retro-butterick-b5813
Sewing

Retro Butterick B5813

Sun is shining and it feels like spring, today. So finally there was enough light for me to take pictures of my winter makes. The first item that I will post is Retro Butterick pattern B5813.This pattern was amazing! I made the version C with the large flared skirt…

ghostly-tee-and-a-dress
Sewing

Ghostly tee and a dress

S has been asking me to sew a blue dress for her. She even drew me a picture and luckily Ottobre 4/2012 Black Denim -dress fit the description perfectly. I found some blue stretch denim that worked well for the pattern. I forgot the vertical front seam in the…

dyeing-cashmere
Clothes refashioning

Dyeing cashmere

I go through my closets regularly to throw away any unnecessary items. These two cashmere cardigans have haunted me for years.They are not super expensive top quality cashmere but they are soft and warm and expensive for me. However, the colour doesn’t do me any favours in neither…

quilted-white
Sewing

Quilted white

I found this lovely quilted looking jersey in the factory remnants section of the local fabric store. Originally I thought it would make a lovely blazer but then I realised that the stiffness of the jersey makes it perfect for some interestingly cut blouse.I had already traced the pattern…

last-days-of-summer-with-liisa
Sewing

Last days of summer with Liisa

Linen is the perfect material for hot summer days. Here in Finland the summer is quickly turning into fall and it’s hard to imagine that these pictures were taken only a couple of weeks ago.The Pattern is Lizzy dress (which I conveniently renamed “Liisa”) is from the British…

a-pink-unicorn-stick-horse
Sewing

A pink unicorn stick horse

S loves unicorns so I wanted to use some cotton remnants to make her a stick unicorn after I found an old unused broomstick. I went through Pinterest to find ideas but finally settled in a pattern published in Finnish magazine Kodin kuvalehti website. (If you are interested in the…

a-skirt-a-blouse-and-skeletons
Sewing

A skirt, a blouse and skeletons

My new favourite blouse is white Diana by In House Patterns. This is actually the second time I’m using the same pattern. I used white drapey viscose remnant which suited nicely for the blouse. The only change I made was that I left out the button in the collar…

summer-dress-in-vintage-style
Sewing

Summer dress in vintage style

I am sorry, I’ve been absent from my blog. I have been too busy sewing, crafting and repairing stuff that I’ve had no time for my poor blog. However, today I got so great pictures from my most recent creation that I couldn’t wait to post them…

happy-valentines-day
Baking, Embroidery

Happy Valentine’s day…

… or Friends’ day as they call it in Finland. To celebrate, we are going to have some cake I made!I started a new hobby a while ago and you can see a glimpse in the lower part of the image. Here is a better image:I have never before…

winter-garden-blouse
Sewing

Winter garden blouse

I have been sewing a lot, but the lack of sunlight has prevented me from taking good photos. Today, however, it seems that the winter has lost some of its power and the sun was shining. Still, I apologize for the slight graininess of the pictures.I made a blouse…

autumn-dresses-and-playwear
Sewing

Autumn dresses and playwear

S needed comfortable playwear for her kindergarten. She has been missing a dress with many pockets that she grew out of and I decided to make her something similar. I used a pattern Elina dress from Mekkotehdas by Kirsi Etula and Sunna Valkeapää-Ikola and drew a pattern for a…

pretty-ballerina
Sewing

Pretty ballerina

Autumn means that S has started her dance lessons once again. The old dance outfit from H&M was starting to look a bit frumpy so I bought a new leotard for S. However, there weren’t any white tutus in S’s size, so I decided to sew…

time-traveling-to-the-1950s
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…

somber-occasion-dresses
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…

fairytale-forest-dress
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…

a-little-pink-squirrel-a-k-a-passenger-trench-coat
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…

summer-dresses-for-me
Sewing

Summer dresses for me

I have been too busy to upload any of my finished projects for a while, so I decided to combine all the rest of the summer dresses I made this summer. The first one is my first Lekala dress, made with my measurements. The dress came out quite ok and…

grey-lily
Sewing

Grey Lily

I have wanted to have a relaxed linen dress for a while. I found some end-of-roll fabric that the salesperson said was most probably some kind of linen-silk mixture. The fabric has a slight silk shine to it but also some roughness due to the linen. At…

hello-its-me-at-last-and-my-new-norah-dress
Sewing

Hello! It’s me at last and my new Norah dress

I haven’t yet shown my face in my blog, but here I am at last to show my new Norah dress. We took the pictures yesterday after exiting from the cinema where we went to see a new Finnish action comedy called Big Game.The tunic works best with…

looking-for-gingerbread-house-or-red-clovers
Sewing

Looking for gingerbread house… or red clovers

I fell in love in the “Old Fashioned Beauty” dress in Ottobre 3/2013. S’s closet is bursting with dresses, but there’s always room for this pretty little thing. I found the cotton in Kangastukku and initially was not impressed with it. However, after sewing the dress I…

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