with my hands – Dream
  • My projects,  Sewing

    Oldies: Retro jackets from tablecloths

    I sewed these retro jackets about 8 years ago for my son and my daughter wore them after him. I made the both jackets with matching caps out of old tablecloths I found from flea markets. What I love about this kind of retro projects is the pattern matching. The big patterns from the 60s and the 70s are both a challenge and an inspiration. The look of the garment changes completely by placing the pattern pieces on the fabric in a different way. The pattern for these jackets came from vintage Elsebeth Gynther’s pattern book called Ompele Lapselle (translated from a Danish book: Börnetöj du selv kan sy). I…

  • Image: Sew Over It Coco jacket
    My projects,  Patternreview,  Sewing

    Sew Over It Coco jacket

    Sew Over it released new pdf pattern last week: The Coco jacket and I had to get it immediately. I had a perfect fabric for it that I had by change bought from Sew Over It Clapham shop while visiting London. I was originally planning to use it for a pair of trousers but I still remember the sales person telling me that many people had used it for their Coco class. At that time the Coco pattern wasn’t available outside those sewing classes, so I was so delighted when it was released. Sizing Coco is a Chanel inspired short jacket that is perfect for the kind of weather we…

  • My projects,  Sewing

    I made jeans!

    Making my own jeans has been in my plans for a long while. There is always the terrible moment when you realize you have to get a new pair of jeans and go to the store only finding out that nothing fits well. I decided to try the custom-fit sewing pattern I found on Bootstrapfashion.com. I logged in my measurements and got a print-at-home pattern. The first pattern had a bug in it and the pattern was huge. Luckily the guys at Bootstrapfashion quicly fixed the issue and sent me a replacement. There was also a small mistake on my part which made the inseam length too small, but that was…