Friday, 11 May 2012

Getting Crafty.

So after I customised my studded loafers a few weeks ago, I decided that customising clothes is something that really interests me; there is something very satisfying about wearing an item of clothing that nobody else owns, especially when you have made it yourself, and I am overly jealous of people who can make their own clothes from scratch. So my dad and I visited our local auction a couple of weeks ago as they had a few lots of materials that I could have a play around with, and we ended up coming home with metres upon metres of chiffon, lace, cotton thread and other fabrics. Admittedly we did go a bit overboard; the box room, the garden shed and my dad's car all look like a dress maker's workshop at the moment as we can't figure out where to store it all.
On the plus side, I can start experimenting and hopefully create a few (hopefully wearable) pieces. There is a minor obstacle, in that I am not at all skilled in using a sewing machine, or a needle and thread for that matter, but practice makes perfect, right?
I am already planning on maybe adding a lace trim or pocket to some denim shorts, but if you have any other ideas, let me know, and look forward to possibly a few DIY posts on my blog in the future :)

Do you like to customise your clothes? Any sewing tips for a noob like me?

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  1. What a creative idea. Goodluck :) xx

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  2. http://www.apair-andaspare.blogspot.com really good for little diy projects! x

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    1. Oh thanks lovely :) Will check it out! x

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  3. Great idea. Customised or handmade stuff is the best. I make my own jewellery ;)

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    1. I agree :) I love handmade jewellery, my dad and I used to make feather earrings and I'll love to start making some other bits and bobs :) x

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  4. Ah can't wait to see what pieces you make! I've been meaning to delve more into d.i.y too, it's much cheaper than buying some of the customised pieces high street shops sell! Just need to get my hands on some fabrics xx

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    1. Yeah, definitely, so many things on the high street are easy enough to make yourself for a lot cheaper. Would love to see what you create if you do start :) x

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  5. I really wanted to try something like what your doing :)
    some of them fabrics are gorgeous,
    I've got some jeans i want to turn into scalloped shorts with lace around the edge, there's and idea :)

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    1. Ooh that sounds like a lovely idea, I might try something like that too :) I'd love to see yours! x

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  6. how nice of your dad to help. my friend showed me how to cut up a boring tee to make it cute and flirty...hooked ever since!

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    1. Yeahh :) Ooh that sounds nice, what did you do to it? x

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  7. The lace is so pretty! I wish I could sew but it looks so hard!

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    1. Oh I know right haha, I'm useless at it so I'm going to be terrible at first haha! x

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  8. Good luck with your new creations! The lace looks absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure you'll be a bona fide dress maker in no time hun ;)

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely :) Oh I'm not too sure but I'll give it a go ;) x

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  9. I wish I was creative enough to be able to make clothes! Good luck with your projects :) xxx

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    1. You should give customising a go, I can't say I'm that good at it yet but I hope I'll improve with some practice :) Thank you! :) x

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  10. love your blog! it's amazing how unique you can make average items of clothes by using bleach, I have a couple of posts on my blog that might interest you, i'm really into textiles and fashion and would love you take a look!!

    http://memoriesarebetterthandreams.blogspot.com xox

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    1. I agree :) Oh thanks lovely, I will definitely take a look! :) x

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  11. It looks like you got your hands on some really cool stuff lovely. I love the idea of making something custom, but I've never ever done it, maybe some of your new creations will get my butt into gear lol. The lace looks really pretty. Have fun sweetie x

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks sweet, I love the lace we managed to pick up :) Oh you should try it, it's actually quite fun :) x

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  12. Ooh looks like you picked up some sweet stuff, i look forward to seeing what you make it into! x

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    1. There are some good finds :) thanks lovely! x

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  13. So many lovely fabrics! You could do a lace trim on the bottom of denim cut-offs, or sew a lace collar onto a jumper or dress. I've also seen a sweatshirt with a big lace cross on, which would be so easy to DIY even for a sewphobic!

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    1. Ooh I really like the collar idea, that would look really cute :) I might try the cross too, I'm obsessed with crosses and that doesn't sound too difficult :) x

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  14. utter sewing noob and I have a fashion degree. I want to go to this auction and buy fabrics ;) I just want to be you really. I love customising and love custom garments but hate when I love something of someones and I ask where they got it and they are like oh I made it or its customised. damn you. :D xx

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    1. Oh noo haha, you should, it was all really cheap :) Aww haha you beaut! I know the feeling! x

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  15. I am so bad when it comes to sewing but am looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Maybe I'll give it another go eventually!

    joanne from jimmilou.com

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    1. You can't be worse than me! Thanks lovely, and I think you should! :) x

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