Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Style Stitches

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Amy Butler is a lady who needs little introduction, we all have seen her fantastic fabric designs, timeless patterns, books and now even wallpaper! For this post however I am only going to concentrate on her new book Style Stitches, mainly because if I don’t I could possibly break the Guinness World Record for the longest blog post ever (and if it doesn’t exist I would be setting a very high bench mark which would be difficult to beat).

I have used Amy Butler’s patterns before and her designs are simple and perfect lines that create beautiful things, and the instructions are easy and precise which means that you can make a garment or a bag with confidence. This book is not an exception and I fully recommend it.

It has a good variety of bags and purses, to suit most tastes and skills.  Most of them have variations, almost as if she had read our minds, so before you can finish saying  “I like the Cosmo Bag but short handles would be better” you will discover that there are instructions for that, or “If the Ruffled Handbag was larger I could carry all my gym stuff” yeap youv’e guessed it there are instructions on how to do that too, she has done all the adjustments so you don’t have to fiddle with the pattern and design.  How clever is that!

The bags vary from a simple tote (with a twist of course) to a pleated clutch, to the most fantastic Take Flight Handbag/Shoulder Bag.  This last one along with the Everything Wristlet have such a beautiful vintage look that they will make you feel like Grace Kelly.

The instructions in this book have not only been written to help you sew together a bag, but to efficiently use the material and your time like a pro.  When you look through the pages you get the impression that attention was paid to every single detail.  Not only on the designs and the instructions, but also on the diagrams, the spiral book format and photos, which by the way not only show the designs in the different alternatives, but in different fabrics to help us awaken our imagination on how to create a unique one of our own.

At times like this when sewing books are being released by the dozen, we have lots to choose from and we can be picky… but if you ask me, I would certainly pick this one as a ‘must have’ for your collection.

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches is published by Chronicle Books, £19.99 (ISBN 978-0-8118-6669-9)

Reversible bag – Tutorial

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hello, my name is Lizzet and I am a bag addict.  I love bags of all sizes, shapes, colours and materials.  It doesn’t matter to me if they are useful or just pretty, but it is great when they are both nice and practical.  I was over the moon when I found this tutorial because for me it is a perfect sewing project.  It is easy to make, you don’t need lots of different things to make it, and depending on the type and style of fabric that you choose it can be worn any time time of the day and in all sorts of different occasions.  Because it is reversible, you can choose both fabrics with your favourite colours and be able to match it with almost anything in your wardrobe!

Reversible purse tutorial from MarthaStewart.com

 

I thought of using a floral fabric so I can use this bag all summer long.  I am also thinking of adding a few beads here and there so it could be a perfect match for a nice evening out.  Once I make up my mind I will post the finished bag here, but if any of you have any suggestions about which fabric I should go for please leave a comment  :)

Gardening with fabric

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I have always admired people that think outside the box.  Clever, creative people that make the most out of things.  Christi Chitnis has that gift.  After clicking here and there I found her blog, Lavender and Limes.  It is very refreshing and full of clever ideas.  I love her photographs and the way she shares her life on the web with us.

One of my personal favourite post from Christi is “Pretty Pots”.  If you ever been in a situation where it is sunny and warm outside but you really want to play with fabric but feel guilty being indoors, or maybe is rainy and grey outside and you wish you were planting gorgeous flowers and plants; then you need to read this post.  Christi has the perfect answer in her tutorial.  Decorate your pots with your favourite fabric!  In other words take your craft every where you go and incorporate it in what ever you do.

Fabric Covered Flower Pots tutorial by Lavender and Limes

 

I am going to make one for our spare bedroom, it will add a warm touch and hopefully our guest will like it too.  I will probably use some of our floral fabric, but haven’t decided which one yet, maybe I will go for this one.

It is such and easy and quick project that you can make it in a flash and there is no sewing involved.