Fashion vs Personal Style

Right at this time fashion weeks are roaring through the fashion capitols of the world. Have you lost your passion for fashion yet?

Now that we have entered 2020 I want to dare to ask the question, do we really need fashion at all? 

Fashion is per definition in the dictionary «a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.»

Fast fashion is a concept supported by the companies that wants you to buy more and more to ensure continuous finacial growth. It is designed so it can keep us coming back for more. A lot of it is made of bad quality fabrics, seasonal trend colors, cuts, volumes, patterns and prints. It’s all made so you have to change your whole wardrobe frequently. Fashion also gets to decide who is HOT and who is NOT. It’s how we can separate the rich from the poor. The cool from the uncool. 

We need to start talking less about what is in fashion and more about personal style. We are all responsible for saving our planet, and to ensure our children have future. Now is time we clean up the mess, and start making changes. The way we think, behave and spend our money can make a huge difference. 

It is predicted that second hand shopping will grow and make up to 1/3 of the closet within 10 years.

This also means that people will become more creative with their clothing, reusing what they have, altering, redesinging, repearing and swapping. Building a wardrobe instead of throwing half the closet every season. 

The shift can start as soon as we start having a conversation about personal style instead of what is in fashion. 

This is a shirt I got from Fornebu Gjenbruk, a great local thriftstore. It has my colors, and is perfectly fitted my shape. I had a lot of fun redesigning it.

To me it is important to focus on the solutions rather than keep repeating the same problems. I belive if we switch our mindset from fashion to style we actually have a solution.

Style is defined as «a particular of doing or saying something, or refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance. An example of style is the way a person expresses themselves using what they are wearing.»

By switching our mindset from fashion to personal style, we will use our clothes much longer and only purchase new items when we really need them. (Insert quality items). But only when we start valuing our clothes and the work that goes into making then will we see a real and lasting change. (Try making a piece of clothing for yourself). That means purchasing quality clothes that can last for generations. Loving our clothes. We need to bring back the mentality from our grandparents. Take care of our clothes, reuse what you already have, and when its broken mend or redesign it. I belive there used to be a lot more pride in a personal collection of clothes, filled with quality items. Your grandparents had worked very hard to purchase their clothes or even made them their selves. Inheriting something like a quality dress or a suit could be seen as a big deal and a real honour.

I absolutely love this picture. It went viral some years ago, This is an interview with some school kids about the fact that we that don’t have school uniforms here in Norway. The kids are very sceptic to the consept of school uniforms, becouse then they couldn’t keep their personal style.

The creativity to updress clothes for festiveties was usually based around one dress or a suit, and using styling and acessories to make it more festive. Attatching removable collars and cuffs to dress up an everyday outfit. Using Belts, neclases, scarves, ribbons to spice it up. Repurpousing an old piece of clothing, like the wedding dress by redesigning it and dying it black. Then it could be used as a mourning dress 🖤

My grandparents did take care of their clothes because resourses where little. I believe we should do the same to save our planet and reduse our own footprint. 🌍 Some say that this environmental caring is just a trend and will pass soon. But I don’t think caring for our earth is a trend. Its brought on by deep care and concern. If we act now, we can actually make a change.

Personal style is something that doesn’t depend on what season we are in and what someone decides is considered fashion now. It is based on who you feel inside as a person and how you want to portray yourself. It is art, it is beauty.

When we start to develop a personal style, it is easier to create a wardrobe that will last you for years. That would be the base of a sustainable wardrobe for the 2020´s.

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DIY- Pillow craze

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Do you like pillows? I do. Its a easy and fun way to upgrade any living room or bedroom. When you make them yourself its personal. unique and you get exactly what you want and cannot find in the store. I know I haven’t been posting in a long whiiiiiile, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. 😉

So I want to take you through some techniques you can use to make your own pillows. ❤

I have been having a pillow craze lately, and made pillows out of practically everything. An old cover, old sheep skin and super old rabbit-skin. And that is what the possibilities are also, when it comes to what to making things into pillows. ENDLESS. Beanbag pillow? hello!

