Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jungle is massive!

After a long and hard battle with a man-flu type of cold (in other words - I am the worst whiner when I get sick), I am back to posting ;)
Despite my horrendous cold, I was actually quite busy, and apart from a few bits and pieces that I'll show you in one of the next posts, I have finished a new jewellery collection! Woohoo!
As you can see, it's called "Jungle is massive", which only means that I am still into that tribal groove and going towards my most beloved huge, enormous, oversized jewellery (I want it even bigger, believe you me). I am loving crochet for allowing me to go huge and stay light.
Most pieces are already in the shoppe, and now I let you browse and I hope you like what you see. (And, of course, I would love to hear what you think)

First the earrings:

This pic is to show you the size:

Then rings:


And finally, my favourites of the collection - necklaces:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

6 things about me

Nela invited me to this game and I find it fun. So, the rules are: write six random things about yourself and illustrate them with a photo, so you would get to know other bloggers better.

Well, here goes:

1. I am a complete salt lover, I eat very salty food which mostly no one else can eat. I'm not much into sweets, but salt I love. Yep, bad for you, I know, but so are cigarettes and I smoke, too. Seems I'm into organ failure ;)

2. I am a complete sucker for colours, that is, certain colour combinations (they can be monochromatic as well), they make me weirdly happy and inspire me immensely. On that topic, I strongly dislike blue house-ware of any sort, while blue is one of my favourite colours in my wardrobe, and on the other hand - I never wear yellow, but love it in the house. Hmmm...

3. I am terrified of creepy crawlies, and pathologically so. Once I was late for work because I didn't dare go into the bathroom where I saw a bug. I had to call a friend to come and kill it. Seriously. I can't even kill them, I'm that terrified.

4. I used to have a "splav" (like a raft house) on river Sava, in Belgrade. My dream house has to be next to water and with loads of trees and a porch, I don't care about much else. I may never get it, but that was close enough ;) I love water and trees.

5. When the weather is nice, I love nothing better than to sit outside a cafe and watch people go by. The only other thing that relaxes me as much is driving or being driven (in whatever).(The picture is for Nela, since it was taken at Ada Safari).

6. I only comb my hair when I wash it. It's horrible, I know, but I really don't like combing it. And, yes, that's me in the picture.

So, I finish with a gross random fact and tag: beademecum, Doreen and Fiona

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jacket out of trousers - tutorial

Here's a tutorial for the jacket from the previous post. Mind you, I am far from a professional seamstress and I mostly improvise, since I sew only for myself, so if you know better, please do modify as you go along. Also, sorry for the drawn tute, I didn't take any pics as I was making the actual jacket, since I had no idea if it would turn out right, just blissful hope - I am one of those people who know of the expression "measure twice, cut once", but my selective memory makes me forget about it as soon as I have a project in mind - and to tell you the truth, whenever I have tried to be precise it was a disaster (if you read the "Blah" post, you'll know what I mean).
So, without further ado:

What you'll need:
  • a pair of trousers (sizewise: mine were from my boyfriend, I would be able to fit into them and it made a right size jacket for me, even though I have big boobs; best bet is to measure the width of the trouser leg x2 and see if it fits the broadest part of your back, since the front closing is supposed to be askew anyway)
  • scissors
  • needle and thread (or a sewing machine, you lucky bastard)
  • measuring tape and straight pins

(the seam that you don't cut will be the one that stays in the middle of the back)
You can play with lengths a little here (as much as the length of the trouser leg allows you, that is)

(in case you want to fit the sleeves the "cheatin' way", as shown here, just sew  shoulder seams together, and skip the side seams for now)
(middle seam of the back is the one that you left on the trouser leg - am I talking too much?)

I find this the best way to determine the width of the collar. Otherwise, you can just measure it beforehand.

Again, the existing sleeve seam is the one you left on the trouser leg. And again, I find it easier to fit the sleeve while the piece is rectangular and then cut off excess, than to try to measure and cut it out first. Also, in case you are fitting the sleeve the cheatin' way, mentioned above, you would do this flat, and then sew the side seams of the body together after this step.

As far as the closing is concerned, you can choose buttons and then make button holes, or button loops, or use velcro, or whatever you want really. Mine is probably gonna end up with velcro.
Btw, you can add a lining to it as well, I am too lazy for that - besides, this is a recycling project! (or so I justify my laziness) 

Now, in case it was unclear where each of the trouser leg pieces goes, I tried to make a little colour chart.

In case anything else was unclear, or you just want to express your approval or disgust, please do leave comment and ask away (or praise away! or spit away!)

