With Valentine’s Day close I want to talk about it. OK, write about it. ☺
If you didn’t know that Valentine’s Day is this Saturday you probably haven’t open any online media or social network, they tend to go more and more hyper about this day as it approaches. I’m not gonna go in the “hate it or love it” debate, neither I’m gonna say that whether single or in a relationship you don’t need a day to appreciate people you love, and most definitely I won’t say that you as a person are so incredible and enough and whole even tho I mean it. Ops, I said it. 😉
I’m just gonna say something.
Valentine’s Day is like Santa for adults.
It’s made by companies to make us buy more shit stuff.
Lets be honest, if companies could make 10 more “holidays” just to sell specific items – they would do it! They would. Like in that song…
“What’s love gotta do with it, gotta do with it…”
Almost nothing. The thing that is good from it that it is a reminder not to take our loved ones for granted. And also, we all love getting stuff. I know I do. 😀
If you have zero balance on your account but still want to give something to your loved one(s), I will share the pillow I made for my friend’s baby girl. It was the first time I tried this specific sewing method so it turned out GREAT. You can use any fabric you want, as long as it is easy to sew… Oh, and you’re gonna need to cut open a few of your stuffed animals. You’re gonna feel sorry (At least I did) but it’s for the greater good. 😉
Finished! 🙂 The baby body next to it was the other part of my gift. I decoupaged the lines from my friend’s favorite show The Big Bang Theory. 🙂
I blamed the lack of time, the situation.. I haven’t really thought about it. And then, when I made a decision at first in no correlation to my creativity and self-expression – it happened.
I wanted to learn how to sew, on a sewing machine. So I did.
I wanted to learn how to make stuff. So I did.
I wanted to take photographs. So I did. And they turned out pretty great.
I wanted to open a blog. So I did. 🙂
I think I am more aware of the power of my will and ideas than I were a year ago. Screw it, less than a year ago. I am learning, as I said in my “About page”, we all learn our entire lives. I am learning more technical stuff about photography, I am learning more technical stuff about blogging platform and internet coding… But the most important thing is, that I want to learn those things and I study them when I feel like to. No pressure is the key.
There are many things I want to learn and experience… Maybe today is not the day I make that happen, but I can promise you that that day will come. 🙂
I invite you to surf a little through my “Do It Yourself” category to see what I sew and made from different materials so far. Some things are not on blog yet, but they will be.
Enjoy your day, and don’t let no worry get you away from feeling ok. ❤
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I have done this recently but it just didn’t get to see the blog-light until now.
That is with most of the things that I post, as I already wrote. I just have a folder of photos and bookmarked videos and ideas… That’s just how it goes around here. 😉
So… I made this for a friend of mine from a shirt with long sleeves. I wasn’t sure how it will go considering that it has lace, but it went ok. It took time (three hours I think), but it was with no major problems. When I’m sewing I like to do everything carefully so I don’t have to do it again… And it really takes just a little impatience or not looking and it goes off. So, better three hours than five if I was nervous. And I didn’t want to risk it with lace, because un-sewing what my sewing machine did would not be good.
And there it is. What do you think?
p.s. I am pleased with my knowledge of sewing, since I taught myself through the last year. 😀
I delayed writing and presenting this topic for a “while” (khm, khm), because I wanted to be committed to this post. 🙂 I have spent a lot of energy on making this awesome pieces so I felt the need to complete with the presentation in the same light. 😉
So… Where do I even begin?
I became very interested in denim as a remade material this fall. I wanted to do a vest and jeans with bows on the side, but I didn’t imagine I would do all that at once. 😀 I made denim vest from a shirt with lace which I bought for 15 kunas (about 3 $). It was a piece of cake to do. But I do admit that I dragged it to the point of placing the shirt on my desk when going to sleep for the “first thing to do”, and placing it back on the bed because I didn’t have time for it. When I finally found time I think I finished everything in under one hour. Took of the sleeves, remove the remaining fabric and sew the endings in a manner that the vest would fit on me.
