Saturday, June 25, 2011

How to Sew a Vintage Scarf Dress and Save the World - Part III

(för svensk versionen, se nedan)

It's my third go at making my daughter a repurposed summer dress - albeit the word 'summer' is a relative term in Sweden given our current temperatures of about 60 degrees (15 celcius).

I am absolutely thrilled with the result...and I think it is the first time in my life that I am halfway thinking that maybe I can sew after all! If you have seen my  "How to sew a dress and save the world"  experiment with M's summer wardrobe (part I and part II ), then you'll know that my style of sewing has been more about kamikaze and less about formality. But this time I stumbled across a fabulous video tutorial from The Crafty Gemini and she led me right through the process of making professional seams...easy-breasy.And I love her for it!

In my continued efforts to use what is already out there in the world, I found two scarves (2nd hand) that I thought had a nice complimentary color scheme. Plus, I have a weakness for souvenir scarves - you know, the ones that have tourist sites and the place printed on them? I really want to make some pillows out of them sometime. Ok...focus! Back to the dress.

I chose to imitate one of those pillowcase dresses that have been all the rage these past years...adding my own sense of kamikaze sewing to the process of course. They seemed simple enough for an amateur like me. My cuts are all still done by eye (because I can't be bothered with the measuring stuff), but this time I did use more pins to keep the materials in place while I sewed...a big step forward on my part towards better sewing methods.

Find any easy-to-follow instruction for making a pillowcase dress and use that as your basic pattern. I used one of M's existing dresses and laid it on my scarves to determine where to cut for the underarm seams.

Then it was a quick watch of The Crafty Gemini's video on how to sew a french seam. Thank you, Vanessa! You really upped the anty for my project. I won't go through the details on this - but instead invite you to watch the video to see for yourself how I tackled all of the dress seams.

The Crafty Gemini also had another video where she made her own straps for her pillowcase dress (instead of using the traditional ribbon). Well, not being able to let my cut scraps from the scarves go to waste, I used her video to make my own coordinating ribbon for the dress. Yeehaw! Worked like a charm with the exact effect I was hoping for...long flowing ties on the dress.

My kamikaze style in this dress comes in the fact that I wanted the back side to be lower than the I chopped off some inches on the scarf that would be on the back before I started sewing any seams.

The result? A silky summer dress for M that has the perfect amount of 'flow' to it - no stiff fabrics on this one. And I absolutely LOVE the souvenir scarf surprise on the back side. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get one of these for myself!

Until next time...

p.s.  If you enjoyed this post, I hope you'll become a follower of my blog and a fan on FB.

Detta är tredje gången att göra min dotter en repurposed sommarklänning - även om ordet "sommar" är relativ i Sverige med tanke på vår nuvarande temperaturer på cirka 15 grader.

Jag är absolut nöjd med resultatet ... och jag tror att det är första gången i mitt liv som jag tänker att jag kanske kan sy i alla fall! Om du har sett min "How to sew a dress and save the world" experimentera med M: s sommar garderob (del I och del II), då vet du att min stil har varit mer om kamikaze och mindre om formalitet. Men den här gången snubblade jag över en fantastisk video tutorial från The Crafty Gemini och hon ledde mig igenom processen att göra professionella sömmar ... lätt och snabbt. Och jag älskar henne för det!

I mina fortsatta ansträngningar att använda det som redan finns där ute i världen, hittade jag två halsdukar (secondhand) som jag trodde hade en fina färgschema. Plus, jag har en svaghet för souvenir halsdukar - ni vet, de som har turistattraktioner och platsen tryckt på dem? Jag vill verkligen göra några kuddar av dem någon gång. Ok ... fokus! Tillbaka till klänningen.

Jag valde att imitera en av dessa örngott klänningar som har varit i ropet de senaste åren ... att lägga till min egen känsla av kamikaze sömnad till processen förstås. De verkade enkel nog för en amatör som mig. Mina nedskärningar är alla fortfarande görs genom ögat (eftersom jag inte orkar med att mäta saker), men den här gången användade jag fler pinnar för att hålla materialet på plats medan jag sydde ... ett stort steg framåt från min sida mot bättre sömnad metoder.

