Archive for the 'DIY' Category

Linen and Silk Blue Ruffles

March 11, 2016



The Burda Style Ruffled dress, same as the pink silk one.

This done I used linen and silk organza for the ruffles, a serger roller hem and cross stitched embroidery with the variegated thread.

Little Blue Dress

March 11, 2016


I do not recall the pattern number, but it is Burda, I will look it up.

The fabric is a thin cotton from Ikea, leftovers from the tent project.

The flounces are silk and mommy has a dress with the same ruffles in blue that I hope to post soon.

I’ve added a few lines of embroidery using the build in designs on the HE120 in a variegated thread and flat buttons in the back.

I have sewn this at the end of last summer, and now it is a perfect fit, not for long as she grows so fast. Time to get started again on another one😉

Ikea Hula Hoop Tent

September 2, 2014

So much fun to have my daughter back from vacation.

She enjoys this tent a lot, brought all her stuffed animals, mommy and daddy inside, and wants to sleep in it…

Got the fabrics from Ikea, a hula hoop for 3$ at Walmart, the smallest I could find… i didn’t want it to take up the whole room space, butI think a larger one would have been more roomy.



Sew some pockets on the underside of the tent.



It needs a big round foam pillow…on the to do list.

It is pretty dark inside, I do not think of it appropriate for reading…

I could add a window.

I also want to hang a birds mobile inside, since I already have the birds all sewn up and the embroidery hoops.

Here’s a simpler tutorial:


Here’s a ready made version…on the expensive side:

Kalotaszegi Print on T-Shirt

September 2, 2014

Kaloraszegi stitches take way too long.

Here’s a quick way to get the design onto a t shirt:

Print the Kalotaszegi design onto multiple A4 papers tiled, copy it to the freezer paper on the paper side not the plastic side, cut the outline using an xActo knife.



Mix 2 parts acrylic, 1 part textile medium

Iron on the freezer paper stencil, plastic side down towards the fabric



Place a piece of plastic or cardboard under the design, in between the layers of the shirt.

Using a foam brush, paint over the paper to cover the fabric really well.



Let dry and then iron it on the backside to treat the paint and fix it to the fabric.

It has been in the washer/dryer a few times, lasts pretty well, but the paint will crack if the fabric is stretched.





My Version of the Maramures Shirt

August 29, 2014

From Burda 03/2009.


A girl’s top transformed into what resembles a traditional Romanian shirt from the region of Maramures.

Added lace under the neckbands and around the gathered sleeves and a woven colored ribbon at the neckline and sleeve ends.

This is my first version of the top, proudly worn by my best friend’s girl:

Lace Waist Dress – without the lace

August 8, 2014

Finished sewing this dress finally! In black and white flowers print.
Had to stitch closed the darts in the upper and lower back to reduce puffiness and take it in about 1cm on each side.

White Jersey

July 29, 2014

A top from Burda in white jersey, sewn a few years ago.

Vintage necklace made out of cut peach seeds with copper links, made by a friend’s dad.

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Silk from India

July 29, 2014



My friend Joytsna went to India for vacation and got me this gorgeous pink silk fabric.

I combined it with the red floral print silk organza and used a Burda pattern to sew it.

I left the edges of the flounces unfinished and fraying on purpose, it gives it a light feel.

Picture are from Roxana’s Baptism in 2012 (I was still pregnant at that time, hence the big belly)




July 29, 2014

A metallic blue jeans dress made from a Burda pattern, can’t even remember which.

From Michael’s Baptism in 2012. yup I was pregnant🙂




Sonia’s Baptism

July 28, 2014


Photos from 2012 at Sonia’s Baptism. She is 2 years old now.




The dress is made out of cotton sateen based on the same La Mia Boutique Pattern.


Sonia is wearing a traditional Romanian dress made by grandma with hand stitched embroidery.