I must confess I have a huge collection of fabric scraps. Every once in a while I get a bag out and think I have to make something out of them or why am I keeping them. Clothes for little ones are a great way to use up fabric scraps as you don’t need as much fabric.
The t-shirt is hand sewn, with the seems on the outside for extra interest. I used five different colours of organic cotton jerseys from Organic Textile Company.
I don’t want to make clothes that look like I bought them in a shop. I want my second skin look hand-made and unique. One way of achieving this is printing my own fabric. Wood block printing is probably the easiest and simplest printing method of all.
Embroidery on clothes is a wonderful way to embellish plain clothes or fabrics. Once you know a few embroidery stitches, you can transform a boring piece of clothing into something awesome and very special.
Compared to other craft forms, embroidery doesn’t require much tools or materials. All you need is thread, a hoop, a needle, some scissors, a tailors pencil for drawing a design onto the fabric or some transfer material if you want to transfer images to fabric.
I remember the days when I went from shop to shop to find a pair of trousers that were beautiful and fitting, it could take me hours to finally end up exhausted with something quite expensive and nearly always a compromise. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that anymore.
I learned to make proper trousers (I mean the ones with zips, pockets and belt loops) with this book Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe, which has detailed instructions on all the steps involved in creating the trousers. I’ve used this pattern for years, only changing the width of the legs from the knees down, I like legs that flare at the ankles…
The fabric I used is from Dragonfly Fabrics, it’s a linen/rayon mix called Brussels Washer, I chose the colour ocean, there are many more colours available.
Here I played with my new toy, a mini airbrush spray gun kit. I’m only beginning to discover what I can do with it, but so far have really enjoyed using it. Again I’ve spent a whole afternoon spraying away….Of course there are better and more expensive airbrush guns to buy, but for the beginning I’m fine with this one. Read More
My daughter called this tunica a fairy top, it’s the floaty sleeves that makes it other worldly. I used an organic cotton crêpe fabric from Fabric Treasury, which I dyed turquoise. I then embroidered it and stitched a crocheted edge to all the edges. Read More
This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home (here is the first). I’m in the finishing phase, it’s so exciting to finally come to an end with something I started 2 years ago!
How come I began making my own sandals? As with clothes I seldom found sandals, or shoes for that matter, that I really liked. I always had to settle for what was available.
One day I saw a book on shoemaking (in German) and felt the urge to buy it. That book got me started and here I am more than 10 years later writing myself a book on sandal making. That’s how much I love it. I want to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful craft, that isn’t much in fashion – yet.
Most people perceive shoe making as something that can’t be done at home, but it’s not difficult at all, once you know the basic techniques.
The book on sandal making will be available soon, so watch this space.
Once in a while I buy printed fabric, I just couldn’t resist this one. It is dyed with natural indigo by women of the Bai tribal minority in Yunnan province/South West China. They use an ancient technique of stencilling, stitching and tying the cloth before dying it with indigo.