I’ve found some very beautiful print finds lately. I’ve found some absolutely stunning fabrics. Too bad it’s always a small amount, so I better make it work!
I guess the summer is on my mind as my work goes very colorful and happy looking.
Yesterday I took a bunch of dresses and headed down to Cabo de Santa Pola and took some shots of the new dresses in a terrible wind (hence the beanie). It was pretty cold so I was fast and used mainly Go Pro camera myself. Very handy camera, by the way.
So that’s some print mixing and there’s more on the way.
I’m fascinated with playing with sleeves at the moment. So you might see different kind of sleeves here in the future.
I do have two Instagram accounts that I update more frequently. My personal one is more about the landscapes and nature: https://www.instagram.com/heidihhfin/ and then there’s one dedicated to sewing: https://www.instagram.com/vhgalacant/
I really got into old sheer scarfs (with some holes) that I had.
I made few tunics which all are different front and back.
1st on the left
Front: old sheer scarf
Back: black sheet material with a stripe of fringe of the same scarf
2nd in the middle
Front: old sheet material
Back: old sheer scarf
3rd on right
Front: old lace bed spread with sheet material underneath
Back: old lace bed spread
Never throw away good materials. Just reuse them!
This was an old onesie that my husband had in his closet. He never wore it. Not because it’s not comfy, but because it’s not practical.
So I decided to make a dress and sweatpants out of it for me. (He didn’t need anything for him.)
The pants were super easy! I cut the waist out of my old sweats that had holes in the crotch and just sewed the parts together. It took like 10 minutes including the cutting time.
I made a hoodie dress out of the top part so that it will look cute with shorts too when the weather gets warmer. (I need comfortable outfits for taking the dogs out.) Basically I just cut triangular pieces to add to both sides and made the hem neat. Very easy too. I bet these pieces will be worn more than the original onesie.
This dress I made out of my own old onesie. I added Marimekko Tasaraita (which I already had) fabric to the hem on both front and back. I also took the pocket pieces out of my old sweatpants because I wanted to use these good deep pockets again.
The bottom part of this onesie I also made into sweatpants. Just turned the waistline and added some rubber band.
I was meaning to buy a pair of sweatpants from the sales, but now I don’t need to.
Not the coolest looking pieces I’ve made, but definitely the most comfortable ones for sure!
It’s getting cold even here in sunny Alicante and I need mittens!
There can’t be easier way to do mittens than this.
1) Draw a pattern around you hand.
2) Cut 4 pieces using the pattern out of nice warm, soft knit material
3) Saw the pieces together, turn around and use!
If you need to add warmth do double layered mittens!
This is also a great way to reuse old knitwear that’s gone unwearable. Out of one old sweater you can easily do a pair of mittens and a beanie! 🙂
Maija Isola’s Paprika was designed 1965.
Maija Isola has designed more than 500 print patterns during her life. Only few did not qualify for Marimekko’s production. Earlier versions of the Design Museum archives have been found in the early 2000’s.
It’s amazing how these old prints from the 1950’s and 1960’s still look fresh and cool.
Petrooli was designed 1963 by Finnish designer Annika Rimala.
According to finnstyle.com website “Annika Rimala was a driven Marimekko designer who used cheerful patterns and liberating shapes to define her fashion sensibilities. A student of graphic arts at the Institute of Industrial Arts of in Helsinki, she was encouraged to work at Marimekko by the keen eye of her neighbor. Her first job at Marimekko was in the children’s department in 1959 but within one year, her focused attitude led her to a design position in the factory. Eventually Rimala became Marimekko’s chief fashion designer and her innovative ideas led to her reign the design department for over 20 years from 1960 to 1982.
From the very start, Rimala’s fabrics were met with great success and by 1962 she had gained international success when her designs appeared in Look and Life magazines. In the beginning, Rimala’s prints were small-patterned and reserved but as her popularity grew so did the scale of her prints. Brimming with bold colors and large imagery inspired by the era’s youth culture, Rimala began to blossom as a designer. Continuing to gain popularity, Rimala’s work was featured in more magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazar and Elle.
The creator of many famous prints such as Petrooli, Pallo and most importantly the Tasaraita stripe stretch cotton, her ability to think beyond gender, size and age allowed her to appeal to the masses while retaining stylish know-how.”
I got bored with couple of my old Marimekko dresses I had made myself. The old dresses were all made out of the same fabrics.
So I cut the hem off and added a new hem and got some more colorful dresses out of the old ones.
Marimekko is so much about the bold and colorful fabric patterns and fantastic design. But i wanted to add my own mix into it.
The only fabric that is not Marimekko is the checkered top on top left. All the rest are bought from Marimekko. With that brown checkered I combined with Gerda by Reeta Ek.
On top right we have Unikko top combined with Isot Kivet. Both designed by iconic Maija Isola in 1950’s and 1960’s.
Bottom left I have Petrooli by Annika Rimala and added a new hem with Juhlaraita by Fujiwo Ishimoto.
Bottom right I have green leftover material bought from Marimekko factory (it has color error from printing if you look closely) and added an unknown (for me) Marimekko fabric. If anyone knows this print I’d very much appreciate getting the info.Not even Google image find could work out it’s origin. But my mother-in-law swears she bought it from Marimekko. So far I have no reason to doubt her.
Himmeli is usually an ornamental piece made of straws (I used drinking straws). The name Himmeli comes from the word himmel (the sky) of the Germanic languages.
“The basic elements of Himmeli are the pyramid and the octahedron, that is, the eight-sided deciduous. The simplest Himmeli consists of one large base pattern and six smaller shapes attached to it. The motors are generally rotational symmetric and are hung from their top point on thin sewing thread on the ceiling. Today, the Himmeli is usually seen at Christmas time, but before that it was considered a good luck to harvest. In addition, before it was believed that the size was effective: the harvest was better with the larger Himmeli.” (from wikipedia)
I added some pearls and bells to make mine more festive. But I wanted something very simple for my house. Also mine are outside, so I did not want to do anything that would make me cry if the wind would tear it apart. So this is a safe option to try how it stands the weather. We don’t get much rain here in Alicante, Spain, but we do get stormy winds that could affect badly.
Never the less I’m very pleased how the Himmelis look both the the blinds down and up. I hope the neighbors like them too. 🙂
I had a dress I had made of vintage Marimekko fabric some years ago. I have worn that so much, but lately I noticed that I didn’t want to wear it anymore. I always skipped it when choosing an outfit.
I wanted to keep the fabric, so I transformed the dress into a skirt and an updated dress that I actually now want to wear all the time.
The fabric that I added to the old top of the dress is an old Zara sheet material. That mix is not the most predictable mix, but somehow it works.
I have two other vintage dresses made of Marimekko fabrics that I don’t use anymore and I want to update. Those are pink/red patterns, which make a bit of a challenge to find a cool fabric to add. I’d like to find a nice multicolor pattern to mix and not have to use plain fabric.