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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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

 

 

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

Laundry Challenge Week 2: Round-up

Week 2 and also the final week of this Two Week Laundry Challenge. If you are new, find all about it here. If you missed the first round-up, you can find it here.

Week 2 was less about deciding the pros and cons of each outfit and more about determining why these outfits didn´t work before.

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This is one of the ´forgotten´ dresses. I think everyone woman has at least one item of clothing which she likes but somehow it still ends up at the back of her closet and it rarely gets worn. It certainly applies to this dress. I bought this dress last summer early on in my pregnancy. I had spend ages looking for a wrap dress that didn´t wrap around my belly button (Seriously, I knew I had a short torso but this was ridiculous) so when I came across this navy surplice dress on sale I snagged it up. I only wore it a few times during my pregnancy because after a few times the elastic didn´t play nice with my growing belly anymore. I don´t know why I didn´t dig it out sooner this summer but I´m glad I finally did. It´s neutral, can be dressed up or down and it´s perfect for nursing.

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Many many years ago, I bought a maxi skirt (I think the last time the boho trend was fashionable so maybe a decade ago) which was so long (short legs) that I would have to cut off 10¨ in order for it to be wearable. I never did because I didn´t know how to sew. When I finally did, I attached it to a strapless tube top because I wanted a maxi dress. I usually wear it with a short sleeved jersey cardigan but it was just too hot.

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I opted for cut off leggings and a t-shirt on Friday because I couldn´t handle the heat anymore (and neither did baby) so I wasn´t planning on leaving the house. I felt okay in this outfit until my aunt paid me an unannounced visit and I felt frumpy.

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Friday = Ice cream day (it´s just an excuse), so I had to put on something a little more decent to go get it. So I changed out of the leggings and t-shirt and into my new dress.

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I made this skirt last Summer thinking an elastic waistband Megan Nielsen Brumby would be the best thing since sliced bread, It could have been if I hadn´t used elastic to gather it and just used an elastic as a waistband. But I didn´t so the waist ended up really bulky, which looked aweful as a high waisted skirt. When I pulled it lower, my swayback made sure my skirt was 6¨ longer in the front than in the back. I really loved the fabric so I wanted to wear it again, so I chopped off the waistband and I asked my hubby to pin the hem for me… Shouldn´t have done that, it ended up being totally crooked and I ended up chopping off even more to straighten it out. It´s now under the knee length instead of midi length and I´m not sure yet what I think of it.

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This is the other version of the t-shirt that sales lady didn´t want to sell me, with one of my new Moss skirts. Although the skirt doesn´t look tight and is made in my size, it feels tight. I actually only wore this for 15 minutes and then changed into a stretch denim Moss skirt which was far more comfortable.

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On Sunday evening the t-shirt + moss combo had become too warm and I had to go to dinner at my inlaws so I changed into this maxi-dress. This dress started out as a muslin 2 years ago but it had gotten quite a lot of wear last Spring and last Summer. I really love it in Summer, but it´s too bright to wear through to autumn.

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I really really like this outfit. It could become my momiform because True Bias Hudson + Cashmerette Appleton Top are secret pajamas that looked pulled together enough to go to work. Sadly, it was way too hot to wear this yesterday. So I took it off and slipped into my tank dress again. But I need a few more of these for autumn and work.

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I made this Made By Rae Washi Top when I was pregnant with my eldest. I still love it a lot, especially the colours. It´s the only garment made out of quilting cotton I own/wear. It still fits even though I technically need an FBA to get the fit right. It´s not really noticable (especially for people who don´t sew) but the bust dart is about an inch too high. The waistline also doesn´t cover the bottom inch of my bust 😀 Nothing I´m really bothered by so I´ll wear it just the same. The shorts are the ones I made last week. They are comfy but if I make them again, I´ll straighten out the side seam so they don´t cling to my tighs.

This challenge has opened my eyes to some things, first of all that I need a lot less clothes for 2 weeks than I actually think. All the other conclusions would make this post way too long, so stayed tuned for the next one.

 

 

Laundry Challenge Week 1: Round-up

I´m halfway through my Laundry Challenge (read all about it here) and it´s going really well.

I put the rack of clothing right next to my bed so I can see all my clothes when still lying in bed. It makes me really happy each night and each morning to see them hanging there and deciding what I want to wear.

Big Win Number One: I´m excited about wearing my clothes.

I´ve noticed that since there are fewer items to choose from, I don´t get overwhelmed, don´t feel the need to change 500 times and I´m instantly happy with the choices made.

Big Win Number Two: Time saving.

I´ve felt great each day. I hadn´t been feeling all that well these last couple of weeks/months and I know I said I wasn´t going to care about the extra weight but I still do. I don´t want to, but deep down, the extra weight made me feel sad and I felt like I had nothing that made me look good. By choosing the stuff that I liked/loved, I´ve felt great each day the whole week. That´s the first time in months!

