Thursday, May 17, 2018

Burda 2008/10-119

Thát was a quick make! The major part of the work went into adjusting this pattern for my size. This one goes up to a size 46 but for me it needs to be a bit bigger/longer at some places. The fact that the frontpiece has pleats makes it more of a struggle to get it right. But I think I succeeded in doing so. The fit is great. Because of the pattern placement I was limited in the amount of length I could add at the bottom. Otherwise I would have added about an inch.





I love patterns that are fairly simple to put together but are special at the same time because of some detail. This is a good example.
So yeah, pretty happy with that. I already wore it to a party friday night and today at work. Now the temperature has dropped it’s significantly cooler so it’s perfect to wear this long-sleeved top.

The colours of the fabric are hard to capture on my camera. And that's a real shame because they're beautiful. I love the different blue-toned colours combined with the brown/taupe/dusty pink. Because the front-pieces are placed diagonal on the fabric, the print on the garment is diagonal as well. 



A new project is already on the table and it is one that has been on my sewinglist for quite some time now. The idea is to make a cardigan with a nice blue-creme-striped jersey (I believe it's French terry). It's a remnant from the fabricmarket and has been in my stash for quite some time now. I still haven't cut into the fabric because the usual doubts (will it fit nicely?…) are holding me back. It would be a bummer if this project would fail. Better go and take measurements again.


Phantom Thread
Last week I went to the movies with a friend and saw Phantom Thread. I believe this movie originates from 2017 but I never heard of it before. My friend drew my attention to it and I’m glad she did. If you never saw this movie: dó if you have the chance!! It’s about a fashiondesigner in the 1950’s, Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. There’s a lot going on between him, his muse/girlfriend, his sister and his (late) mother. But there’s plenty of room also for sewing stuff and beautiful 50’s fashion. (Apparantly Daniel Day-Lewis learnt to make a dress in preparation of making this movie.) . The story is one you get sucked into. It’s dreamy, but never cheesy and you are constantly wondering what will happen in the next moment. So all in all, yeah, great movie! I really recommend it.

That's it for now, talk to you next time.
Lilian


Friday, May 4, 2018

Playing with stripes

First of all a big thank you to those who left a comment on my previous post. It's great to hear from you!





In the meantime the tee is finished. Nothing complicated, just a simple project. But isn't it true that those pieces are the ones that get to be worn the most?
I thought it would be fun to play a bit with the stripes and added a band at the bottom of the sleeves with the stripes going in the opposite direction. For that I folded a rectangular in half and sewed it double at the bottom of the sleeves. The stripes of the necklinebinding are also placed at a right angle.





I'll try to sneak in a little post about how I make a necklinebinding. If you are struggling with the usual method (folding a strip of fabric and sewing it double to the neckline), this method may be the one you were looking for. It works for me every time and I find its much easier. 

Back to the tee. I'm happy with the fit. Basically I measured my hips, waist, bustline and upperarm circumference and changed the old pattern accordingly, including a fullbust-adjustment. There is still some bulkiness in front of the armpit. I have to look into that but for now I'm really happy with the outcome: a fitting t-shirt, but not too close-fitting. 


A new project is already in the making. It's a new version of an old Burda pattern.
I love, love, love this pattern. It suits my bodyshape very well.
However, I have some doubts about my fabric-choice. It's a thin jersey and I'm afraid it will be too thin to hold its shape. But I'm going ahead anyway and hope it's going to work out! I would be very sad if that fabric would go to waste.  I made this shirt more than once in the past and I still have the paper pattern, but it needed an upgrade in size as well. I got that out of the way so now it's time to cut into the fabric. Fingers crossed!!

The weather is really improving here in the Netherlands and the weather forecast for the coming days is great, so it would be a waste of good sunshine to spend hours and hours in the sewingroom. But if I recall correctly, sewing this shirt is not a lot of work. So I hope to show the result soon.

Thanks for reading and talk to you next time.
Lilian

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Alright, let's try this again.

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since I wrote my last blogpost. Time flies at an incredible pace. The reason why it’s been that long? When I think about this I come up with several reasons:
  • I finally landed that permanent job. But it’s fulltime, sooo... (I’m not complaning, I lóve my new job, its awesome and I’m dead proud of finding a job I had set my heart on and convincing my boss that I’m worth to be there for the long run). 
  • I wasn’t inspired to write about anything, felt like I had nothing interesting to tell and no-one would miss my writing. 
  • The thought that blogging is not popular anymore. Seeing lots of bloggers stop eventually. If the 'great ones' out there are losing readers, then why should I even bother.... 
  • And last but not least, I gained some weight which caused me to think that the things I was sewing didn’t look nice on me and I wasn't particularly keen on posting any pictures. (Yeah I know, shame on me…).

The fact that I’m writing now is not a guarantee that I’m back on track, but hey, we’ll see. At least for now there’s the intention to pick it up again. What triggered me is possibly the fact that lately my sewingmojo has returned with a vengeance. I’ve got lots of plans and browse the internet for fabric on a regular basis. And let's not forget the big fabric-markets we have here in the Netherlands!
Another thing that has fuelled my returning fun in sewing is following fellow-sewists on social media like facebook and instagram. But most of all youtube. There are so many great, lovely, funny, educating, eyecandy youtube channels out there!! My playlist is long and gets refilled every day. I hardly watch any ‘normal’ TV anymore. If I have to describe those channels with one word it’s ‘Inspirational’.

Right now I’m at the point of starting a simple t-shirt. As I mentioned I gained some weight and therefore my bodyshape has changed a bit. I’d like to create a good fitting t-shirt pattern that I can use as a basic. For that I’ll change a pattern I’ve used in the past. It’s not complicated but I just find it hard to get the fit right.
Adjusting patterns is something that has become a regular part of my sewing anyway. It is a bit timeconsuming but pays off. There’s still room for improvement in that area but that’s okay. We’re learning as we go and that’s a good thing.

