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
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.
With my pregnancy nearing the end (maybe by the time you read this, I will have had the baby), I decided to make a small post partum capsule wardrobe. Because I don´t fit into them yet, I´ve used my mannequin as a stand in.
The clothes I was going to make had to be:
- adapted to weight fluctuations
- nursing friendly
For months I’ve been pinning pictures of fitted knit pencil skirts and oversized sweaters. I really wanted that as my go to outfit for fall and winter, even to go to work. (One of the perks of being a teacher – wear a scarf and tights and you can pretty much get away with anything) But finding the perfect skirt deemed to be harder than expected. I couldn’t find the perfect skirt or perfect pattern. I tried on a few skirts in stores to see what I liked, but they were either too long, too short or too flimsy (or pricey). … Continue reading The Epiphany of the Perfect Knit (Pencil) Skirt
In March of 2013 I attempted to make a Grainline Moss skirt for the first time. It was a total fail. It took me until this summer to finally pick up the courage to give it a second try. I cut it out with the idea of sewing it before I went on vacation. It didn’t happen. So when I finally picked it up the last week of September it was just because I was in a sewing rut and I needed a fast project to get me started. By fast I usually mean ‘something that doesn’t involve tracing or cutting’. … Continue reading My perfect moss-coloured Moss Skirt
So, I’m back and I need to get some posts out of the way. I’ve decided to stop waiting for good pictures before I blog about all my past makes. Winter is coming and we still have no central heating so changing clothes once a day is painful enough, let alone go through it several times to pose for pictures. I do have a remote and a tripod by now, but I feel guilty using them for new pictures before I’ve blogged about everything else. Overthinking it much? Before I start showing you all the pictures I feel pretty confident … Continue reading The One with All the Maternity sewing
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
Sometimes a pattern has so many things going wrong that in the end it’s no surprise it doesn’t work out. But in the interest of learning, I feel the need to blog about this fail as well 🙂 When I discovered the Grainline – Moss Mini skirt I just knew I had to make it. It was perfect. I had visions of me walking around in tons of them. I had fabrics picked out. Drew some sketches about what I wanted it to look like, so I was all set. I taped the PDF pattern together and traced the pieces. … Continue reading The One with All the Fail
I mentioned my love for Megan Nielsen’s patterns a few times but I haven’t actually shown you what I made with those patterns. I made three Banksia tops: Left: Floral cotton – Basic Pattern Middle: Black and dotted jersey – Pattern altered for stretch Right: Light blue cotton/linen blend – Basic pattern hemmed with lace Detail of the lace hem. I used a bias tape as facing. Same method as the collar finish. I made two Kelly skirts: Left: Green gabardine – Basic Pattern Right: Brown Corduroy – Changed the pockets Detail of the pocket: Changed the pocket style on … Continue reading Time for the Banksia and Kelly show-and-tell!