27 April 2016

DIY: Baby Romper (Eng / Esp)

Here I'm going to show you how to make this easy and cute baby romper, step by step. 
(0-3 months size)

What you need:
  • Outer cotton fabric: 25 cm 
  • Lining cotton fabric: 25 cm 
  • Narrow Elastic band
  • 2 buttons
  • Matching threads
  • Sewing machine and overlocker (if you have). 
  • Sewing kit (scissors, pins, needle, thread, etc.)

DIY: Ranita Bebé 

Hola! Aquí os voy a enseñar paso por paso cómo hacer esta ranita de bebé tan mona, es muy fácil!
(Talla 0-3 meses)

  • Tela de algodón para exterior: 25 cm
  • Tela de algodón para el forro: 25 cm
  • Elástico estrecho
  • 2 botones
  • Hilo al tono
  • Máquina de Coser y Remalladora (si tienes)
  • Caja de costura (tijeras, alfileres, aguja, hilo, etc.)

21 April 2016

I made your clothes

The ethical and sustainable fashion brand Etrala London gets involved in Fashion Revolution Day and reveals who are the people behind the scenes in the making of their clothes. 

Who made my clothes?

Marlene Quest. 
I Made your clothes. 

"I am a Professional Seamstress with over 20 Years sewing experience under my belt. I currently teach Fashion, Garment Construction, Pattern Cutting and Bag Making. I sew to a very high standard. I Pattern cut and sample produce and also do small production runs for a number of different Fashion Designers, Etrala London among them. My London studio is fully equipped with an Industrial flatbed, Overlockers, Coverstitch and Buttonholer Machines. I also teach sewing and pattern cutting classes specially designed around each individual's needs and requirements. 
They say If you really enjoy your job, it’s not like working at all!And how true this is..." 

María Rodríguez Liñán.
I designed and made your clothes. 

I graduated in Environmental Engineering in 2006 and completed my MA in Fashion Design in 2011 at IED Madrid
I am Co-founder and Creative Director at the ethical fashion brand Etrala London. I design each collection, search natural and high quality fabrics from the best British suppliers, create some patterns and samples, and produce some of the final designs myself. I have been based in London until 2015 when I moved back to Madrid and set up my new fashion studio and showroom. 

If you want to get in touch with me, please drop me an email to maria@etrala.london

Nice to meet you!

xx Maria. 

Follow me on @EtralaLondon

31 March 2016

Backstage at Etrala London SS16 Shooting

Etrala London's latest collection has been inspired by unusual MERMAIDS
The photo shoot took place in the photographer Kunydiamond's studio and with the help of the make up artist Silvia Romero we could get the contemporary mermaid look that we wanted. The starfish headpiece is a work of the designer Mimoki, and the look was finished with undone braids and little pearls in the hair and gold glitter make up. You are invited to see some moments of the "Making Of". No fishing, please. 

 The New Collection will be available very soon at Etrala.London 
Spring Summer 2016
Mermaids by Etrala London 


22 February 2016

Matchy Matchy Mummy & Daughter


At this point you must have realised that wearing mum-and-daughter matching outfits is a big trend this year. Here at Etrala London we are loving it and have designed a baby dress to match our Cactus Collection.

Why don't you follow this trend for Mother's Day?

18 January 2016

Sketching a new collection...


This is me sketching a new collection!
Many of you asked about a drawing tutorial and I would be happy to share it with you!
A step by step drawing tutorial will be posted soon on the blog :-)
Have a nice day! 

xx Maria. 

14 December 2015

Christmas tree napkins

You may have seen a few videos and tutorials on the internet showing how to fold napkins like a Christmas Tree. However, if you are using printed paper napkins like these (from Tiger) you will need two of them to make each tree, due to their white back that would be shown when folding them. 

Ya habréis visto varios vídeos y tutoriales en internet sobre cómo doblar las servilletas en forma de árbol de navidad. Sin embargo, si utilizáis servilletas de papel estampadas como éstas (de Tiger) necesitaréis 2 servilletas para cada arbolito, ya que son blancas por detrás y se vería al doblarlas. 

First thing first, you will need to totally open up the napkins and place 2 of them wrong side to wrong side, so both right sides will be shown. Afterwards, fold them again as it was one ☟. 

En primer lugar, hay que abrir las servilletas por completo y colocar dos de ellas encarando los reveses, de tal manera que se vea el dibujo por los dos lados. Después, vuelve a doblarlas como estaba una . 

Fold up each single corner as shown on the picture ☝︎. 

Dobla todas las esquinas hacia arriba como se muestra en la imagen ☝︎. 

Turn it upside down, and fold back each side like a cone, as shown on the image ☟. 

Dale la vuelta, y dobla cada lado hacia atrás con forma de cono como se puede ver en la foto ☟. 

Turn it upside down again, and you will get something like this ☟ 
Dale la vuelta otra vez, y te habrá quedado algo como esto ☟

Fold up the corners and hide each one behind the following above. 

Dobla las esquinas hacia arriba y esconde cada punta debajo de la siguiente de arriba. 

Voilà!! You can place them standing up on the table! 

¡¡Tachaaaaán!! A diferencia de las de tela, las puedes colocar de pie!

This is how my table looked for a friend's Christmas lunch! What do you think? Do you like the result? Will you give it a try?  

¡Y así es como me quedó la mesa para una comida de navidad con amigos! ¿Qué te parece? ¿te ha gustado? ¿Lo vas a intentar esta Navidad? 

xx Maria. 

Follow my DIY projects on Instagram @EtralaLondon and my latest inspiration on Pinterest