• My projects,  Sewing

    Time traveling to the 1950s

    I have always loved vintage styles from the 1940s and 1950s. The clothes of that era were pretty and feminine without being overly revealing (which is a problem in our cold climate). I bought some black and white checked cotton some while ago and on a whim decided to make a simple circle skirt. I calculated the pattern and the skirt was ready in about 2 hours. I added 4 belt loops for a narrow belt. To add some oomph to the skirt, I sewed a crinoline from some leftover tulle and satin. A black teeshirt, that I made during the summer, suits well with the skirt. The pattern is…

  • S's funeral dress
    My projects,  Sewing

    Somber occasion dresses

    I did not make any blog posts in late July and August. Our family was struck by a tragedy when my father-in-law and S and K’s grandfather died suddenly. After the initial shock and while dealing with many things that are necessary when a close relative passes away, I found that sewing brought some much needed normalcy in my life. I was not in a mood for anything bright, so instead I made funeral dresses for me and S. S got a cotton sateen dress that was a modified Olabelhe Miranda. I made the back bodice higher and added a concealed zipper. During the funeral a white blouse was worn…

  • My projects,  Sewing

    Fairytale forest dress

    Autumn has come here in Finland. I made a playdress for S using a “Riine” dress pattern from the book Mekkotehdas by Etula and Valkeapää-Ikola. The dress has a nice square neckline. I completely forgot to make a slit to the back but luckily enough the neckline is big enough to fit over S’s head even without. The fabric is gorgeous quilting weight Michael Miller cotton called “Fantasy forest”. I also added some piping to the dress over the gathered skirt. I am quite proud of the piping because this was the first time I used it. I also had to make my own piping to get the right color. I…

  • Passenger Trench Coat from Ottobre Design 1/2013
    My projects,  Sewing

    A Little Pink Squirrel a.k.a. Passenger Trench Coat

    S has grown so that the old beloved H&M trench coat was way too small. However, sometimes a young lady needs a pretty coat and the days are getting chillier, so I took up a challenge to sew a trench coat using the Passenger Trench Coat pattern from Ottobre Design 1/2013. I had bought a lovely dusty pink microfiber fabric already at spring and cut out the pattern pieces. After that I chickened out. The number of pieces and especially the scary pockets made me store the pieces to the shelves to wait some extra courage. Finally last week, after watching a marathon of The Great British Sewing Bee, I started…