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BLOGGING | 6 Sources to get Inspiration for your next Blog Post

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Are you in a creative rut, ran out of ideas for your next blogpost or simply crave something new? Well, you have come to the right place! Because I have collected and wrote down my 6 favourite sources to get inspiration!

The question that I get asked the most is ‘where do I get my inspiration from?’ And my answer would always be that I don’t now, it just happens. But after the last time that somebody asked me this, I started to think about it and I realised that I had been untrue with my previous answers. It doesn’t ‘just happen’, I do have a few inspirational sources, I just didn’t realise that I did.

Looking back on my blog projects most have them have a hidden inspirational source and today I would like to share those with you, so that you can see that all of the inspiration that you need is probably already inside of you!

There really is no need for extreme measures to get an ‘original’ article or one-of-a-kind project, my main sources of inspiration are so simple that it probably won’t take long before you have written a whole new set of articles for your blog!

In the six categories below you will find tips on how to use certain mediums for your own work in combination with examples of my inspirations and results combined to show you how easy it can be!

Scroll down for the list of sources to get inspiration for your next blogpost.

Or jump to a favourite topic within this post:
– Art
– Movies
– Other Creatives / Pinterest
– Nostalgia
– Music
– Daily Life / Travel

 


ART

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Art too artsy for the DIY and fashion blog community? No way! Art has been making it’s way unto the runway for years now (think Iris van Herpen) and the DIY community is also starting to embrace the traditional idea of art and combining it with approachable projects.
Visiting museums, flipping through photography books, or making art yourself. These are all things that can help you to get inspired for your next blogpost. They can be abstract watercolours for that new desktop wallpaper, still-life paintings for you next bouquet arranging course, sculptures to help you think of 3d DIY projects, you name it!

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I have been using the Rijksmuseum ( a Dutch museum) website a lot for my DIY projects. On their website you can view and download high ress. images of their art collection. They even encourage you to use them for projects! I have been inspired by all of the floral paintings and drawings and after using it for a Temporary Tattoo DIY, and a Shoe Transfer Project, it was time to take it to the next level and combine my favourite works into two fabric prints and turn them into a purse project.

This shows that the art scene has an unlimited amount of visual beauty to inspire you for just about anything!


MOVIES

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Movies (and tv-shows) can be oh so inspiring. There are many things that you are probably already unconsciously ‘borrowing’ from your favourite movies. But you can also be inspired by a movie and use that in a practical way : think of the colour-schemes and how rooms are decorated in the movie; why not sew a similar cushion cover or re-think the placement of your furniture.

Special tip: My all-time favourite movie inspiration sources are the movies by Wes Anderson. The sets, the costumes, they are just moving moodboards on my screen!

Not only decorating ideas can be used from your favourite film, costumes and fashion statements are also a big part of the movie experience. Annie Hall’s tomboyish suit, Audrey Hepburn’s classic outfit in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Kate Hudsons retro coat in “Almost Famous” and my favourite: all of the over-the-top colourful outfits Fran Drescher wore in “The Nanny”.
These can all be used as examples and inspiration for your next outfit post, whether you dedicate the blogpost to your favourite character or simply get inspiration from a small detail in a movie scene.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Unconsciously, I think that we all ‘borrow’ things from each other when it comes to thinking of where an idea came from. Being inspired by something and trying to recreate it is one thing, but looking back at your own work and realising that it has so many similarities to something else that you just can’t imagine that you didn’t notice it before, happens to me a lot!

This outfit-post that I did for instance, (left photo above) is as retro as one of my favourite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums. The character ‘Margot’ that Gwyneth Paltrow portrays is such a great personality to capture on camera.
Whenever I do an outfit post I like to experiment and for this one I wanted to go retro and a bit ‘moody’. I guess I must have watched that movie in the same month, because the colours and my choice of ‘mood’ really match Margot’s style.

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Are you really struggling for fashion photography shoot inspiration? Go Disney! I think that all of the girly girl fashion bloggers have done at least one Disney character-pose without even realising it! I am also guilty of that fact in my Bright & Bold outfitpost. Opening a window, rosy cheeks, a slight smile on your face and red lips to match.. All that is missing is a singing bird helping you get dressed:)


OTHER CREATIVES / PINTEREST

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Maybe not one of the most ‘unexpected’ sources on this list, but definitely one that can’t be missed: other creatives aka friends/blogs/Tumblr/Pinterest, etc.

