Moss Embroidery

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I have some sneak peeks from my costume for you today! I have time until Christmas break to finish it and even though there is still so much to do, I’m starting to see the end of it – I actually think it will be finished earlier. But so much time went into it already…. I spent three days dyeing and bleaching fabrics for the skirt alone! But the end is in sight, I ‘just’ need to assemble the corset – after I’ve finished embroidering the outer layer.

The inspiration behind the embroidery is moss and lichen growing on trees and rocks and I tried my best to get similar structures and textures. I used up to seven colours of embroidery floss, ranging from green and blue to brown and a burnt orange. I also incooperated three different kinds of glass beads, two matte, one shiny. The base fabric is a silk dupioni which I dyed into a blue-green – it also got this crashed look in the process, which is a perfect backdrop for the moss embroidery.

This isn’t really a tutorial, just a couple of progress pictures. Also, there really is no right or wrong way to do this, I just go with the flow and do whatever feels right. I’m basically making up the design as I go along and there is no way I could recreate it to 100% ever again. It’s random and organic and that’s why I love it so much. Also, please ignore that the colour of the fabric changes – the light went from bad to worse during the process and my camera needs to be replaced. The most accurate colour is probably in the second picture, in case you’re wondering.

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There is still a lot of work to do, but I think it will look great in the end… Let’s hope it’s going to be worth all the cramps in fingers and shoulders!

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DIY Shrug Tutorial

I have a very simple tutorial for a shrug today – with a little twist! It’s in 1:6, with Edie as my model. The big bonus when making samples on such a small scale: If you mess up, you don’t waste too much fabric. And I also had a lot of fun getting one of the dolls out again and playing a bit! But don’t worry, you can still make this shrug for yourself, in the right scale, I’ll explain everything below.

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Here is what you’ll need:

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  • fabric
  • measuring tape
  • thread
  • pins
  • fabric shears
  • thread scissors (optional)
    About the fabric: I used a lightweight jersey, because when working on a small scale, using light fabric is key. I recommend knits, you could use anything from drapey jerseys to more stuctured or heavy doubleknits. Keep in mind that it will affect the look of the shrug, it’s going to be more flowy/stiff depending on your choice.

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Next, time to take some measurements. First, the width. Measure the distance from the mid of your forearm, all the way across to your other arm. Add 1 cm on each side as seam allowance. The total width is 17+1cm in this case (I only used 0,5 cm seam allowance, becausew everything is so tiny already).

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For the length of the rectangle, I measured from Edie’s shoulder down to her hips and then doubled that number (9×2=18). I did not add seam allowances, because I’m lazy and the fabric doesn’t unravel: I’m leaving both armholes and hem unfinished.

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Next, fold the rectangle right sides together and sew the sideseams. Leave an opening (ca. 15cm) at the top, where the fold is. These are going to be the armholes. If desired, finish them by turning them under twice and topstitiching, or using bias tape… it’s up to you!

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Turn everything inside out, press the seams and finish the hem. And that was it! So easy!

shrug - Lassemista

shrug - Lassemista

shrug - Lassemista

Framed Fabric DIY

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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)

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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.

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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 :)

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Fabric Pencil Case: Last-Minute Present

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I have a very easy gift idea for you today, which ticks all the boxes: It is fast to make, simple, pretty and practical. And there is a lot of room for customization! It is a fabric pencil case. I made the one you can see here for my niece and already filled it with coloured pencils. Two gifts in one! Here’s how you can make one yourself:

You’ll need:

  • two fabric rectangles, ca 32x21cm + seam allowances (the size is up to you, just make sure that it’s not too short and the pens aren’t sticking out).
  • 2x interfacing in the same size (optional)
  •  2,5cm wide elastic, 28cm long (again, you can make it longer/shorter)
  • 66cm ribbon
  • matching or contrasting thread

A note on the fabric: You might want to choose a darker colour for the insides, as it gets dirty rather quickly – you will definitely end up with coloured streakes from pushing the pencils through the elastic channels, so choose a colour that conceals these marks a bit. Also, the fabric should have a certain stiffness, but if not, that’s no problem – just use fusible interfacing to make it sturdier!

