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DIY Inspired by Lalaloopsy

Few weeks before Christmas, my friend called me to ask for help to hunt some toys on the interwebs. It turned out that her kids (3 & 5) were into a new kids show (well, new over here) called Lalaloopsy and she wanted find some play sets that weren’t available in Finland. In the end I found this set on the Ebay and boy, was it a hit with the kids:

via amazon.com

Me and my friend had several discussions about these and reminisced our own childhood. We would have gone nuts over these had they existed when we were kids.

All the cuteness of Lalaloopsy led me to get inspired by them and I got an idea to sew something Lala-related myself. At first I thought about making some kind of play mat and I even ordered bunch of themed ribbons from Ebay. However, I knew I wouldn’t necessary get them on time for Christmas so I decided to come up with a back-up plan and I started doing more research on the dolls themselves. Then I found this image:

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I fell in love with the Marie Antoinette’esque dress and then suddenly thought, wouldn’t it be fun if the girls could BE Lalaloopsy-dolls themselves?

Of course it would  be.

I went through my vintage fabric stash and pulled all the fabrics that I thought had the playfulness of the dolls. In the end I had six choices:

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My first choice was the pink one in the middle but I felt it was too faded to handle kids’ play. Then my second was the yellow plaid but I didn’t have enough for two dresses. The yardage I needed ( and the concept I had in my head) lead me to use the teal plaid.

At first I wanted to do two dresses but knowing the kids, I decided to make a top and a matching skirt and for that I came up with the genius idea altering a T-shirt. Mad rush to H&M and a fantastic deal, 3 for 2 on organic cottons, then back home via the fabric store and I was ready to sew.

I began the process by taking off the sleeves, preserving the seam allowances so there wouldn’t be any unravelling, and used them as a template to create a puffy sleeve:

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Winging it comes with a cost. I managed to eff up the sleeves on both tops by forgetting to cut seam allowances. Luckily I have lots of yardage of this fabric. Anyhoo, I sewed a simple puffy sleeve and added an elastic in the hem. I also left a small opening in there just in case the sleeves would be too tight or too loose on the girls’ arms.

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Looks so sweet! But a little bit plain for Lalaloopsy-play so I added some details on the front using another one from my fabric shortlist but pictures of that later….

The skirt was very simple to do. Basic, rectangular piece of fabric that I hemmed and sewed together, adding a separate waistband with an elastic inside:

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On my mad dash I had stopped by at the fabric store to get some shock pink tulle with a plan to make a light tulle under skirt. In the end I decided to add it on the hem as the skirt was full by itself. Do you want to see the full outfits? Of course you do:

IMG_20141217_135933 IMG_20141217_173125 The girls look so cute wearing them! I want to do more of these dresses but I’m not sure if they would realize that this set was also done by me and thus I’d burst their Santa Claus-bubble. I’m all for speaking the truth but some things should have magic as long as possible. Here’s the older kid wearing the outfit:

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I am a super-duper sewer and a crafter and a friend indeed. How did your Christmas crafting go? Anything really good and appreciated? If you have any questions about making these, I’m happy to answer :)

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. A total cost for these two outfits was about 25 euros. The most expensive was the main fabric, which is from 60s.

From Nespresso to Ooh La Laa

Spotted on Iltalehti

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Image via outilespyy.com

Every year on December 6th,  there’s a ball at the presidential palace to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day. It’s televised and we get to judge all the outfits as the guests arrive to greet the president and his spouse. Yes, this pretty much is the only real red carpet event in Finland.

This year Finnish artist/blogger/designer Outi Les Pyy, who is Finland’s foremost authority on ethical fashion and recycling, got invited by Nespresso to design a dress for the event using their coffee capsules. It’s amazing, that’s all I have to say:

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Photography Kanerva Mantila @ outilespyy.com

You can read more about the dress by clicking the links (in Finnish) but I’m sure you can get inspired even if you can’t speak Finnish:

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I, however, got depressed. Other people make amazing evening gowns and I can’t even be arsed to finish a pattern for a basic top that I started two months ago. *le sigh*

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Today’s Good Homo News

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Image via out.com

All is not bad in Finland. Even though gays over here can’t get married, they can sleep in their very own sheets! Wow! Finnish homewear manufacturer Finlayson teamed up with the Tom of Finland  Foundation to produce a line of sheets, towels and whatnot.

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Via out.com

Admittedly these are very cool. You can buy yours from HERE and if bedsheets aren’t your thing, there are items for kitchen coming out too! Hopefully all the products stays in production for long time. That would solve my Christmas giving problems for years to come!

Well done, Finlayson, well done indeed.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can read about the line in English HERE. In Finnish HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

Mayday, Mayday. This Is Finnish Fashion Scene, Reporting an Emergency.

Today I spotted on my Facebook-feed a link to a Daily Fail- story about North Korean fashion week. Yes, really. I was ready to get all harhar-this-is-funny but then I saw this:

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Then this:

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And this:

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I don’t know about you but it seems to me that North Korean prison camps have surprising level of technical knowledge and design skills, and not to mention, produces sexier and more sellable crap than most Finnish brands.

This can’t be right. I would take that black suit in a heartbeat. The original story is HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Fashion Drama a la Finland

Finland’s hottest (and probably only) fashion related awards show Elle Style Awards was last week. I had already forgotten about it but my friend called today and told me about a HUGE FASHION SCANDAL! A FASHION CRIME! A crime so heinous they should call the Special Victims Unit!

No, not really.

This is what happened…There is this young fashion blogger named Alexandra, the daughter of famous Finnish journalist and TV-personality Baba Lybeck. They arrived to the gala together and naturally, their photo was taken on the red carpet:

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Image via iltalehti.fi

They are both insanely good-looking, don’t you think? Anyhoo, this is where the crime happened. Want to know what it is? Well, when asked what she was wearing, Alexandra (according to Iltalehti) replied vintage.

Aaaaaaand Finnish fashion world went bonkers. Someone spotted that the kimono Alexandra was wearing, is a free Yves Rocher-gift from early nineties. HORROR! Or that’s what people collectively cried. People got so offended that they even posted the outfit on the Finnish Facebook-fails site Feissarimokat with a title Project Runway. So. Much. Burning. A friend of mine linked to another conversation where there were following comments:

“Yves Rocher is replacing Oscar de la Renta”

“I have the matching slippers”

“You would have thought that when the invitation says black tie, you’d take the opportunity to dress up.”

Brutal. So brutal. But the thing is, the girl is 16. The kimono is older than her PLUS 20-year old thing is vintage. Not the best of quality but still…NOT ALL VINTAGE ARE! The girl herself  wrote on her blog that she bought it for 5 euros last summer and got tons of compliments on it during the night. Word. And not to mention, if you can’t experiment and do fashion fails when you are 16, when will you ever find your own style?!?

But I digress. The best comment on the conversation was this and actually captures some relevant issues Finnish fashion industry has:

“In the 80s, the men in the village built a car on a Volkswagen chassis, with fiberglass and called it a Porsche. If someone bought it as a Porsche, it hardly is the seller’s fault. As a media critical person, I bet that the journalist asked her where she got the dress and when she answered “a vintage store” the dress became vintage in the story. This wouldn’t be a huge surprise in this golden era of ‘investigative journalism’. What is notable though that Yves Rocher’s free gift doesn’t look half bad next to the designer items, even though the one who is wearing it adds on the effect. Somewhere, in the depths of the wild jungle they call subcontracting, is a surprising level of design knowhow. “

-Thrifty Finn-