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Lady Gaga inspired black dress

Black dress inspired by Lady Gaga's origami dress

Black dress inspired by Lady Gaga’s origami dress

Inspiration for this dress came from Lady Gaga, and the beautiful origami dress(es) she’s worn on several occasions.

Back of the dress with the zipper.

Back of the dress with the zipper.

To get that stiffness in the skirt, it’s made from a black furniture fabric and corset ribs. Also the top part uses ribs to make it stay in place. On the right shoulder, there are two black buttons for decoration. There’s a large, black visible zipper in the back to match the fabric choice.

When I made this, a couple of years ago I was a bit heavier (something which I had totally forgotten by the time I was doing some last-minute preparations for this New Years). Half a day left and my dress looked like a bloody tent… what to do, what to do? I know, add a belt! Hm.. not good enough since the waist line is a bit low it just looks funky. So, I grabbed some left-over fabric from a skirt, sewed it together real quick and attached it to the dress with the super elastic belt. When I got to the party, the first comment was “omg, that looks so Tim Burton/Helena Bonham-Carter-ish – but in a good way! Wait, what now… is that That dress?”. Here we go, this is apparently what you get when you mix Lady Gaga and Tim Burton!

Lady Gaga + Tim Burton = this thing

Lady Gaga + Tim Burton = this thing


Grey shirt

Detailed view of the cuffs

Detailed view of the cuffs

My source of inspiration for this piece was the manga/anime Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji). Looking at Ciel Phantomhive and his demon butler kind of makes me wish I was a man so that I could wear all of those lovely clothes.

The hell with it, I thought to myself. I am gonna make this, and I am gonna wear it. Androgynous clothes for the win!

This shirt is made from a lovely grey cotton fabric, just thick enough for the collar to stand on its own and the pleats to stay neatly in place. The front buttons are hidden for a more well-dressed look. The fitting of the shirt is quite loose to not accentuate any female curves. To top it off, I added the black silk ribbon as a tie. It goes well together with this vest.

Grey shirt - front

Grey shirt – front

Grey shirt - back

Grey shirt – back


Blue top with visible zipper

This is a top I made a while back. If I recall correctly, we were going to a party and I didn’t have anything to wear so I whipped this up. It’s a very simple design with some nice pleating on the front shoulder, low cut in the back and a visible zipper in the back (added both for looks and functionality).

Top - pleating on the right shoulder

Top – pleating on the right shoulder

Top - back

Top – back


Rice Pillow

Rice_pillowBought this lovely fabric on sale but I didn’t quite know what to do with it. After careful deliberation, I’ve decided to make an apron (but that’ll be in a post in the future). Today’s post is about what I made from the soon-to-be-leftovers. (Since I haven’t even started making the apron yet, I can hardly call it leftover, can I?)

My friend Mia gave me the idea for a rice pillow on our last sewing circle and here it is! This is gonna be a present for my soon-to-be mother-in-law and hopefully she’ll like it. Since I’ve got enough fabric to make a smaller army of rice pillows, I will make one for my mum as well later on. Perhaps I’ll even make one for myself (or maybe it’s more correct to say “for my fiancé”)… We’ve already got one pillow but I’m always hogging it so perhaps one more would be nice.

For anyone interested in making one for yourself, here’s some info (if you haven’t got one already, make/buy one now! They’re freakin epic!):

  • Measurements for the pillowcase are ~18x48cm.
  • Measurements for the inner-pillow are ~17,5×46,5cm.
  • 1,5 kg Japanese rice (I guess any rice will do, I just used the sort I’ve always got at home)
  • Use fabrics like linen or cotton. Also, think about using cotton thread (not sure what’ll happen in the micro if you don’t).
  • It could be a nice idea to make two seams, in case the rice decides to run away.
Inside of the rice pillow.

Inside of the rice pillow.

Heat in the micro for ~3min. Some say you should put in a glass of water together with the pillow. Water + Rice + Heat… I don’t know about you, but I smell disaster. Never done that, never burnt down the building so you can probably do without the dangerous water.

When not being used, store the pillow in a dry place.


My neighbour Totoro! (となりのトトロ)

Blue Totoro crochet

Blue Totoro crochet

For those of you who doesn’t have a clue what “Totoro” is, I recommend taking a look at IMDB. Then hurry up and buy this wonderful movie asap!

Even though I made this as a Christmas present for my oldest niece last year, I have to write about it because it’s just too darn cute. I almost feel like making one for myself, but then remind myself of how long it took to complete and immediately suppress the urge.

If I’m not mistaken, it took 1 ball of white cotton yarn and 3 blue + some black yarn for eyes and nose. The pattern said to use plastic eyes but since I made it for an almost new-born I wanted to make it safe (what if an eye fell off!?).

I’m not entirely sure, but I think I got the pattern from this site: