• Fashion,  Tutorials,  Videos

    VIDEO: How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower

    This video tutorial will teach you how to create a seamless repeating pattern with Photoshop, using a scanned doodle as a base for your creation.  You can then use this repeating pattern to create custom fabric using a fabric site like Spoonflower.  Other ideas of how you could use your repeating pattern include using it as desktop wallpaper or printing it out on card stock as custom scrapbooking paper.  So many possibilities! If you’d prefer to read written instructions rather than watch a video, view the original article How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower. This is the first of many videos I’ll be creating for my new YouTube channel for my…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew a Colour Block Tank Dress

    At seven months pregnant, my belly is getting larger and my wardrobe is getting smaller.  Time to sew some new clothes! I picked up a few scraps of two different solid knit fabrics (one grey, one blue) from the thrift store on the cheap – not enough to make a full dress, but enough to make a shirt and a skirt.   I prefer dresses to separates, so I decided to combine these two textiles together into a simple colour blocked tank dress that’s easy to wear.  This tutorial will teach you how to make a stretchy tank dress with an empire waist, using a tank top as a template…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower

    Creating a repeating pattern that doesn’t look obvious may seem like an arduous task, but it is not as complicated as it looks. With Photoshop and a little patience, you can turn a drawing into a repeating pattern to turn into a fabric on Spoonflower or even a website repeating background image. What you need: Drawing Photoshop Scanner Creativity Remember to save your progress often! First, you’ll need to create a base drawing for your repeating background. I drew these little pink squids for my fabric design. The key is to make sure that nothing touches the edge of the paper. I’m not great at colouring on paper, so I…

  • Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Colour Block Yoke Skirt Made From Leggings

    Recently I bought a few pairs of adjustable-length leggings. After cutting off the legs to my desired length, I didn’t want to just throw the knit fabric into the garbage. I also had about half a meter of this fun, super-bright yellow knit fabric that wasn’t enough to make a full skirt. Put them together and what have you got? This colour-blocked knit skirt! I picked out this Simplicity 2608 pattern. I could just fit the pieces for View D, the gathered pencil skirt, on my small piece of fabric: As a 5’1″ shorty, I shortened the length so that it would hit just above my knees. Creating a Yoke…

  • Fashion,  Pinterest

    Mint and Coral Taped-Triangle Nail Art

    In my Pinterest adventures, I keep stumbling across beautiful nail art. I’m envious of the intricate designs that some nail artists are able to create, but the problem is…as much as I love the look of painted nails, one, I bite my nails so my nails are weak and uneven, and two, I have never painted my nails as an adult! Ack! So, needless to say, this Pinterest adventure really took me out of my comfort zone. I’m a low-maintenance, no-makeup-not-even-lipgloss kind of gal. I wanted to try my hand at nail art after seeing pins like the ones that you can find in my Hair and Fashion pin board.…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Using Illustrator’s Live Trace to Create B+W Screen Printable Images

    When creating images that will be exposed for screen printing, it’s best to create a high contrast black and white image to print onto your transparency. Anything black will be the areas where you’d want ink. I love to use my own photographs as screen printing inspiration. Using Photoshop and Illustrator, you can create high contrast black and white images in no time. Illustrator’s Live Trace function will be our best friend in this tutorial. First, pick a photograph of an object you’d like to convert. Here is a very unartsy snapshot of a friend’s telephone that I thought looked pretty cool and would look nifty on a shirt or…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Fabric Flowers

    What you’ll need: Fabric scraps cut into different sized strips scissors hot glue 1. Cut your fabric into 8 strips. Sizes do not matter as it depends on what size flower you want and what you would be using it for. Since I make mine for headbands my largest strip will be about 6 inches in length. Here I’ve cut 2 large strips, 3 medium, and 3 small. 2. Take your first strip and follow the folding instructions as shown in the pictures: And here is the finished strip! 3. Now follow this process again until all your strips have been folded and glued in place. 4. Last step is…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Zipper Flowers

    As a seamstress I always have zippers laying around. This project is great for any odd zippers you might have. What you’ll need: Zipper Hot glue gun Hair clip, headband or whatever you want to attach the flower to 1. Cut the ends off of the zipper. 2. Roll the edge in slightly and glue it together. This will be the middle of your flower. 3.  Continue to roll the zipper around the middle and make the middle of the flower as large as you want. 4. Start to make larger rolls by folding the zipper and glueing the corner as seen in the picture. 5. After the corner is…

  • Fashion,  Pinterest,  Projects

    Perfect Ribbon Bows by Using a Fork

    I had never been able to create a bow without the loops being cockeyed or just plain crumpled. By using a fork as a guide, you can make perfect bows every time. Check out our Pins We Have Tried pin board for a full list of the techniques we have tested out while writing Ange and Mish’s Pinterest Adventures. This pin comes from the blog Eskimimi Makes. I followed her tutorial purely from the step-by-step image that has been repinned multiple times on Pinterest. How sweet! I used a ribbon with a print on one side, solid colour on the other, which made the centre of the bow solid brown.…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Making Resin Jewelry

    I can’t remember when I discovered the posibilities with resin and resin jewerly. However since starting to work with resin I’ve found that the posibilities with it can be endless. I won’t be getting into specific techniques for this weeks tutorial but instead this will be a simple step by step on working with resin and how to make beautiful resin jewlery.     What you will need: Jewelry grade resin (I’m using Pebeo crystal resin) Molds (plastic or silicone) Plastic Measuring cups Seperate mixing cup and stick What you want to preserve (here I’ll be using beads and a picture) Jewelry supplies (chain/cord, clasp, and so on) 1. The…