torsdag den 26. maj 2016

London Sew Social - and a Pineapple Groove Dress

I spend the first weekend of May in London with a bunch of other sewing geeks enthusiasts - and yes, it was amazing!! 15 women sharing the passion for fabric and sewing. 15 women from all over Europe.

The 'Party Planners' German Annika from Näh-connection and Gioia from Italy blogging at Dotta Sews - thank you so much for organizing this, sweet ladies.

The Portuguese Posse - oh, those amazing ladies have invented a whole new language. 'Sewtoguese'. Seriously hilarious. Marta from Do Guincho, Andreia from In a Manner of Sewing and Ines from La Folie Sewing Booth - you're the best!!

(Btw - Ines and I made a little jingle. It will go viral for sure should we choose to release it. 'You Can't Notch This' - an ode to the sewing people! We just have to clear a few things with MC Hammer and we're good to go.)

This brings us on to the UK delegation - Laura (and adorable baby Willow) from Craftstorming/Titchy Threads, Victoria from As it Seams, Toya from Made by Toya, Maria from My Cozy Co. (who had made beautiful personalized pin cushions (or Barbie pillows) as gifts for all of us) and Olu blogging at Needle and Ted. Olu is also part of the team behind Madeit Patterns, who has designed the Groove Dress below.

Sweet, kind Liesl from Oliver + S (yes, that Liesl!) represented both the US and Spain, as she is currently living in Europe.

Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes - not only does that girl make amazing clothes for her boys, she also has great taste in music. More music and beers next year, my Dutch friend. (And much more Oranje talk. I was a big fan of your national football team from the 80s and early 90s.)

And finally my Belgian buddies, An from Straight Grain and Eva from By Eva Maria. Über talented (and funny) women, those two.

With the tour came a lot of sponsored gift - lucky us! Fabric, patterns, haberdashery. And lucky you, because in a few weeks we'll spoil you with a giveaway including some amazing gift from some of our sponsors.

Here's Wilma getting her groove on in the newly released pattern from Madeit Patterns - The Groove Dress. Ahem, this is actually the third Groove Dress I've made for her. Yes, it's that good, and yes, there will be lots more. She's a big fan of the high low hem. The adorable pineapple fabric was kindly sponsored by Girl Charlee Fabrics UK.







fredag den 13. maj 2016

Tie Back Romper (also known as 'the thing you only wear during holidays and weekends because it's impossible to get off - and on - unless you have a helper)

Last time Wilma wore something like this, she was 2 years old and still wearing diapers - cause let's face it, these cute rompers/playsuits/jumpsuits with back closures are just not practical! I've made her a couple of jumpsuits with zipper front, but never this 'impossible to get out of so big chance you pee your pants' kind. This suit is for home, and then I'll probably make her a dress version for school - yup, this pattern comes with dress, jumpsuit and romper pattern pieces and two lined bodice variations. 

The pattern is McCall's 7102 (from 1994). 

I find that many vintage patterns for children's clothes run large/roomy in size so I decided to make a size 8 for my 145 cm tall 9 year old. The width is perfect but next time I just might lengthen the bodice a couple of centimetres. 


Romper Love....







mandag den 18. april 2016

McCall's 7085 in a (sort of) floral double knit

A couple of months ago I bought this beautiful fabric on eBay. It was describes as a scuba knit. IMO it's not a scuba but a 'plain' heavy jersey with a sheen surface. As synthetic as it comes I guess, but I love it.

I knew right away that I wanted to turn these couple of metres into a dress, just needed to choose the right pattern. Of course I considered just using my tried and true McCall's 5975 (damn, that's one brillant pattern) - but I was feeling kind of crazy and adventurous (yup, that's me living on the edge) and decided to try something new. Meet McCall's M7085. An easy to sew dress with darts both front and back. The pattern does include lining pieces and you're adviced to install a zipper, but as with most of my knit dresses I skipped the zipper part. And the lining, too.

When it was done I felt kind of 'meh' about the result. Too loose and the wrong length for me, so I took it in - quite a lot in the sleeve and bust area and tapered the skirt. Furthermore I unpicked the hem so now it's left with a raw edge at the bottom of the skirt. Not the most elegant finish but I like this length and so be it.

Next time I will definetely go down a size.

I do like the dress, but I think I prefer my fitted knit dresses as bodice/skirt joined at the waist (as the McCalls 5975) and not these 'one front and one back' type of dresses. Dunno. Maybe it's just me.



 
 
I also made my baby girl a new, comfy over size dress. Definetely more of these to come. She really likes these loose fit dresses. This one is based on Simplicity 9062 - a blast from the past (1992). Fabric from my Stofdepotet stash. Sorry, but it was sold out a loooong time ago.




torsdag den 14. april 2016

McCall's Mash Up - The Green Python Dress

Before we move on let's get something out of the way. Yes, I killed and skinned that green scuba python (of course it exists!!) with my bare hands. It's a long and not very pretty story - Indiana Jones will fill you in. And we've been through this a hundred times, Harrison - there's no need to thank me, you know I'll have your back anytime.

