My old amazing project bag is a bit warn and the handles are literally threads and falling in pieces so I decided it was high time to make a few new ones. First up was this fabric I saved for something like this, it was supposed to become a Oddvars penestre kofta but I didn’t feel it and instead of ripping out this amazing fabric, I felted it in hope of using it in a special sewing project. Having seen so many beautiful bags lately on pods I felt inspired to try something new and created this pattern to use every cm of my hand knit fabric.
The bottom and the cord casing is in coordinating twill and the inside in a stunning blue Chambray, intended to become a summer blouse but since that hasn’t happened yet and it was perfect for this project, I went ahead anyway.
It is a medium sized bag, perfect size for everyday use, it will hold a small to medium project comfortably or an adult sweater if you really want to. It is currently stuffed full of an aran weight sweater in progress for me (including all yarn). I wanted leather handles but haven’t been able to source the leather yet and as I really wanted to get going I thought that I can add it later when I have found a source I feel comfortable in supporting.
As you probably know I’m working on a collection of baby/toddler wear, these are a few of the things I’m working on.
The decision of focusing on baby wear came as a side track, but a love it and it will probably stay for a while. Everything is tiny, cute and there is always the challenge of making everything comfortable as well as functional. Did you know babies have really big heads and making tops go over the head without having an unhappy baby can be a bit of a challenge? The photo sections are also very interesting, if you happened to pick a good day, you have a laughing baby for a full hour of changing clothes and snapping photos, it the best day in the world. If it’s a bad day the newly ironed clothes gets vomited all over before we even get in to the shooting set up, but it is wonderful not knowing and working with what you have at the moment.
What you can see in the pictures, apart from the adorable model and child of a friend, is Akleja Blanket currently in pattern testing, Maskros T-shirt a 60’s inspired top, Tussilago Trousers adorable pleated trousers for everyday wear and Dagmar.
I pattern tested for Wardrobe by me Patterns for you just before christmas and made this top, The pattern is now released and is the hanna dress but I made it shorter as a top. I made it in organic cotton jersey with 6% elastane that I got from my sister in law for my birthday. This top has a few fit issues that she should have resolved in the final pattern, the main one being that this turned out more like a maternity top then a normal sweater due to the low back and high bust for the bodice that tilt the skirt forward. It is incredibly comfortable and I love the yoke detail and will definitely use it again for other tops and dresses.
I’m thinking of putting this in storage for a future pregnancy (If we are blessed) but I have been meaning to do so for almost a month now but it is so comfortable that I just keep use it. Do you have any suggestions?
I want to make christmas ornaments this year and thought that some of you might be interested in joining in (I hope.)
I’m going to be posting some inspiration posts here and then have some sort of link party at the end. I think that making ornaments can be fun to do as a holiday craft so the end date for the Link party will be in the beginning of January. So there is no rush, I just want to enjoy making pretty little things during this time of the year. We don’t have a christmas tree or rather, we have a tiny one in a pot, living in the city makes buying and disposing of a tree a bit difficult so we only have a tiny in a pot that lives on the balcony the rest of the year. For me it won’t be about decorating the tree, it already has 8 glass hearts in the smallest size I could find and there isn’t room for more, so the decorations will probably hang in the curtains instead.
If you want to join in use the hashtag #OrnamentMakeAlong and leave me a comment so I know there is someone more then me doing this. I think it will be really fun and have already started by cutting out grainline studios’s narwhal pattern.
My very first sewing pattern in here it is cute and cuddly, don’t you agree. You can read more about it on the product page here.
In order to be able to sell sewing patterns I have had to change my shopping system this is still in progress so there and at the moment 2 different checkout systems in the shop but apart from that every thing still works and is user friendly. Go en check out the new store design, I have been going with sketches to my husband that have frantically been coding to get every thing to look as I want it to. I think the new design looks very professional, tidy and much more in my aesthetic.
If you prefer you buy knitting pattern trough ravelry so you can keep them in your ravelry library this is your last change all old pattern are still available through ravelry but will be removed and put in the new shopping system one by one as I go trough them. The first ones will go on Monday December 7th so you have this week. I think the new system is grate different but grate and the best thing it that I can sell sewing patterns, knitting patterns and notions in the same store which is a huge benefit.
I’m making a cotton nice weather jacket, it is made in the amazing screen printed cotton I got from my sister in law a few years ago. I tried making a dress from the fabric when I got it, but my sewing skills wasn’t that great and it didn’t even make it to the blog. The result was just too bad to show it, this jacket however is amazing. The print makes it a quite bold but in a nice way. The pattern is Waver jacket by Papercut patterns, I did a broad shoulder adjustment, Se below, I needed to add 2 cm extra width 12 cm from the neckline and you can see how I did, I cut to the seam allowance saving just enough for it to stay together and then pulled it apart 2 cm and re-drew the pattern piece, this way the excess is only added where it is needed at the shoulders.
