Thursday, 31 July 2014

Secret Garden Tea Dress Blogroll Sign-up

Join the Student Designer Team!

Would you like to sew the Secret Garden Tea Dress for free? I need to get the pattern out into the blogosphere and I need your help to do it. If you are interested, just apply below. The blog roll will start on the 1st August 2014, so be sure to sign up right away!

If and when you finish sewing and blogging about the Secret Garden Tea Dress pattern, you'll become a member of the Student Designer Team, which means that you'll be first in line for future Student Designer patterns as they're released (free of course), and you'll be added to the Student Designer Team page with links to your blog/website.

To stay up to date with the blogroll, please "like" Student Designer on Facebook, and follow this blog by email or on Wordpress if you're a Wordpress member.

If you are selected to be on the Student Designer Team, I'll email you with more information and the pattern.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


The Secret Garden Tea Dress Blogroll Starts Tomorrow!

If you would like to be part of it, sign up here and get the pattern for free before the 1st August 2014! Or if you would prefer not to blog about it, you can get the pattern at Craftsy or Etsy.

Ornella of My Cute Sewing has already made the dress once (you can see it here!) and hopes to make another one when she gets back from her holiday in Greece (lucky thing!).

foto 1(21)foto 3(16)
I would really appreciate your feedback on the pattern. It's important to me that Student Designer patterns are as good as they can be, and that includes the instructions. I want them to be as clear as possible.

Ornella, pointed out that this is a pattern for an “advanced beginner because is required precision and there are many steps to follow (you should add a lining, a double neck, a waistband, etc.)" (from her blog). I put quite a few features into the dress because I wanted to offer good value for money and show you how to sew professionally, using real RTW techniques as often as we can.

What do you think? Would you prefer more patterns with fewer features, or a few patterns with a lot of learning opportunities? Or maybe a few patterns with a lot of learning opportunities, but simpler versions to sew? I will be focusing on women's wear for now because I don't have children. :)

Sabrina :)

How to Upcycle Jeans into Hippie Flares

I may have mentioned before that in September, my class and I are going to have a stall at the Cornucopia Festival in Burton Constable, Yorkshire. Having looked into the festival, I think it looks as though people like hippie style, and as we'll be selling upcycled clothes, I thought I'd make hippie style upcycled clothes.

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is flared jeans, so that is what I made yesterday. I went to Dove House Hospice charity shop and bought: a pair of jeans, an XXXL men's shirt, a denim skirt, a colourful skirt ("as new"), and a halter top with some folk-style embellishments. Total: £12.55 including the carrier (they charge 5p for a carrier bag).

To get extra milage out of this project, I thought I'd do some tutorials on upcycling, so I took photos as I went along.

How to Upcycle Jeans into Flares

You will need a pair of jeans, some fabric (I used a skirt), thread, scissors, pins and a sewing machine.

Step 1

Decide how long you want your godets. This was decided for me by the length of the skirt up to the yoke, which I didn't want in the godet. Mark this length minus 2-3cm on the side seam on your jeans, using a pin.
We use 2-3cm because the godet has a 1cm or so seam allowance in it already, or you wouldn't be able to sew it to your jeans.
Jeans to Flares step 1

Step 2

Cut out your godet, including 1cm seam allowances.

Step 3

Unfold your godet and neaten it out.

Step 4

Using the first godet as a pattern, cut another one for the other leg.


Trim off any weird edges.

 Step 5

Cut up the side seam on your jeans to the pin you used to mark earlier.

Step 6

Pin the godet in and sew. You will have to fiddle about at the top of the godet; just aim for a neat finish. Zig-zag or overlock/serge the raw edges. Turn them towards the godet and topstitch them to the godet.

Step 7

Turn the leg right-side out. Repeat all the steps for the other leg.


The front
The back with pocket flaps I took off the skirt.
And that is the first thing I have made for our stall at Cornucopia. I hope to see you there!

P.S. The blogroll for the Secret Garden Tea Dress will start on 1st August 2014, so you have until then to apply to join the Student Designer Team and be on the blogroll!

I'm Back!

One thing I've noticed by looking at the stats for my blogs is that blogger gets the American readers, while Wordpress gets the European readers. Well, why not publish my posts to both? I thought to myself. So in future I'll publish them to blogger and wordpress. So if you follow this blog, you will get the backlog of the past few months (good thing I don't post every week!). I hope you enjoy them! :)