And this is my jacket:

Nice to meet you!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A quicky

Just a quicky post and about a quicky little sewing project (seriously, what did you think!).
I am feeling a bit under the weather, but this was on my sewing shelf for ages now and I finally got it done (it is just waiting for appropriate buttons which I don't have at the moment). So, here it goes:


I'll try to put together a tutorial one of these days. Now I'm off to drink vitamin C.

Be good and enjoy!

Monday, March 8, 2010


This post should be categorized under "sewing failures", and the story goes like this:
The other day I was watching The Fashion Show, and at the final show the designer Anna McCraney showed this dress that I totally fell in love with. It's a knit (which is perfect), but since there is no way that I can produce a knit, I thought I could make something similar out of cotton jersey. The design is simple enough (thought little Teodora), so I went on to cut fabric strips that I would then sew together and produce a similar dress for myself. So, since I do not possess a sewing machine, I proceeded to sew over 20m of fabric by hand (later calculated in steaming rage). I even pinned everything down beforehand, which is something I normally can never be bothered to do (and since I only sew for myself, I don't care about little imperfections). It took almost three days of booooooooring stitching to finish it off. And when I did, and tried it on - it was completely and totally askew, with fabric strips in excess or shortage by as much as 20cm. How the hell did that happen?! I seriously have no idea. So I had to cut the length to the shortest strip (including the parts that were already sewn! by hand! for 3 days!) and make the bottom hem as small as possible to get the most possible length (thank you adhesive seam tape!) and was left with an askew dress, which is btw. also too wide, along with the stripes which were supposed to be narrower as well - and I even modelled it on a a bloody mannequin. It's a sewing mystery. So, there you go, I'll show you the pic of my embarrassment (taken by my phone camera, but a crappy dress does not deserve a better picture).
After so much effort, I'm gonna wear it, even if it kills me! 

P.S. I (well, my boyfriend) made the DIY mannequin following the instructions from the Threadbanger episode. Actually, mine is a combination of two episodes (this is the 2nd one), since I used the duct tape and a garbage bag. It works great, even though mine is slightly bigger than I actually am (possibly due to overstuffing, or lack of enough tape layers), but it doesn't matter, since it retains the shape.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

T-shirt diariorama project: decon - recon

So, I had this brilliant idea to make a little project called T-shirt diariorama project. I was thinking how hungry for learning new stuff I am, and how many new techniques I  have learned lately and thought I might put it all in one place. The place being a plain white T-shirt. This means that I will mirror any techniques that I use at a particular time on this piece of fabric. It's supposed to go on till 2011 and will all be posted at the website. And I plan to wear it. So, something between a creative journal and a presentation of different techniques and materials, with tutorials wherever possible. This part is really an omage to all those people who selflessly share their knowledge. I find that really great and am seriously thankfull for everything I have learned from them. The tutorials will either be done by myself, or I will provide a link to the one I learned the technique from or the one that explains it much better than I ever could. . That's where the brilliant part comes in (or rather, now you realize that I was being sarcastic) - namely I spent loads of time yesterday and today putting together a little film (found here, or in the previous post) and my very first tutorial! It-is-not-as-easy-as-I-thought-it-would-be (which makes me even more grateful to the people who do it all the time). Also, I have sooooooo many bookmarked pages in the craft tutorial section, that it takes me ages (if at all) to find the tute I am looking for. But I shall persist! I plan to upload the tutorials on the website, but since this is my very first tute, I'll present it here (and in case you like, you can download it as .jpg here). 
This is step 1 of the project and it does not mirror anything I did recently, but is just a start and the first tutorial. All the following steps will mirror my creative processes. (stop talking now, Teodora)
Here we go then....
T-shirt deconstruction - reconstruction tutorial
or how to turn a plain tee into this:

(Actually, I wanted something different - a reconstruction I came up with myself as well, similar to this and this, but when I opened my "plain white T-shirt", it turned out to be too small for that, i.e. I would have to add material due to the disproportion between the sleeve size and my boobage (big), which I didn't want, so this is what came out instead - not as radical change, but alright).
Here we go then:

Btw. this "cheat" sleeve fitting I learned from someone on some website and I really spent half an hour now trying to find it, but can't! Seriously - I have too many bookmarks. Thank you to whoever made the tute, it works perfectly!

So, what d'ya think? Was that clear enough? Is it alright for the first tutorial? If not, please do comment or ask away. In the meantime, you can find the project here, or follow it on this blog.


T-shirt diariorama project - introduction in paper


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