• Moneta dress
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    My moneta dress

    OK. I am probably the last sewing blogger on Earth that makes the Colette Patterns’ Moneta dress. I have admired all the dresses others have made but it took some time for me to purchase this pattern, since I was more into woven fabrics. I have, however, a great need for comfortable clothes to wear at home and this dress seemed to be perfect lounging around dress. Moneta is a very versatile pattern with sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. It has sleeve options ranging from a completely sleeveless version to full sleeves. The pattern has one optional collar included but you can download Moneta Extras for free to get…

  • Ottobre design 1/2016 dress 19. Rhythm, side front view.
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    A dress for my first-grader

    Hello all! My little girl is not so little anymore and she is starting school this autumn. Although it is still July my thoughts are already in the autumn and I have started to plan clothes for the cooler months. S has grown several inches since the spring and I’m afraid that almost everything in her closet is too small. This has given me an opportunity to sew as much as I want! I couldn’t resist these wonderful geometric prints that I encountered at Kangaskapina fabric shop in Helsinki. (Btw. they say they also deliver also outside Finland. You’ll just have to send them e-mail!) I knew just the pattern…

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    Lekala blouse meets Peter Pan

    Hello everyone! I made this Lekala blouse #4456 already last summer but I didn’t wear it and I didn’t post it. Why? The reason is that I did not like the outcome a bit. The Atelier Brunette fabric was beautiful, if slightly prone to wrinkles, but the collar felt stiff and too big and the sleeves stuck out weirdly: The blouse has been gathering dust in my sewing room for a year, but today I had some spare time and I started ripping out the collar. After the collar was gone the blouse felt much better. I then gathered the extra width of the sleeves on little pleats and sewed…

  • Vado designs Made-To-Measure Slim Fit Men's Shirt made for my husband, front view.
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    A man’s shirt

    For quite some time I have been thinking of making perfectly fitted shirts for my husband. Now that I have had plenty of experience in making shirts and blouses for myself it wasn’t a big leap to try a men’s pattern. I chose to use Vado designs Made-To-Measure Slim Fit Men’s Shirt pattern from Bootstrapfashion.com. The great thing with this pattern is that you can not only input the normal measurements for the chest, waist and neck circumference among others but also the shoulder slope and the posture. This was the reason for me to choose this pattern since in many of the men’s shirt patterns available the shoulder slope…

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    Make your own sewist’s notebook! (Free printable templates!)

    Update: I have collected all the Sewist’s notebook related templates and posts on one page. There you can find also more templates the number of which will grow in the future! I have been working with something special for you, my dear readers! I often get ideas of future sewing projects while I’m sitting on a bus or in bed just falling asleep. I have started wishing there was a way to quickly take notes or make a sketch for not to forget the idea. There are some amazing croquis pads for designers available but after browsing the selection available online, I was convinced that none of the options were…

  • Vogue Donna Karan collection V1440 blouse from the front.
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    Donna Karan top and floral capris

    For a while ago I bought V1440 pattern from the Donna Karan collection since I thought the white top looked interesting. This collection had also a pair of basic leggings and a jacket. I had some leftover navy blue poplin left after making a shirt for my husband and that was just enough for this blouse. The sizes range from 6 to 14 but again as with most of the big pattern companies there is a ridiculous amount of ease involved. According to the size chart I should have made size 12 but after checking for the actual finished garment measurements I ended up cutting size 6. The size 12…

  • Tilly and the buttons Coco jersey dress, sewn by me, front view.
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    Blue and white Coco

    Hello again! I was craving something easy and straightforward to sew for once, so I got out this nice cotton jersey and decided to make it into a casual dress for myself using Tilly and the buttons Coco dress pattern. Quite a while ago I bought the Coco and used it to make a dress for a friend. Then I forgot the whole pattern until I saw a very nice stripy version of it somewhere online. This image of a blue and white striped jersey dress was already on my mind when I bought the fabric and now was a good time of turning the idea into reality. Coco pattern…

  • Sew Over It Rosie dress, sewn by me using Liberty cotton tana lawn, front view.
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    Yellow Rosie and how to add boning to a bodice

    My recent trip to London resulted in a massive fabric haul. As I am a big fan of Sew Over It patterns I had to visit their Clapham shop and besides fabric, I also bought this pattern: Rosie Dress. I think it is a wonderful summer dress and I also love the skirt version of it. At Shaukat at Old Brompton road I picked up a perfect fabrics for it: Yellow and white floral Liberty tana lawn and white Italian lawn for the collar and the lining. At home I realised that the pattern called for some boning. I have never used boning before and was a bit taken back but…

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    Ruffles for a skater girl

    My daughter seems to have grown out of her old tees and although the weather has been cool she desperately needed some new ones. I decided to try something different and chose the Ottobre Design 3/2012 pattern number 17. Seesaw. This is basically a raglan t-shirt with some ruffles on the sleeves. For some reason this project was full of errors and ripping. I have gotten used to sewing with wovens and using the same kind of constructions over and over again so I ended up sewing the sleeves on the wrong way and had to rip them off. I was determined to make the neckline using my new cover stitch…