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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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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!

Fabric Roses

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!

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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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