Saturday, 24 September 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Mesh Beach Bag Tutorial from pm-betweenthelines

Mesh Beach Bag

Only three more school days before Summer vacation begins here! And no, I'm not ready yet! The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy - I thought with the kids growing up things would get easier but it's quite the contrary, bringing them from one place to the other, from one activity, party, event to the next has been challenging.

More than once during those past few weeks, I've been wanting to escape to our little place near the beach. Not because the weather has been that great (which it hasn't) but just because of the peace the sea, the sand, the wind, the air seem to bring along.
I love all of it... except maybe for the sand everyone brings into the house, including me.

But now I've got the solution for a sand-free home. As off now we'll be using this special beach bag made out of... window screen material! Yes, you saw that right! The exact same kind of screen used to keep away mosquitoes and other annoying bugs! You can buy it by the yard/meter at any hardware store.

I came up with this idea after seeing a lady at the Friday morning market with the most interesting mesh bag. As a matter of fact, the bag was so interesting I started talking to her. It was over 15 years old and still in perfect shape and no, they weren't for sale anymore. But it got me thinking...

Mesh Beach Bag

So here you got it, with a tutorial and everything. The original idea was much simpler than what I eventually came up with.  As I went, I added an oilcloth zippered pouch to safely put away those keys and some loose change for an ice cream. I also covered all seams with fabric bias tape and gave the bag an oilcloth bottom for sturdiness, which is attached to the bag at one side only. That way, you can lift it and all sand can be shaken out. Sure enough, sand will come in, but eventually, it also will come out with this type of mesh bag. Wet towels can air and everything put in the bag is within reach and visible.

So here's a new tutorial - it's been a while - I hope you'll like this bag as much as I do. And as it turns out, this is a project you could easily make re-purposing stuff you may have lying around: and old mesh window screen, an old oil cloth table cloth, an unused belt for the handles, ...

This is what you'll need:

- window screen material (moustiquaire in French - muggengaas in Dutch), new or used, 66 x100 cm
- a piece of plastic for the bottom - the Clover ones work fine, but any other piece of plastic/wood/ board would work evenly well.  13 x 51 cm (it can be cut to size)
- a piece of oilcloth, new or used, enough to cover the board and to make a zippered pouch (optional)
- bias tape, enough to cover side and bottom seams, and the zippered pouch side seams
- 15 cm zipper for the zippered pouch (optional)
- leather strip for handles (note: if you can't find any leather, you can use oilcloth or a piece of fabric to make your own handles) 
- rivets to attach handles
- hole punch
- scissors, thread
- sewing machine

Mesh Beach Bag


Zippered pouch (optional): (pictures 2 and 3)

1. Cut the following out of oil cloth:
- 1 rectangle, sized 17 x 6 cm
- 1 rectangle, sized 17 x 28 cm 
2. With the zipper facing the right side of the smallest piece of oilcloth, attach one side of the zipper. Fold over and top stitch. Repeat for the other zipper half and the largest rectangle. Top stitch.

3. Fold in half to form pocket and close side seams on the right side, about 0.5 cm from edge. Finish seam with bias tape (if you're a confident sewer you can do this in one go). Repeat for the other side seam: close on right side and cover with bias tape. No need to sew the top of the pocket closed as this part will be incorporated in the top hem of the bag.

Mesh Beach Bag

Bag Assembly 
1. Top hems (pic. 4-5): 

At the short end of the window screen material, fold in 3 cm and fold over again (pic. 4). Use a bone folder to make the crease, if necessary. Secure with paperclips. Top stitch into place. Repeat at the other short end, but now making sure to incorporate the zippered pouch, nicely centered. Secure with paperclips. Top stitch into place (pic. 5).

2. Side seams (pic. 6): 

Fold the screen material in half, with the right sides facing. Close the side seams, 0.5cm from the edge. Next, bind side seams with fabric bias tape (pic. 6)

3. Boxed corners (pic. 7-8): 

Sew boxed corners. 

Note: to avoid having to sew through too many layers you can pre-cut the boxed corners. If you prefer to play it safely, you can cut away the excess material after sewing the boxed corners.

If you wish to cut before sewing the boxed corners cut away a square with sides equal to the width of the panel divided by two, however don't forget to take into account seem allowance! (so if panel is 6cm wide, take off a square with sides equal to 5cm)
4. Bag bottom stabilizer (pic. 9): 

Make an oil cloth cover for the plastic bag bottom stabilizer, by sewing two pieces of oil cloth together, the size of the board + 1cm of seam allowance on all sides, leaving one of the short ends open. Turn over, insert the board.

