The Moving Part I haven’t been blogging much lately and that has everything to do with our big move which is coming up a month from today. I mainly keep busy by planning all the renovations which need to be done – it didn’t seem much at first but boy, was I wrong – Two weeks from today, the house will be officially ours and while we have already been doing construction work on it, it doesn’t feel like we can do anything we want just yet. We are redoing the entire electrics – they date back to 1967, so … Continue reading The One with All the Maternity and Moving Plans
The challenge About a week ago me and some fellow sewcialists were talking about the new ‘Great Online Sewing Bee’ on Twitter. Some of us applied, we even had some matching hashtags (#pickheather, #pickgillian, #picklaura) but sadly, none of them got picked (I still think this is a huge mistake!) While talking about this we decided that we wanted our own low-key sewing challenge. Something fun, without the actual pressure, judges or prizes. We would get a challenge and then just have fun making those. We wanted to have a test run with a smaller group for the first challenge … Continue reading The One with the Sewcialbee
I’ve had a crazy week! My long week actually started with a 4 day camping trip in France. Last week I went camping in France for 4 days and although I love going back to basics, this wasn’t the basics I thought it would be. I spend 4 days without running water, without electricity and without decent toilets… On top of it all it was cold and raining constantly. Not the back to basics I had in mind 🙂 But leave it to a true sewcialist to spot a fabric store in the middle of nowhere. I (obviously) had to … Continue reading The One with The Eucalypt Reversible Dress.
I bought the fabric on Friday because fabric with threadspools on them is just impossible to resist for a Sewcialist 🙂 I wanted to make a Darling Ranges dress out of it but I also wanted to add a collar (I love collars!). Because I was afraid it would be too much, I decided to try my first peplum top ever. Alterations: I shortened the sleeves, made a round neckline, added a collar, shortened the skirt (25cm). This is probably the nicest thing I ever made. This might possibly look even better on the inside than on the outside. French seams everywhere! … Continue reading The One with The Darling Ranges Peplum Top
One thing I noticed I was lacking a bit for MMM’13 were tops and cardigans. So because this weekend for the first time in weeks, I had time to sew stuff I just sewed away. And I might have overdone it 🙂 Above: I had some red cotton jersey and red lace left from the dress I made. So I made a T-shirt (self-drafted) out of the jersey with a lace overlay at the front and lace sleeves. I made a matching jersey cardigan based on the Renfrew pattern. Below: Another Renfrew cardigan, but in a lacey sweater knit. I’ve … Continue reading The One With The Crazy Weekend
My first MMM week has past. It was a short week, only 5 days but it has been fun already! May the 1st: My first day started on the 30th of April. I had to go to a prom hosted by my old sorority and decided to make my own red lace dress. I got lots of compliments. The pattern is based on the Maria Denmark Day To Night top. I saw the dress on SewBusyLizzy’s blog and fell in love with it. So when I was trying to decide what I was going to wear, it wasn’t too … Continue reading Me-Made-May ’13 – Week 1
It was time to try out a new pattern, well new… I’ve had it for quite some time but I didn’t get round to making it before. But because I’m participating in Me-Made-May this year I needed some more tops, t-shirts and blouses. So this is the first 🙂 Something I’ve never done before but did this time: I cut my pattern instead of tracing it! GASP!! I just couldn’t handle tracing this kind of pattern paper again. So I took my size, cut it and then ironed on fusible interfacing. The interfacing made it heaven to work with, I … Continue reading The One where I need YOUR help!
(Please excuse me for the horrible phone pics but my fancy camera battery died just as I wanted to take pictures) So, I made pants… Actual pants made out of jeans! But I cheated! Let me tell you how 🙂 Pattern: I had been eyeing this pattern for a while. But it felt like cheating to order it. Finally I caved and ordered it. It’s the Simple Skinny Jeans by Sew Liberated. Fabric: I used a very thin stretch denim I bought for 14 euro at the market. The pattern called for 2 metres but I ended up using only … Continue reading The One where I made Pants
Hey you guys, It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve blogged anything, but the thing is that it has been crazy busy! I’ve made quite a few new items the past two weeks but I haven’t had any time to blog about them. We’re kinda in the middle of a rental dispute with our landlord. He wants us to pay more for utilities, but he’s already charging us more than we’re actually using. And we were supposed to get the ‘right’ price after a year, but he doesn’t even want to show us the bills to prove his point. … Continue reading The One with All the Changes
About a month ago (After the fail with the Moss skirt) I decided it might be a good idea to draw my own skirt sloper and just design my own skirts. I wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of fitting skirts anymore or experiencing fails like the Moss skirt one. My initial idea was to get a tutorial, draft a sloper and would have a wardrobe filled with skirts by now. It didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I ended up making 3 versions of a sloper and because blogs are basically about learning from eachother and eachother’s mistakes. … Continue reading The One with All the Slopers