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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Purl Soho tunic

Wow this was a quick make!

I picked this cotton to join Oonapalooza, but then a nasty food poisoning bug kicked in and I couldn't get out of bed for pictures (or anything else that is).

The pattern is the free (and simple) Wear Anywhere Tunic from Purl Soho. It's a great tunic pattern! I cut a size 28 (smallest size) and added about 2 inches of length to the bodice part. Since my fabric is pretty see through I doubled the skirt fabric and that worked perfectly.
The back looks funny here, but I think it's the way I'm standing..
I've already worn it out to lunch and I'm thinking this will become a staple in my travel wardrobe for the coming months!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A silk/linen Victoria Blazer

After making my first Victoria Blazer I knew I would like to make another one, the full length version this time. I actually finished this the first week of april *shame on me for being such a lazy blogger*.. 
 
This fabric looks quite special, it is a silk/linen blend and it has a lot of different colour tones and textures. It is a bit scratchy in places, so I lined the sleeves with a small bit of the very soft fabric I won in Aleksandra's blogiversary give-away :) No scratchy arms for me!
Excuse my hair, don't know what happened there.. 

The Victoria Blazer is quite a fast make, I think I made it in about two days of lazy sewing in between other things.. I only had one big issue, when my serger ate my sleeve fabric and I hardly had enough to cut out another one on the same grainline.. AARGHH! Luckily I was able to get away with it by removing about 1 inch from the sleeve length.. I also stole a bit of length from the seam allowances on both sides, which made it work :)

I hand stitched the hem, just as the BHL girls tell you to do, and I really like the result. I think it looks super clean and it gave me something productive to do during my nightshifts :)

The only thing is that I'm not really a blazer kinda girl, I'm just not used to wearing them.. So I really need to make an effort to think about my blazers and make sure I start wearing them on regularly.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sparkly Rigel Bomber

After the love story that was my first Rigel Bomber I've made a second one!

I found some awesome sparkly neoprene fabric in Rotterdam. Since this fabric feels nice on the inside as well I decided I didn't have to line it. When I also decided to ditch the welt pockets it became a super fast project!

I followed the instructions and made the same alterations as I did with my first bomber.

The only issue I had was that my ribbing wasn't wide enough to cut my pieces, super annoying! I fixed it by cutting the ribbing pieces in two pieces and stitching them together. Not the prettiest, but for Burning Man it will work :)

I acted a bit stupid when I inserted my zipper into my stretch fabric. I didn't stabilize the edge first and now I have a super wonky zipper :( Its not too noticeable when I close my jacket though so I can live with it.. But next time, I'm stabilizing it! Lesson learned.
wonky zipper..
Also the bottom isn't equal, which my boyfriend pointed out to me, I think this might also have something to do with the fabric stretching a bit.. Ahh well, let's hope no one will notice in the dark!
Hmmpfh
Have you learned any sewing lessons the hard way? Would you leave it as it is, or unpick 4 seams and redo it?




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ready for cold Burning Man nights, my Malu fake fur coat

For Burning Man I wanted to make a fake fur coat. I had the Malu pattern from Schnittchen on my mind, since it has no darts etc.
It was quite a big cutting/taping project, the pdf has about 60 pages, so quite a lot of work.. But so worth it! I cut a size 36 chest and then graded down to a size 34 at the hips. In hindsight a 36 all around would have worked perfectly, since there is just a hint of tightness around my hips..
I added pockets to the side seam using the same tutorial I used for my Minoru from Amy at Sew Well. I choose to line my jacket using a knit fabric, since I had enough of that one in my stash and I really like the print. This did give some strechting issues, but nothing a little creative cutting couldn't fix.
Yay, pockets!
I underlined the pieces that needed interfacing with a thin cotton muslin fabric, since I was afraid ironing would melt the fake fur.

To close my jacket I opted for toggles, which reminded me a bit of animal teeth :) For the loop part I sandwiched those in between the front facing and the outer fabric. The button part of the loop I actually just stitched onto my coat, sewing underneath the toggle bit, to hide it a bit..

I'm super happy with my coat! It is an amazingly soft fake fur fabric, which actually reminds me a bit of an owl :)
After Burning Man (which I might have already bored you with) me and my sister will be travelling for about 2 months :)  We'll be visiting Portland, Seattle and maybe Vancouver, before we fly to Mexico. I'll be volunteering there and afterwards we'll spend some time in Tulum. Then we'll go back to The States to visit Los Angeles and Las Vegas. 

If you have any tips or want to meet, please let me know! Either in the comments or just send me an email, would love to meet up with fellow sewists! You can follow me on Instagram for more frequent updates :) it's: @revesmecanique


Have you ever sewn fake fur? Do you think this coat would be wearable in the real world? I'd love to wear it in the winter, but I'm not sure if everyone else might think I'm crazy.. My boyfriend did look at me weird when I mentioned it..



Monday, August 18, 2014

What I've been working on: Glitters and Fur..

What do you get when you combine a move, night shifts, an upcoming 3 month trip and food poisoning? A severely neglected blog and missed deadlines that is..
Sparkly Rigel Bomber
I have been sewing a lot, focussing on Burning Man. Which combined wonderfully with Oonapalooza and Two Piece Setacular but then this horrible food poisoning kicked in and I spent the whole week in bed..
Malu fake fur coat, this will keep me super nice and warm during cold desert nights
 So for now I present my finished items.. Yet to be photographed properly, but hopefully that will happen tomorrow!
Anima pants and Maritime shorts, both Oonapalooza worthy.. 
Thanks for waiting so long for new FO's, I promise they're coming asap!
Two Piece Setacular, Burning Man style
Purl Soho Tunic in my Oonapalooza fabric..