Red Velvet Dress

Hello Everyone!

Sorry that it’s been a few weeks since my last post. I was having a bit of trouble trying to upload my posts as everytime I clicked ‘upload’ half of the writing would vanish! Hopefully it’s sorted itself out now as I’ve really missed writing for you all. For today’s post I wanted to share with you, a dress that I have made recently and how you can make it for yourself 🙂 I decided to make this dress as a member of my family is having a party in a few weeks time and I didn’t really have any dresses that were suitable for the event. I wanted something that looked quite dressy but also casual as the party will be held in a pub setting. I decided to go with a classic t-shirt dress as I didn’t actually own any before I made this one and chose to make it with a deep red velvet to give it a more party-like feel. I’m really happy with the outcome of this dress and would love to know what you think 🙂

You Will Need:

  • 1.5 metres stretchy velvet (for a size small)
  • Thread in a matching colour
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • A t-shirt that fits you comfortably
  • Newspaper and a pen
  • A sewing machine

What To Do:

  1. To create your pattern for this dress, lay out your newspaper on a flat surface. Fold your t-shirt in half lengthwise and trace around it onto the paper. Mark the line of the straight edge of the t-shirt ‘fold’.
  2. Measure from the back of your neck, down to where you would like the dress to end and extend the bottom of the pattern down to ensure it will be the correct length.
  3. To create the width of the bottom of the dress, wrap the tape measure around both your legs and loosen it until you feel that its wide enough. Divide this measurement by 2 and starting from the bottom of the ‘fold’ line, mark this measurement onto the side of your pattern and draw a straight line from the armpit of your pattern to this mark.
  4. Trace around one of your sleeves, mark the longest straight line ‘fold’ and cut both pieces of the pattern out. (If you have any trouble figuring out how to create a pattern for this, there are some really great tutorials on YouTube that helped me out alot).
  5. Using a ruler or tape measure, measure how wide the the body piece of the pattern is and using this measurement as a guide, create a fold in your fabric, pin your pattern onto it (with the ‘fold’ on the folded edge) and cut around it leaving 1-2 cm seam allowance. Repeat this step.
  6. Fold your remaining fabric in half and repeat the previous step to cut out your sleeves.
  7. Place your dress pieces right sides together and pin the shoulder seams together. Sew along this line using a zig zag stitch.
  8. Open up the fabric and lay it flat with the right side facing down. Take one of your sleeve pieces and pin to the open armholem with the wrong side facing up. Repeat on the other side and sew along these lines with a zig zag stitch.
  9. By now, your dress should be starting to take shape. On one side of the dress, match up the underarm seams and pin in place. Match up the rest of the edges and pin together. Repeat on the other side and sew down these lines with a zig zag stitch.
  10. Try on your dress and determine if it is the correct length, if it is a big too long, mark the correct length with pins and trim off the excess.
  11. Fold up all of the raw edges of the sleeves, bottom of the dress and the collar, pin into place and sew around these edges with a straight stitch (this creates a neater finish on the outside of the dress).

I decided to pair this dress with a pair of thick fleece lined tights, black booties and a leather jacket as it is almost Winter here in New Zealand, and I wanted the dress to be the statement piece of this outfit. I hope you enjoyed this diy and I would love to see if you recreate it 🙂

Upcycle: Bomber Jacket

Hello Everyone!

It’s starting to get a lot colder here in New Zealand, and I am very sad about it. However, it means that I can create a never ending supply of joggers, jumpers and all things warm. I’m a little late to the bandwagon but I have really been loving the bomber jacket style lately. So much so, that I decided I would attempt to make my own and share it with you all in today’s blog post!

I headed down to my local fabric shop to see if I could find any suitable fabric to use, and unfortunately couldn’t find anything. So the next day I paid a visit to my local charity shop and had a look around for any jumpers or jackets that I could upcycle into my very own bomber. After about 20 minutes of looking around, I was about to give up when I noticed this really pretty, floral jumper hidden behind a few pink tshirts. Although it is not bomber material, I really loved the pattern as it was so bright and so I decided to just use a bomber jacket as inspiration and do my best with what I had. I really liked how it turned out and I hope this post will be of some help if you want to create your own. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • A jumper that you want to upcycle
  • Lining fabric (I used fleece)
  • Ribbing fabric
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • A zip or buttons

What To Do:

  • Try on your jumper to see if there are any places you may need to take it in (such as the sides or the arms). If there is, pin down these sections and use a sewing machine to sew a straight line down the fabric. Unpin and cut off the excess fabric.