Big Win Number Three: Feeling better about my body!

I´ve already refashioned some me-mades that didn´t get worn. Two of those have now been worn and deemed ¨successfull¨.

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Big Win Number Four: More love and less waste!

The Outfits!

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I started off my week with an RTW outfit. This tunic dress is actually a night gown I bought as a birthing shirt 2 years ago. I bought two and this one didn´t get worn in the hospital so I kept it and I love wearing it with navy blue leggings. It´s comfortable and breezy and I´ve copied the shirt a few times. It´s not really suitable for nursing but since I spend most days at home it´s not really a problem.

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This skirt was my first refashion of the week. I call it refashion, you could call it an alteration. I love the fabric for this skirt and used the Myrtle skirt lengthened into a maxi as a pattern. At the time I thought it was a good idea to just use an elastic waistband but it turned out too high waisted and it was never really comfortable. I think I wore it once or twice last Spring but it just didn´t work as it was. So I took off the waistband and added a yoga style waistband instead. It´s still a maxi skirt (even slightly longer now since it sits on my hips) but it´s much more comfortable. I really like the fact that this waistband doesn´t show under my tops.

The t-shirt I´m wearing is actually the traced version of the tunic I wore on day 1. It´s supercomfortable and matches this skirt perfectly, but it didn´t get worn much because it was slightly too short to wear with regular skirts or pants.

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These trousers are my tester version of the Paprika Patterns Amber trousers. I loved wearing them but they are slightly too big and the front crotch was too short. This has been changed in the final pattern so I think I just need to sew a new version of these. Because they are too big around the hips they make my legs look really short. (and they aren´t all that long to begin with)

Top is a simple RTW shirt. I was in doubt between picking this one (think Closet Case files Nettie with scoop neck and medium back) and a more loose fitting dartless woven blouse. I felt great in this t-shirt so when the sales lady told me I should go with the dartless blouse because I needed to hide my big boobs and tummy, I bought two of these t-shirts. I haven´t regretted it for a second 😀

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I made this dress last year after getting pregnant. I was over the moon with this dress but somehow it got pushed to the back of my closet and each time I wanted to wear this, it just didn´t feel right. Somehow, now it did and I felt amazing all day!

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I made three muslins for Simplicity 1064. This is the result after I took it in 8cms on each side. I´ve gone down 3 sizes (to the smallest size in the pattern) since and it still doesn´t fit like I want it to. This one is comfortable but I need to wear a top underneath because otherwise it´s the most indecent piece of clothing ever… I do like the silhouette with the leggings though, so I´m going to let it simmer for a while to see if I want to revisit the pattern.

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I had been saying for weeks that I needed shorts so when temperatures went up that day I had no choice but to make some during baby naptime. True Bias Hudson pattern to the rescue! I´m glad I did, they are not perfect but since I don´t often wear shorts they are good enough and will get worn a lot.

The t-shirt is another one based on the tunic from the first day but the twin needle hem came undone after a couple of wears and it has always been slightly too long. I shortened it by 2,5¨ and it´s much better now!

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This maxi skirt was part of a Myrtle maxi dress but the white top part got stained so it didn´t look nice anymore. I had a two seam tunic in the same fabric so I shortened the tunic to a top and used the chopped off fabric to turn this chopped of skirt into a maxi skirt with yoga style waistband! I thought about dying it because I wasn´t sure I still liked the taupe stripes but I decided to wear it out first and then decided.

The top is a Seamwork Mesa shortened into a top and given a much larger neckline. Same problem here, it turned out slightly too short so it didn´t get worn. Problem solved.

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They predicted super high temperatures for the next three days so I wanted something really breezy to wear. I had already taped the Groove Dress pattern so I altered the neckline and armholes based on an RTW tank in order to create a flowy tank dress. I added a binding to the neckline and armholes. I left the hem raw because it doesn´t fray and because it dips lower in back and front than the sides do and I wasn´t looking forward to hemming all those curves. It was the perfect dress to wear on a very hot summers’day, sadly I managed to get massively sunburned so I have to spend the last hot day inside.

What I´ve learned so far:

  • I love pockets in clothes but somehow I´m too lazy to add them.
  • I prefer low necklines.
  • I keep forgetting to take my boobs into account when decided on a t-shirt length.
  • Accessories finish off an outfit!

I´m looking forward to what next week brings!

SWAP Project 4: Buffalo Check Opal Coatigan

Buffalo Check Opal Cardigan

On Tuesday I happened to stumble upon a thriftshop which sells items by weight or by length. Textiles (clothes, bedlinnen, blankets, etc) were sold by weight. I rummaged through the bins hoping to score some fabric for muslins. I found quite a few that I liked. I even like most of them well enough to keep them for clothes rather than muslins. My favourite piece was a buffalo check wool blanket. I´ve been looking for nice buffalo check fabric for a while now, hoping to find some in flannel for a winter shirt, but this was definitely the next best thing!

