Category Archives: Sewing

Do It Right

This summer I found this gorgeous top at Mango on sale. It’s just perfect. Strong colour, perfect cut and interesting details. What’s not to love? It didn’t take me long to realize that I should try to make a pattern and sew a few myself. Brilliant. What could go wrong? I’m trained in pattern making!

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I gathered the tools and the pattern paper, and figured that it would be really easy to just trace the outline and then add the details.  I mean, the silhouette IS basically a loose fitting tee. I made the back pattern. Even took measurements from the top to make sure they matched. All good at this point.

But then it was the time to do the front pattern, where all the details are. It started well, I outlined, checked that the shoulder seams match, all that jazz…But then I didn’t have time to finish it off on that session and left it for another day. It took the longer than I thought to get back to it and I even wore the original top again. And that’s when I saw the mistake. The top is asymmetrical in more places than I originally thought! No easy copy/trace here. So what is girl to do? The same thing she should have done the first place…

pattern making supplies, Thrifty Finn

The thing is, the pattern IS really easy to copy IF you have done the proper base pattern. Which doesn’t take long to do but I was in the lazy mood and decided to skip it. Which of course made the project so much more harder. So here I am, with my Grondvormen, basic pattern book, learning a lesson. Once again.

Do it right the first time around.

-Thrifty Finn-

How To Fix Chewed Shoes

how to fix your canvas shoes, DIY, craft

Few weeks ago, the neighbours dog got his paws on my very much loved sneakers. The ones friend had bought from NY, are by Levi’s and aren’t sold in Finland. Long story short, I thought my shoes were done and would have to be binned but I decided to give a shot at fixing them.

After some googling to see if someone else had attempted it, and after finding only instructions how to patch up small holes, I came up with my own method. It’s very easy, cheap and fast, and should be able to hold up till I can find the time to get a new pair. (Because not any set of shoes will do. I need to get the exactly same shoe). Anyhoo, here’s my how:

supplies for fixing a canvas shoe

The fix needs a very little actual material. My circles needed to be only 9 centimetres in diameter. That’s app. 3,5 inches. Use a cup to measure the rip in your shoe. It should go at least 1 cm over the edges of the rip, so you will have enough room on the either side to do your stitching.

how to fix your canvas shoes, sneakers

How to start. Fold one of the circles over the rip. Don’t fold quite in half, use ratios 45/55, the bigger half going inside. This is for making sure that you catch the fabric inside too when you stitch. Hide the knot under the fabric on the outside of the shoe and then proceed to use simple running stitch. If your canvas is especially heavy or there is other structural material in the way, use the pliers to pull/push the needle through. Be careful though. I absentmindedly twisted the needle as I pulled, and I ended up breaking three needles. Be smarter than I am and mind your work.

Repeat the steps on the other shoe and voila, you are finished fixing your darling shoes!

finished, fixed, DIY, how to fix your canvas shoes

Now, can you see the mistake I did? As always, comments are appreciated and let me know, if you know any handy shoe fixes.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The full story of what happened to my shoe is HERE.

 

 

My Sunshine Quilt

quilt, DIY, sewing, vintage, fabric

After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

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Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

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I might want to consider cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

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As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

quilt, blocks, sewing

Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

quilt blocks, vintage fabric

I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

P.P.S. I’m linking up at following link parties:

A Sew Can Do

Gingersnap Crafts- Wow Me Wednesday

Someday Crafts- Whatever Goes Wednesday

Funky Polkadot Giraffe- Too Cute Tuesday

DIY Show Off

Sand and Sisal- Inspire Me Monday

Crafting In The Rain- Do Tell Tuesday

Creations by Kara- Look What I Made

The Turquoise Home- Work It Wednesday

 

Recently Thrifted…

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Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

Pinteresting: Fashion Revolution Edition

 

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In honour of Who Made Your Clothes? event today, here is a list of amazing patterning, fashion and sewing inspiration:

Dries van Noten-skirt via thevamoose.tumblr.com

Dries van Noten-skirt via thevamoose.tumblr.com

Beauty in simplicity. No darts, no seams. The weight of the fabric and woman’s movement are doing all the work. This is from 1998. Proof that good fashion design stands the test of time.

interfacing tutorial inspired by YSL, threadsmagazine

from threadsmagazine.com

The quality of good clothes is most often in the things you can’t see. This tutorial for interfacing by Threads Magazine was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent. Even if you don’t have any plans to make jackets, it’s still a fascinating look inside a couture jacket.

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via moldesedicasmoda.blogspot.pt

This Portuguese blog is filled with pattern making inspiration. It’s in Portuguese but the line drawings are a good starting point for transforming your own basic patterns. In this blog you will learn to appreciate the magic of patterning.

 

bodice tucks,

Bodice tucks via Pinterest.com

Here’s a fantastic example how a bodice alone can be transformed so many ways. Moving away from the standard princess seam in tops and dresses also helps to create a better fitting and flattering garment. Although I do admit that princess seam is easy to fit and easy to sew.

1948 fashion, free pattern, instructions

Image via sheepandchick.blogspot.co.nz

To round this post up, here are some patterns you can use to bring some vintage style to your wardrobe. Click the image and you get to the patterns and instructions. You need some graph paper to get things started and you can print some HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

soft fabric, warm fabric, someecards, funny

via someecards.com