• Beaded hummingbird.
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    Couture explorer: Beading and tambour embroidery

    If you have ever looked at haute couture fashion shows, you have seen the breathtaking embroidery designs that combine thread, sequins and beads to create fantastic elaborate designs that decorate evening gowns, collars or perhaps jacket cuffs. In haute couture, those intricated patterns are created by hand. Sometimes whole skirts are full of intricate swirls of both beads and thread. How are those made?

  • Image: Trench coat breast pocket detail.
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    The trench coat project part 4: Gorgeous details and lining

    The previous posts about this trench coat project: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Belt carriers, sleeve bands and the belt I had my belt and sleeve band buckles ready, so I adjusted the belt (I include now the sleeve bands with the word ‘belts’) widths to suit the buckles. I added some extra length to the sleeve bands since the original ones were meant to be buttoned up. With the belt, I decided to use the whole width of my gabardine and cut the belt on fold. I also made the belt end pointed. The belts and the sleeve bands needed to be interfaced. I interfaced the belts using…

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    Happy May Day with TV dress

    Sometimes ideas just hit me when I come across unusual materials. A while ago a soft plastic storage unit that was hanging in our cleaning closet and storing our wrapping paper broke down. As I was transferring all the stuff to a new one I looked at the plastic pockets of the of the old one and realised that the see-trough plastic material could be reusable. What if I could sew a dress that had a pocket with changing images according to the moods and needs of the person wearing the dress? I started sketching and came up with an idea of a TV screen. I searched trough Pinterest for…

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    Happy Valentine’s day…

    … or Friends’ day as they call it in Finland. To celebrate, we are going to have some cake I made! I started a new hobby a while ago and you can see a glimpse in the lower part of the image. Here is a better image: I have never before done this sort of embroidery and I decided to try to hand embroider a letter K to a set of napkins. This is the first one. I found the embroidery surprisingly fast to do due to the fact that I often do much bigger projects. I did not have an instructor,  but I did find some helpful tips in…

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    Craftiness inherited

    I love the fact that my kids are now of the age that they are starting to learn how to sew and craft by themselves. I try to offer them proper tools to practice with and my kids often surprise me with their skills. K made this hand puppet a year ago in preschool. This year at the afternoon club at his school, he has learned how to make rubber band bracelets. He also made a tunic for the puppet in a bout of creativity. One day I was fixing my wooden flower boxes that were destroyed by some heavy wind. K saw the tools and left-over pieces of wood and…