The very beginning of my sewing adventure

At the beginning of my sewing adventure my grandma showed me how to sew with a simple cross stitch. By that time I was making tablecloth embroidered with the simple X stitch. It was time consuming, but the result was worth it.

Next she showed me how to stitch by hand. Soon after I started giving old clothes new life. One of my first revamped/refashioned clothes was a dress from one of popular brand shops. Because it didn’t have any straps (only decorative in center front)… let’s say that It would show more than I wanted.

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Below you might see my beginner’s struggle with that project.

I took my old bra, cut it and hand sew it into the dress.

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And of course shorten the bra straps.

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Before that, because it was too loose, I needed to narrow the bra area.

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Then I glued all the jets to the garment.

Jets glued to a dress

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Jets glued to a handmade dress

And the final product – found after a few years

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Explanation for absence and a new post!

Uh! It was a long time away from my blog. With regular work during the week and my weekends sacrificed for pattern making school it’s extremely hard to keep up with mostly anything.

For those who don’t know what pattern making course is all about I can explain. A one-and-a-half year school we learn how to make a ready to wear product starting from a designer’s draft or existing product photo. It is really hard work and it took all my time during my period of absence online. Next week I’m taking final exams and after that for September we have to prepare 4 complete clothes along with full documentation which could be used in a factory to manufacture them. I hope I will be able to post how this is progressing.

For now I’m happy to share the dress I made in 4 hours (including construction).

The dress is made from light green chiffon with circle appliques. It has inserted zipper at the arm. I really like it!

Green Chiffon handmade dress

 

Green Chiffon handmade dress

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Haute Couture Summer School

In 2015 I participated in Summer School Haute Couture, which took place in one of Krakow’s Schools of Fashion. The goal was to design and create an haute couture vest using known HC techniques, almost 100% hand sewn.

At first we were supposed to elaborate the design of our project. Then we made a pattern and after that we cut it from a cotton fabric with seam allowances.

Next we hand sewn it into the shell made out of a basic fabric.

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As you can see, my base fabric consists of more than one layer. Top back part is made of lace fabric with some crystals sewn on it – all by my handIMG_5626a

Next I had to finish the edges of cleavage.

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After that I had the below form

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After finishing all the raw edges I ended up with that result.

Enjoy!

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Audrey Hepburn inspired skirt

Characters created by Audrey Hepburn were beautiful and elegant. She had a mysterious quality to her, but still seemed open and loving. And her dresses were impeccable.

This skirt is made of three fabrics: black satin, lace, dark blue satin. A picture that inspired me below.

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Dark blue satin is sewn under the lace, just to make lace pattern visible. Seams in lace fabric are french seams. The upper layer (dark blue satin) has been rolled down and stitched. I wanted to make sure that all my products are high quality and look good from both sides – outside and inside. The belt is made from black satin. Entire skirt is constructed by me.

Hope you enjoy!

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Princess crown

When Dolce & Gabbana launched gold plated crown presented below (for $2,490 each) , I decided to recreate it with a significantly lower budget.

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I took lace, Mod Podge, gold paint, some string, glue gun and some crystals.

At first we went to the lace store just to find the exact lace we needed. It required to have one edge almost straight – just to keep the accessory from falling from the head. And then the second type of lace with a pyramid shape ending. Next we applied Mod Podge to entire surface. Drying takes almost 2 days, the base needs to be completely stiff, otherwise it won’t look the same from different angles. Next we formed it into a nice crown shape by hand stitching both ends together and using embroidery thread. Now to finish it off we painted it gold using spray paint for plastic surfaces. Picture at that stage are below.

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And for the last step, definitely our favorite, embroidery. We applied 5 different crystals. Precisely attaching them took us about 2-3 hours. First we glued them, then (if needed) hand stitched.

Hope you enjoy!

Lace Crown with crystal

Lace Crown with crystal

Lace Crown with crystal

Model with a lace crown

Model with a lace crown

P.S.

If you want us to create a tutorial on how it’s made just let us know in a comment down below.

