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Trés Cool Finnish Blog: Stadin Style

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Last night I was browsing one sewing related group on Facebook and happened upon a post, where someone was asking to vote their blog at Elle Finland Style Awards. Even though my stylist friend have been going on and on and on about what he is going to wear this year, somehow I managed to miss that yes, there are actual awards given.

Anyhoo, the blogger said that she is a nominee to be the Style Guru 2014 and made her case saying that she has made most of the clothes on her blog herself. Wow! Really? I had to go and have a look.

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By stadinstyle. helsinkids.fi

Amaia is originally from Spain and is a fashion designer by profession. And I can see it. The clothes are very cool and current. LIKE HEIDI WOULD SAY ON PROJECT RUNWAY! I love Amaia’s taste and style, which is individual and commercial at the same time.

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

Girl can rock the crop top. I bought one this spring to wear with a pleated skirt but I chickened out from wearing either of them. Amaia’s outfit’s pink colour is bang on trend with the matching top and skirt. But this is not my über favourite, it’s this one:

stadin style, fashion, sewing

By stadinstyle.helsinkids.fi

The dress! The styling! This look means business. I have always loved Hermès’ orange and plaster colour combo because the luxury it implies. Both colours are such that average person couldn’t wear them everyday and hence telling others that you live a life of luxury. Amaia’s dress is all about this kind of confidence. Confidence helps you to pull things off.

You can find Amaia’s blog Stadin Style, which she writes in Finnish and in Spanish, HERE. Then if you want to vote her at the Elle Finland Style Awards, Amaia has written multilingual instructions to how-to-vote HERE. If you click the images you will get to the original blog posts. This blog is worth to follow, even if you don’t read Finnish or Spanish. The pictures provide plenty of inspiration. She also posts about her travels and includes a lot of beautiful pictures for you Finnophiles out there.

-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.

quilt, binding, handmade, biastape

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.

quilt pieces, vintage fabric

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

 

Marimekko. Freelancer’s Nightmare.

marimekko, home, decor, Finland

Image via marimekko.fi

Last time I wrote about Marimekko, was in September with this post where I summed up the copy scandal year. How I wish it would have stopped there but less than a month later a new story broke out. This time about a clothing pattern. Helsingin Sanomat broke the news:

Marimekko, Pellervo, freelancer, ethics, copyright

Image via iltasanomat.fi

Three years ago, designer Marjut Rahkola approached Marimekko with her children’s wear ideas and was promptly signed on as a freelance designer. In her contract was stated that she would get royalties from every item sold (that she had designed). The general Terms of Contract (?) of Marimekko states that designs can only be changed/modified together with the designer. The changes wouldn’t affect the royalties paid. Everything was now on black and white and Rahkola showed them openly all of her designs. Production went ahead and the first collection was out 2012.

pellervo, pattern, technical drawing

Image via hs.fi

 

Then 2013, Rahkola began studying at Helsinki Design School  and didn’t visit Marimekko HQ that often. She had a verbal agreement that her designs would be co-ordinated in-house and then decided how they would proceed with them. When she went to visit HQ in June, she found out that Marimekko had brought back one of her earlier designs but this time it wasn’t her name on them. She sent an e-mail to the creative director Minna Kemell-Kutvonen about it and she responded via lawyer:

“No copying has been done, because first of all, it is not the same Pellervo-pant. It is brand new, separate product.”

The differentiation was further explained:

“The new product differs from Pellervo-pant by its scale and new pattern form and thus being much fitter and narrower where as Pellervo-pant was charmingly slouchy.”

If you go back up and look at the technical drawing, how much difference you see? Technical drawing for clothes are the blueprints. What you see is what you get. True, this isn’t a copy case but an ethics and a contract breach case. And that’s what the designer thinks too:

“You can easily play this down. That it doesn’t take a long time to come up with this. But that’s not the point. I was the one who brought it as new to Marimekko. This is just the way they try to avoid royalty payments to the original designer. Diaper pants play a significant role in the current collection. Also, this tells a lot how designers are appreciated.”

Pellervo-pants aren’t the first and only diaper pants ever. But anyone who ever has made a clothing pattern from scratch knows that getting a good fit takes time. Rahkola herself said that she made 20 prototypes. Marimekko built on that work and probably would never had a diaper pant in their collection if it weren’t for Rahkola. Copyright laws weren’t broken but this clearly was done with the intent to stop paying the designer.

As per usual, Marimekko continued with their confusing statements. When Marimekko’s Communication Manager (my translation of the Finnish title) Merja Paulamäki was asked by iltasanomat.fi about this, she said (and she used pretty clever wording in Finnish…):

“Marimekko has had children’s wear in their collections for decades. Items for the diaper wearing ages have been in our collections also for decades. So as a product, they are not new.”

This is what pisses me off. She tries to imply that the designer claims that she was the one who brought the whole concept of children’s wear to Marimekko, by replacing the word diaper pants with diaper wearing ages, meaning toddlers of course. Then she continued:

“They are completely different product by their scale and fit.”

When she was confronted with the technical drawings, she responded with:

“I don’t know how to comment. I only know our products, not these drawings.”

So first you knew enough to say that the designer is wrong and then suddenly you don’t know anything? Maybe it’s time have an MRI. Also, Marimekko had the option to make a one-time payment to the designer but they chose the royalty-route. Instead of handling it like a business partner you are supposed to be able to trust, they decided, scamming the designer or in this case the correct word is developer, would make better financial sense.

This news broke out last October but as I was in Paris without a computer, I couldn’t write about it then. There have been a lot of changes within Marimekko-company followed by these scandals and my next post is about them.

Thrifty Finn- Your trusty Marimekko reporter

 

 

 

Pinteresting vol. XX

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This week I found pinteresting…

metropolitan museum of art, met, collection, hermes, bathing suit, lurex, fashion, vintage

Via Metmuseum.org

 This fabulous bathing suit from 1950’s by Hermés. I love the burnt orange, the bees, the shine of lurex…Everything really. Well, not one thing. The size. Anyone affording this must have been minuscule. Which is a painful reminder for me to stop the candy eating.

cucumber sangria, bhg, drinks, better homes and gardens, summer

Via bhg.com

Fine. If I can’t eat candy, maybe I can enjoy alcoholic beverage or two. Since I’m still recuperating from the surgery, I have to eat painkillers, some of which are incredibly strong. That of course I’m very happy about BUT I can’t have wine until I can manage without them. I can’t tell you how much I’d love to have a glass of chilled white wine. Until then, I torture myself by pinning delicious drinks recipes.

diy pompom tutu, moodkids, princess, tutorial, download

via moodkids.nl

From drinks to tutus…I didn’t have time to Christmas gifts this (last?) year. I had planned to make skirts or dresses for my friends little girls. I decided that I would make them as Valentine’s Day gifts and this tutorial caught my eye. It’s in Dutch and you can download it by going to the website by clicking the image above. Meanwhile, I ponder here if the skirt would be appropriate for adults too.

trotter, instagram

#trotterpup via photographytuts.com

From skirts to pups…You know how much I want to have a dog but as I’m not really ready to commit to one, I just keep hoarding pictures them on Pinterest. Anyhoo, this lovely thing is called Trotter and he has an Instagram-account. Go and die of unbearable cuteness.

Last but not least…

merde, quote, french

via sweetwitchy.tumblr.com

I couldn’t say it better myself.

Thrifty Finn- Business as usual