This year I have seriously become obsessed with the colour yellow. Maybe it has to do with the lack of sun in France this year, but I want everything yellow. Yellow bike, yellow flowers, yellow walls, yellow yellow yellow! So imagine just how excited I was when Meltin’ Pot sent me these yellow jeans! I’ve waited for the nice weather to wear them, because in many ways yellow kinda needs sunshine to make it work (unless it’s in the form of a yellow raincoat with matching rain hat, then bring on the rain!).
As for this rather inviting flower patch, I have Hugo to thank. Keeping play time interesting means switching parks several times a week. We don’t often come to this one, as the playground is really for much bigger kids, so the effort was all worth it when I laid eyes on this pretty, sizable patch of grass, deliciously covered in these gorgeous, little flowers. Flowers which when warmed by the sun give off that unmistakeable spring/summer perfume. I just have to hold on to that thought, as the rain and cold has settled in once more. Will summer ever come?
If you have been following my blog you may have noticed it has had a make-over. What do you think?
This DIY is pretty easy, however posting this to the blog has tested all I know about my computer (which isn’t much). Funny that as a blogger I should be able to master the basics, but when something goes wrong, I am completely helpless and impatient. Anyway, whatever the problem was, it has somehow fixed itself, and I can finally get this online for you.
This DIY came to me while window shopping, which I’ll admit to doing quite a lot of lately. I try to keep out of the apartment as much as possible when weather permits, and as we live close to the town centre, I do enjoy taking my walks in the small, cobbled streets. Window shopping is just a bonus I guess.
- A top (t-shirt, singlet/vest or otherwise)
- Some cotton voile or similar, very, lightweight fabric (pre-washed and ironed)
- Dressmakers pins
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing Machine
First you will want to make a long strip from your light fabric. I opted for a more organic, unfinished look, so I tore my lengths and then ironed them again. The width is up to you, I made mine about 12cm wide. For the length it was a bit of guess work. I ended up sewing a few lengths together to make a really full ruffle. It was just over four times the length of where I wanted to sew it to (to give you an idea). Once that is done, sew a straight stitch 1cm from each edge going down the whole length. This is to stop the unfinished edges fraying too much.
I was not at all aiming for and perfect finish. So to mark out where I wanted the gathering to run (I opted for central) I just folded my fabric over and used my thumb nail to create a crease to use as a guide. From this guide I sewed my gathering stitches approximately 1cm to either side. To make the gathering stitch you will want to use a very, long, straight stitch. You DO NOT want to back stitch. Leave yourself enough length to tie the threads at the end of each row together. At the other end DO NOT tie them, instead pull the bottom threads to create your ruffle.
After you have gathered your fabric, and made sure that it is the same length as the area you want it to cover, tie the threads you have been pulling. You can now even out the gathering, and pin your ruffle to your top. Here again I chose to place it centrally. I secured the top centre of my ruffle to the neck-line of my top, and the bottom centre to the hem. Then I pinned a few sections in between, being careful not to pin it to the back of the top, and making sure that my ruffle was straight down the centre. Note – if you want this to be exact, then mark your top before you pin the ruffle to it. As I said before I wanted this to look quite rough and thrown together so I just trusted my eye.
Once you are happy with the way the ruffle looks, you can remove your gathering stitches (you don’t need them anymore). I then pinned the top and bottom corners of my ruffle to the neck-line and hem of my top so that it would sit open and not flop forwards. I did this by hand but machining would work too.
I have been wanting to get around to some DIY projects for some time now. The trouble getting started has been finding the right suppliers now that we are no longer in Paris. I guess that is one of the down sides to moving towns… we lose those regular go-to stores, and have to start over. I hope to post DIYs here on the blog quite regularly, so if you have anything you would like to see done, leave me a comment or send me an email.
This DIY idea came to me over the winter. I had become obsessed with a Lace Insert T-shirt at Sandro, but there was no way I was going to spend that kind of money on something so simple. Besides a DIY means I can choose everything from the colour, to the shape, and the style of the lace.
- a T-shirt (I opted for 100% cotton, and I pre-washed to avoid any additional shrinkage)
- some lace (I chose 100% cotton lace, as I prefer the feel of it. I also pre-washed my lace in warm soapy water)
- a pair of fabric scissors (or just sharp regular scissors)
- some thread
- some dressmakers pins
- a sewing machine (though it can be done without, it will just take longer).
First you will want to pin your lace onto the t-shirt where you want it. You will want to leave enough at each end to leave a nice finish it properly so I recommend double the hem allowance of your t-shirt.
Being careful not to cut the lace, cut out the t-shirt fabric under where you have sewn. I prefer to pinch the lace away from the fabric and cut down the middle, and then cut more closely to the stitching after. The choice is yours.