December 21, 2015

Handmade Graduation Dress

So proud to see my daughter graduating this year and wearing my dress!

Good luck Class of 2016!
(and one intruder ...from the class of 2019)





To make it more festive, I embroidered small flowers on light fabric, cut them out and attached them to the front bottom.

April 26, 2015

Waimea bag - Lether bag made from skirt - converts to backpack

It's converted from used leather withe skirt with all other pieces also reused.
Waimea name, as Waimea beach, on Hawaii was my inspiration and orchids and nature of Hawaii.


front side
back side 
backpack transformation



magnet inside to close






when handles are attached to the bottom hinge, bag transforms to city backpack

How it started:


March 04, 2015

Handwoven Coat

It's been a month almost, since my last post, but I've been really busy with creation of my biggest project, so far.  Creating coat, from selecting of threads, weaving it, until the final design, draping, sewing and fitting it, without any previous training in any of this, was enormously hard and challenging task. After almost three months of work, including hours of digging trough library books and internet, I finally designed and fit one large piece of woven fabric into the wool coat. Here is my result:





video





Front
Back
The process
from weaving to the final cut and sewing
The most complicated part was fitting and using the fabric that I made to design shape of the coat that will use 5 m of fabric and not a centimeter more. It was actually 4.5 m at the end since I previously made a shirt for my daughter from it. 
Library really helped in discovering designing your own pattern. 
Cutting hand woven fabric and then sewing it, without any ripping and losing of threads was also a tricky job. 
Weaving