Katazome Pika Pika

The big boom about a game Pokemon Go hit us too. For this occasion we made a shirt using a Japanese technique called Katagami or Katazome. This method is used to dye a fabric (usually silk) from which kimono will be made of. First of all you need to make a stencil. After that you apply a resist paste through a fabric. You can use a brush or any other modern tool.

Check the video below to see how it is made.

And here is my take on a Pokemon shirt

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Pokemon GO girl

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Pokemon GO girl cospaly

Pokemon GO girl cospaly

 

 

Blue stewardess dress

Since I was a child I wanted to fly. The opportunity to work as a stewardess or a pilot seemed like a good idea. One of my first things to sew was inspired by Polish Fashion od late 70’s, 80’s. Once I was searching ‘ancient’ Burda Magazine I found the project you see below. I used blue gorgette, invisible zipper and 6 buttons. Enjoy!

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A Tutu for a small princess

Some time ago my niece was having a very special occasion – her birthday. As you can see below she is very young and very small. Her birthday wish was to have a pink (what a surprise :) ) tutu. Just because I am a whishmaker her wish came true. :)

Hope you like it because it cost me a lot of effort – especially cutting with my niece standing on a ruller :)

Enjoy!

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PS:

My little helper Felicja – the cat –  was confused.

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Milano fashion

This April I was delighted to visit one of most fashionable cities in the world – Milano. My expectations were sky high, but when I arrived I started to feel a bit disappointed. While I expected more street fashion and freelance designers the Milano saw was the Gucci, Prada and all of the most expensive designers. To be fair I must say it might be that I just haven’t had enough time to visit all the right places. Three days went by very quickly as my main goal in Milan was to buy white lace to work with.

During our visit we were sightseeing Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica Duomo of the Nativity of Saint Mary and manage to take a few nice pictures of my new handmade dress.

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Plus a very romantic narrow backstreet alley

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Have a good day!

 

 

Light green lace corset dress

One of my favourite diy’s is this fabulous dress made with corset with boning. I guess that was the last time I’ve used printed sewing pattern. It took me a lot of time to make it look perfect.
The skirt consists of 5 meters long gathered lace.

Enjoy!

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Making of.

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The dress.

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Hawaiian pineapple

Some time ago I was invited to Hawaiian New Years Eve by my close friend. Actually I knew him for a long long time. Just before party I got an idea for a gift – a champaigne filled pineapple.

A few days before I had bought a champagne, some filled paper l got at home and some chocolate candies. :)

The results are above. The party was awesome. And guess what. While I came to P’s house, I stayed. It is almost 2 years after and we are still together. Happy pineapple!

Ekhm… taking pictures was not as easy as expected … See below….

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Meet my cousin – Hanna :)

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The story of a picture below is kinda funny. While I was trying to take a shot she was constantly asking me “what are you doing?” And then I’ve made that picture. Let’s say this is one of my favorite, memorable photo.

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Dress for a wedding guest

Some time ago I was asked to make a beautiful gown for a wedding guest inspired by a project of a prom dress. The lady I was making it for is a really skiny person, got angel curves and dark long curly hair. I couldn’t imagine a better model. I must admit it was my first attempt on draping/moulding. I’ve watched almost a hundred movies on youtube and I think that I am still an amateur.

Inspiration

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The final result

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WOŚP Onesie – charity program – AUCTION FOR SICK BABIES

In my country we do have a lot of non-profit organisations which help children. As in many places in the world there are some abuses which damage an image of charity. The main problem for donators is where their money went. The ‘Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy’ Foundation leaves a certificates of their whip-rounds by buying a medical equipment for hospitals, so that the donators may see what happened with their donation. As an exaple of this you may find a lot of equipment in Polish hospitals with a sticker like the one below.

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source: http://wosp.kwidzyn.pl/2015/01/14/kwidzyn-wykaz-sprzetu-przekazanego-przez-wosp/

The WOŚP Foundation organizes a big event once a year in which volunteers go to the streets with a special boxes which all the donators may put the money into. At the same time they provide auctions on allegro.pl (polish version of ebay.com). Most of the stuff they sell is from celebrities, sportsmen or just peaople who want to help by selling their thing to help out.