“Everything has already been made and done, but… not by you!”, this is one of the first things that they taught me at art school and it has been a helpful reminder whenever I felt insecure about an idea.

For me the quote means that you can get inspiration from others, (I actually insist on it!) and use that inspiration to transform an idea into your own style, taste and uniqueness.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

When looking for inspiration for a new Do It Yourself project, I usually go to Pinterest and see what has been made in the last few years. While browsing and collecting, my brain is already coming up with ideas about what I am missing in my lists or ideas about how to transform existing projects into new and improved ones.

My clock project for instance: I had these pieces to make my own clock, but I needed a surface or platform to transform the pieces into an actual clock. I found that people had made clocks out of stuffed animals, mirrors, wall paint, you name it! It was so much fun to see the endless possibilities and it truly inspired me.

The same goes for my concrete planter. Concrete has been a very popular DIY material in the last 2/3 years and I have been so excited to see all of these amazing projects that are made out of this raw material. The only thing that I wanted to do different, was to make it as accessible as possible to make something out of concrete. No special and/or expensive molds, just basic supplies. And it worked!

What would you do differently when it comes to DIY trends?


NOSTALGIA

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Did you hear? The 90’s are back! What a better way to get new inspiration than browsing through your old family albums! (no matter which decade;)

For me that means a lot of pictures of me and my sisters wearing bright colours that didn’t match at all. I am not sure how my sisters feel about this, but I am actually thankful that my mom would dress us up like that, because I think that it is the main reason why I love prints and colours so much!

Oilily, the brand that you can see in the picture above, was the brand that my mom loved to dress us up in. (I think that we actually had that yellow dress in the middle) and the prints and mixed styles is something that still puts a smile on my face when I look at the picture.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

To use your childhood wardrobe for your next blogpost, you don’t have to wear or copy your style. But it might help to look at a few older pictures of yourself or look the clothing brands up that you used to wear and see if there are parts of it that you still like.

For example, I am especially still inspired by the colour combinations that Oilily dares to use and applied them to my Granny Square Sweater DIY (on the left).


MUSIC

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

From song lyrics, to videoclips and album art. Music can easily be used as a visual inspirational source! Growing up with MTV, music videos had a great impact on me and gave me a lot of ideas on what type of things I wanted to make when I got older.
But even these days, music is one of the most important inspirational sources to me. I never craft without music in the background and biking without music in my ears is very unheard of.

One of my most recent music-inspired blogposts was my Canvas Cutout Star Light DIY. The black and white star was inspired by my hero: David Bowie. His last album before he passed away is called “Black Star” and I loved the simplicity of his albumcover and merchandise.


DAILY LIFE / TRAVEL

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

There are a lot of people that say that they get most of their inspiration from ‘daily life’, but I never really understood what that means before writing this post. To me it was always a very vague term, that says that even brushing your teeth can be inspiring. But scrolling through old photos, I did recognise a lot of things that I used for this blog and started to realise what ‘daily life inspiration’ truly means.

The subway tile photo above for instance was taken here in Berlin and matches the timeline when I started to use the blue/white/black color-combo a lot in my styling photography.

Finding that subway photo helped me to understand how we can use everyday visuals into new projects and work, without taking it to literall. Tile colours, typography on posters, wallpapers in restaurant bathrooms, these are all things that we could try to notice more and use for our own memory moodboards.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Speaking of “daily life” and travel, growing up in The Netherlands, it is unimaginable not to have a project that is inspired by a Dutch windmill like my DIY painted mugs.
And I am sure that you have also seen a few landmarks or suddenly realise that you can use a certain iconic image from your childhood or travels and portray them in your new post project!


Are you inspired yet?! Hopefully these tips and my stories have helped you to get out of your creative rut.
Do you have other inspirational sources? Let me know in the comment section!

I can’t wait to read all of your new inspirational blogposts!

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Frame Purse

SEWING DIY | Custom Fabric Clip Purse

Are your ready for the most handmade DIY project ever? Because not only can you make your own frame purse, you can also design the inner and outer fabric yourself! Which means that (apart from the frame) everything about this purse will be designed and made by you!

