Friday, 26 February 2016

DIY Word Cake Topper Tutorial

After making my practice naked wedding cake, I had a thought...what about a cake topper? I've never been much of a fan of the little bride and groom models, as they feel a bit 1990's naff nowadays, so I had planned to just chuck some flowers on the top. But then I found lots of cute word ones on Etsy and decided to have a go making myself one.
 
 
This was a super easy little project with minimal supplies, most of which you probably have lying around as it is. The glitter card cost me £1 from Ebay.
 
 
First I chose what words I wanted, and then chose a font. I didn't want anything too smushy, as that's not really us, and I always think the 'love' ones are stating the somewhat obvious. That's why you're getting married... right?!

The font I chose is called KG Eyes Wide Open,a free font from fontspace.com. It's actually the same one we're using on our invites too so links in nicely.

I then printed out the words in the size I wanted with a gap in the middle, which I filled with a hand drawn heart. Using a script/handwriting font is probably best so that you can link the whole thing together as I did, rather than have lots of separate pieces to keep track of. I then used some tracing paper to trace over the outline of each letter. Next, I used a sharp Stanley knife and cutting board to carefully cut out the words on the tracing paper, and lightly stuck them onto the plain back of the glitter card, back to front. I used the knife again to cut out the words from the glitter card, and then cut out a separate heart from the pink paper to stick on top.
 


 
And that's pretty much it! I used a bit of glue to stick cocktail sticks to either end to stick into the top layer of the cake and then it was ready to go. Unfortunately we (mostly me) had eaten all the practice wedding cake so I just had to make another small top tier to take pictures with.
 

Did someone say wedding diet?!
 
Emily Kate.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

A Dip-dye Maxi Skirt

As I said in my last post, I've been making a couple of loose maxi skirts for my trip to Dubai. In fact, when you read this i'll be lounging in 26 degree heat somewhere or enjoying a bit of 5star hospitality, all thanks to Mr-soon-to-be-Makes.
 
I've been obsessing over dip-dye clothes for a little while now and was waiting for the perfect project to test it out on. I'd really love to do a cotton sundress with a deep blue dip-dye, perhaps another Lilou from Love at First Stitch. My inspiration is this gorgeous dress I found trawling Pinterest for dip-dye outfits.
  
However I decided to try it out first on a project that was quick to make and low-cost, just incase it went disastrously wrong.
 
I read all the tutorials I could find online and decided there was two ways I could do it. Make up all the dye solution, dunk the bottom of the skirt and pull it out a bit at a time so that the bottom section was soaking the longest and taking in the most dye. Or separate out the dye into 3 amounts, and add more dye each time I pulled the skirt out a bit, which would make sure the top section had only a very weak dye solution.
 
 
I decided to go for the second one so the effect would be more gradual rather than a definite line where the skirt had been dyed and where it hadn't. The dye I used was Dylon, in the colour 'Jeans Blue'. It ended up a little lighter at the bottom than I would have liked, I think I could have left it to soak longer (the bottom section I left in the solution for no more than a couple of minutes) and next time I'll use the darker 'Ocean Blue' colour.
 
 
I am really pleased with the gradual effect though, and all in all the whole process, including washing out the dye then handwashing the skirt, took no more than 30/40 mins. Given that the maxi skirt itself took about an hour to construct, the entire project took no more than 2 hours.
 
It's a perfect beachy cover-up, but as its a cotton/poly blend of jersey its not too cold so could be worn in colder weather too. Although perhaps not in the 0 degrees i'm told the UK is experiencing currently. (did I mention its 26 degrees out here?)
 
 
Emily Kate.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

An Unseasonal Maxi Skirt

Yes, it is still less than 10 degrees outside, and I have been making maxi skirts. No, I've not gone completely barmy (just yet anyway), I'm off out of the dreary UK to sunnier climes. Dubai in fact!
I hadn't originally planned to sew anything for this holiday, given my New year's resolution. However as almost all of my dresses and skirts are quite a bit above the knee, I decided to rustle up a quick skirt or two just to make sure I was in no danger of flaunting the dress code.
 
I had thought about whipping up a maxi skirt before my last holiday but didn't get around to it, and now I really wish I had! They're just super comfortable and convenient for the beach as an easy cover-up.
 
 
Now I could write a tutorial on how I made this beauty, but I'm not sure it's really necessary to add to the 10000's you can find on pinterest and the web already. I mostly followed this one as I preferred the look of a gathered skirt over an A-line or straight one. I also love the way she's styled it!

I did do things slightly differently though, sewing the short ends of the waistband and the elastic ends together first. I then folded the waistband wrong sides together over the elastic and sewed the long seam, thereby sewing in the elastic. I don't like slip-stitching openings closed at the best of times, let alone when using jersey as it just won't stay still!
 
I also didn't bother to hem my skirt...(shhhh don't tell anyone). I'm super lazy, its jersey so it won't fray and really how often have you ogled the bottom of someones maxi skirt?!
 
As this skirt has just 4 seams and a bit of gathering, it didn't take me much more than an hour from to start to finish. And the cost?
 
Fabric- Just over 1 metre of jersey: £7
Elastic:                                                £1.99
Small amount of matching thread:  £1?
                                                
                                                  Total: £10
 
So really, probably what you'd pay in Primark for a handmade one you won't be seeing anyone else wearing. I have made another in white which i'm going to attempt to dye but that's a story for another post...
 
 
Emily Kate.