Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Dip-Dye Shirt

This is probably one of my easiest and at the same time best DIYs ever. Plus it's very cheap as you basically only need white cotton and fabric color.
I divided this tutorial in two parts:
  A. Making the shirt
  B. Dyeing it
If you already got a shirt you can obviously skip the first part and the other way around.

What you need:
  • white cotton, 1m (depending on width of the fabric you may need more)
  • fabric color & vinegar/salt (see pack or ask seller)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors  
  • measuring tape

A. Making the skirt
Take your measurements and create the pattern. It should look like this ( I know my Paint-skills are awesome) :

For example: My chest measurement is 84 cm, so the shirt is gonna be about 44 cm wide.
Simply use one of your tops as pattern for the armhole. Don't forget the seam allowance!
Sew as shown  in the picture. You should only sew about 1cm at the upper part as you don't want to have any sleeves.
Afterwards hem all the seams.

2. Dyeing 
Prepare your color as described on the pack. But don't put all the color at once in the water, just use a little bit first. Dip the lower part (up to your armhole) of your shirt in the water for a few seconds. Repeat it two or three times but don't go that high anymore. Add some color and dip it without going that high. Again repeat it, add some color, repeat it... until your happy with the result. You should wear gloves - otherwise your hands will be colored for a couple of days.
Wash out the excessive color and let your shirt dry.

And that's all!

This is my first tutorial so it might be a little bit confusing. Please ask me if you don't understand everything!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sketchbooks and DIY Fashionary

I love the idea of having a notebook to gather all your ideas and inspirations. I always have the problem that I just simply forget my ideas or that I'm not able to order them properly so that it becomes a real project.
When I was surfing in the internet I found an awesome sketchbook called 'Fashionary'. The special thing about this book is that the pages are not completely white-  hardly visible figure templates are printed on every second page. But as usually I don't have the money to buy a sketchbook for US $23.90.
Lucky me my father is a graphic designer and has a machine to make sketchbooks. I printed figure and  two different shoe templates on  DIN A 5 pages, added some blank pages and fashion illustrations and made my own Fashionary. I glued fake leather on the front and back side, tied a satin ribbon as bookmark on the top and used an elastic to close the book.
What you could also do instead of making a new sketchbook is take an empty sketchbook and draw the templates with a stencil on the pages.

Actually my sketchbook is nearly full so I had to find a new one because I obviously don't have the opportunity to make a second Fashionary. I think Jaipur, or at least India, is the best place to find cheap and wonderful notebooks. There is one section of the Tripolia bazar with about five stores selling only notebooks. If you know the prices you can easily get really nice sketchbooks for under 2 € and smaller or simple ones for about 50 cents.
Until now I bought one white leather sketchbook for fashion designs and two covered with pink and rose sari-fabric for Indian recipes and Hindi vocabulary. I think each of them was 2 € but I'm not one hundred percent sure. I also bought a small notebook out of brown and embossed leather for Indian patterns.

My Inspiration Book

My new sketchbook
draft made with watercolor

notebook for Hindi vocabulary
Notebook for Indian recipes