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Flowery Alice

Alice blouse tap shors

This is the fabric from the pockets of both my tap shorts and I thought it was meant to be an Alice top. This time I made it a size smaller then last time and the fit is more snug. I think this is better and certainly easier to wear with a cardigan. I used a solid blue for the sleeve lining and the flowery for the yoke lining. The pattern calls for tearaway facing in the neck opening which I substituted for iron on interfacing on the lining which makes the neck edge very crisp, it is certainly something I will do for other projects. I don’t know if you’re bored yet but I really love this fabric and the pattern is so happy and comfortable with a loose fit, perfect for all sorts of outfits and can be worn both tucked in and out for variation.

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My facial expiration totally failed today, I was trying to look naturally happy but not actually feeling grate trying not to over do it, well I didn’t over do it. However I really like this top and have been longing for pictures ever since i finished it a few weeks back. It has already been to one party and I think I will be wearing for this evenings birthday celebration.

Tap shorts

50's blouse self drafted tap shorts

I like blue if you hadn’t noticed, so the second pair are made in the same amazing fabric as the first pair. This pair have a front fly, my first, and I am unreasonably proud of sewing it in perfectly. To modify the fit from the last pair I lengthened the back crotch seam about 1 cm. Tap shorts

Why only make one of something good? Tap shorts

50’s blouse

50's blouse

I made this 50’s blouse with original 50’s buttons from this beautiful fabric, the pattern is drafted by me and the buttons have the exact same shade of turquoise as the flowers in the fabric. The buttons come from my absolute favorite button hunting place Tummelisa.

I wanted a small and round peter pan collar which I think turned out pretty perfect, the shoulder slope is a little steep however. I am thinking of making something similar with cap or keyhole sleeves, or maybe put this collar on this blouse with the button placket in the front.

Tap shorts

Tap shorts

This is my first take on Kate and Laney’s tap shorts. I cut the size based on my hip measurement and it was  one size too big, but instead of going down a size I shortened the yoke and made them a lower fit instead. I really like where they hit this way, they are still a high rise but not a natural waist. The fit isn’t completely perfected yet, but pretty good and absolutely useable.  The fabric I used is twill from Sew Over It, really nice and soft for twill. I have already made another pair that’s waiting to be photographed along with a new alice top in the same fabric that’s used for the pockets. No one can see it but I love the inside of the pockets unreasonably much. I did buy the two fabrics with the intention of making an entire outfit of them or maybe two considering the amounts, and I’m so glad that they do coordinate as well as I hoped. It is always a bit risky shopping online. I am planning on making a plain sleeved crop top as well in the flovery fabric but haven’t decided on a pattern yet.

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These will be perfect when the summer comes.

Alice top

Alice top

It seems I’m always creating out of season, this is Alice is my new summer top. It is made in cotton double gauze from nani iro. It feels a little big so I think I will make a size smaller for the next one, I have already the fabric laid out so I can start as soon as I get a free moment. I was inspired to make this when I saw the beautiful red version Elizabeth from Sewn by Elizabeth made for her mother in law, it just seemed like the perfect fit for me. I have ordered some navy trouser weight cotton for a pair of shorts, to go with it and then I will be ready for summer, although I’m still longing for some proper winter with snow that stays for at least a month. I haven’t decided whether I shall use the Esther shorts pattern and modify it to have a front zipper and pockets both front and back or whether I shall buy the Tap shorts pattern that already have all the nice details and just fit it instead.

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Have you started the next seasons crafting yet?

Alice top

2014 a summary

2014 started with me being thrown out of a lecture because I was knitting and after that I just didn’t enjoy knitting anymore for almost 6 months, so I sewed instead except for april and may which I spent in school barely getting home to sleep, hardly having time to talk with my husband. Then the summer came and with it more time for creative things. I set my mind to make my own underwear, as well as sewing my first pair of trousers, a couture gown and decided that knitting is for fun and if I only want to knit kids-wear to stock up for a distant baby in the future, that is fine. It doesn’t have to be practical, useful or smart. I also decided to start making separates which surprisingly resulted is a new favorite outfit, my black velvet skirt, Amélie and a thin lace cotton cardigan, also black. This was unexpected in two ways firstly me wearing black willingly and secondly my favorite isn’t a dress.

