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!

 

 

 

SWAP Project 2: The ´7 muslins´cover-up

My quest continues. I´m still looking for the perfect tunic pattern to wear over all my black leggings.

I thought my search had ended when I saw Lekala 5772

I bought the pattern, taped it together and made a muslin. I initially wanted to swap the front ties for a front button placket so I could wear the entire thing closed over a pair of leggings. In the end it took 7 muslins to get to a point where I liked the thing on me and apart from the arm scye, there is really nothing left of the original pattern.

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In short:

  • Didn´t like the gathered neckline so I folded them up into a pleat
  • Didn´t like the pleat, turned it into a dart
  • Weird place for a dart, rotated the dart to the waist. Split it into 3 darts.
  • Didn´t like the 3 darts, swapped it for one pleat.
  • Decided the pleat looked off so swapped it out for a dart again, but making the dart wider, shorter and curvier. Added a button placket,
  • Didn´t like the round neckline with the button placket so changed it into a curvy V-shape.
  • Added an all in one cut on button band/facing, lowered the V and lengthened the centre front.

After that I was finally happy and decided to make a last ´wearable´ muslin in a stiffer cotton to see if everything added up and which way I wanted to finish everything.

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I took the time to drape and pin this bodice on me until I was happy with the fit, each time transfering changes to my pattern pieces, I had never done this before and it made me feel so peaceful to just be able to use my body and adapt whatever I was making without worrying about the sizing. I´m my own fit model and I let go of trying to fit into industry standards. Very freeing!

 

I used a light blue cotton shirting from my stash with a white floral print. The fabric was quite crisp so I decided not to interface the facing/placket. I finished the sleeves, bottom hem and back neckline with store bought bias tape in a slightly darker blue. And I added a pearl snap to keep it closed.

The stiffer fabric showed me that the angle on my button placket wasn´t right yet and that my facing was too wide and got caught up in the sleeves.

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Initially I had wanted to turn this into a tunic or a dress but I wasn´t sure about it yet, so decided to keep it as a top and thought it would make a lovely cover-up for something sleeveless.

It turns out to be a perfect cover-up for my favourite night gown. My night gown is a navy blue silk jersey with navy blue lace on top. It has narrow straps and a low neckline. I bought it right before I gave birth and I feel lovely wearing it. The straps pull down easily to nurse and it´s really comfortable. It is however, not modest at all and while I don´t mind my husband seeing the goods, sometimes it gets a bit cold running around half naked and my in-laws tend to show up for unannounced visits in the evenings.

(If you are wondering why I often take pictures at night, this is what happens when my toddler is up 🙂 Sunday mornings are the best, obviously!)

I used to just cover up in a sweater but now I can wear this blue top and feel great. It´s not too warm, covers just enough and unbuttons easily for nursing. It´ll be perfect for Spring and Summer!

Mission accomplished!

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My little princess!

 

 

SWAP Project 1: Darcy Boxer Shorts

Yesterday I finally decided to stop planning and start sewing. Clothes don´t sew themselves or I could just as well go back to buying them. I started with a very ´selfish´ project. Nobody apart from my husband (and daughters) is ever going to see me in these pyjamas and he prefers me not wearing any at all 😉 But still, I want to feel pretty when I crawl in bed next to him.

I thought some ´silk´ boxers would be a good starting point so I set out to make 2 pairs of Darcy Boxers shorts. It´s a free pattern by Measure Twice Cut Once and I had only read good things about them.

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I decided to do everything right and follow the instructions to a T. I have to admit that for a free pattern these instructions are wonderful. They are extensive and helpful. They weren´t as quick as I had guessed (hoped) but it was a day well spend.

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I opted for snaps because I was too lazy to sew buttonholes and they weren´t going to be functional anyway. This way I got to ´practice´ setting in pearl snaps. I have to say, I want to put pearl snaps on everything now and I´m really tempted to order some other colours as well.

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A bit wrinkled since I slept in them 🙂

Final verdict:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this pattern. It´s absolutely lovely and a breeze to sew. Great for scraps. But instead of feeling all elegant in my ´silky´ new pyjama bottoms, I feel like I´m wearing Hugh Hefners´ underpants. They remain boxer shorts in the end and their cut is very masculine, combine that with the silky fabrics and I´ve got instant Playboy vibes 😀

Doesn´t mean they won´t get worn though, they are the only warm weather appropriate pyjama bottoms I have so until I find another pattern, these will be in heave rotation 😉

I´m even willing to give the pattern another try, but this time use the ´feminine´ instructions and use a different fabric 🙂

Summary:

Size:

  • Cut a size XXL

Alterations:

  • Took in both sides by 1 cm (so 4cm in total)
  • Used snaps instead of buttons
  • Used 4cm elastic instead of 2,5 cm because it was all I had on hand

Fabric & Notions:

  • Red print poly, remnant from stash (no longer available online)
  • Watercolour silk cotton (gift from Hanne)
  • Pearl snaps – bought here
  • Interfacing – stash

 

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 overcrowded at the same time. Making all of these garments is crazy ambitious so I´m not even going to attempt it but it does give me a fair idea of what I would love to sew.

