DIY: No Sew, Ruffled Summer Top Tutorial


Morning y’all. How’s it going at yours? looks like this parched little place will have its first glass of rain today.

Such a relief will it be if it does ‘coz its 43 degrees here and its killing us. To top, we are also having frequent power cuts. Argh, so not ideal. Where you at summer halter tops and tank dresses?

I dont know if I have told you all before but power cut makes me very creative. Lol, yeah, you heard me right, it does. The last time there was a 5 hour power cut, I transformed my entire wardrobe with paint and fabric. You can read all about it here. So you know where I am getting at right?

Last Sunday was a power-cut-a-thon. It just flew every after 40 minutes or so and stayed for about a couple of hours straight, everytime- obviously, with no TV, music playing (which plays all the time) and no internet, I tried reading a book. But hey Joe, this aint that country where you have “balmy” summer afternoons. Its straight away ticket to hell. Finding it hard to concentrate I thought of changing into something light. Guess what? All I see is formals.

Cut to

I’m digging the huge plastic bag that’s supposed to go poor children. And guess what I find?

A beaten-with-age tee and some scrap fabric. Ah! My dear old purple tee, how I love thee. How could I give you away. I decided to do “something” with my old wardrobe flame. Flew in scissors and fabric glue.

Oh and btw, in endeavors such as this I dont feel hot. I feel alright. Infact, I dont feel pain, hunger, cold or anything related to feelings when I am onto a DIY project. It and it solely controls my sensory and autonomous.

Here I am wearing the discarded plain tee which is now a chic top.

Let’s have a quick word on what you’ll need:

A tee

scissors

fabric glue

a piece of fabric, atleast 1/2 a meter long

Here’s the tutorial.

You can see the tee in all its faded glory here! Lol.

Basically, cut the sleeves and secure the ends with fabric glue first. Let it dry for about 5-7 minutes before proceeding onto the next level. I wanted a boat necked effect, you can cut according to the kind of sleeve you like…or simply ruffle your plain tee up.

Next, cut your scrap fabric into a long strip, the height of which you can decide depending on how long would you like your ruffle to be and secure the loose ends with fabric glue. My scrap fabric already had it hemmed on one side so I skipped this part.

Once the strip of fabric is dry, form the ruffles.

I formed the pattern on the neck first and secured every ruffle to its succeeding fold with fabric glue so that I can have a ruffled strip, ready to be attached when its dry. (You can see this step in the picture above)

Once the ruffle was dry, I placed it on the neck of the tee and secured the unstitched end: I overlapped the tee collar with the ruffle.

Let it dry for about an hour and you are ready to flaunt your brand new ruffled tee that’s perfect for summer

Good?

Roy XO

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Sunday

Sunday’s Best

Before and After, Harlequin tabletop tutorial, Remembrance & Old is the new, new!

Morning ladies! How have you been lately? Let me just cut things short and say that if you like all things summer, bright, playful and love to have your ice tea by the porch, admiring your freshly painted table you’re in for a treat for I have a table makeover with harlequin pattern, something I have never done before. Best part is, for the longest time, I didn’t even know this pattern had a name and this reminds me of a beautiful conversation with my paternal Granny who, according to me is the DIY queen, my idol. (for the before table pictures, skip below)

If she was born in a time where internet and blogging existed, I am very sure she would have been one of the eminent designers by now. And why I tell you this, I wish I could show you the drapes she made with sarees or the plaster of pairs plaques, the recycled egg cartons and thrown away plastic planters. She was a genius not recognized, but not lost. This time when I travel north, I wish to bring a couple of things she made for me and do a post on it…She is 94, she broke her left hand and cannot move it anymore, she can hardly hear, she sometimes talks to herself but she is still telling me over the phone how to repaint old plastic bottles and keep climbers in them. She also made the yummiest of pastries. Actually, I am very much like her. Her genes have passed to  moi and like her I have a problem. I never rest till I get/achieve what I want or what appeals to me. I cannot leave a project unfinished, it pricks me. If 2 days go by and I don’t tend to it, I get dreams about it. I just have to have it done and my way or else it gives me a weird restlessness. I made a table with thumbtacks but it suddenly struck me that maybe I could bring in her flooring pattern into the new coffee table that Rohan’s mom gifted me. But hello! It’s also in vogue now- its called the Harlequin Pattern. Talk about old is the new, new!