I am all for upcycling DIY projects and restyling and remaking things (I have about 3 vintage dresses at home, waiting to become my next project) but every once in a while it just feels amazing to make something from scratch. And not only make it, but also design it, wear it, use it and show it off!!

A few weeks ago I collaborated with the wonderful Spoonflower and I designed my own fabrics and turned them into a robe coat which I shared on this blog, yes you can make your own robe coat with this tutorial! I loved the project and the people at the Berlin Spoonflower offices were so nice and helpful and it was an incredible experience to make a design on your computer and a little while later, hold it in your hands, printed on their beautiful fabrics:

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You can read more about the process and inspiration for my designs in the DIY Robe Coat project blogpost.

After finishing the coat and wearing it as often as I could, I still had a small amount of fabric left over. And since it was getting warmer outside I couldn’t sport my handmade prints anymore. Solution: a purse that is suitable for anything and is also a good project to share with you!
I decided to turn the faux suede fabric into a clip purse, because I always wanted to try making one, and opening a clip frame purse, is the perfect fancy way of showing off the lining fabric.

Make it your own
And because I am a big supporter of following your own style – this DIY project is adjustable to your taste in so many ways:
– Use the fabric print designs that I made and use in this tutorial.
Design your own fabric and make the ultimate handmade project.
– Use your favourite store-bought fabric.
– Add an embroidery detail for an even more crafty project.
– Get the purse frame of your choosing: gold, silver, round, square, vintage, etc. (you can actually thrift an old clip frame purse, and remove the frame to re-use it!)
– Go tiny and make a coin purse, or go big and make a practical bag.

Are you ready? Here’s how:


DIY

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SUPPLIES

– Faux Suede Fabric (I designed my own at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own!)
– Lining Fabric (I also designed the fabric for the inside at Spoonflower. You can get my design or make your own)
– Purse clip frame and Chain
– Interfacing (I used neoprene fabric – not pictured- to add thickness to the purse)
– Pins
– Scissors
– Glue (you can use textile glue, but my all-time favourite glue is jewelry glue, it works on anything!)
– Sewing Machine

Optional:
– Embroidery thread & Needle
– Embroidery hoop

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STEP 1

– Place your faux suede fabric, right side up, on a flat surface.
– Take your clip frame and place it on top at the top of the fabric.
– Cut the fabric 2 cm on top of the frame as shown above.
– Mark the end-point of the clip frame with a pin in the fabric. Measure 3 cm to the outside and pin another pin. Cut a line from the previously cut fabric to the outside pin. Repeat this on both sides of the fabric.
– Decide the length of your purse and add 3 cm to the length size (for the bottom of the purse).
– Starting at the outer pin, cut the fabric downward in your chosen length. repeat this on the other side.
– Cut the fabric in a straight horizontal line at the bottom.
– Trace your cut fabric onto another piece and cut that piece out. You will now have the front and back outer pieces of your purse.

STEP 2

Want to add a special detail? Embroider your fabric!

– Place your fabric in an embroidery hoop.
– Tie a knot in your embroidery thread and thread the needle.
– Starting from the back of the fabric, move your needle in and out of the fabric, following the print.
– Repeat this until you have made a few embroidered details.

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STEP 3

– Double your lining fabric with the right sides together.
– Place the outer suede piece from step 1 on top of the double lining fabric. Trace the shape onto the lining and cut it out.
– Pin and sew the two lining pieces together at the sides and the bottom.

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STEP 4

– Double your interfacing fabric ( I used neoprene instead of regular interfacing fabric) and place the outer piece of the purse from step 1 on top of the doubled interfacing.
– Cut the shape from the outer fabric out of the two interfacing layers.
– Place the two interfacing pieces on top of each other, and sandwich the suede pieces (right sides facing each other) in between.
– Pin and sew the four pieces of fabric together at the sides and the bottom.

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STEP 5

– Fold the suede and interfacing part inside-out.
– Take one bottom corner and flatten it (as shown above). Use a pin to keep it in place.
– Sew the bottom corner with your sewing machine in a straight line.
– Repeat this for the other corner.

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STEP 6

– Cut the excess fabric from the two bottom corners with your scissors as shown above.
– Repeat step 5 & 6 for the lining fabric.

