D.I.Y Flower Crown

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Been inspired lately by some pictures of many women rocking some cute and gorgeous flower crowns that I’ve seen all over my facebook courtesy some very fashionable friends of mine.

I’ve always liked them since last year when I really got into fashion blogs and always wanted to make one.  I loved how feminine, playful and colourful they are.

Also, now that it is Easter time, I love them even more. They remind me of the crown of thorns Jesus worn on His head as he gave his life up for us on the cross. We have new life through Him and my simple flower crown reminds me of this. Through his death, those thorns we have life. The flowers on the crowns are like a sign of life.  A life we only have because of His sacrifice.

 

D.I.Y Time! 

Flowers, floral tape. wire, wire cutter and scissors

Flowers, floral tape. wire, wire cutter and scissors

Materials Needed:

Green Wire [I used jewellry wire here but you can use floral wire]

Flowers [fake flowers last longer but you can use fresh ones for very sepcial occasions]

Floral Tape

Wire Cutter

Scissors

Glue Gun [not pictured here]

Pliers [optional: depend on the thickness of wire you use , one maybe required]

I got all my supplies from Laurie Dash my local craft store and I’m sure you can get these at your local craft store as well.

 

Step One

Measure the wire around your head and cut it with the wire cutter. Using that same piece of wire, measure and cut two more pieces. Then take those three wires and braid them together to strengthen them.

Using the braided wires, form the crown by bending the wire into a circle and twisting the ends together. [If the wires are too difficult to twist together use a pliers, my wires were moderately  thin so I didn’t have to use one.]

 

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Measure and Cut Three Wires

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Braid!

 

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Make a circle! I mean crown.

 

Step Two 

Prepare your flowers and leaves by trimming them from their stems  making sure the back of flowers are neatly trimmed. This was fun for me, I was wire cutter happy.

Take out your wire cutter and cut some additional pieces of wire about 6 inches long. Take these pieces of  wires and hook them between the base of the flower and the flower and then twist them together. Depending on the make of the flowers, some of the bases could fall apart. Reinforce them with a dab of glue from your glue gun.

If you can, string the wire through the middle of the flower and twist, this also works well. Do this to all the flowers you are using.

For the leaves, I used the wire they already came with.

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Trim you some flowers!

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Trim them neatly!

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Hook the wire in the flower bases

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Twist!

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Do to all your flowers!

 

 

Step Three

Arrange your flowers around the crowns in the pattern you want. Play around with it before you attach any of them. When you are satisfied, start from the center and twist the flowers onto the crown. Make sure the flowers are facing and leave a little breathing room as you twist so that flowers aren’t squashing each other and so you can weaving in the leaves later.

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Arrange!

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Twist on the flowers

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Keep twisting on flowers

 

 

Step Four

Add the leaves in all the spaces of crown and wherever else you like.

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Add the leaves

 

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… and more leaves

 

 

Step Five

Using your floral tape, cover all exposed wires of the crown. This can be tricky but go slowly. If this proves to be too difficult, take a piece of satin fabric and using your glue gun, glue the fabric onto the inside of the crown, covering the expose wires.

This is optional, but I wrapped some extra floral tape at the back of my crown and let it hang down. If you want to do this please use a piece of thin ribbon instead.

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Cover those wires!

 

Step Six

Wear it!

I made two of them; a bold one and one that is little more on the  modest side. Hope you like.

Flower Crown 1

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Flower Crown Two

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Here is a summary picture of this tutorial .

 

Flower Crown Diy Tutorial

Flower Crown Diy Tutorial

 

Thanks for reading!

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Roses and a Dress Final Result

Heya~

Remember in December I talked  here about making a dress for Christmas. Well, I did manage to make the dress but I didn’t get to wear it to church as planned. 

 

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

Purple Rose Dress

 

The design  I sketched was a simple one but I went out to find a pattern anyway and I found this one below.

Simplicity Suede Say 1497 Pattern

Simplicity Suede Say 1497 Pattern

I liked the top of the turquoise dress in the middle better than the plain one I had in mind, so I did that but kept the circle skirt at the bottom.

The suggested size 14 for me was a bit big but I was able to take in an inch or two at the back by the zipper. The top yoke part of the bodice, however, was still a bit roomy.

Overall, I’m pleased with the result and will be trying the other variations in the future.

Thanks for reading.