Basics;

  • Pair of scissors
  • Fabric for front and back
  • Zipper /Velcro/ buttons
  • Measuring tape
  • Triangular Ruler
  • Chalk

Painted pillows

  • Soft pencil
  • Fabric for pillow
  • Iron
  • Zippers
  • Black fabric pen
  • Fabric paint

This was on behalf of my son. At the time he was really into superheroes. He has a bunk bed and I thought it could be nice to decorate the bottom bed with some cool pillows, so it could be a nice place to read or play (like he ever sits still and reads). Anyhow worth a try right? The cool thing was that he could be a part of the process of making them.

He chose 3 superheroes we would make into pillows. The Hulk, Captain America and Iron man.

For the material I used a old white cover that had gotten a hole in it, but the material was still super soft and durable. Good for reusing. I also had like 7 old couch pillows that I could use a while longer. I measured the size of the pillows and then added 1 cm in seam allowance. Then I ironed the fabric, measured, chalked it up using the triangular ruler to get the square even. Then I cut it out. Easy peasy.

Next step was to google for good motifs that would work for pillows. A picture with black outlines was preferable, so the colors easy can be separated and would stand out. I taped the squares down then drew them on by freehand with a soft pencil. My kid had a lot of fun painting the hulk green ❤ Then I painted the rest. let it dry, then ironed with a piece of fabric on top to fixate the paint.

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After this I cut the fabric for the back of the pillow. I used a red cotton fabric I found at my local thrift store. Its nice to match the back with one of the colors in the pictures. Then I zigzagged the end of the fabric to keep it more durable.

My grandmother used to collect a lot of trimmings, buttons and zippers, When she died I got her collection. Respect to all the grandmas who did that. When a garment was old, she removed all the things that could be reused, before disposing or reusing fabric. What if we all could start doing that again? We would create so much less waste<3

I chose 3 of my grandmas old zippers in different colors, sewed them together with the front and back fabric first. After that I sewed front and back together. Turned them around and put the pillow in.

Superhero pillows = happy little boy

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Fur Pillows

  • Recycled fur material
  • Leather sewing needle
  • Fabric for the back
  • Bobby pins or paperclips
  • Zippers

For this pillows I would of course recommend using an old fur you already have laying around. Because the fur business is generally something we should not support. Give them a gentle wash and some love and care with wool conditioner. Dry it completely before you start working with it.’

For the two of the pillows I used some really old rabbit skins that has been dusting down in a basement. Raised on my grandmothers farm long time ago, I felt their remains deserved a little more respect than that.

The issue with rabbit skins is that they are really small, so I had to measure and cut 2 skins and sew them together to make a big enough square. Another thing is that their butts are bigger than the front so even though the seam in the middle front was pretty invisible, the direction of the fur goes two different ways. But as I see it it just makes the pillow gain a more interesting look.

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Another thing when working in fur materials, it is really important to remember to cut of the fur within the seam allowance, if not it gets really tricky to sew them together. And DO remember to sew with a needle meant for leather, it makes a huge difference. Also using bobby pins or paperclips to pin together fur or skin is very helpful when normal pins wont do it, or you don’t want to poke a whole in it.

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The other fur pillows I made was from an old sheep skin from Ikea called “Ludde”. I’ve had it for years, and started to look a little tired. I thought in my pillow craze that it was time to give it a new look. Since the issue is the same with a small skin as with a big one, the butt is bigger than the front (sounds just like me). I choose to make one square pillow and one round. To make the round shape its nice to have a huge plate to measure by or a compass. In the back of this pillows I used a geometric patterned fabric I found at my local thrift store. The zippers was sewn as visible zippers, I felt that was easier when the skin was so thick. Also I like the look of the pillows be a little rough where you can see the metal zippers. ❤