If killing and skinning is not you're kind of thing you could also just buy the pretty scuba at The Sweet Mercerie.

Now on to the details. As you've probably guessed from the headline this is a FrankenDress. It's the love child of McCall's patterns M5927 (the skirt) and M5975 (the bodice). Sadly they are both OOP. Sorry. Shame on you McCall's - these are such great patterns. I vote for reprints!

No changes were made to the bodice apart from omitting the zippe, but I did take in and tapered the skirt part quite a bit. The M5927 pattern is designed for woven fabrics, so in order to get a more fitted dress I had to do these simple alterations.

The skirt part is somewhat similar to the very popular 'Lora Dress/Robe Lora' designed by La Maison Victor - but they are not identical. Having tried them both I can say that the McCall's pattern is my favorite. I find that the pleats work better on this one - at least for me.

My favorite design feature. The pockets. Perfect deep pockets.

I really love how this turned out. (So much that I already made another - and no scuba animals were harmed during the construction of that one.)


 





fredag den 25. marts 2016

The Mila Designer Dress // Style Arc Patterns

Meet Mila - my latest obsession. She's designed by Style Arc Patterns and just so easy to get along with.

This Blue Mila is in fact my second attempt with the pattern. Mila the First is presented at the bottom of the post.

You do know how much I love an easy pattern - and no offence Mila, but you are pretty easy! No zips, buttons etc, just a simple pull over dress with some unique features. As you can see Mila has a seam down the centre front and back skirt - only the bodice has side seams. And she's cocoon shaped. Love me a good cocoon.

Blue Mila is made of midnight blue crepe from The Sweet Mercerie paired with this beautiful and slightly sheer poly/cotton blend from Miss Matatabi

I also made a new coatigan. Version 117 or something like that. Not that I'm stopping now, nononono. This little number with 3/4 length sleeves is fully lined (with the sweetest pin dot fabric) and has oversize patch pockets. For some reason we are not besties and I might have to let this one go. Maybe it's the lenght on me that I'm not too thrilled about. Dunno. Love the fabric though.

And finally Mila the First - a crepe/scuba combo. This one is a size larger than the blue and a little too roomy for me to be honest, but I can't bear to part with her. I also made the blue one a little longer than the First.

Now off to make a million more Mila's.

(Style Arc is having a spring sale in the Etsy Shop. If you enter the coupon code HAPPYEASTER25 at the check out you'll get a 25% discount on all their downloadable PDF patterns. Time to stock up. I will. Code expires on Easter Monday 2016)











mandag den 21. marts 2016

Cocoon Dress Deluxe - Wilma's Birthday dress

On March 17 my baby girl turned 9.

Naturally baby girl needed a new outfit for her birthday.

'Hey me, how about you make Wilma some new pants and a cute top. She's really in need of new pants'!

....and then I made her yet another Cocoon Dress. The most adorable one in French terry - nude pink with subtle gold sparkles from The Sweet Mercerie. For the frills I let the wrong side face out. Nice touch I think.

The back of the dress is where it's really happening - just look at that little lace applique detail, so beautiful, right?! I was a little worried that the applique would shrink when washed, but fortunately that wasn't the case.

To perfect the outfit I made Wilma a pair of Mini Virginia Leggins in a cream/gold jersey from Stofdepotet. (This jersey on the other hand was not crazy about beeing washed and all the gold sparkles as well as all the dirt vanished during first gentle machine wash). Well, cream colored leggings still looks great with her new Cocoon Deluxe. I wanted a snug fit, so I made Wilma's Mini Virginia's in a size 8/9 lengthened to a size 10/12 = perfect!









lørdag den 12. marts 2016

Robe Lora // The Lora Dress

Do you know the sewing magazine La Maison Victor? If you live in French, German or Dutch speaking European countries you probably do. Unfortunately the magazine is not available here in Denmark nor does La Maison Victor offer shipping to Denmark, but having seen so many gorgeous versions of LMV's probably most famous dress - Robe Lora - I really wanted to make one. The grass is always greener, right?! A sweet German instagram friend of mine kindly offered to send me her copy of 'the one with the Lora' - and finally I could join the Lora Gang!

It's a super simple dress that can be made in both knit and woven fabrics. I chose a burgundy diamond quilted jersey which I bought a couple of years ago from Minerva Crafts - still available I see.

I had to take my dress in a bit and added a couple of cm to the length but apart from that no alterations were made. If I make it again I might take in the sleeves a bit more and eliminate a little pleat close to the pockets (you can't really see the pleat in these photos)

I'm wearing it with another me made item; a turtle neck stretch lace top based on this Jalie pattern. The fabric was an eBay scoop.