In my grandma’s home, before she moved in with us and we sold it, the floors were all in black and white diamond shaped marble. Honestly, I always liked them and thought they were really cool. I used to put tin soldiers in each one of the squares and make them fight! But in my home, that kinda floor was impossible. Firstly because most of my life I lived in the hills, where wooden planks were the only option. Marbles were a complete no no as it’s very cold. Secondly, when we moved to the plains, tiled flooring is what ma wanted which left me with no harlequin flooring. Sob-sob. Now, I live on rent which means bag full of restrictions hence the closest I could get to my dream pattern is to have a checkered table. So, off goes the thumbtacks except for the mid panel and in comes white paint. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Painting a harlequin pattern can be fun but it’s not as easy as checkered pattern. I did it with duck tapes and here is a pattern that you can use, if you wish to paint your table. I created this in photoshop and then printed it. Next I taped my table following the pattern with a thin tape and painted.

You’ll start with a sqaure. If your table is rectangle, divide it into 2 squares.

Once you have a square, divide it into 4 smaller squares. You can do this freehand or with a measuring tape or ruler.

Now, without diagonally dividing the squares make triangles in each square and shown above. Also, the tip of each triangle should meet the tip of the other. Keep repeating this for each square until you are done drawing all the triangles. You’ll end up with a harlequin pattern.

Here’s a colored view.

Easy?

Here’s how the table was followed by 2 coats of black again.

You can get a worn out look by light sanding or keep it shiny and glossy. Make sure to accentuate your table with bright individual colors like fuchsia, turquoise, yellow or red. If you have a cottage look to your home like mine, throw in some bright flowers in a metal can and some colored hard bind books! They look fantastic.

So will you be making these?

Toodles

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Sunday’s Best

DIY: Wine Crate to Beach House Table with Storage

Happy Saturday to you all and I am trying very hard to not say Hello.

How you been crafting and hoola-hooping? I am back with my original, authentic all white transmission and boy it is good to be back. White to me feels like home. My little home by the giant creek.

Anywho. Remember I talked about a couple of furniture that Rohan’s mom gifted me? Some hand-me-downs? This crate was one of them. I know you are trying very hard to figure where exactly is the crate but you shall see soon. It’s not a wine crate from the company but a crate custom made with solid wood for keeping wine bottles/or above the refrigerator. They had a big wine shop and this was a part of the accessories. Clearly, I was all La-La about it when i got my hand on it. But I didn’t want to use this wine crate as a planter or even a shelf.

My drawing room had a seating arrangement with a cabinet in between two chairs which we often used to use it as our weekend dining area. It’s bang opposite Rohan’s big a** monitor in which we relish good and bad movies. Plus my magazines needed a dedicated place.

I dont know why but I took the crate and placed it atop the tiny waist length cabinet and voila. It fits perfectly like it was meant to be together. Aww! You my wine crate is becoming a storage/table. And you are also getting a whitewash like everything else in this house. Come on you then!

I gave it one coat of old white and then dipped a brush in turpentine and brushed on top of it. I wanted lines in it.

Now, I have seen dedicated tools to give your tables that cottage look but i didn’t have one handy. So, if you dont have that “special tool” handy, here’s what you do:

Take a stiff brush

Dip it in turpentine

With your hand pull the bristles apart a bit

And drag it through your fresh paint.

It gives a very nice effect to the whole thing that do not stand tall on your face but is subtle and full of texture. Do give it a try. My wine crate also had a fine grain within so i didn’t completely hide it.

Once it dried, I placed it on top of my little cabinet and placed a 40″ by 19″ glass, 8″ thick on top of it! There you go! A functional sitting area which can be used as your dining table when you are making that special meal for two.

One question that you might ask, whether or not the height becomes a hindrance. Well, when I placed it on top, I also sat on my chair to determine whether dining at the said height would be comfortable. It is absolutely comfortable.

Here are the intermediate steps:

Before

After a coat of old white

Inside the crate photograph:

I know! very beachy! Just the way I like it.

So, what do you all say? Win or fail?

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Summer shrug from a Plain Tee

Hello Ladies and gentlemen (if any). Okay seriously, I always want to start the post with something else but my usual “hello” but somehow I end up saying “Hello ladies”. So funny!

Anyway, the girl in here, that would be me, is back with her real self, with stripes and greys and not gold and greens and reds, finally! And what a come back for I’ve got a real treat in here for you! This time, this day at this place we will talk fashion, for the first time.

Summer’s here and it’s almost important to wear as less clothes as possible as wearing cotton. Lol, seriously! Imagine the stickiness and the heat- a full sleeve will be suicidal. But a tank’s not something you can go to work in, can you? Solution: A light, loose, cotton shrug, preferably at the same hem line of your tank or spaghetti top that goes perfectly with your weekday formal trousers as well as your Friday denims or frilled skirts.

Most shrugs available at the market ends below your bust line- something I don’t prefer as somehow it makes me look very busty. My idea of a shrug is a cross between a shrug and a cardigan with the material being cotton/spandex/Hosiery. A plain boring grey tee from Izod seemed perfect for the experiment.

This is what it all started from! You’ll start by snipping the front into a half- start from the tip of the V and go straight down. I drew a line with chalk for an even line. Once you have snipped it, with the help of a fabric glue secure the unstitched ends.

collage via photovisi.com (check it out) It’s amazing. We are now 2 steps behind our oh-so-flouncy shrug!

Once you are done attaching the loose ends, with the help of your scissor make two holes on either side of where the neck of the fabric meets.

Now, run a bunch of lace or ribbons or ribbons and lace and beads and tie it into a knot. I used a plain bow, you can make what you like. Best part is, even if you make a knot that cannot be opened, its fine. You can always wear it like a tee without having to open the front!!!

Here we go! Ready and all to be worn.

What do you all think? huh?

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Before and After: A clean, black and white kitchen

Howdie ladies and gentlemen? Has your life gotten super busy like mine? So busy that I couldn’t even afford to do like 1 post a day? Or worse 3 posts a week? Anyway, no more ranting for next week I’ll have something fabulous to share with you. And by fabulous, I mean fabulous! Till then a lil on the kitchen front. 

I know most of you are used to sprawling kitchens with kitchen island and pendant lights and breakfast area and cabinets and etcetera. So was I people, so was I till I got a job and started living independently on one of the most expensive cities of the world on rent. And by far I have only been given 6′ by 4′ kitchens to totter in. 

I have already talked about the limitations of a rented place and it needs no more telling. Instead I’ll quickly jump to a 2 minute solution that you can execute very well in a rented house without causing any permanent change or “damage” as owners like to call, to the house.

I had this kitchen storage space without doors which looked really, really ugly. God knows why anyone would leave a storage cabinet without doors but hey that’s India. Nevertheless, since its not my house I decided to hide it in the most old school and cost expensive way possible. 

I ripped an old bedsheet according to the measurement of the storage and hand printed some star shaped something. Once it dried, I stitched the top (2″ with hem) and the bottom. My storage skirt (may I call it?) was practically complete.

Next, I measured the length and drilled two hooks on either side of the storage, gathered the drape in a curtain spring and strung it to the hook. 

I also realized that an added layer to it will look good. But how do you drill granite on your own? Solution? Fabric glue. The top part is glued to the open granite to complete the look. 

1. Fabric glue is water proof

2. You can remove the fabric with warm water when you want to without a trace. 

Smart eh?

Next, I sewed a kitchen curtain in a similar but floral motif and I was good to go. 

The fridge was already painted with chalkboard. 

All it took me was 20 minutes + 1 hour and I was ready with a kitchen that more or less welcomes me in the morning than what it was when i moved in.

The Before

 

I decided to play with black and white as it seemed to me the most promising and safe. 

I hand printed all the drapes- the kitchen window one with soda bottle..if you care a peep!

So yeah, there we have it! 

Like, no?

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Sunday

Sunday’s Best

Living room makeover + #Marchphotoaday challenge

So, I’m back with a makeover. A living room makeover in budget.

Color palette: lime green, white, grey with touches of yellow, orange and turquoise.

How you all doing in your cocoons crafty chicas? Wake up then, ‘coz its spring time. Let’s go out and pick some flowers and dip our feet in the pond. Let’s get red in some summer love. Shall we?

Say hello to sunshine yellow and aqua votives!

