Monday, November 19, 2012

How To Make a Cloud Pillow

Let's kick start this week with a tutorial on cloud pillows :) something very easy to do and very trendy if you will.

You need:
  • a piece of fabric (dimmensions differ depending on how big you want your pillow to be. I used half a meter of fabric and folded it in two to make my small-medium cloud pillows)
  • a pair of scissors
  • needle and thread
  • your sewing machine (however if you have the patience and don't have the machine, you can make it by hand)
  • measuring tape
  • a pencil, or marker, or chalk, whatever you feel comfortable with
  • pillow stuffing
You can buy all these (except for the sewing machine) at a local dry goods store.

pillow stuffing

Step 1:
Take your piece of fabric and fold it in two. Draw a cloud with the pencil, or marker or chalk, whatever you have near you.

Step 2:
Use the scissors to cut along the trace you've made leaving about 1 cm distance between the pencil mark and your cut.

Step 3:
Sew the two pieces of fabric together with your sewing machine (choose the basic stitch). Follow the trace you've made with the pencil, or the chalk. Don't forget to leave a space of around 10 cm or less. Do not sew that space because it will help you turn your pillow around and put the stuffing inside

Step 4:
To prevent the fabric from clamping, one should relieve the tension by cutting into that 1 cm space you left when you cut the shape of the cloud. Cut into it, without penetrating the seam.

Step 5:
Using the 10 cm space you left turn your fabric inside out. It should look like this (the seam is not visible):

Step 6:
It's time to put the stuffing in. I used about 200 grams of stuffing for a medium cloud-pillow but it depends how stiff you want your pillow to be. You will use the 10 cm space to fill your pillow with stuffing.

Step 7:
When you're through with the stuffing, sew the 10 cm space as close to the edge of the fabric as you can.

Here are my cloud-pillows:

My little ballerina seems to be enjoying herself :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mint Afternoon

A dress fit for a lady in the revelation-colour of this season - mint. Heavy embroidery around the neckline. Grey, white, black beads sewn by hand.
Made from a slightly elastic fabric that contains wool.
Size M, knee length.
Unique. Cannot be redone.


Rochie in culoarea aceea stranie si care da dependenta - nici turcoaz, nici vernil, nici bleu - menta! brodata cu lana si zeci de margele. Marime M

Rochie usoara, dintr-un voal ca spuma marii, cu broderie bogata asimetrica, in zona decolteului. Desi fotografiile nu o releva, rochia a fost vopsita si prezinta degradeuri placute, asemanatoare nuantelor apelor marii. 

Rochie din combinatie de materiale si texturi

How To Cover a Coffee Stain?

Today I was very unhappy to discover an old coffee stain on my favourite blue dress. It was right in the middle of it so I couldn't say: "oh, you can barely see it!". I love this dress so I had to find a way to cover the stain. Dry cleaning didn't do it, so I thought about something else. I had some lace in my fabric treasure chest and I never knew what to use it for so I started to cut shapes from it and sew them onto my dress so as to create a model on the front in order to cover the stain and please the eye.

So, if you have the same problem and cannot resort to dry cleaning or washing, here's what you need to fix it:
- the garment
- some lace
- needle and thread
- a pair of scissors

Step 1:
Cut shapes from the lace. If it has flowers cut the flowers, if it has irregular shapes, try to cut along the contour.

Step 2:
Place your shapes on the garment to cover the stain and look nice. Secure them with pins.

Step 3:
Sew the shapes onto the garment without puncturing the casing.

Step 4:
After you've sewn the pieces, iron the garment on reverse.

When I was finished with it, the dress looked like this: