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.

 

 

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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!

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:

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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Sunny Sunday Morning Wrap Dress

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written an actual finished outfit post. No excuses, just life I guess.

For months now, I’ve been looking for the perfect wrap dress pattern. If I could afford a real DvF dress, I would wear only those. The pattern itself was also way above my budget… There must be millions of other patterns out there (and a few in my stash) but none of them really spoke to me. I was either dreading the tracing, the taping or the altering. I gave the Style Arc Kate a try, but didn’t get any further than cutting out the pattern and realising it would be too big (and waaaay too long), so I folded it back into the enveloppe. I tried the one from my Famous Frocks book which is loosely based on a Farah Fawcett Dress.

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I got as far as assembling the top but the facing kept flapping up, the collar wouldn’t lay flat, the armholes only looked nice on the mannequin so I called it quits before it made me even angrier. Somehow I had made this dress 4 times before and only now realised that the drafting and instructions are ridiculous.

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I finally settled on Burda 6957 which is a maternity wrap dress. (btw I’m pregnant) but my pregnancy brain must have blocked out the fact that I hate hate hate hate adding seam allowance to knits. It would have worked apart from the fact that they tell you to close the wrap with snaps… I’ll let that sink in for a moment… Closing a maternity wrap dress with snaps… So, it’s totally adjustable. Ofcourse with a faux fabric wrap belt to top it off. Back in the enveloppe it went.

I finally came to my senses and realised that I had already pattern hacked the perfect maternity wrap dress by combining two of my favourite designer‘s patterns. I returned to the Alissa maternity top and Cascade wrap skirt.

Since I wanted a real wrap dress this time I decided to lower the wrap portion of the Alissa so I could extend it in the wrap ties. Since I didn’t want to fiddle with any binding and I found an article saying the DvF dress had a cut on facing. I decided to go with that. (I’ve been looking all over the internet to find the article again, to no avail.)

But without further ado, here are some pictures 🙂 I cannot take any credit for these pics as they were taken on Lieke‘s Birthday picknick. Caroline takes lovely pictures and Lieke and Anneke made me forgot there was a camera 😀 Sewing friends really are the best!

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verjaardag Lieke-21I love the dept of the wrap. It’s sexy without being revealing.

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verjaardag Lieke-32As you can see I’m unwrapping my dress in a public park. The things I do for my readers. But as you can see as well, the waist doesn’t really sit at the same level as the wrapped ties. This is mostly due to the sheer weight of the skirt. The viscose knit drapes beautifully but it’s heavy. So I’ve already shortened my bodice pieces for the next one.verjaardag Lieke-43I was trying to photobomb Anneke while Caroline was taking pictures of her sweater. She’s way better at photobombing than I am. I love my scarf with this dress and I’ll probably wear it like this once autumn arrives.

verjaardag Lieke-52It was such a lovely day and we couldn’t resist getting our feet wet, ofcourse add shallow water and a camera to three sewcialists and you’ve got a splashing party all around.verjaardag Lieke-56The dress held up pretty well in the water although it grew 15cm in length due to the weight of the water.verjaardag Lieke-57Needless to say I ended up completely soaked but the dress has proven to be chic and playfull at the same time 🙂 Perfect for running after my toddler!verjaardag Lieke-60Look at the three of us in our handmade outfits! Ah, to be young, wet and happy on a Sunday morning. Life is good 🙂

Details:

Patterns: Megan Nielsen Alissa Maternity top and Cascade Skirt
Size: Both were cut in a size M
Alterations: Lowered the wrap on the top, added a cut-on facing and ties. Shortened the back of the Cascade to match the side seams.
Fabric: Viscose knit in Cherry-Plum, 3m

The One with the Maternity Mash-Up

This is kind of a special post. Why? Because it’s the first garment made in my new house, in my new sewingroom and the first pictures taken in my own backyard!

But on to more important stuff!

