Wednesday, 30 May 2012

PhotoShop and visualize pattern designs

Hello friends.. I like to manipulate photographs and I usually do it for fun.Adding some cool effects to the photos or watermarking or tweaking photos of friends and families:D Today I did a bit of photoshop-ing to find out how my next sewing project would be .
This was the first time I am doing it to see how a top would look ..
The tutorial here by curios kiwi also gives detailed instructions how to do it step by step.Its awesome.
Image from thecuriouskiwi
Also now i can say that i am a proud owner of the burdastyle sewing handbook. And m loooving it .. There are already two projects that I attempted and i have uploaded some snaps here.
I adore the tent top or rather the burdastyle blouse variation.I did not like the fabric print I chose for my first tent top.Thats why I thought of making it all over again.This time I have got some pink and green plaid fabric..
Burdastyle sewing handbook novitas variation tent top

Hmm I am not sure how the top would look with checks.Hence I did this little experiment of using photoshop to visualize the fabric on the pattern. The first one was with stripes and I liked the way the stripes meet at the centre front !!

As the pattern pieces are cut on different grain lines, I had to achieve the directional look. its pretty easy..Just drag the fabric photo to the line drawing.
Then its simple use 'free transform'  to rotate it to give the fabric the direction you want.
Finally this was the result.
Burdastyle sewing handbook novitas variation tent top
Well I did like the way the top looks.. So what next just cut and sew !! will write a post soon after my top is ready .. c ya till then:)

Friday, 25 May 2012

Tutorial-Fabric Painting on shirts

 Off late I have got this fondness for t shirts with huge prints. So it just made me think why not I make something and wear !! I wanted to have a fun theme so I just chose cartoons.. there is a huge list of cartoons that I do really find them cute.. but i chose mickey - my all time favourite.

Fabric painting tutorial painting cartoons on shirts

And here is my Cartoon Tee.. isnt it cute :)?
Why not make one for yourself!!
Here is the tutorial so if you are going to do fabric painting on clothes for first time.. Hope It Helps;)
Things needed :
*Fabric paints , Fabric medium and brushes
*a newspaper
*bright white tee..
*picture of your favourite cartoon
*Fabric pens/Pencil

How to Do:
1) Draw the cartoon with a pencil (or fabric pens) on to the tee.
The picture of mickey i had was very small actually .I had to blow it way too big to draw it on the shirt. As I draw free hand more comfortable, so i directly drew the mickey outline on the tee with a pencil. No effort spent on tracing.

Make sure it covers most of the white space..Bigger the Better;) The picture below you can see my drawing with a pencil.

Fabric painting tutorial painting cartoons on shirts

2) Before getting started with the painting make sure that a newspaper is places in between the front and back of the tshirt. (u could use any separator). jus to avoid the back part of the t shirt catching the paint.
Fabric painting tutorial painting cartoons on shirts

3) Rest was simple just filling up with paints , for my mickey to come alive TaDa!!
For filling the body of the cartoon . lightly mix the paint and medium(use the recommended proportion or paint will spread through the knit t shirt). If we don't mix the paints with water then after the paint dries the paint will be kinda stiff!!

4) After filling all the parts. For the outline use undiluted paint. And do u see the shading effect near mickeys face. You can achieve that by using very little color and more water in the brush and allow the paint to spread through the fabric a little.

Fabric painting tutorial painting cartoons on shirts
 4) Its done . Once paints are dry remove the separator and its ready to wear.
If required you can press the t shirt on the reverse.
One last step we should not forget is to wash the brushes before they paint on them get dried. 

Now mickey is happy to go out with me. LOL :D

If my project motivated you and you make it then do link back to this post thanks.Also do leave me an email.Click here.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

My first post and first top

Hello to the blogging world... This is my very first post on my brand new blog.. And as well as my first top. I am a little excited and nervous. I am excited because blogging is something new to me. But anyway I start off and I will keep you all up to date with interesting posts on dressmaking and DIY crafts. Please stay in touch:)
Here goes the story of my first top I made- When i stumbled upon the Colette patterns sorbetto top I fell for it. Simply loved Sarai's Floral version.
Fished out a green creeper print fabric and lo!! And sewed it :) I found it very easy to make this one!

Free top pattern sorbetto pattern
I love the contrast bias binding...
Free top pattern sorbetto pattern
...and the front pleat
Free top pattern sorbetto pattern
It fits me perfectly and very comfy to wear too!
I am loving it especially the contrast bias binding and the pleated front.. Its very comfortable to wear and easy to sew..
All it takes is a few hours to get it finished!! My complete review on PR.