Refashion it! The Bambi Shirt & Tips for stamping fabric

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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.
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Yay! I finally have new labels! I used to have woven labels which you had to sew on (and I still have loads left), but I really wanted some that relate more to my blog, so I got these which are printed and you can simply iron them on. You can machine wash them by 40°. I might use some of the old woven ones for delicate fabrics, though as I’m not so sure if they will stick to the fabric if ironed at lower temperatures.hand stamped Bambi tee by thisblogisnotforyou.comhand stamped Bambi tee by thisblogisnotforyou.comStamps need to be cleaned before the paint dries. There will be stains that stay, but that’s fine as long as all fluff and paint gets washed off.

10 Tips for Stamping a Tee

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Before you start, practise, practise, practise! It’s best to try stamp and paint on a piece of scrap fabric which is similar (in colour and structure)  to the one of your shirt.

1. Wash your fabric/tee. The colour lasts much longer if your fabric is pre-washed.

2. Place some cardboard between both layers of fabric. Don’t use newspaper as the ink might leave stains on light fabrics. I placed the tee on the cardboard and traced & cut around it. This really helped to keep the fabric even while stamping.

hand stamped Bambi tee by thisblogisnotforyou.com3. Don’t mix the fabric paint with water. You can do that, if the paint is water-based, but if you want to have a neat and sharp print which looks stamped, I recommend using the paint as it is. You will only need a tiny amount anyway and mixing the paint with water might lead to a slightly blurry outcome.

4. Apply the fabric paint to the stamp with a small dry brush. I prefer this to dipping the stamp directly into the colour. The outcome will be much better, neater and uniform.

5. Less is more. Don’t use too much paint, otherwise the image will get blurry and you won’t be able to see the details.

6. Apply a little paint to the stamp after each step to make sure that the contrast of the motifs is consistent.

7. Make sure to clean the stamp every once in a while with water. Leave to dry for a few minutes before continuing. This is to remove any fluff or dried on colour which could make your design blurry and uneven.

8. Press the stamp down with a quick, well-aimed movement and try to avoid shifting the stamp or fabric.

9. If you are stamping the whole tee in a continuous pattern, start at the back of the tshirt working your way from bottom to top (same in the front). This way you will have perfected the method when you reach the neckline. It’s important that neckline, shoulders & bust area look good, because that’s where the image/motif will be most visible. Give the paint enough time to dry before you turn the shirt over.

10. Iron the fabric from the wrong side for about 5 minutes to set the colour. After that your print is washable (have a look at the instructions on the paint).

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I loved this little stamp so much! So be prepared to see more Bambi tees on le blog in the future! I might even try to make a stamp myself using a rubber eraser – we’ll see! 🙂

Happy sewing!

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Oh lala, my dress form got bigger!

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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):

dress form size 34/36 (UK 8-10)

38 Euro  really isn’t much for a dress form and I can only recommend this one if you are approximately the size of the dress form (they sell them in different sizes). Mine is a 34/36 (UK 8/10) which is the closest to my size. However, I couldn’t really drape on the stand as she is much smaller around the hips and has a different shape. These dummys are often quite “round”, whereas a normal body (well, at least mine) is wider but also flatter at the same time. So even when the circumference measurements are the same, you might end up with a dress that doesn’t fit well (ask me how I know this!)

As many other lovely ladies out there, I’m of the pear-shaped kind and they don’t sell dress forms like that. I would probably need a size 34/36 bust and size 40 hip dress form. Luckily, I was smart enough to buy a dress form that was slightly smaller than I am, so I could alter her shape by adding wadding, pillow stuffing and muslin pieces. I sewed them onto the styrofoam with a curved upholstery needle.

Bad blogger I am I forgot to take pictures of the process. (Oh no!)  But here’s a link to a post from another blogger who basically did almost the same thing (in a more professional way hehe): Customising a tailor’s dummy

Here she is, pretty much looking like me 🙂
altering a dressform by thisblogisnotforyou.comDon’t look too close – she’s got a few bumps here and there, especially on her unmentionables, but I love her anyway.

Draping and making muslins is sooo much more fun now – the first muslin I draped on her fits like a glove. The blue ribbon I used as markings for my recent project (which is still top-secret). Here’s a glance – don’t even try to figure out what it’s gonna be!

altering a dressform by thisblogisnotforyou.comIf you don’t have a dress form and want a dummy which represents your size, there are different options for making one yourself.

Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons has posted about her paper maché dummy here.
This is one of the easiest ways of making a dummy. There are also much more complicated options out there.

I tried the Tilly version just before I decided to alter my already existing dress form. Why I didn’t post about it? This is why:

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This may look like a distorted version of a clone of me in a parallel universe but it’s totally unusable. I bet our neighbours almost got a heart attack when finding this headless mummy in the dustbin.

Problem with the paper tape/paper maché option:

  • If you don’t use enough tape, the whole thing will loose it’s shape when cut off your body.
  • If you use enough tape, this thing will be a lot bigger than you actually are (ask me how I know this).
  • Try not to tie up your unmentionables with the tape, otherwise your dummy end up looking like mine. Hooray!
  • And: I almost fainted since I couldn’t really breathe after adding the third layer. I started shouting at Mr Thisblogisnotforyou who had patiently wrapped me up in this %$§$% and then had to lay me down (by this time I was stiff and hard as a concrete plank not breathing and definitely not moving) and cut me out of this thing. My second near death experience (first time I choked badly while drinking water)!

