- Natalie xox
Saturday, 29 June 2013
- Natalie xox
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
Just a quick post today! First off, this is my new dress form, I call her Daphne. This skirt is for my nana, I took the waist in by two inches and added three inches in length by handstitching lace to the bottom edge. I think the pattern is so lovely!
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
Here are some posts I have planned for the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled:
* Converting old shirts into cute summer tops
* Making a pencil mini skirt in under an hour
* Altering tops and dresses that don't fit on the top anymore
* Some personal projects I'm currently working on including a dress I'm altering and a secret project involving a whole load of blue satin...
Hope you'll all be reading, thank you for your patience!
Sunday, 2 June 2013
The second T-Shirt I bought was plain, and it was also a little smaller fitting than the other two, although still too large and unflattering to wear without altering.
I decided I would keep this one simple and make the shirt itself more fitted to my size, and keep the high neckline in order to wear it with some of the cute collar necklaces I keep seeing in shops lately.
This shirt was originally a men's size Large from Topshop and cost £3 in a charity shop. The collar was entirely handmade from some leftover cotton I had in my scraps bag.
1 Large Men's T-shirt
Sewing Machine/Needle and Thread
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It's not essential by any means, but I LOVE mine. Whereas it used to take me an hour to construct a simple skirt hand-sewing, I can now finish one off in about 20 minutes if I really want to. I found mine on sale in Poundstretcher for £30, reduced from £50, and it's served me very well. It's a simple 10 stitch one with a pedal, light and back-stitch button, and it does jam occasionally (it's not a big fan of some of my older vintage threads unfortunately) but we get along fine most of the time.
Visible on the table just above, I couldn't stress more the importance of having good scissors. They needn't be expensive, I think mine only cost about £3, but if you only use them for fabric and thread cutting then you'll notice they work so much better than a pair used for cutting everything. Keep them sharp and clean and your life will be so much easier.
BUY ONE. I know it seems silly since surely you can just pull a seam apart with scissors and careful fingers, but seriously. You will be amazed at how much time it saves, plus they're usually included in most good sewing kits anyway.
Standard dressmakers chalk is wonderful stuff, and certainly cheap enough to buy off eBay or from haberdashery stores. I have a pack of 12 in various colours that cost £2 off Amazon, and it's probably going to last me forever. However my #1 recommendation of this whole list is the little beauty on the right-hand side there. It's called a chalk wheel and it's basically a little pinwheel attached to a pen-like device that when you run it over a piece of fabric, distributes chalk evenly in a clear, solid line. I find it so much easier than pencils or triangles for tracing patterns and it saves me so much time.
Ah, pins. I have a definite love-hate relationship with them. Eternally useful for a million different things, I can't help but resent the fact that no matter how hard I try to make sure they're all accounted for, they always seem to end up on the floor, or the bed, or hiding casually inside a finished seam ready to jab into your skin as soon as you put on whatever you've made. A thimble is also a worthwhile investment, I can't count how many times I've stabbed myself in the fingers when working with difficult or tough fabric.
Useful for a number of different things, such as gathering initial body measurements, checking pattern sizes, designing your own pieces and of course, finding out such essential information as 'How big is my head?' and 'Are my eyes further apart than the average persons according to the internet?'. I have 3 currently because I always seem to be losing them. I'd like to buy a nice one when I have some money, there's loads around with cute patterns and nice cases.
And that is actually it! I have other things in my kit, but none that I use as often as these few items listed here. As you can see, it's easy to build up your own collection of sewing tools cheaply and easily, which you can then use again and again to make anything you like!