My own design: sewing a Kilt as minidress

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last year I sewed this mini dress.

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I like this dress very much.

I dont know how I got the idea to combine this dress and a kilt. LOL

Maybe I’ve seen a kilt or a pleated skirt on the internet. I dont remember hehe

I searched the net for tutorials and pics of how to make a kilt.

The fantastic woolen and the leather straps I found at Ebay UK. For the Kilt only I needed nearly 3 yards 😮

At first I shorten my pattern.

I sewed it the same way like my “old” mini dress. Then I sewed the kilt and put both together.

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to make my Kilt more realistic I added leather straps. They are just decoration because the fabric “under” this front is 10 inches longer. So no reason to “fear” storm and wind when wearing it without trousers hehe

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For sewing special projects like bags or this dress I ordered a brass stamp with my logo to put on leather.

Yes, it has been expensive but I love it

I still have to find a way to sew these small leather pieces. It isnt perfect with hand sewing 😦 and it hurts because the leather stripes has been thick

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I made another Kilt minidress with this blue/green colors. But I still have to put the straps and the logo on it

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What do you think about my design? I so love it and will wear it very often hihi

Merken

Ikea Grundtal as a form dress pin cushion

Three months ago, the teacher left the sewing class. She took a job in another store. Unfortunately!

I wanted to do something very special for her as a thank you and to show her what I learned with her.

I’ve been thinking for a long time about what I could do for her.

Then I saw a Christmas cover for a wine bottle on the internet and wanted to sew something like that for her.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know if she was drinking wine at all. I never drink wine myself and if someone gave me a cover like that, I would never use it!

On my next visit to Ikea I saw the Grundtal container with the magnet on the bottom and I knew what I wanted to do:)

A FORM DRESS PINCUSHION !!!

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This pincushion is the second one I’ve made. The first one had to be finished so quickly that I didn’t have time to take photos for the tutorial.

That’s how I did it.

These things I needed:

1 Ikea Grundtal container

2 different fabrics

ribbon

1 round wooden pole 3/8″

1/8″ plywood

wood plate

foam padding  1 3/4″

glue

beads 1/8″

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a collection of what I used

 

I used my form dress as model to make my pattern

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My pattern has 10 inches. (I’ll explain the red marking later)
Front and back are identical. Only the darts are different. I have added half an inch

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I started with my container.

A colleague sawed out the round piece of wood for the container and the oval plywood. Thanks again for this:)

The oval plywood should have the width of the container. It’s supposed to stabilize the doll.

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The round piece of wood is used to put the wooden stick in later. At the same time, the container should become heavier so that the doll does not fall over later.

I didn’t have any wooden panels of the right thickness for the container.

That’s why I took 2 wooden plates, which together had exactly the right thickness. (1/8 ” below the edge of the container)

My colleague used a hole saw to saw the 2 wooden plates. This was very helpful for me, because I had a marking exactly in the middle of the wood because of the drill in the middle of the hole saw.

To drill a 3/8″ hole through the container cover and the wooden plates, I put the cover between the two wooden plates. In this way, the plastic cover cannot break.

Then put the wooden plates in the container, put the cover on and insert the wooden stick through all 3 holes. Make sure that the wooden stick is really straight! If not, the dress doll will be crooked later on.

   

If you used two wooden plates like me, glue them together. Make sure that the drilled holes are exactly on top of each other.

Paint the wooden stick in the color you like.

Now glue and paint have to dry first. In this time you can start sewing.

Cut out front and back parts. Sew the darts in both parts.

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Close both sides together

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For the next step you need the oval plywood and a piece of vilene. Draw the outline and add 1/2″

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Cut out the vilene and iron it on your fabric. Add 1/2″ to your fabric, too.

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Now, you need to sew this piece of fabric on the bottom.

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Glue the plywood on the vilene

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Because the glue has to dry now we continue with the container

Cut a piece of fabric for the container. The fabric must be large enough to be placed around the sides of the wooden plates. Glue the fabric to the top of the plate.

When the glue has dried, cut the hole in the fabric from the wooden plate. The more precisely you cut, the more accurately you can fix it later in the center of the container.

Put glue in the container on the bottom and sides. Additionally on the sides of the fabric.

Now place the wooden plate exactly in the middle of the container. With a small screwdriver you can stuff the fabric in the sides.

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Before you clamp the wooden plate, be sure that the hole is exactly in the middle. Do not exert too much pressure during clamping, otherwise the container will be damaged.

Let the glue dry for a few hours

I also glued the lid on the container.

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Back to the “dress”

Cut out the hole in the fabric from the bottom of the plywood.

Take your foam and cut it out in the width of the dress.

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Put the foam into the dress and cut the length. Be sure the foam is in the bottom of the dress. Leave the foam one or two inches longer than the dress.

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Now draw the hole from the bottom onto the foam.

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Take out the foam and write on which side the front or back of the foam was.

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 Take a big screwdriver and push it carefully and slowly through the foam. Start at the marked hole. Stay in the middle!