  • Once you are happy with the fit, it is time to cut down the centre front of the jumper. Lay the jumper flat on a table or floor, find where the centre point is on the waist band and the collar and cut a straight line from these points.
  • Next, remove the collar and waist band from the fabric (with either scissors or an unpicker). Put these aside for later.

  • Lay out your lining fabric (I used an old sweatshirt for this) and using your jumper as a guide, draw around the body piece with chalk, making sure to tuck in the sleeves and draw around the natural curve of the armhole.
  • To copy the sleeve pieces fold a section of your fabric over and making sure the top of the sleeve is touching the fold, trace around the outside. When you get to the armhole, you can trace this by placing your finger on the seam, lifting the sleeve and placing a mark (repeat this four or five times until you have enough marks to draw up the seams). There are quite a few videos on YouTube that are very helpful for this.
  • Cut out your lining pieces, making sure to leave a 2 cm seam allowance around each piece.
  • Once all of your pieces have been cut out, make sure that you have cut down the centre of the front piece and with the right sides (fleece side) of the fabric facing each other, pin the shoulder pieces of the front and back together and sew along these lines.
  • Open up the pieces and lay them flat on the floor with the fleece facing down. Take your sleeve (fleece facing down). And starting at the shoulder, pin the pieces together and sew carefully along this line. Pin together the side seam and the sleeve and sew along this line, making sure to line up the underarm seams.

  • Attach the ribbing to the waistband, collar and cuffs of your outer jacket (there a quite a few helpful videos if you’re unsure how to do this), and carefully attach the lining to the outer jumper (I recommend you search up a few videos on this as it took me a few attempts).

  • Pin the zip into place and sew carefully with your sewing machine.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I would love to see your recreations 🙂

DIY Advent Calendar

Hello Everyone!

This time last year, I spent alot of time on Pinterest searching up so many different Christmas decorations and wrapping ideas, when I came across an amazing idea for a DIY advent calendar. I really wanted to make one for my boyfriend but it was only a few days before December and I didn’t have enough time to create one…that was until this year!

I spent about an hour planning out some great gift ideas to put into the advent calendar and although I got a little bit stuck for ideas around day 15, I eventually planned out 24 days 🙂 a few of the gift ideas I used included chocolate, a Christmas mug, tree decoration and mini bottles of wine and cider. I found so many great gift ideas on Pinterest and even some inspiration on a nice box to display it in. I got most of my inspiration from the movie The Polar Express and painted a crate that my boyfriend kindly built, with the word ‘believe’ and tied on a shiny gold bell with a red bow.

For the advent numbers I found a great printable on Pinterest, which you can find here. I am so happy with how the advent calendar turned out and I’m so excited for him to open it in the countdown to Christmas.

I have created a list of advent calendar stuffer ideas for both male and female, if you would like to make your own:

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I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to see all of your recreations 🙂

DIY Tartan Bedding

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For the past few years around this time of year, I’ve really enjoyed switching up my bedding to make it slightly more festive for the holidays. Last year I decided to go with a reindeer print duvet and a grey fluffy blanket to make it quite neutral and cosy. This year I will be using the same duvet but as I’ve loved tartan quite alot over the past year, I really wanted to incorporate it into my festive bedding.