I changed the pockets to bound with flaps and silk lining so they don’t add any bulk to the jacket. I bagged the jacket using the same tutorial as I did with my Veste Bernadette. I think it is quick and makes everything look neat and nice on the inside as well. For the lining I used some lightweight cotton, I walked around in my local fabric store for about an hour without finding something quite like the one in my mind or something I really liked within my budget and finally decided to make do with this green owl print. I now remember why you always should line the sleeves with silk no matter what you line the rest with, it is tricky to get the jacket on when you are wearing a heavy sweater. Since I haven’t had a cotton lined jacket for at least 5 years now I had forgotten that this is an issue. I thought that this would be fine. It is cotton but the surface is smooth almost lit satin treated cotton, well not smooth enough.
I was asked to make trousers for our nephew out of these car themed fabrics. I drafted the pattern myself. I made one pair first sent it over to see whether the fit was good before making the others, I didn’t want to risk making several with a bad fit. I think that the result is fine, I don’t love the style but they’re not for me so my opinion doesn’t really count.
The construction is pretty simple. The waist is a fold over ribbed knit, the body is a gathered jersey to make them baggy and the cuffs are made in the same ribbing as the waist band. Most of the fabric is organic cotton with 6% elastane. I think that 6% elastane is a good amount for jersey it makes the fabric nice and stretchy without being floppy.
Would you be interested in a sewing pattern for these?
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I have a few new patterns in progress behind the scenes witch means that I need some testers. I do try my very best to make sure that everything is in order but I’m only human and mistakes slips between my fingers sometimes. I will be forever grateful to the ones that take the extra time and effort to help me make my patterns just right. You do not have to be an expert. I’m interested in both Swedish and English speaking testers since I am to release patterns in both languages. If you are interested please fill in the form here. I will email a few that correspond with the the type of pattern that is in the finishing process and ask if you are interested at that time and in the type of project. I’m not able to pay you for this service but I will give you a little something to show my appreciation at the end.
I’m hoping to be able to realize an autumn collection including a complete outfit, which means both knitting and sewing. I’m interested in both sewers and knitters interested in testing for all kinds of projects (children’s, woman’s, men’s, interior). At the moment there are way too many ideas in my head and I haven’t finalized all the details yet.
I went fabric shopping and was looking for some fabric to make a Holly jumpsuit, sadly I didn’t find any suitable but I found several new colours of that amazing rayon I made my dusty mint sorbeto in and saw a flowy navy skirt. Said and done, I bought some navy rayon, hurried home, put it in the washer late friday evening stared making a muslin for zinnia by colette patterns and sewed my first zinnia with lots of modifications, as usual, saturday morning. I made the pleated version in the long length and put a beautiful brown lookalike wood button in the closure. I put in pockets and moved the zipper to the side seam it is a little tricky to have side seam pockets and an invisible side zipper but you can absolutely do it.
Later in the day I may have planted zinnia seeds among others in my new zinnia skirt, perfect match. My grandmother gave me some zinnia seeds last year, I didn’t think much of them at first but I am converted zinnia survives on a dry very hot balcony and was in bloom the entire summer. You can see them in almost every finished project photo from last summer. If you have a little outdoor space they’re definitely worth trying.
I made this maternity top a few weeks back for my cousin (I’m only modeling), and no despite all the baby stuff I make. I am not pregnant nor intending to be for some time, it doesn’t go well with organic chemistry.
The pattern is Megan Nielsens Perfect nursing maternity top also called Simplicity 1469, I did a few changes, grading from one bust size to a smaller under bust size. My cousin and I do have the same torso measurements except that I am 15-20 cm taller, anyway, so I was trying it on to see if the fit was right and I liked it so I’m thinking of making one for me as well but with a little less fabric in the tummy area and a little more in the back. The fabric used is a very soft gray cotton jersey and the white is leftover french terry, both with some elastane which makes it very strechy. I added clear elastic to the neckline and waist band because there will be a baby pulling at the neck line by fall and stretched out necklines aren’t pretty.
I’m so glad that megan is back in business and will republish her patterns. I have been eying the Rie top and the night gown since before they sold out but didn’t prioritise it and hope that they will be back soon. I think that both of them would look good on non pregnant ladies and would like to see them in my summer wardrobe.