Sunday, 22 July 2012

Floral applications skirt

I'm a sucker for printed fabrics, especially florals, so needless to say, I love spring and summer (aside from it also being warm, sunny and generally awesome). What I really liked about this seasons' collections is that the florals are three dimensional. It creates such an interesting texture and is so easy to take inspiration from for a DIY. Embroidery, applications, beading..the choice of techniques makes it such a versatile inspiration source.

I went with washed out jerseys.

You know those jersey items we all probably have, those that are so worn and washed so many times they’ve long ago started to look sad, but also so comfy it’s impossible to get rid of them. In my case this included a couple of T-shirts that have lost most of their color (and all of their fit) and a skirt with too many moth holes in it. Embarrassing. But also so comfortable.

The inspiration:

I wasn't really sure how to do this, whether to make rosettes out of scrap fabric or to buy ribbons, but then I remembered this awesome T-shirt dress on one of my favorite blogs and borrowed the idea for how to create applications.

This is what you will need:
  • An old skirt
  • Some T-shirts
  • Optional: other fabrics for different textures (I had some scrap silk fabric from an upcoming project)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • A film to watch because if you hand sew, it will take you a while

Cut your T shirts and fabrics into strips.

Form fabric strips into flowers (I tried to twist and turn to make rosettes, but ended up with spirally piles of fabric -ah well, this project is forgiving), pin in place and hand sew. Do a symmetric pattern or do it randomly, it will look great whichever way, I'm sure.

Photos of finished skirt by the bf (you can probably tell, because my behind is in focus..sorry about that!).

Monday, 16 July 2012

Jungle inspired straw clutch

Happy Monday everybody!

Hope everybody's week is off to a good start! I struggled with Monday tiredness all day until like... actually, I probably will until the weekend. (The weekend really should be upgraded to 3 days.)

So I figured screw it, I'm going to be superproductive anyway and stop neglecting this blog. In fact, I have been neglecting this blog so much that to make up to you I have a whole two fashion inspired tutorials planned for this week. Awesome, no? ;)

The first one...remember this inspo post? Well, even before I saw the Anya Hindmarch clutch I have been pondering what to do with a straw clutch I got as a freebie in 2009 in The Body Shop and haven't used since...2009. I liked the shape and size of it, but thought it looked a bit plastic. The Ipanema clutch and its needle work and beads on straw clearly was the inspiration I needed.

This is what I came up with. The bf thinks the beading looks like eyes. I can live with that.

  • Straw clutch - if you cant find one, get a straw place mat, fold over, sew or glue in place and you've got one
  • Embroidery thread
  • Some beads
  • Some decorative ribbon
  • Bias binding, or a bit of fabric to make some
  • Scissors, needle, glue if you must

My clutch had to be stripped of its tacky, plastic white trimming. Ripping ugly details off is surprisingly satisfying.

Make your bias binding. Sew it around the edges of the clutch. I used thick embroidery thread, because I like the look of the big stitches.

Add some nice trimming. I recommend hand-sewing, but if you are the type who doesn't mind glue, go for it! You'll save yourself time and a lot of needle stabbing into fingers.

Finish with some beading. I added two golden buttons for closing, and I simply use a hair elastic wrapped around the two buttons to keep the clutch closed. Easy and practical if you, like me, always have a few hair bands around your wrist.

Maybe not an afternoon project, but great for a rainy Sunday!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Tie dye jeans

Good morning everybody!

Last night I installed a new blogger template, created and freely distributed by the lovely Katrina at Pugly Pixel. The header is temporary, but I'm loving the simplicity with bursts of candy pink.

Hopefully this new look will be the start of regular and better posting. To emphasise this intention, here are some DIY tie dye jeans!

Remember this post? Tie dye has been on my mind for a while, and as I was born about a decade too late I've never had the opportunity to test out this fun method. So first tie dye attempt...well, the results were so so as I did just about everything wrong. So with the instructions on how to do this, I'll also provide a set of instructions of what NOT to do.

First things first though. Gather your supplies:
  • White jeans (or dark if you want to tie dye with bleach instead of dye. If you go for dye, remember to use a natural material such as cotton, as the dye won't work on polyester)
  • Dye (or bleach if using dark jeans)
  • Rubber bands
  • Some gloves
  • Not pictured: a container - don't use your sink unless it's stainless steel, as the dye stains

  1. Start pinching off sections of your jeans using the rubber bands.
  2. Keep going.
  3. And some more.
  4. When you've tied to your heart's content, prepare the dye using the instructions on the packet, plop in your jeans bundle and follow the instructions on the dye packet.
What NOT to do:
  1. DON'T buy gloves and ignore to use. Zombie like grey skin doesn't look good on anybody.
  2. DON'T fall asleep in the sun while your jeans soak in the dye about 3 times as long as they are supposed to.
  3. If you do the above, DON'T panic when you remember your jeans and realise they have gone way darker than you wanted.
  4. And finally...if you do panic, DON'T throw the jeans into the washing machine on 60 degrees C for 2.5 h. Mine took on a slightly green colour after this.
Other than that, this is so easy!