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I wanted to recreate the dress on the right, but seriously… $159 for a jersey dress!!! No way I was going to pay that amount of money. But I think my $10 version on the left worked out perfectly!

So how did I do it?

I went through my pattern stash and pulled out these two lovely Megan Nielsen patterns. (I love her patterns!)

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I decided to line up the two ruched parts and blend them together. Funny thing was that both patterns called for me to make a size M, but the shirt patternpiece ended up 5cm wider than the skirt. So I took a drastic decision and decided to cut the size closest to the skirt size, which was a size XS.

The dress came together fairly easy. I basted the gathers so the front and back side seam of the dress were the same length. I pinned it all together to keep the gathers from shifting. That’s were I made a mistake. Normally I wouldn’t use pins when sewing knits on an overlock and it was late at night so to my horror I got my blade stuck on a pin. It was horrible! Luckily, I stopped my serger right on time so my blade seems a bit chipped but still cuts smoothly.

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To finish it off, I decided on a neckline band to keep it from gaping. It’s not gaping, but next time I’ll pull it even more flush. I even hemmed the bottom and the sleeves! I never do this on knits, but I wanted it to be finished nicely this time. So I used fusible webbing on the hems and then stitched it down with a twinneedle.

Overall I’m super happy with this dress and size wise it’s even a little loose. Fortunately it’s not too loose and I’m just going to keep it this way so that it still fits when I get bigger.

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I’m already getting quite big even if I haven’t gained any actual weight. I’ve already picked out fabric for a next dress and I might even add a cowl.

What do you think? Did I nail it by recreating the expensive dress or not?

The One with the Sewcialbee

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 but the next one is open to anybody, the more the merrier!

It was quickly decided that Gillian and her lovely sister Annie would take care of the main items aka set up a Flickr group (admit it, we would have been lost without.) And Annie would think of a challenge as she isn’t a sewcialist herself (she’s such an amazing knitter though).

These were the groundrules (I shamelessly copied them from Annie’s blogpost)

  1. This post goes live at 3 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 3 PM EST/8 PM GMT. Participants get 24 hours from that time to design/draft/sew their garments — but really, the idea is that they should at least attempt to limit themselves to about 4 hours of sewing time.
    The 24-hour window is so that people in any time zone can participate. Having it over a Sunday night/Monday morning means that both weekend and weekday sewers can take part.
  2. TNT patterns (tried ‘n’ tested) are totally welcome, and, in fact, encouraged. Riffing on a staple design is important if they’re going to manage much in that 4-hour sewing time!
  3. There’s no judging, and (at this point) no prizes, other than the glorious satisfaction of a challenge well mastered.
  4. At the end of the 24 hours, participants are to submit photos of themselves wearing their completed garments (or incomplete, for that matter) to the group Flickr pool. (Questions and chatter will take place in the group forums, at the same link.)
  5. It’s an open event: anyone is welcome to join in!

When I read through the first challenge I had two minor heart attacks:

  • First of all, she started talking about knitted scarfs/shawls so obviously I thought she wanted us to knit one. I seriously panicked, I didn’t even think about reading the rest of the post before freaking out. You have to know that I ‘know’ how to knit if ‘knowing how to knit’ is starting something with a straight stitch and then ditching it 5 cms in 🙂
  • Then I thought she wanted us to make a scarf/shawl out of fabric and that sounded way to easy.

But bless her, she didn’t disappoint. She wanted us to pick our favorite triangular scarf and make a top to match it. I loved this challenge for various reasons the main one being that I’m in desperate need of tops.

It took me about 12 hours to decide what I wanted to make and still I kept changing it until the last second. My problem is always the same, I have so much inspiration that I don’t know where to start and end up making nothing at all!

But this time I had to and after 3 hours and 50 min this was the result!

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I loved taking part in this challenge and was so curious to see what everyone came up with, everything was so very different! The next challenge will probably be in August so if you want to give it a try yourself, please do!