That goes from 1 – 5.:
1. The original shirt
2. I simply cut off the sleeves
3. Unstitched sewing pattern made in factory with small scissors
4. The ending before sewing
5. Folded and ready to be sewed. 🙂
And I completely forgot to include the rivets as a last step. 😀 I put silver pyramid ones on the collar (even tho they look gold in the picture):
As for the jeans bow scheme, I say the idea online about a year ago, I think I even have it saved somewhere on my computer. I think it was from e-bay… Anyhow, I knew I wanted to do something similar but the idea of realisation didn’t strike me until I saw how my friend did it. She posted a picture of how-to on Facebook and I thought – that’s it. This is the way I’m gonna make my “upgraded” jeans. 😀 She is also cutting used jeans and leggings custom-made, you can send her piece of clothing you want and she makes it happen the way you want it. 🙂 You can contact her HERE.
This are her jeans:
And now, step by step. The “how to” is easy as a summer breeze. 😉
I decided to use red fabric that has been in my box for leftovers from a bolero I modified. I wanted that contrast. It took me total two and a half hour for the jeans with the breaks for snacks. 😀
1. The original jeans were bell-bottoms so I needed to cut the bottoms and sew it straight.
2. The measuring… 🙂
3. I sew it all by following the pen I used to collect the dots from measuring the dimension for my legs. And cut off the remaining no longer needed pieces.
4. I decided where I wanted for the highest cut to be, measured the line from it to the end of the leg and divided by six. Then I cut about 3 cm toward the center and for the highest one I cut semi-circle.
5. I turned jeans inside out and started connecting material between the cuts with red elastic fabric. I would measure how much fabric I need, cut it and sew it from left to right and back to be secure. That was the hardest and longest part of this project.
6. Of course, everything was carefully monitored by “the chief” 8)
7. And…done! Still inside out, but after picturing it and getting up from the floor holding my spine, I turned them the right way. I also cut off everything that was protruding, like pieces of fabric…
I am really happy with the result. What do you think? If you like it click the “like” button, and if you’re not a blogger comment. I treasure that. 🙂 Bye, love ya!
p.s. The photo of jeans on top looks like it’s mirrored but it’s not. 😀 It is just really proportional… 🙂
This dress was one of my latest DIYs and most definitely one of my hardest… From the beginning ’till the very end it took me….about…15 hours… Yap. I know… I gave myself a difficult task and I was working with materials terrible for a sewing machine… uh. But the result is here and I must say I’m proud of it, because I really, really wanted to succeed. 😀
It took me forever to make this dress, so I’m not going to write a lot about it, you can see everything in the pictures…
This was my inspiration:
I had pink top with lace in front for years and I haven’t worn it once. The ends were forming a triangle and it looked more like a corset so I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it… 🙂 But it was ideal for this project. I cut the ugly edge and made it straight. Also, I had pink underskirt from a long skirt I trow away few months ago. With having both, the top and the bottom, I “only” needed to sew. And un-sew. And sew. And un-sew. 😦 The top is partially made from thick lace and the pin in the sewing machine will sometimes not manage to grab it together with underskirt. But I wasn’t frustrated…..YET. 😀
This is how the dress looked after first sewing:
I forgot to mention the skirt. It is made from existing but old one which I wore several years in the summer months because of material which is sooooo light and comfy. Anyway, I had to remove the rubber on top, same as for underskirt and then the torture began…
I think I will never ever sew this kind of materials together. Ever. Just imagine sewing together something like thin polyester fill with million ruffles and thick lace. -.-‘
After five or six more hours I admitted defeat for the night, and went to bed. My hands were so sore that I had to wait few days to sew again. Finally I had to un-sew it again for the gazziliont time, and made just the front with rubber thread. I couldn’t look at it anymore (hahaha), so I gave it to someone else to finish the back. And this is how it came out: