Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
As a thank you for being such awesome readers I've bought some fabric for a little give-away!
The first fabric is a black (greyish) Italian silk crepe with a little bit of stretch. It's 1.5 meters long and 1.45 meters wide. It is quite similar to the fabric I used for my Saltspring maxi dress. It feels amazing and I actually bought some for myself as well :)
All you have to do to be able to win both of these fabrics is just leave me a comment! If you want you can tell me what you'd like to make with them, but that's totally up to you :)
You can enter until saturday the 26th and then I will randomly draw one lucky winner! I will add some other nice things to the package as well.. Oh and anyone can join! I'll ship them anywhere :)
|Isn't he cute, enjoying my Weekender and Portside bags..|
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I think this has been the longest break from blogging I've taken so far.. I guess after all the sewing/writing/taking pictures for the Sew It Up competition I just really needed a rest. Then my bf and I found a rental house (so I'll be living in two places now, still need to see how that works out). I'll even get my sewing room, which I painted this week and can't wait to finish it!
|View from the dining room to the living room..|
|My future sewing room..|
Anima Pants and two Pneuma sports bra's from Papercut Patterns. I really wanted to make some items for when we go to Burning Man in august. So this was the perfect opportunity to use glitter/sequined fabric!
I will talk a bit about the tops first..
Sonja's top I knew these would be perfect for Burning Man! The gold glitter fabric is a bit thinner than the striped one, but both are lycra's from Italy. My sizing fell between xxs and xs so I cut right in between those sizes. They are super comfy, but I did have to unpick straps that are closest to my armpits at the back, since they felt a bit uncomfortable around my shoulder blades. I moved them a bit to the middle compared with the instructions. The striped one is my second try and I think the straps sit better on this one.
And now the pants!
I then start my topstitching from the folded over edge and continue this as many times as needed, making sure to keep the waistband fabric nice and straight. Then I attach the finished waistband to the pants and finish the edges on my serger. Doing it this way gets me out of topstitching the folded over waistband (since I always mess that up..) I hope this makes sense, if not just let me know!
|Topstitching the waistband, the fold in the fabric is on the right, I just make sure to keep everything|
nice and straight on the other side as well..
|Bf wanted to take some Burning Man appropriate pics.. beer and sun it is..|
Do you have any festivals coming up? Or sweet summer/winter plans?
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Thank you so much if you've voted for me for Sew it up.. Unfortunately I was eliminated from the competition.. At least this gives me more time to relax and sew at my own pace, I do perform best under deadline stress, but there's only so much stress you can take before it gets too much.. I did find something great as a thank you for one of you, so check back for that next week..
I still wanted to show you my Chardon skirt which I made to pair with my Bombshell swimsuit. I've had this pattern for a while but just didn't get around to making it. The fabric I picked comes from Paris and I originally wanted to make shorts out of it. It is cotton and the right side has a very soft (almost velvet like) feel to it. I'm super happy that I chose to make a skirt, since it's very wearable and a great wardrobe staple.
My hip measurements put me between 36 and 38, so I cut a size 37. I either did something wrong with the pleats or I should have cut a size 38, since it was getting veeerrry snug around my waist. I let out the seam allowances as much as I could, but this does lead to the pockets creating slight drag lines. Which I don't really care about, but I'm going to add some cm's to the pattern next time.
This was the first time that I actually made belt loops, don't know if I attached them correctly, since now you see two stitch lines on each side. But they work and I really like that you can add a a belt! I didn't interface the facings, since the fabric is already quite thick and sturdy and I didn't want to add extra bulk.
|Chardon in action|
Monday, May 26, 2014
For this weeks Sew it up challenge (you can vote here!) I made an outfit inspired by the artist Ted Parker. It was the perfect excuse to get my act together and finally make the gorgeous Bombshell swimsuit pattern from Heather at Closet Case Files.
First the video I made for you guys :) The water was still super cold!
I’ve had this pattern ever since it came out last year, but when my black lining fabric wasn’t delivered in time for our trip to Bali I kinda forgot about it (also because it was winter ofcourse..)
So when I read that we had to make an artist inspired outfit, I ran to the copyshop to get my Bombshell pattern printed! I found some black and white (gingham?) swimsuit fabric, and it is actually more fabric like then your normal lycra. Which gives it a real 50’s vibe for me.
|The dreaded back seam..|
Fit wise I graded from a size 6 on top to a size 7 around my waist and hips. The first two times I put it on I actually heard a very soft ripping sound, but now I don’t hear anything and I don’t see any torn stitches, so I’m hoping I’ll be fine!
My skirt is the Chardon skirt from Deer and Doe. Which I will blog about a bit later :)
Do you have any specific summer sewing plans? I’ve been spotting Lladybirds new bikini on Instagram and immediately thought: I have some black lycra in my stash! I’ve been tempted to buy it right away as Papercut Patterns now also has pdf downloads.. But then there’s also the Nettie pattern, which I could make out of leftover fabric from this Bombshell.. Aargh the temptation!
|Shane is getting tired of modelling|
If I can be very annoying once again and please ask you to vote for me here? I’d be forever grateful!