Now for the design itself:

The pattern for the t-shirt is actually a Megan Nielsen pattern (like you couldn’t have guessed). It’s the Ruched Maternity tshirt. I ordered it the minute I knew I was pregnant but hadn’t gotten round to making it yet. This t-shirt came together superfast on my serger. I think it took me 30 minutes at the most. I cut a straight size M but opted for the XL length because I like my shirts a little longer. It fits like a dream.

You might be asking yourself why it took me 3.50 hours to make this shirt if the shirt itself only took 30 minutes.

The rest of the time was spend on the appliqué.

Because I’m an autumn type I picked this dark orange scarf. I wanted a matching applique on a plain t-shirt. I picked a fox for three reasons.

  1. In my mind foxes come out in autumn
  2. In my mind foxes are dark orange
  3. I found this fox template in a craft magazine I bought a few weeks ago and was dying to try it out 🙂

A lot of you were really enthousiastic about it and wanted to recreate it so I’ll tell you how.

  1. Print this template
  2. Enlarge it 200% on a copy machine
  3. Cut out all the paper pieces for the fox.
  4. Look in your stash for scraps and choose any colours you like
  5. Cut all the pieces out of your scrap fabric.
  6. Use the paper pattern pieces to cut out the same sizes in fusible webbing (the one that sticks on both sides like the back of a store bought appliqué)
  7. Start building the appliqué by ironing the pieces together. Keep the main body piece for last.
  8. Take the entire applique to your sewing machine and use a satin stitch to stitch around each separate piece
  9. Use a very small straight stitch to attach it to the front of your shirt (preferably before putting the shirt together)
  10. use embroidery thread for the nose and eyes (I used textile markers for the eyes)
  11. Enjoy your home made appliqué.

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snoetjeHope this gives you enough information and if you make anything using the template, please show me 🙂

PS I did not create this template. This template can be found in ‘Mollie Makes issue 23 and is designed by CV Savage which can be found here.

The One with The Eucalypt Reversible Dress.

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 check it out and found some gorgeous fabric that I knew was destined to become a pair of Tania Culottes.

The Tania Culottes are part of Megan Nielsen’s new Breakwater collection and those who know me (or read my blog) know that I have an undying love for Megan’s patterns. So it didn’t come as much of a shock when I ABSOLUTELY loved her new collection. Without even realising it I had ordered and paid for the entire Collection Pack. 4 patterns for the price of 3, sounds awesome right! Because patience isn’t my strong side I opted for the 3 day DHL delivery.

When I was in France I got a call from DHL and they told me that I still had 20 euro of import taxes to pay… I really really really hate my country at a time like that! The money I saved by buying the collection pack was in the end spend at import taxes.

But in the end the package did arrive this week. I was so happy to see it arrive because weather was dreadful, work was crazy busy and I wasn’t feeling Me-Made-May at all. The new collection pack felt like a little ray of sunshine in a cloudy week.

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It was difficult to decide which pattern to start with but I opted for the easiest one. The Eucalypt Tank/Dress.

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Because this was such an easy pattern I set myself a little challenge. I went through the variations Megan suggested and I decided to go for a button down dress. But not just a button down dress, I wanted to make it a reversible button down dress.

So let me tell you how I did it!

Fabric:

I chose 2 fabrics I had in my stash, a white cotton with strawberries and apple/grass green cotton.

Size and alterations:

I cut a size M but lengthened it to the longest hem.

I added 4 cm to either side of the CF seam to create enough room for the button placket. I then sewed 2 dresses using the explanation in the booklet. When I finished the dresses, I put them right sides together and using a 1.5 cm seam allowance sewed all the way round. Then I pulled the dress inside out through the armholes. I pressed the entire thing and topstitched all around to secure the pressed seams. I finished the armholes using bias tape.

I’ve sewn the buttons through both layers of fabric since the dress is big enough to put on over my head. That spared me the difficulty of sewing 11 buttonholes.

