Friday, July 18, 2014

A fabric give-away!

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 :) 

 The second fabric is actually from my stash. It is a polyester fabric which I'd bought for my Minoru lining. Since that isn't happening anytime soon I'm hoping to make one of you happy with it! It's aprox 2.4 meters long and 1.4 meters wide.  It has a bit of a crepe like feel and it drapes well, but it does have some structure to it.

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

Glitters everywhere! Anima pants and Pneuma tops..

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.. 
I still have a lot of unblogged makes from before the competition (april/may makes, I'm sooo slow right now!) but I wanted to show you guys my latest makes first! I'm entering them in the Sporty Summer Sewathon and the Anima Pant competition, two flies in one squat we would say in The Netherlands ;)
I made the 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..
After seeing 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.

 My bottom elastic was exactly the same length as the width of the top, so I didn't really have to stretch it in order to attach it. I'm not sure if I should have cut it smaller, but stretch wise this works for me, it is just different then the instructions ask for.. The top elastic asks for 1 cm wide elastic, but my haberdashery store only had really thick 1 cm elastic.. I still had some 0.4 cm wide elastic in my stash, which I added and I think it works just fine :)

And now the pants!
I love them! The fabric is cotton and it is quite thick with a very soft inside and just a tiny bit of stretch. Which meant that I couldn't get the cuffs over my feet when I tried it.. So I decided to make another plan and just add more glitter fabric! (At first I was only going to add it to the pocket).
I cut them in between sixe xxs and xs and I'm really happy with the fit. They are a bit more fitted than I expected looking at the pictures, but I think this has everything to do with my fabric choice. I'll be making 2 shorter versions asap in thinner, stretchier fabric, so I'll see what happens!
The only thing I did differently than the instructions call for was the waistband. The instructions have you stitch one side of the waistband to the pants and then fold the rest over and topstitch it. What I like to do is assemble the waistband first, by folding the fabric in half with the elastic in between.
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..
I know I promised you a give-away and it is coming! I just have to take pics of the fabric.. Slow, I know!

Do you have any festivals coming up? Or sweet summer/winter plans?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Chardon skirt

Hi guys! 
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
 It travelled with me to Italy and I've worn it soo many times already! I love the way it looks with a tucked in shirt, def going to be a summer (probably a year round) staple! I actually went fabric shopping and found two gorgeous fabrics which I'm going to giveaway to one of you, as a thank you for being so awesome/voting for me! The fabric is currently still in Italy with my parents, but once it gets here (next week) I'm hosting a giveaway :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

I finally made a Bombshell! Sew it up week 3

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!

And my inspiration:
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.

 It was a lot of fun to make, I followed the sewalong, which is super detailed! The only thing I messed up was when I decided to serge the back seam about 5 times, which made it really thick. After spending 3 hours to unpick everything it was smooth sailing from there on. I find that if I serge seams that get a little bit of strain on them the stitches really show on the right side. I guess it’s a tension thing with my serger, but so far I haven’t figured it out yet.. Any tips?
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!
Shane by Ted Parker

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chloe meet Roxanne, sew it up week 2 challenge

Whoohoo! I made it through week 1 in the Sew it up challenge! Thanks guys for voting for me!

For the second Sew it up challenge we had to make a shiftdress.. Hmm what was I going to do? I usually love my dresses form-fitting or at least fitted at the waist. Until I remembered the one pattern that made me change my mind. The Chloe dress from Victory Patterns. It’s a semi fitted, mid length A-line dress, so perfect for this challenge!
I found some gorgeous Atelier Brunette cotton at Mondaysmilk and thought of a plan to add the pleated collar from the Roxanne top to my dress. This meant changing the pattern a bit, by raising the neckline and elongating the bust seam. But I really wanted to give this dress a little bit of extra edge and for me adding the collar did just that. I love this pleated collar and would add it to everything if I could..

This challenge was all about the techniques and finishing touches. That’s why I used my favourite technique ever, french seams. They just give the whole dress a super clean finish. I even finished the welt pockets with french seams, which was quite a puzzle, but it worked out in the end! (I used this tutorial.) It just feels weird putting the pieces wrong sides together and when there’s a welt flap in between it’s even more of a mindf*ck.

French seams everywhere
The sleeves are finished with bias tape, which I made from the same fabric. I also inserted the sleeves with french seams, using this tutorial from Jen at Grainline Studio. I have to be honest though, I did use my serger to finish the back seam with the invisible zipper. I just didn’t know how to finish this one with a french seam (and Google didn’t know it either).
More french seams!
I think this might just be my new favourite summer dress and I hope you’ll like it too! Clean and simple, but with a little bit of edge. Just how I like it!

I'm already super excited for the next challenge (as I've almost finished it and already love it), so if you've got a minute, please vote for me!
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