Tuesday, 2 April 2013

How-To: Upcycle Those Jeans!!

A couple of days ago I did this upcycling job on some jeans that had worn down at the back but were still look brand new at the front!  I couldn't very well just throw them away so I decided to replace the back of the jeans with some new, snazzy fabric, to shake things up.  This is something you could really go crazy with, trying out lots of different patterned fabrics and textures.  You could also replace the front instead of the back, if that was what had worn down.  This DIY take a little bit of prior knowledge of sewing, but it's pretty damn straightforward if you keep everything organised and follow the steps in the right order.  OK, let us proceed! :-)

So, this is the finished product we are aiming to get to:  Let's go!

Step 1:
First of all, unpick the back panels of your jeans.  Unpick the back pockets, to be used later.

Step 2
Next, you use the back panel of your jeans as a pattern piece for the new fabric.  Pin it down onto the double layer of , making sure the grain line is straight.

Step 3
Using Tailor's Chalk and a ruler, mark out the pattern onto to the tweed.  If your jeans are stretchy, add a seam allowance of 1 inch all the way around. 

Step 4
Then cut it out.

Step 5
Then, for any itchy fabric such as tweeds, add a lining.

Step 6
Hem the lining and press it, with the iron.

Step 7

Step 8
Then sew the back pockets down.

Step 9
Sew together the trouser legs.  Topstitch.

Step 10
Do the same for the lining.

Step 11
Then zigzag stitch the lining and tweed together, to prevent fraying.

Step 12
Then sew together the front and back parts of the jeans.

Step 13
Hem the jeans.

Step 14
And, you're FINISHED! Yay!   Take a deep breadth, step back and admire your handiwork.

Remember, if you need any further information or tips on this how to, please get in contact with me!

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

New, Upcycled Chair

My latest project has been upcycling a chair on the weekends.  After doing little sections of it over the last few months, I have finally finished and listed it up! Hoorah!  Just to give you an idea of the work put in, I had to sand it down, paint it with two coats of white base paint, painstakingly paint on the black patterns, strip out the old seat, re-upholster it and back it, screw it all back in, and then varnish everything.  I have listed it up on my online store.  Please go and take a look there and if you think it would be the perfect gift for someone, or know of the right spot in your house where it could go, then please get in contact with me on Etsy, and I will be happy to help. 

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Social Networking

I am branching out into various social networking sites.  It's a hard step for me to take as I can be quite private, reclusive and sluggish towards technology!  However, I understand that in today's society, it is vital to be able to come in contact with your audience on a daily basis.  Therefore, I have set up shop on a variety of different social media networking sites as possible.  Here are the links:

On my tumblr, I am going to be carrying out a little experiment, seeing if I can post something I have made, every day for the next month, whether it's a little sketch, or a piece of clothing, or a textiles sample.  If I feel it has been successful, I might continue it for the whole year.

So, no time to waste, lots to do! :-)

Friday, 21 December 2012

Featured Etsy Seller: Holly Go Vintage

The next Etsy seller I am featuring is a Vintage seller, of women's clothing.  She is based in New York and set up her Etsy shop around July of 2012.  If you see anything you like, please click on it and buy, to help support these small businesses all around the world.  

Don't forget to check out my own Etsy shop, House Of Bulé

Featured Etsy Seller: HanhmadebyUkropova

Recently, I've been looking at Etsy a lot, as a source of inspiration, as well as for gifts.  Because of this, I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the amazing artists and craftspeople that I come across in my travels!  Below, is my first featured artist, based in Minsk, Belarus.  Please have a look at the shop, and if you see anything you like, by it, and support these hardworking creatives:

Don't forget, to check out my shop, follow this link:

Plagiarism Within The Creative Industries

I am a young designer currently studying fashion design at university in London.  We were recently set a project that underlined a problem I feel Creatives face on a daily basis.  It is a concern that is constantly at the back of my mind when designing.  The project brief:  Design an Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for this designer... The options for designers:  Balenciaga, Gareth Pugh, Mary Katrantzou, Burberry, Hussein Chalayan.  The concern:  how to design their new collection without copying what they have already done?  Of all the project briefs I have been given over the last few years, through A-Levels and now in university, this is the one I have had the most problems with.  On a daily basis, I design with the mantra in mind, 'don't copy, don't imitate, don't be like the others'.  Therefore, to be given this brief works exactly against my work process.  I know that my favourite designers are the ones who don't follow the trends of the season, the ones who think outside of the box.   For me, the worst thing anyone could say about my work, is 'oh, that looks like something McQueen would do', or Gaultier, or Westwood, or Christopher Kane.  The horror at this comment does not come from my dislike of these designers, but rather, from my great admiration of their individuality amongst the crowd.  Basically, it's about being the trendsetter opposed to the trend follower.  

So please give me feedback, on how you feel about creative ideas within the Arts and originality.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dancing In The Dark - Matt Luck

This is a really beautiful video.  My sister showed it to me a few weeks ago and ever since then, I haven't been able to stop myself going back to it continuously.  It is enchanting, and emotional, and captivating to watch.  The other work on their YouTube channel is just as fascinating to watch.

Sit back, watch and enjoy...