Opal Waterfall Coatigan

Sometimes inspiration strikes on the very last day.

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Last week it was still really cold and I still didn’t have a winter coat. I didn’t find one in stores that I liked and I didn’t have the courage to sew one all winter. Fast forward to last week when I realised that my favourite fabric store was still having sales and that a nice warm draped coat wouldn’t take me all that long to make.

Enter my all time favourite pattern: Opal Coat & Cardigan (#obviously)

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I took the regular pattern in a size D and drafted the new front using this tutorial. It created a lovely drape which is just perfect to snuggle up in.

I used a narrow knit facing on the back neck and left all of the other edges unfinished since this doesn’t fray. I turned the topedge of the pockets to the outside (learning from past mistakes) and just topstitched them with the raw edges visible.

I didn’t include any closures because the strap of my handbag keeps it closed #notpictured

The fabric is a warm and soft fleece lined with faux sheep. I wasn’t sold on the colour at first but since it was on sale and it was the only one left I bought it anyway. When it was finished I realised that while being bland in itself, it was the perfect coat to pair with all my clothes and all my scarves because it was this bland 🙂 #doublewin

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Fun fact about my hat and scarf: I bought the scarf years ago but always regretted not having a matching hat. So when my mom knitted this hat as a ‘muslin’ in a perfectly matching shade and weight I claimed it before she got a chance to wear it (or worse, re-purpose the yarn :D)

 

This is what happens when your 3 yr old tells you how to pose. Getting back at me for doing the same thing to her 😀 #sassykid #ebonyinthewild

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Final verdict:

LOVE. period – now where’s the cold?

Summary

Size:

  • size D

Alterations:

  • Added 40cm to the front panels to create the drape

Fabric:

  • 2m beige fleece + faux sheep (total cost €10)

 

Stay tuned for more!

xoxo

 

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Pattern Review Sudoku Contest – inspiration

Pattern Review Sudoku Contest - inspiration

 

I came across the new PR contest and it inspired me to generate my own Sudoku to try and sew another capsule wardrobe. I really like the Sudoku idea because it makes it easier to make matching outfits. I usually sew dresses but I miss some separates and this might be a chance to change that. I´m not entering the contest itself because I can´t deal with deadlines right now and I want to use as much of the clothes I already own instead of sewing everything from scratch.

I´ll keep you posted!


Ebony = Love

Some patterns are just too good to resist. Especially when your friends make such awesome versions on release day 🙂

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Colours are slightly washed out even after correcting.

The Ebony t-shirt & knit dress is exactly what I was trying to create when I made my black Nettie swing dress but Heather Lou made it even better. The hi-low hem is on point and the sleeve variations give it everything you want and more.

I made a straight size 14 after Gillian advised to size down when in between sizes. Next time I’ll shorten it beforehand because this needed a 2″ hem to be sassy. I also have a 2″ sleeve hem. #yesimshort

Other than that, perfect fit 🙂

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These are the real life colours. Better lighting but the backdrop was making this feel like a camo outfit.

I’m not going into the whole “flattering vs non-flattering for my shape” discussion. Let’s just say that I don’t care and that I love love love this dress! I feel sexy and sassy and that’s what counts #somuchcomfort #somuchtwirling

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Accidental boobflower – #dontcare

Final verdict:

LOVE . period

Summary:

Size:

  • Size 14 (measurements put me in between 14 and 16)

Alterations:

  • 2″ hem (tips on hemming this thing – here)
  • 2″ sleeve hem
  • took in the sleeves with my serger

Fabric:

  • 2m rayon jersey

 

Stay put for more!

xoxo

 

 

Glitter deer combo

 

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This little lady turned 3 last week (#cuemommytears, #stopgrowingup) and my aunt bought her this cosy sweatshirt knit. Little did she know that my stash contained matching fabric (#stashisuseful). An idea was born and my sewjo was kicked back to life. (#halleluja)

Patterns:

  • Dress/tunic: Blå Blomma dress (Ottobre 1/2016) size 104
  • Leggings: Storm legging (Ottobre 1/2016) size 110

Fabric and notions:

Review:

What I like about working with Ottobre is the fact that their patterns are well-drafted, true to size and super fun. They always include little details which makes them extra special.