Fashionable foundations

 

I have to admit that the top row kind of scares me. I was never afraid to sew pants until the entire sewing community called sewing pants ´scary´ and ´hard´. I need to get over this ridiculous feeling and just sew them already, I´ve done it before with great outcome. The top row is less scary to sew , it´s just too bad that I can´t pull off any gathered or pleated skirts. I love the look of them but they make me feel like a fat toddler 😀

Chic Chemises

 

Making outfits out of separates is kind of hard for me. I have lots of separates but nothing really matches, making my outfits okay but not quite good enough. My main problem are shirts. I don´t like wearing regular t-shirts so most of the time I´m stuck. I´m hoping that these few will make me feel comfortable and get a spontaneous compliment  out of the husband 😉

Fabulous Frocks

 

I absolutely love wearing dresses. Throw on a dress, grab a cardigan and you are good to go. I really want to start wearing dresses again but they need to be nursing friendly or adaptable to be nursing friendly without looking like it (since I want to continue wearing them afterwards)

Cool Summer Nights

 

It´s time to say goodbye to my ratty old pyjamas. I´m probably not the only one who keeps old t-shirts just to sleep in and has a heap of mis-matched tops and bottoms. I say ´no more´, I want to feel good crawling into bed with my husband 😉

My goal is to get a more cohesive wardrobe, a smaller wardrobe (for separates) and one that I absolutely love and feel good in, I´m trying to do this from stash wherever possible 🙂 Apart from the Jalie Jeans, the Southport dress and the Bootstrap patterns, I own all of these. I´m waiting to order the bootstrap patterns until the moment I actually want to make them as they are based on your own measurements, just like Lekala patterns.

More later!

 

Spring and Summer sewing 2015 part 2

I like to plan my sewing, I spend more time planning than actually sewing and then I want to kick myself for not putting my words (or drawings) into action.

I told you about my Spring sewing plans, I finished the copy of the dress and love it, but haven’t gotten round to taking pictures yet.

But just the colour scheme wasn’t enough. My drawing went into overdrive and I experimented a bit in Photoshop. I wanted to try my hand at creating a beautiful capsule wardrobe (there’s a lot of clothes, ‘cuz I don’t do minimal)

 

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These were just the ‘in between’ ideas, but you get the gist. I finally settled on the pieces of clothing I wanted and the fabrics to use…. Most of them from stash (yay for me), I even wrote down the place to find the ‘new’ fabrics for future reference (Yes, I’m that organized – when it comes to sewing)

Fabric Collection

I’ve bought most of these fabrics by now (somehow, some unplanned ones jumped into my bag as well – bad fabric) and having them here really inspires me, I love looking at the colors, touching and stroking them and they really give me a ‘Spring’ feeling! If you’re wondering about the weird numbering, it corresponds with the picture below (I numbered them by hand and not on Photoshop and I really can’t be bothered to fix that but basically top left is 1 and so on…)

Let's play the game 'Spot the pattern'

I’m sure you can spot a few familiar patterns 🙂 I might not use the exact same patterns but I’ve began experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. I tried my hand in drafting my own perfect Spring/Summer t-shirt to turn into dresses and tunics and so on. I’ve never drafted anything before, I’m more a ‘hack from pattern’ kinda sewist, but it’s been fun and it’s given me the chance to use the ‘less pretty’ fabrics in my stash for wearable muslins 🙂 Now those fabrics finally feel loved as well.

Now before you go on saying how pretty my drawings look and you wish you could do the same: Keep reading!

I’m not very good at drawing but this series of blogposts inspired me to give it a go anyway! I suggest you read them if you want to make your own outfit drawings but are afraid you can’t draw.

I actually cheated by copying the line drawings of all the patterns I wanted to use, scaled them to be the same size and then started mixing and matching. Those of you who follow me on Instagram, know how much fun I had a few weeks ago. (Note that fun should always be accompanied by The Doctor)

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How is your planning going?

PS I want to thank you all for the kind words on my last blogpost. I feel a lot better now that it’s out in the open. I’ve taken my life back into my own hands, Konmari‘d my entire house to get rid of the mess and I have a new co-worker who’s awesome! (And has a blog) She’s basically been acting as my personal therapist to get me to like my job a bit better…. So far, it’s working 😀

Spring & Summer Sewing 2015

It’s February and I can’t wait for Spring to begin so I can start sewing my warm weather wardrobe!

Sure, I’ve got a massive backlog of winter sewing to blog about but since those clothes are on constant rotation they are never available for photographing when the light outside is somewhat decent. Truth be told, they’ll probably never make it onto the blog but I’m not going to feel bad about it 🙂

A few years ago I bought a dress, it was relatively cheap and the amount of ironing it required drove my mother insane. But I wore it until it had holes (which didn’t take long since the quality was quite crappy). Then I gained some weight and stopped wearing it. I couldn’t get myself to throw it out and kept it aside to save the fabric. I’m glad I kept it because it fits again (yes, holes and all) and I want to recreate it. I’m still looking for the perfect pattern as I can’t get myself to take it apart and rubbing it off turned out to be impossible (too many details and gathers)

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Yes, I know, my drafting skills are spectacular 😀

Apart from wanting to recreate the dress, I wish I could get my hands on the fabric because I’m in love with it and it inspired me for my Spring/Summer palette.

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Suggestions are always welcome! Have you ever found such inspiration in an ‘old’ piece of clothing?