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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Updated shoes on: September 30, 2014 12:25:06 PM
I bought these shoe once for a party, in case I wanted to change into them from my high heels and then never wore them, because they were just so dull. But then I saw a girl wearing awesome Kenzo embroidered flats on a bus one day, and decided I might give something similar a try. And I think it worked out perfectly!



I used an Urban threads design from their pack Folklorico, which is my favourite pack of machine embroidery ever:)) Here's a "before" picture, if you're interested:)



More pictures & a tutorial (if the picture is not self explanatoriy enough Smiley) on my blog
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Swallow dress on: May 12, 2014 05:43:43 AM

I made this dress to test the fit of the Elizabeth dress from Seving Vintage Modern by burda style. Even though it's a muslin, I waned to wear it, so I embellished it with nice Urban threads embroidery. It's one design that I separated in two and positioned to where I would have bird tattoos if I was brave enough:)


My favourite part of the dress is he back, where I experimented with a cut out, which I think turned out quite nice for my first try.


The fit needs some work, but I'm generally quite happy with how the whole dress tuned out.

More photos and words about it on my blog, if you're interested:) c&c very welcome:)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Chevron cape on: January 07, 2014 12:00:27 PM
I made this cape almost exactly a year ago, but completely forgot to post it here. It was one of my first bigger clothes projects and I'm still extremely proud of it. It's based on this "free pattern": http://matterofstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/cape-coat-diy-free-pattern.html (I couldn't figure out if I can actually print it for free, so I just improvised, glued together the same number of A4 papers and drew the same lines... It worked out great:)). I also added a collar.



I've lined it with pink fabric. I don't know why, but pink is my favourite colour for linings:)



I also didn't really know how to make the arm slits, so I completely improvised that part. I made something resembling 2 giant button holes and then covered them with a black rectangle made out of the same wool as the collar. Probably not the neatest solution, but at least I can put my arms out and play with the dog:)

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / regrowing kitchen scraps on: October 04, 2013 07:13:54 AM
I've been trying to regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps for two months now  and some of them are actually growing quite well. I tried it with celery, leeks, lettuce and ginger. I thought they will grow a bit faster, but it might be the colder weather and lack of sunlight that is slowing them down (or maybe that's just the speed these vegetables normally grow at, I don't know:))

week 3:


week 8:


The only vegetable I'm not having any real success with is the lettuce. I guess I'm trying with the wrong kind (although I did try 3 different kinds) and it just starts growing the tall flowery part (or whatever that is called) and no leafs.

it looks like this:


So I was wondering, did anyone else try regrowing kitchen scraps and what was your experience with it? I'm thinking about trying it with other plants, but don't trust the general internet any more (since all of the regrowing articles claimed lettuce is perfect for regrowing:)) so I thought I might ask here first:)

ps: If you want to read more about my project, there's a report on my blog: http://pinkasblogblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/regrowing-vegetables-an-experiment/
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need help finding a pattern on: September 09, 2013 01:34:52 PM
I'm getting married next year and am seriously thinking about sewing my own dress, so I think it's about time I start working on it:) I'd say I have intermediate sewing skills and have never really worked with lace, so this shall be a fun experience. (I have to start trying things out now so I still have time to buy a dress if everything goes wrong:))

I was thinking about a tea length mostly lace dress and while googling I found this blog post: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2013/05/coloured-wedding-dresses-tinted-french-lace-tea-length.html

I fell in love with all of the dresses, but my favourite is the lavender one. I also like the fist two, but I'm afraid they wouldn't suit me since I have a, lets say, fuller bust. (Or would it? Gaah, it's so hard to decide what I want to wear:))

Anyway, did any of you nice ladies around here ever come across a pattern that could help me sew either? Or a book. Or anything:)? I searched etsy and amazon for vintage patterns but didn't really find anything.

Also, any advice on how I should tackle this? I really don't know where to start:)
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / rocking wolf wall hanging on: July 12, 2013 05:49:41 AM
I'm sewing a black jacket and want to embroider it with this UT wolf design on the back. But I wanted to try the design out on some of the leftover fabric first. The wolf turned out awesome (I did have some problems because of the low quality thread I used but it wasn't bad:)), but I didn't really know what to do with the piece of fabric once I established that the design is perfect. Then I remembered I have some of these pyramid shaped metal thinges that are so popular this days (I don't even know how they are called in Slovene, let alone English...) and decided I'll experiment a little and make a wall hanging. It's not really my style but I still think it turned out pretty cool.
I really love this UT design, the wolf even looks 3d-ish if you look into its eyes for some time. It's a bit scary Smiley



