Ideas brought to life

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I have been drawing a lot lately, trying to get my never-ending ideas on paper before I lose them. The only issue is I’m really not great at drawing human figures at all. So when I was approached by Valeria of HWardrobe and ValeriaSpeck.com to try her ebook that promotes focusing on your own body as the central piece in designing and sewing garments, I jumped on it.

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The ebook is titled “Designing your Handmade Wardrobe in a Creative, Fashionable and Sustainable Way“. I must say that I overestimated my “interest” for drawing out my ideas. It took me 3 tries to get the instructions right but was finally able to draw up a template for my body based on my own body measurements (pictured above).

 

I was so proud of myself. Now that I have the basic drawing of my body, I can draw any clothing ideas that pop up in my head before I lose them. Remember my Ray of Sunshine dress I posted recently? Drawing it out helped me figure out if the lace sleeves would work fine. I’m also currently working on a blue striped dress pictured below.

 

What I love about this book is that it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to draw your body with your measurements. Valeria shares her story about why she wrote the book and decided share tips on how to draw your own body. I believe a lot of sewers will be able to relate to her story. There are also links to video snippets in the book that help clarify how to get your measurements. Here’s another polka dot dress I am working on.

 

From my experience with this book, I think having full video tutorials instead of words explaining every step may work best for me as I generally prefer videos to reading when it comes to sewing but look at the progress I have made? I’m very happy with the results and will love to keep practising to get better.

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Anybody interested in giving this ebook a try can use this code theravelout to get 10% off until September 15. Do you lovely readers also have any suggestions for drawing or illustration for me? Let me a comment below so I can check it out.

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

 

 

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Dress for the Winter! (+pattern review)

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Simplicity 1419

Pattern Description:
Fit and flare dress

Pattern Sizing:
Size 12

Fabric Used and pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
It’s hard to write a regular review about this pattern because I made so many changes.
I used a knit instead of a woven fabric and totally ignored the keyhole options. I was looking for a simple dress and comfortable dress that I could throw on and this pattern helped me with that.
Loved the pattern and would recommend it as a great wardrobe builder.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I’m currently working on a second dress.

 

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

 

It’s a Wrap! (DIY Dress + Review)

Happy Monday!

I finally completed my first wrap dress ever! I’m happy with the results but i’m definitely hoping to improve on my next one. The pattern review is below.

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Burda 6730 Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 
Wrap Dress with Kimono Sleeves

Pattern Sizing:
Regular

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Just like it.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow. I skimmed through the instructions and just winged it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There is too much extra fabric in the front which doesn’t give it a fit/flattering look. I had to hide them by making darts.

Fabric Used:
Cotton jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to put huge darts on both front sides of the dress to get a better fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes but i would use a sturdier stretch fabric to get a little more structure.

Conclusion: 
I think it’s a great wardrobe builder. It’ll be nice to have a couple more in my wardrobe.

 

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

 

DIY Personalized Wrapping Paper (Easy)

When my aunt run out of wrapping paper, she sought my help with a couple of her last minute V-day gifts. I ended up making a personalized wrapping paper with some tissue paper remnants I still had and a couple of supplies. You can easily make this with everyday supplies in your home. Supplies used:

  • Tissue paper – to wrap the gift
  • Scotch tape – to keep the tissue paper in place
  • Permanent Marker – to draw on the tissue paper
  • twine/string (optional) – to tie a bow

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Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

DIY: Fabric Canvas Wall Art

My goal for the next couple of months is to actually make some of the DIY projects I have pinned on Pinterest since forever! So far, I have made a photo heart wall display and an African print pleated skirt. Since I have tons of fabric remnants, I decided to make a set of four 3″ x 3″ canvas wall arts. I was so pleased by how simple it was to do. Here’s how it turned out!

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Thinking of trying it out? Here are the supplies you need:

Supplies

  • Fabric remnants
  • Canvas
  • Staple gun (not pictured above)

I followed the instructions from this blog! Since I actually don’t need this wall art, I’ll be listing it for sale on my Etsy shop. I’m selling it at a low price since it’s slightly untidy in the back.

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO

Pinterest Expectations vs Reality #1

You know how you see all these amazingly beautiful projects on Pinterest (and Tumblr) and you really want to try them but you have no time (or talent)? Well I get that feeling a lot but I decided to actually try one during my last semester in college. I attempted making a photo heart display on my wall.

I had seen so many of them and thought it was easy enough to actually attempt. It didn’t turn out as beautiful or fancy (looks more like the letter ‘V’ than a heart shape) but I loved it and was really sad when I was moving out and had to take it down. Check it out!

Top left: a Tumblr post               Bottom left: a Pinterest post             Right: My post

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Have any projects to share? Really want to see them! 🙂

 

 

Sylvia

The Ravel Out

XOXO