onsdag den 19. oktober 2016

Floral Bomber Jacket for Wilma

I want that outfit. Even her dirty old boots. I want it all. 

I thought I was done with any kind of purple. '50 Shades of Purple' - that's how color define the years 2007-2010! Purple was REALLY popular during those years (at least in Denmark) and by the end of that period the color started to make sligthly nauseous! I swore that never again would I get near that color.

Well, I managed about six years without the color - and apparently that was just the right amount of time to cure my purplefobia. I'm not a fan of all purple shades (yet) but this greyish heather purple is frankly quite alright. I would even consider calling it beautiful. Phew. I did it. (It's my birthday today so that might have influenced my positive state of mind. 27. Again). 

The skirt and the top are simple self drafted makes but for the cherry on top - the gorgeous floral bomber - I used a pattern from Ottobre 03/2016. Such a great design - I mean really great and the instructions are fab! The jacket is fully lined and perfect for the not too cold and too wet autumn days. Not that we usually have a lot of those days in Denmark. Well, hopefully she can use it for spring as well. 

The design is suitable for both boys and girls so I might make one for her brother as well. Faux leather or some sort of camouflage print. 

I found the floral fabric in Stoff & Stil's upholstery fabric section

The grey linen for her blouse is from Stofdepotet and the very light weight crepe that I used for both skirt and jacket lining is from Minerva Crafts. Be sure to use a microtex needle and sharp pins for this crepe - it's very delicate and unfortunately I pulled some threads while sewing. 

Stay tuned for more purple makes. 



onsdag den 12. oktober 2016

For Sara's baby boy - (or how to scare the shit out of your husband....)

I just couldn't resist! Right after I finished this tiny set I went to hubby who was very much occupied by the computer:

Me: 'Hubby, look what I just made'
Hubby - turning around in his chair. Not.a.single.word came out of his mouth - just that 'WTF' scared look on his face!!!
And then I laughed....and so did he. Or tried. A somewhat nervous and a bit hysterical laugh.

Relax hon, this outfit is for the adorable baby boy my dear fellow 'sewing addict and fabric hoarder' Sara just gave birth to.

Congrats on baby no 4, Sara. 2 boys and 2 girls, just like me :-). 

He looks so cute - and I'm sure that he's already very much loved by his older siblings. Enjoy that baby bubble. (And be careful; baby 4 is so easy that you might start dreaming of more...just sayin'!)

For your little guy I made a tiny wool felt coat and a dribble bib. Hope you and baby boy will enjoy the gift. 


The fabric is from Stofdepotet.dk

A bunch of sewing blogger budies are spoiling Sara and baby boy with gifts - lean back and enjoy the tour...

As it Seams

By Eva Maria
Do Guincho
Fairies, Bubbles & Co
In a Manner of Sewing
Just Add Fabric
La Folie Sewing Booth
Made by Toya
Miss Castelinhos
Naeh Connection
Needle and Ted
S is for Sewing
Straight Grain

søndag den 2. oktober 2016

Schnittchen Patterns - Sewing Around the World Tour

Today I'm sharing my contribution to Schnittchen's 'Sewing Around the World' tour. I was scheduled for a September post but life and pattern making got in the way.

Some months ago the Schnittchen Girls showed me some line drawings of their AW 2016 collection and I was sold!!! Among the patterns was a dress that just screamed 'Trine, make me!' - and who am I to let down a screaming LBD?! That would be cruel, right?!

Late September the pattern was finally ready to travel from Germany to Denmark - and that Jeannie Dress was sure worth the wait.

'Mr. Draper will see you now'! With a little more boob and butt I'm pretty sure I would make a damn fine Don Draper secretary in this dress. It's got that va-va-voom in a decent way, right?! That neckline combined with the crossover bodice and the fitted skirt - so freakin' elegant, if you ask me.

The pattern is designed for woven fabrics preferably with a little stretch, but Schnittchen also suggests scuba or some other sort of stable knit; a knit with some weight, not too much stretch and great recovery, like this GOTS certified textured double knit from Stofdepotet.

This fabric was indeed perfect for the dress.

The dress is designed with at back vent for walking ease, but because of my fabric choice I omitted that one. The dress is also meant to be zipped at the side seam but again due to my stretchy jersey fabric I could leave out the zipper.

Before sewing I had a feeling that I might have to adjust the fit a teeny tiny bit. So, instead of constructing the dress as a bodice and a skirt joined at the waist seam, I joined the front skirt to the front bodice - and did the same with the back parts - before sewing the side seams of the dress, making it much easier to take in if necessary. I mainly took it in at the arm and bodice area. Not much - just a 1 cm at each side I believe. Furthermore I stitched down the cross front detail because it gaped when I moved. That's about all the changes I made. Very simple ones.

The dress is unlined but you could easily add a lining to the skirt if prefered. The sleeves are beautifully finished with facings. All hems are finished with a blind stitch - I hand stitched the sleeves and machine stitched the skirt hem.

I've got only love for this pattern.

The new collection from Schnittchen will be released on Oct 16 and I promise you it's gorgeous. Perhaps even the best so far imo.

The Jeannie Dress pattern will be available in standard European sizes (34-44) and plus sizes 46-56. Oh, this cut is perfect for plus size girls! Show them hips!

Schnittchen has offered to sponsor 3 patterns for a giveaway - just leave a comment below to enter and I'll announce the three winners on Sunday Oct  9.

Thank you so much, Silke and Co. for having me on this tour

UPDATE: Below you'll find the 3 winners

Pernille E (comment no 22)
Anne (comment no 3)
Homemade by Jill (comment no 53)

Send me an email, you lucky girls :-)


fredag den 30. september 2016

Silk Crepe de Chine - you gorgeous fabric you....