Level and special skills:

There are absolutely no special skills needed for this pattern, this is by far the easiest pattern ever!

Time to complete:

About 2 hours (without sewing on the dreadful buttons)

Will I make it again:

Uhm, yes, I have a denim version planned, a chambray version, another reversible version and that’s just for the dresses!

Overall conclusion:

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As always, Megan patterns are superb. The explanation in the booklet is very very clear! I love the pattern, although I couldn’t wear it without a belt. But that’s okay, I love button down dresses with a belt. I especially love the longer hem at the back because it gives me a little more confidence when teaching a class. If I have to choose between the two sides I do prefer the strawberry side but it wouldn’t work without the tiny splash of green peeking out.

And to top it all off, because it was the only nice day in a long time I got the chance to check whether it was bike proof and it probably is 75% bike proof. It would have been 95% bike proof if it wasn’t for the center front. (The Tania culottes are probably 100% bike proof) The flaps underneath the bottom button kept ‘flapping’ in the wind, exposing quite a lot of leg, but when riding in the woods it was quite alright. I might have to go back and add some extra buttons because it wasn’t very gape-proof but I hate sewing on buttons especially since the two buttons are sewn on top of each other.

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It was a wonderful day spend entirely with my lovely boyfriend. Who btw loves the dress but would prefer it in a solid colour. He’s not a big fan of prints but I’m not really giving a f*ck. I love prints!

The One with The Darling Ranges Peplum Top

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.

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Alterations:

I shortened the sleeves, made a round necklineadded 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! Every fricking seam!! I pressed, I measured, I unpicked until it was completely perfect! I had never made or worn a peplum top before but I really love how it looks (I’m keeping the reveal for a Me-Made-May’13 post)

My boyfriend didn’t really like it though. He thought it made me look pregnant and he wants me to sew less print. Too bad for him then, because I love it and I love the fact that I’m finally brave enough to wear prints!

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Some of you may have noticed that I have a new dress form. It’s a vintage dress form that they were going to throw out at the school were I work. I saved it from the dump and took it home. I need to recover it because the cover has some tears and some waterstains from a leak. But seriously this is what I wanted and it already makes my clothes look nicer than the adjustable one.

Any ideas for a name for my new dress form. She deserves it!

The One with the Megan Nielsen and Rayon Knit happiness combo!

A while ago, after Paunnet’s post about her jersey Banksia there was some talk about how hard it was to find nice jersey fabric. Nice as in, sweet and floral but not childlike or granny like.

Somehow I ended up in a fabric shop yesterday (totally by accident, I didn’t mean to :p) and I decided (for once) to ask the shoplady to help me out. Normally I just wonder around looking at what they have, but this time I asked her if she had any sweet and girly jersey fabrics (without it being childlike or granny like).

We went through the lot (they just had a fresh shipping) and stumbled on this beautiful, buttery soft rayon knit. It was perfection disguised as fabric. Instant happiness. I would have bought the bolt but it was a bit pricey for that.

Without anything specific in mind, I took home 2m. On my way back home it hit me that this was the perfect fabric for a jersey Banksia but also for a Briar… I hated myself for only buying 2m but I decided to give it a try and if I didn’t have enough go back there today and get some more.

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It finally took me a few tries but I managed to squeeze both patterns out of the fabric. You can imagine my happiness! I cut all my pieces and decided to keep the sewing part for today (being tired and wanting to do it right the first time around as this was such gorgeous fabric)

Here’s the result!

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I didn’t change much:

– On the Briar, I left off the patch pocket. The print was enough in itself

– On the Banksia I added a band at the hem because it turned out a bit short for my liking (I actually considered not hemming it, but it felt like a crime to do this to this fabric)

 

I’ve already expressed my love for Megan Nielsen and her patterns but this was just heaven!

(I have to confess I didn’t pre-wash the fabric, oops. But I did press the living shit out of it! Pressing is another thing I only started doing after I got to know Megan Nielsen’s patterns and blog)