Let me warn you – this post contains a LOT of pictures.
I always love to see what other creative people make, but what I love even more is seeing how they actually did it. Making-of posts are probably my favourites.Projecting the same onto you and assuming you like to see lots of bad pictures of unfinished stuff, I wrote up this post about how I made the leather bag from two thrifted leather coats.
Since we can’t get enough of her, here’s another before pic of this creepy beauty:
After weeks of hurting fingers, broken needles and a lot of frustration, I finished my leather coat refashion. The outcome? A leather bag!
It was certainly not an easy and quick refashion project, that much I can tell you. Especially since it was my very first time sewing with real leather (rant ends here).
I found these two beauties in a thrift store a few weeks ago (6 pounds each!):
(Is there a tree in my flat? Sort of.)
Hellooo all you sewing and vintage lovers! I’m so excited about this post!
A Sewalong! A Sewalong series! A Hollywood movie themed Sewalong series!
After some months of emailing ideas back and forth, me and some other lovely sewing friends teamed up for a Hollywood movie themed Sewalong. Our first Sewalong movie is “The Notebook”. Love it or hate it, but the outfits worn by the character Allie Hamilton (Racheal McAdams) is just too adorable.
Here’s our lovely team of sewing enthusiats:
Freya from The Dressmaking Diaries
Courtney from Makesphere
Three weeks ago I sewed with real leather for the first time. And after three weeks, that brief affair is coming to an end. Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast.
At first I loved leather. Leather smelled good. Leather looked fancy. Leather liked me. Cutting through leather was such a joy.
And then I began sewing. Marilyn* doesn’t like leather. It’s sticky (imagine going down a slide with naked buttocks, not that I have tried this!) and it’s hard to sew through when you have more than three layers. I ended up having to sew A LOT of seams by hand. Not that I don’t like that in general. I love me some monotonous hand sewing after a stressful day! BUT. Sewing leather by hand is NOT fun. After three weeks my fingers hurt. My wrists hurt and the index finger and thumb on my right hand have been trembling and twitching uncontrollably for the last three days.
I managed to squeeze in a refashion project in my crazy busy week. While watching one of the most brainless shows on German television (it was a thursday night, guess what it was ) I embroidered the neckline of a simple grey tee I bought for £3.50 at Primark.
As you know, I don’t go clothes shopping anymore since I prefer to re-/upcycle or sew things myself. Occasionally, I go and buy a pile of basic shirts to wear under my sleeveless dresses, though. I just did this last week and bought grey, black and navy longsleeved tees.
After being a bit ill (and lethargic, blogging-wise) I finally managed to write up the ‘tutorial’ for my Anthro-inspired apron. I use quotation marks because I realised that I actually didn’t take quite as many pictures of the process as my busy brain had imagined. Oooppsi.
Well, think of it as an entertaining collection of commented making-of pictures. You will surely unterstand the process, since it’s really not that complicated. Think as if you had to sew with Burdastyle pattern instructions – at least I have pictures
Yes, you have read correctly: I am looking for some eager sewing nerds to test an upcoming pattern (made by moi, of course)!
***UPDATE: I have found quite a few fantastic pattern testers now. From now on I won’t be able to take on more. THANKS for the amazing feedback everyone!***
It will be the first of several PDF patterns you will be able to download from thisblogisnotforyou.com.
However, it is not yet clear whether all of these patterns will be completely free of charge. There will be freebies for sure (hiphiphurray!), but it depends a bit on how elaborate some of these patterns will be.
Hellooo sewing nerds!
After a nice long weekend I have yet another refashion project for you! This thime I cut apart a sweater dress (yes, again) and at the same time recycled one of my old tops.
Here’s the ‘before’ pic of the dress which I recently got from a friend for refashion purposes (Yes, my friends do that now. And I love it. But I always mention that there’s no gurantee of ever getting it back in one piece. Chop, chop )
Fabulous Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses contacted me a little while ago, asking me whether I wanted to be a contibutor on her new blog – Yes!
I barely get any Zzzs anyway between work, all my projects and blogging, so what the heck! And it’s always exciting to start something brand new together.
So head over to Spread Your Wings And Craft now and check out all the cool tutorials and project ideas from Hannah, me and a bunch of other very talented bloggers!
Stay in touch!
A little while ago, I ordered some shrink plastic online since I’d seen so many lovely projects using shrink plastic.
Here’s my first go at using shrink plastic to make jewellery. I don’t really like how the bird cage earrings turned out, but I love the bobby earrings. I made them for my sister who was obsessed with them on her last visit.