Hitta en lätt instruktioner för att göra ett örngott klänning och använda det som grundmönster. Jag använde en av M: s befintliga klänningar och lade den på min halsdukar för att avgöra var att klippa till underarm sömmar.

Då tittade jag på The Crafty Geminis video om hur man syr en fransk söm. Tack, Vanessa! Du höjde verkligen mitt projekt. Jag tänker inte gå igenom detaljer om detta - men i stället inbjuder dig att titta på videon för att se själv hur jag tacklas hela klänningens sömmar.

The Crafty Gemini hade också en annan video där hon gjorde sitt eget band för hennes örngott klänning (i stället för den traditionella band). Tja, att inte kunna låta min klippa rester från halsdukar gå till spillo, brukade jag hennes video för att göra mina egna samordna band för klänningen. Yeehaw! Fungerade som en charm med den exakta effekten jag hade hoppats på ... långa flödande band på klänningen.

Min kamikaze stil i den här klänningen kommer i det faktum att jag ville ha baksidan vara lägre än framsidan ... så jag högg några inches på halsduken som skulle vara på baksidan innan jag började sy några sömmar.

Resultatet? En silkig sommarklänning för M som har den perfekta mängden av "flow"  - inga stela tyger på den här. Och JAG ÄLSKAR absolut överraskning souvenir halsduken på baksidan. Nu ska jag försöka lista ut hur man får en av dessa för mig själv!

Tills nästa gång ...

p.s. Om du gillade detta inlägg, jag hoppas du kommer att bli en 'follower' av min blogg och ett fan på FB.

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  1. I love this! It turned out very cute! I am your newest follower =D Stopping by from the Craft eNVy party! I would love for you to come link this up to my Favorite Things Party going on all week =D

  2. Hi Mike!

    Thank you a lot for stopping by my blog!!!
    I really like the dress you've made. I wish I could sew. I have a sewing mashine but can't start learning... I think I don't know how to...
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Wonderful job! WOW- love your clothes model too! :)

  4. Thanks so much for linking up!
    I am your newest follower =D

  5. Really lovely! Thanks for checking out my bustle dress! I can't wait to try making YOUR dress! :)

  6. Super cute! I love the two scarves together :) Beautiful!

  7. adorable...! This really turned out so cute. Your talents continue to amaze me.

    Do you still want a picture of the papaer mosiac? I'll get that to you asap! :)

  8. BEAUTIFUL dress! Love your kamikaze sewing style! that's how I work too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. What a great idea! This is VERY cute!

  10. Love these dresses! So pretty :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

  11. Gorgeous! I am your newest follower! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!

  12. Love this dress so cute. And if u just turn it around u have a different dress. It's really two dresses in one.

  13. This is too cute! I also love that your are recycling. I went to school in Boulder, Colorado (the hippie capital of the U.S.), so I love anything that saves the environment.

    I'm your newest follower, and I would love for you to follow me back.

  14. This is beautiful! Man, I have got to learn to sew! :)

  15. Following from Not Just a Housewife. So cute! Love how it turned out. :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. The most view link will receive a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels from my etsy shop. Hope to see you there.


  16. both the little girl and the dress are precious!! I've always loved those scarves from all over the world. I'm especially partial to the tea towels too!

  17. That dress is just wonderful! The vintage travel scarf is to DIE for!!! You did a great job! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  18. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! Heading to the thrift store 50% off sale tomorrow and will be looking for scarves I can try this with for my twins!

    Oh...and for you...try finding a maxi dress at the thrift. Cut off at the top of the skirt. That should give you enough fabric for a pillowcase type dress....though no souvenir pattern on the back.

  19. I LOVE this! I wish I had a little girl to make dresses for!


  20. I like this blog because it really helps regarding on how to sew a vintage scarf dress, it was very cute. Amazing post. Thank you for your insight.


  21. Darling! I love it! :)

    I love that you post in two languages :)

  22. Very simple, yet lovely outfit! Love the accessories as well!

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