12 Upcycled Sewing Pattern Tissue Ideas

Monday, May 8, 2017
1. Create cute sewing/craft room wall decor with by filling an embriodery hoop like this by Natalme 

2. Follow this DIY Sewing Pattern by Sadie Seasongoods for lovely framed wall art

6. Make a Vintage Sewing Pattern Wreath like this one by Number Fifty-Three

12. Use iron-on vinyl to turn paper sewing patterns into durable fabric for crafts like these Christmas Stockings

DIY Sewing Pattern from Your Own Clothes | TUTORIAL

Monday, May 1, 2017
Slow Fashion. Have you heard of it? It's the ethical response to fast fashion.

"It's about understanding the process or the origins of how things are made," says Soraya Darabi, co-founder of the clothing line Zady. (npr.org)

"It represents all things “eco”, “ethical” and “green” in one unified movement. It encourages taking time to ensure quality production, to give value to the product, and contemplate the connection with the environment." (notjustalabel.com)

It's like fast food vs slow food and we all know one way to avoid fast food is to cook the food ourselves. So why not make the clothing ourselves? There are plenty of sewing patterns out there. Even free ones online but you don't really know what the fit will be until you make it.

You already know how your own clothes fit you though. So why not use them as your patterns? Because you you're not sure how? Well let me give you an idea by showing you how I made a copy of this simple dress I really like. The concept can pretty much be applied to any article of clothing.

I re-use packaging paper to draft my patterns on. It works great, just iron out the crinkled ones. This dress is 5 pieces. A front bodice, back bodice, skirt and pair of sleeves. Starting with the top I took the widest measurement first so I would know how wide I need the sheet of paper. The widest would be the bust width then waist width, also get the longest vertical length.

Remember to include a seam allowance. I wanted this new dress to be slightly looser so I gave it another inch. A big bonus to making your own clothes is the personalized alterations you can make.

I bought 2 yards of this colorful rayon and it was more than enough. Take the same measurements for the back piece. Once you work out how big the pieces of paper you need, fold them in half. Also fold your dress in half. Starting with the front place your paper over it, aligning the folds and end. Then trace over the edge of the neckline and armhole. 

Do the same thing to the back pieces and also for the sleeves. These sleeves are slightly gathered at the tops. I took that into account and made them a little longer then the tracing would make it appear. They also have elastic in them so I took down the measurement for the length of elastic I would need too.

I think the skirt is the easiest to alter, if you want to. Add width if you want it more full. If you want it longer or shorter, add or take away. Add pockets if it doesn't have any. I wanted the dress slightly shorter, also like an inch. For the skirt part though, I don't think it's necessary to make a pattern. Many a time, your skirt width will be the fabric width. In my case it was. It worked out perfectly.

Jot down your skirt details (and any other notes) on one of the pattern pieces for the top. Since my fabric has these square patch like things going on, I wanted one centered on the front. So I unfolded the front piece and set it in place where I wanted it.

There was enough space to cut out the sleeves along side the front piece so I did that. I was able to place the second sleeve over a similar patch design so that they would match a bit.

I cut out the back in two halves because it fit better on the fabric this way. So I gave the center a seam allowance to sew it together.

Took the back pieces and sewed them together to create one then attached the front to back at the shoulders.

Then I serged those shoulder seams, the center back and the ends on the sleeves.

I created a casing for the elastic in the sleeves. Gathered the top of the sleeves a bit. Then sewed them onto the bodice. This way I could sew the sides from sleeves to end of bodice all in one seam. Alternatively, you could sew the sleeves lengthwise and sew the bodice at the sides then attach the sleeves to the bodice at the armholes. Doing it this way actually creates a nicer end to the sleeves since the serged edge would end up tucked away in the casing but I forgot this. It's okay though, either way gets the job done.

The skirt took one seam and I placed it on one side. I gathered the top of that piece to fit in with the bodice width. I sewed them together and serged the raw edges together. Then I hemmed it. To finish the top neckline I created a bias tape out of the same fabric.

Lastly, I added a tiny piece of elastic and a tiny black button to close the key hole on the top back of the dress.

This was the initial, final result that I was not 100% content with. The pattern on the skirt conflicted with the top (the big squares with the light blue centers). I really didn't like that and wished I had paid attention to it before sewing it on this way but thank goodness for seam rippers.

I also thought it lacked a little something and added black cotton lace trim to the waistline.

So, I hope you give making pieces for your wardrobe a try. The feeling of accomplishment whilst you wear the thing is pretty awesome. #memadeeveryday


Refashion | An Old T-Shirt + Scrap Piece of Fabric

Monday, April 24, 2017

thee inspiration:

Giving color and pattern to a solid comfy t-shirt, looks simple enough to me. I had this bright red-orange tee and a remnant of fabric leftover from this wrap and tie pantskirt I made. This fabric piece just goes so well with the shirt. It was meant to be.

First I did was mark how high I wanted the center back. I basically made go to where the front neckline is. Then fold the shirt in half, with side seams meeting in the middle. Create the shape you want for the front and back "v"s. Well I guess the back is more curved than a "v" but you get it. I had the front "v" end right above the belly button.

Once that was cut out (leaving a 1/4" seam allowance) I took my scrap piece of fabric, evened it out and sewed it in half lengthwise. The piece was 37.5" long by 30" wide so 15" when folded in half.

I have a similar shirt that I like the back length of so I used it as a reference. Within this piece of fabric I was able to get both front and back pieces. Starting with the top back curve.

Then the front after the back is all cut out. Make sure the width is the same as where it meets up on the sides. After that I had it flare out some since this fabric doesn't stretch like the t-shirt does.

So the seams on the fabric will end up in the middle and should then be sewed to your t-shirt. I did the front first then the back.

I wanted the front middle corner to line up exactly with the middle seam of the fabric. It was a little tricky but got it eventually.

After the front is attached to the front and the back to back you can serge the raw edges. Then you can attach the sides together and serge those. After all that even out the bottom a bit, get it how you want and hem it.
All done!

Renew & reuse!


Upcycled Cookie Tin Turned Craft Supplies Storage Carrying Case

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Re-use cookie tins by using them as storage bins for art supplies (or any other kinds of craft supplies, like embroidery hoops and thread). The round ones in particular are perfect for holding a round palette! Paint tubes fit, even brushes fit.

Specifically, I use this cookie tin for my watercolor supplies. This colorful artwork by Isabel Alvarez made me want to paint something and I easily took out the supplies I needed. All that was left to get was water. Seriously, the tin becomes a convenient little carrying case.

The tin I used was full of Christmas cookies and had an allover red with snowflakes theme going on. So I spray painted over it, nothing fancy though like I've seen some people do. I just didn't want to see the holiday theme. I spray painted it with the lid on and because of that there is still some of the old design showing when the lid is off. Doesn't bother me too much, it's closed most of the time.

If this cookie tin had been a vintage tin with a lovely vintage design, of course I would've left it alone. Just check out these fabulous upcycled vintage tins...

DIY Project: Ashley's Vintage Tin Candles

Craft Studio Organizer Caddy from Vintage Tin Canisters by Seelamade

Vintage Container Succulent Planters by House by Hoff

Upcycled Vintage Cookie/Candy Tin Bird Feeders by JUNKMARKET Style

Repurposed Vintage Tin Bangle Bracelets by Nostalgic Summer

Cookie Tin to Coffee Bin by Carolyns Homework

"Polly Wants A Margarita" necklace by Emily Hickman, Tin Moon Jewelryworks