Do you ever virtually shop on Pinterest? For some time I have contemplated making a block denim dress, in particular the pattern Essential Denim Dress from Sewdifferent. I have finally done it!! The dress I have made is made six old pairs of jeans!!
The pattern covers sizes 8-22, a great range. It prints off clearly, this pattern prints all sizes (some more recent PDF patterns you can choose to print only the size you want).
The sewing instructions clearly show you how to piece together the various pieces.
Described as an adventurous beginner I agree, the dress is straightforward to out together, no zip in sight! The pattern does make some assumptions regarding your knowledge of sewing with no suggestions how to finish your seams or how to apply bias binding to finish the neckline.
So how did I get on?? The back pattern piece is wide and long, which I was unable to achieve in one piece from a pair of jeans. Therefore I created blocks for the back, in keeping with the front design.
The seams for the dress I top stitched, the seams from the original jeans I left therefore differentiating the two types of seams apart.
When it came to hemming the neck and sleeves with bias binding I did a quick google search and followed these instructions from Sew It Over.
I overlocked the hem before turning up and machine stitching in place.
The layout of different jeans with their different weights, stretch and colour I am delighted with. Handy as I had only just enough denim to make the dress!!
Overall I am delighted with the Essential Denim Dress pattern and the end result. Its great to have a pattern where you can piece together various recycled fabrics. Any gaps in sewing knowledge can be easily found on line.
Having loved the pattern for too long an upcycling competition being held by the Sewing Directory and Korbond has provided the impetus to make it. You still have time to enter, the deadline is tomorrow!!
The necklace is made from an old t -shirt, find a tutorial to make your own here. I encourage you to go and make whatever it is you have been coveting on Pinterest for far too long!!
Love collecting pieces of rusty metal off the beach? Wonder what to do with them once home?! My eye has been drawn to fabric dyed with rust – somehow I started yet another Pinterest board! The patterns on rust fabric are beautiful.
I love the random nature of rust dyed fabric. It is hard to control the results but that is part of the fun. Different fabrics will react slightly differently, some may dye quicker than others.
These are my experiments (to date!)
Collect a variety of objects with rust – your fabric will need to be touching rust for the colour to develop.
Soak your fabric in a ration of 50:50 vinegar and water.
Place rust fabric on top of fabric, alternatively wrap the objects in fabric.
The rust dye will take anywhere between a day and five days to develop.
Bright sunshine helps the rust develop.
Once dyed wash the fabric.
Having experimented dying fabric with found rust objects I moved on to experiment with non rusty items. My thoughts were could I have more control over the results, create patterns?? I experimented with pins, staples and metal washers. Non of these objects had rust to start with. I pleated the fabric, adding the metal items to see if I could create specific patterns.
Initially the results looked unpromising but after two to three days I am delighted with the results.
These results were not as controlled as I anticipated but I still love them.
Naturally the next question is what to make with rust dyed fabric? I am thinking slow stitch could be beautiful – a piece of wall art? a rust fabric lampshade?
Bug hotels are all the rage, its not hard to see why. Building a bug hotel is a great activity to involve children in. It sparks an interest in insects, wildlife and the outdoors.
Your tyre bug hotel can shelter bumblebees, ladybirds , woodlice and so much more. The autumn is great time of year to build one as you are likely to have a variety of natural materials available. You can use straw, dry grass and hollow plant stems.
To make your own recycled tyre bug hotel balance your tyre on a piece of brick either side. I found this tyre dumped by the side of the road, but I am sure you can ask your local garage for an old tyre.
Place something like sticks or straw across the base of the tyre. It needs to be a material which crosses the gap within the tyre. We have used sticks.
Cut a piece of wood to lay on top, it needs to be the width of the tyre tube.
Place your next layer. We have used pieces of a old hose pipe, followed by the stems from our corn crop. In the middle we have placed a former brick drain pipe, with a vw logo made out of foam board.
Place a layer of wood across. Fill your next layer, we have used the pine cones followed by sticks.
It’s dead easy to make and makes a fun alternative to have a round DIY bug hotel.
This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and/or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.