SWAP Spring – Summer 2016

I´ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to sew for this Spring or Summer. I have loads of clothes, part of which don´t fit me, part of which do fit me but make me feel very ´momish´. I like being comfortable but I know myself well enough to realise that I need to feel pretty as well, if I want to keep my sanity up 😀 So I sat down with all my pattern magazines and my stack of paper and PDF patterns to look for inspiration about what I want to make. The following lists feel incomplete and … Continue reading SWAP Spring – Summer 2016

It´s all a matter of perception.

I was scrolling through some unblogged pictures and came across these two. Both pictures were taken in the summer of 2014, when I was about the same size as I am now (only difference is that I had already stopped breastfeeding, so my cup size was a lot smaller) The dress on the left (StyleArc Mia) was made for a wedding at the beginning of July, the dress on the right (Colette Truffle) was made for a family gathering at the end of June. How I felt in both dresses is totally clear from the expression on my face. I … Continue reading It´s all a matter of perception.

Winter striped Bettine skirt

While January and February were really productive sewing wise, March was not. The baby is awake more often and asking for attention (happy to oblige), I had planned on making my hubby some clothes for this birthday but didn´t feel like it and because I felt guilty about it, I didn´t get in the mood to sew for myself (birthday is today, no clothes, whatever). Researching my size and shape has spiraled out of control 😀 But things are clearer now, I just need to find a way to incorporate it into my sewing. This skirt is just the start … Continue reading Winter striped Bettine skirt

Thinking about size and shape.

For the first three weeks after baby was born, I was sewing up a storm. She was sleeping when she wasn´t eating and I was happy to be able to sew clothes that weren´t maternity wear. But the last week or two, she´s been sleeping less and crying more so I´ve been spending less and less time in my sewing room. Not in the least because exhaustion of nursing 15 times a day is wearing me down and I just want to lie on the couch. Nothing wrong with that 5 weeks post partum but it´s not really what I … Continue reading Thinking about size and shape.

Convertible maxi-dress

February´s theme for Sew It Up was Evening Wear, because all the big awards seem to be handed out in February.

I love evening wear but my current life style doesn´t really call for it.

But I really wanted an evening gown…
Or 20…
Preferably in a knit because… secret pyjamas and all.

So it sounded like my Sewingskillz had to come to the rescue…
Accompanied by my Googleskillz and my Pinterestskillz!

(Seriously, how did people get inspiration or tutorials in the days before the internet)

But I do not have the time nor the place in my closet for 20 dresses.
So… A convertible dress that can change look/model in a blink of an eye… HELLZ YEAH!

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Pink sparkly Pineapple Linden

Sometimes when you´re wandering through a fabric store,  fabric just jumps into your arms and it would be rude of you to ignore its pleas to go home with you.

That´s exactly what happened when I saw this heathered grey sweatshirting with pink sparkly pineapples printed on it. I took home 1.5m and just knew I wanted to make a Grainline Linden sweatshirt.

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#JungleJanuary Not Bettine Anymore

In my last post I told you how I made (what I thought) was the ideal Bettine. Since I´m writing another post about it, you´ve figured out that it wasn´t ideal.

What happened: It looked aweful when I wore it. It was probably due to the fact that my waist hasn´t returned to it´s pre-pregnancy size (duh!) and the heaviness of the fabric, but it just didn´t look right.

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#JungleJanuary Bettine

I know #JungleJanuary is over, but since this dress had no hanger (or mannequin) appeal, I had to wait for the baby to vacate the premises before I could get pictures. (Spoiler: There aren´t any (decent) pictures of me wearing this dress) Continue reading “#JungleJanuary Bettine”

Maternity make – Cute Cara

In November I asked two of my closest sewcialist friends (Hanne and Caroline) to take pictures of all my maternity makes at once. I didn´t get round to taking photographs by myself due to the horrible weather and the lack of indoor location. I also never got round to blogging about the makes BUT because I really enjoyed looking at other people´s maternity makes while I was pregnant I´ve decided to blog about all my (favourite) makes now. You´ll see more maternity makes popping up in the upcoming weeks while I edit pictures and write posts.

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Cashmerette – Appleton Dress

(I made this dress before I had the baby and I´m very happy that I´m now finally able to wear it!)

I don´t consider myself the ´curvy´ girl Cashmerette patterns is meant for. Sure, technically I do need an FBA whenever I make a pattern (being a C/D cup) but seeing I almost exclusively sew knits, I take the lazy way out and just don´t bother.

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