Monday, July 5, 2010

Make it monday #1

 Hey all! Welcome to Make It Monday!
Today's tutorial is based off a bag I've made to sell on etsy (you can check out the finished bag here for sale on etsy), but today I'll go through it step by step so you can make it yourself!
 Note: If sewing this by machine, when sewing the sides together to so with the right sides facing each other, & machine stich together. If sewing by hand, use a blanket stitch in a decrative thread colour (the same colour as your contrast colour) to sew them together (here's a handy video tutorial for it!). You may also want to hem the top of the bag (with an allowance of 1 cm - this means fold 1 cm of fabric over, pin, and sew together) before sewing the straps on.

Note: Again, either machine stitch or blanet stitch the straps along each edge of the strap to the bag.
Voila! You have your own handmade tote bag! Post pics of your own in the comments!
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Much love,

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Quick update

Hrrmf, my laptop is dying. Letters keep falling off the keyboard and now it takes about 10 finger smashes to get the k to work. That sentence was really hard to write with that problem!

An awesome blog I'm loving - Things We Forget. With cute illustrations and insightful pieces of advice, which the author puts up around cities in their travels, this is one to keep an eye on.
One recent note:

Stay tuned, tomorrow I'll be posting a tutorial on how to make - I'm undecided - a cute patterned skirt or a little purse? I'll figure it out and tomorrow you'll get to see it!

Lots of love!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New bag

I'm a university student. I live in a university sharehouse, with 4 other people. I may have started to monopolise a good portion of the lounge room with my fabric, sewing machine and other bits and bobs. At present there are 2 milk crates, 1 suit case, and 3 of those 50 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm plastic storage boxes of fabric in the corner of our lounge room. I've been sewing for so long, and have such little self control when it comes to buying stuff, that all of it has started to build up. A lot. So now I'm going to make some more of the smaller things to use up a lot of remnants from bigger projects and stored fabric I've got. So lots of purses and bags to come!

Slouchy bag in a floral forest vintage print:

I really like this one, but I really should post it on etsy, I need to list more over there. Buying fabric = making my own clothes = saving money BUT buying fabric + buying clothes + making clothes = brokety brokety broke broke :( ergo I need to make less bits and bobs for me (or stop buying clothes...but this is not going to happen).

I shall probably post some more pictures of the other things I've made a bit later (the b button on my laptop is dying, making typing very poo).

Much love!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Etsy listings

Two new etsy listings!

1. Black and white crocheted checkered beret:

2. Floral 60's print fitted bustier

I made both pieces this weekend, the bustier I''ve been wanting to make for a while, but I want to make another version with a fitted (underwire) cup and straps. After I head to Spotlight tomorrow I'll probably make one tomorrow again :)

Lots of love,


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Etsy listing: Nautical halter dress

Another new item listed on my etsy!

A nautical print halter dress in a bombshell '50s style, perfect for spring with some red heels or winter with some leggings and boots!

Item is listed here on etsy! :)

Much love,


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dress: work in progress

Another dress (I have time, I make things! This is how my life works (when it's not full instead of watching Simpson/Futurama DVDs in procrastination)) :

This dress still needs to be hemmed, its about a size 14, halter dress that ties at the neck. It's a bit darker than in the photo (well it's 2 am and I just took the pic so offsetting that is not so good). It'll probably be listed on Etsy tomorrow night.

Argh, anyways, goodnight!


Dresses: past creations

These are some other peices, mostly dresses, I've made this year. For the majority of the things I make I either make a pattern, then the peice and play around with it (letting seams in and out/lengthening/etc.) until I get it how I want and then label and store the pattern, or I just cut and play with the fabric until it's something I like and then I make a pattern from that. These are some things I've made this year.

Zebra print halter mini dress for a uni ball costume - pattern & design by me :)

Blue and white dress - size 14

Blue and white dots, strapless dress with a-line skirt, size 14

Same pattern as the previous one, a strapless a-line dress in a cartoony print.

Strapless maxi/evening/sundress, gathered at the bust, crepe fabric with an oriental print in whites/yellow creams/blues, size 8-14. This ones currently listed on etsy over here.

My exams finally finished today! This means many more things to come in the next few weeks :)

Much love,