Her comes some of the most loved items from the past year.

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For 2015 I am hoping to graduate and to get well in to my master thesis project and to keep creative in an unwise and happy way simply enjoying the proses and make what my heart feels like, so to those of you how occasionally receive handmade gifts, there might not be any in the near future…

Needle case

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My mom gave me new nickel free knitting needles, so I made a new case for them. It’s made using a dalahäst canvas, plastic foil for the outside and cable pockets, elastic for the needle pockets and bias binding for the edging.

I wanted a zipped pocket for end stops, safety pins, stitch markers, a pair of scissors and all the little things you need. Separate pockets for all the different cable lengths, it makes it so much easier to get the right one straight away and of course to be able to close it with a zipper to prevent any from escaping.

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I think it turned out well, it is certainly much prettier then the case for my old needles so lets just hope that it ages well.

 

Black Lace

Black lace bra

This one is made just as the others from pin-up girls classic bra pattern but since I have changed it a little every time the resemblance to the original is questionable. I found this smooth lace in my local fabric shop and thought it would be perfect for a bra or two. The surface is smooth and the mesh part makes it slightly stretchy. The fit is good but I won’t model this one. You can find my previous versions here, 1, 2.

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Bombshell dress

Bombshell dress bra

I made this dress for my cousins wedding in august but since I wasn’t completely pleased with the photos  and taking new ones have proven difficult. I took the Bombshell dress class on craftsy and used the accompanying pattern. The fabric is something I bought a long time ago and have dragged around with me through several relocations and finally it has now become something spectacular. It is silk taft in pale dusty pink with printed green to brown flowers on.

Bombshell dress braModifications: I lifted the over the cups area quite a bit and drafted my own skirt with pleats using all the width in the fabric and wished that it had been a little bit wider. I also made my own boned strapless bra to go with it.

I underlined the entire dress with a high quality thick cotton clot, (intended for the underdress in or national costume).

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I also lined the bodice with a beautiful nan iro volie and sewed in a creme coloured waist-stay with a pearl button as closure. I also added horsehair braid to the hem to make it more structured instead of a petticoat which I think would only have been bulky to this type of skirt that doesn’t have much width.

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40’s bow dress

40's Bow dress

I bought this fabric when I was looking for some nice navy blue cotton poplin for a skirt. I didn’t find a nice weight of poplin but walked on this flowery fabric 100% cotton in a light, dense and almost drapey fabric perfect for a 40’s dress and very similar to the fabric on the patterns envelope. I think that the patterning of the fabric makes the beautiful details on the yoke disappear a little too much but it is certainly nice this way too. I used about 2.5 meters of a 112 cm wide cotton print, made the bodice and sleeves exactly as the pattern, but didn’t have enough fabric left for the 6 panel skirt I really wanted so I made a very pleated skirt with 15 pleats on the front and back all in all 30, pointing around in a circle. This is more of a skirt from the early 60’s or 20’s put together with a 40’s bodice and sleeves, but that’s the charm of making your own clothes, you have and opportunity to mix and match all you like.

40's Bow dress

The pattern is Simplicity 1587 a reprint from the 40’s it has an optional bow with I of course made and pleats surrounding it for the bust shaping. It is unlined and only have a neck facing, I didn’t think of a good way to add a lining because of the complex yoke which is a bit unfortunate for a winter dress. I will make another one in a plain fabric when I find something suitable, hoping for some nice wool suiting.

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This is how happy I was about defying the weather to get these photos.

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It was 4°C and pouring.