10 Mar 2017

Sew Easy To Transform

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Contrary to popular belief, I do not make all my clothes; truth is, I do not make most of my clothes. It is no longer a hobby, it is now a job, so when I am at work, I don’t get to make cute things for myself, well only sometimes.

You don’t necessarily have to sew your own clothes from scratch. If you know me, you would know I love to transform, I enjoy transforming garments from one state to another, I call it upcycling.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the time to make a brand new outfit from scratch. With a bit of creativity, you can buy a brand new item and go through the pleasures of transforming that item. You DO NOT need to know how to sew to put exquisite pieces together, there is good old fabric glue or fusible. However, your clothes are at a lower risk of falling apart if you hand sew or machine sew.

Learning how to use your sewing machine is not as daunting. Once you can do this, you will be transforming and embellishing everything and anything that has a strand of fibre in it; if that is your desire.

Let me walk you through what I did to transform these dresses.

I bought 2 white dresses. White is one of the easiest to work with; consider it a blank canvas, you can do whatever you desire with a white dress. you can turn it into whatever colour you choose. It is always best to work with light colours if you want to dye them as darker colours are tough to deal with (in a nutshell)

Plain-Dress

Plain white dress in your size

Pink Dye

Dylon fabric dye can be purchased from any crafts shop such as Hobbycraft or in John Lewis. I prefer this brand because they have taken the trouble of adding ‘salt’ out of the equation. back in the day when I was little, we used a lot of salt for dying.

Your next step is to choose your design. When it comes to tie-dye, the world is your oyster. You can go for simple or complicated designs. I have decided to go for something less simple. If you look closely, you will notice the top half of the dress has a dissimilar design to the bottom half.

Pink-Tie-Dye-Dress

Completed tie-dye dress

Still unsatisfied with the dress, I armed myself with a festoon of trimmings.

Trimmings2

Sample of the trimmings we have in the shop

Embellished-tie-sye-dress

Neckline has been embellished with some lovely rosette trimmings

Neckline

Beautifully finished

The second dress has a different design on it. Perhaps I should have used a different colour, but I was feeling rather pinkish.

Pink-dress-with-white-trimmings2

Pink-dress-with-white-trimmings

There you go, you are not required to sew a brand new garment, you can work with what you have.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them online. I am really interested in knowing what you think about this project. I am constantly working on projects, but very slow to upload them.

Also if you have any suggestions you would like to make, please do so.

Thank you for reading this post.

 

 

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