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    Make your own Sandra skirt – a free sewing tutorial

    I must admit that I love all kinds of circle skirts. Unlike pencil skirts they allow much more movement and are so much more comfortable. One day I saw this skirt on Pinterest and thought I could easily draft something similar. I made my first attempt and it got a lot of compliments. When I got this red tartan fabric I decided to improve the design and write a sewing tutorial for everyone to enjoy. What is a Sandra skirt? Sandra skirt is based on 1/2 circle skirt and 3/4 circle skirt patterns. The skirts are layered and the overskirt is shortened from the right side to make a nice…

  • Image: My trench coat deserves a twirl.
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    Trench coat project part 6: The finished trench coat

    … so here is the latter half of today’s posting, go here, if you missed the first part and here, if you want to start the series from the beginning. Hooray! My trench coat is finally finished! This has been a long journey that I started already in April, when I wrote about my coat plans. At that point I hadn’t found my pattern, yet and hadn’t met my wonderful, wonderful sewing teacher Michelle, who helped me tremendously along the way. Then I managed to find the McCall’s 5525 coat sewing pattern on Ebay and started drafting a coat. I used the pattern only as a starting point since I…

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    Tartan circle skirt and a bow top

    My coat is coming along nicely, but while I am still busy with it, I’ll post some pics of the outfit I made last spring. I did not post it then since it suits better for the autumn. the circle skirt This skirt is a basic circle skirt I drafted myself. The fabric is tartan from Calico Laine. I really like this fabric. It is polyester-viscose mix which drapes wonderfully, doesn’t wrinkle badly and doesn’t seem to pill. Circle skirts always take a lot of fabric. I have usually cut the circle skirts horizontally in two parts. However, the width of the fabric then determines the length of the skirt…

  • Lekala #5088 pencil skirt, front view.
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    Another Lekala #5088 pencil skirt

    The free Lekala #5088 was such a great pattern that I made two in one go. (If you have not seen the previous one, click here). This time I used a completely different fabric and added an exposed zipper at the back. I found this fabric as a short bolt end at Eurokangas and I had to buy it. It is striped boucle with some metallic threads woven in. The fabric had just enough length for me to cut the skirt and the waistband with only small scraps left over. The boucle was fraying like crazy, so I quickly serged all the edges. I have never made an exposed zipper…

  • Vanessa Pouzed Wanted t-shirt and self-drafted lace skirt, front view.
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    Vanessa Pouzet Wanted t-shirt and some stash busting skirts

    Hello again! I have been optimistic about the weather turning sunny and spent some rainy days trying out a t-shirt pattern by Vanessa Pouzet that I have been eyeing for a while. Wanted is a form fitting t-shirt with a square neckline. The pattern is unfortunately only in French and I don’t understand French. Luckily there were lots of explanatory pictures that were enough for me to understand the instructions. Not that there is much instructions needed for a t-shirt. The only French I finally needed was to understand “Les marges de couture sont comprises” that means that the “seam allowances are included”. I made two versions using two different…

  • Sew Over It Lizzie skirt, back view.
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    Taking Lizzie to the seaside

    The pattern of this fabric caught my attention immediately when I saw it online at Abakhan Fabrics Eesti. Since it was on sale I ordered the whole rest of the fabric which was just 130 cm. I was slightly disappointed to notice that the fabric had a small (ink?) stain on it, but luckily the stain was quite well hidden by the busy print. I thought for a while of sewing the fabric into a blouse (and cutting the pattern pieces around the stain) but finally got out my Sew Over It Lizzie skirt pattern where the stain is conveniently hidden behind one of the numerous pleats. I have made the…

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    Summer Zinnias and Mélilot aka my trusted pattern friends

    I have mentioned that I like the Colette Zinnia skirt pattern very much and that I have made it four times. (Check the two other times here and here.) Thus far, I haven’t had time to take proper images of the two summer ones but here they are at last with a green Mélilot blouse as a bonus! The first Zinnia has been made of slightly stretchy cotton sateen with a very colourful funky print. I didn’t stitch the pleats closed at the hips but otherwise I followed the pattern. Here is the same skirt from the back. A sharp-eyed person may notice that I missed one belt loop when…

  • Black Lydia skirt from the book Boundless style.
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    Something classic out of Boundless Style

    I bought this book by Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns already when it came out 2015 but I haven’t really sewn anything out of it: I loved the idea of a pattern book where everything mixes and matches with everything else and you can pick and choose the skirt, the bodice and the sleeves according to your own preference. How often have I thought that “that dress would be perfect, if only the skirt was a bit wider” or  “if it just had sleeves, I could wear it in the winter”. Anyway, as it turns out, picking and choosing is harder than it seems and finally after leafing through the…