In case you missed last years Christmas DIY posts, here’s a short recap! Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to do anything like that this year, but there will be some sewing projects coming up soon!
If you’re into origami or you’d like to try, check out my 3D paper star tutorial!
Two easy candle DIYs!
If you’re having guests staying at your house during the Christmas season, you might enjoy this bedtime candy DIY!
Hi everyone! Yes – I’m still alive (and making handmade stuff)!
I was busy working and helping to prepare my brother’s wedding. My sewing machine is covered in dust and my to-sew-list keeps growing relentlessly. But while babysitting a few times a week I still get to knit quite a lot.
I’ve made two beanies, two pairs of mittens and a scarf so far. Working on socks and a third beanie at the moment. Enough wool to get started on a couch blanket is on its way
Helloooo! I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last post. Yeah, I should be ashamed. But I’ve been working hard, both at my job and at my creative space at home. I try and make several little projects at the moment that are not blog post-worthy yet. And I’ve been knitting. A lot. I finished a scarf, a beanie, one mitten and am now working on the second one.
Last weekend I decided to make something without a pattern. I had this very cool cotton jersey I scored at the fabric swap in August, so again a didn’t-cost-me-a-penny-dress.
The secondhand store around the corner had a huge seasonal sale a few weeks ago and they sold EVERYTHING for 1pound only. I bought quite a few things without even trying them on (they all fit like a glove) and some plus-sized skirts for the occasional weekend refashion project.
In this sale I found this rather ugly and way too long beauty which screamed “refashion!”:
Not only was it way too long (mid-calf) but it also had the fly in the center front which certainly wasn’t very becoming. The original size was a size 20 (UK)/46 (Eur).
Hello there! Finally! A sewing-related post It’s been a while!
I’m happy to annouce that I finally finished sewing up my first jacket. (#15 of my 27 Dresses Challenge, btw!)
I scored 3 metres of a pretty greenish/blueish cotton plaid at the last fabric swap in Goldhawk Road and went through my pile of Burda magazine looking for a jacket or blazer pattern.
I came across this leather puff sleeve jacket which I really loved and thought I’d give it a try. It’s from Burdastyle 8/2013, #113.
Yes, I’m still alive. And yes, I’m still busy and need to figure out my new work schedule, sewing and blogging balance. To prove to you that I’m still working hard on my 27 Dresses Challenge, I even took some pics of my Work In Progress *spoiler alert*!
But first of all I wanted to share some of the stuff I admired (and bought) at the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton last Sunday. Daniela from Ela Sews And Doesn’t Sleep invited me to come with her, which was super sweet and if she hadn’t asked me I wouldn’t have known about the Crafty Fox Market in the first place. The location was absolutely wonderful, but I forgot to take pictures.
I wanted to share something with you I made without using my sewing machine!
I love inspiring pictures and photographs and also keep collecting postcards from museum gift shops. I wanted to hang these up on the wall without having to make too many holes in the wall.
Here are three super easy and fun ways to decorate your walls with your inspiration or pictures.
I made this useing polystyrene sheets (these were left from the packaging material of our IKEA wardrobe) and duct tape.
Hi my lovely readers!
Here is the promised tutorial for those of you who are interested in how I made my maxi dress. Warning! This post got way too long. I recommend reading through first, before starting to cut your fabric
As I mentioned in my last post, I always wanted to make a maxi dress. I’m not a big big fan of the slightly shapeless jersey versions you see everywhere, although I bet these are super comfy. I wanted to make something easy, yet a bit elegant and thought of something like this:
Believe it or not, I finally managed to sew a maxi dress! I never had one and always wanted to make one (just buying one is way too easy and boring!). I already had bought fabric for at least 3-4 different ones, everything already planned out in my head. But – oops – summer is almost over. Bummer.
It was a super busy summer and for some reason I worked on so many things, but forgot my maxi dress plans.
Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Sabrina’s feature! I’m very excited about the feature today, as I’ve met this little lady in real life! I met her at a London blogger meet up and was delighted to have found a fellow German seamstress living in London! Pretty cool, eh? You will be surprised when you learn that she just recently started blogging – you absolutely can’t tell! Her blog, her pictures and her makes are amazing and if you’re a big fan of sewing, quilting, knitting or guinea pigs – you must check out this blog!
I wanted to write this post days ago, but I was busy writing applications and going to job interviews. Fun times!
***Warning! This post contains very bad blurry selfies!***
In between all this post graduate madness I managed to whip up these cute corduroy shorts, which I call “end of summer shorts” as they are short enough for the last sunny days, but due to the corduroy can also be worn with thick tights when it gets colder. Genius, eh?
Hi my lovely readers! It’s Featuring You time again – this time I’m happy to introduce a very skilled lady, who loves sewing, knitting, gardening, etc., makes use of beautiful vintage prints and has the most swoon-worthy garden mood boards on earth. If you love flowers, fabric, a great sense of humour and beautiful photographs – this blog is definitely for you!
A few weeks ago I went on my occasional shopping spree at Primark to find things to upcycle. What I found? White canvas shoes for 3 pound a pair. I was so happy that I bought four pairs. Yep, four. (I have to admit though, one for Mr Thisblogisnotforyou and one for a friend)
I still had tons of fabric paint at home (I used to paint bags and Tshirts before I bought my Marilyn (my sewing machine).
I customised a pattern using Photoshop and printed it out to use it as a template.
You probably haven’t noticed as you hopefully focus your attention on the dresses I make and not the dummy wearing them, but my dress form is now a curvier lady.
Actually, she’s got my curves as I customised my former dummy by padding her out, giving her exactly my measurements.
I don’t really have any ‘before’ pictures of her, since I normally photograph her wearing more or less pretty dresses, but I found a picture on Amazon (where I bought her April last year):
Hello my lovely readers! Today I will be featuring Freya May, a great seamstress and all-round talent. Besides sewing, she loves all things creative: knitting, writing, drawing, baking etc. and in the meantime is working on her MA dissertation! Sounds familiar? Her blog is about everything I love doing myself. (I wish you’d live closer to London, Freya May! Hehe.) - Well, luckily, I just finished my dissertation! I’ve been following her blog for quite a while now and hope you will, too!
Hello my lovely readers!
After using this dress for making a fun and super easy Beach Dress pattern I finally got down to doing what I was supposed to do: taking off the sleeves. My mum gave it to me to alter the sleeves and make them less flutter-sleeve-like.
Since it was a rather quick and easy refashion I thought I’d share it with you.
Hey everyone! I just quickly wanted to share the second reversible tie-side pinafore I made from the Little Dress Kits pattern I reviewed a few weeks ago!
I made another version, just using the pattern and my own fabric – a cute pink polkadot and a green cupcake cotton. This time I also found a cute little model (who was allowed to keep it after the photo shoot, of course ) and took these pictures – isn’t she adorable?
Stay in touch!
Thanks everyone for your lovely responses to last weeks Featuring You guest post by Amy from SewsNBows!
This week, I’m very happy to introduce this very versatile and chic young lady to you: Hannah. I’ve been a follower of hers for quite a while now and am totally on love with everything she makes. If you love vintage clothing, girly dresses and everything that’s cute – prepare yourself for this lovely sewing blogger!
Well Hello There! My name is Hannah Smith and I blog over at Made with Hugs and Kisses where I share my obsession with sewing and all things creative.
Hello fellow sewing enthusiasts!
My lovely mum recently sent me a dress to make alterations and I decided to make a pattern from it first before cutting it apart. It’s a super easy and super quick sew and I thought I’d share it with you.
This is the dress I will refashion (taking off the sleeves). The blue one is the version I made yesterday.
In this post I’ll share the pattern and instructions on how to sew everything together. It’s one size fits all!
All you need