403 posts tagged sewing
Neoprene is the stuff that they make wetsuits out of - and it’s all over the runway right now! One of the nice things about this fabric is that you don’t have to hem it (and it’s stretchy!). AP&AS has more great tips on how to whip up this skirt and how to use neoprene fabric, so click on through!
I’m not a big jeans wearer - my official uniform is dress, cardigan & leggings. But after seeing this DIY I’m thinking I might need to sew up a pair of leather cuff jeans to add to my routine! If you’re going to make yourself a pair, then make sure you have a heavy duty needle in your machine so you don’t end up with a broken needle.
This year I decided to start learning French, so I know that ‘Pochette Kitty’ means Kitty Purse. Progress! I’m keen to make this adorable purse for my niece who is a very stylish young lady and loves cats as much as I do, and is in her ‘accessorizing’ phase! Lucille has some amazing DIYs so if you head over to check this out make sure you see her other projects & art too.
If I could choose any store from America to come to Australia, it would be Anthropologie Not the clothes mind you, but the homewares! I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find A) Pretty tablecloths for my round dining table and B) Pretty table runners. Please note, this may be something to do with living in Adelaide! I don’t think I’m going to attempt tablecloths but when I saw this table runner I thought: I can sew a straight line, and I love pom poms - sold! Do you know what I thought this might be nice for as well? A throw for the end of your bed for a bit of colour and fun. Though to be honest, I would pom pom my whole house if I could. Now if someone can send me some round Anthropologie tablecloths I would be very appreciative xxoo
These might be the most stylish, pretty gym shorts I’ve ever seen! That might have something to do with the fabrics - lovely chambray in indigo and gorgeous Liberty of London cotton in Tana Lawn. Sigh, to have the funds to buy as much Liberty of London fabric that I want! This is probably a sewing project for those of you who have had some experience - but if you’re up for a challenge, you’ll learn some great skills on the way!
There’s nothing like a really nice bathrobe to feel a bit spoilt after a relaxing bath or shower! But it can be hard finding one that suits you. Some are a little too short, some are in a dodgy fabric, some are just too thick and heavy for Summer use. Making your own means you can choose your style and fabric. Lana has made hers in a lightweight jersey which is perfect for Summer and nice and stretchy (which equals comfy!)
One thing I love buying from op-shops is hand embroidered table cloths. When you think about how long it must have taken someone to embroider a whole table cloth - wow! So I feel like I’m saving something quite special. This gorgeous collar won’t take you as long to stitch as a table cloth, but it will be just as special. There’s a free template with the pattern to follow for the hand stitching - just make sure you do your stitching before you sew together your collar!
Pineapples are everywhere - skirts, shirts, shoes, pillows, wall art, fruit bowls. The spiky fruit is fun, tangy and makes me think of hot Summer days. If you’re into tart treat as much as me, this sparkly pouch will be right up your alley. Perfect for keeping makeup in check, a pretty pencil case or even to store your ipad in!
I’m currently re-reading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett for the… sixth time?! You can tell I’ve read it a lot because of all the dog ears throughout to keep my place. That’s right, I’m a dog-earer-er. I’m ashamed to admit it. So I’m going to whip up one of these easy fabric bookmarks to keep my place from now on - and give my poor book a break!
Do you love your state? I have to admit, I have seen a bit of the world and I’ll always love South Australia! Where else can you be hiking through the hills in the morning, shopping in the city at awesome bars at lunch, and enjoying dinner next to the ocean all in one day?! I love my state! If you love your state as much as me, show the world with this multi-coloured embroidery. Just Google your state and follow the directions to make your own stately masterpiece!
There is nothing like an easy, cool, soft & comfy dress that you can chuck on in Summer. This tshirt dress ticks all those boxes! It’s created from a tshirt and elastic, and Melly has some great tips on sewing with elastic (at the waist) if you’ve never attempted before.
To celebrate her book launch, Tilly & The Buttons is sharing one of the projects from her book on her blog - the very 60’s Brigitte head scarf! This is a very simple sewing project which is embellished along the edge with one of the decorative stitches in your machine. And if you’re wondering how to style your new scarf, Tilly has created a Pinterest board with lots of inspiration!
Detachable collars are a great way to change up an outfit without a lot of fuss. Great over tops or dresses, they’re a nice alternative to a necklace. This pretty sequin piece is fun and glitzy without being too over the top. Of course, if you’re not keen on sequins you can go for any colour/pattern/fabric you like!
I live every day in a dress. If I won the lottery I would go mad on ASOS just buying a million of them! But as I’ve said many times before, it ain’t gonna happen, so instead I think it’s time to bite the bullet and get to learning how to sew them! This is a great tutorial because you just use a top you already have as a template. I’m loving this chartreuse colour - and it goes so nicely with the nautical style accessories!
If you’re wanting to get into sewing your own clothes but not sure where to start, a simple skirt is a great place to start. The nice part about sewing your own clothes is you get to choose how long/short you want it to be and it will fit you perfectly. This project includes a covered elastic waist band which is probably the most difficult part. Then make a few more in different colours and lengths to fill out your wardrobe!