So I know this post turned out to be a little "furry", but when it comes to what you can make into pillows there are really no limits. Old t-shirts, blankets, jeans. Decorate with lace, tassels, buttons….so…many..possibilities.. I hope I could give you some ideas and inspiration ❤

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DIY-Baby Cap

 

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Finally I got around to post part 3 of #thesweaterchallenge. Did I mention this is “slow” fashion? 😀

So this is the first cap I have done with making a pattern first. Because I didn’t make a try first the pattern was not flawless and I had to make some tweaks during the process. Buut I have fixed it for for and I will break it down for you so you get the better part of this DIY. Making mistakes is a important part of the learning process 😉 ❤

What you need

Cap

  • Sweater for redesign
  • Measuring tape
  • Baking paper or pattern paper
  • Pins
  • Rulers, straight and bent
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
  • Thread in matching color
  • Fabric paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Sissors

Bow

  • Lace approx 2 cm wide
  • Ribbon 1,5 cm wide
  • Ribbon 0,5 cm wide
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in matching color
  • Pins

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  1. The first thing I did was creating a pattern for the cap. I used baking paper 😉 The length of the head plus seam allowance made 41 cm. Height was 21 cm.  Make a square with a ruler, then divide this into 4 equal parts (41 / 4 = 10,25 cm). Mark the middle of each square 5,1 cm. Along the height of each square measure 11,5 cm, from this point use a rounded ruler and make a line from this point onto the middle of each square (your pattern will look a little different from  mine, since I was a little to lazy to do a try cap first, I just fixed the shape directly while sewing) Cut out the pattern, attach to the fabric with pins. Then cut out your fabric.
  2. Pin the ends together as shown on the picture. Then sew it together using a sewing machine with a elastic seam or do it by hand. Stop approx 0,5 cm from the top.
  3. Fold the cap the other way, pin and sew it together. Here is where you see the shape of the shape of the cap, if you think the corners are to sharp then you can adjust that by  rounding the corners a little more.

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Making the ears

  1. Cut out two pieces of fabric that is approx 10 x 10 cm (mine was 10 x 8 cm, I wanted to use some leftover fabric )
  2. Fold the longest part in two, and sew one side. Do the same on the other piece
  3. Fold the inside out, then iron it.
  4. Then fold the corners into the middle, Hand sew the corners together going through the fabric in the front as well. Then the ears will not look so flat in the front.
  5. Figure out the placement on the ears on the cap. Measure the same from the top on both sides. Cut open and insert the ears. Sew the cap back together.
  6. Use a scissor and cut off the extra of the ears on the inside, and any loose threads.

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Folding the rib

  1. If the rib will be folded, it would look prettier if the seam is not visible. Cut open the seam in the back. Fold the seam-allowance outwards, make a tiny cut (0,3 cm) where the rib starts. This will make the seam look prettier on the outside. 😉
  2. Measure the fold before ironing. Mine is double, so in the end it measured 3 cm.
  3. To make the fold stay, sew small point stitches along the inside of the cap. I think I had 5 points where is stitched the rib to the cap.

And yeah, as you see I decided to paint the ears white in the inner part.  Very easily done with fabric some fabric paint and a paintbrush 😉

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Making the bow

  1. Choose your materials. I wanted the materials to show, so I chose the lace and the ribbons in different sizes.
  2. Choose the size of the ribbon. and cut the total length of it mine is 16 cm. This makes it 7 cm when it is folded. Make sure the overlap is in the back. Hand sew one stitch to make it sit.
  3. The second ribbon is a little bit narrower and smaller, it is folded in 3 and total length is 24 cm. When it is folded it measures 6 cm.
  4. Place it and stitch it together with the lace.
  5. Then I cut the last ribbon, total length 18 cm. I tied it around the bow, and tightened it. Making sure the knot was in the back.
  6. Then I placed the bow on the cap and hand stitched it on. I cut the ribbon that was hanging from the cap and sealed the ends with a lighter.

