Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Put a ring on it!

I was able to attend a workshop in making a ring of silver and I have to say it was a lot of fun! so much fun that I found a 4 day course the first week of my vacation and signed up
 
 This is my ring on top and under are some others too
I´ve been sewing and knitting some and even croched two potholders...my my computer collapsed and I bought anew one today and there are som differences between my old and new one, I was able to import the photos from my I-phone but it took some time...Now it´s laundry , rest, dinner and nightshift at work, then I´ll try to load some sewingrelated photos

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vogue 1175 Donna Karan Dress

This pattern is OOP and I´m so glad I got one! I had it for some time and was intrieged by the weird cut.
I used a viscose fabric with velvety dots in some synthetics that where way to stiff for this dress but I made it to be used at a Gatsby party so I consider it a wearable muslin.
 
 It´s low cut in the front but even lower in the back. I did not wear a bra ( probably the first time since "mellanstadie" about age 12)
 Here you can se the beautiful cut in the back
 I had to raise the dress to fit me, as always and I did that by remowing fabric at the shoulders and simply made a pleat at the back to fit the front
 Deep plunge.......
I have to say I really love this dress, It´s comfy, fun, elegant and even have pockets. I find it hard to test the pattern without sewing a muslin, but I will wear this one again, the dress is lined and I used silk from a sari that´s been in my stash way too long

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Better late than never

It´s Burda 2008/09/134 and the fabric is from tha ugly fabric swap in Kiel, unknown fibers, quite shiny and I would say that it looks more purple than the pictures will show
 The jacket is completely interfaced by fusing tricot interfacings on every part of it, I did this probably 3 years ago...sew the shell and left it....I think I lost the lining I bought for it.... There is pocket with plackets in the seams, hard to see on the pic
 A couple of weeks ago I decided to do something about it and found a new lining in stash that are quite heavy and I think it´s supposted to be lining in furs. I decided to do a hidden placket and used an old pattern from Neue Mode  for it
 This is absolutely my favourite hidden placket tecnique! No bulk! bagged the lining and used two articles in Threads for instructions
 Green buttons from the stash
The only thing that I don´t like about this jacket is that the sleeves are3/4, that´s due to lack of fabric and maybee it´s becourse I´m not used to it.... I plan to knit wristwarmers that match so I can wear it outside when it gets a little warmer

Monday, February 03, 2014

Alabama love

I´ve been kind of obsessed with Alabama Channing these days and my first attempt is this top,

I think it´s Burda 1/2005 and I´ve made it once before but this time handsewn Alabamastyle, It took 2 spools of buttonhole twist thread, mainly becourse I desided to do the decorative stitching also on the hems of the body and the sleeves
                                         
 I used the stencil in one of the books and created a large one using some kind of thick fusable interfacing, then I tried a rather thick paint that I used a sponge to apply, did not go well!!!!so I turned to the bottle with liquidy paint and sprayed on it using the airpump that it came with, the color of the paint is purple
 Then I started stitching using a darker blue thread, for the skirt I used a pattern from one of the books and the first gore is to the right, it´s already been cut and the second one to the left I´m stitching right now
It´s really fun and so liberating tying knots
The top is part of the Burda challenge for 2014 there you make one item from each month but since Burda in Sweden comes around mid month I´m doing januari in februari etc etc... Both items are part of a swap on a Swedish facebook Group where you sew 6 items/ season, and these are part of my spring wardrobe, that is quite summery due to I´m heading for New Orleans and Austin at the end of april/ beginning of may.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The little top of horror

This is so horrible! The fabric is a remnant from local stoff and stil, I probably bought it after a vacation in Spain and felt that it was a little Desigual...Then I cutted this Sandra Betzina top and left it for about 2 or 3 years, found it and decided to finish it, will never wear it...BUT...I love this pattern, it´s feminine, has shape and is not bulky at all under the arms as someone wrote on PR. I want to make a long sleeved version in rayon. The pattern is OOP, the pieces are kind of weird but the result will be beautiful in another fabric

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Collection ( one of many)

 
Not only do I collect thimbles, I also collect other sewin related stuff and my latest collection is mugs that show of fiberrelated decors. I bought the two Merchant and Mill mugs in Dublin and the other two here in Malmö and when in London I bought a mug tree, I´ve been seeing them through my travels in the UK and Ireland so this collection will be limited to 6 mugs

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Meringue anyone?

Beeing a weight watcher you really should not eat sweets or at least limit your consumtion. So nice of Colette that I can indulce both Beignet and Meringue that contains no points...
 The shirt is from the last post and the skirt is the Meringue from the book I did not do the scalloped hem and I added pockets inspired by this photo that I pinned on Pinterest
 I did a lot of extra stitching on the pockets before I got it right, mostly I used the serger on too many seams and finally decided to line the pocket. I turned the outer edges and finished the opening edge by hand. The fabric is a cotton sateen with a little stretch in from Joann
I used my invisable zipper foot for the first time ( what took me so long??) the largest size on the pattern sheet and a adjustment for the back "shelf". A really easy and fast project part from the pockets that took me some extra time, more time than needed actually.
I´m not sure but I think the front darts on this skirt is placed closer together than on other skirts.
I might as well do one more for summer with the scalloped hem.