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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ombre Fringe Top on: July 04, 2013 08:29:13 AM
I designed and started making this top over two years ago! After carefully painting the fringe by hand I realised that there was no way that my sewing machine was going to tackle the chiffon bodice fabric that I had chosen. Now that I have a wonderful new machine I have been able to sew the chiffon and finally finish this top.

The fringe trim that I used was synthetic so I couldn't use the dip dye method that I had originally planned. Instead, I mixed different concentrations of blue fabric paint and carefully painted each strand of fringe! I then realised that my sewing machine was not going to sew the chiffon and so I had to leave this project for a while. I recently got a new machine and this top was still on my mind so I finally finished it. I drafted the pattern myself from my own custom sized block. After attaching the fringe to the neckline I covered the edge with bias binding and inserted a navy metal zip in the back. I used tiny french seams for the darts and side seams and a pin hem (tutorial here: http://www.katywarland.com/#!tutorials-pinhem/cbry).

Washing the fringe trim after painting


Pin hem

Finished Top

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Adorable Shirred Chiffon Summer Dresses​​ on: June 01, 2013 03:47:02 PM
This week I have been working on summer dresses for two adorable little girls aged 6 and turning 9 next month. The older girl loves purple and butterflies so when I found purple butterfly chiffon in my local fabric shop I just had to make something for her with it! I also bought some yellow chiffon for her younger sister and decided to make them each a cute summer dress. I shirred the bodices, over locked the seams, cover stitched the straps and hemmed the chiffon with a perfect tiny pin hem (pin hem tutorial: http://www.katywarland.com/tutorials-pinhem#!tutorials-pinhem/cbry )

Finished Products



Beautiful Pin Hems!

Almost Finished...

Coverstitched Straps

Thank you for looking!
I have posted my first tutorial of my new favourite technique on my website: Pin Hems

And there are even more pictures and details of the making process on my blog here:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jersey Cowl ​Top on: May 27, 2013 06:00:32 AM
I have been wanting to make a cowl neck top for a while and finally found the time to make it yesterday morning. I created the pattern from my custom sized block and then altered it slightly to get the front to drape nicely.


I used a viscose jersey knit fabric because it drapes well and therefore is ideal for creating a cowl neck. I cut out the back and waistband on the grain first and then draped the cowl on the bias. I finished the back neckline and armholes by overlocking the raw edges, pressing under and then stitching with a single coverstitch.

Thank you for looking!
If you'd like to see more pictures and details of the making process head over to my website http://www.katywarland.com/#!blog---jersey-cowl-top/c1kpw
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Funny Puppy Birthday Card on: April 10, 2013 09:19:07 AM
It was my cousin's birthday yesterday and I had such a good idea for her birthday card. She loves it when our dog sits on the chair like a person so I took a photo of him and used it to create a card using Adobe Illustrator. I added some 'Happy Birthday!' text and put a little thumbnail on the back. My printer is kind of crazy and decided that it needed a huge green stripe down the side (all of the inks are full and it prints perfectly on the testing thing so I don't know what's up with that  Sad Angry Huh ). Eventually I ran out of patience and paper so the green stripe prevails. I picked out a pair of the largest googley eyes that I could find and stuck them onto the card and tada!


5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 05, 2013 12:38:14 PM
I have been dressmaking for several years and have always wanted to make a bridal gown so I was absolutely delighted last July when I finally found my first wedding dress client. Over the past 8 months or so I have been working with her to create her dream gown. I have been so lucky to have such an amazing bride to work with; she has such a great sense of style and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and her ideas.

The gown is made from silk dupion with a silk habutai lining and has a fishtail silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. I created an inner corset to give the bodice a more rigid structure. The entire dress was covered in a hand made Belgian lace which was embellished with sequins and beads to give it a subtle sparkle. The lace on the bodice was cut out from the tulle net that it came on and each flower was individually hand embroidered in place. The lace on the skirt was a separate overlay with carefully calculated applique seams to ensure that they were not visible. Only the best couture techniques to be used on this dress! The hem was finished with a scalloped lace trim. I also made the lace top but this was a last minute request finished the day before the wedding so I literally did not have time to take pictures of it! This has been the most involved and challenging project that I have undertaken to date but by far the most exciting and rewarding. I can't wait to find my next bride to do it all again!

Anyway, on to the pictures...

The bride and I

Drafting the pattern for the inner corset from block

Marking out lace overlay panels

Finished Dress

Bodice Front

Dress Back

Dress Front

Inner Corset Panel

Lace Embellishment
(Every single flower was cut out and stitched on by hand!)


Train Bustled Up for Evening Festivities

Back of Lace Top

Thank you for looking!
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