 

The end ❤  Place work of art on cute baby ❤

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DIY-Kids Cap

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I haven’t been posting in a while, I think i manage to find every flue and cold that was circulating in 2017. At once……Wishing my self and everyone else a healthy and happy new year ❤ 2018 welcome ❤

So I wanted to post this before Christmas, but I think the need for caps will stick around still for a couple of months 😉  This is the second post in my redesign challenge, where I redesign a sweater and try to make as many possible items. They have to look nice and be practical. The goal is zero waste and LOTS OF FUN while doing this.

The cool thing is that I will show you how you can do the same. Here is what you need;

  • An old sweater
  • A pair of scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread in matching color
  • Chalk
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Paperknife
  • Ruler
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge for each color of fabric paint
  • Iron
  • Ironboard
  • Piece of fabric to cover while ironing

 Cut and print

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  1. Measure the height of the cap, use an old cap as a reference. Or you can measure on the head, forehead to backhead (start to end), divide that on two and then add some extra volume depending on if you want a tight cap or a more “beany-look”. I used 27 cm but then I  also folded the rib (5 cm). The width would be the circumference of the head (below the widest part of the head) mine was 42 cm + 0,5 cm on each side in seam allowance.
  2. I wanted to make a print on the cap, so I used some old cardboard laying around. Then drew batman with the help of a pencil and a ruler. Carefully I cut it out using the paper-knife. Great way to reuse some trash right?
  3. Then I measured my piece of fabric to find “middle front”. Then marked it with chalk. That would be the start of my pattern. A  good idea is to figure out the pattern first before painting. Mark the middle of the placement with chalk, then you know where to put your stencil next.
  4. Then I made the pattern with black fabric paint, let it dry. Then I used the cutout of the stencil to create a gold circle around the batman mark in the front. I worked very gently with the sponge to give it more of a faded look. Then let the paint dry completely.
  5. Iron the fabric piece to fixate the paint. Cover the print with a piece of cloth, then Iron on the setting “cotton” for 5 min. Repeat on the back side.Design uten navn (12)
  6.  Time to sew this beauty together. Pin the fabric together. as shown on the picture. I used a black thread and sewed it together by hand. You can also use a sewing machine with a overlock function. This seam will be the middle back of the cap.
  7. Now we make a seam on the top of the cap. Sew around the top with a little bigger stitches so we in the end can scrunch it together, trying to make the whole as small as possible.
  8. Time to close the gap, this we do from the inside of the cap. Press the whole together and sew a couple of stitches in the middle. Then fold it the other way, and do a couple of stitches in the middle there as well. Then the whole is closed and it should look something like the last picture.
  9. I made a pom-pom to put on top. Follow this tutorial to make your own ❤

 

I gave this cap to my 4 year old son, who L.O.V.E.D. it because you know, superheroes are life 😉  This can of course be made for grown up as well. Hello EVERYONE can get a redesigned cap!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Stay tuned for more to come in my #thesweaterchallenge and #zerowateredesign. I am also to find on instagram under "codegreenbysoamador" or my private account "soamador"

Thx for reading, I would love me some feedback if anyone has ❤

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ARMS = LEG WARMERS

the expedition to (2)This post is the first of a series that I have called “the sweater challenge”. How many redesigned items can I actually make from a sweater? The intention is to use as much of the material as possible to create as little waste as possible. The items need to look nice, and be functional. ❤ Do you want to join me?  I will be posting on Instagram with the tag #zerowasteredesign.

Or you can just follow me on IG under CodegreenbySoAmamador or my private account SoAmador 😉

So the sweater I am using is a 100 % cotton knit in the color “ultimate snoring grey”.  (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photos, winter happened)

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First up is making the arms into Leggings. Ooor what I will use them for…my thighs. I an choosing not to freeze this winter. UTI`s are soo LAST YEAR!