It was easier than I thought, the main problem was figuring out how much the plastic actually shrinks in the end. I started working on some Alice in Wonderland themed jewellery, but I have to finish quite a few sewing projects first, before I can continue working on that
Hello my lovelies!
As you know, I was popping into the Anthropologie store the other day (still dancing around my brandnew Elisaliex pattern). I love almost everything they have, but it’s almost all beyond my budget (Seriously, 20 pounds for a kitchen clock?). Except for the By Hand London patterns, I have never bought anything there, especially when most of times I like something, I think ‘Hey, couldn’t I make that myself? Haven’t I seen a tutorial for this?’.
Last week I saw these cuuuuute aprons (40 pounds) and looked them up online when I was back home.
As promised, here comes the tutorial for the cute sewing machine cover I made last weekend. I looove it. My sewing space (which is basically 90% of our flat) looks so much better now (and tidier – probably the main reason why Mr Thisblogisnotforyou likes it very much).
The cover is rather simple to make, depending on how much detail you want to add. As the lining is the same shape an size as the fabric, you can also make your cover reversible (you sew the cover part twice and use one instead of the lining).
This might be interesting for all the London-based peeps!
I popped into the Anthropologie store on King’s Road (SW3) today and what did I find in the sale section? My heart skipped a beat as I found myself standing in front of a pile of By Hand London patterns. I didn’t even know they were selling these at Anthropologie. Anyway, you can get them there for 50% off at the moment (£ 5.95)!
I got a pile of 80s & 90s knitting magazines from Mr Thisblogisnotforyou’s grandma last year and thought I might share some of the gems I found in there with you guys. That time when magazines were named after woman’s names… “Diana”, “Ingrid”, “Constanze” and “Anna”, hehe!
I was actually surprised to find quite a few sweaters that would still (or rather, again) be considered as ‘pretty cool’ today. I would love to wear these:
This little number is also quite cute. Love the white sweater dress and the blazer. Not quite so sure about the shoulder pads and matching hat, though.
… with fabric from my stash!
Yes. I can’t believe it myself. Seems that I’m quite successfull with ticking off things from my resolutions list (so far). The sewing machine cover wasn’t officially on the list, but on one of the projects lists I have had in my head for months.
I had last Friday off (yay!) and was looking for a project that a) was neccessary, b) would be done in less than a day (no tracing of Burda patterns!), c) I could make from fabric scraps and fabric from my stash. After the cape, this is now my second project in the new year using fabric from my way too big stash.
Ooops. How did that happen? Does she know this looks a bit…a lot...like a fairytale costume?
Yes, she does!
Sewing a hooded cape using a bright red knit fabric, I was aware of that. And I love it. Not only do I love fairytales, I also think that the cape looks chic enough to be actually worn, not only on costume parties. (I hate these by the way. Except for when they’re Star Wars or Burlesque themed.)
How did it happen?
It’s that time of the year again… So here comes a quick recap of last year’s Valentines DIY ideas and articles.
How about some cute Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards *made by me* ? Check them out by clicking on the picture below.
In case you’re looking for a cute DIY idea for your loved one – here’s one! I enjoyed making this one last year and Mr Thisblogisnotforyou loved it!
However, if you’re not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, this article might be for you.
I love thrifting.
I never thought I would. I did not like the idea of buying things other potentially creepy strange people had worn before me. Until I moved to London – there are so many charity and secondhand shops here!
After strolling through some of them I soon noticed that not everything in there was smelly and old-fashioned and that you can find pretty cool things hidden between many not-so-cool things if only you look hard enough.
I enjoyed reading all these resolution lists last week, and since one of my sewing/blogging resolutions is “Make Lists & Plan Projects ahead”, I thought it would be a good start to begin the year with my own list of “re-sewlutions”.
- Make Lists & Plan Projects Ahead
- Organise Patterns & Fabrics
- Take Part In The Stash Diet (instead of buying and hoarding!)
- Draft More Patterns (at least one every two months!)
- Publish A Pattern On The Blog
- Sew A Winter Coat
- Sew A Chanel-style Jacket
- Sew Menswear
I love blazers. I love red. Bright red blazers can look really cool, but this one was a weird mixture of too bold and too boring.
I love that it’s a jersey blazer, which kind of makes it more casual (since I don’t go to fancy events too often). But I thought that some contrasting colour was missing. It was just too red.
Look at all the red. RED.
I love to combine red and black and found that beautiful black lace in my fabric stash that has been waiting its turn for quite some time.