Friday, November 23, 2012

A first

The idea for this handbag - my very first - had been in my mind for a couple of months, and in the past weeks I finally found the time to start drawing and making it. The bag has a "split" flap, and closes uspide down.

I made it in grey linen I bought at Rotterdam market, and combined it with a Liberty Mitsi leftover from this dress. The striped lining is from the same baby duvet cover I also used in this dress. On the strap, I stitched some mustard bias ribbon.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knocking it off

Today, I'm also guest posting over at Elegance & Elephants. Heidi is having a wonderful series of guest posts, focusing on "knock-offs" (DIY copies of original garments). If you don't know Elegance & Elephants yet, make sure to pay this incredible blog a visit! Heidi makes gorgeous clothers for her cute little girl & boy, and was a runner-up in the most recent season of Project Run & Play!

My guest post is here, but make sure to also check out the previous contributions, which show fabulous knock-offs of Boden, GAP, Louboutin, Zara, and Bonpoint, to name just a few!

Speaking of guest posts; do you remember my origami sleeve guest post over at the Sisterhood of the Crafty Pants? Check out what the incredible Irem from SewingYourStyle did with my tutorial:

Using the twisted pintucks to spice up the shoulders - what a wonderful way of using this technique!

Das Experiment (attempt #2)

Today, I'm guest posting over at the fabulous iCandy. They are hosting a great series on Basic Bodice Designs. The idea is to start from a basic bodice pattern, and with a few adaptations, turn it into a wonderful dress. I used the guest series to take a second attempt at my previous semi-failed experiment.

So head over to iCandy, and get some inspired by this incredible series, which has included/will include designs by Craftiness is not Optional, Simple Simon and Co, Me Sew Crazy, Girl.Inspired, See Kate Sew, AlidaMakes, Shwin and Shwin, Delia Creates, You and Mie, Sew Much Ado... and yours truly! You can find my tutorial here.

PS. I forgot to mention the name of the fabric in the guest post. It is Summer's End Fruit Napa, by Hoffman Fabrics, bought at DryGoodsDesign.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Super Simple Skirt with lining (tutorial)

There are few things which I love more than combining a brilliant fabric with a super simple pattern. After all, if your pattern is too complex, it'll only distract from your gorgeous fabric, right?

I bought 1 fat quarter of Nani Iro's Little Letter fabric, a lovely brushed cotton ($5.50 at Miss Matatabi). I wanted to turn it into a warm Winter skirt, so I added a cotton lining.

So how did I make this little skirt? Below I explain how I did it; I have no idea whether this is an orthodox way of working, but it was fast (about 1.5 hours) and the result is quite nice.


The outside skirt is made out of two rectangles (or one, if your fabric is wide enough), and so is the lining. The rectangles for the skirt and lining have the same width; I made the lining 1 cm (0.4 inch) shorter so it doesn't show from the outside. 
The measurements of the skirt are entirely up to you, and depend on the age of your child, and how wide and long you want the skirt to be. For my almost-3-year-old, I had enough with 1 fat quarter for the skirt, and 1 for the lining.