Monday, August 29, 2011

Tutorial for paint tights. Something totally different and original!

                    Lately, I´m excited about my new "toy creative", tights paint!!
  I discovered an amazing world in this and my head is like a boiling pot full of ideas for this coming winter!
                                         Isn´t it nice?????




So I wanted to share this with you... This is a very quick and inexpensive way to make your tights into something spectacular, I´m sure them will attract prying eyes and you can have all your tights combined with all your dresses for very little money...  therefore, here we go with the tutorial.
     Need... tights,  textile paints,  brush,  the drawing that  you want to paint on paper,  clear plastic food storage and a empty bottle, I used a soda bottle, two- liter.... the diameter of the cylinder is approximately like the diameter of my leg.
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   First, make sure the bottle is clean and hasn´t protrusions or sharp edges that can damage the tight. 
   Taped the drawing on the bottle with adhesive tape and then wrap the bottle thoroughly with clear plastic, make sure that the bottle is completely wrapped in plastic.
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  Place the bottle inside the tight, make sure the place you want to make the painting is placed above the drawing...
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   Paint the tight, using as guides the drawing ... To make this, be generous with the paint, think that the tight is "transparent", so if you use little paint, the drawing will not be defined, it will be "translucent".
   No "pull" the brush when you are painting, the tight is elastic and your get "blurring" the drawing, giving little "touchs" with the brush .
   Make sure the brush is always clean, use  a glass of water and a clean fabric piece for "dowload" the brush when it´s full of paint.
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  Let the paint dry completely.

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   I have left my tight dry until the next day. So now I´m going to decorate this beautiful bouquet of lavender...
   Remove the tight of the bottle with great care, it will be stuck to the bottle, so I put my hand into the tight to help it off without suffering any damage.
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   I´m going to put a little bow on the bouquet, so I enter my hand with a small piece of paper in the place where I want to glue the bow.
  A bit of quick glue on the bow and place it on your chosen location, a few minutes to let the glue dry completely..
  Then, carefully pull the paper from inside without damaging the tight...
                                         Voilá!!!!


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Of course, with this method, you can add to your creation whatever you like, shiny rhinestone, small flowers... etc.
   Just an added plus for the conservation of your tights after painting...
  Note that this motive painted can´t be ironed for fixing the paint, so when I have to wash the tight, just hand wash the heel of the tight, which is actually the part that can get dirty.. do not let water touch the picture, so you can enjoy beautiful and fun tights long time...

  If you have any questions or suggestions, let her it, please... and of course, if you use this tuto to paint your tights, I will love to see the result...
         Meanwhile, happy week!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The dress shirt of my grandmother and Mr. Lennon

It's true! I found this gentleman on the street, actually ... I made a trip back in time to the 70s and then I bumped into him ...
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  But, better start at the beginning... Honestly, this fabric actually belongs to the 70s, two yards of soft fabric that belonged to my grandmother. She could not sew, but she used to buy fabric and then she was all at a seamstress who made beautiful dresses for my grandmother... 
  So when my grandmother died in the early 80s, her house was sold and all items distributed among the family, some fabrics in addition to this, are sleeping in my stash since then, waiting for the perfect model to go on day light. So this is the history, basically...
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   When I looked at this fabric, I always thought a simple shirt dress... The print fabric is so....  "psychedelic"... , which can cross my eyes looking at it...
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  When I looked at these pictures on my computer... I noticed something that I hadn´t noticed before... the two front sides on the dress are slightly... diverted... I noticed that it was this problem sewing the buttons so fast that I did not check that little mistake, however, I returned to unpick them and placed in the right place when I returned home after the photo session.
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   Details of the yoke and collar...

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  Now I have to tell you a little secret... the fabric used is of the 70s, the purse that I look on the photos is also authentically ´70s, it´s a beautiful "relic" that belonged to my mother and then she gave to me... and the shoes also belong to the 70s.. yeah! in this decade I was a teenage girl and these shoes are of those years I still have yet... and best of all, they are comfortable and perfect yet, you can see the detail of the "square heel" very typical of this decade...
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   I´m waiting for a old friend....
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   What do you say????   A secret???? oh, well....
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     Ok, Mr. Lennon.. Let´s take a walk...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Explosion Blossom Dress

