DIY or DIY? DIY!

DIY for Curiøsa starts at the very beginning: with a design idea and the development of a suitable pattern. Nearly all of the patterns I use have been developped by myself. Only if I want to sew something very quick for myself, I sometimes use ready-made patterns. But most of the time I prefer experimenting and trying out new ideas that are on my mind.

When I found this beautiful GOTS-certified jersey cloth @lebenskleidung, I decided to get some to make a couple of t-shirts and dresses out of it. Today I’d like to show you the becoming of the t-shirt 🙂

You don’t need much to sew a t-shirt: about half a meter of your preferred fabric, about 30 centimetres of bias tape for the shoulders to prevent them from wearing out and that’s it. You start with ironing the bias tape on to the shoulder seams and then you sew the shoulders together.

After that you sew the side seams and the sleeve caps:

For the shoulders, the side seams and the sleeve caps I use an overlock, especially when working with jersey cloth, so the seams stay flexible. For the hem and the neckline I use a normal sewing machine with a twin needle:

Of course also the labels are handmade 🙂 I screenprinted them a while ago in different colours.

Here you can see the finished product:

If you like it, you can order it at the shop. If you don’t find your size, don’t hesitate to send me a message. I am always producing on a small scale, but requests for other sizes or colours are always welcome!

My soundtrack of the day while sewing:

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The Passenger (recommended Soundtrack for this post; or just for every day.)

In an earlier post on this blog I already mentioned travelling and getting to know new places as a main inspiration for my projects. Today I would like to share some of the impressions I gained on my travels and what I made out of them back home.

Here we go!

Graffiti in Thessaloniki

Artwork in the streets of Bologna

Object on a wall in Ljubljana

Graffiti on the streets of Paris

Door of a shop in Bilbao

Letting kids be kids – and supporting their individual development

Some time ago I started to knit and sew for the babies of my family & friends. I began with knitting socks for newborns because I think you can never have enough wool socks in every age of life  🙂

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Later, I also started to sew baby pants, shirts and dresses. I prefer colourful and comfortable fabrics, that allow babies and children to move around as freely as possible while exploring the world around them.

When I went shopping I was really confused to see large stocks of pink clothes for girls with words like „little princess“ printed on them and blue ones with cars or machines for boys in many shops. Despites the fact that I see no need in stereotyping already baby boys and girls, this kind of clothing seems really boring to me. So I decided to use only gender-neutral fabrics that bring fun and diversification to the wardrobe of the little ones.

Most of the time, I just buy fabrics with colourful patterns when I see them and take them home. Then I think about what to do with them. Like that green one with lots of animals on it. It became a dress and a shirt in the end, adding a little bit of yellow to the neckline.

If you like this kind of clothing for babies and young kids, have a look on my website!

From construction sites into your handbag – Tyvek is one of my favourite materials

I’m sure everybody knows Tyvek, even if just right now you might not be aware of it.

Looking like paper it is tearproof, water-resistant, recyclable, super lightweight and at the same time created without the use of plasticizers. The last mentioned point is also the reason for Tyvek getting a creased look when using it.

It is used on construction sites because of its resitant qualities as well as in laboratories because it is highly suitable for packing sterile objects.

Outsides construction sites and laboratories it is often used for the wristbands you get on festivals or concerts because of its tearproof character.

Besides that you can paint or screenprint on it or even dye it.

 

So why not use it for wallets, bags or a lot of other things that we carry around with us every day?

I want to break free <3

Some time ago, I ordered a couple of fabrics from a retailer in Accra. They are all wax block printed, Ankara style fabrics.

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Ankara fabrics are colourful cloths you can use for a wide range of products. One of my favourite fabrics from the one’s I ordered is that one:

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The first thing that came to my mind when I saw it online was Queen’s ‚I want to break free‘. It kind of sticks to my head now and everytime I have a look at the fabric the song starts in my head again. Time to watch that great video clip again 🙂

Here you can have a look at the products I finally made out of the fabric. As usual, you can find them at the shop.

 

And as I can’t get enough of that pattern I took a fotograph with a new kind of toy I bought yesterday – believe it or not, there is no software like photoshop involved – special effects come from that really analogue toy 😉

 

Stripes are always a good idea!

Well, to be honest, my favourite colour is – and always will be – black. But besides that preference of black clothes, I have a deep love for stripes, as you can see here:

So when I saw a red and white jersey fabric at a shop I thought that it would make a great summer dress. I used a pattern I designed a time ago and used for other dresses already – here are the results:

If you like the dress, you can get it at curiosacreations.com. It is a single piece, size S.

Summertime

As temperatures have been rising during the last two weeks I decided to sew some shorts for summer quickly. I had an eye on the pattern for these shorts for a long time already and wanted to have a pair of them for myself. As I really like the pattern (it is Burdastyle’s Ruby Shorts), I changed nothing and just used the ready-made pattern.

These shorts also remind me about good times in Barcelona, where I bought the buttons three years ago. I just put them in a box, thinking one day I would know what to do with them. They are from Els Encants flea market, here are some impressions: