Thursday, July 16, 2015

McCall 6965 + Plantain

Hello everyone! Temperatures are officially high here in sunny Greece and it's all about the summer outfits! I had my eye on McCall 6965 for quite some time now, especially after seeing this amazing version from Beth Stitches. I'm not really a big fan of the Big 4 if I'm been honest. I prefer the modern vibe of the indie sewing patterns and I like to support indie designers! But this pattern was in my patterns-to-buy list for a loooong time. 

I had a loose short in my summer sewing list for a long time. I had Megan's Tania culottes pattern in my stash, but I wanted something with a little less fabric bulk. I wanted them to resemble more shorts, than circle skirt. And I was pleasantly surprised! These here exactly what I wanted! 

This is my muslin version. I cut a size 14, but I ended up changing a few things (which I'll mention in my next post with the final version of these). The pattern runs really short, as many more sewers mentioned. These ended up being perfect for the beach, which I'm happy about, because I really love this fabric!

For the top I used the Plantain t-shirt from Deer&Doe patterns, cut in a size 44 for an oversized look and sewed with the softest bamboo jersey! In my opinion these patterns are making the perfect breezy and comfy summer outfit!

More on the final version of these shorts soon!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Black Sallie Jumpsuit

Oh guys! What can I say about this pattern? Everything you ever wanted from a garment it's combined in this pattern! It's chic, it's comfortable, it's flattering, it's just THE ULTIMATE summer garment! This is Closet Case Files newest release, named after this inspiring lady!

The Sallie Jumpsuit & Maxi-dress is a super comfortable and easy to make sewing pattern. Heather's inspiration came from the 70's fashion, in particular the swinging, sexy, Studio 54 Halston and Yves St. Laurent years. With Bianca Jagger in mind she designed a modern take on the jumpsuit, devastatingly chic and easy to wear! Designed for knits, it features no closure which makes it a breeze to slip in and out of. The pattern comes with two top variations, a v-neck, kimono sleeve tee or a strappy tank, and three bottom variations, wide leg pants, culottes or a maxi skirt! Did I mention it also features pockets? What else could you wish for?

I just fell really hard for this pattern! It was around midnight and I was chilling in my living room ready to call it a night, when I got the email for Sallie's release! It was love at first sight! I instantly bought the pattern and a fabric shop trip was on my to do list the next day!

I cut the kimono sleeve tee with wide leg pants variations in a size 10 without any modifications and I couldn't be happier with the fit of this! I used a black bamboo knit and 1 cm elastic for the waist. The pattern is a breeze to put together. It took me an afternoon to construct this and I wore it the same night! 

What I love about this pattern is how easily you can dress it up or down. Here I paired it with my Stan Smiths for a casual look, but I could as easy see this paired with heels for a night out! Check out Heather's post with inspiration on how to style your Sallie! I can see many more variations on Sallie coming! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What did Me-Made-May '15 teached me!

Hello everyone! So May is over and with it goes this year's Me-Made-May. As you may have noticed there was no Week 3 and 4 recap here on the blog. That's because I only wore handmade 1 or 2 days over these weeks and they mostly were repeat outfits that I didn't feel like sharing again. You could say my Me-Made-May was a failure this year, but I 'll say I feel the opposite! 

Me-Made-May '15 gave my a big inside of my handmade wardrobe! It highlighted the gaps of my wardrobe, it showed me what I enjoy wearing and what fabrics work for me. So Me-Made-May '15 teached me that:

  • My summer handmades are mostly skirts.
  • I need to sew more tops.
  • I could use some more dresses.
  • I 'd like to incorporate more prints into my summer wardrobe. 
  • I need to think of my wardrobe as a capsule. 

I'm glad I participated to this year's MMM15 and I can't wait for next year! Hopefully next year will find me with a better and more sufficient handmade wardrobe!

How about you? What did MMM15 teached you? 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pattern review: Onyx shirt

Hello guys! You now when sometimes you want a quick and easy sewing project to give you that feeling of instant gratification? That feeling of accomplishment, something that you can sew in one night and wear to work the next morning? Well, I'm here to share a project exactly like that! 

This is the newly released Onyx shirt pattern from Paprika patterns. I was a reviewer for this project, which basically meant that Lisa sent me this pattern to sew in exchange of a blog post in which I could write whatever I wanted, good or bad. Seems like a very fair deal to me! This is my first time using Paprika patterns. Their Jasper sweater has been in my to sew list for a long time now and I should really make it happen soon. 

The Onyx is a shirt pattern for woven fabrics with two views. View A is a shirt length with a high neckline and short sleeves with cuffs and View B is a cropped top with a scoop neckline and small waist darts for shaping. You can mix and match the two views with endless possibilities! 

I choose to sew View B in a size 4 without any alterations. I used a polka dot woven fabric I had in my stash and some white single fold bias tape to finish the neckline and the armholes. I love this top! It's the perfect summer crop top to pair with high-waisted trousers and skirts! The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and the top came together in less than two hours! I plan on making many more of these tops for summer!

The pattern is on sale for 15% off until this Sunday at 12:00am Central European Time, so if you like Onyx, you better hurry to grab your copy!

*Disclaimer: Lisa sent me this pattern in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Me-Made-May '15 Weekly Recap

photos from my Instagram
Hello everybody! Week 2 of Me-Made-May '15 is over! How time flies! So another recap of my weekly outfits is due: 

OUTFIT 1: Self-drafted pencil skirt
OUTFIT 2: Pin Pegs mini skirt from Sew This Pattern (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Self-drafted kimono sleeve dress

One thing I've already realised is that my me-made summer wardrobe is limited to mainly bottoms. I should really start making more tops! Is there anything you already realised about your wardrobe through the course Me-Made-May?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pattern Testing: Pin Pegs Mini Skirt

Hello everyone! I'm here to share an awesome project with you! A few weeks ago, Annie from Nine Stitches  contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in testing her first pattern, after seeing this post on my blog. At first I was a little hesitant because I didn't know if I really had the time for it, but after seeing some pictures of the pattern I knew I had to say yes! 

This is the Pin Pegs mini skirt. The pattern is a downloadable sewing pattern perfect for the advanced beginner or the intermediate sewer. This pattern is right up my alley. I'm know to love a good mini skirt and usually I have to shorten most skirt patterns. But not this one! This is THE perfect mini skirt. The perfect twist to the classic skirt, with modern, clean lines and an asymmetric hem design and zipper closure. The pattern fits me like a glove! I sewed a size 12 without any alteration. I used a cotton fabric with a bit of elastane for better movement. 

For those of you that aren't a mini lover, Annie will have a Pin Pegs long skirt pattern coming soon, as well as a tutorial on how to lengthen the Pin Pegs mini skirt. I definitely recommend buying this pattern! The final outcome is really satisfying and it's the perfect pattern to spice up your wardrobe. 

You can see more about the pattern here.

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Annie, which was incorporated into the final pattern. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Me-Made-May '15 Weekly Recap

Hello everyone! The first week of Me-Made-May '15 is officially over! I pledged to wear at least 3 me-made garments every week and this week I managed to wear 4. I'm really happy to explore my handmade wardrobe and use my me-made garments with creative ways. Here are the recap of this week's outfits:

OUTFIT 1: Self drafted skirt
OUTFIT 2: Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti patterns (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Plantain tee from Deer&Doe patterns
OUTFIT 4: Self drafted skirt (blogged here)

Are you participating in Me-Made-May '15 ? How are you doing so far?