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STEP 7

– Fold the suede and interfacing part right-side-out.
– Fold the lining piece right-side-in.

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STEP 8

– Place the suede and interfacing piece inside the lining fabric.
– Make sure that all of the sewn lines are lined up.

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STEP 9

– Pin and sew one side of the top of the lining, interfacing and suede fabric together, repeat this by going all around the top of the purse, finishing by leaving approx. 4 cm left open.

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STEP 10

– Pull the entire sewn purse through the 4 cm opening at the top.
– Make sure that everything is aligned and pin and sew along the top of the purse, closing the opening and creating a crisp edge for the next step.

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STEP 11

– Apply dots of glue inside the purse frame (you can use all kinds of glue, but I always prefer to use jewelry glue, since it doesn’t stain and is made to attach different types of materials)
– Starting at one side press the top of the purse inside the groove of the purse frame. Repeat this on the other side, until you have pressed the entire top of the purse into the groove.

And that’s it! You now have your very own handmade clip frame purse!

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Do you have even more fabric left over, but not enough for an entire purse? No worries! I also made an easy sewing DIY project for a zipper pouch, using left-over fabrics and textile: zipper pouch tutorial.


Credits

– Fabrics designed by me thanks to Spoonflower
– Photography by Lana Red Studio
– Robe Coat photography by www.der-gottwald.de

 

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper ClutchAre you also always starting many new projects and have a ton of leftover pieces of fabric that are too small to turn into something wearable, but too pretty to throw away? Well, do I have a great solution for! Turn them into a patchwork clutch!

And no, by patchwork I don’t mean a granny style purse, but an on-trend geometric zipper clutch that is both practical and pretty.

I have made a bunch of these in a variety of fabrics and they always turn out wonderful. You might recognise the fabrics from my Mollie Makes projects or my latest collaboration with Spoonflower. The combinations are endless and you just simply can’t go wrong here.

DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

SUPPLIES

– 3 pieces of scrap fabric
– Lining fabric
– Zipper
– Piece of paper
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Scissors
– Pins
– Sewing Machine

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STEP 1

– Take your piece of paper and place your zipper at the top. Cut the paper in the same width as the zipper.

– Decide the length of your clutch and add 1 cm at the top and 1 cm the bottom of that size.

– Cut the piece of paper.

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STEP 2

– Draw 2 lines within your clutch template to create the patchwork look.

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STEP 3

– Cut the patchwork pieces out of the paper. Mark the individual pieces to remember where each goes.

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STEP 4

– Place the patchwork template pieces on your pieces of scrap fabric and cut them out.

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STEP 5

– Sew two of the fabric pieces together. And fold the crease at the back open.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 6

– Attach the last piece of fabric to the rest and fold the back crease open.

– Repeat step 3 to 6 for the back of the clutch.

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STEP 7

– Place your patchwork piece on top of the lining and cut the shape out twice.

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STEP 8

– Place your zipper along the length of the patchwork piece of fabric. with right sides together.

– Position a piece of lining fabric on top of the zipper with the right side facing down and raw edges aligned.

– Pin and sew along the top of the zipper.

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STEP 9

– Fold your layers open so the patchwork fabric and zipper are right sides up, with the lining fabric layered underneath.

– Top stitch along the seam, close to the edge of the zipper.

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STEP 10

– Repeat step 8 and 9, with the remaining pieces of fabric.

– Open the zipper

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STEP 11

– Pin both the patchwork pieces and the lining pieces right sides together.

– Sew around all four edges leaving a small opening in the bottom of the lining.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 12

– Turn the clutch right sides out through the opening in the lining.

– Sew the opening in the lining shut with a straight stitch along the seam.

– Push the lining neatly inside the clutch.

 

* Styling tip: attach a ribbon to the zipper for a finished look

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Once you have made your template in steps 1 to 3, you can make as many clutches as you want in a variety of styles.

Mix and match different types of scrap fabric and make your own clutch collection! They make great gifts!


 

Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a pile of fabric scraps that are suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade clutch today!

DIY it, BUY it, it is up to you.

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SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

SEWING DIY | How to Make a Robe Coat in 30 Steps Without a Sewing Pattern

Today I am sharing my collaboration with the amazing Spoonflower with you! I designed my own fabrics and used them for this robe coat project. I documented every step of the way, to make sure that you can also do this project at home and design your own fabric and make your own coat!

