torsdag den 20. april 2017

Indiesew S/S 2017 Blog Tour - The Highlands Wrap Dress

Hope you've had a chance to see the lovely garments that have been presented on this tour 'sew' far. (SNL - you just give me a call if you need a new comedian...)
If you haven't, just follow the links to all the participants at the very bottom of this post. And if you already have visited the first 3 blogs on the tour, well - do it again. They are amazing, right?! I can't wait to see the rest.

For me it was love at first sight when Allie showed us the line drawings for her now released Highlands Wrap Dress. Yes, it's designed by no other than beautiful Allie - the co-founder of Indiesew. It's not like any wrap dress patterns I've seen before. Two lengths to choose from, short or no sleeves, an optional wide elastic at the back which provides a great fit at the waist, button/snap closures and ties. Designed for wovens. Most wrap dress patterns are designed for knits I think - so I was thrilled to learn that this one is for woven fabrics. Just freakin' awesome! Light to medium weight fabrics with a lovely drape are best for this design.

I chose to work with a wool/viscose blend from Stofdepotet. I love this outcome but I might choose a fabric with a little more drape next time I sew the Highlands Wrap Dress - a rayon/viscose, tencel or something with similar drape. And I think I might size up the bodice next time as well because I had to make some adjustments a long the way to achieve the right fit for me - and I'm thinking that some of my struggle could have been avoided had I chosen a larger size. I really should have listened to Allie's 'when in doubt make a muslin of the bodice' suggestion before cutting into my dress fabric. But, I admit it - I rarely make muslins! Lesson learned.

I truly love everything about this design. Flattering flowy skirt with side slits, the subtle blousing effect at the bodice, the sleeve options - and I definetely must make a maxi version for summer! This, dear Allie is so unique!! The weather in Denmark is not yet for bare legs, so I layered my Highlands Wrap Dress with some wide leg trousers.  


   






Here's the link to the full Indiesew Spring/Summer Collection including:

The Hampton Jean Jacket
The Highlands Wrap Dress
The Charleston Dress
The Minttu Top
The Ogden Cami (I've already this one cut)

And here you'll find the other tour participants. Be sure to visit them.




fredag den 7. april 2017

Back to the 80s in crazy pants.

Crazy velvet tie front pants and a matching top and bare feet. Not a bad way to start the Easter Holidays.

The ribbed velvet is from The Sweet Mercerie. Great drape and stretch.

 

  










tirsdag den 21. marts 2017

Pink Velvet Olivia

This is an Indiesew Blogger Team post. Indiesew has sponsored the pattern, I've used for this post - and I'll link directly to the pattern later in the post. 

I'm a Named Pattern fangirl, I'm sure you know. I can't keep track of how many Inaris and Inari-hacks I've made the past couple of years. And Alexandria trousers. These two are were my favorite patterns designed by the brillant Finnish girls until I met their gorgeous Olivia, a long sleeved wrap dress. I didn't even know that I was into wrap dresses until she snuck up on me....

Olivia features a slightly tulip shaped skirt with front pleats, in seam pockets and tie closure. For an even better fit you are instructed to attach an elastic to the inside waist. Clever detail!

Named Patterns are designed for a taller than average woman, and some reviewers have mentioned that the skirt is pretty long - so I decided not to add length to the skirt, which I normally would do for my 177 cm. The length is spot on for me. In fact so perfect that I wish I had added a couple of centimetres, because I've left the skirt unhemmed to keep this length.

I omitted the pockets. I love pockets but I was afraid they would add a little extra bulk to the side seam - and I don't need extra fabric in my hip area! Also, the tulip shape was not flattering on me so I removed come centimetres from each side seam tapering towards the hem.

I love how this dress fits. Really. It's so great. I kind of feel that it was designed exactly for me. That's how great I feel about it. But, I bet that's how a lot of women would feel about this beauty. If you're looking for at not too fitted wrap dress you can stop your search. This is it. No gaping, no flapping skirt, a waist seam that stays in place - freakin' amazing is what it is. Olivia, I love you. I'm going to make you a lot of sisters, I promise.

And of course I had to wrap myself in pale pink velvet. It's so soft.

'Oh, look at that weird lady constantly petting herself'.

Velvet will make you do that. You can't help it.  











søndag den 19. februar 2017

The Vegan Tote

It was love at first sight when my sweet (vegan) friend Lone spotted this 'Tropical Leaves' fabric in our local Stoff & Stil shop some months ago. We didn't buy the fabric back then, but she let me know that a tote in that particular fabric was on her wish list. The perfect print for a vegan - so of course I had to order some to surprise her.

Recently Stoff & Stil launched some new patterns - among them a pattern for a super simple tote bag. In fact the pattern includes two different tote bag versions. I remember Lone mentioning something about a zippered version, so that's the one I chose to make for her. It's a very easy pattern. Beginner friendly. It's an unlined bag and the most tricky part would be installing the zipper. But, as I've mentioned before I'll take a zipper over button holes any time! I was surprised to learn that the tote has a little inside pocket. Great detail. I did place the handles at the top of my tote and not all the way down the bag as suggested on the original pattern. That's the only small change I did.

The Vegan Tote was very well received by the new owner the other day and I'll definetely make a version for myself as well. I have some pretty floral fabric begging to become a tote.







torsdag den 9. februar 2017

Laure Dress by StraightGrain

Oh, the joys of beeing a sewing blogger's child.

The occational bribes and a potential pneumonia - that's just part of the routine when you're trying to please your blogger mum who has (yet another) oh so important deadline.

'Of course I'll pose bare armed in the snow for you, mum - anytime'!

No kid was harmed during the photo shoot, I promise. It was cold but fast. And to sympathize with Wilma I wore flipflops during the shoot. Our sessions are mostly done just outside our house and last for about 3 minutes. Tops!

The Tattooed Snow Queen is wearing a slightly modified version of my sweet and talented friend An of StraightGrain's newly released pattern the Laure Dress.

The Laure is a mix-and-match pattern with multiple dress, collar and sleeve options.

Laure is first and foremost inspired by the Qipao Dress which dates back to 1920s Shanghai. A truly beautiful design - and I will definetely try that version at some point. I have just the perfect fabric in mind.

Wilma doesn't have that many tunics/blouses to wear with her beloved jeggings at the moment so I decided to turn the Laure into such. The pattern does not include this shorter version but it's so easy to adapt. I simply cut the dress at waist length and added the (shortened) skirt that comes with the drop waist version of pattern. Et voila - a Laure Blouse.

This is the 'fine mandarin collar and cap sleeve' version of the pattern.

The pale pink cotton fabric from Stofdepotet has a subtle silver thread down the stripes. It's almost linen like in the structure. Adorable.

I've got nothing but love for An's patterns. They are extremely well drafted and the instructions are so great and detailed.




   



Be sure to visit these amazing ladies to see their versions of the Laure Dress.


mandag den 30. januar 2017

Butterick B6370 Coatigan and a sack...

I always have room for one more coatigan. Always. And this one is a bit different from the coatigans I usually sew.

Butterick B6370 is very loose fitting and has a front that extends into a draped collar. A couple of darts in the front (hidden under the collar) add a little shaping and hold to the collar. The coatigan is unlined but designed with a front facing. I skipped the facing - didn't have enough fabric - and just did a couple of flat felled seams and hemmed the front instead. I used a rather light weight wool blend for the jacket.

I really like the outcome. A camel colored coatigan is always a good idea, right?!

The dress. Well, if the coatigan is simple I don't know how to describe the dress. Four seams, friends, four seams. No hemming.

I was supposed to do a Vogue V1482 with this beautiful pale pink pleated satin from The Sweet Mercerie. I had the front cut out when I realised that I didn't have enough fabric! So, I had to be creative and make my own and super simple cocoon sack dress.

 

 

 

 


onsdag den 25. januar 2017

Sewing Happiness - 2017 Winter Tour and a giveaway

Beautiful. That pretty much sums it up.

This book is a beauty from the beginning to end - the words, the photos, the illustrations, the colors.

This (beautiful) book is not only about sewing. As described by the author herself: It's (also) a personal story about unexpected transformation. It's about how sewing saved and altered Sanae Ishidas life when she was diagnosed with a chronic disease and on top of that lost her corporate job back in 2012.

The book includes twenty simple projects. So, if you're new to this sewing business this truly is a great (and beautiful - did I mention that) book to start with. Sanae will teach you how to make  origami pillows, adorable tooth fairy pillows, baby kimonos. pouches, camera straps and dresses just to mention a few. And you'll want to make it all.

The book is divided into four chapters - summer, fall, winter and spring. Each chapter starts with a little personal essay about how sewing - and a healthier life style - brought back happiness and well being to her life.


The origami pillow described as deceptively complicted-looking. At first I wasn't sure about the deceptively part, but of course Sanae is right. The (beautiful) pillow is really easy to make. It's all about sewing straight lines. So why not make two when you're at it.

I made a pillow in a solid pale pink (surprise) woolen fabric and a reversible one in ash rose/tree print. I want to fill my home with these beauties.

//UPDATE

Random.org has chosen a winner - lucky no 29 aka Sheila Johnson. Congrats :-)

 
 
 



Want to make such a (beautiful) pillow for you own sofa? Or perhaps a (beautiful) dopp kit for the man in your life - or a (beautiful) infinity scarf for yourself?! All you have to do is leave a comment below. The winner will be picked by Random Generator when the tour is over.

Sanae is generously offering a signed copy of 'Sewing Happiness' to one of my followers. And the lucky winner will also receive a 45 Euro gift certificate to German based 1000stoff

Thank you, beautiful Sanae, for letting me play along. Be sure to visit the other ladies on the Sewing Happiness 2017 Winter Tour.




January 23 - Ute + Lara   
January 24 - An of StraightGrain // Instagram  
January 25 - Trine of Groovy Baby and Mama Trine of // Instagram  
January 26 - Shelley of Bartacks and Singletrack // Instagram   
January 30 - Annika of Näh Connection // Instagram  
January 31 - Olu of Needle and Ted // Instagram  
February 1 - Emi of Just Add Fabric // Instagram  
February 2 - Eva of With Love - by Eva // Instagram

torsdag den 12. januar 2017

Tween sized 'Alexandria Trousers' and more velvet...

Tween sized Alexandrias - how about that, huh?!

Well, she still needs about 24 cm before she reaches the height the Named Clothing patterns are designed for, but hey, my 150 cm tall soon to be 10 year old rocks these pants anyway, right?! They're full length and not the designed ankle length cropped on miss W - and I did have to take the smallest size 32 in a bit, but that's it.

The fabric is french terry in a beautiful vintage rose color from The Sweet Mercerie

The top is a little self drafted thing with a side seam split in a gorgeous rose colored liquid velvet.

Yes, more velvet and more to come - and yes, she's also wearing a matching velvet scrunchie.