Well, sometimes the easiest way is not the best way.

At least there was a happy end – now I’ve got a perfect dress form. I’m still looking for a name (I name everything. Even my bicycle and plants. I have to in order not to neglect them). My sewing machine’s already named Marilyn. So this one might become an Audrey or Coco or Dita. Ideas?


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5 tips for the weekend #7

Wow, it’s been ages since the last “5 tip for the weekend” post, I know. It’s back again!

Btw, I recently noticed that some of your comments ended up in my spam folder – now I keep checking it regularly before deleting the spam comments (although that’s totally annoying…), but in case your comment went missing before I started doing that – I’m sorry! I love all your lovely comments!!! Maybe I just need to get a better spam-filter.

#1 craft idea: paint some shoes!

shoe refashion

#2 movie you should see

“Coco before Chanel” 2009

I’ve seen this movie more than once and love it. It’s not full of action and certainly not suspense-packed, since we know how it ends, but Audrey Tautou portrays Gabrielle Chanel’s life before she became famous as Coco Chanel in such a beautiful way. It’s a must see for all seamstresses out there!

If you’re not convinced yet, here’s the trailer.

#3 book you won’t regret reading

“The secret life of Marilyn Monroe” – J.R. Taraborrelli

I’ve just finished this book and can only recommend it. It’s one of the few well-researched books about her, sweeping a lot of wrong facts and rumors out of the way. I enjoyed reading it and found it to be the best Monroe biography so far.

#4 recipe to try on the weekend:

Sun-dried tomato cilantro hummus!

Sun-dried tomato cilantro hummus

Doesn’t that look delicious? You can find the recipe at

#5 Play around with your camera and make a stop-motion short film!

It needs quite a bit concentration, but making a stop-motion short film is so much fun! It might be a challenge to get your children interested in this, but maybe you get them to make one of the process of tidying up their rooms 😉

This one made by some of my friends is absolutely adorable and inspiring:
(Watch out, their song will be stuck in your head all weekend 🙂 )

The Pursuit of Happiness from Martin Büttner on Vimeo.


We {love} Buttons – craft ideas with buttons

Wow, third button post in two days – I certainly love buttons 🙂

Recently, I got some really awesome retro ones from the boyfriend’s grandma. They were so pretty that I had to take pictures of them:

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comI especially love these. The black/white would be great on a b/w dress.

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyouCute for shorts or a white/dark blue blouse.

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comDefinitely my favorites! They are quite heavyweighted, but the anchors are just adorable.

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comI’ve so many of these leather buttons but I am still searching for a project idea. Any ideas?

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comFor a detachable collar or necklace?

we love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comwe love buttons - thisblogisnotforyou.comI love these, especially the creme coloured ones. Unfortunately, I have only two of them…

craft ideas with buttons by thisblogisnotforyou.comI have so many lovely gold/silver buttons and had a look around for some craft/sewing inspiration. This is what I found:

Project Inspirations for Gold/Silver Buttons

I especially love the last one. (I have exactly the same buttons!!)

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I also have loads of buttons in different sizes and colours. Here’s some inspiration I found:

Project Inspirations for Coloured Buttons

Hapa’s Eco Renewals has refashioned a pair of blue pants. Nice idea for all the colourful buttons I have left.

There will be definitely some button projects coming up in the near future 😉
Here are some ideas I’ve done so far:

refashioning clothes with buttons
Zipper and Buttons Bracelet
Buttons and Beads Braclet


5 tips for the weekend #6

#1 craft idea: DIY sharpie mugs

I love the simple and fun idea behind this DIY. So easy to make, so nice to look at!
Found at A Beautiful Mess.

#2 movie you should see

This 2006 adventure fantasy film may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of Dali-esque things, this film is a must-watch. Watching this movie you’ll get caught up in a surrealistic, epic fragmented story with incredibly beautiful shots and images. Although the main plot is a bit thin, it’s worth seeing it for the images alone.

#3 book you won’t regret reading

The less said about this book the better. Félix J. Palma created a true masterpiece and one of the best books I’ve ever read. Full of unpredictable surprises, wonderfully well-written and incredibly exciting! Perfect book for book-lovers, science-fiction fans and people who normally don’t like reading science fiction. You’ll certainly be able to make it through the 500+ pages in a weekend!

#4 recipe to try on the weekend


Make your own Guacamole! It only takes 10 minutes!

Here’s how I make it (very simple & very yummy & very healthy):

– 2 ripe avocados (mashed with two forks)
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– 1/2 minced onion
– 1 teaspoon coriander
– 1-2 chopped tomatoes
– 2-3 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
– pepper & salt

Mix well and serve with fresh bread, tortilla chips or cucumber or carrot sticks!

Guacamole is very versatile. You can try different things, for example add jalepenos, salsa, garlic, corn or cayenne pepper. This site  even suggests adding mango, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate or black beans. Find out your favorite version over the weekend!

#5 give your body a healthy treat: Do a juice cleanse over the weekend!



I did one last weekend and felt great afterwards. It’s such a good thing to do for your body and helps breaking bad eating habits.