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

 

 

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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

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

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:

SWAP Project 3: Linnen Washi Hack

I made the necessary adjustments to my bodice and decided to use it for a dress. After a lot of thought, I kept coming back to the Washi dress by Made by Rae (I´ve made it a few times and I like it a lot)

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I deciced to swap the front and back bodice by the Lekala bodice and just add the Washi skirt pieces. I added 3cm to the centre front of the bodice to get the bodice the same length as the Washi bodice and then I lengthened the entire bodice by 2,5 cm so it wouldn´t look like maternity wear.

I did not muslin this, I cut straight into a gorgeous linnen I had been hoarding for 3 years. I fell in love with this fabric the minute I saw it. It´s dyed to look like denim and has a really nice drape. It was pricey but now that I´ve used it, I realise it was worth it. These past years I never found a project suitable or special enough to cut into the fabric and I was tired of it. I wanted to wear this!

I took my time with this dress. I interfaced the button placket, I used matching bias tape for the elastic casing and to bind the neckline. I serged all my seams in hot pink. I finally used the same bias tape to bind the sleeve and hem edges. I understitched them all and finished the dress by hand stitching the facing, sleeves and hem. I´m really happy with the finish and all my ´design´ choices.

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Final verdict:

Is it perfect? No. But I love love love this dress! It´s perfect to wear around the house casually with a cardigan or dressed up with a hot pink blazer. This is important because I decided that a mix and match wardrobe is not my thing, instead I´m trying to make/create outfits, so every piece I make gets worn. I tried both outfits with my boots, my pumps amd my sandals and they all looked great.

I´ve worn this dress to 2 birthday parties this weekend and I felt AMAZING both times. I love the fact that linnen is allowed to wrinkle. It´s such a soft weave and so breathable. This dress makes me feel pretty, pulled together and is easy to nurse in (big winner)!

What I would change next time? Add another inch to the centre front of the bodice, so it sits at my natural waist, instead of above it. (it´s not visible on this version though)

Summary:

Fabric and notions:

Pattern, size and adjustments:

  • Washi dress – Made by Rae
  • Size XL
    • Switched out washi bodice by Lekala bodice
    • Elastic casing instead of shirring
    • Neckline binding instead of facing
    • Button placket
    • Lengthened bodice 2,5 cm
    • Used bias binding to keep the hem as long as possible

 

Any suggestions for tunics? What are your favourite patterns?

 

Note: My camera and my remote aren´t communicating like they should. Every picture taken with my remote comes out blurry, whatever I do. Luckily for me, the husband was willing to take pictures this time and after telling him to shoot in continuous mode I felt less self-contious and I actually ended up with a few decent shots! Yay for him!

 

 

 

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)

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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 liked the dress on the right, but after a family member asked my mother if I was pregnant again (apparently, I looked really pregnant in that dress) it was banished to the closet and only came out again for these pictures.
  • I felt like a million dollars wearing the dress on the left. I had made a muslin, I loved the silk cotton I found and I spend hours finishing it to perfection. I was devastated that it was way too big after I lost weight, but I gave it to a dear friend who loved it as much as I did.

So if I had to chose one, I definitely felt better in the Mia BUT looking at the pictures now, I feel like the Truffle is more flattering to my figure and that I look a lot slimmer in it. I feel like the kimono sleeves on the left add a lot of bulk to my upper body even in a very fluid fabric, the hemline isn´t right for me either, it makes my knees look weird. I didn´t feel good in my body back then (still carrying quite a few pregnancy pounds) but looking at the Colette dress I now think I look quite alright. The fit wasn´t perfect yet and it might be the last woven dress I´ve sewn since, but I think it might be what I´m after right now…

What do you think? Am I correct assuming that the right one is more flattering (objectively speaking)?

 

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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