|Photo Credits Clockwise from top: …Love Maegan, Clothed Much, Coffee, Light and Sweet, Ladies Scarves.|
Been busy working on a very intricate term garment for school and my lovely Gentleman suggested it might be something fun to share with my readers… boy he’s a smarty!
So our inspiration is Elsa Schiaparelli & surrealism. I love Schiaparelli because she is so quirky and fearless with her designs, while still keeping it elegant.
My dress is specifically inspired by Rene Magritte, a surrealist painter whom I’ve admired for a long time. He is most famous for his pipe painting and man-in-the-bowler-hat paintings. In the interest of fun and trying something different, I decided to make a hat dress!
|Here’s the under layer… holding shape all on it’s own.|
|Aside from curved gores, I also put darts on the side panels to add to the shape.|
|A peep underneath…teal lining!|
|A look at the shape of my pattern pieces.|
|A french lining with boning will hopefully help this dress to stay up on its own.|
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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I made these this past summer for my dear friend Brynn’s birthday. I think they have just the perfect dose of cute + rock. Whats better is they are another great project for using all those scraps!
Full tutorial after the jump.
- Fabric Scraps in coordinating colors – I used 3 different color groups
- Barrettes/hair pins
- Needle + Thread
- Fray Block (or similar product)
- Metal studs – these were in my craft supply from a belt I deconstructed, but you could find them at any craft store.
- Fabric scissors
|top, jeans, pumps, bag, necklace|
Whats your go-to concert gear?
For this month’s re-make I was inspired by my lovely friend Alexandra, who showed me some snail mail she was sending out to friends and family that she had folded up in scrap paper instead of an envelope. These are so cute and unique, and such a pleasant surprise for the recipient. Not to mention eco-friendly! Look for fun, colorful pages that aren’t too busy (we don’t want to give the mailman a headache!). I included a tutorial after the jump, but these will differ depending on the size of what you are mailing, I suggest playing around with it a bit before you start gluing and taping!
I’d love to see your versions! Comment below with a link if you try it!
Contact me to be featured in next month’s Re-make of the Month!
- Magazine paper – something with a fun design, thats not too busy
- Letter to mail
- Scrap paper
Another round of my runway favorites for fall 2012. Runway season is such a great time to get inspired. I of course am drawn to all the quirkiness, colors, prints, and menswear-inspired pieces. If you missed part 1 check it out here.
All images from Style.com. Click the pictures to be taken to the runway page.
Do you have any favorites that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear about it!
Another monthly dose of handmade cards for your viewing pleasure! This past month I tried fabric balloons with stitching for the string. I just sort of did these abstractly, not tracing out the lined first or anything, I think it turned out pretty nice.
As an afterthought, it would be neat to try and stuff the balloons with a bit of fluff!
|Image, top, Pants, oxfords, handbag, necklace|
|Lime top: Velvet, Orange top: H&M, Pants: Wish, Booties: Forever 21, Oxfords: Steve Madden,
Anyone notice those bright polka dot socks peeping out?? Oh yah, I went there!
Note: you are seeing two different outfits because I decided it was a bit too warm for the long sleeve (its this weird winter – plus it gets hot at work!), also – excuse the grainy-ness of the far right picture, it was taken after twilight and I had to tweak the exposure 🙂 One of my goals this year is to master the outfit photo.
I first saw the Lauren Moffatt coat below at A Beautiful Mess and I immediately fell in love. Not only is the color fantastic but the motif at the bottom is so beautiful and unique! I quickly pinned it with plans to use that motif in a project.
|My cute sister wearing her new cardigan!|
|We liked it better styled with a belt 🙂|
- Fabric Paint – appropriate to the fabric you are using.
- Clear Ruler
- Fabric Chalk
- Masking Tape
- Paint Brush
- Sponge Brush
- Scrap Cardboard
- Mark out your stripe guidelines. I started mine about a 1/2 in. from the edge of the fabric. (The bottom band for this cardigan has not yet been attached) In hindsight I would have started at least 1 in. from the edge because when I went back to sew the band some of the arrow corners got caught up in the seam line.
- A shot of the finished markings. You do not have to make connected lines, you will connect the lines with the tape. I used 1/2″ wide stripes with a 1 1/2″ gap between. Next time i think I will do 1/4″ stripes for a cleaner look. Make sure you are using a clear ruler so that all of your lines are parallel.
- Connect the lines with masking tape. Place tape to the outside of your markings into the spaces that will not be painted. Your markings will get painted over. Make sure to use multiple pieces of tape so your spaces are fully covered.
- Cover your bases. If the motif will be going over a pocket like mine, make sure you stick some scrap cardboard in the pockets so they aren’t painted shut.
- Paint. I found a brush to be the most useful for painting the stripes. Make sure you put enough coats to get the coverage that you like.
- Finished painting. Your piece should look like this. No un-even coverage or gaps.
- Let dry, remove tape. Read the instructions on your fabric paint bottle for dry time. Remove tape carefully.
- Create triangle stencil. On a scrap piece of cardboard (I used a mailing envelope with a glossy side to keep the paint from over-saturating the stencil) draw out your triangle. Use a piece that is big enough so no residual paint goes off the side of the stencil and onto your fabric. Make sure the width of the triangle is wider than your stripe (mine was 1″). Be sure to draw using a ruler so your angles and lines are even. Carefully cut out using an exact-o knife or razor. I also added little markings in the center of the bottom line of my triangle that match the width of my stripes so I knew where to line them up.
- Line up stencil on stripes. The first one is easy, just chose anywhere, any stripe. Make sure the stencil is centered on the stripe.
- Paint using a sponge brush. I found the sponging technique to be best for the arrows. Make sure your coverage matches that of the stripes as best as possible.
- Painted arrows close up. The pattern is up to you, random or calculated. Mine was completely random, alternating direction and in groupings of 3, 2, and 1. Don’t be afraid of empty line space and over-do it!
- Let dry and Iron. When you are satisfied, set aside and let dry. Use this dry time to give yourself multiple pats on the back – you are a fabric painting wizard! Once dry, iron to set. Spend a good amount of time (about 2 min or as recommended on bottle) on both sides.
- Finish & Wear. Brace yourself for lots of ooh’s and aah’s!