• My projects,  Sewing

    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…

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    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 pattern but it did not matter. Besides, I made the dress slightly longer for S to wear it with tights. Under the dress, S wears Ottobre 1/2015 Toucan t-shirt. I made it using some remnant white viscose jersey with Pacman ghost pattern. The gatherings at the both sleeves and a curved hem add a nice detail to this basic top. I…

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    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 a simple circle skirt. I calculated the pattern and the skirt was ready in about 2 hours. I added 4 belt loops for a narrow belt. To add some oomph to the skirt, I sewed a crinoline from some leftover tulle and satin. A black teeshirt, that I made during the summer, suits well with the skirt. The pattern is…

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    Warmer weather clothes

    The warm weather has been waited for a long time here in Finland. Being optimistic, I made a pair of shorts for S already several weeks ago. (Edit: Pattern Burda 5/2012) When we took the pictures, it was +13 degrees Celsius. S did not seem to mind, especially when she spotted chives growing in our flowerbed. Afterwards she has been adding chives to several different foods in (cough!) generous amounts! I have also been sewing for myself lately. However, taking pics alone is a bit tricky. Hopefully I will get around asking help from my husband to take the photos so that I will be able to post those, too.