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How to Make A 1920’s HeadBand!

Hey.

Some friends of mine over at Zuwena Events, here,are planning their premier event entitled: Aura: A Vintage Affair .

It’s going to be an old movie screening and cocktail party with a whole 1920’s/ 1930’s feel. This is their first event and they are pretty excited about it.

The film they will be showing is called, ‘ Bringing Up Baby’ starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, an 1938 screwball comedy.

They have requested everyone to be decked out in their best 1920’s outfit which is an idea I really love. I’ve been intrigued with the style of this era, especially with shows like Downton Abbey and the movie The Great Gatsby around to bring it all back to life.

The thing I adore the most about the style back then is the hair accessories. The feathers, the sequins, beads and head scarves were a serious trend back then and women were hardly ever without them.

So for fun, I made two easy headbands that can be worn to such an event. So for all you ladies out there in need of a 1920’s headband or just a headband, keep reading.

Feather Headband

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Supplies:

One peacock feather

Smaller feathers

Gems

Elastic (enough to get around your head)

Glue Gun ( Fabric Glue or Needle and Thread)

 

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Step 1: Take the elastic and wrap it around your head. Make sure it fits your head snuggly,otherwise you have a headache the whole night. Next, mark the place where you what the embellishments to go.

 

Step 2: Lay the elastic down and take out your glue gun. Place some glue down where you made your mark and gently place the bottom of your peacock feather on the glue. Sometimes these feathers come pretty long so cut all the excess off and only keep the top part of the feather also known as the peacock eye and a bit under that.

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Step 3: Glue the bottom of the smaller feathers down.

How to Make A 1920's Headband

How to Make A 1920's Headband

 

Step 4: Take the gems and glue them on top the feathers where they meet on the elastic band. This adds a nice touch and hides the glue holding the feathers down.

 

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Step 5: Trim any stray glue and excess feather.

Step 6: Glue, stitch or tie the end of the elastic band together.

And viola! Your first headband.

 

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Now, onto the next one. This one is much easier and just as cute.

Sequin Headband 

Here is what you’ll need:

Sequin Trim (stretched sequin trim is even better)

Small piece of elastic

Glue Gun ( Fabric Glue or Needle and Thread)

How to Make A 1920's Headband

 

Step 1: Glue along the edges of the sequin trim and fold a little piece over for a quick hem on both sides.

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How to Make A 1920's Headband

 

Step 2: Place some glue in the middle of the hem you just made and place one side of the elastic down on the glue.

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Step 3: Add more glue on top the elastic and fold over the  excess pieces of trim on to the elastic.

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Step 4: Do the same on the other side.

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For reinforcement, you can make a small stitch on both sides where the elastic is glued and cut a piece of black satin, the same length and width of the sequin trim, and glue it on the underside of the trim to protect your hair from the sequins.

And you are finish!

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Now you can rock your headbands.

The event will be held in Barbados, at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society on Valentine’s Day (February 14th, 2014) at 7:30 p.m. For more information you can check out the event’s page on Facebook here.

Well, that is it.

Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful.

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Roses and a Dress~

It’s December!! Isn’t it amazing how time just hurries along?

With December comes Christmas, the celebration of the greatest gift to man, the birth of  Jesus Christ.

I adore this time of year, I’m usually all smiles but I’m even crazier around this time. I just love to be around my family and friends as we all celebrate together. The atmosphere, for me anyway, is just full of love and hope.

Early on Christmas mornings, my family and I go to church and  I thought I’ll make my own Christmas dress this year. I’ve always wanted to but for some reason something gets in the way or I don’t see a piece of fabric that I like.

This year, I browsed in the early and found a vibrant purple rose embellished fabric that I adore and some stretched taffeta to go with it.

Rose embellished fabric stretch taffeta

Rose embellished fabric
stretch taffeta

I had work with a similiar piece of fabric before but I didn’t have enough time to finish it in the style I really wanted to so I’m trying again.

Here is my little fashion sketch of what I have in mind:

Scoop neck dress with a circle bottom~

Scoop neck dress with a circle bottom~

Christmas dress sketch

Christmas dress sketch

It’s really simple but I’m a big fan of this silhouette.

I’ll make sure to post the final result here. Don’t be too surprised if the final look differs from my sketch, when it comes to sewing I tend to deviate from my initial idea.