Let’s start at the beginning: Spoonflower, which is an awesome digital printing company that prints custom fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap, opened a new location right around the corner from my house. I already was a big fan of their work, and grabbed the opportunity to stop by and take a look at what they do. And after seeing the entire process of how a design get’s printed onto their pretty fabrics and meeting the lovely people behind the scenes of such a creative company, I was thrilled to start my own project and share it with you!

The project

I have always wanted to make my own (winter) coat, since every year I struggle with finding the right colourful long coat for my figure (I am sure that I am not alone in this). Spoonflower has a very pretty faux suede fabric and it inspired me to use that for this coat project.

For the design, I went to my favourite inspirational source: the website of the Dutch Rijksmuseum. This museum offers a great archive of beautiful paintings and lets you download and use them for free (see also my temporary tattoo project).
I combined 4 paintings and redesigned them into a new print for the outside of the coat.
For the lining I used another part of a painting and turned it into a ‘falling leaves’ print.

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The timing for this print was perfect, because around the time that I was designing the print, Pantone released their new color of the year: Greenery. How on-trend am I?;)

For you

It wouldn’t be much fun to design and make all of this if I couldn’t share it with you. So this is a very detailed (30 steps to be exact) DIY project to make sure that you can also create this coat yourself!

– No sewing pattern needed, I made this coat project without a sewing pattern!
– You can design your own fabric for this project, or use the print that I designed.
– Don’t need a new coat? You can also simplify this project and use it to make a robe! Just skip the interfacing and lining parts and choose a pretty fabric that works for your new robe.

Are you ready to design and make your own coat? I suggest that you read the full step-by-step below before you start. There are 30 detailed steps to guide you through the process of making a no-pattern coat! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

DIY:


MATERIALS

– 4 meters of Faux Suede fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Satin lining fabric – Click here to order the fabric used in this project
– 4 meters of Interfacing
– Snap Buttons x2
– Pins
– Scissors
– Sewing machine

– 1 Dress or coat for the basic shape of the coat
– 1 Coat to trace the sleeves

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STEP 1

– Place the fabric for the coat on a flat surface. Take a non-stretch dress or coat* in your size and place it flat and widespread onto the fabric. (it doesn’t need to have the length, that can be added later.

– Fold the arms of the dress/coat to the inside, to reveal the shoulder seam of the arm.

** The dress or coat should be a non-stretch a-line model with a high neckline at the back (the front neckline doesn’t matter), preferably slightly too large and definitely not too tight.

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STEP 2

– Decide the length of the coat and use pins to follow the side seam lines until you have reached your chosen length.

– Cut the fabric along the shape of the dress/coat, adding about 3cm around the sides and the top, and the added pinned line at the bottom. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut this shape again for the front.

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STEP 3

– Fold one of the pieces that you made in step 2 horizontally double.

– Cut the folded line open with your scissors to create the front opening of the coat.

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STEP 4

The back piece already has a neckline, but now we have to create the neckline of the 2 front pieces.

– To create a robe/like neckline, improvise by starting to cut a v-shape line from the shoulder seam downwards for about 30 cm. Making sure that the transition to the rest of the front is smooth(see the above photo)

– Repeat this for the other front piece.

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STEP 5

– Fold a piece of the faux suede fabric double.

– Place the piece of clothing that you choose for the sleeve pattern onto the folded fabric, with the longest seam (the line towards the shoulder) on the fold of the fabric.

– Trace the line of the sleeve adding 3 cm all around. (this is 2 extra cm to give room for the padding and 1 cm for the seam allowance)

– Cut the fabric with your scissors.

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STEP 6

– For the front folded seams, cut out 4 long pieces of faux suede fabric that can cover the entire vertical front of the ‘front seam’ and approximately 12 cm wide each.

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STEP 7

– Place the interfacing on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces and sleeves onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 8

– Place the lining fabric on a flat surface and trace the: back piece, 2 front pieces, sleeves and 2 of the long strokes onto your interfacing fabric.

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STEP 9

– Place the interfacing of the sleeve fabric on a flat surface.

– Place one suede sleeve pattern piece, right side up, on top of the interfacing.