When you look at my doll, you realize that I didn’t stay in the middle: (

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Use the screwdriver to move back and forth several times and remove the foam parts. Try to make sure that you get through the foam with the round wooden stick. If not, use the screwdriver again. Then it should be easy.

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Now put the wooden stick with the foam into the container. Attach your dress to the foam and cut the foam in the length of the dress.

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Now you have to decide where to put the dress on the wooden pole. I left enough space between the dress and the container so that I can reach there with my hand. Put a marker on the wooden pole at the top of the dress. Saw the wooden stick 1/2″ below this mark.

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Glue the wooden pole into your container and let it dry.

Cut ALL corners of the foam to give it an oval shape.

Start with the buttock.

Cut a 4″ half round piece of the foam

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Round off this piece as shown in the pictures. Don’t cut everything at once. After each cut, put this piece into the dress and check if the result is acceptable. Small steps are important.

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In the end it will look like this

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The procedure with the chest is the same. Here too, a 4″ foam piece is needed. Don’t forget: little steps and check every cut with the dress.

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Now cut the shoulder and neck from the foam.

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The next picture shows why I had the red mark on the pattern. The dress just doesn’t look so good!

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Before the next step, remove the buttocks and chest from the dress and put the wooden stick through the dressed doll.

If you don’t do that, you have trouble finding the hole in the foam for the wooden stick.

Now put your buttocks back in the doll and then the chest.

In order to “fix” my dress, I didn’t cut the fabric off but stuck it with needles and sewn it by hand.

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Fill the sides of the chest with small pieces of foamed material.

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Close the shoulders and neck also by hand.

I added a little decoration to my form dress

The ribbon is glued to the container lid

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The necklace is made of very small beads and very thin metal wire.

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And now my form dress pin cushion 🙂

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I hope you like my tutorial 🙂

How to make the Ikea christmas tree fabric into a 3D wall hanging

A year ago I had so many ideas for christmas decorations. But I wasn’t good enough to sew them!
When I started this blog, I posted a photo of a certain fabric from Ikea. The Christmas tree!
Last year I wanted to make a curtain out of it but the fabric was too long for that.

This year I had another better idea and I knew how to do it!!!

 

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I wanted to make a 3D wall hanging with the gorgeous fabric!
The tree should look like a real Christmas Eve tree decorated with toys and gifts.

First I sewed a ribbon on the side of the fabric. Not because it looks nicer, but because it says “Made for Ikea” on it.

 

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Next I wanted to realize my 3D ideas.
I started with the Christmas packages. I didn’t wanted the packages side by side! It should look more realistic.
If you want to re-stitch my project, use fabric with small motifs for the packages. This looks better.
Then I painted the 4 packages on paper, how I wanted to sew them for the tree. I bought foam in 2 different thicknesses and cut out the packs. Each package got a zipper so I could wash the fabric without the inlet.
On the back side I sewed 2 strips of velcro. I sewed the counterpart of the velcro onto the tree fabric. Put all 4 packs on the tree cloth and mark where the counterpart has to go!!

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Before I put the parcels on the fabric everyone got a nice ribbon 🙂

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Here you can see the velcro on the tree fabric

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My fabric got 4 parcels. Here you can see why I took 2 different thicknesses of foam! It just looks better 🙂

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Sewing the “toy” was the most time-consuming!
I cut the pattern for the rocking horse out of a magazine years ago. I can’t remember which magazine, but on the internet you can certainly find patterns.
I changed the horse a little bit, changed ears, added mane and saddle and horse harness out of leather. I so love it ❤ ❤

 

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Meet Teddy ❤ ❤ ❤

Teddy’s the only piece I didn’t make myself.
I was looking for patterns for other toys but didn’t find anything for me.
So I sewed a little velvet bag, put some cotton wool in it and tied Teddy up.

 

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Here you can see all my decoration “under” the Christmas tree.
To make it even more realistic, I put red velvet under the Christmas tree.
For next christmas i want to make a half tree skirt out of it

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A christmas tree without a star is a no go. Here is my star. I wanted to buy golden fabric, but the fabrics I found were very  thin and cheap looking. I used the yellow fabric from my horse

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I have not forgotten to sew small bags for the tree.
I hung them up but I didn’t like what it looked like.
I therefore decided to leave the tree “naked”. Maybe I have a better idea for next christmas.

And now my finished christmas tree

 

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I hope you like my Christmas tree
Maybe you had a great idea for this fabric too. I would like to see what others have done with it 🙂

Sewing a short dress for jeans or wool tights

This one I made last year in november. I found a pattern of a sleeveless dress I liked. I knew how I wanted to wear this dress – with jeans and a longsleeve shirt. The dress of this pattern ended few inches above the knee. Its a very easy to make.

I shorten my pattern, choose woolen fabric and voilà here is my new dress 🙂

The only thing I have to change is taking a belt with a smaller buckle with my jeans when wearing this dress  hehe

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DIY Halloween costume – Nightmare before Christmas (Sally)

My godchild Sonja loves the movie Nightmare before Christmas. She even knows all songs by heart.

