It’s spring and time to get rid of all these sweaters you haven’t worn in years! Before you throw them away, why not try a quick refashion? This way having lived a long boring life in your closet your sweater might at least have a chance to lead a short exciting life as a skirt before it gets replaced by all the lovely summer dresses we can’t wait for.
This is Rachael’s version of the Fairy Tale Cape! Isn’t it fabulous? I think it’s a real showstopper! She used purple velvet as her main fabric and decided to make it floor-length and to line the hood.
You know what this cape reminds me of?
I haven’t seen the movie yet (I’m only into the old Disney movies – Hakuna Matata, guys!) but I’ve seen enough pictures lately to immediately think of Elsa’s (?) cape in Frozen when I saw Rachael’s version.
I recently bought a white tee and refashioned it for my best friend’s birthday (yes, the one who also was lucky enough to get a made-to-measure bridesmaid dress for Christmas!).
I bought a tiny Bambi stamp on Amazon. I have loads of textile paint left from the time when I spent my days stamping totes and tees (pre-sewing machine days!) and used a basic black paint for light fabrics which I bought in Oslo years ago. This paint is tried and tested many times and I know that it lasts forever without loosing its colour.
if you’re a bird, i’m a bird
Welcome back guys! It’s time for Part 2 of our Hollywood-Sew-Along: The Notebook.
Part 1 was all about showing you our inspiration from the movie, now it’s time to share more concrete ideas and plans about patterns and fabrics we are using for our sew-along make. Part 3 will be, of course, all about our final pieces.
I haven’t started constructing the garment, yet (I’m the person who write the paper the day before the deadline. Sad, but true. time pressure = excuse for coffee!), but I sort of settled on the style and fabric I am going to use.
Hello my lovely readers and sewing nerds!
After the release of my debut pattern on Friday, I want to share the gorgeous capes with you which my awesome pattern tester gang made! The ladies did an amazing job and they all were super creative! Every cape looked absolutely stunning and I was amazed by how everyone added their own touch to the pattern. I can’t wait to see more capes popping up on the interwebs!
You can download the Fairy Tale Cape pattern here.
The first Fairy Tale Cape I want to share was made by Lisa (all photo credit goes to her):
I really do love this pattern, it is so refreshing to see something so different and unusual but as the same time feminine and useful. It was crazy easy to sew together, and overall a very enjoyable project with many possibilities for embellishment and personalisation.
Really cosy cape. Great to travel in – as its smart like a coat, but snuggly like a blanket, love the freedom to move around in!
Helloo best people in the world!
Good day, my dear sewing friends!
I hope you’re doing well, because I’m totally freaking out at the moment!
My Fairy Tale Cape pattern is back from spending the last four weeks with my lovely pattern tester gang and is almost ready for release. There are some bits and pieces left to do and minor changes to make and as if my schedule wasn’t busy enough I decided to release the pattern this Friday. This friggin’ Friday. Breaaaathe. This is not just for masochistic reasons, but also to keep myself from procrastinating and doing just about anything else but working on the pattern.
Hello, hello! I actually wanted to write this blogpost yesterday, but I HAD TO WATCH THE SEWING BEE! Seriously, how can one not love this show?
Anyhow, I thought I might share how I made and added some piping to the Kelly Skirt. This tutorial is a very basic one, so if you already know everything about piping you can read this, this or this instead.
Adding piping to seams is a very easy but effective way of adding some trim to a garment. Piping can be flat or corded. For my Kelly Skirt, I used twine and contrasting bias binding to make my own piping.
I never thought I would, but I feel like I’m becoming one of these jersey junkies! I made another jersey dress last week and the whole projects was so rewarding. It was super easy, quick and the fit of the dress is amazing. The fabric was just £1.50 pm. I love jersey!!
I have three belts which go perfectly with the dress:
These little guys will be my new helpers when I can’t use pins, e.g. for leather or delicate fabrics. Found at Tiger in Cambridge. During our very short trip to Cambridge, I also bought these super cute wooden buttons at the market.
Speaking of buttons, I spend my saturday evening sorting vintage buttons! I got two very large boxes of buttons from my grandma and a friend of hers. These included a lot of very cool vintage buttons, metallic, leather, mother of pearl and also a whole lot of 1960′s/1970′s plastic buttons. Woot, woot!
Last week I made a skirt. A high-waisted skirt. With pockets. And piping. Using fabric from my stash. Nothing went wrong. Hurray!
Last summer I helped Daniela (Ela Sews And Doesn’t Sleep) pick some fabric and lining for her Kelly Skirt when we went fabric shopping to Walthamstow together. Inspired by her beautiful version I now finally made one myself. And I wore it twice already! (First time when going fabric shopping with Daniela, of course, but this time we went to Goldhawk Road!)
I thought today is time for a quick challenge recap. As you know I’m working hard on my 27 Dresses Challenge so I can finally go and get an overlocker. If you haven’t heard about my challenge or need a quick refresher, here’s the original blog post.
I started the challenge almost exactly a year ago and I’m still not finished. Boo! Well, but that’s mainly because I’m really strict with myself and only count garments that are made from scratch. Refashions, accessoires and toddler pinafores do not count. Neither do kitchen aprons. That would be too easy. (FYI trousers and blouses do count. If I would only count dresses it would take me decades to get that damn overlocker, dudes!!)
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
***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 )