Tartan bedding is a huge trend right now and as much as I would love a brand new tartan duvet, I don’t feel that spending $150+ on new bedding is a good use for my money. So instead, I searched a few secondhand websites and found a great piece of tartan fabric for only $10 and decided I would attempt to make a few pillowcases and a throw blanket out of it. Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • Tartan Fabric (mine is 1.5m by 2m)
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine or hot glue
  • A pillow insert
  • A measuring tape
  • Thread in a matching colour

What To Do:

  1. Measure the height and width of your pillow insert. Double the width + a few inches but keep the height as is. Cut a piece of fabric that matches these measurements.
  2. Lay your pillow insert on top of the fabric to check that the height measurement is correct.
  3. Fold your fabric in half and mark this line. Unfold your fabric with the right side facing up.
  4. Fold one edge of the fabric into the centre and pin into place. Carefully sew or glue along the top and bottom of the folded piece.
  5. Next, fold the other edge into the centre, but make sure to pull it a little bit further so that it is overlapping the first piece by about 2 inches. Pin into place and sew along the top and bottom of this piece.
  6. Carefully snip the corners off to prevent any bunching (don’t cut through the thread).
  7. Turn the pillow case inside out and place your pillow insert inside.
  8. For the deer pillows, I did exactly the same but with a satin fabric and cut out a deer head from the tartan scraps, and attached it to the front using fabric glue.

    For The Blanket:

    To make the blanket, I hemmed the two longer edges to stop them from fraying and using this tutorial, I added fringe to the two shorter edges and folded it in half to make a bright tartan throw for the end of my bed.

    I hope you enjoyed this DIY and I would love to see if you recreate either of them! 🙂

     

    DIY Halloween Headbands

    Hello Everyone!

    As there is less than 1 week until Halloween, I thought what better time to create a post dedicated to a few last minute costume ideas. Searching for a great costume last minute can be quite stressful, so I decided to make some headbands that are so simple to make, yet are so obvious as to what you are dressed up as without all the effort. If you are struggling to find a good costume for Halloween this year I hope this post helps you and I would love to see if you re-create these 🙂

    Unicorn Headband

    The first headband I chose to make is a unicorn. This one is the most difficult of the two but I was still able to complete it within a day. I would pair this headband with any clothing that is white or pink, add a sprinkle of glitter and channel your inner unicorn.

    You Will Need:

    • A plastic headband
    • Paint of your choice
    • Superglue or hot glue
    • Felt (I used pink and white)
    • Wire
    • Polystyrene cone
    • Optional: Fake flowers

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    What To Do:

    1. Paint your polystyrene cone in the colour of your choice. I used 2-3 coats to give it a solid colour.
    2. Carefully wind your wire around the cone to give it a swirled unicorn look.
    3. Apply a thin line of glue onto the top of your headband and hold the horn in place until it dries.
    4. Using a pen, draw an ear shape onto one sheet of your felt. Fold the fabric in half and cut out the shape, this should give you two identical ears.
    5. Repeat this step onto a different coloured sheet of felt, but make the shape slightly smaller.
    6. Glue the smaller ear pieces onto the front of the larger ones, and carefully glue the ears onto the headband, either side of the unicorn horn.
    7. If you would like, you can glue a few fake flowers onto the front of each ear. I tried to do this but my flowers were slightly to big, so make sure you use ones that are quite small.

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    Bumblebee Headband

    The second headband I chose to make is a bee, as my sister was trying to decide what to dress up as at the time, and asked if a bee costume would be easy to replicate. For the bee outfit, I would pair it with anything black and yellow and a pair of wings (I also made these myself) and you’re all set to go. 

    You Will Need:

    • A plastic headband
    • Black pipecleaners
    • Yellow felt
    • Hot glue

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    What To Do:

    1. The first step I did was to paint my headband black, but if you are fortunate enough to find a black one, you can skip this step.
    2. Twist together 2 or 3 black pipe cleaners. Repeat this step to create two antennae.
    3. Carefully draw a circle onto your yellow felt using a pen. Fold the felt in half and cut out to create two identical circles.
    4. Using one circle as a guide, cut out another 2 circles for the second antennae.
    5. Carefully glue around the edges of one circle, ensuring you leave a small gap and stick the second circle on top. Repeat this step with the leftover circles. I decided to stuff these slightly, to give them a bit more shape, but if you like how they look you can skip this part.
    6. Once you are happy with how your circles look, place one end of the pipecleaner inside the felt and glue together, ensuring the pipecleaner is stable. Repeat this step with the other antennae.
    7. Mark out where you would like the pipecleaners to sit on your headband and twist them around the headband until they are secure.

