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?
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.
How is making everything myself any better then buying commercially in a sustainable aspect?
Well it’s not. It might even be worse, commercial production have optimised everything so that as much of the material as possible are used and to be efficient. The aspect you can compete with by making your own is to only make what you actually need and to do that well only you have the opportunity to make garments form your own measurements that fit your body. Think through exactly what you need and make it perfect, ensure that the fit is perfect for your shape, that the colour suites you and is something you will like for a long time. Think long term, don’t stock up a big stash, your taste will most likely change.
I’m not saying that I’m perfect and only make the perfect items, that I love and cherish for years and years, but I would like to be.
I think that the knitting and absolutely the sewing community have taken on the fast fashion trend. I hope that this can be a wake up call for someone more then me, just to stop and think. Choose one project and make it really well. Do that hand stitching and take your time with one project instead of making several in the same amount of time.
Making things is essential for me. It is what makes me happy, calm, excited and more, so to stop making things isn’t an option, but trying to be aware and take it slow to take my time when sourcing materials is.
I have planned a series of posts where I go through how to curate a wardrobe or rather how I attempt to curate my wardrobe.
Please share you toughs in the comments or a link, I’d love to here what you think.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modifications: 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).
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.