I will wear it in public Sewing Challenge. Final Result!

I will wear it in public sewing challenge, final result

I finished my dress! I am very proud of it and can't wait to wear it on a special occasion. 

I really wanted to put a lot of effort into making something for this challenge. I normally up cycle my current wardrobe and never really make anything from scratch. But this was the perfect opportunity for me to make my dream dress.
I was a little bit inspired by the 50s vogue dresses and I watched a lot of Mad Men (for all of you Mad Men fans, can't you just see Peggy wearing a fabric pattern like this?!). I still wanted to give it a little edge and that is how I came up with the hart shape. You normally see this on the back of dresses, but I wanted to try something new and different.

I hope you like it!


Besides wanting to make my dream dress, I also wanted to share the process with you! I didn't use any patterns and probably didn't do it the 'normal' way, but I managed and want to give you the opportunity to make you're own heart dress.

1. Pick a fabric, I used about 2,5 by 2 meters. It all depends on how long you want you're skirt to be and what dress size you are.
2. Cut out this shape twice, I just put a top(non stretch) over the fabric and cut round it.
3. Pin the sides and sew them together.
4. Cut the back right threw the middle.
5. Get a mannequin that is about you're size. If you don't have one you will have to put the piece on a couple of times to see if it fits alright. It will be a little bit more work, but it's doable.
6. Pin the back together temporarily, and pin the shoulders parts.
7. This is a difficult part: Find the extra fabric under the breast area and pin it so it will be tight underneath. Do the same to the sides like in the picture. Stitch everything together.
8. Decide how broad you want you're shoulder straps to be and cut 3 cm downwards. (see picture) Do tis to the front and back. 
9. Pin the flaps down and sew it together.
10. Cut out a hart out of paper.
11. Pin the hart to the dress where you want it to be positioned.
12. Get some chalk and draw around the paper onto the fabric.
13. This will be the size the hart will be.
14. Fold the fabric trough the middle and pin it so the hart is precisely through the middle.
15. Cut the hart out with 1 cm left all around.
16. Pin the ruffly parts and stitch them.

The top part is done! Take a cup of tea and relax, because you are almost done;)

17. Get the fabric for the bottom part.
18. Take a needle and threat and sew big stitches along the top of the fabric. Pull it tight enough until it is you're waist size
19. Sew it, to make sure it will stay like that.
20. Sew the top part and the bottom part of you're dress together.
21. Get you're zipper ready.
22. Take a long small piece of fabric.
23. Fold the bottom and top part inside out and stitch it.
24. Attach it onto the waist part of the dress with you're sewing machine.
25. Put the zipper in. And fold the bottom part of you're dress inside and stitch that.

Done!

I know it is a long process and I hope the tutorial is understandable. I just tried things as I went along, so if there is anything that needs more explaining just let me know!



The heart shape can be a bit revealing, and although it can be sexy, you might not want to go grocery shopping that way;) That is why I tried shirts in different patterns to wear underneath it. This way the dress will get a different look every time!





 Pictures by Lana



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Sneak Peak into the Sewing Challenge


I am still busy working on the sewing challenge, so here is a sneak peak! I don't want to give away to much, and keep it a bit mysterious so I am only giving you the material and a heart cut out of paper.
Are you curious yet?





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Sewing Challenge


I decided to enter a wonderful challenge from ricochetandaway. So I am busy sewing now, I will keep you posted on my process!

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Dip Dye Tutorial. Part 2

dip dye tutorial part 1

Today is the final part of the Dip Dye Tutorials. I dip dyed this simple coat that I bought for only 5 euros at Primark. I liked the model but I didn't really like it 'on' me, so I changed the silhouette a bit after I dyed it. 
Have fun Dip Dyeing! 



1. Get some fabric paint. I bought a pack from Dylon in the color Marine blue.
2. Follow the instructions on the package and dip the part that you want to be dyed in the textile paint.
3. Leave it in there for about 45 minutes.
4. Rince the coat thoroughly with cold water.
5. Hang the coat to dry.

This was the Dip Dyeing process, please keep reading if you also want to adjust you're coat. If not, congratulations on you're pretty upcycled coat! You can see my result photos below.

6.Get some elastic and cut it in the width of you're choice, be careful not to make it to tight you'll still want to be able to be comfortable while wearing the coat.
7. Pin the elastic band to the coat. I pinned it in he middle of the back of the coat and to the front.
8. Sew the band on to the coat. Start with the front of the coat and pull the elastic tight. Then just sew it all on.

All done!



I also replaced the buttons. The coat originally had two rows of buttons, but I removed those and put three buttons down the middle.





 Pictures by Lana



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Dip Dye Tutorial. Part 1

dip dye tutorial part 1

I kept finding fashion photos of dip dyed clothing and didn't want to be left out in this new trend. So here is a two day dip dye tutorial for you! 



Today I upcycled an old dress from H&M. The dip dyeing process is actually really easy:

1. Get some fabric paint. I used a package from Dylon. The color I used is Marine blue.
2. Follow the instructions on the package and make a paint bath. Dip the dress in the paint just up to the part that you want to have the new color. Leave the bottom part in the paint for about 45 minutes.
3. Rince the dress and let it dry.


 Pictures by Lana




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Easy Messy Hair Updo

Easy Messy Hair Updo

I bought this hair accessory at Primark and it is THE most easy to use hair accessory I know. You just pull up the top part of you're hair, glide the piece in the bottom part of you're hair and drape the top part over the bun. All done! 
I tried to create a messy vintage look, to make it more wearable during a weekday. 




 Pictures by Lana

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Springtime Means: Festive Nails!

Springtime Means: Festive Nails!

It's springtime and why not celebrate it by showing of those fabulous spring-colors on you're nails?!
I choose two different colors but in the same color sphere:
The first one is pink and it's from: Essence, you can buy this at Kruidvat
The second one is a nice deep red from bourjois (I got this as a present and don't know where you can buy this, but It's a common brand so the local drugstore should have it).





Pictures by Lana




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Upcycling Vintage Shoes Tutorial

Upcycling Vintage Shoes Tutorial

I bought these shoes at a local thrift store for less than one euro and was really excited to add a personal touch to them. Here is a very easy to do tutorial to help you spice up you're old shoes!



1. Remove the shoelaces.
2. Clean the shoes with nail polish remover and tissues.
3. Take some white glossy paint(I actually used the paint that I had leftover from painting the vintage cupboard).
4. Let the paint dry, and if necessary apply a second layer.


I also replaced the shoelaces with white lace to complete the look.




Pictures by Lana


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Upcycling Old Vintage Cupboard Tutorial

Upcycling Old Vintage Cupboard Tutorial

I got this cupboard from my dad, but thought it was a bit to old fashioned. That is why I decided to upcycle it and make it more my style :) 



1. Remove the drawer and the door from the cupboard to make sure no paintspatter will come on them.
2. Sand the entire cupboard, this will remove the shiny coat and makes the paint attach better. I also sanded the parts that I didn't paint to give it a more 'vintage feel'.
3. Take white glossy paint (or any other color that you like). Paint the parts that you want to be white. I applied one layer and waited about 5 hours and then applied the second layer. After that I let it dry overnight. 



The original knob was really old and damaged, so I bought a new one that has a nice vintage feel to it. I think it really finishes the cupboard and adds a little detail.

Pictures by Lana



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