DIY / 25.03.2013
TUTU

Good evening my chestnuts

I officially declare the Week of the Tutu open !

I have to say that I came to ask myself «Am I too old to wear a tutu?» because you see it’s not like I’m still 17, and the time where I wore my first tutu with an old pair of Converse sneakers is quite far in the past already… But since I am not 110 years old either (I knooow you know, but I was afraid I could be ridiculous) and I’d have a blast to do it, I decided that everything else simply doesn’t matter. The part of me that tends to follow the standards is sitting of my right shoulder and is sometimes making me doubt a little bit whereas sitting sprawling on my left shoulder is the absolutely insane part of me and it is taking the lead most of the time and telling me stuff like «Look at Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the opening of Sex and the City, she is half naked with a tutu in the middle of NYC and she is 40! You are just»

And a few weeks ago I stumble upon this tutu on pinterest and I thought «Okay, let’s do it!» and here we are ! And I will even try to rally you to my point by showing you 4 different styles with a tutu, to be continued…

You’ll see that I simplify the steps to a maximum but I cannot reduce them any more to make this tutu, I hope you will enjoy it… And I indulged myself with a white one as well…

 

DIY tutu 1

 

To make this tutu in a size MEDIUM you will need: 

  • –  Some lining (a rectangle piece of 160 cm x 60 cm),
  • –  Some very fine tulle (three rectangle pieces of 250 cm x 60 cm),
  • –  An elasticized sequin band that you can find in any funky notion store (I used a 59 cm band here),
  • –  Some strass to sew,
  • –  A pair of scissors, pins, thread and a needle.

 

FRIDAY TUTU
 

To start with, preform a hem with a flatiron along the lining lengthwise (160 cm) and if you want to refresh your memory on how to do it you can watch this video. Then with the help of the pins, fix the hem fig. 2 and sew it with your sewing machine fig. 3. On the opposite length of the lining, sew two very parallel seams lengthwise – you just did the thread for the pleats fig. 4 ! Too easy I know… Now you will pull the two threads while pushing the fabric in the opposite way, and now you are gathering fig. 5.

Now, I will advise to use a measuring tape to measure your hip size (and yes, it is useful!) – let’s say your hip size is X cm, you have to uniformly spread the pleats along X cm fig. 6. Now grab your tulle and do the same with the three pieces: you don’t have to do the hem but just sew a first seam lengthwise fig. 7 and another very parallel to the first one fig. 8.

 

diy tutu 2
 

Once you’ve done the two seams very parallel, start gathering all the tulle bands over the X cm of your hip size – you are making the flounces of your tutu… fig. 1 Then set down flatly the lining and the flounces of tulle, all of the same X cm length fig. 2 and with the pins, fix the flounces and the lining together fig. 3 and sew everything with the sewing machine fig. 4. Now, grab you elasticized sequin band – but wait: you’re now asking me how to do with 59 cm of sequin band and X cm of hip size ? It’s easy, you start sewing the band to your tutu and you gently pull the elasticized band for it to be able to go to the X cm of your hip size. Everything will be fine, don’t worry fig. 5.

Finish with the sewing of the end of the tutu on the reverse side, knowing that you have to sew all the flounces and the lining in once. And TA-DA ! You have your own tutu and you may now proceed to its customizing with strass.

Grab the thread matching your tulle color and your needle, and sew a stitch. Then thread the strass in your needle fig. 6 and sew it on the tutu fig. 7. Make a knot and start again with another one… Too easy right ? Take a sit in front of a TV show (like Sex and the City) and patiently embroider your strass! And TA-DA (for real this time !) fig.8.

 

TUTU CHAT

 

Tutus and cats are kind of the story of my life…

 

 

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Happy friday / 24.03.2013

Happy Sunday les chatons des bois jolis,

There are days sometimes where I’m bad. I don’t seem to be able to do anything or to be happy with what I’ve done, so I don’t want to force anything. That’s why there was no DIY about jewelry yesterday BUT I’m very close, I can feel it. There is a little something that would make the difference missing… So I keep working on it, it’s coming I’m not worried.

I wanted to say THANK YOU again and again for all the torrent, the flood of love you sent me for the announcement of the publication of «Make my Party!». Thank you it was galvanic, I was like drunk by all this love and I was jumping about and spinning in love as if it was the beginning of a love story… 

I’ve heard it will be worst when I have it into my hands… I’ll probably cry or shout, or roll about it, or all of the three at the same time ! Then I’ll be locked in a straitjacket for sure. To be completely honest with you I have to say I am so worried about this very moment -because I have no idea of how I’d react – that I asked Mai to be there, on the D day, to open the parcel with me and immortalize it! 

Well! Back to our subject. I have needs! I want colors, I want to quit my tights and, after all this time working inside my flat as if it was a covent, I want to get dressed. You knoow I want to think about it for a long time, to mix things together with clothes everywhere on my bed, me trying on everything in front of my bathroom mirror and thinking «Ah, that look is good, I have not to forget it». Pleasee tell me you do that as well, that would make me feel a little less lonely… I started to do that in High School, the night before going back to school and these fitting sessions became like a ritual in my life every time it was the end of an era… Another memory from my childhood just came by: I used to frenetically cut every mail order catalog in order to create the look I was fantasizing about, a pair of pants there, a blouse here… I had notebooks full of silhouettes from La Redoute with items my mum didn’t want to order, a bit like a late trend book… Yes because I was of course not allowed to cut the ongoing catalog, I had to wait for the new one to come to be able to rush onto the old one, a pair of scissors between my teeth, ready to cut the last pair of Barbie sneakers… Thanks Mum ! 

 

happysunday
 

So today I’m wearing a trenchcoat from Ellos, I was looking for one with a nice fabric and a short length (and a price that wouldn’t kill my bank clerk) for a long time. A cute loose sweater La Redoute creation, a shirt from Selected, my well-known Mango necklace, a pair of straight jeans from Levi’s that make an awesome ass, Steve Madden stilettos and a cuddle scarf from La Redoute.

 

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DIY / 22.03.2013

Hello Kittens ! 

I’m back ! And if I wasn’t there it was not by lack of will because I have like a thousand of ideas in my head and some topics I really want to talk to you about, but because I forced myself to a strong self-discipline in order to finish «Make my Party». So here is the preview  of my little baby, of my beauty, of the reason I don’t sleep at nights anymore… (well, of the cover!) It will be available around mid May and will contain 25 exclusive DIY about making a Party but also 10 recipes, patterns, templates and more surprises. But you can be sure I will talk about it when it comes. While we’re all waiting, I’ll make a DIY contest about jewelry for tomorrow, and a nice look for sunday… And to make it up to you I am making a special Week about Tutu… So we can celebrate our reunion !

 

couv-MML

 

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