My BFF Megan (here is her blog) recently developed a passion for stamp-making. She went nuts going around making adorable, custom stamps for everyone with their favorite thing, she made me an AVOCADO! Anyway she offered to teach me her ways and we spent a rainy Sunday stamp-making and documentary watching for 8 HOURS! I love making stamps!!! I made a unicorn, a koala playing a ukulele and finally, my masterpiece, Snooki thinking about a pickle. The other day while dreaming about stamps I had an awesome idea! I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could just stamp a page every time I wanted to make a fashion drawing. Anyway, that’s what this post is about.
Firstly, you’re going to need supplies. I bought this kit at my local art store for about $14. It has a carving tool with two different heads and a sheet of rubber.
Then you’re going to need a pencil drawing. If you don’t feel comfortable freehand drawing one, that’s totally ok, you can trace one!
Cool! Now you need to transfer your drawing onto the rubber stamp material. You can do this by laying your drawing face down on the rubber and then rubbing the back with the side of your pencil like this:
Mine came out a little fuzzy, so I went through with a pencil and sharpened up the lines.
Now you’re ready to start carving! You need to leave a small ridge where all the pencil lines are. I started by doing the small detail work. After you get the outline you can start carving out the meat of it! Careful in small places! And then that’s it! You’re ready to start stampin’! You can mount your stamp on a piece of wood for more accurate and even stamping.
I recently made a dress that I really love and it wasn’t too hard to make so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for it. Its a lovely, simple dress with a lot of opportunities to add your own design flair! Describing how to make a pattern through a tutorial is difficult but luckily it has a loose fit and an elastic waistband so its not crucial that its perfect. I will do my best to convey clear instructions and I hope that you love your dress! If you don’t want to make it you can buy it here, on my Etsy.
- 1 3/4 yds of a 60″ wide fabric. I used a soft rayon challis, anything flowy and drapey.
- 20″ of a contrasting rayon fabric. Again, anything flowy/drapey and at least 60″ wide.
- 1 yd 1″ wide elastic.
- optional: 1/4yd elastic for straps, piping, any other sort of trim you might want.
- First, cut your pieces. Below is an illustration on how to draft your pattern. (Click to enlarge)
- On the dress piece iron a crease from notch to notch, repeat for back piece. This crease will serve as a guide for the waistband elastic.
- Sew dress pieces together at sides.
- Wrap a piece of elastic snugly around your waist to measure. Sew elastic into a loop.
- Make 4 marks on the elastic dividing it into 4 equal parts, make 4 marks on dress as well.
- Pin elastic to dress on the wrong side of fabric dividing it into 4 equal quadrants.
- Zig zag stitch elastic to dress stretching elastic as you sew.
- Now you need to finish the neckline and armholes. You have some options, I used piping on the neckline and a rolled hem to finish the arm holes. This is a place where your creativity can come into play.
- Attach straps. To keep the boatneck effect I made my straps 6″, if you make them longer you are going to get a more drapey, slouchy neckline.
- Cut your contrasting fabric into 2 10″x60″ rectangles to make your ruffle pieces. Join pieces in a circle.
- The contrasting fabric is going to be gathered and sewn onto the hem of the dress piece. To do this, make 2 parallel rows of long stitches (3mm). Mark 4 equal sections on ruffle piece, make marks on bottom of dress.
- Pin the pieces together at 4 quadrants and pull bobbin strings to create ruffles and distribute them evenly.
- Sew the pieces together.
- Hem! Trim excess threads…and you’re done!!!!
- Wear with happiness!
After years of thinking about it, I have finally opened an Etsy shop! Its called Dreamboat Dresses and I’m selling some of my designs there so you should definitely go check it out. I am really really excited! I would love any feedback or suggestions or things you would like to see, let me know. I will be adding more items shortly. I hope you like it! Have a dreamy day.
I finished my cowl! This is my first completed knitting project and I am SO pleased with it. The only problem is that it’s summer here in the southern hemisphere and I don’t really see any opportunities to wear it in the near future. It’s ok, I’ll just stare at it lovingly until I find myself somewhere cold.
I found the bandana cowl pattern on ravelry.com, but it is originally from the Purlbee. The instructions were easy to follow (even for a novice like me). I got a little lost at one point but found my way after reading the comments on the post.
I got the yarn at an amazing shop called Lanas La Rueca in Bariloche. They have a great selection of regional patagonian yarns that you could stare at for hours. Their address is: P. Moreno 879 near Carrefour. Definitely go there if you are in Bariloche, the ladies there are so lovely and so patient…they put up with me for an hour as I “que es eso”-ed at every yarn in the shop. Also, if you need it one of them speaks english!
Now I’m working on the Short Row Sweater from Purlbee!
I recently got a job at a bar in Bariloche and have been adjusting quite nicely to my cozy new life in this amazingly beautiful town. It feels good to have a daily routine after a few months of traveling. Bariloche is a wonderland of trekking, adventure, crystal clear lakes and good feelings. You can’t help but be happy here with adorable dogs on every corner and snow capped mountains in every direction.
My job leaves all of my days free and being thousands of miles away from my sewing machine I had to find something for my busy hands. That’s where the knitting comes in, I found a couple awesome yarn (lana) shops in town and spent an obscene amount of time on Ravelry cruising projects. In case you don´t know Ravelry.com is an online knit and crochet community with tons of patterns and inspiration. I have settled on the Bandana Cowl from Purlbee (the cutest blog/shop in the world), and its going pretty well.
I have a sordid history with knitting and crocheting. I´ll have a burst of inspiration and attempt a project thats way too hard for me, throw it away and swear to never knit again! This time is different. I am loving the process, taking it slow, I love how knitting shuts my brain off.
I have been crafting up a storm in preparation for my grand Argentine adventure (I leave on Tuesday!). I realized I was in need of a safe place to keep my passport and money. I made a nifty holder out of Heather Ross ukulele fabric and an old necklace.
I am so in LOVE with this dress. I have been dreaming about the Liberty of London fabric at my fabric store for sometime now, so I finally broke down and splurged on it. It is the softest, most fantastic, most expensive fabric I have ever sewn with!
I used black silk chiffon for the yoke and insert in the skirt. One of my favorite things about this dress is the back…
another necessary dress amenity… POCKETS!!!!
Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to make a new dress every week and I forget how incredible it feels to spend a long time sewing something perfectly. I beam with happiness every time I see this dress.
Now I just have to save up so I can get this fabric and make my Liberty a sister dress. Thanks for looking!