Anywho, this week I’m off from work and there are a few plans on my list. It’s not a goal to finish them all, but I’m happy with whatever I get finished.
So first off it’s the basic t-shirt. Just simple, short-sleeved, with a rounded neck finished with a binding. I love the pink and grey fabric I’m gonna use for this. Me loves a good stripe you know. Maybe I can play a little with the stripes to give it some details. Hmm...I like that idea.



Talk to you next time. And hopefully soon ;-)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blue and white stripes....what else?

Hi,
Just a short post to show the second t-shirt I made with the same Ottobre pattern I used for the black-and-white shirt. I just couldn't let the stripe-trend go by without joining it. The fabric I used is maybe a bit too thick for a t-shirt (punta di roma) but all in all it is ok to wear. The stripes are darkblue and cream-coloured.

The sleeve with a piece of elastic sewed on the inside. (My arm isn't as gigantic in real life as in this picture haha....)


Making this shirt was not exactly a pleasant journey. About everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I even forgot to match the stripes at the sideseams when cutting the fabric. So I was very, very lucky that they did match after all. You want to be hasty and then you forget the most basic things...
At first I finished the neckline the same way I did with the black-and-white shirt, but that resulted in a disaster. No matter how hard I pulled the binding, it was just too stiff to lay flat. I guess that's what Punta di Roma does for you... So I removed it and opted for a facing, using a piece of interfaced cotton. And that went on just fine.
But this was one of those moments you want to throw everything in the bin.


These are still projects I made a while ago. I desperately want to show some new stuff but I haven't found the time yet, nor the energy, to be productive sewingwise.
In four weeks I'll be off from work for 5 weeks! One of the perks of working in the school-branch!
There should be more action in the sewingroom then. Well, that's the plan anyway.

For now, have a lovely weekend everyone!

Lilian


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Checkered Love



This fabric was bought with the idea of making a T-shirt. But I felt that just a plain T-shirt was not enough to do it justice. So I chose a pattern from an Ottobre magazine I've used before 2 times.
A few years back I tried this pattern and was pleasantly surprised by the great instant fit. No pattern-alterations were needed at the time. What I particularly like about it is the detail on the sleeve. It's actually very simple: there's a little dart at the top of the sleeve. When you sew this together, at the same time you sew over a stretched piece of elastic. Et voilá!
Simple, yet effective. I've taken a picture of the sleeve but it's close to impossible to get a clear picture. The linedrawing however is pretty clear. I don't remember if I altered the neckline when I used this pattern for the first time but mine is not as wide as it appears in the drawing.



I've already worn this shirt multiple times so that makes it a winner in my book.

The only thing I'm slightly worried about is that the fabric may stretch a bit over time. It doesn't feel like there's lycra or elasthan in it so that might be a problem. One of the reasons why this piece of clothing will not see the inside of my washing-machine. This will be handwashed carefully and with love. Like I do with many of my selfmade clothes.

While I still have a few things to show you, I'm already thinking about a new project. A white blouse was on top of my list but today I remembered a piece of fabric that would be perfect for a top that I've sewn recently. Just have to check out if there's enough fabric to work with. If not, than the white blouse will probably be the next thing that will be made. And agáin, I will use a TNT-pattern for that. Wow. I hate tracing new patterns and I seem to have found a way to get round it. This is a habit that needs to be broken if I want to try out new things.
But for now, it's a way of starting up a new project quickly so I'll stay addicted a little bit longer.
There are worse things I can do.

Talk to you soon.

Lilian


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice one!!

Today I received an email about my blog's activity on Bloglovin and it turns out that I now have 100 followers. The last time I checked it was about 80 so I was pleasantly surprised. And such a nice round number too :-)
In comparison to other blogs this is maybe not much of a deal, but to me it's wonderful!
100 persons believing that my blog is worth reading, or at least worth checking out. That's just amazing.

So a big, big THANK YOU to everyone following my blog on Bloglovin!!
You are the best!

Lilian


Saturday, June 11, 2016

While I was away...

While I was away, I have been sewing. Not blogging, but yeah..sewing. Because my dear readers, the sewing mojo seems to be back in my life. How great is that! The only problem is, and will be for who knows when: finding time to sew.
With a heavy workschedule, and having to deal with householdstuff, garden etc. by myself, I find it hard to find time to sit behind the sewing-machine. But I managed to squeeze in moments to do some summer-sewing.

My fabricstash is not very big and I love to go to fabricmarkets to add new beauties to the pile. Recently I spend a few hours on a big fabricmarket that was held near my town. And I was very pleased with the fabrics on offer. So many great fabrics I could see myself working with. But I managed to narrow it down to these 5 pieces.



The two black-and-whites in the middle already are turned into T-shirts.
With the lycra zebra-print (don't you just love it!!) I made a skirt.
The light fabric in the bottom on the left, will be a nice, longer cardigan with draped pockets. A nice throw-on for cooler summerdays.

The pink-ish cotton fabric I bought with the idea of making a skirt. The pattern was already chosen but I have my doubts now. Serious doubts. And as long as those doubts are there, no scissors will come near it. It's way too beautiful to mess it up.
Today the July-issue of KnipMode will arrive, maybe I'll find some pattern that will be a good match for this fabric.

I follow KnipMode on Facebook and Instagram and there are some really mixed emotions about the patterns they design. For me, there are still enough nice things to choose from in every issue, so I'm not complaining. It's Always nice when the new issue is due and I'm looking forward to a nice afternoon-read. Altough there is shopping to do, washing, cleaning the house and, if the rain will stop, gardenduties.

I hope to post my new wardrobe-additions very soon.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Lilian