This month I am fortunate enough to have another sewing DIY in Simply Sewing.
It was a design, that was really fun to make.
I wanted to make something in an 80´s style with the bikeshorts and the wide top. The 80´s – always a good decade for fashion inspiration. The easy pyjama set was fun so much so, that I made a set both for the magazine to send off, and then also a set for myself. Both the lovely fabrics were gifted by Stoffstil.
Roxie was lucky enough to get a pair of trousers from the rest of the ladybird fabric. Once I get started sewing, I cannot seem to stop.
It can seem rather difficult to make a pair of shorts or trousers from another pair of trousers, but I really don´t think it´s that hard. And using stretchy fabric makes it a lot easier.
The complete DIY to make it your own is in the issue 60 of Simply Sewing. If you cannot get it at your local magazine shop, it can be downloaded on RB Digital. I am sure, you will find lots of other great ideas in the magazine.
Here is the gorgeous model from Simply Sewing –
And here is a homestyle model in her comfy set –
Happy making! I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend.
Who does not like making something that’s seems a bit more sustainable by doing some conscious fabric shopping, buying second hand, and then refashioning in stead of making from scratch. I know I do.
I have a favourite thrift shop – and its called AVV! I have been coming there since I was a teenager and for a few lucky months I even worked in their communications department. That was an awesome and dangerous place, and I shopped a lot of materials for refashioning.
I was visiting there with a friend not too long ago and we shared a sack. A small sack filled with clothes is approximately 10 pounds, and a large one is 17 pounds. Cheap and good.
We both got clothes that are ready to wear. I got some pink faux leather from a vest. Lots of dresses to alter a bit. T.shirts to print on. Really just good stuff.
This is me being excited for all the good bargains (and meeting one of my old colleagues..)
I often buy nice duvet covers from AVV since they are awesome to sew from. So many meters of material and often in cool or retro prints. Last year I made me and the girls the matching polkadot dresses out of a duvet cover. A boil wash and then it´s fabric good to use.
And zippers! Cool retro zippers.
This year I have made Roxie a sweet blouse in the ruffled style that I can see I have made quite a few of this Summer. She really likes it – and obviously likes the modelling too. I am so lucky that they help me show off what I have made of handmade clothes.
I have made some hand puppets before in my career in the sustainable communication business and that was a lot of fun. Making the vidoes with the puppets was also quite a hoot and even more enjoyable. Something magical happens when your colleagues turn into whole other characters because the put their hand in a puppet..
Lately I have been sewing a handpuppet with fur. That means I have been sewing outside. That is really the best thing to do when dealing with fur, cause the material just gets everywhere. Mostly in my nose it feels.
Normally sewing with fur or faux fur is done in the winter, when you need something warm, but that is not the best time to be outside, really. So this was really a fun day. Out in the blistering heat, sewing a little furry puppet.
I feel lucky to have a garden to go into, a good little table and a really long extension chord.
The puppet turned out really well. It is for a cultural project with kids, and when the puppet has been through the project developers I will alter it and make some extra ones.
My girls had a lot of fun playing with it, and I cant wait to see it come to life.
Hello again from the sewing blog. This is my final scarf refashioning for a while, I think. Because wow, there has been many. At least it will be the last summer scarf refashioning. But I am sure I will come up with some wintery ones for the cold weather.
It is very simple. A lovely light and printed tube scarf. A neck opening cut, folded back and stitched on.
Openings for the arms in the side – and then just ready to wear. The light fabric falls and flows so nicely.
Comfy and casual, but because of the bold print still quite a handmade statement wear.
Better than throwing away clothes you don’t use anymore is to make something new out of them, and with this came another upcycled sustainable dress. If you want to make your own clothes, this is a great way to start. It really does not take very much, it is an easy way to sew for less, not costing a lot in fabric, and the outcome is so cool.
This one will be saved for next years Summer for sure.
I have been showing this great fabric shop off before, and if you are in the area of Northern Jutland is really is a place worthy of visiting.
I am always very tempted and my visions of being sustainable disappear. Then I forget all my good intentions of saving money and ressources and I just want to buy fabric. That’s what can happen when you are near awesome fabric.
Early in the Summer I went shopping there and I have made several things that have not been shown off yet. So brace yourself. Lots of pictures to come of my daughters in homemade – and also one matching – outfits.
No DIY steps for this post, just lots of ideas that can hopefully inspire you.
Jolina chose this gamer print. There was not enough to make sleeves of that print, so I mad them with the stripey fabric. That actually turned out quite well, I think.
I chose the ice cream fabric (and have actually seen several of my sewing friends´ kids in it as well, so it has been popular – but it is also super cute). I did not have enough for proper length and sleeves in this fabric either – haha. But I had some cool lace that my design school friend Helle from Ellies Gone Surfing once gave me a huge roll of. It was perfect for sleeves and a bit more length to the tops.
I think I need to buy more fabric, since I am always falling a bit short..
Jolina also chose the tiger print. It turned into a ruffled top/dress with a midarm sleeve length. It looks kinda like its too short for her, but it was the intention.. but perhaps Roxie will take it over soon.
The stripe print was a classic beauty I had to get. Jolina agreed to both shorts and a skirt in this. All fabric got used up. Always a pleasure to not leave many scraps.
Follow the shop on insta here if you want great ideas for some beautiful sewing.
The weather is still kinda warm here in Denmark, super hot lately actually, and so there is still use for the Summer clothes once in a while.
I have made this Kimono from a scarf, and it is a really easy and cool thing to make. There are so many tutorials out there for it.
This one is from a lace version of the kimono, also very awesome A beautiful messl and really easy to work from. I would recommend this as a starter sewing project if you are new to making your own clothes. It is simple and gives you something that is lovely and versatile to wear. If you make it from an old scarf it is also very much a piece of conscious apparel.. I love to refashion and not just throw away. So get your creative stitches going and be sure to make this before the rays of sunshine are gone. Or choose a thicker quality of fabric and make it for the cold weather coming.
If you want more ideas for refashioning scarves into handmade dresses from my blog please look here and here.
Fabric in this post was a gift from Stoffstil
News from the sewing room – which is actually the living room most of the time at the moment. I have a sewing room, but it is really just full of fabric and mess. Anybody who can relate to that? Fabric and mess all over the place? That is the standard in my house. (Although for the photos of this post the floor was actually clean..)
I received an abundance of fabric in the beginning of the Summer from Stoffstil and a lot of it I have already shown you the results from – like the tiered dress, the beautiful (yes, beautiful) zipper and the glittery culottes and skirts .
Some of the fabric I could not show you since it was a surprise – or well, not a surprise, just a unicorn jersey print that was not released yet to the shops. Well, it is now, and I have been looking forward to showing you. It is also used in a DIY I will have in Simply Sewing issue 60 soon, but luckily there were left overs for a cute unicorn print set for Roxie, so I could make some handmade childrens clothing and not just a set for myself.
This is very much a set that has been made with serger sewing. Not a lot of normal stitches, and I love that, since it makes the process so quick. And being quick I can make more stuff, which I seem to be almost addicted to..
It is a handmade pattern made by hacking some clothes that Roxie already had. No time wasted there. And then it is also quality sewing for me. Some details that are very simple, but that I really like. She really loves it, and is has been worn many, many times already. I adore the print too.
I enjoy making clothes for Roxie, and I hope she will still let me for many years to come. And then I hope to inspire her to also be sewing clothes for herself in the future. More sewing together in the family could be great.
Thank you for the lovely fabric Stoffstil.