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    I hope you enjoyed these DIY’s and don’t forget to tag me on instagram @ladydaisyblog with your recreations 🙂

    Halloween Party

    Hello Everyone!

    I think this is my favourite post to share with you so far, and I am so excited for you to read it 🙂 As you all know, I am absolutely loving Halloween this year. I’ve created so many Halloween inspired treats, decorations and even clothing and I am obsessed with all of it. So when my sister decided that she wanted to have a Halloween party on Saturday and asked me to make a few decorations and a selection of food, I was right in my element.

    I took to Pinterest for some inspiration and came up with a long list of ideas ranging from the snacks, to decorations, to games. At this point I’m pretty sure I’m more excited than she is haha. In this blog post I have included a recipe for puff pastry mummy dogs and a range of photos from the night. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Puff Pastry Mummy Hotdogs

    You Will Need:

    • 8 Hotdogs (I cut mine in half so they would be mini)
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry
    • Mustard and Sauce of your choice

    What To Do:

    1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius and lightly grease a baking tray.
    2. Slice your sheet of puff pastry quite thinly, this will create your bandages.
    3. Wrap the pastry around each hotdog and place onto your greased baking tray.
    4. Beat the egg and gently brush it over the wrapped hotdogs.
    5. If you would like, place two seasame seeds onto one end of the hotdog to create the mummy’s eyes.
    6. Place in the oven for 10-15mins or until puffy and golden.
    7. Remove from the oven and serve warm with mustard and sauce.

     

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    DIY Red Riding Hood Costume

    Hello Everyone!

    I am so excited to share this post with you today. I have been trying to plan a good costume DIY to share with you for a few weeks now, and yesterday I thought of the perfect one 🙂 My sister is having a Halloween Party in a few weeks time and I have been stuck on what to wear for awhile, so I thought why not write about it as well! As you know I have been loving Pretty Little Liars over the past month and as I watching some PLL inspired costume videos, I had the great idea to be Red Coat. However, I don’t own any leather gloves and lack the long blonde hair so I sat down to have a think about what I could be instead..and then it hit me. Little Red Riding Hood! The cloak would be so simple to make and there was no need to buy any other items as they would be hidden buy the cloak anyway. So with that being said, let’s get started!

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    You Will Need:

    • Red Fabric of your choice (I used 1.4m × 1.7m fleece, but it ended up being quite short so I would recommend you get at least 2m×2m)
    • Scissors
    • A hooded sweatshirt
    • Red Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Ribbon or Cord

    What To Do:

    1. Lay out your fabric on a flat surface and fold one end over the top about 40cm in width. This is to create two identical pieces for the hood.
    2. Using your sweatshirt as a pattern, trace around the hood, leaving about 1cm for seam allowance (this is all the space I needed, as fleece does not fray).
    3. Cut along the lines you have made, ensuring you cut through both layers of fabric. Pin along the back seam of your hood and sew together carefully.
    4. To make the cloak, I carefully made sure all the edges of my fabric were straight and roughly folded the fabric diagonally to create a triangle.
    5. Fold the fabric in half once more to create a small triangle and using the top point of the triangle (where all the folded points meet), cut a curved line about 4cm from the top and remove the point.
    6. Unfold the fabric and you should have a small circle in the centre, just big enough to fit your head in to.
    7. Using one of the corners as a guide, carefully fold your fabric in half diagonally, and cut a slit down one section. This is to create the front of the cloak.
    8. Pin the bottom of the hood to the neck line of the cloak, right sides together and sew along this line.
    9. Fold all the raw edges 1cm onto the inside of the cloak, pin in place and sew to create a hem.
    10. The final step is to carefully attach the ribbon or cord of your choice around the neckline of the cloak. (I chose to sew a black ribbon on for a bit of contrast).

    You are now ready to model your cloak and beware of the big bad wolf! 🙂 I plan to wear a black dress and black boots under my cloak as I really want it to stand out. I hope you enjoyed this DIY and would love to see if any of you re-create it! You can find my social media sites on my links page 🙂