Posts Tagged ‘embellishment’

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Ready for the Tea Party

29 April 2011

I have a bunch of sewn stuff that I’m actually willing to sell. I’ve been hesitant to sell some of the stuff I’ve made because I’m still trying to improve my sewing machine skills. But these pass my high standards so now I allow myself to share these with you. Besides, though I love what I made, they aren’t really my style so I probably wouldn’t use them myself. It’d be better if somebody else does 🙂

They’re sort of in a similar theme, I imagine wearing these to a picnic or a tea party (hence the title). We don’t do tea parties here where I come from :p

1. Granny Cardi(gan) – The cardigan is an extremely rarely used piece (I have a blue one and I use that). I think I’ve only used it twice. It was bought many, many years ago at Cinderella; cream colored with a golden sheen; is fastened only by a hook at the collar; size: small (my beautiful measurements here). I added the ruffles and the hem which are repurposed elastic lace and stretchy beige fabric.

PhP 300

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Scrappy

10 April 2011

Today I turned an underused skirt into a bag. This skirt was one of the first pieces of clothing that my boyfriend bought for me, so… sorry to him. LOL.

Before: Skirt. True to the blog post title, this skirt looks like a patchwork job made of small pieces (scraps) of the same army fatigue corduroy fabric

After: Bag!

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Makeover

4 April 2011

As I said in my previous post, I had a bunch of projects lined up, and I already finished some of them. They aren’t really very complicated so I was able to finish them in a day.

This wouldn’t be a proper “Makeover” if it didn’t have Before & After pics, right? So here they are! Enjoy!

1. Pink long blouse/dress – Too short for a dress, too long for a blouse. Since I’m not using it as a dress anytime soon, I chopped it up and made it into a normal-length blouse. I also removed the elastic from the sleeves because it was constricting the blood flow to my fat arms. :p

Before:

After:

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Stamp-a-licious

27 February 2011

I have a new [sort of] obsession: making stamps!

I’ve wanted to try this particular art form for some time now and upon discovering this lovely blog the other day, I wanted to try it. NOW.

Due to unexpected circumstances yesterday, I found myself with a huge chunk of time to waste so I went to SM North to look for supplies for making stamps. As I said, I’ve wanted to try it for some time so I’ve already researched on materials. I couldn’t find Linoleum blocks for making linocut prints (I don’t even know what they look like) so I settled on getting a sheet of rubber sole from Deovir whose website says that it’s a good alternative to linoleum.

Here’s my loot:

  • Upper left: Lino cutter with interchangeable nibs. PhP224 from Deovir. They’re basically like woodcarving tools, I guess. I don’t know if I could use this for wood, though.
  • Lower left: My first ever X-Acto knife! ❤ I’ve always wanted one of these. PhP114 from Deovir. I also bought replacement blades, PhP 68 for 5 pieces
  • Right: Various erasers from National bookstore. I wanted to try which one was best for carving stamps out of.
  • Background: Rubber sole, 9″x12″ sheet. PhP 98 from Deovir. It smells like rubber. *BLECH*

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The Great Cover-Up

19 January 2011

For one of my classes this sem, we had to compile our plates so far and place them in a bag. Since I couldn’t find a satisfactory canvas bag that could fit 15×20 boards, I resorted to getting the proper 15×20 bag made for this exact purpose. It looks like this:

Sorry to say, I found the lettering at the lower right ugly. It took me a week to think of how to cover it up, and I decided on painting over it. I was inspired by this particular image I found on Design*Sponge (which was also part of the inspiration for my plates the bag was supposed to contain)

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Doing the Rounds

7 January 2011

Happy New Year! For my first craft-related blog post of the year, here’s some inspiration for future crafts. Sewing ones, in particular. Before the year ended I cleaned out my closet and found I had way too much t-shirts and collared polo shirts, and nothing much else. So for 2011 I’ll make it a point to have more variety in my clothing. But with me being such a cheap-o, I want to make use of some of my old clothes first before buying some new ones.

Actually, I already spent too much on new clothes while I was Christmas shopping. So by modifying old clothes, I hope to resist the urge to buy new ones. 😉

I had a little free time this afternoon so I went around window shopping in SM North, looked at the clothes, took some photos and listed down the stuff I could do to my old clothes. Sure, I could just google photos online, but then I wouldn’t be able to look at some details like stitches and construction. Also, the great thing about taking a look at the actual articles is that I could fit them and see if their styles look good on me, like the tulip skirt which I’ve liked for so long but was hesitant to buy.

So here they are. These are mostly applique and ruffles and details like that… stuff that I could actually do on my own.

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For the Ladies

23 December 2010

I bought gifts for a bunch of people, but there are some which I found were too plain. I got them cheap so I figured that I could make up for it by embellishing them a bit. These three tops are for my cousin, boyfriend’s sister and their cousin.

At first I laid the clothes out and sprinkled beads and sequins on them to visualize what I wanted to do. The tank top from Pink Soda was nice, but it needed a little sparkle:

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Recycled Rainbow Connection

18 December 2010

While I was painting the paper I used for my lantern, I got the idea that I could use something similar as gift wrappers. I had a few tubes of usable paint left over and a couple more sheets of blueprint, I figured I should do just that. I only had yellow, red, blue and green left over, which were incidentally appropriate Christmas-y colors. I also had two sheets of blueprint left.

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Greeting Card Mod: Wedding Style

11 December 2010

Today, friends of my boyfriend and I are getting married. Since they’re going to move to China just one week after, it wasn’t wise to give them the usual homemaking presents. We got them gift cards instead so they could buy stuff they need for their trip. Of course I wouldn’t put it in just any envelope, would I? It needs packaging! Thus, the greeting card mod part 2 was born.

It started out as a really, really, really old greeting card I rummaged up from my stationery drawer. It only had “Good Luck” on the cover and “with best wishes” written inside. I had some spare envelopes lying around and I placed a tumbling kitty sticker in one corner.

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90’s Retro Chic

9 December 2010

One of my classes this semester is Decorative Arts and Soft Furnishings, which is a sort of arts and crafts kind of class. Last time we made textile designs with huge sheets of canvas and fabric paint. This time, as we were on the topic of dyeing methods, we made tie dye shirts!

*Insert flashbacks of childhood here*

One of my ultimate favorite shirts when I was a kid was an oversized T-shirt tie dyed with neon colors. I didn’t let go of it until it was torn and tattered. In third grade my brother and I made our own crappy tie dye as the sports fest uniform of his class. Those were the tacky and psychedelic times of tie dye. Now there are really awesome examples of the same dyeing method that don’t look as dated. That was what I was aiming for.

I started with a basic white cotton t-shirt which I cut up a bit from the sleeves and collar just so it won’t be so basic. Some (a lot of) rubber bands, two dye colors later, here it is!

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