Monday, February 1, 2016

February Inspiration

Happy February guys! So here goes January. We made our resolutions, we reflected on the passing year and we set our goals for the coming one. February is the month for all these resolutions and goals to start coming to action!

January for me was a really busy month, so now that things are starting to settle down, I look forward to some quiet time, to focus more on my sewing and knitting. Let's see what February has in stock for us, after all is my birthday month, so it has to be a good one!

What are your plans for this month?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sydney Jacket + Nettie Bodysuit

Hello lovely readers! How is 2016 treating you so far? I feel like the first 15 days of 2016 for me, were all about re-organising, re-charging and basically everything that involves the prefix re- in. I even started reading this book, so I sense that a pretty big de-stashing of my house and wardrobe is coming soon. This month also has a lot of changes and late hours in my job, but also marks the beginning of the next level of my pattern drafting classes :D!

To be honest, I haven't even been nearly my sewing machine this month, but that's ok. I decided that this year is all about quality, over quantity, and I want to sew things that will be incorporated seamlessly with my current wardrobe and fit my lifestyle.

So, I thought I'd share with you some of my last 2015 makes. Starting with my Sydney jacket and Nettie combo.

Let me just start by saying this: WOW! This jacket is THE bomb! This is the Sydney jacket from Tessuti patterns

"This oversized, draped jacket features a relaxed collar, back yoke, extended cropped raglan sleeves and side pockets. This jacket is ideal for layering over garments and is the perfect cover-up for the autumn/winter months"

I fell in love the instant I saw this pattern and every single version of this made me want to make one even more. I started with this idea of a grey felt wool jacket, but I didn't have enough yardage. So I moved to this heavy double-sided knit fabric I had in my stash, with the thought to become a cardigan. And let me tell ya, the perfect cozy jacket was born! 

What I love about this pattern is that, basically, you can use whatever fabric doesn't fray when cutting it, which means you can achieve endless different versions. For mine, I cutted a size S, without any modification. I love the draped front and the side pockets make it a really practical jacket as well. 

This is a fairly easy and quick make, since you don't have to finish any edges and with very clear instructions as well. At first you might be a little confused, since the pattern pieces fit together in an odd way, but in the end it all makes sense. Another lovely Tessuti pattern! I can surely see many more versions of this jacket in the future!

It's like wearing a big cozy blanket! 

I've already made a couple of Nettie dresses, here and here , as well as some Nettie cropped tops, but I never made a Nettie bodysuit. So when I came across this lovely, soft striped cotton lycra at the fabric store, I knew the time had come to make one. 

"The Nettie is a quick and easy to make wardrobe staple. Close fitting with high cut arms, she can be made into a knit dress OR a bodysuit. This pattern is infinitely customizable with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations." 

I made a scoop front, high back version with long sleeves. I cutted a size 10, without any modifications, which worked out pretty well! What I like about this, is the low cut bum, which prevents unnecessary, annoying panty lines. I did use a snap crotch closure, for quicker bathroom runs! 
I really love this pattern! The instructions are incredible clear that even an ambitious beginner could make this, the drafting is exceptional and the fit is spot on. I have to say: Hats off to Heather! Not only she created an exceptional pattern company, but her designs are modern, versatile and what a woman wants to actually wear. She always spots the gaps in the modern woman's wardrobe and delivers every time!

Bodysuit: Nettie pattern from Closet Case Pattern
Jacket: Sydney jacket from Tessuti pattern
Shoes: Stan Smith Adidas

So how did you spent the first 15 days of 2016? 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

Hello guys! First official post of 2016. And what better way to start, than sharing my creative resolutions for this year.

I decided that, for me, 2016 is going to be the year of learning new things and techniques.
My creative process in 2015 seems like it was really rushed. So in 2016 I want to slow things down and take it one step at a time.

So in 2016 I want to:

Keep evolving on my knitting skills
With every new knitting project, I try to learn something new. Until now I made one sweater, a pair of fingerless mittens and a beanie. Each one left me with a bigger skillset. I want to keep going and learn even more things.

Sew more consciously 
I want to sew with a wardrobe plan in mind. Last year I started Colette's Wardrobe Architect challenge, but I stopped somewhere in the middle. I really want to try and sew a capsule wardrobe this year, which will include self-knitted garments as well.

Up my sewing game
I really want to dive into new sewing territories. In 2016 I want to sew at least one pair of jeans and one bra for myself. I also want to dive into pattern drafting more and really practice my skills.

Draw more
I haven't really draw anything ,ever since I graduated uni.I really want to start again. This year I hope to learn some new techniques and evolve my skills!

So, what do you hope to achieve in 2016? What are your creative goals for the new year?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 sewing recap

Who can believe it guys? 2015 is over! It was for sure a full year with its ups and downs. Blogging wise, it wasn't my best year, since there were some big breaks in between the year. But I did manage to remake my blog layout, which I'm really happy about! Sewing wise, I could say it was a good year though! I started my pattern drafting lessons, I learned to value quality over quantity and to be able to estimate my makes better.  

So farewell, 2015!! Looking forward to the new year and what it'll bring! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pattern review: Zircon sweater

Hello lovely readers! With the cold weather outside, nothing is better than a comfy, cozy sweater right? I love sweaters! I love sweatshirts, knit sweaters, monochromatic ones, printed ones, basic ones! But things in the wardrobe can get a little repetitive with sweaters. Same boxy sweater in different colors (rings a bell?? right?). Enter the Zircon sweater/dress pattern from Paprika patterns.

 "With its bold geometric yokes in contrasting fabric, the Zircon Sweater/Dress is sure to make you stand out. The yokes extend into the sleeve, creating an interesting shape and a softly rounded shoulder. The loose cocoon shape is comfortable to wear without feeling swamped. The relaxed fit is complemented by bracelet length tapered sleeves. The crew neck is finished with a neckband.|

The pattern comes with two versions: View A is a sweater, resting above the hips, and View B is a dress of mid-thigh length. They both have really interesting yokes and hem insets. The pattern can be sewed in a variety of stable stretch fabrics such as sweatshirt fleece, french terry or neoprene.

I chose to make View A (sweater) in size 4, without any alterations, in a sweatshirt fleece. I opted for the classic black & white color combination. The pattern is beautifully drafted, and the instruction are really clear! This turned out so comfy!

To be honest, it takes a little time to sew and I recommend sewing this with a clear mind! All the different yokes and pointy ends, require a little patience, and as you can see mine turned out a little more rounded at the corners than they were supposed to be. But the outcome is really rewarding!

I totally recommend checking out the Zircon sweater/ dress pattern if you want a twist on the classic sweater or a dress with beautiful details. Lisa's work is always exceptional! 

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Lisa for free to review. I was not paid to review this pattern and all the opinions are my own!*