Thanks for reading.

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Man of Steel ‘S’ Stencil T-Shirt DIY

So the new Superman movie, Man of Steel is out and it’s showed for the first time in my country on Wednesday . A few of my friends and I went to the premiere and I felt like going full geek by printing the new design for the ‘S’ or [hope on Krypton] on some shirts. The newer design is a very sleek and tapered version of the tradition  Superman ‘S’ as seen below.man-of-steel-poster-final (1)

For This is I Used:

~Some freezer paper

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~Fabric paint of your choice

~A good stencil knife [box cutters can work]

~Sponge brush [a normal piece of sponge is just fine as well]

~Cardboard [or a really hard piece of card]

~A measuring tape.

~Iron

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Also, newspaper is also good or a surface that you don’t mind getting a little dirty

1.To create the stencil, I edited the image I showed earlier in  photoshop so that’ll I had a solid shape. Then I printed it out. I chose red so I could see it easily when tracing.

Man-of-Steel stencil

2.I then took the printed image, placed it under the freezer paper and traced over it. You could use a pencil or a marker to see the lines more clearly. This picture came out light but these lines were clear enough for me.

Tracejpg3. After that it’s time to cut out the pieces I want. Place the freezer paper on top the cardboard or tough surface and begin to follow the lines with your stencil knife. Follow as closely as you can. With a stencil knife it’s really easy to do so.

IMG-20130619-005884.Continue following the line till you have your first piece of the stencil out. Be careful not to cut into the piece of paper, stick close to the lines. Place all of the pieces and place them aside carefully.

IMG-20130619-00589IMG-20130619-005905. Keep on till you have something like this.

IMG-20130619-005926. Next, you have to cut out the edge or the outline.

IMG-20130619-005957. Take out your shirt, iron and iron board.

Press out any wrinkle in the shirt,then take the outline stencil from above and using your measuring tape make sure the stencil is centered and exactly where you want it.

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8.Place the rest of the pieces down and in their correct positions and press those down as well. You can use the remainder of the stencil you cut out to guide you.

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9.Now to the fun part. Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so that the other side of the shirt would remain clean. This is where you break out the fabric paint, sponge brush and begin dab on the paint lightly. A good light coat allows for it to dry quicker so you can place on your second coat. A second coat is important especially if you want the colours to pop.

And yes, this is a different shirt [I forgot to take a picture of the one above XD ], but same process.

A tip gently lift the shirt off the cardboard or whatever thing you used on the inside of the shirt so  that paint would not dry onto that and stick your shirt down. (Yes, I learnt this the hard way heehee)

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10.Continue dabbing till you have completely covered the shirt. Let it dry. Follow the drying time instructions on the paint or use your own judgement. Do your second coat and then let it dry again.It should look like this :

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11. The big reveal. I start with the huge outline piece by gently removing it.

IMG-20130619-0058112. Then the smaller pieces. Make sure your hands are free of paint. I sometimes use the stencil knife to lift these pieces off. If you do this please do not cut the shirt, be very gentle. Continue removing the pieces till all are gone you have your design.

Viola! The end result!

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ShirtsHope this was helpful in some way.

Thanks for reading.

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Sewing Beginnings ~ * `

Sewing
So I on this journey once again.

Sewing has been a bit of a challenge for me. It was very different from when I was a kid taking the scraps of fabrics from my grandmother’s sewing machine to make clothes for my barbie dolls.

You see, I love fashion and designing (as a hobby) so naturally I wanted to make clothes.  So I signed up for a nine month class.

In my first week I realized sewing entailed so much more that I thought however, I didn’t give up.I finished the class but I didn’t do much after that. A few projects maybe that I honestly were proud of but that was it.

Training Complilation

My beginner projects ~all from patterns

Anyways, here I’m at it again and this time around I intend to do more. My family and friends have encouraged me and I’m feeling up to the challenge.

Before I start anything I need my tools. Luckily for me ,my brother already owns a Brother sewing machine so that is one major obstacle out of my way.

Tools

Here is a what I’ve gathered so far:

  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Basic white & black threads
  • Elastic threads
  • Bobbins
  • Tiny pin cushion.

This is my foundation, so I definitely will be building upon it. I cannot wait to watch it grow.

I currently working on my first project which I will also post here.

p.s I do have a scissors  and few other coloured threads.

Thank you for reading.

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