Summer Dress Galore

Summer Dresses Galore

Oh I just love this dress model!!! If you remember I cut up an old dress and I changed the pattern a bit. Did so it has a higher waist and added bows and a belt. This model fits my figure and I just love it! This summer I made  a total of five dresses in different fabrics. It’s so interesting to see that even though they are made after the same dress pattern as do the various fabrics that they are completely different in ”feeling”.

Dress Belt zoom

I have a large stash of material as you probably know by now :) and have collected lots of belt buckles, buttons, haberdashery, etc. It is always ”in my stash” where I start a project – to be inspired and see what fits together. I combine carefully buckles and fabrics to make it yummy.

Stay tuned! I’m going to post all the dresses one by one with detail photos :)
yours
Inger Carina

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Winter skirt

Winter skrit with zipper at the waist

It’s so coold here. The Winter seems to come early and stay long this year :) I always wear a skirt so I had to make a winter skirt to put on top of it when I’m going out. Just a straight model with a zipper at the waist and at the bottom, (so I can walk). :)

zipper down at the knee so I can walk :)

Happy Holidays everyone!
/Inger Carina

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Crocheted Christmas decorations

Crocheted Christmas ornament

My Christmas tree fell over last year and a lot of the ornaments got smashed in the fall :)
I took some transparent glass balls and crocheted around them. I was able to crochet approx 2/3 of the ball before I had to put the ball in to the work. Then it became a little more difficult to crochet  – I had to make up the pattern as I went along to fit the ball. One silver, one peach, one turquoise and one bright pink ball for my new white plastic Christmas tree!!

Crocheted Christmas ornament zoom with needle

Mrs Santas Clothing line

Isn’t this the cutest EVER!! It’s Mrs Santas clothing line made by my friend Lisa at Tough Love Design.

She also made this Barbie Arm Christmas tree decoration! It’s so funny! I love it!

Barbie Arm Ornament

Merry Merry Christmas!!
Yours
Inger Carina

Crocheted Christmas ornament

Crocheted Christmas Decorations
For this image I used a Retro Camera app to my Iphone.

The Panties Challenge!

I challenged my friends over at  Garderobs Reformen / The Wardrobe Reform last week to make undergarments. It was really difficult and I had to struggle a lot. In the end I made two pair of panties. They look kind of cute but the polka dot pair are not comfortable at all :) Non elastic fabric was not at good idea but I liked the 50′s feel of it.
I drew a pattern from a pair that fit well and I experimented in different materials. Folded the hem (around the legs and at the waist,) put the soft elastic under and used the zigzag from the front side of the fabric to fasten the elasitc.
Pink and white polka dot panties with yellow jersey sides

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New Wardrobe reform ReFashion project

Garderobsreformen / Wardrobe Reform
Hi!
I loved the Wardrobe Refashion project that now unfortunately has come to an end.
We are a group of crafters that started a new one on a blog called Garderobsreformen and that means Wardrobe Reform in Swedish. Under the sewing machine in the logo above it says ”Zero Consumption of clothing” which is the goal :)

The idea is to stop buying clothes and stuff you wear, for as long as you can manage. And  only make new clothes from old ones or from you stash, and sharing your result & process on the blog. See the fun challenge and join in! If you want to join us just e-mail your e-mail address and the url to your web site/blog (if you have one) to garderobsreformen@gmail.com and start blogging!

But I’m going to buy nylons! haha, they are really really difficult to make! :D

I have a large stash of fabric, yarn and a lot of old clothes. It’s garments I have inherited, found at fleemarkets over the years and new pieces I never wear because they are horrendous. Now I challenge myself to make stylish nice things that I can use at my work place and at partys out of all this.

Fabric and yarn stash
From my stash

Beads and trinkets stash


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Rose bouquet with winding crocheted Ivy

I lost my dad the 5th of March 2010. I wanted to make a funeral decoration myself. I was his only child and I got my crafting skills from him. I made this bouquet of fabric Roses with crocheted leaves and long winding Ivy.Roses and winding Ivy

I’m working on a tutorial with patterns and all the pieces :) If you want to make one like it yourself.
See you soon! :)

/Inger Carina

Do ReDo Refashion project: ragged old dress

ragged-dress-with-boatsDo you have a dress that you just loved (wore) to pieces? I’ve worn this dress a lot – A LOT! : -) It has turned to rags… I have a body that often don’t fit in dresses from the rack. Found a super wonderful and talented Swedish designer – Jenny Hellström – and all her dresses fitted me like a glove. AND it was all in my taste – everything! Bought a dress form every season. I’m sad to say her wonderful fashion line went busted! Bankrupt in the finance crisis! OH NO! What to do?
I cut up my absolut favorite dress, altered it a bit (like put a zipper in the side instead of buttons. Widened the skirt in the bottom to get more of an A-line skirt instead of the straight skirt that would have been difficult to walk in when I skipped the side buttons that was functioning as a slit) Used some old plastic mini belt buckles to make cute bows to replace the ribbons & made a belt with a vintage green plastic belt buckle, matching the tiny riding helmet pattern on the fabric (brown background color). new-dress-with-ponyhats.-zoom-boow

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Sometimes I can see birds in there

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Sometimes I can see birds in there.
I think about all the importence of ”feeding” the artist to be able to give to other people in your life. My art work tend to talk a lot about the struggle to run a life with work, family and being an artist at the same time :) I like the Swedish expression ”Kitchen sink realism” — This is my theme in all the Molys nowadays
The paper-part of this Moly has the programming language Php ”sentence”, a reminder of what I want…
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If you click on this image you can see how the whole textile part of this Moly turned out so far. We continue to send it round the group and everyone is going to contribute with at least one more embroidery. This is a attempt to paste different images together so it’s not perfekt :)

Concept of "RadioVideo"

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Watch a video with subtitles in English and listen to the Swedish voices and original sound. (YouTube)
Pencil & water color
You can download a TV-pod version to you phone /pencil & water color

Sorry I have been gone for such a long time!
I work at the most wonderful and inspirational place nowadays – I’m so sorry I haven’t had the time to craft at all. I still have all this projects going on though – in bags all over the apartment :)
Soon i will post some new Craft stuff – I’m for example working on an embroidered part of the Moly_X_project again. Other embroidered parts of that project here and here .

At the Radio where I work I have a project with Swedish Award wining radio documentaries that we have translated to English. It’s what we call ”RadioVideo”. They are very interesting and amazing You can listen/read to some of them on YouTube or at the Documentary Dept. English web site

I have been working on sketches to explain the concept.

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Listen to the Swedish podcast with original sound and
simultaneously read an Enlish transcript. /pencil & water color
See you soon!
It’s springtime in Sweden!!
Love
Inger Carina

Lace-Competence/Top skill-Competence – SPETSKOMPETENS

This is Elizabet’s Moly (Japanese Fold sketchbook from Moleskine) . We are a group participateing in the International moleskine sketchbook exchange.
The theme for this book is -Silver, Gold & Lace.
If you want to see what the rest of the group made this month, please visit our blog at http://moleskinex16.blogspot.com.

I have made a simple Flash slideshow with the 7 images. You will need Flashplayer 8 to be able to see it. Download free here Please write in the comments if you have difficulties viewing all images. If this works I want to use it more. But if you don’t like it I won’t use it again :)

Please write in the comments if you have difficulties viewing all images. If this works I want to use it more. But if you don’t like it I won’t use it again :)