Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Today I made a mood board for what my dream collection would look like. If I ever made a collection for fashion week, etc. this is my couture inspiration.

It's kinda hard to see, but I think you guys get it. All I did was compile pictures I liked on this Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/kkstiles/fashion-collection-inspiration/. Then I picked some of my favorites and pieced them together like a puzzle in Word. I added some rectangles in colors from the pics. I printed it, stuck it onto a cereal box to make it sturdier and outlined the shapes made with the pictures. That's all for this project, it took less than a day! I think I'll put it on my desk with my other mood boards, I love it!

<3 Sophie

P.S. It says Karin for the Pinterest board because it's my mom's account, but it is my board. Same thing with the owner of this blog, it's mine but my mom's account.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Making a Pinafore

Hello! Today I'm showing you how I made a pinafore! I think it turned out really cute and I'll be wearing it a lot this summer. Here's the tutorial!

First, I'm making the skirt. It's going to be a half circle skirt so it doesn't float up as much. First, I'm taking measurements and making a pattern.

1. Inner circle: 
Measure your waist and divide by 3.14. 

My measurement: 56 cm : 3.14 =  18 cm

2. Outer circle:
Choose how long you want your skirt to be. 

My measurements:
Length = 37 cm
Waist = 5 cm
37 - 5 = 32 cm
+ extra hem allowance (5 cm)
+ Inner circle (18 cm)
= 55 cm

Now cut!

Here's the finished pattern piece!

Now take your fabric, fold it in half and put down your pattern piece.

Make sure that one edge lines up with the folded edge! Now cut!

Here's your piece. Now let's start the waistband!

Now for your waistband do: 
Length = waist (56 cm for me) + 3 inches (7.62 cm) = 63.62 cm 
Width = desired width (5 cm for me) x 2 = 10 cm

This is what it looks like!

Now you need to sew the pieces together. First, pin it, then sew. 

Finished seam

I'm also going to serge it, but this is optional. Then I put interfacing in the waistband because I waistband to stay stiff, the fabric alone is too drapey for it to be stiff. I also serged the top edge of the waistband. 

Here's me ironing on the interfacing.

Then I measured where the zipper would go etc. and sewed the side up.

I ironed the seam down.

So that it looks like this.

Marking where the zipper will go.

This is how I sewed the zipper down.

I taped it down.

I pinned it.

Use a zipper foot! (If you can) Sew it down. (I forgot to take a picture of this!)

I'm pulling off the tape.

Rip the seam over the zipper out.

Fold the top of the zipper into each side.

 Pin the waistband down.

 Sew it down.

Here's the hem at the bottom.

Here's a look at it from the other side!

Now I'll show you the top part. This is a picture of the cut out fabric and the pattern. Just determine how big you personally want it to be. This is mine.

Lay the interfacing ou one side and iron!

Pin and sew it! (Sorry I didn't get a picture of the finished top part!)

Now for the straps! You pretty much get to choose how to make these. I made mine 3 cm thick. These are the finished ones!

These are what the snaps look like.

Now I'm figuring out where I'll attach the straps. I pinned the top part and straps on, now I need to sew it.

I'm going to sew along the top where the pins are.

As long as you can see a tiny bit of the edge while sewing your fine.

Here's the end result!

It was really fun! And easy. I hope you guys try this project out, tell me what you think!

<3 Sophie

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Garage Sale Haul

Over the weekend, a neighborhood near us had a huge chain of garage sales. My mom, our "exchange student" and I left right at 8:00 am to hit as many as we could before they had to leave. This post may not be the usual kind I'll do, but I thought it would be interesting. So here goes.

I instantly noticed this lamp (For obvious reasons) and loved the color. The color scheme for my desk/design studio is going to be black and white with pops of color so I thought it would be perfect.
It was half off because they were packing up, and cost me only $2.

The next thing is a sweater. This sweater is so cozy and soft! I love it! It even has a pocket!! I also like the color. It cost $3.

Up next is this awesome pair of Nike basketball shoes (or something like that), that I got for my sister. They cost 1$! Most cost like $50-60!

They are also in really good condition!

I also got this dress, which I'm going to upcycle (keep an eye out for that). It had the nice button detail which I liked. It cost a dollar (I think).

Well, that's all I got. Thanks! Bye!

<3 Sophie 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mandala Art

For my first post, I'm sharing an art project that I'm working on. We had 3 canvases upstairs, so my mom gave us (my 2 sisters and me) each one, to do whatever we want with. I chose to cover it with mandalas. Here's how I did it:

- Blank canvas
- Compass
- Fine point Sharpie
- Ultra fine point Sharpie
- Pencil

This is how I started.

I use my compass to draw the circles that will be the outline for my mandalas.
Then I started filling in patterns and inking.

Here's some more progress.

I fill up space in between big mandalas with small mandalas and little dots.

Here's the finished project:

I had a lot of fun making this. I finished this over the weekend, so around 3 days total. It was nice and relaxing to just sit down, maybe watch something and work on this. I hope you guys try this out, it may be hard to figure out what to do at first, but you can always use the internet for inspiration! Bye!

<3 Sophie