7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pinup-ish red polka dot dress on: July 11, 2013 09:37:46 AM
I've been sewing for quite some time now, but Ive learned everything by myself with the help of books and internet and therefore my skills weren't that good. But now my mom went to a sewing class and because she is friends with the teacher they agreed i could come along for free to learn some stuff. I thought Ill just visit them and observe and ask questions, but I actually got to sew a dress while having a real professional on hand to help me with all my qestions and problems. It was awesome! I usually have many questions and problems and end up improvising, so my clothes then turn out ok-ish, but this dress turned out perfect! The teacher helped me fit the pattern perfectly, taught me exactly how to sew facings (I usually just left that part of the sewing out and hemmed everything with bias tape Smiley ...), I leaned how to sew invisible zippers and I got to use a serger because they had one in the class. (I want one now. Why do they have to be so pricey?).

Anyway, on to the pics. This time, I'm even willing to show you the insides of the dress Cheesy









It's this burda style dress pattern, if anyone is interestd: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/sweetheart-dress-042013
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / traveling (by plane) with a sewing machine ? on: July 05, 2013 03:30:00 AM
I didn't really know where to post this question but i guess this might be the right place...

Anyway, I'm moving to London in a few weeks and I want to move my brother supergalaxie 3000 with me. I was thinking about taking the machine with me as a carry on or something like that...

Does anyone have any experience with travelling with sewing machines? Do they even let you take a sewing machine on a plane these days?

A friend might travel to the UK by car sometime in the future and if there won't be any other way she'll bring the sewing machine then, but I can't imagine not sewing for a few months Smiley)
9  COOKING / Dessert / The Cake of Thrones on: June 09, 2013 10:24:42 AM
My "better half" is a big Game of Thrones fan. And he's having his birthday today (the 9th of June) and he's getting his masters degree tomorrow (the 10th) and the last episode of GOT season3 comes out somewhere in between. So I had to make him a GOT themed cake:)



I made the fondant at home (although I've sworn I will never ever try to make it again a million times before) and it wasn't that good, so the iron throne isn't as detailed as I hoped it would be. The fondant was too sticky and too crumbly at the same time and I could barley cut all of the swords out.
The cake part is supposed to be a homage to the Starks and Winterfell, the red leaves are supposed to be heart tree leaves (I have a fondant cutter for leaves that I got in a crafster swap ages ago and I never used it before. This seemed like a good opportunity:)). The sword and blood (strawberry jam that is also inside of the cake) were just an afterthought because the cake seemed bare, but I kinda like how they look.



thanks for looking and C&C are always welcome:)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / faux cross stiched sweatshirt on: April 05, 2013 07:49:20 AM
I really love this new trend of embroidered sweatshirts that have been popping up all over pinterest. But I'm not really good at embroidery by hand, so I made one with a little cheating. I used puff paint instead of thread! And here is a simple tutorial of how you could do it, too:)

You'll need:
-puff paint (textile paint that puffs up when exposed to heat) in as many colours as you want, but If you'll be using my design, you'll need 3 tones for the flower part and 2 for the leaves.
-plain sweatshirt



1. Find a cross stitch design you like. If you have time an patience, the possibilities are endless. But if you're a little less patient/lazy:) , use a really simple one (like mine, you can get it here: https://photos-6.dropbox.com/t/0/AACyZu_43NkQ_HUckKEuHd7klR9Fx9_qtwN18vumN9PlLg/12/4041760/jpeg/32x32/3/_/1/2/vzorec.jpg/ku8pYasGfBP928bgd0stHwQQ6bQBOVeGLvRnhmSGoEU?size=1280x960 )


2. Hoop the front side of the sweatshirt, so the fabric will be really stretched and there will be a smaller chance to smudge anything.

3. If you're really patient, you can draw a whole grid with a wash away fabric marker on the hooped area. Or you can do it like me, just draw tiny spots in the middle, in a straight line, 1 cm away from each other (or use any measurement you'd like, the measurement will later bi the size of the X-s)


(*i forgot to take pictures till here, so i just made a sketch, i hope that's ok:))

4. Now start "embroidering". If you've made a whole grid, draw crosses in the same areas as in the pattern. If you were lazy like me, start drawing crosses of the appropriate colour over the marked spots in the one line. Then just add a line above that, a line below, etc. until you're finished. Just remember, the crosses have to be roughly the same size.



5. Leave to dry for the night. It says 6 hours on the paint packaging, but give it more time just in case. Now take your iron and set it to the highest setting, put some parchment paper over the design and iron over it, until the paint puffs up (for 30 around seconds. Also, don't use steam!). Voila, you have a very stylish sweatshirt:)

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