with my hands – Dream
  • Ottobre Nukkumatti baby pyjamas
    My projects,  Patternreview,  Sewing

    Robots for the little ones (Ottobre 06/2012 2. Nukkumatti and 16. Raide)

    My dear friend had a little baby boy and I wanted to congratulate the newcomer and his big brother with matching outfits. Ottobre design 06/2012 had two patterns that suited the purpose beautifully. Ottobre 06/2012 2. Nukkumatti is a baby pyjamas pattern (“Nukkumatti” means “Sandman” in Finnish) but when my children were babies I used to dress them in overalls like these even during daytime due to their easiness. Ottobre 06/2012 16. Raide is a pattern for a basic long-sleeved t-shirt for a little boy or a girl. I found this lovely robot jersey from Paapii design. I bought just one metre of it which was enough for the both…

  • My projects,  Sewing

    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…

  • Vanessa Pouzed Wanted t-shirt and self-drafted lace skirt, front view.
    My projects,  Sewing

    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…

  • My projects,  Sewing

    Oh Boyz aka t-shirt of faces

    When I saw this fabric at Eurokangas I did not think twice: K was going to get a new t-shirt.  With the funny print there was no need to get a fancy pattern, so I took an old an trusted pattern: Let It Be from Ottobre Design 6/2010. There was really nothing fancy with the sewing. I added a bright orangey red collar using a scrap piece of jersey I had in my stash. If I remember correctly the selvage of the printed jersey said “Oh Boyz”, so that is what I started calling the t-shirt in my mind. This t-shirt has been in regular use already for months. I have had…

  • Colette Zinnia skirt with a stripy top.
    My projects,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Roses, stripes and a useful sewing trick for piping

    I just could not resist the powder pink stretch cotton with black and white roses when I saw it in the fabric shop. I feel increasingly girly now that spring has arrived and this fabric just shouted “Make a skirt out of me!”. So I did. I used again the Zinnia pattern with the deepened pleats. If you want to do the same, just cut the pattern along the center of each pleat and add about two cm extra. However, you cannot add much if you want to be able to cut the pattern from lengthwise folded fabric. To add some interest I added white piping between the waistband and the…