inspiration: Sewing

DIY EMBROIDERED JACKET

I’ve been crushing on statement embroidered jackets for some time now, but have shied away from crafting my own due to the (presumably) intense amount of work that goes into one – think of all that thread and sore fingers! Although embroidery is definitely on my list of things to master this lifetime, I was so happy when we came up with a way to make the perfect embroidered jacket, without all the time and effort of doing it manually. We simply added a gorgeous piece of fabric to an existing jacket! Cheating I know but it works! What’s even better is that we used fabric from a bag I had bought while travelling around Asia – both re-using something I was tired of and integrating memories of my travels into an everyday jacket, talk about a win win! Read on the see how.

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You need:

  • a parka or jacket
  • brightly coloured fabric or in this case we recycled an old embroidered bag I sourced on my travels
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
  • Glue

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How to: 

1. The first thing we did was remove the embroidered piece of fabric front the bag we had.

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2. We then laid it out on top of the jacket – it fit perfectly which was weird and a bonus.

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3. We cut away the excess fabric and kept it to use later.

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4. We then pinned the edge of the excess fabric underneath facing the inside of the jacket

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5. Using a machine (you can also hand sew or even glue), we attached the piece of fabric onto the back of the parka jacket.

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6. We then took the access piece of fabric and cut it in half and then pinned it into place over the pockets

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7. We hand sewed the piece of fabric through the inside of the pocket so that the pocket was still functional.

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8. We then took some ribbon in a matching colour to cover existing details of the jacket which we didn’t love.

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Voila!

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Photos by Marion Tessier

DIY BOMBER JACKET

As the season starts to cool down, there’s nothing better than dreaming up cooler weather projects – jackets, jeans and embellished beanies. One project that’s been on the list to do for so long is to create a bomber jacket – initially it was all about creating one from scratch (still on the cards all you sewing lovers out there!) but then I realised it would be incredibly simple to make one using a heavy sweatshirt. And so we did! The best thing about this project is that you can get creative with embellishments – fabrics, sequins, patches or rhinestones. Go crazy!

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Wearing: DIY bomber jacket, Club Monaco skirt and silk top, Asos boots, J Crew Bag, Nick Campbell Sunglasses, Daniel Wellington Watch

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You need:

  • A Simple round necked sweatshirt
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

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How to:

1. Fold the sweatshirt in half as shown below.

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2. Mark the centre of the sweatshirt with a chalk pencil and the cut down the middle of the sweatshirt

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3. Now you have turned your sweatshirt into a bomber jacket!

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4. Pin the cut edges under and either hand sew or machine sew the edge.

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5. This is what the finished product should look like. No go to town embellishing your sweatshirt, you can use anything you want from patches, to fabric to jewels. We decided to go for a jewelled look using rhinestones.

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6. If you want to embellish your bombers in a checked rhinestone pattern, firstly draw on the grid pattern.

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7. Lay out the design.

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9. Using a skewer, apply some glue to the back of a rhinestone

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10. Start glueing down your rhinestone pattern.

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11. Allow it to dry overnight.

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12. Repeat the same pattern on the other side.

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13. Create the pattern on the arms, making sure to line it up with the shoulder seam.

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Voila!

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This jeweled checked pattern was pretty laborious to create but it was so worth it! What would you put on yours? Or would you go naked?

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DIY EASY THROW CUSHIONS

As you can probably imagine, when I’m travelling I can’t help but buy fabrics wherever I go. Usually it’s a case of having to put a limit on myself lest I end up in one of those awkward, and costly, excess baggage situations. Sadly often the small scraps of fabric I buy are too small for a skirt or a pair of shorts, but too dear to my heart to throw away so end up sitting in a box. While in the process of finishing off my favourite nook in the studio I got a craving for throw cushions, and rather than buying them myself I realised it would be a great opportunity to use some of those colourful fabric scraps. My one main issue with sewing cushions though was that putting a zip in can take aggges (I wanted to make seven cushions), but the last thing you want is a cover you can’t wash. After a bit of pondering I worked out a way to create a cushion with a folding flap so you don’t need a zip. What’s even better is that if you have time you can totally make these by hand! Read on the see how.

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You need:

  • A piece of colourful fabric for the front
  • Some canvas or linen for the back
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine or needle and thread.
  • Cushion stuffing or inner.

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How to:

1. First cut your fabric pieces. I used the shape of my fabric scraps to determine the size of my cushions, this colourful piece is roughly 45cm x 30cm (17 in x 12 in). Cut a piece of cotton or linen 1.5  to 2 times the length (longways) of your statement piece of fabric. If your fabric is square just pick a side to use as the longways. The longer you cut the backing piece the bigger the overlap of the flap at the be will be so I made mine closer to 2 x because I was using cushion stuffing and I didn’t want it to come out.

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2. Cut the piece of backing fabric in half width ways.

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3. Lay the fabric together, first one side of the backing fabric, then the other and then the statement fabric right side down. Note that the backing piece that is second from the bottom will be the outer flap, which is why I oriented the clean selvedged edge here. In the event you don’t have a clear selvedged edge on this piece, the best thing to do is to hem this along the short edge so when you turn it inside out it has a nice finished edge.

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4. Pin together.

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5. Sew all the way around the cushion about 2.5 cm (1 in) from the edge.

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6. After sewing the fabric should look like this.

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7. Turn the fabric inside out by pulling it through the flaps in the backing and then iron down well, making sure to turn the points of the cushion out, you can use a pencil or chop stick to do this.

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8. The back of your cushion should look like this – you can see that my back piece overlaps a lot to keep the stuffing inside but yours may be more centred.

Simple cushions

9. Stuff your cushion or if you’re using an insert put that in.

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Voila! I can’t wait to show you all the different ones I made with fabrics from all over the world. Nothing better than hanging in the studio sitting on cushions that remind me of places I’ve been!

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