I've worked with crepe and crepe de chine before - the poly(blend) kind of fabric, but this is my first go with the real deal, the gorgeous silk crepe de chine from The Fabric Store! Liberty silk crepe de chine to be specific. If I could afford it I would wear nothing else! Soft, drapey and actually pretty easy to work with. Put that microtex needle in your machine and sew away!

I knew from the moment I laid my hands on this fabric that I would turn it into 'something loose fitting'. I do love me a beautiful and fitted dress but I know from experience that a loose fitting something would get much much more wear. And this fabric deserves to get worn over and over again!

I had an idea in my mind and by combining the (slightly modified) top version of the Inari Tee (Dress) with an also slightly modified version of the skirt part from the Emery Dress I was able to create the comfy yet elegant loose fitting dress of my dreams.

søndag den 18. september 2016

Simplicity 1158 and sort of....

I've been having a little fun with Simplicity 1158.

The first thing I made based on this pattern was a short jumpsuit, then I made the jumpsuit Luna is wearing below. After that I got creative and made myself a dress, loved it so much and made one more - this one below. This nude beige dress is a severely hacked version of the pattern. In fact this is a refashioned version of a refashion. The first version looked like this. I liked but didn't love it - and never wore it. Then I added an elastic waist to the dress - which helped but still it just stayed in my closet. The fabric is just so gorgeous; a peachskin fabric with a very subtle sheen, that it deserved to get worn - so recently I butchered the dress and turned it into this little number. I didn't have fabric enough to make the original pleated version of the bodice, so I had to settle for simple gathered one instead (I like it though). Furthermore it was impossible to make the original ties from the rather small pieces of fabric I had to work with, so these ties are actually the neckline binding from the previous dress. Way to go, me! On Luna's jumpsuit you can see how wide the ties are meant to be - but I think these skinny ties work as well. Luna's jumpuit is lengthened a bit at the bodice part because of her height but apart from that it's a size 10 straight from the envelope. I should mention that the original pattern doesn't include a dress option but you can pretty much add any skirt to the bodice and it'll work out fine.


søndag den 4. september 2016

A little Mccalls, a little Knipmode and a little me...

My latest mash-up. This floral number is mainly based on this pattern from Knipmode and the OOP McCall's M5927 - and then modified some more.

I believe it's the first time I've tried a Knipmode pattern. This pattern is downloaded from their site but I do also have one of their magazines. I bought that particular mag months ago because it had a knit dress pattern I just had to try...and haven't tried yet. Knipmode does not offer all of their patterns as pdf files, so I had to buy the magazine to get that specific pattern. Must make it soon.

Even though I'm not at all fluent in Dutch I did somehow manage to read/get/understand/guess the instructions - nice one me. Okay, the dress isn't that difficult to sew I admit. As stated above I only used the bodice part from this pattern. It was the neckline in particular that made this pattern a must! I think it's so elegant. I made a size 40 but ended up taking it in a bit. I'm normally a size 40/42 in rtw clothes, so I guess this pattern runs a bit large in size. I can't say if that's the case with all Knipmode patterns. Or maybe I just prefer the dress a bit more fitted than it's designed to be. It's not that I don't like the original skirt that comes with this pattern - I just like this one even better :-). The pockets and the pleats on this sadly oop M5927 are just perfect. It's the third time I've used this skirt pattern for a dress. Here it is in a scuba version (which I've actually decided to sell).

The fabric is cotton sateen with a little stretch from the Danish shop Fabricroad.


fredag den 26. august 2016

You're gonna hear me roar....

Back in May when 'me and my sewing posse' attended 'London Sew Social' we were gifted some great stuff -  patterns and fabric being some of it. 

This 'B-Inspired' (now B-Trendy) by Poppy Magazine (patterns) was new to me, but absolutely not new on the market. Bertram was in urgent need of new shorts before our Italy vacation so I decided to try one of the patterns from the mag. And YIPPEEEEE - the perfect pattern for my pretty skinny 10 year old.....and not the shorts below :-). Since I was so pleased with the fit I decided to add a couple of more B-Trendy mags to my stash. Some of the patterns are even offered in a size 164 which means that I can make them for my soon to be 13 year old son as well. At least that's what I hope. That soon to be teen is growing like a weed and is 175 cm tall now, but with a little lengthening I believe it'll work out. (He's probably 180 cm tall before I'm done writing this post!!)

Back to Bertram's outfit. The pattern I used for these short is from an older magazine but the outcome has the same great fit. I tapered them a bit toward the knee as I thought they would be too loose around Bertram's sticks, but truth is I think they would have been even better without my adjustments. 

The tank is the 'Twisted Tank' (sans twist) designed by my friend and 'London Sew Social Posse Member' Laura of Titchy Threads. I made it for the kid last year and it still fits. 

Fun fact: It was only when I was about to cut into this lion head fabric I realised that the mastermind behind this design and the magazines is the same - Poppy.  Isn't that funny. Okay, maybe I'm easily amused. No, it is funny!! This 'roar' sweatshirt fabric is sold at one and only Stofdepotet. 

I've also made Wilma some B-Trendy shorts - they too have a great fit! (And are not the ones she's wearing below - I'm such a teaser....) Nope, she's wearing Nani IRO 'Savannah Shorts' designed by Cali Faye Collection. A truly great pattern. I've already made her two pairs and more to come....next year. 

I present to you: Bertram 'Moves Like Zombie Jagger' and his little sister...

And then you should take a look at what a couple of my homegirls are posting today. Olu and Sara - take it away!