Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Aberdeen PJ

Wow, I can not believe how time flew by. It has been 2,5 months since I last posted! So it's about time I get you all up to date on all the happenings.

These last few weeks we've been busy with the preparations for our wedding next year. The venue, catering, Church and town register have all been taken care of. Our Save-the-Dates went out about 4 weeks ago. So the more important things that needed to be taken care of well ahead of time, are done. Time for some relaxation.

Due to my fiancée's (hehe, I like that word!) occupation, we haven't had much time together, so whenever he is home, we're enjoying some us-time. Never underestimate the importance of investing in your relationship, no matter how long you've been together or how much time you (don't) have together.

So, besides these happenings, I have been able to squeeze in some sewing and some knitting. I needed a quick project, so I turned to Seamwork Magazine that never stops amazing me with it's wonderfully quick and easy projects. I normally do some standard adjustments, but so far I haven't needed to do that, mostly because of the use of knitted fabric instead of wovens like I'm used to. Hurray for fast and easy projects!

This time, I made the Aberdeen Batwing T-shirt. It wasn't my first time using knitted fabric nor was it my first time making a t-shirt, but it was the first time I made a V-neck t-shirt. I've found the instructions as straightforward as ever en easily to follow. The only mistake I made, was following the normal measurements instead of the finished measurements. This pattern needs it's ease, but after making it, I think it is a bit too much ease for me. A size smaller would work just fine with a nicer result. 

However, I have been wearing this as my PJ's ever since it came out under my sewing machine. Perhaps not the way I envisioned this t-shirt when I started it, but as soon as I had put it on, I knew this was destined for cosy nights, because it was a bit bigger than expected and the fabric is just soooooo incredibly soft!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Tiki-dress

Just like with the Gathering Summer Dress from a couple of weeks ago, the Sewing Lady and I met again for a nice day of practicing our hobby: sewing. I took a couple of sewing patterns with me and she choose one of Sewaholic patterns? I myself sticked to an oldie but goodie, this time. De fabric for this dress was perchased along with the fabric for the Gathering Summer Dress. From the moment I saw the fabric, I knew wich dress I wanted to make out of it.

A few years ago, I made my own version of this Danielle-pattern. One of the reasons I like this pattern so much, is the fact that I don't have to do any alterations to it. It just fits me like a glove straight from the package. The only adjustment I made, was altering the sleeves. No way I'm walking down the street wearing puffy sleeves, so I adjusted it to some capsleeves.

This is a superb pattern that I've made 4 times already (2 white versions and this tiki dress for myself and a white version for a friend of mine). So I guess I can call this an other TNT-pattern (Tried-And-True). A basic pattern I know I can rely on and is awesome :-)

Oh, and have you notices how perfect that zipper went in? I really love the hidden zipper foot my Significant Other gave to me as a present. Best gift ever!

Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big Announcement

Soooo, I've got a big announcement today. Nothing blog-related or even sewing-related, but just life-related.

A couple of weeks ago, my OH and I went on a little last-minute vacation to the same location as our very first vacation together. We both love hiking and decided on a more challenging hike. On the way back down, he suddenly went on one knee and asked me to marry him. Wiiiieeee! Without a doubt, I said yes. Or come to think of it, I'm not sure I actually said the words. I remember pulling him up to kiss him. That's even better, I guess :-)

So as of a couple of weeks, I'm engaged. Now I can go and plan myself a wedding. And who knows, perhaps even make my own wedding dress, if I'm up for the challenge? About the dress, though: I'm not going to share anything on the Blog of Facebook, because he follows both :-)

At the top and out of sight of other hikers my OH asked me to marry him :-D

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Gathering Summer Dress

Butterick 5520 is now officially a Tried-And-True (TNT) pattern! After I made the first version early 2014 and the second one late 2014, I was inspired to make a third one a few weeks ago. All because of a lady I got to meet at the fabric store. We bought the same fabric and got talking 'bout sewing, fabric and stuff.

We decided to meet up again and that day was yesterday. I brought my fabric and pattern with me and we both made Butterick's 5520. It's always nice to meet people who like the same things as you do. Before we knew it, our time was up and the dresses were finished.

Now, about the pattern itself, I don't have a lot to say. It's a pattern that I altered a few years ago: -3 cm's at the top to get the waist to hit just right and I also shortened the skirt a bit so it would hit above knee.  The only thing I changed to this version, is omitting the zipper. The fabric had a lot of stretch, so adding a zipper simply wasn't necessary. As always I'm very pleased with this dress and can't wait for the weather to turn around!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

MMMay16: Final Overview

Me Made May 2016 is finished. Before I started this challenge, I thought that it wouldn't be too difficult for me to uphold to my promise. But I have to admit, there have been days that I wished it to be over. Not because I didn't want to wear something handmade, but because I wanted to wear something else. I came to appreciate my wardrobe even more. There are even some pieces that I have missed wearing! Not only that, some handmade pieces that I didn't really wore anymore got their attention.
One of the things I did, is donate some handmade stuff that got shuffed in the back and resurficed whit this challenged. For some pieces I realised why I didn't wear it anymore, so those are the ones that I donated. This way all my hard work wasn't for naught ànd somebody else gets to enjoy my handywork.
I would definitly participate again, next year, without missing the first few days and hopefully without becoming ill so that I can wear something MeMade every day of the month!
May 30, 2016: I have worn my Sassy Librarian Blouses a lot, this month and so today I got to wear the pink one again

May 31, 2016: I decided to end this MMMay16 challenge with  one of my favorite and more 'chic' dresses. Keep your eyes on the blog, because I'm using the pattern again this weekend to make version #3!

Monday, May 30, 2016

MMMay16: last week's overview

Two more days and MMMay16 will be finished. Sad news, I know, but I must admit I'm also happy for it. I very much liked the challenge of wearing something MeMade everyday, but there are some dresses and shirt in my wardrobe that are screaming for some attention too.
Below you'll find an overview of last week's outfits and on wednesday I'll be posting the last two. If you want to see what I wore today and will be wearing tomorrow, check out my Instagram or Facebook!

May 23, 2016: the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes

May 24, 2016: Truly one of my favorite patterns: Vintage Mailorder 9005

May 25, 2016: Another staple of late: The Akita Blouse by Seamwork Magazine

May 26, 2016: One of my favorite storebought dresses with another version of the Sassy Librarian Blouse
 May 27, 2016: Time for the cosy Orla Blouse I made last winter.

May 28, 2016: I had a funural to attend to, so I dressed a bit more formal. The blouse is another version of the Bowtied Blouse by Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.

May 29, 2016: another one of my favorite dresses: Butterick 5520.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Finished Project: Summer Red Velvet Dress

It's been a while since I made Cake Patterns' Red Velvet Dress. However, it's about time I got to another version of this awesome dress. I've been craving an easy summer dress that I can just put on when I want to go for casual. As it seems, all my dresses in my closet are work proof. The previous version had to be discarded because I chose the wrong fabric.

So when I went shopping for some knitting en embroidery bag fabric, I also had this one in mind. This time I really considered the weight of the fabric, not only the stretch of it. I have to admit it, though - even while sewing this dress - I was worried that the fabric would still be too heavy and sag around the shoulders and distort the whole look.

But the fabric proofed to be the perfect choice for this casual project. As you can see I still needed to do the hemming at this point. Hurray for more cake in my closet!