Hello, hello! Summer wardrobe is in full mode and I couldn't be happier! You have to admit, there's something really satisfying in summer sewing. The minimum amounts of fabrics, the light and airy textiles, the colors and the -usually- fewer sewing hours.
This project was one exceptional example of summer sewing. It used only 1.5m of a beautiful viscose fabric, it has a lot of interesting details and it came together in one afternoon.
If you are a long time reader of this space you will know that I much prefer sewing with indie patterns and I have expressed these feelings a lot of times. I just find the fit and style of indie sewing patterns much more modern and well drafted.
A few years back, I used to buy every single issue of the Burdastyle magazine, but most of the times I would sew only one or none of the designs. I got a bit frustrated by the old-fashioned designs and the bad fit of the final garments, that I stopped buying it. But browsing through the Internet a few months back, I came across the May issue and I found myself liking many designs, as well as their style. So I thought I give it another go and buy the issue. And I was pleasantly surprised. Burdastyle has put a real effort to modernise the magazine and the patterns. I have already traced six patterns from the magazine.
I thought I'd start with the Pleated Shorts 05/2016 #102A that immediately caught my eye. They feature waistband pleats, decorative back pockets, belt loops and a handmade fabric belt. I was immediately sold. For these, I cut a size 40, but I ended up taking in the sides by 0,5cm. The waist is just a tiny bit roomy still, so I think I could have gotten away with a size 38. I used 1,5m of a viscose fabric that sewed up beautifully. The print of the fabric, makes it difficult to detect all the features of the shorts, but I couldn't resist to this b&w splash print.
Overall I love these shorts and they are quickly becoming a summer wardrobe staple. I think I'll have to make another pair soon.
A big thank you to my friend Kristi for modelling the shorts in these pictures.
What are you sewing lately? Is it all about summer or winter sewing on your part of the world?
Hello beautiful people! Summer is here, the sun is shining, the days are big, the spirit is high and the mood is bright (oh! did I just rhymed there? maybe not). A desperate need of some interior design changes was in the air for quite a long time now! So, when the lovely girls from the Fabric Yard contacted me for a guest blog post, I couldn't be happier!
Fabric Yard is an online company with a great range of both retro and modern quirky designer cotton prints, based in the North coast of Ireland. They really had me at quirky! The hardest part was actually picking a fabric. I spent a good amount of time browsing through the endless fabric possibilities, unable to set on one. I seriously challenge you to pick just one fabric from the shop, without hesitating.
I finally settled for this amazing fabric, called "Where's My 'Stache?" in White, by Alexander Henry. They kindly sent me 2m of fabric, but then it came the second hard part, deciding what to do with it. I knew it would make a lovely skirt or pair of shorts, but I loved the fabric so much, I wanted to be able to see it everyday! And then it hit me! It had to be a home decor piece! And what better, than squishy, comfortable cushions?
I made two large-envelope style- pillowcases for my plain-old white pillows, using this tutorial. The fabric is really a top notch cotton! It sewed and pressed amazingly good, and I couldn't be happier! The cushions brightened up my living room instantly and they make me smile every time I pass by.
I think, I'm a home decor sewing convert. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy, but I really enjoyed sewing these. A huge thank you to the Fabric Yard for sending me this amazing fabric for free is due!
So, what about you? Do you enjoy sewing home decor pieces? And are you a fun of quirky fabric prints?
Hello lovely people and happy new month! So May is over, and I'm here for my final Me Made May'16 recap. This year I pledged to wear as many handmade garments as possible. I didn't set a specific number of garments or days. Since I decluttered my wardrobe in late March my handmade wardrobe is very limited and since I didn't sew many new garments the last couple of months I thought I'd work with what I had. Lately I focus more on quality and sewing things that I really love and enjoy wearing, rather than quantity. So with that said, this May I wore 16 me-made items:
Out of these, 8 were from indie sewing patterns, 1 was from a knitting pattern and 3 were self drafted. If you're interested, these are the patterns:
Mona jacket by WearLemonade
Victoria Blazer by ByHandLondon
Beatrix skater dress by Named
Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns
Plantain Tee by Deer&Doe
Senna Skirt by Lindsay Woodward
Sarah Shirt by ByHandLondon
Short and Sweet sweater by Pickles
To be honest, looking back to this month, I realise that my wardrobe is really boring. Yes, it is practical and yes, it does suit my day-to-day life, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little more umph! I definitely have to sew more things for my wardrobe, but to be fair that is something I already knew before participating. Also, I seriously need to add more bottoms, as well as more dresses (greek summer heat is sooo close!).
It was really fun participating for the 3rd time and seeing what everyone else was wearing! I sure have a lot of sewing to do, and I can't wait! So how about you? Did you participate in MMM? Did you learn anything new about your wardrobe this time around?
Hello everyone. Let me start by saying that, since I'm (obviously) a jeans and tee kind of girl, my handmade t-shirt game was really shameful. Last weekend I decided to change that and I made 4 new Plantain tees. So, needless to say that I wore a Plantain tee every single day this week!
23/5: Swing back beige Plantain and RTW sweatpants for running errands
24/5: Swing back grey Plantain and RTW black skinny jeans for a coffee date with friends
25/5: Same Plantain as yesterday (without any shame!)
26/5: Striped Plantain and RTW black high-waisted jeans for drinks with friends
27/5: Black Plantain and RTW flares for a coffee day with the bestie
28/5: The only day of the week that a Plantain wasn't involved :P. Hand-knitted sweater and RTW jean shorts for a stroll around the city
I'm really sad that May is almost over, but I can't wait to start filling the gaps in my wardrobe that I spotted during Me Made May. Have you realized anything new about your wardrobe during this year's MMM?