One month ago she asked me to get her a costume of her favorite character Sally.

I searched the net for costumes to buy. But all costumes I found has been to colorful.

I didnt remember the movie very well, but knew the colors has been more soft then those costumes.

So I searched the net for images of Sally’s dress. I found a few I could have used as a guide how to do it. The front of her dress has been easy to find. But the back has been a huge problem. I couldn’t find an image with it.

I even watched the whole movie to make screens of the back. But I had no luck. In some scenes you can see parts of her back, but never the complete back of her dress. So the back of this dress isnt like in the movie but looks well.

I printed the images I had found and went to my sewing course a week ago.

I bought a few colors I liked for the dress in woolen. The only perfect color I couldn’t find has been the purple one. I used felt instead of woolen..

Lets say it : without Birgid I wouldn’t had had any idea how to start with this dress.

She took Sonja’s measurements and started with cutting the fabrics after taking a look at the images. I couldn’t believe how fast she worked. I wanted it as close to the original as possible. And she made it ❤ ❤ ❤

The only thing I had to do was to sew the pieces together.

The “decoration” has been my job too. The pattern on the pieces has been gone very fast.  It was the first time I HAD to sew inaccurate LOL

It wasn’t easy because for ONE year I learned how important it is to do everything about sewing very precise and on my 1-year-celebration of my sewing course all rules has been off hehe. I loved it !!!

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Sonja LOVES this dress ❤

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THIS is Sonja in her new costume on Halloween

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My new sewn dresses with matching chucks

Didnt knew it has been this long since my last post. I have been very busy.

I’m still going every saturday to my sewing course and I still love it sooooo much

Here a few photos of my last projects. I made the photos with matching chucks because I have a lot of them and I really like to wear them ❤ ❤ ❤

I dont know exactly how many chucks I have – over 30 for sure. My most important colors  I have in high and low hihi

My last project is a jacket I made last weekend. It looks soooo cool. The jersey inside is nautical as are the colors. My chucks too hehehe

But see for yourself

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I made dresses for me too. ME with dresses !!!! Usually I wear jeans, shorts, but never dresses. But I found a pattern I really liked. Can you believe I searched over 2 months for the fabric? At the beginning I didnt knew what fabric I wanted, but whatever fabric I have seen I didnt liked for my dress.

But 2 months ago I went to a fabric market and at the end of the day I found it !!!! And I knew THIS fabric would be the first dress for me since ages LOL

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Isnt this fabric cute ???? The buttons has been Brigid’s idea. Old fashion style hehehe

I liked my first dress this much that I made the next one with the same pattern.

I bought a bodice few months ago at ebay. I planned to wear it this summer. But it has been a little to short.

But when my first dress has been done, I have seen that my bodice has been only a few inches longer then the upper part of my dress. I decided to use it for my next dress.

I shorten the bodice, changed the buttons and put the skirt on it. Take a look how perfect my seam looks like ❤ The ribbon is only decoration. But I liked how it looked like with this dress.

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As you can see the fabric ist nautical – again hehehe. See the cute buttons on the bodice? Found them on the internet.

Both dresses are the same pattern but because of the bodice I had to change the skirt.  This dress the skirt gets closed with buttons.

Over the last months I made a lot of shirts. But this two shirts are my favorites.

This fabric is a special one: one side is red with white stripes, the other side is blue with white stripes. The fabric is thin enough to wear it from spring to fall. I made one shirt with each color.

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My next post will be with photos from my vacation. I have been on a beach and made over 2000 photos. I have to sort them all and choose what to post 🙂

Pimp my PAX for the kitchen

Yes, I know this wardrobe is ment to be for clothes.

  I needed exactly the width and depth (width 39 1/4 and depth 14) one of the Pax frames comes with. But  I needed also space for my .microwave.

 I assembled the Pax including a few shelves and 2 drawers. The 13 3/4inch shelves has been to small for the microwave. I bought an extra shelf with a depth of 22 7/8 inch and sawed the depth down to 20inch. .On each side of the frame I put 4 steel angle brackets and screwed the shelf on it.

The next step has been the doors. With the bigger shelf the doors couldnt close anymore.And I didnt wanted my microwave inside a closed cupboard.

I sawed the doors down to 40.5inches. So the doors fit well under the bigger shelv.The smaller doors are 22inches.

Here is a picture of my shelf. OK the knobs are still missing, but otherwise its ready.

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With the larger doors I didnt have a problem. I choosed the high because of the hinges. This doors comes with 3 drilled holes. 2 holes I used for the larger doors.But for the small doors I had to make a drilled hole for each door by myself. And I made it perfekt. hehehe

The first picture shows the original drilled holes, the second one my work. You wont believe how often I measured the small doors to make it right.

Oh boy, half a year ago I hadnt ever work with a saw and now I sound like a pro LOL

I am so proud of my work 🙂 🙂 🙂

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