If anyone reading this follows me on Twitter, you’d know that I recently, after giving it much thought, parted with a dear friend who’s given me warmth, comfort, her shoulders and been like a sister. My dear blue and white couch, my friend, yes I am talking about you.

But you see it was time. We had to do this mercy killing and if you are reading this, dear couch- I am so, so sorry. I still love you. But I love the warm breeze too and Moroccan style low seating where I can laze around with a book and some beer. I love me some crisp green and flowy muslins. I love me some beach vignettes and dainty chandeliers. Most importantly I love me some me some summer feel with lots of space and air. I was left with no choice.

P.s. You were really bulky and you had started to disappoint me. I just guess I had too much of you. Good riddance.

Here you are:

Anyway, leaving the black dress behind, this is what we did.

We moved furnitures from the window for more space, light and air

We replaced to sofa to a low seating

We replaced the big glass with a smaller glass

We shifted the small cabinet and the lampshade atop in a corner, beside the window on the left

We included a palm tree and some magazines

We also added indirect light sources

Total money spent: 650 INR + 120 INR + 100 INR

Below 1000 INR or near 18$ or 10 GBP

Nothing right?

I’m quite happy with the results and I’d love to know what you think.

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PLUS

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This month I’m joining a sweet challenge: #Marchphotoaday created by the lovely Chantelle or #fatmumslim where I will be sharing 30 photos, one-each day according to the daily themes. Isn’t that like totally exciting? You can find her blog here, every month she creates a wonderful panel of themes and inspirations as prop for photographs- head over to her blog to see and know more.

I came to know of this from Sarah from abeachcottage.com , check out her brilliant photographs and her instagrams- you can also follow her on FB and Twitter.

I’m writing all good things about them because I really think they are brilliant. They are not my friend, they don’t even prolly know about me the way you guys do, we interact through comments only but believe me the inspirations you’d find in their blogs: It’s really worth being hooked onto it.

 Here’s a drift and the theme. Who will be joining me then?

The photographs will be shared in Twitter (@trumatter), that’s my handle and they will also be available under my board in Pinterest. You can follow me on Pinterst- the button is on my sidebar.

Okay, Im starving!

Ciao folks.

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Before and After: Table Makeover with Thumbtacks




Ladies, gentlemen(if any), good day to you! Never thought a midweek post would happen. So yay! I have finally managed to give this poor table its worth and I swear I can hear it breathe.

When Rohan’s mom came over for Lunch last weekend, she passed on some of her old furniture from their store. Ah, you should have seen the glow on my face. Nothing makes me as happy as receiving old furniture and crockery. Believe me. And while Rohan planned out where he wants what, I was already giving it poaches of color and envisioning it. My happiness knew no bound!

My original idea was to paint it with old white and add pale gold on the rims. But somehow the idea did not appeal. Like it was too done. Then for a couple of days, I oscillated between black, white and pale green. Surprisingly black is what appealed to me the most. Honestly, I’m a bit scared to use black. Firstly it’s a bold color, secondly you can go terribly wrong with black unless its that little black dress you are talking about in which case you’ll never go wrong. Thirdly, I have a green wall in the milieu. Will it even go? I braved a coat.

And voila! I could already see it brightening up the center patch. How nice of it to have become a happy blip in my usual super white broadcast. I carried on with another coat of glossy black spray. “Okay, looks nice”, I thought, “But there’s something missing”. What’s missing? Enter pinterest.

I remember seeing a couple of tables refurbished with nail heads. Yes, that devil of a Nail head is missing. That’s the missing brick in my puzzle. I wanted nail heads.

Dreading the 4’0 clock heat, I went out to look for nail heads but like everything Nail heads were not available anywhere in the vicinity. While on my way back, I stopped at a stationery to pick up some markers. And guess what was gleaming on the center rack? “Thumbtacks”. Whoa! Why didn’t I think of this. They look like nail heads. Supra! Got home a pack of 100.

I didn’t want it too flashy but wanted an antique look. So I sanded the rims and sides a bit and nailed the thumbtacks onto the corners! Ta-da. Quick and easy. And that reminds me to show you how it came to me. Lo and Behold, the breathless prisoner.

Do saving furniture count? If it does, I’ll go to Heaven when I die.

Toodles!

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