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.
I made this almost live size arctic fox for a birthday it is made in cotton velour and stuffed with finull (wool) it is 75cm long from tail to nose. The colors aren’t exactly genuine but fjällrävar can have a few different colours which of one is called blue, it is actually more gray allover but I liked the idé of a pail blue (turquoise) with white belly.
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.
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.
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.
Why only make one of something good?
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.
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.
These will be perfect when the summer comes.
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.
Have you started the next seasons crafting yet?
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.
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…
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.
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.