Friday, 28 August 2015

Plywood Pressed Dried Flowers

Plywood board press is another method for pressed dried flowers and plants. This process can be use for bigger flowers and plant materials at the same time. Only two wooden boards or more with rubber bands, straps nylon strings are need for the press.  It is similar to the book press method.

Cover the plywood baseboard with paper then inset the plant materials before cover another sheet of paper. After that place the wooden board on top. For more layers continue laying till the flowers and plant materials are inserted.

For flowers with bulky centers cut holes in the cardboard the same size as the flowers bulky centers. 

Then place the flowers bulky centers stamen peep through the holes. For thicker bulky center stamen add another cut holes
slice of foam for the flowers.

Once it is done cover the plywood boards before tighten the press on both ends with rubber bands or nylon strings. The pressed dried flowers and plant materials will be ready in a week or more.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Lady Fashion L108

Lady Jacket pattern

Lady Pattern L108

Front Center Jacket Cut 2
Front Center Jacket [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Front Side Jacket Cut 2
Front Side Jacket [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Fold Collar Cut 2
Fold Collar [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Front Interfacing Cut 2
Front Interfacing  [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Front Jacket Lining  Cut 2
Fold Back Center Jacket Cut 1
Fold Back Center Jacket [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 1
Back Side Jacket Cut 2
Back Side Jacket  [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Fold Back Interfacing Cut 1
Fold Back Interfacing  [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 1
Fold Back Jacket Lining Cut 1
Sleeve Cut 2
Sleeve  [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Underarm Sleeve Cut 2
Underarm Sleeve  [Fusible Interfacing] Cut 2
Sleeve Lining Cut 2
Underarm Sleeve Lining Cut 2


After finish stitching trim off the fusible Interfacing seam allowances then press the seam open. For the collar trim the seam allowances and the Jacket edge slightly to reduce the bulk for smooth shape.

Step 1

Semi Fit Jacket with lining

Step 2

Add Seam Allowances
The underarm lining seam allowances should be 0.25cm  less than the Jacket sleeves underarm

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Children Fashion C924

Children Fashion for Tea Party

Children Pattern C924

Fold Front Bodice Cut 1
Fold Front Interfacing Cut 1
Fold Front Interface  [Fusible Interfacing]  Cut 1
Fold Front Skirt Cut 1
Back Bodice Cut 2
Back Interfacing Cut 2
Back Interfacing   [Fusible Interfacing]  Cut 2
Back Skirt Cut 2
Ruffles Cut 2
Front Jacket Cut 4
Fold Back Jacket Cut 2
Sleeve Cut 4
Hook and Zip

 Clip and trim seam allowances where necessary so seam will lie flat and to reduce bulk on the inner and outer curves.

Step 1

Sleeveless semi flounce skirt dress and a light Jacket with front hook 

Step 2

Add Seam and Hem allowances

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Book pressed dried flower

Pressed dried flower

Book pressed dried flower is the easiest and quicker way to dry flowers. One needs is an old thick book with weight that can press the flower nicely flat. This method can be process anytime, anyway and it works best on small flowers and leaves.

Not all the flowers retain the colour and beauty after stresses of pressure. Therefore best choose bright colour flowers with petals that are in good shape not falling apart. The damage petals can be removed and flowers should be picking when the surfaces are dry.

 Then spread the flowers flat on a piece of paper. After fold and cover the flowers in between the paper before cover the sheet of flowers inside the thick book. 

There should be more weight on the top to give a good pressuring for best result. Or add more books on top to give more on the pressing. Then leave the sheet of flowers inside the book for a week or more depending on the thickness of the petals. Sometimes it might take longer time to dry because of the thickness of the petals and leaves or a bigger flower.

Simple that it! Once the pressed dried flowers are done and ready. It can be use to process into greeting cards, bookmarks or flowers candles of your own choice.