Equipment used

  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pair of sissors
  • Chalk for drawing
  • Lace with stretch
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Black fabric paint
  • Sponge
  • Plastic to cover the surface
  • Iron and ironboard
  • Cloth

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  1. First I used used a ruler and chalk to make a straight line across the arm from the armhole. After cutting it, I folded the sleeve from the seam and out. Then I get to see if the line is straight or not. Cut away the extra fabric. Repeat on the second sleeve.
  2. I cut off the rib (saving that for another item).
  3. Do the same on the other sleeve. Double check that they are the same length by putting the sleeves on top of each other. Cut away fabric to make them even.
  4. Measure the circumcise of the top and bottom of the sleeve. Then add 2 cm. That is your measure. Then measure the lace and cut 4 lengths.
  5. So since I didn’t have a color that looked good with the grey, I used black fabric paint and a sponge and dabbed it on the lace. I let the lace dry, then I ironed it on the setting wool for 5 min with a cover over for protection. I could have gone over one more time with black paint, but I like the effect with a little pink shining through. It gets a little vintage feeling.
  6. Sew the ends of each lace together with seam allowance on 1 cm. Pin the lace to fabric. I chose to let the lace cover 1,5 cm of the hem. Then the effect of the lace as see through will be more visible, blending better with whatever pants I am wearing that day. I used a zigzag with 5 mm wide and 3 mm stitch to fasten the lace.

 

Then its done! Hope this can solve the problems of way to many sweaters with arms you got laying around.  Or maybe just some inspiration for a DIY-Christmas presents 😉

Thx for reading ❤ Here is ANOTHER picture with terrible lighting. The ELEVATOR picture! But what ya gonna do when winter came and stole the daylight 😉

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Princess Leia move over

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My buns are better than yours……

I pimped my earmuffs and they are now edible. Okay not really, but they did turn out really cute.

My earmuffs headband broke, like most things plastic. *sigh*. But instead of throwing them, I decided to fix them up. So can you easily, or you can use this as inspiration to style some earmuffs for a princess in need ❤ Old or young doesn’t matter ❤

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What do you need;

  1. 1 pair of earmuffs, broken or whole 😉
  2. 1 headband (I recommend metal)
  3. Pins
  4. Lace in different sizes and color
  5. 1 sewing needle
  6. Thread to match the earmuffs
  7. Glue (that works for metal, plastic and fabric)
  8. 1 pair of scissors

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1 & 2.  I started by choosing my lace. I measured the circumference of the earmuff. Then I measured the lace and added the double amount (27 cm x 2 = 54 cm). The black lace measured 6 cm in diameter, so it works great when folding it. I used my sewing machine at 4 mm and made a seam in the middle. then by just pulling one thread I fold up the fabric to 28 cm, then I placed it on the earmuff. Pinned it in place and sewed it on by hand.

3.  I repeated the procedure with a soft pink lace. But since I wanted the edge of the lace to stand more I ruffled it less than the black one, so I could get it to look more like a flower. I placed it on the earmuff and cut off the extra lace. Then pinned it in the middle of the fold in the black lace, and sewed it on by hand.

4.  Then I used a third lace in soft yellow that repeated some of the flower petal shapes in the pink lace. This lace was only 1,5 cm so I made a seam on the side of the lace that was straight. Same as with the pink lace I didn’t ruffle this one as much. Pinned it down and sewed it on.

5. Time to add the headband, before I attached it I put some glue down in the wholes. This is just to make it more durable. Then I added some stitches extra around the opening securing the headband to the muff.

6. Since the headband was used some of the paint was peeled off. I used a black permanent marker to cover that up. Then the peel marks turned invisible. JUST. LIKE. MAGIC.

Finito ❤ I saved the earmuffs from the trash and certain death.

Thx for reading. Hope you enjoyed this earmuff makeover.

