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?
This is kjol (dress) from Knit for your kid, I made it is pickles extra fine merino in the colourway ballerina. This is the yarn that use to be one of the colours in Stjänenbords genser (below). I knitted size 2 years but the fit was horrible so after a few months consideration I ripped it all out and trying to keep the yarn interesting started this project right away. I this is a much better fit for the yarn. I wasn’t completely cure about the colour combination in the colour work having ordered online I was a bit disappointed when it arrived and the colour is so much nice standing on its own, so it was all for the best.
I cast on for size 2 years for kjole and knitted until I ran out of yarn, I only had 2 skeins so it is more of a top then a dress but considering the type of garment it is I think it might fit for a longer period of time with different amount of ease as something to grow with rather then something that is to small before it fits.
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.
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.
This is how happy I was about defying the weather to get these photos.
This is my second hawthorn, you can find the first here, it is made in a thin striped linen in the colour of spring. I modified the collar to make it wider and to make it lie flat (the original looked like airplane wings ), the skirt to a gathered one and drafted cap-sleeves. I had planed for dark brown wooden buttons but after searching 4 different notion/yarn/fabric shops, I gave in and went for turquoise pear one instead. If I ever find the perfect brown button I might have to change them, since it would give the entire dress the feeling a was going for, more of a rustic, swedish summer feeling.
It was windy and I had huge trouble with taking photos so after selecting the acceptable ones I only had photos of my backside which is weird.
Here you can see my Cayley with buttons, this has become my go-to sweater, blue, warm and comfortable.
Next up sewing wise is a bow tied blouse that I have been working on. I really want a white silk bow tied blouse as well but have trouble locating some affordable fabric if you have any suggestions on where to find some “heavy”silk crepe or similar are welcome. An ivory lace bra, I bought a beautiful lace and some silk organza for it a few days ago, I am really excited to start that and it will probably be the next project I lay my hands on, it going to be so beautiful.
This is Kimono sleeve dress from Salme Patterns, made in a flowy light rayon. I love it, the fit the colour and the cool and airy feel of it. My husband do not agree, he think it looks like an oversized t-shirt. I think it might be lovely to wear in the summer because of it’s airiness as well as it the winter with a slip underneath. I used french seems for the side and shoulder seems and rolled hem for the neckline and the hem. So what do you think, is it a nice dress or an awful oversized t-shirt that should never be worn?
Peony dress from colette patterns, made in linen, I did not make a muslin, rather considering this as my muslin, and the bust darts are to narrow, the sleeves just a little too tight and the neckline is a bit floppy. but otherwise it is a nice silhouette and I should make another one with some modifications.
I feel a bit like Cinderella at the Princes ball when I’m wearing this. It is made in thai silk that my father bought for me a few years ago, the colour wasn’t great so I over-dyed the fabric before I started cutting. This dress calls for a festive occasion, so it will probably be a visit to the Concert Hall soon. The pattern is my basic bodice with a width long gathered skirt and button up back.
I need a petticoat for this but I didn’t think of it before I saw these pictures.
This is the 2nd Washi dress I’ve made, I made the first one about a year ago but it still haven’t found it’s way to the blog. This one has only one modification, I lengthened the bodice 2 cm above the bust dart, since I apparently have a low bust. The fabric is a medium weight cotton very different to the last one that was made in a light batiste like cotton, the bodice is lined but not the skirt. I used the Washi expansion pack version C. I love it, it is so though through, I love how the collar bubbles up the perfect amount. I think that I used 2.3 m of a 110 cm width.