Patchwork Dresses

Patchwork Dresses

Only someone who knits or crochets will appreciate how long it takes to make a garment. So when I find discarded knitting projects I can’t bare to see them go to waste.

This piece started as a beginners knitting project accidentally boiled in the washing machine. By simply cutting out a hole for the neck, adding some jersey and sewing up the side seams it turned into an oversize dress/top. The added crochet patches finishes it nicely.

Next up is a neatly crocheted baby blanket in yummy colours turned into this stylish little number. Instead of sewing, this one was crocheted together at then side seam, hem and neckline for a neater finish.

Last but not least is this pastel number salvaged from a crochet patchwork blanket. I actually managed to get two dresses out of this one. Worn here with our pompom wooly robe.

If you have a similar project tucked away somewhere, why not turned into something wearable? Or maybe just a cushion cover if you inner hippy is a little shy.

Customised T-shirt Dresses

Customised T-shirt Dresses

Did I mention the things you can make from old t-shirts are endless! There are whole books and websites dedicated to the topic.

I wanted to create some dresses that were stylish, comfortable and easy to make.

The “skirt” part I cut from slightly thicker jersey that I had. On some of the t-shirt dresses I  adjusted the sleeve hole a little to make it less gapy  by putting in darts.( I kind of like the slouchy armholes though.) Wear it with a contrasting sports bra. Plus in the summer its nice and airy.

 

How to Bleach Dye Cotton Clothes

We all know that bleach isn’t very environmentally friendly. But if you can update a garment that you weren’t wearing with it, I’m pretty sure it’s more eco than buying new. Also, you don’t need much of it so it gets the go ahead from me.

This is how to;

You will need a dark coloured jersey/cotton piece of clothing.

  • Blend 1:1 bleach and water (1 cup water+1 cup bleach is plenty for 2 garments)
  • Put in spray bottle
  • Crinkle or twist the garment and spray away.
  • As soon as the colour start to change, put the garment in a bucket of water to stop the bleach from developing further.
  • Wash with detergent to get rid of any bleachy smell.

Goodbye boring black clothes! Hello tiger stripes!

Alternative Wedding Dress

Alternative Wedding Dress

Making someones wedding dress is always a little nerve wrecking. The pressure to get it right and everything else that goes with it.

But I loved the challenge of making this dress for my very stylish friend Chani.

We chose a 1940’s Vogue pattern and used the reverse matt side of this amazing (but very slippery) silk fabric.

She looked stunning!

wedding dress top wedding dress side

 

Summer Collection

Summer Collection

Ethnic Prints and Folky Fabrics.

For the summer I wanted to create a collection that was vibrant and casual but using some more traditional fabrics. The lovely Chloe is my model and the award winning Naomi from Namnam’s did the face painting.

South American Cloth.

This was a table runner that became this easy fit dress.

African Print.

This lovely piece of fabric was used as a curtain by my ex housemate Rebecca. When she moved out I re-purposed it into an A-line dress. Apparently the print is for a women’s vote  campaign.

Baggy Trousers.

This fabric was salvaged from a pair of trousers that I unpicked. I love the vibrant colours of this print.

Indian Embroidery.

This piece of cloth just came to me, like most bits of fabric do. Not sure if it used to be anything in a previous life.  There was just enough to make this cheeky number out of it.

Bed Cover.

This was an Indian cotton bed throw that I cut in half and made two dresses from. Boned for extra support.

 

Made to Order Evening Dress

Made to Order Evening Dress

Blue Bow Dress.

Lucia wanted something stylish for a wedding.

Again, I used my basic pattern that I also used for this dress.

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