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From size L to M

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So I went shopping the other day at the local thrift store and came across a beautiful shirt in Viscose which is a 100% pure nature product. It had the tag on, so it was not even used. When I put it on I definitely could understand why. It is one of these trend items that has one season and then the shape or design has lost its appeal. So many clothes gets thrown to the thrash each year just because of that. Just here in Norway we throw away 113.000 ton of textiles each year.

So in my strive to create less trash I rather buy used clothes and fix them up a bit. Small alterations to a piece of clothing can make a RAG into FAB ❤

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So this gorgeous goldfish printed shirt had a volume to fit approx 3 of me and a great shape if you have a humpback. Since I don’t have either, I wanted to size it down and get rid of the pleat in the sides of the back. I still want to keep some volume, but make it more wearable and timeless to fit into my closet.

 

This is an easy alteration operation you can apply to any blouse or men’s shirt. Just skip part 1 – 4, and move directly to part 5.

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What I used;

  • An iron
  • A ironboard
  • A pair of scissors
  • Some pin needles
  • A sewing machine
  • White thread
  • 1 Long ruler
  • 1 Rounded ruler
  • 1 Colored chalk pencil

 

  1. I laid the blouse flat on the floor, then I cut off the side seam up to approx 5 cm from the armhole.
  2. Then I let the back pleat down, and gave it a little Ironing to make it totally flat.
  3. I removed the pleat just by drawing a new line from the edge of the fabric, and then cutting the extra fabric off.
  4. Then I used needles to pin the front and the back together again.
  5. When I had decided how much I wanted to remove from the volume (4 cm on each side), I marked that off on the fabric, and made sure it got a nice curve into the armhole.
  6. I wanted to have a split but still keep the length in the back, so I marked off  6 cm from the front end and up. Then I sewed it together by using a straight seam. After that I cut off the extra fabric, leaving 1 cm of the raw edge to overlock or zigzag. I used zigzag until the start of the split. Then I had to cut into the fabric very close to the seam, to be able to fold the hem to each side. Then Iron and pin the hem.
  7. Then I sewed the hem around the slit, but I should have sewn it even closer to the split to strengthen the seam. (I will do that later) Then Voila! Done! Got me a new fishy blouse ❤v c (1)

What do you think? Would you dare to try to do something like this?

 

Up-cycled: from t-shirt to top

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I think we can agree when I say that, everyone has a t-shirt laying around that we don't feel the love for anymore.
So, what if instead of letting it be a closet-filler, we make it into something wearable for this summer?
This is a super easy way of turning your dull and sad t-shirt into a summer hit.

What you need;

  • 1 non fitted t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Chalk pencil
  • Needle and thread

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  1. Start with cutting of the hemline on the bottom of the t-shirt. Save it for later, we will use it in the end.
  2. Now we need to mark how many fringes we want. Exact calculation would be the width divided on 28 fringes (or the number on fringes that you want). This gives you exactly how big each fringe should be. I marked the bottom the shirt first, then I measured how long I wanted my fringes to be. Mine is 15 cm. Then measure the width of the t-shirt. it should be the same as the bottom width. Stretch the fabric a little to make it match if it doesn’t. Then mark your fringes, and use a ruler to connect the dots 😉
  3. Then use the scissor to cut all the fringes. Just make sure the back of the t-shirt is totally flat before you start to cut through the double layer. Start with cutting the sides first.
  4. Measure 4 cm from the neckline, make a mark. Then use the ruler to draw a straight line from the marked point to the armhole.
  5. Cut along the marked line, and then under the seam of the armhole.
  6. Now we use the hemline we cut off in the beginning to make some detailing and work with the shape. Measure about 5 cm from the neckline on both sides, then wrap the hem around so it overlap in the inside by at least 1 cm. Cut and make a stitch or two to hold it in place. Do the same on the other side.
  7. Use the rest of the hemline to tie a bow in the back. Make a couple of stitches on the back of the bow to make sure it stays like that.

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Hope you liked this tutorial. Now enjoy your new summer top and make sure no hipster steals your one of a kind masterpiece ❤

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