– Fold the outer sides inwards and pin and sew together.

– Repeat this for the other sleeve and the lining sleeves.

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STEP 10

– Place the interfacing back piece on a flat surface with the faux suede back piece on top (right side up).

– Place the two faux suede front pieces on top of that (right sides down). And place the accompanying interfacing on top of that.

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 11

– Place the lining back piece on a flat surface (right side up).

– Place the two lining front pieces on top of that (right sides down).

– Pin the sides and shoulders together.

– Pin the sleeve into the armholes and sew everything together.

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STEP 12

– Turn the 4 strips of faux suede into 2 longer strokes by sewing them together.

– Repeat this for the interfacing.

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STEP 13

– Place the interfacing on top of one of the long strips of faux suede.

– Attach them to the entire front opening of the coat, starting at the bottom and going all around, pinning the right sides together.

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STEP 14

– Once you have pinned the entire front of the coat to the strip of suede and interfacing, sew the pinned layers together.

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STEP 15

– Place the second long strip of faux suede fabric, face down, on top of the strip that you have just sewn to the front of the coat (both right sides should face each other).

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STEP 16

– Sew the pinned layers together and fold last added strip to towards the inside of the coat.

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STEP 17

– Pin and sew the folded part close to the egde to keep the fabric in place.

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STEP 18

Try the coat on and see how it fits. Right now it should fall loosely around your body, and the front opening should be able to fit across your stomach and hips.

– If you want the coat to have a more tailored look, you can use this step to make a few adjustments*, I decided to create a smaller waist and slightly tighter sleeves. Pin everything first, and try the coat on again to see how it fits and once you are happy with the look, sew the pinned lines and cut off any excess fabric.

** If the adjustments are minor, you can continue to the next step, if you decided to make the coat a lot smaller, make the same adjustments to your lining fabric before you continue.

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STEP 19

– Place the coat, right side up on a flat surface.

– Place your lining fabric, right side down, on top of the open coat.

– Try to match all of the seams together as possible and pin the front opening of the lining to the suede strip that you folded inwards in step 16 (right sides together)

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STEP 20

– If you would like to have a loop to hang up your coat, this would be the step to add it.

– Cut a small piece of faux suede and fold it twice horizontally.

– Sew along the middle of the horizontal line.

– Pin the piece to the middle of the neckline between the lining and collar, having the loop stick out on the right sides of the fabric.

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STEP 21

– Once you have pinned the strip to the lining, try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining. If necessary make any adjustments and sew the pinned parts together.

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STEP 22

– Fold the coat right sides out.

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STEP 23

– Take the left sleeve and place it on a flat surface.

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and place it on top of your faux suede sleeve, with the shoulder and side seems aligned.

– Cut the end of the lining sleeve slightly shorter (between 1cm and 2 cm) than the faux suede sleeve.

– Repeat this for the other side.

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STEP 24

– Fold the coat inside out with both fabrics right sides in.

– Place the coat on a flat surface and have the lining fabric on the left and the faux suede fabric on the right, with the sides of the coat in the middle and the sleeves out wide.

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STEP 25

– Take the left sleeve of the lining fabric and the left sleeve of the faux suede fabric and place the openings together.

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STEP 26

– Pin the openings of the arms together, creating a circle.

– Sew the pinned lines.

– Repeat this for the other sleeves.

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STEP 27

– Fold the coat with the lining on the outside to check if the inside of the sleeves are sewn together correctly.

– You can sew the end of the sleeve or leave it like this.

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STEP 28

– Fold the coat right side out.

– Open the front of the coat and use a seam ripper or scissors to open approx. 3 cm of the bottom front lining of the coat.

– Repeat this for the other bottom front opening.

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STEP 29

– Fold the lining and the faux suede bottom of the coat inwards and pin them together.

– Try the coat on to see if there is any tension in the lining of the fabric, or if the lining is too loose and is visible at the bottom of the coat. Make any changes if necessary and keep trying it on until it fits perfect.

– Sew the bottom of the coat with your sewing machine, or sew it by hand, to avoid a visible stitch on the outside of the coat.

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STEP 30

– Try the coat on and fold the front openings across the front of your body. Find the best fit and mark the points that would keep the openings in place like this with a pin or fabric marker.

