with my hands – Dream
  • Image: Empire-waisted cotton nightgown, front view.
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    Dreamy nightgown
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    Unelmien yöpaita

    Suomeksi alla… After I made this nightgown for S, I wanted to have something similar and romantic for myself. I tried to find a suitable pattern but failed. Finally I decided to design my own. I took a raglan sleeved dress as a basis and started pinning things on my dressform. I was inspired by regency gowns and wanted a long gown with an empire waist. I found lightweight cotton voile with subtle printed white polkadots from the factory remnants section of Eurokangas.. Since it was so thin, I doubled the bodice. I estimated the amount of fabric needed for the gatherings and sewed a large raglan top with a…

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    Named Quinn shirt

    The Quinn shirt by Named collection was a pattern that I got for free with the new Stella raglan blouse pattern. The pattern was in Finnish but it is available also in English. It is a relaxed fit button-up with some interesting details. The button placket is shorter than the shirt and is rounded up at the bottom leaving an open vent. The collar is overlapping and the French cuffs are finished with cuff-links made of buttons. The sizes range from EUR 32 to 46 (US 0 to 14 / UK 4 to 18). My measurements came between the sizes 36 and 38. I measured some of my old blouses and…

  • Image: Fifi pyjamas by Tilly and the buttons.
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    Successes and difficulties with silk – Fifi pyjamas and a blue camisole

    Fifi I found this big silk blouse from a flea market and, since it costed only 3 €, I couldn’t resist buying it to see whether I could refashion it into something useful for me. I browsed through pattern sites and finally decided on Fifi pyjamas pattern by Tilly and the buttons. Fifi consists on a camisole and a pair of shorts and it has sizes ranging from UK 6 to 20 (EUR 34 to 48). I chose to make the size UK 10 which is my usual size and matched best my measurements. The blouse was a basic short sleeved button up and I started with unravelling all the…

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    Autumn Cami dress

    Today I went for a walk in Helsinki and climbed up to the Uspenski Cathetral hill. It was a bit chilly without a jacket but I wanted still to take pictures of my autumn Cami dress. It is an older make but I have never managed to get good pictures of it before. Anyway, this pattern is from Pauline Alice and I have also made a summer version with short sleeves. I got the fabric from a small fabric shop Palttina in Outokumpu. I am not sure the exact composition of it. It feels very much like cotton, but I am pretty sure it has some other fibers mixed in. It…

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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…

  • Image: My floral autumn dress
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    My mix-and-match autumn dress with some piping fun

    The schools have started and that means it is officially autumn here in Finland. I have been looking for a perfect dress pattern for the dress I have held in my imagination but for vain. In my mind, I had an image of a floral dress with a gathered skirt and a fitted bodice, long sleeves and a peter pan collar. I found this amazing floral viscose fabric from the factory remnant section of Eurokangas. Finally I decided to use the patterns I already owned. Cami dress by Pauline Alice (my version is here) has a perfect bodice and the Rosie dress by Sew Over It a perfect skirt for…

  • Moneta dress
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    My moneta dress

    OK. I am probably the last sewing blogger on Earth that makes the Colette Patterns’ Moneta dress. I have admired all the dresses others have made but it took some time for me to purchase this pattern, since I was more into woven fabrics. I have, however, a great need for comfortable clothes to wear at home and this dress seemed to be perfect lounging around dress. Moneta is a very versatile pattern with sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. It has sleeve options ranging from a completely sleeveless version to full sleeves. The pattern has one optional collar included but you can download Moneta Extras for free to get…

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    Lekala blouse meets Peter Pan

    Hello everyone! I made this Lekala blouse #4456 already last summer but I didn’t wear it and I didn’t post it. Why? The reason is that I did not like the outcome a bit. The Atelier Brunette fabric was beautiful, if slightly prone to wrinkles, but the collar felt stiff and too big and the sleeves stuck out weirdly: The blouse has been gathering dust in my sewing room for a year, but today I had some spare time and I started ripping out the collar. After the collar was gone the blouse felt much better. I then gathered the extra width of the sleeves on little pleats and sewed…