Drawstring bags are a great way to turn your fabric scraps into something useful. You can use them to organize your handbag, store earphones, usb-sticks, accessories, hair-ties, and so much more. They also make great reusable gift bags!
Here’s a little size guide (please note: 0.5cm seam allowance on each long side and 1.5 cm S.A on the short sides is already included)
Small: 25 x 10 cm (i.e. use for jewelry or hairpins)
This is my first attempt at making a tailored garment, and I did encounter a few hiccups before long. In the end, I’m very pleased how it turned out, and I think I’d give it a 9/10.
For fabric I used a burgundy/plum wool blend with around 30% of actual wool content which I like very much. I got it on eBay, and it was just about £7/metre it’s also a great “practice fabric”, since you don’t want to risk a £20/metre wool on the first try.
For lining, I found a pretty matching polka dot print, which gave the coat just the right mood so to speak. A little playful and quirky, but at the same time enhancing that vintage fell I was going for.
Who else has a huge pile of tiny fabric scraps they don’t want to throw away? I know I have. With this quick and easy DIY you will be able to convert some of them into cute heart hangings or garlands, perfect for Valentine’s day. Watch the video to find out how!
The time between 1890 and 1910 is famous for its very soft and feminine ideal woman. This was emphasized by delicate dresses and a very soft, poofy updo. This ideal was created by artist Charles Dana Gibson, possibly as a counterpoise to the emerging “new woman” which was a more masculine and feminist ideal.
According to Wikipedia:
She was a member of upper middle class society, always perfectly dressed in the latest fashionable attire appropriate for the place and time of day. The Gibson Girl was also one of the new, more athletic-shaped women, who could be found cycling through Central Park, often exercised and was emancipated to the extent that she could enter the workplace. In addition to the Gibson Girl’s refined beauty, in spirit, she was calm, independent, confident, and sought personal fulfillment. She could be depicted attending college and vying for a good mate, but she would never have participated in the suffrage movement.
Though complicated-looking, you can create the iconic Edwardian hairstyle in under 30 seconds. I admit, this one is not a very fancy style, but a simpler one, that might work well for turn-of-the-century everyday.
Here’s how to do it:
Can you beat my time? Post your results using #gibsongirlchallenge
In my most recent Youtube video, I’m briefly showing how to draft and sew a circle or half-circle skirt. But, due to insufficient footage, the drafting process is not explained as well as it should be, so here’s a little heads up on how to get the pattern right.
If you’ve been following my blog or Youtube Channel for a while, you might have seen my first zip-tie corset, which, alas, due to lack of sewing experience and pattern fitting, turned out more like a straight tube.
I’ve learned a lot about garment construction since then, including the strategic use of curves, so a corset holds it’s shape automatically, without heavy boning. The victorians were masters at this art, and thus, most period corsets were only lightly boned with whalebone, or even cording, relying on the pattern to give shape to the corset.
I decided to try again, and this time (hopefully) construct a proper corset. Due to budget, I ended up using zip-ties again, since the texture is nearly the same a synthetic whalebone, and MUCH cheaper. I also, for the first time, bought a proper busk, though not a spoon busk, which again, was too expensive.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted anything here, but today, I’m back with a brand-new Christmas tutorial: how to make these cute patchwork star ornaments. They’re very easy and quick to make, and can be used for so many things such as tree ornaments, gifts, or even festive pincushions!
Mit wenig Aufwand großen Eindruck machen: diese 3D Blumen-Pou-Up Karte ist ein perfektes selbergebasteltes Muttertagsgeschenk. Der Zeitaufwand liegt bei 10-15 Minuten, was es zu einem tollen last-minute Geschenk macht.
Flower embroidery can seem quite daunting, especially if you’re a beginner. In today’s video, you’ll learn three easy and beautiful flowers to embroider. The great thing about these is that they take so little time, so you’ll not get tired of them easily, and lets you break down your project into small portions.
Scroll down further, to find each tutorial. All you will need for each of these is one, or sometimes two, sheets of Origami paper.
Origami Easter Egg Basket
Perfect for Easter egg-hunting, or as a decorative centre-piece. You will need two squares of Origami paper, best in different colors. One color will be used for the basket, the other will create the decorative elements.
These can be made in multiple different sizes and colors, to create a beautiful effect.
Origami Easter Bunny
Very cute, and perfect to go with the first idea, the Origami basket, to create an Origami Easter landscape.
And these are all ideas for today, hopefully there was something in them for you.To view all of my Easter tutorials (not just Origami) check out my Easter playlist