Saturday, May 2, 2015

RAILOclothing website

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Monday, March 30, 2015

A new road to travel

Sometimes it takes a while to define what exactly your goal is. You may have an idea or a concept of what you'd like to do in life but you're not exactly sure of the details or how to get to your goal. And that's alright. While some really good things have been created over-night, there are a lot of awesome ideas that have taken time to become perfect.

Sewing has been one of my dearest hobbies for years. And that's exactly what it has been; a hobby. I've never had the means or the courage to take it to the next level, even though I've wanted to. But now it seems like it's actually going to happen.

I applied for and was granted a startup grant for new entrepreneurs and I will officially start running my own business on April 1st. Which is just a couple of days away, isn't that crazy! While I plan to do a lot of things through my business, my sewing will all be gathered together under the name of RAILOclothing. I have a website launch coming up in a few days so everything is really new and exciting right now. I will have my own online store and a blog on the website, but until then I'll keep everyone posted on the *Facebook page* and *Instagram*.

Thanks for being a part of my journey so far!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beginner's easy DIY sleeveless shirt - ready in 1 hour

How to make a sleeveless shirt with your measurements in one hour, using leftover or upcycled material – for beginners.
Making a sleeveless shirt with your own measurements in just one hour? Sounds almost impossible, doesn't it! Well it isn't, and here's how you do it.
You can use any, large enough, jersey material – whether it's upcycled T-shirt pieces or a leftover piece of fabric from earlier projects. In the example I have used leftover fabric but you could even use different pieces for the front, the back and the hip!
Follow the instructions when you sew the seams. If you have an overlocker this is going to be done in no time, but you can use a regular sewing machine as well.
It's up to you whether you want the hip piece to be wide or narrow.
Make sure you fold the piece the right way before sewing. You don't want your seams to be on the outside!
This is the only part that is a little trickier, as the shirt should be a little wider than the hip piece. You may want to pin it before sewing - and use a sewing machine instead of an overlocker in case of making a mistake. (You can overlocke the seam afterwards.)

And it's done! It shouldn't take much more than an hour. And remember - when you are using upcycled or leftover materials there is basically no harm done if it doesn't end up being perfect. You can always find some more fabric and try again!

I am so busy with everything that is going on with my life at the moment. I wish I had more time for blogging, but as I don't, I wanted to share this DIY that I had already posted in my former blog some years ago. (To tell you the truth, this post is a small assignment for a digital marketing class of my business studies...) I have so many exciting things coming up soon! I'm planning on launching my own website with a brand new name for my clothing line, hopefully in January 2015. I hope you will stay with me and follow my journey - I can't wait to show you what I have in mind!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Custom order wrap shirt

Remember *these patterns*? This is how it turned out.

 For me it has always been hard to let go of
excess self-criticism. You know, the perfectionism.
But this time I actually feel quite proud
of myself. Indeed.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Perfect imperfection

If you have just stumbled into this blog you may not know much about me yet. First of all, I'm probably experiencing the busiest autumn of my life so far - I have a job, I study in a business program, and I'm starting up my own upcycled clothing business at the same time. My schedule is full. Overflowing, actually! But sometimes, when you suddenly have an idea out of the blue, you can't help but do it right away.

Another thing about me is that I'm a perfectionist about my designs. I know there are a lot of upcycling designers who like to leave the edges of the clothing unfinished, to give it that cool, shabby chic look. And that's completely fine! I do love their designs, but it's just not what I want to do. The perfectionist in me needs to create nicely finished items - clothes that say "this wasn't made in a rush". However, accessories are different. I like bags, scarves and jewellery that have the rough, unfinished look. The imperfection adds character to your outfit, and makes the perfectly finished clothing stand out even more.
So when I was trying to figure out what to do with the leftover scraps of fabric from my clothing projects, I had the idea of an oversized scarf. The whole point of making upcycled clothing is to create as little waste as possible and to turn something useless into something desirable.
It took me a good two hours to make the pattern, choose the colors, compose the small scraps so that none would go to waste, and sew everything together. So it wasn't as quick of a project as I thought it would be (I really didn't have the time for it...) but I love the result so much I'm going to forgive myself!
And I'm sorry if you happen to like this one, too - it already found a new owner... But my closet is full of scraps so I will be making more of these as soon as I have some time. The next one will have shades of purple, white and plum (plaid and solid), so if you'd like a shabby scarf in those colors, let me know and I'll reserve it for you.


A long time ago (18 years, to be exact) I studied in a school for clothing artisans. I never graduated, though - I changed school and ended up becoming something totally different. But the point is, even back then I didn't like drawing patterns. I thought it was the most boring part of making clothes; having to scale miniature patterns and then make real ones before you could even start working with the fabric. I need to work in a 3-dimensional way to be able to achieve the kind of clothing I see inside my head. My favorite lessons back then were the ones where we had a big piece of muslin that we used to mold a design straight onto the dressmaking doll. And that's how I still create nearly all of my designs.

However, I recently got an inquiry about a custom order. A customer had found a picture of a shirt she liked, and wanted to know if I could make a similar one for her with some alterations. It wasn't the simplest of shirts so I knew I had to make a pattern before sewing.

I still don't like patterns... but as I started creating one with the same technique we used with the muslin, I noticed it's not that bad, actually! But you still won't see me drawing one on a flat piece of paper...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lauren, oh Lauren

Another custom order of the Lauren shirt finished. The material is so soft and wonderful - if this were my size I might not want to let it go...