– Attach 2 snap buttons to the marked parts with needle and thread.

And that is it! You are a star!

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I really love how the coat turned out and it is definitely warm enough for the Berlin winter!
And since this was a very special project I had the talented Matthias of  www.der-gottwald.de take the result photos!

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Credits

Fabrics by Spoonflower
Photography by www.der-gottwald.de

FEATURE | Mollie Makes Temporary tattoo

FEATURE | Mollie Makes Temporary tattoo

 

Go wild this season and accessorise in a whole new way, thanks to our new collaboration with the always wonderful Mollie Makes! You can find our new Tattoo Transfer tutorial in the latest Mollie Makes magazine!

Always wanted a bold tattoo look, but not really interested to sport it for the rest of your life? The answer is easy: make your own temporary tattoo!

How? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with our tutorial on page 18!

 

FEATURE | Mollie Makes Temporary tattoo

DIY | Temporary Art Tattoo

Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial
I guess I can safely say that this is my most favorite DIY so far! I have always loved tattoos especially the girly ones, and I do have a few (small ones). But it is still a very big step to get a (new) tattoo. So how excited was I, when I discovered that you can design and print your own temporary tattoos!
You can just change your look in minutes, and go back to your old self the next day!
 
I have been brainstorming so much on what I would like to have as a temporary tattoo, to show you how great this technique is. And I decided on using my most favorite inspirational archive: the Rijksmuseum website. I already used this source for my shoe restyle DIY a few months back, and I felt it would be perfect for this project as well. the Rijksmuseum is a museum in Amsterdam that also lets you explore their archives online and you can download the high ress images for free!
 
I went for a beautiful bouquet that I applied on my back. What kind of image would you choose and where would you wear it? Let me know!

How to make your own temporary art tattoo:

Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial
Supplies:
Tattoo Transfer Paper Pack (I bought mine at paperspecials) | Laser printer | Scissors
 
1. Decide your tattoo art and print it according to the instructions.
2. Apply the sticky transparent sheet over the printed images according to the paper instructions. If you still have some airbubbles between the sheets, use your finger or a small plastic card to rub them away.
3. Cut the shapes out of the paper.
4. Remove the top sticky part and apply the tattoo onto your body. Apply some water on the white surface until the hole surface is damp. Remove the white sheet.
 
** My experience is that the tattoo will stay on for quite a while, I showered with it (not rubbing on it) and it stayed on very well for about 5 days
 
All done!

 

Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial
Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial
Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial

 

Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial

 

Pretty temporary art tattoo DIY and easy tutorial

 

 

DIY | Shoe Transfer

I always love it when I have discovered a new trick that involves restyling! 
 
I ordered these cute boots from Chicwish with the idea that they would match with everything, and they do. But when they arrived, I realized that I have bought most of my shoes with the idea that they should match with my clothes and that just sounded a bit crazy to me, because why not just wear what you like?
So instead of ignoring this and just wear them, I decided to give them an altered look and try out a new technique! Do you remember my Leather Printing Jewelry DIY? It involved using shirt transfer paper on suede. Well, this is sort of the same idea: I used T-shirt transfer paper to transfer an image onto the shoes. And I can’t believe it but it really worked!
 
It was pretty easy to do and didn’t cost much at all, I just can’t wait to try this on more of my shoes (or purses!)
First take a pare of shoes. I would not recommend shoes that have a glossy or smooth surface because the transfer paper will probably not attach very well. I used these (fake) suede boots which worked perfect!
Supplies:
Shoes | Transfer Paper for darker fabrics | Printer | Iron | Piece of fabric | Scissors | Pen | Mod Podge | Brush
1. Place the piece of fabric on the shoe and trace the part that you want to cover with your pen.
2. Cut the shape.
3. Place the fabric on a piece of paper and scan the image. (you can use a scanner, but if you don’t have one you can use a free scan app on you phone.)
4. Open the scanned file in Photoshop. Make sure that it doesn’t change the size of the original image!
5. Trace the shape and fill it with a picture of your choosing. ( my image comes from the Rijksmuseum website)
6. Print the image on the transfer paper and transfer it to the shoes by following the instructions that come with the paper. Be careful not to keep the iron on there for too long!
7. Apply two layers of Mod Podge on the shoes.
 
All done!