April

This April, I…

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  • finished, printed and finally handed in my diploma thesis
  • and the portfolio of my collection
  • cut into my precious Liberty fabrics
  • bought two new pairs of shoes
  • enjoyed the warm spring weather
  • visited the editorial offices of a local newspaper
  • ordered the most wonderful set of watercolours
  • made pair of shorts for my sister
  • got a positive answer for an internship in June and July
  • fell in love with brush lettering

pink gras

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Marylin

cherries

Favourite

bondi harvest cookbook

The Bondi Harvest cookbook found its way home :) It was a birthday present from my parents and I’m so happy it finally arrived. I already tried one of the recipes (wild rice, pickled zucchini and mozzarella salad – delicious) and its generally just a beautiful book to flick through: I love the relaxed vibes of their youtube channel and that feeling also comes across with this book. Would definitely recommend it!

May Challenges

May is upon us and that means two challenges for me this year!

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First up, Me-Made-May-2016. I participated last year, but I will step up my game this year: Instead of wearing two handmade garments each week, I pledge to wear at least four. The garments must be in seperate outfits, wearing four in one will count as one! Repeats are ok, though. It should be a challenge, but not impossible to master :) I might post an update in the second week or participate through instagram as well – I’m not yet sure. I will post a roundup with all the pictures and outfit details at the beginning of June, and tell you how it went.

a sketch a day challenge

The second challenge I set myself is to draw more. Remember when last year, I posted a sketch a week? I kind of lost interest in drawing, because it suddenly felt  like a burden, something I needed to do – the lightness and spontaneity were gone and I ended up posting mostly older sketches, as I hardly produced any new ones. But the urge to draw is coming back and so I’m starting this little challenge tomorrow: A sketch a day, throughout May 2016. I’m so excited about this one! I already organized all my painting supplies and secretly ordered my dream watercolour set… shhh! It’s the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 colours set. It won’t arrive until the 12th of May (or maybe even 1st of June), but I literally can’t wait. Ahhh, the wait is killing me already :). I also have my eyes on the aqua brushes from Pentel, but I’ll probably buy them locally, as the prize is the same (the watercolours were a lot cheaper online, even with shipping included!).

So I guess you can tell I’m excited about this challenge! I don’t know how/if I’ll show you the results (trying to eliminate all the pressure), maybe a few on instagram as well? I’ll see!

Framed Fabric DIY

framed fabric diy

I bought some beautiful Liberty Tana Lawn when I was in London last year and I didn’t want to waste any of it – not even the smallest scraps! These are holy-grail-fabrics for me and I could look at them all the time, like some crazy fabric-obsessed person that I am :)

I decided to make use of the leftovers (blouses, a skirt and a part of a dress where made out of Strawberry Thief and Lodden so far – you’ll see them soon) and frame them. Perfect solution and so easy to make! I’ll show you how you can frame your own favourite fabric below:

Let’s gather our supplies first. You’ll need:

  • frame (mine is a vintage oval one)
  • fabric
  • cardboard (I recycled the back of an old notebook)
  • pencil
  • scissors (+ fabric shears, but just paper scissors work well too)
  • glue stick
  • washi tape
  • ruler (optional)

framed fabric diy

Step 1: Put your frame on top of the cardboard and trace around the opening/window. Next, add at least 1cm around the shape you just traced – otherwise the cardboard won’t sit properly ‘inside’ the frame and will fall out. (Excuse the ugly back of my frame, I have no idea what was in it before)

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Step 2: Cut it out!

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Step 3: Test the size – you might need to trim the cardboard a bit: It should fit snuggly, without warping or bending.

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Step 4: Time to think about pattern placement. My frame is quite small, so I can only showcase a section of the whole pattern. Once you have made your choice, use the cardboard as a template and put in onto the wrong side of your fabrc. Trace around it. Again, add a 1cm allowance! Cut the fabric out.

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Step 5: Clip the edges of the fabric. This will help when glueing the fabric on – it will look much smoother. If you have a rectangular frame, only clip the corners.

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Step 6: Apply glue onto the edge of the cardbord (Only on the wrong side – there shouldn’t be any glue on the right side, as it could cause wrinkles in the fabric.). Then pull your fabric over the edge and press it down into the glue. Make sure it’s smooth and tight – but not so thight that you distort the cardboard! There might be some folds where the fabric overlaps, but that’s ok :) Once you’re finished, let the glue dry completely before you move on to the next (and last!) step.

framed fabric diy

Step 7: Secure the cardboard into the frame. Yours might come with small nails or clips, but mine doesn’t have that: I’m keeping it in the right place with some washi tape (advantage – it can be pulled off easily in case I might want to replace the farbic).

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And that’s it! So simple and quick. Now make many more :)

framed fabric diy

Favourite

photo shooting

Helped a friend/classmate shoot her lookbook today. It was super cold (isn’t it supposed to be spring?) and super windy (which made us feel even colder), but a lot of fun – and the pictures turned out great. My shooting is postponed to the end of May: I originally wanted to shoot everything in February, but then there wasn’t enough snow and let’s be honest, the models would have frozen to death. But anyway, today was great! Except for the results of the president’s elections today, which are a disaster….

Bedazzled

bedazzled sweater

I had some thick black jersey left over from a school project and I wanted to make a simple, oversized sweater out of it. There wasn’t enough fabric to make it as baggy and oversized as I wanted it and it ended up being anything but simple…

bedazzled sweater

The pattern is super simple: four rectangles. The sleeves are tapered at the wrists and the shoulders are slightly angled and elongated – the sleeves start approx. 10cm below the shoulder. There is no shaping in this sweater whatsoever – the sideseams are straight and there are no darts. I thought that it looked a bit boring like this, with its plain boat neck and slightly unflattering fit (right between thight and loose/baggy) and so I added some crochet/lace details. How are these little appliqués called? There are three different types of flowers and some mini pompoms as well. Looks a bit like winter to me, but the days are still chilly in the morning, so I guess I’ll still get some wear out of it this season.

bedazzled sweater

Oh, and those awesome mirrorball leggings? I wish I could say I made them as well, but they are actually from H&M – not from their regular collections, though, but from the Maison Martin Margiela collaboration in 2012. I loved this one! I bought 2 pairs of shoes, painted trousers and a thick sweater as well and my mother got some really cool jackets and accessoires – that was a good one..

bedazzled sweater

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back to sewing

First of all, thanks for your responses – I have a hard time asking people for a favour, but I felt quite relieved afterwards.

Anyway, my favourite thing this week was actually school – surprise! We are finally starting a new project after we finished our collections and it was so nice to sew something different. We are making the prototypes for our exams, which are at the end of may. Our theme will be something like ‘shirt details’ and how we incooperate these classic elements into an outfit. I chose to make a pair of trousers and some kind of tunic with slits at the side to go with it – you’ll see what I mean soon, because the top is already finished! Looks like I found my sewjo again :)