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  Since Mena announced the theme of Sew Weekly for the week starting tomorrow, "70s style", I knew I had to sew this fabric, which has been in my stash since last summer waiting for the perfect model for it.
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    I knew the pattern used for this fabric had to be fairly straightforward and try to save image of the flowers, cutting it to a minimum. So I used this simple pattern that previously got this pretty dress.
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  The fabric is poly-cotton, which makes this dress a winner, it´s fresh, wrinkle resistant and comfortable to use, perfect for summer and  fun to see how people stare at the huge flowers when you walk down the streets, more... with this printed, the rise of happiness is guaranteed.
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   While I was sewing this dress, I could not stop thinking about the accessories that I would use with it, in fact, it does not "needs" too much, the center of attention has to be the dress itself with the stunning printed and than just a red bag with the same motive of flowers... comfortable flat shoes with buckle, widely used in the 70s, the ring strawberry which I used a lot this summer and something that you´re asking yourself from the first photo...
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                                                     This?????
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  No,  I didn´t  paint my legs... this is more fun to do, more creative... I knew that one outfit from the 70s  could not do without blossoms...  so, I painted my tights... It´s  the first time that I try something like that, I spent some time thinking how to get paint my tights so they do set the dress  and I´m very happy that I got it!!!!
   If anyone is interested in doing the same... a tuto is coming...   meanwhile....


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A blouse with a fabulous fabric

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  And so I looked for some time and finished this blouse yesterday....
  In fact, this blouse is the first part of the film project in August, two posts further back ...and also becomes part of the challenge this week at Sew Weekly, whose foundation was a fabric sewing something wonderful, so here it is, this is a good way to take advantage of circumstances and address the seam to take the time to the maximum.
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  The fabric used is a wonderful satin silk with   designs of paisley, love it! The only problem is that it wrinkles just by looking at it ...
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  I did not use any commercial pattern for this blouse, it's a very basic, simply add some special touches to get the look of the blouse shown in the movie, so I sewed a blouse line, without notching and after it I finished all the remaining tissue collected around the waist with darts.
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  I also added some folds on the sleeve to get the effect of the 40s look, although I noticed that the blouse shown in the film does not have these, however, I very much wanted this sleeve so elegant.
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  The detail of the sleeve cuffs, I used a tiny piece of fabric bias binding for the opening of the fist, so the sleeve is completely feminine and classic.
  So a few photos of me wearing the shirt to check the fitFor now, I will not use it until I sew the pants worn by the complete outfit in the film, which will be the next piece in my cutting table ....
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   Oh, my God, I love those sleeves so puffy! I'm completely pleased with them ...
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   I'm wearing the skirt I sewed here ....      And the brooch of the blouse that I made here...
Well ... continue with the rest of the outfit ... or what is the same .. the pants ...
  Happy week!
   

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Entangled with the snood

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  As I said in previous post, hubby and I are this week´s holiday and there´s much beach time... so as he enjoy the sun, I´m unable to be with my hands still, obviously I started a snood in red for the summer, I already made a snood  for some time ago, but I think that model will have better acceptance in winter, while this snood in this color can be used much better in summer...
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   I did not use any pattern to get this snood, I just started with some chain stitches and I was following my intuition to add up to get what I wanted ...
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   While I crochet on the beach, my mind wandered looking for any clothing or garments for use with this snood, so I thought it look good with this  dress I sewed a few months ago, I think it has a look very  40s and the snood provides the perfect complement ...
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Honestly, this snood is fantastic in many ways, it's very comfortable, I added in the top center of a small comb to keep it still and it worked fine, although I would add two small clips on the side hidden among my hair .
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   Also, it's perfect for when the hair is not "presentable" and you want to look well groomed, including the proven fact of  resisting  to a  windy day and finish the evening with hair as perfect as when you left home ...
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   The observed fact arrive at home and find this sweet treasure in the kitchen ... My sons went to a mall on the island and found that there was a new place where they sell donuts of all colors and flavors ... so they came home with two boxes of these dangers to the waist ....
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         Have a sweet weekend ....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back to the hats ....

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   It seems that lately I have a desire to return to the old dictates that once prompted this blog .... so a few drops of inspiration and a while I had a new hat in my hands ...
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   Actually, the planning of this sweet hat, has long been on my mind ... I found the color of it so wonderful when I had the opportunity to buy the materials and then came to me the memory of this necklace that I made long ago and never used (as was the ideal companion for it).
  This also gave me the opportunity to use this ring that can accentuate the sweetness of this outfit.
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   There are many things that I like this outfit, you may not like the soft colors, like pink and lavender ... then you make a grimace of distaste for this ... no matter ... (wink) ... these colors are my favorite forever and here they are combined to end cloying than you can imagine ...
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   A closer look to see every detail of the hat .... Interestingly, there is a dragonfly on the right side of the hat using the same pearl necklace that I made (back of the necklace)
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   This outfit was used last night for dinner out with hubby, he has this week off so much time going out, beach and walks .... while the time used for sewing and the internet has been greatly reduced .... but I am very happy to use the time with my loved one.
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   It's nice to share time with someone who is able to get fun of the little things too ....
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   An image of the print of the skirt ....
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   I hope you're having a beautiful week too .... I will return soon with a costume sewing project of the film this month ....
  Meanwhile .... Cheers!