Stop. Wait a minute. Did you say something about painting fabric? AGAIN? Yes, I did. I can't get enough and I want to tell you as many tips as I can while I am learning myself!
For this project I reached out to Measure Fabric for some supplies and special PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric to do it with. I wanted to try them out! YOU GUYS. Ummmmmmm turns out, just like in painting a real watercolor, the substrate you use can make a huge difference...
Oh my gosh, why does that girl look so happy?!? She looks like she's at a super fun party for people who love bright colors!
Shhhhh... Here's a little secret. I AM happy, but that's because I'm wearing pom-poms on my wrists, a fun skirt, and these super fun earrings I just made! That backdrop was just for fun, and the only party was me at my sewing machine (I guess I get to party every night then!!).
I am so excited to tell you about my latest #SewHappyColor collaboration with A Happy Stitch!! I am the first in a new series she is doing, called "The Artist Series." I have created a step-by-step instruction PDF and a couple videos to help guide you through making your own painted shoes.
These were very satisfying to paint and then sew up. I made the design something that would be achievable by anyone who follows the instruction, so don't be intimidated! When you wear them you'll be able to...
outtakes from my #sewhappycolor PINK AND RED WEEK video! go check it out here!
ITS HERE!!! The fun month of exploring color is finally here! I dreamt this challenge up back in December as I was winding down my 7 weeks of #thehandmadehustle and thinking about what else I could contribute to the sewing community. I have a background in art, and also in teaching art, so I figured why not teach everyone about COLOR?
I often see people sewing and wearing neutrals because they're easy...
Unfortunately those didn't line up the way I thought they might. I was going to laugh at my giant long-legged pant photo, but now we can just give it a courtesy laugh at this "almost funny" photo.
You have hopefully read about the Philippa Pants that I blogged about earlier this week. This blog post uses that pant as the basis, but can be applied to ANY pants (though if you're doing a material with stretch just make sure to be careful they don't get wonky). I did...
When Anna started posting photos of a new, high-waisted non-stretch denim pants pattern, I about freaked. I immediately messaged her (okay maybe it was after she'd posted a couple times) and asked if she could please hurry up and get it to the masses because I NEEDED THOSE PANTS IN MY LIFE!! You probably know about the famous "Persephone Pants" she released last year that quickly became a cult favorite (is there such a thing in the sewing world? Because I think those pants fit the bill).......
But today I introduce you to Persephone's...
I present to you my Kaste Dress shirt hack. The pattern is by Named Clothing from their book "Breaking the Pattern."
First of all, I am obsessed with this shirt. I never make fancy sleeves or things that are overly feminine and flouncy. It just doesn't feel like me. When I saw this dress (below) though, I immediately bought the book because I needed to make THAT DRESS. Those dramatic sleeves were begging to be flapped and danced in!
Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns in Cone Mills Denim from Threadbare Fabrics
So you've decided to make yourself some pants. Maybe you decided to use some fairly neutral-colored fabric. If you'd like to add some details that make them a bit more special, unique, or slightly more exciting, this is the post for you. When I am sewing something in a less "exciting" color I always think to myself, "How can I make these a little more special and have my signature hand?" or "How can I give...
I have been asked about writing this blogpost for so long now, I really apologize to everyone that it took me so long! In case you didn't know, I painted that dress above. It won the Sew Frosting Challenge (lots more info on the dress there) and was the impetus for many new things happening in 2019 (stay tuned!!)
Today I want to share the details behind the painting process of this dress with those of you interested in doing something similar!
Once upon a time there was a girl who loved skirts. She loved skirts, but with 4 young children it was often impractical. Her babies would sometimes lift her skirts up in public or try to hide under them. She had to be able to easily sit and do things with the kids out in public without having to worry about her underwear showing.
Did that photo above make you want that cute skirt? What if I told you that this poor skirt-loving mom found a solution to...