Monday, July 16, 2018

Gucci Skirt

We are having a really warm summer here in Sweden and the dryest as far as anyone can remember so what´s more suitable than to talk about my wool skirt that I have been wearing consistantly fall- winter- early spring. 

Front view

I made it early fall last year at a sewing camp there we where 20 women sewing for four days and evenings and getting food and coffea served to us reguarly
I was supposted to make a regular 6 gore A-line skirt but forgot the pattern at home so I went with what I had, the pattern is from an old Burda Plus and probably also a Burda Style and has a different cut at front that I liked and a went at the back, no waistband.
The fabric is an endbolt och really nice tweedy rusty wool that I bought from Italienska Modetyger.

Detail from inside back, hangers from the lining fabric and I also put my name on it!

It´s lined with a rayon lining and stabilized at the waist with some kind of twill tape, I´ve made skirts without stabilizing them at the waist but it really makes a differense doing it so no more easy way out here...
The last picture here shows the inside and I completely underlined it with silk organza, it´s the first time I do that in a complete garment, I used it as an interfacing before but never like this. Silk organza is hard to find in Sweden at least at a moderate price but I have a small collection now.

Underlining with silk organza is a winner! It gives a structure to the skirt that suprised me and I feel that it keeps the fabric from not stretching so my promise to myself is that I will never sew a wool skirt without it ever!!!!
Rust is a nice color that works well with navy and I really like these colors that reminds me of fall.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hello 2018!!!!

New year and new start!
I did not set up any sewing goals for last year but I will for this year;
I signed up for the RTW fast so I´m not buying any clothes for this year....I have a tendency to shop spontanesly so I think it´s a good idea for me . I also used to be the girl who saw things on the catwalk or on high street and made a copy myself and I would like to find her again and to be honest I Think I can do 3 years with the clothes I have part from undies and I do Think I have stockings for 3 years....
I would really like to find the optimal wrapdress pattern, I have two wadders that prooves that I´m still searching. One will be transformed into a skirt and the other into something else. I´m not even sure I want a wrap dress, I just want something wrappy over the bust. I like to wear jersey dresses and finding dressier models would be a goal and MariaDenmark and Sysiden is one option but also Knipmode/Fashion style has some great models for elegant jersey dresses.
I would like to find a way to sew the optional pantie or make a decican to just continue buying them.
I would like to sew a shirt in an inexpectly fabric that only can be found in a quilt store.
I will go to Toronto, Stratford, London and Rome and Stockholm and Copenhagen
Will be making some kind of fun X-mas outfit since I will be working all X-mas and NY and need something fun and tacky for this, ugly X.mas sweather is not enought!
I will blog more often...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Better late than never

About 7 years ago I bought a kit from Kantjeboord and I made a bra from it. ( and how I miss my Vivien bra....) Then after cancer and reduction all of my bras were too big and I slaughtered them and saved the hardware and other parts that could be saved.  A couple of years ago I did a new bra from that fabric but the straps came out to short, really easy to fix! Of course I did not do that until today so here´s a picture of my new bra, I even have fabric left to make a panty or two if I mix in some black fabric but until then I wear this one with black panties.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Socks, socks, socks!

I kind of like knitting socks...more than I actually wear them and I have a drawer to prove it!
Lately I have started to knit my socks on smaller needles like 2,0 mm and it makes them a lot nicer to wear. I always knit them toe up so when I link to a pattern I have not actually knitted the pattern just the design and sometimes a variation of it and I always knit them two at a time using magic loop.

This yarn is from Garnkorgen and it the color was called denim and the pattern is Laced-up-socks from Janice Kang, the links are to my Ravelry page for these projects. I Think the yarn might have been a Cascade heritage.....

This one is called Mirror and the pattern is from Knitty and by Josiah Bain and I did a variation of the patter on the backside. My notes says that these where made in Cascade Heritage, so maybee the denim blue where not....


I bought this yarn becourse I liked the name of the color; Mango. The pattern is a pattern for half mittens that I made into socks. It´s designed by Gesine Wiemer.
I liked this yarn so much that I decided to mend onother sock that are just basic from the head but had a close encounter this a moth ( I hope that is an issue from the past now but you never know...)

This is what I´m working on now! The pattern is called Fledermaus meaning "bat"  There are some simular designs for more socks on Ravelry. They are designed by Caoua Coffea and are a little challenging to knit and a lot of them have this twisted knit that I think is called Bavarian style. The yarn is Malabrigo sock

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tartan + Tweed = True

I rarely get exited about new books, but this is what I´ve been waiting for since my trip to Edinburgh a couple of years ago. It´s written by Caroline Young and Ann Martin and is a historybook of the two fabrics with a lot of pictures of fashion. It´s almost as if I want fall to arrive so I can sew my rusty tweedfabric into a skirt....well almost....

Monday, April 10, 2017

Burda (pre Style...)2004/03/136 top

I made my second blouse or top from this pattern and can´t recall that I ever blogged about my first...
The first one is the one with flowers, it´s a flea market rayon skirt that I liked the print on, It´s almost a straight 44 from the magazine, the second one is an embrodered cotton remnant that I bought in New Orleans a couple of years ago intended to sew this pattern and made plans for it time upon time and now I decided to do an FBA...Dont need it on Burda´s plus size patterns, and I knew it before and don´t know why I did it???..... So now I have do remove the extra fabric in that area.


 This is how the pattern looks like in the magazine, I made view A but sew the sides together all the way BUT since Nygårdsanna used to have a simular top with buttons in the back that is what I did on both . I can see that she has them again but this time without the buttons in the back
 The flowery top has som from the stash buttons that I have in two sizes, and for the white top I bought  hammer on kind of mother of pearl plastic buttons, most becourse I was concerned if I could sew button holes over the emroidery, The are from Stof och Stil and I already hade to replace one....
 The neckline as well as the arm holes are finished with ready made bias tape, and below you can se one of the seams from the original skirt that are placed like some kind of princess seams on the front
Now I will draw a new pattern and make some more tops, they don´t need a lot of fabric and are quick to make, reminds me of a Sorbetto fro Colette, but since this pattern works so well for me I think I stick with it. It´s also something that I like to wear, I might to some different necklines just for the fun of it!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Onion 5019 Wrap blouse OOP

I think everybody who watches House of Cards envy Claire Underwood  her wardrobe....I really like her white wrap blouse and wanted to make one for myself. after a lot of googling and going through Burda Magazines I decided to use this pattern, and then I saw that the blouse required far less yardage than my 2,5 meter piece of white shirting I decided to use this fabric from Stof2000 in Copenhagen ( Stof 2000 is a chain but I find the store at Norrebro to be the best)It´s a cotton and the colors goes well with the grey skirt and the cardigan that is yet to be finished.

If you look to the right of this picture you can see what the fabric looks like

 I did not do the pleats in the back and made my ties ca 150 cm long and tie them around me when I wear the blouse. I also did a different finish on the sleeves. I have a long torso so I added 2 cm above bustlevel and at the same time I lowered  the apex. This is something I do on all patterns and it´s a really fast fix.
I will be going to Rome for 2 weeks later this spring and one thing I will look for is a nice white shirting becourse I´m determent to redraw this pattern so I get a classic shirt sleeve with vent and cuff  and I will also make it slightly longer and sligtly wider ties.