant to the touch. You will also need some padding material. I used cotton batting, again for reasons of breathability. lastly, you will need some elastic band long enough to fit your head.

Step 1 – Pattern

This is an easy to make pattern. Sinceit is symmetrical, you only need to draw half of the shape and cut it on the fold. Begin with a straight line for the top and continue with rounde edges for the sides and bottom. You should make it slightly bigger than you’d like the final product to bein order to allow for seam allowences of about 1cm.

Step 2 – Cutting the Fabric

Now that we have the pattern we need to cut the fabric. We need to cut one pattern piece of satin (or the fabric used for the outside) and one piece of the lining fabric. The pieces are cut on the fold. Then we need to cut some padding. For this I had to cut two pieces of cotton batting and attach them in the middle cause I didn’t have a big enough piece of cotton batting to be able to cut on the fold. I used a zigzag stitch.

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The padding piece should be slightly smaller than the other pieces. This makes it easier to sew. I just trimmed about a centimeter from the bottom edge.

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We also need to cut some elastic band to keep the blind fold in place. To know the length to cut you need to place one of the pattern pieces on your face and see where it reaches the sides of your face. Then take the elastic band and stretch it comfortably tight to wrap the back of your head from one side of your face to the other.

Step 3 – Assemble

First, we need to baste the padding to the wrong side of the lining right at the edge so it wouldn’t be visible on the outside once we attach the lining and the outer fabric.

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Now we attch the elastic band to the lining. I used a serger for that, but a zigzag stitch would be just fine.

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Now we attach the outer fabric to the lining right sides facing. Two things to remember – 1)The elastic band should be inside (on the right side of the fabric) and away from the edges while sewing (to avoid getting it caught in the stitches) and 2) leave a small opening to turn it over so that the right side of the fabric will be on the outside, This opening should be hand stitched at the end of the process.

All Done!

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I made one in black and one in pink – his and hers, respectively. You can use it for sleep or all kinds of naughty games 😉

Enjoy!

P.S. If you use interesting lining fabric, you can also turn it over and wear it with the lining fabric outside. The possibiities are endless, Well it’s basically just these two but whatever…

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