5. Attaching bag bottom stabilizer to bag (pic.10):

Align the open end with one of the boxed corners as shown in pic. 10. Sew together. Bind seams with fabric bias tape. Bind the other boxed corner.
Note: the plastic board is attached to bag on one side only!

Mesh Beach Bag 

6. Attaching handles (pic.  11):
Determine where the handles need to come. Punch holes correspondingly, in both the bag and the handles. Attach with rivets.
Note: As the size of the rivets never will perfectly match the thickness of the materials used, compensate the difference by using a small piece of leather or other material in the back. This will also add extra strength to the materials used.

And that's it!!

I'm wishing you a happy Summer... 
Mesh Beach Bag

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

10 NYFW Street Style Looks You Can Totally Copy for Work

All eyes were on the runways at New York Fashion Week but outside the shows, the style on the streets was just as interesting. From models to bloggers, the streets of NYC were packed with fashion elites who have given us endless style inspiration. So if you’re currently struggling with what to wear to your 9-to-5 jobs, we’ve gathered a couple of street style looks that you can totally snag for your day-to-day wardrobe.
Whether your office has a slightly strict dress code or your work allows a more creative space, scroll down to see 10 outfits you can wear for the rest of the month.

1. Turtleneck Top + Cropped Jeans + Heeled Sandals


2. White Top + Pleated Skirt + Strappy Heels


      3.  Lacey top + white polo + culottes


4. Collared crop top + Wide-leg trousers + Statement bag

5. Jumpsuit + Oversized polo + Belt


6. Slip dress + striped long sleeved top 


7. Statement sweater + Pencil skirt with slit


8. Denim jacket + Striped polo + Pleated skirt 


9. Plain neutral top + Bright midi skirt + Mules


10. Mixed prints: Floral top + checkered skirt + heeled loafers


Monday, 19 September 2016

8 Pieces You Should Add to Your Work Wardrobe
If putting an outfit together every single day, first thing in the morning (especially when you haven’t even had coffee yet) is already taking its toll on you, then perhaps it’s about time for a much needed wardrobe update. To freshen up your workwear choices, all you need are a few essential pieces that are versatile so you can easily incorporate them in your existing selection of clothing.
To help you with your shopping list, here are the items we think you should add to your closet if you don’t have them yet:

1. Button-Down Dress

Button Down Dress
The wonderful thing about this must-have is that you can use it interchangeably as a dress and as a third piece. If you want to spice up your usual blouse and jeans, layering this over your outfit can score you some fashion girl points without much effort.

2. Lightweight Turtleneck

Turtleneck 2
If you already have good selection of office-appropriate shirts, then a turtleneck is just what you might be missing. Go for a lightweight short-sleeved one so you can still wear it on those days when the unpredictable weather decides to be extra-warm.

3. Midi Skirt

Midi Skirt
Yes, a pencil skirt is the safest go-to when you’re in the corporate scene. But if you want something different, a calf-length skirt does a fantastic job in giving you a sophisticated look that surely won’t earn you a memo from the HR department.

4. Long Vest

Long Vest
Perhaps it’s time to give your blazer a break. Structured and sleek, this piece can go a long way when it comes to elevating your entire outfit. You can totally wear this over anything, be it a two-piece ensemble or a dress with a shorter length.

5. Ribbed Dress

Ribbed Dress 2
Opting for a dress is – hands down – the easiest way to sort out an outfit. It’s clearly a no-brainer when all you need to worry about is deciding on your shoes. A ribbed dress is on-trend and the fabric can get you through the chilly weather which makes for a perfect choice.

6. Cropped Flares

Cropped Flares 2
If you’re all for comfort, then try a pair of cropped flares. This chic piece can join the rotation, along with your jeans and slacks. Wear it with strappy heels so your ankles won’t look too bare.

7. Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants 2
Still holding onto your slim-fit trousers? Why not try a wide-leg pair to freshen up your look? Wear it on those days when you have to look like the #girlboss that you are as it gives off a more formal, polished appeal a la Victoria Beckham.

8. Mules

When it comes to style and comfort, our shoe of choice is the mule. Once thought to be for the older set, it has made its comeback with a more youthful and sleek look. Slip into these steppers when you simply can’t be bothered to wear those stiletto pumps.