Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Madonna's Material Girl Photo Shoot

The new face of Madonna's Material Girl line? Taylor Momsen

Present at the photo shoot for the line were Madonna and her daughter Lola. Looks like they are really involved in this one, with Madonna taking photos and directing the model herself.

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New footwear trend

Since when is comfortable cool when it comes to shoes?
Well it seems stars are making it happen!

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams, among others, have been spotted wearing theses German orthopedic shoes and hence a new mania was unleashed.

I gotta say I love high heels but I have never been good at walking in them, my back problems don't help either, so I'm exited about this new trend. Why shouldn't health, comfort and fashion go hand in hand?

Check out the Wörishofer shoes below!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sailor suit for my baby

My son's christening is coming up and I wanted him to wear something made by me so that I could always remember that when looking at the photos. I chose to make a sailor suit by using similar size clothes as patterns. That is usually what I do with all of my projects, use clothes that I already have as patterns, take clothes that I no longer use apart and then trace around them. But you don't need to deconstruct things if you still wear them you can just fold them in half, trace them on paper and use the paper patterns. It takes somewhat longer but you get to keep your clothes intact.

Materials needed for this project
  • 1,5 m x 1 m white linen
  • 3 m navy ribbon
  • some scraps of red satin for the bow and collar
  • elastic for the pants
  • 4 small navy colored buttons
  • white, red and navy thread

Getting started

the first thing I cut of were the pants, because they were the easiest part of he outfit and I like to start with  what is easiest just to get warmed up :) As you can see I had already attached the ribbon here

next was the blouse. This is the front of the blouse with the ribbon also partially sewn on already

this is the front and the arms, with the ribbons also already sewn on (I like to sew them on before assembly, that way there are no frayed edges)

the front, the arms and the back of the shirt

the front of the collar

the front with the back flipped over just so you can see that I lined it with red (that actually happened because I ran out of the white linen, but it turned out to be a nice touch)

and the back of the collar

the shirt before I sew the bow and the buttons on and inserted the detachable front piece (so the baby can fit its head through it and you don't need a zipper on anything else of the sort just some velcro for the detachable piece)

and the finished suit

since I don't know how to make shoes I was so happy to find this cute pair of sandals that go just  perfectly with the suit

white and navy! How lucky was I to find these :)!

Did you like the tutorial? Did you ever make something similar yourself? Any clothes for your baby?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Best finds- summer scarf

After seeing this wonderfully inspiring post on fashion in my eyes I felt the irresisteble need to buy something similar to the chenin grape scarf above.

Now granted, mine is not as full and juicy as this one, but I am still pretty happy with  it. It is the prefect light, scrunchy scarf  for the summer.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Floral summer dress tutorial

Remember the tutorials I have shared with you from secret life of a bio nerd? Well I decided to put them to good use and make a cute new summer dress for myself, while summer still lasts.

I used two tops that I got from a friend who was no longer wearing them and knew that I like refashioning clothes. They turned out to be the perfect ingredients for my newest project.
These are the tops that I used: a linen tank top and a stretch tube top.

first I started with the linen top

I took it apart and used the bottom part as the skirt part of the dress

then I pinned the tube top to the skirt

and used the scraps left over from the top part of the linen top to create flowers

what I ended up making were 4 yo-yos
I used my rotary cutter and a glass for the shape 

step 1

step 2

step 3

 step 4

 if you want the tutorial for these you can check it out here , but I guess it's pretty obvious how to make them from the photos as well.

For the other flower that I made you can find the tutorial here. Mine is not exactly the same but you can always change it up and have fun with it just to make it your own.

what I did was cut out 18 petals

stack them over each other

sew them together with a long running stitch

 and then pull on the thread

the final product

and a closeup of my flowers

me wearing the dress with my yellow thrifted H&M cardigan

Do you like the dress? Did you find the tutorial to be helpful or inspiring?
Thanks for the feedback. (any feedback!!!)