Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Or at least it was my birthday yesterday. Last weekend I cooked up a plan to make this dress from scratch by Thursday. No doubt I felt inspired by the all the dresses people made and shared on social media for Thanksgiving. Out here, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I've been told that it's on the fourth Thursday on November.

I used Vintage McCall's 5893 for this dress. I already made the major changes last summer since I was originally planning on making it a late summer dress. The fabric hasn't been long in my stash: I bought it specifically with this dress in mind, something I rarely do. The finished dress is a bit too big, something that really bumped me, but nothing that wasn't solvable by a cleverly placed wide belt. The belt also covers the waistline that falls a bit too low. Well, that's my own fault for not making a proper muslin, but only a few on the bodice. At first, I didn't really liked the dress after I had finished it because of these 'mistakes'. It wasn't as flowy as I imagined and to loose around the waist. None the less: I have worn it 2 days straight, so I actually do really like it, a big part of that is on the fabric!

All the visible seams were finished with a French Seam. Because the outer fabric is really see through, this made for the nicest finish of the dress. The sleeves are finished with biaisbinding instead of facings as the pattern required. Yet again because of the sheerness of the fabric the original finishing didn't sound as a good idea. The bodice is interlined and the skirt is lined so the white fabric with golden dots can draw in all the attention.

The skirt on this pattern was originally a 3/4th skirt made of 5 panel pieces. Because the front of de envelope talks of a full skirt, I wrongfully assumed it would be a circle skirt or more. It really bummed me out because in my mind I had this nice, full and flowy dress in mind. With my petticoat underneath, it looked more like a hooped skirt and that was NOT a sight I wanted to see. Fortunatly I still had enough fabric left to make a circle skirt out of it. The original skirt won't be going to waist: this will become a nice spring/summer skirt as soon as I attache a waistband to it.

Oh and yes, this is my second make for my Vintage Pledge 2016. N° 3 is already on it's way: the muslin is already cut and ready to be sewn together.

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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MMMay16: Overview 3th week

Aaaaaand before you know it, another week has passed. Time flies so fast that I'm 2 days 'late' with my overview of week 3! But not to worry, here it is:
  16 mei 2016: This dress was a real MMMay: I haven't worn this one in over 1 year. Originally I loved the red hearts against the white background. But in reality I tend to wear it only indoors because I feel very selfconscious with the hearts. So instead of wearing this one, it hangs in my closet. 
  17 mei 2016: It's not really visible, but this version of the Sassy Librarian Blouse is probably one of my most worn blouses. --- I know my blogpost is in dutch, but appearently I never translated this one. ---

18 mei 2016: This Chinese-like version of the Bow-tied Blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing is also one of my favorites to wear.

19 mei 2016: This outfit is totally new ànd completely handmade: the Akita-blouse and my selfdrafted Pencil Skirt. Both are already staples in my wardrobe!
20 mei 2016: After yesterday I couldn't resist rewearing this fabulous Pencil Skirt. Definitly one of my favorites!
21 mei 2016: A white summer dress that I already wore last week. One that doesn't get the wear it should - according to my significant other. :-)

 22 mei 2016: This MMMay  wasn't sewn together, but knitted. This sweater is a CustumFit pattern from MakeWearLove.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Finished Project: Red Pencil Skirt

After attempting my first vintage pattern - the skirt in particular - several people on Facebook advised me to make my own pattern. Not only would I be able to make a perfect fit, I could also easily use this as a block pattern. The one tutorial that most people referred to, was the one from So Sew Easy.  Lo and behold my stunning results!

Back View - Look at that perfect little zipper!
I really like the tutorial from So Sew Easy, but the most feature I liked the most (and helped me the most) was without a doubt the excel file with calculations. You just pop your measurements in and voilà! You don't have to do the math anymore. But keep in mind that you still need to add your preferred seam allowance.

Detailed zipper view
For my version I originally planned to add a "beleg", but when examining the fabric, I thought it to be a little too see-through without a bit of lining. Off course I didn't take a full lining into account when I bought the fabric, so I had to be a little creative. The end result is something of a semi-lining: it's long enough to cover anything that needs to be covered, but isn't a full lining.

Side View
My creative lining-solution

I really, really like this skirt and hope that there will be a lot more hot and warm days so I can wear this to work!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Finished Project: A summer Akita

After my very first vintage pattern I wanted to make something quick and easy before I started on my next vintage pattern. If you follow me on FB or Instagram, you no doubt have seen this one already! I have been reading Seamwork Magazine for a while now, but haven't tried any of the patterns yet.

Front - I'll take that belt now, please!
Until now. I liked the look of the Akita pattern from Seamwork and this flowery fabric from my stash simply popped out for this project. It was light, sturdy and yet flowy enough for this pattern. I love how it turned out. I didn't make any changes to the blouse itself. All I did was cut the pattern in 2 at the shoulders and create a shoulder seam. It is a one-piece pattern for which you'll need 2 yards of fabric. Unfortunately I only had 1m at hand and didn't want to waist too much fabric.

The pattern doesn't have much shaping, just some bust darts. The sides have a little split and the shoulders are really flattering. If I would make it again, I would take in the sides at the waist to make it a bit less baggy. I would also add a cm at each side at the hip. It's not too bad, but for this loose pattern it clings a bit too tight around the hips, making it creep up a bit.

Side View - Look at those nice splits!
Overall I very much like the Akita and have worn it every week at least once since I made it. If I wanted to do another simple and quick blouse, I would definitely make this one again.

I like it best tucked in: it defines my waist instead of looking like a bag.
PS: Yes, there is another project in these pictures! Be sure to tune in on Saturday!

Monday, May 16, 2016

MMMay16: overview week 2

Last week contained less outfit post because I was sick. I haven't felt this sick in a loooooong time and it's kept me indoors. Luckily, Thursdaynight/Fridaymorning the sickness subsided and I rose again, along with some MeMades!

May 8, 2016 - Handmade blouse

May 9 and 10, 2016: Sick

May 11, 2016: still under the weather, but I needed to go grocery shopping. Handmade skirt and sweater. 

May 12, 2016: sick

May 13, 2016: feeling better, so I felt like getting dressed again. One of my favorite shorts with a handmade blouse.  

May 14, 2016: time to clean the house in some comfy clothes. T-shirt pattern is from Cake Patterns.

May 15, 2016: the weather was a lot colder, so I felt the need for an extra layer of clothing underneath the Orla-blouse! 

That's it for last week! Be sure to check in at Facebook and Instagram for this week's outfits!