Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fresh start

Hello guys! Hope everyone is well and excited for the new season ahead! Fall is approaching here and I couldn't be happier about it! I knew I wouldn't find peace until I prepared for the new season. So September is my get ready month. I started cleaning, rearranging and redecorating the whole house, I began cooking and baking more and of course I started reevaluating my style and wardrobe.

Lately I'm not really happy with my clothes. Nothing about my wardrobe excites me and the same goes for my sewing. So this new beginning gives me a clean slate to start fresh. So I started eyeing my personal style, making moodboards and planning my fall wardrobe with a new perspective. My sewing mojo came back and I'm really excited for all that's coming. I'll share more of my fall planning soon.

In my research for inspiration I found these really useful posts, that are worth having a look at:

-Wardrobe architect: 5 steps to plan your fall sewing by Colette
-Wardrobe architect: Making your sewing list by Colette
-Fall '15 Wardrobe Inspiration by Grainline
-Into Mind: Define your personal style

I also revamped the layout of my blog. I created this watercolor layout I really love and I feel really inspired by the new space. What do you think about it?

So how about you? Are you doing any planning for the new season?

Monday, September 7, 2015

McCall 6965 + Nettie

Hello guys! Long time, no see, right? But, you happens! So I'm back and I can't wait for fall! Fall weather, fall clothes, fall sewing! But, first, it's only right to share the last bits of my summer sewing with you. So, as promised, this is my second pair of McCall 6965

I really love these culottes! For this version I used a black pique fabric, which gives the perfect body to these. I cut a size 14, but I made a couple alterations. I subtracted 3 cm from the back waistband and I lengthened the pattern by 6 cm, which made them the perfect length and fit. You can see my first version in a staight size 14here.

To pair with these culottes I made two crop tops using the Nettie pattern from Closet Case patterns. For both of them I cut a size 10. For the off the shoulder version I used this tutorial from Heather's blog and a medium weight striped knit fabric and for the second scoop front-high back variation with short sleeves I used some lycra knit I had in my stash. 

In my opinion this combo makes the perfect summer outfit! 

So how about you? Are you still sewing summer clothes or are you all about fall sewing?

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?