Dress/tunic: She still fits a 98 but I made a size 104 anyway so it’s still a little roomy but not by much. I’ve never tried high contrast ribbing because I prefer matched colours for my own clothes but the kid can pull it off and I really love how it turned out. I especially like the pockets, the yellow topstitching and the slight balloon shape due to the elastic hem.

Leggings: I decided to go up to a size 110 in the leggings because the fabric had less stretch than a regular cotton jersey and because I hope she’ll be able to wear it again next winter. The leggings have a 5cm hem at this point because they were way too long, but this way I can let it out if she happens to grow another inch or two. The samples in the magazines showed these leggings in 3 shades of coordinating blues but I decided to keep it simple by using the raw edge of the fabric as the contrast and just using one colour through out. They are cosy, soft and warm and she loves wearing them.

 

I usually don’t blog the things I sew for my kids but this is my life now and I’m really glad my sewjo is back even though I don’t feel like sewing for myself at this point. Maybe when the warmer weather rolls around 🙂 Until then, keep sewing!

 

xoxo

2017

I’d like to start by wishing you a happy 2017. May world peace and eternal happiness be forth coming! #optimist

2017 is only 3 days old and I’ve come to the biggest realisation in years. It’s a feeling I’ve had for a while but that I wasn’t able to properly voice or explain until now.

In a few days my blog will be 4 years old (#congratulations) and in those 4 years my life has known many changes and I’ve shared them all with you. As you well know, I became a mother almost 3 years ago and life hasn’t been the same since. I love my kids to death but three years of being either pregnant or on a diet while being sleep deprived has taken it’s toll.

I haven’t felt like myself in a while. Especially since I’ve gone back to work. Being an introvert, it’s always difficult to start teaching at a new school, but this year round it seemed even more daunting than ever. Like I’ve gone about this one to many times and I just don’t have the energy to do it all over again.

While I got my household affairs and the care for my kids in order, schoolwork and hobbies fell to the background, as did taking care of myself.

I’ve been struggling with my body for the past 11 months. I’ve gained weight since I gave birth, so I can’t really blame the baby. And while I don’t think I’m fat or unhealthy, this body just doesn’t feel like my own. I thought it would get better but it doesn’t. Especially since in my mind I’m still as skinny as I was pre-baby (or in between babies). My aesthetics haven’t changed either, but what once made me feel da bomb, now looks ridiculous.

All in all, I’m going through a major identity crisis style wise.

While a non-sewist would just go shopping and try out new outfits, I felt obliged to sew every single one of my garments. Needless to say this wasn’t happening, especially since I was sewing out of necessity rather than fun. I was sewing because I needed new clothes to wear. Which limited my projects to either fast fashion, finished in an evening or failed garments because I didn’t have to energy to sew a muslin.

I noticed that my sewjo was fading and that I was only sewing when I forced myself to. I felt guilty when I just wanted to watch TV or read a book. I felt like I had no time at all to sew, but when I did, I procrastinated so long, that there wasn’t any time left to actually sew. It didn’t stop me from planning and buying fabric though and I thought that if I bought just the right piece of fabric all my problems would be solved.

Obviously that didn’t happen. So I realised that feeling bad about a self imposed rule/agreement/deadline is just foolish. I shouldn’t feel bad because I’d rather watch tv than sew.

So I’ve decided to start 2017 afresh. I’ve cleared away all my sewing machines, made myself a little reading nook, occupied some more desk space for schoolwork, because I need a sewing break. I need to break this vicious cycle. I need to want to sew instead of having to sew.

I still love sewing, just not now and not for this body. That being said, this blogpost might just be the kick in the butt I needed to get my sewjo back, but if it isn’t, so be it.

I’ll still read blogs and sewing magazines and drool over fabric, I’ll just slow it down to what I truly feel like doing.

That was it!

xoxo

Monday Morning Secret Pajamas

Soooo, I´m back 🙂

I´m back at work (part time) and it´s been a real challenge getting things back in rotation. So if I want to blog more (because I want to) it needs to be quick and dirty 😉

(There is no more room in my sewing room to take pictures so I tried some quick selfies in our bedroom mirror – which I need to clean #sorrynotsorry.)

