Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY: Jump Ring Necklace & Bracelet

Got a spare 20 minutes? That's all this necklace took to make....

All it takes is a length of leather/suede cord and a tube of silver jump rings...

Start with about a 70cm length of leather. About 30cm down tie a simple knot. Thread on your jump rings for about 10cm. Then tie another knot to secure the jump rings in the centre of the length of leather. Then tie off both loose ends with a sliding knot and trim the excess....simple!

I made a matching little bracelet with the 30cm of leather left over from my 1m length :) Adjustable. Quick. Simple. Understated.

I love the contrast of the silver against the leather...and for someone who doesn't wear a great deal of jewellery...I've been wearing this alot! Planning some in coloured suede/leather or silk cord....go make some...stat! :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Refashion: Men's Tee to 3/4 sleeve Tunic Tee

So....it's been a little while...and posting on this blog may be erratic for a little while more...however there are changes afoot that should put pay to that and mark my return to a more consistent blogging and sewing/DIY schedule...and that makes me very happy indeed. If you follow me on instagram you'll have seen a few little references to some of those changes. You'll also have seen that there is a backlog of makes that have yet to make it onto this blog. Lately it's been a straight choice between either making OR blogging. My schedule isn't currently allowing me to do both....and at some points hasn't allowed me to do either. Well...that's about to change as I can't continue with that particular status quo any longer. But in the meantime...back to that backlog of makes...

First up is this quick and dirty tee refashion. Nothing spesh. A simple tee reshaping that takes about 20mins. ALMOST not blogworthy at all, except that I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my little technique for ensuring I adjust both sides of a garment evenly and identically.....

...(and let's face it, a 20min refashion when your schedule sucks in sewing terms, is absolutely noteworthy!)

The first step is to establish a new stitching line on one side of the  garment. I tend to do this using a combo of pinning, eyeballing and very occasionally, when I'm feeling virtuous...measuring...

Next, fold the tee in half lining up armscyes, underarm and side seams; then pin along the newly marked line through all layers...

Pin through all layers directly on top of the marked line making sure not to angle the pins in any way, so the entry and exit points are completely consistent with the marked line...

Now flip over and there'll be a line of pins that will mirror exactly, the line that is marked on the other side...

Mark between these pins and you duplicate exactly the line that is on the other side of the garment. Remove the pins, serge along these lines, and hey presto. The garment is reshaped identically on both sides!

I use this method on jeans and trousers that I want to reshape too. A quick and easy way to ensure that adjustments are even on both sides of any garment!


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