So we finally came to the point of my participation in WOŚP. I volunteered to sew a Onesie Kigurumi for a charity auction. Here you have a link to the post

-> http://torridesign.com/onesie/

If you wish to participate in the auction, please visit the link below

http://aukcje.wosp.org.pl/kombinezon-pluszowy-w-misie-od-torridesign-i2665397\

The story of the Onesie.

It wouldn’t be my life if almost everything wouldn’t go wrong.. with a happy finale.

At first when I decided to sew a onesie for an auction I didn’t even have an inch of a fleece fabric. Some of you may know that I am well known for my determination. I went to all fabric shops, outlets and wholesales Krakow had to offer. And nothing! I didn’t even think of giving up. My next chance was web. And guess what… This fabric I wanted was sold out. It was only available in dark blue colour. But it was incompatible with my plan. Then my fiancee came up with the idea to ask society at social media. Some lady told me that the fabric is sitting there in Wrocław city (269 km/167 miles) from the place when I live. So I asked her if she can buy the fabric and send it me, while I will give her money back, she agreed on Thursday. I was waiting till Saturday and wrote to her. You know what she told me? “I’m sorry I don’t want to send it to you. It would be better if you buy it by yourself.”  :-( I was angry, but didn’t even think of let go. My will of taking part in WOŚP was stronger :)

Some time ago, when I was visiting a city Tarnowskie Góry (123 km/ 76 miles) I have seen this fabric. It was almost 2 years ago, but I’ve decide to take my chances. I’ve found a phone number to the fabric store and guess what – it was still on a shelf. The same day I was there just for 4 meters (157,5 inch) of fleece fabric as on picture below.

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Actually I needed about 2/3 of the fabric I’ve bought but when I was leaving to the shop my grandmother told me to buy more just in case. When I arrived to the shop I was so excieted that I didn’t even look at what seller was cutting….. When I came back home I’ve spread the fabric and …. It was broken by the flaw in the length of 70 cm (27 inch) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started to wonder is it a curse or is the God testing me. That was the first time when I was almost done. When I woke up next day I reminded that I had bought too much of the fabric just because my granny told me so. When I came back to the project I was sure that nothing worse can happen and I knew that I will finish it anyway.

After cutting fabric, sewing body together, inserting zipper something unexpected happened…. The bulb broke. I don’t know how and why but it broke while there was dark outside and during New Year’s Eve – all shops were closed that day and the next day. I was forced to use a flashlight. As you may imagine it was very ‘comfortable’. After 4 hours spent on sewing with holding a flashlight I finished the hood.

What I needed to do was to finish Onesie was to sew hood to the body, make ears and insert it into a hood. It wasn’t so easy to make so I waited 2 days to buy a bulb. As a cautious person I’ve bought 3 bulbs. Unfortunatelly I wasn’t able to test them in the shop, because they didn’t have any sewing machine. When I came back home it turned out that one is broken, second one is twisted and I was not able to insert it ino the socket. The third one was also twisted but not so much as the second one so I finally had it working and prayed not to have the bulb broken again. It was fine.

After sewing the hood to the body, was time to make ears. I’ve made 5 pairs and none of them was perfect…. CURSE ….. I must be stupid to give up at the end when I went through so much trouble. So I’ve made 6th pair of ears – and voila – they were perfect! The next day I send it to WOŚP Fundation Headquaters.

Now, when you know the story of this one not-so-easily-made Onesie you may buy it – check out the link below. There are only two pieces of this Onesie in the World – I’m wearing one of them right now writing this post :-)

http://aukcje.wosp.org.pl/kombinezon-pluszowy-w-misie-od-torridesign-i2665397

Torri

30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros Game by Nintendo

Some of you may know that 2015 is the year of 30th anniversary of one of the most popular Nintendo Games – Super Mario Bros. It was one of the first games I’ve ever played and I really enjoyed it.  SO I have made a little cosplay – what if Mario was a girl? :)

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