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The minute I unpacked it at home, I realised this was destined to become my Spring coatigan. I couldn´t imagine it being any other pattern than the Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns. I love that pattern and I had already seen it made up in a woven so I was fairly confident it would work here as well. Because of the loose weave the fabric does have some ´give´ (rather than stretch) which I hoped would be enough.

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I was really happy to see that I could actually fit all my pattern pieces on my fabric. I hoped the ´give´ would be enough as I didn´t have enough fabric to cut a larger size. I managed to add 2cm to the center back (4cm in total). Just to be on the safe side. I knew I wouldn´t be needing the bands as I was planning on using the selvedge as center front and some bias binding for the back neckline. The cuffs weren´t necessary either because the sleeves are long enough without them.

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I had a slight panic attack when I realised I had failed to match one pocket and there was no fabric left. Leaving them off was not an option, since a coat without pockets would not get worn (I need room for my phone, a pacifier for each kid and preferably a packet of handkerchiefs). Luckily, there was IG to the rescue!

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I´m actually really happy with the angled pockets. They are angled towards my hand for easy access and they are just the right size! My phone fits comfortably at the bottom of each pocket so it can´t fall out 🙂

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I wanted to finish this off the way it deserved, so I made a beltloop out of the same bias tape and stitched in a label. Labels make everything so much nicer!

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I opted for a double row of stitching around the pockets to secure them. I didn´t want the loose weave to unravel under the pressure of using the pockets. I topstitched my side seams, shoulder and sleeve seams for the same reason. I kept the frayed blanket hem as my coatigan hem. Initially I wanted the same thing for the sleeves as well, but it looked like I was wearing an actual blanket. Not the look I was going for! So I cut the fraying off and used bias tape for the hem. I opted for elbow patches because I love brown suede elbow patches 😀 At first I used real suede but it was too bulky, so I took them off and used them as a template to cut some out of faux suede. They´re not 100% in the right position but I´m not taking them off again, it doesn´t bother me enough.

 

Final Verdict:

I am crazy about this thing! This is definitely something I would buy if I saw it hanging somewhere. I´ve already worn it out of the house and it´s perfect to throw on over a short sleeved t-shirt now that the weather is getting nicer. It´s a lot less scratchy than I feared, so that´s a big win! The hubby doesn´t really like it, but my Mom does. She said it was really ´me´ and I think that´s a huge compliment. She even volunteered to take pictures in the forest next to her house. Which is nice because it´s a lot nicer setting than indoors and I feel more comfortable with her behind the camera than the hubby. (She sucks at getting me centered in the shot though :D)

THE BEST PART: Because everything apart from the main fabric was deep stash or a gift, the total cost of this coatigan is €1,66! (!!!!!!!!) ❤

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Summary:

Fabric and notions:

  • Wool thrifted blanket (125×140 cm) = € 1,66 (!!!!!)
  • Guterman thread (stash)
  • Faux suede (very deep stash)
  • Biastape (very deep stash)
  • Sewaholic label (gift from Tasia)

Pattern, size and alterations:

  • Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns
  • Size B – added 2cm at the center back
  • Made up in a non-stretch woven
  • Left off cuffs and bands
  • Angled the pockets

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Do you buy fabrics at thrift stores? Is it easy to find nice fabrics or is it limited to ´muslin´fabrics?

No such thing as too much glitter

I made this dress last Christmas for the Party Hardy theme on the Sew It Up blog, this year they had a ‘Less Black, More Glitter’ theme so even though it is black, it’s definitely sparkly.

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I ordered the fabric without really thinking about what I wanted to make. Like usual when I don´t have fixed plans, I had only ordered 2m .

With a bit of creative pattern tetris I managed to squeeze this dress out of the fabric with only scraps to spare. I started this dress december 23th 2014 and I finished it about an hour or two later that same night… While making the dress was fast, blogging about it sure wasn´t 😀

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It was an easy dress to make. I used two Megan Nielsen patterns and smashed them together to create a faux-wrap dress. I used the cascade wrap skirt and the Alissa maternity wrap top. I stitched the overlap down to create a faux wrap that I could wear with a belt. I was able to cut every pattern piece as is except for the back bodice, which I had to cut with a seam down the middle.

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While the fabric was scratchy on the outside, it was smooth on the inside, although slightly sheer. I was very happy when it still fit this year and I was able to wear it to my in-laws Christmas party. I wore my black Megan Nielsen slipdress underneath it.

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Final Verdict:

I was feeling like a whale at 34 weeks pregnant but wearing this dress made me feel so pretty. I was happy to realise that this dress works perfectly, pregnant or not. It still fits post-pregnancy so if I´m ever in need of a back-up fancy dress I know which one to pick!

Summary:

Fabric and notions:

  • Black glitter jersey (bought here)
  • Black thread

Pattern, sizing and alterations: