Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I'm currently enjoying some quality time with family and friends in my hometown. I hope you have a lovely time with loved ones as well!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Darling Ranges Dress

dress: self-made/boots:h&m/ring:self-made
Oh hello! Running around in a crazy busy schedule lately, but I managed to get some sewing in there as well! I wished I had more time for sewing. So many ideas and so little time! Oh well, what can you do right? I'll have to do the best with what I have I guess!
So spring wardrobe sewing has begun. First up, the Darling Ranges dress from Megan Nielsen. I love this dress! I had the pattern for a really long time, but for some strange reason I never made a dress out of it until know! As with all Megan's patterns, this is a really well drafted pattern. The instructions are really clear and easy to follow and the size range works well. For this dress I cut a size S for the bust and a size M for the waist and hips. I shortened the hem, used 8 small buttons and didn't add elastic at the sleeve hems as suggested, simply because I don't feel comfortable with it.
Overall I'm really satisfied with the result. Perfect spring dress!

So, how is your spring wardrobe sewing going?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sewing Plans:Spring Wardrobe 2014

Hello guys! Sorry for the quietness around here these past couple weeks. I'm currently in Trondheim, Norway enjoying some mini vacations. Here spring hasn't quite sprung yet, but on Sunday I'll be returning to Greece where the temperatures are surely in spring mode. So I've been thinking a lot about spring wardrobe and planning what I'd like to sew this spring. 

I've been pinning, sketching and searching like crazy these couple weeks and I can't wait to start sewing my spring wardrobe once I return. So these are my current plans, which I'm sure I'll add on and alter as time goes by, but I want to try sewing as many garments as possible. 

  • Coco pattern: I'm sure by now everyone knows about this awesome new pattern from Tilly. I'm planning to make a dress and a long sleeve shirt out of it.
  • Darling Ranges dress: I'm thinking both a short and maxi version of this.
  • Archer button down: This pattern is in my to-sew list forever now, I already began sewing two shirts out of it, but first one remained a WIP(problems with the collar) and as for the second one I didn't like the size that I cut. So this time I want to make it happen.

  • Jamie Jeans: I got this pattern as a birthday present. I've already cut out the fabric pieces, so I have to sew them now and see how they are fitting.
  • Summer Concert Tee: A basic tee everyone needs. I especially like the fit of it
  • Briar gathered waist dress: This pattern is one of my favorite ones! This time I'm planning to make a short sleeved dress out of it.
  • Kelly skirt: Recently Megan had a make room for baby sale. As always I can't resist a sale, so I bought the Kelly skirt. I'm planning to make a maxi version of the skirt after I saw this amazing version from HollyDolly .
  • Sweatshirt: I'm searching for a nice sweatshirt pattern for a long time now, but nothing I find really excites me. I'll either draft my own pattern for this one or I'll alter one I'll find.
  • Kimono: I really like a lightweight kimono on top of shorts. The key for me here is the right fabric, so I'll try to find something I really like. I'm also thinking a long version of a kimono.

You can check out my Pinterest boards, here and here, for more inspiration on what I'm planning to make. I'll share more about my plans and makes in the coming weeks.

So what do you think of my spring wardrobe plans? What are you planning to sew this spring?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gerard coat

Coat: self-made/ Blouse: Self-made/ Velvet leggings: Self-made/ Boots: H&M
I know I'm a little late posting this, with spring on its way and everything. But as always I made this coat around February,but didn't bring myself to take photos and post about it until recently. This is my Gerard coat by Republique du Chiffon, a french pattern company. I fell in love with this coat the moment I saw a version over at Jolies bobines! But with my non-existence French knowledge and my inexperience in outwear sewing I knew it wasn't really possible. So I waited patiently for the English translation and when it finally came I couldn't be happier. I was in search of a boyfriend coat for a long time now, but nothing I found was as I imagined or in the right(for me!) price. I made the Gerard in a size M with no alterations. I like the fit, but I would prefer for it to be a little more tailored on my shoulders. Does anyone have any advice on what can I do to make it more fitted on the shoulders? I used a grey wool for the outside and a black satin lining for the inside. I haven't sewed a button yet, because I haven't find something I really like. The coat came together rather smoothly, except some areas, like the lining, that I had to pay more attention and do some online research about how to sew it together. But that's only because of my inexperience in outwear sewing. I'm really happy with the outcome, especially since it's my first outwear garment of this type!

What do you think?  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Inspiration:Boyfriend coat

I'm not really a huge friend of winter...I hate to have to wrap myself with all these layers to stay warm! I'm more of a spring kind of girl. When light clothes and a cardigan or an open button down shirt and a tee get the job done. But because winter is a necessary evil, coats are a must. I really love the boyfriend style coats. I feel that they make every outfit appear really stylish!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Albion lined jacket

Coat:made by me/Blouse:Oysho/Jeans:H&m/Boots:UGG
With three outwear garments completed in 2013, I can say with confidence that last year, was the year I overcame my outwear sewing fear! You've already seen my first Albion jacket and here is my second make, which was actually my Christmas present to my mum.
 I used Colette's Albion pattern again in the jacket version in size M with no alterations. I wanted something warm,but I didn't want it in a coat length. Since I had already traced the jacket pattern pieces and I'm the same size with my mum, I decided to use the jacket version and draft a lining using the jacket pattern pieces. For the outside I used a double faced wool coating, black wooden toggles, two hand-drawn wooden buttons for the sleeve tabs and a black pleather for the back yoke. For the lining I wanted a patterned fabric to give a little twist and some interest to the final jacket. I used this-some sort of woven, I' m not sure about- fabric that I had in my stash. My mum liked the jacket very much and told me it's actually really warm too. 
The pattern is beautifully drafted, with very well-written instructions and it came together rather smoothly(expect the part I had to figure out the way to install a lining!).I totally recommend using this pattern, especially if you are a newbie in outwear sewing like myself!
Coletterie actually has an Albion sewalong contest running, with step by step instructions to the whole sewing process.I already entered both my jackets!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Week in photos

                                      Top to bottom,left to right:
                                      1.Catching up with a friend over coffee
                                      2.My Plantain entry
                                      3.Megan Nielsen's Briar crop top & Virginia leggings
                                      4.Some fashion illustrations
                                      5.Birthday breakfast
                                      6.Turned 23!!

Hello guys! So, yesterday was my birthday! Turned 23!! Had a lovely time celebrating with friends and a suprise birthday cake! How was your week?