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Long story short: Only one of the items on my Fall list has been sewn, finished it two days ago and what I´ll be blogging about today isn´t even that. Weather has been really nice so far but I´ve been wearing the same 3 Summer dresses non-stop to work. I needed something new, fast! I´ve felt very indecisive for about 6 weeks because how I think I look and how I actually look aren´t the same. In my head I´m still as skinny as I was 10 years ago 😉 So the plans I´ve been making haven´t been the most flattering and I felt stumped.

Luckily, I found some inspiration in this Polyvore collection on Pinterest. (What did we do before Pinterest?)

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I started by recreating the black swing dress.

I took the Closet Case Files Nettie as a base. By slashing and spreading I made it into a tent dress which turned out very muumuu and tenty, with a very weird curved hem. So I sliced off 15 cm to make it short and sassy. (#nailedit) I used 1.5 m of black viscose knit, and about 15cm of black ribbing for the arm and neckline bands. I made the scoop neckline and the medium back.

I love how it looks with this cardigan and black tights. It might be a tad short for work but I need lounge wear too. This is perfect for everything and I don´t want to take it off, ever. So I´m guessing I need a few more which I can pair with blue or brown tights and the longer RTW cardigans in my wardrobe.

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See you later!

xoxo

What can I say? I love planning.

Since finishing up my Laundry Challenge I´ve been thinking hard about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. For me Autumn starts on Septembre 1st AKA First Day of School.

Since I´ll likely be starting at a new school ( I´m still hoping for a job at my old school, but I´m being realistic) , I´ll have tons of new prep work to do in September (and afterwards) so it´s not likely I´ll have a lot of time to sew, especially since it´ll be my first time going back to work since having baby 2.

Keeping in mind that:

  • Autumn/Winter 2015 = pregnant
  • Autumn/Winter 2014 = same weight as now, but I threw all those clothes away when I lost the weight
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 = pregnant
  • Autumn/Winter 2012 (and before) = 30 lbs lighter

you´ll understand why I need to sew some new clothes.

I´ve been going over what I have, which is mostly long sleeved t-shirts and cardigans, and came up with a Sewing Plan to fill in the gaps. This plan might seem elaborate but they are simple shapes mostly from patterns I´ve sewn before (and loved).

I´m aiming towards more classic pieces, mostly fairly neutral, in nicer fabric qualities.

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This time I tried to sketch silhouettes/outfits and match them immediately to fabric I had in my stash (all apart from the silk). This makes the whole thing a lot more visual and easier to see as a whole.

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Left to right:

  • Outfit 1: White faux silk True Bias Ogden Cami + Olive stretch crepe True Bias Emerson Crop Pant
  • Outfit 2: Black silk dupioni circle skirt (self-drafted) + black/white striped Closet Case Files Nettie bodysuit + emerald cardigan (self-drafted)
  • Outfit 3: Rayon jersey tunic + matching cotton jersey Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

 

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Left to right:

  • Dress 1: Navy/white polka dot rayon challis True Bias Southport Dress
  • Dress 2: Raspberry stretch crepe True Bias Colfax Dress
  • Dress 3: Missoni-esque jersey wrap dress with wide sleeves (pattern to be determined)

 

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Left to right:

  • Outfit 1: Coral sweater knit jumper (Megan Nielsen hack) + Blue faux suede Colette Ginger skirt
  • Oufit 2: Raspberry rayon jersey tee + gold sparkle denim dungaree dress (Pattern to be determined)
  • Outfit 3: Black rayon jersey Cashmerette Appleton Top + Closet Case Files Ginger skinny jeans (mid-rise)

 

You may have noticed that most of these outfits aren´t BF friendly. I´ve done this deliberately. Keeping in mind that I don´t like BF clothes and these clothes will be mostly to wear to work, I thought it wouldn´t really matter if these were less (or not) accessible. This way, I´ll hopefull still like them when I´m done nursing.

I´m really excited about these outfits and I can´t wait to get started. I´m even going to do it the right way, muslins, FBA´s and all.

What do you think? Are you preparing for Autumn already?  What are you sewing?

PS: When I think back on how I started making my sewing plans I realise I´ve come a long way. Scared of a pencil after being traumatised in art school, I´ve realised that doing it by hand makes it so much more relax. I´ve sketched these by hand before but this time I wanted to visually match them to my fabric choices and pulled out the fancy pencils I bought in art school. I really really love how this turned out and even if they are very amateuristic compared to my closest sewing friends, I´m really happy with the imperfections. Skin and hair made it much more real to me.