After interfacing the two fabrics, you’ll want to sew the elastic onto the inner fabric and to create the channels. To do that, mark the centre of the rectangle (simply fold it in half) and the place the elastic along that crease, onto the right side. Think about how many pencils you want to fit into the case and how thick they will be. I recommend making bigger and smaller channels (1,5cm and 1cm), so that you can use it for a variety of pens. Then just sew a few times across the elastic to secure it and continue to do so the entire length of it. And you’re already halfway through!

Fold the ribbon in half and place it onto the fabric, at the same hight of the elastic. The second fabric goes on top (right sides together), so that the ribbon is sandwiched in between the two layers. Sew around the edge, leaving a small gap open. Trim the seam allowances and clip the corners and turn it inside out. Make sure that the corners are sharp and give it a good press. If you want to, you can either close the gap with a few handstitches or topstitch the whole pencil case – just like I did.

And that’s it! You have new pencil case, ready to be filled!

pencil case diy

pencil case diy

pencil case diy

Last-Minute Gift: Fabric Baskets

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Are you still looking for Christmas gifts? Maybe something handmade, something that is quick and easy to sew and requires only a small amount of fabric (perfect for stashbusting)?

Well, maybe you want to try these little fabric baskets. They are perfect for storing small things, wether it’s in your sewing studio or bathroom. And you can easily make them in various sizes and play around with different colour combinations and unexpected patterns. Another plus is that they come together quickly – they also work as last-minute gifts! For the baskets, first of all, you’ll need your template. Depending on the size you want, your measurements might vary, but mine (for the grey one) were:

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Keep in mind that you want to fold the top over, so don’t make it too short!

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Now cut your pieces out of the fabric of your choice, using the template as your guide. Don’t forget to add seam allowances! Also, cut out some fusible interfacing and adhere it to the wrong side of your pieces (I only had pink interfacing left…).

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Next, sew the side seam and the bottom shut. Remember to leave an opening at the bottom on one of the pieces. Then take the two corners of the rectangle you cut out earlier and join them together, in order to form a right angle to the bottom. Get what I mean?

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Repeat that on the other side and other piece and press all the seams. Next, put one piece into the other, so that both their right sides are facing each other – only the interfaced sides are visible. Sew the two top edges together and flip the pieces, so that the wrong sides are on the inside: Pull one piece through the gap on the bottom of the other one.

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Sew the gap shut (either by hand or with the machine) and topstitch the edge. Press and you’re done!

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Fish Brooch

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Over the weekend, I felt the urge to do something – I needed to be creative :) So instead of making something for my dolls, I decided to make something for myself. I did not want to sew anything, but rather embroider and embellish something. And then I stumbled over Michele Caragher’s website and I knew what I wanted to make – a fish brooch inspired by her work. Make sure to check out her galleries, she makes amazing things, pieces of art, actually! I spent quite some time figuring out how she did the fish and I came up with my own method. I’m sure that there are easier and faster ways to achieve what I did, but I thought it might be interesting to share the process with you!

I started with felting a fish shape in different tones of blue and white, to give it more three-dimensionality. Also, I don’t have to stitch so much, as the felt is supposed to shine through.

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Next, I embroidered the head and stitched along the side of the fish with regular sewing thread in light yellow, blue and green. I also added details to the head – the eyes and the mouth. Then, I sewed on little gold sequins, which represent the scales.

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I continued adding glasss beads in various colours and made tiny loop-stitches to give the fish more texture.

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And that’s basically it! I cut the fish out, turned the edges under and sewed a piece of fabric onto the back, to give it a cleaner finish.

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What do you think? I am really happy with the result, I hope you like it as well!

Statement Earrings

You may know by now, that I am a huge Dolce & Gabbana fan – I love nearly everything they make. This summer collection was no exeption and I especially found their striped dresses very inspiring, as well as their huge earrings. (pictures by style.com)

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So when I saw some earring-frames, I immediately knew what I would do with them!

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I don’t have a tutorial for you, but making the earrings is really easy, the only time-consuming thing is making the tassels. But I finished the red ones in an hour! I actually bought ready-made earrings and just cut the threads and added the beads/tassels, but I think you could also find the frames in a craft-store. So after I removed the old threads, I restringed the frames and added the coins and beads/tassels and sequins. Nothing easier than that!

I am already looking forward to the show on sunday, I hope they’ll have another Italy-inspired collection – but I’ll be happy and probably amazed by anything they’ll come up with! :)

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And I also bought two new sunglasses from H&M, the black one will be customized soon, so stay tuned!

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