Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cowl-neck top - how I love thee!

KnipMode - february 2010 / pattern # 19

There's something about this top - that I made for the 3rd time now - that I love very, very much.
I think it's the fact that with minimal effort you get a great result. This top is really super easy to make.
The fabric I used is a knit which holds it shape very well but don't ask me which fibers it's made of. I bought this on the fabric-market and I always forget to ask. When buying via internet at least you have that information.
The fit is a bit snug. If I were to make this again in the near future than I would make some alterations for that.  But it's alright to wear as it is. I wore it already to our company's Christmas-lunch yesterday. Good thing I remembered to take a picture afterwards so I could blog about it, or else this post was post-poned just like all the other ones. Sigh.....

Like I said, I made this for the third time. You can see the other versions here and here.

I am a bit out of ideas for sewing. There has been no fabric-purchase to get me through the Christmas holiday either. So I will have to go through my (tiny) stash of fabric and my magazines to see what will be next on the sewing list.

Wishing all of you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a healthy and safe 2013, filled with lots of sewing!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fun little project

Hi everyone!!!

Wow, it has taken me (too) long to get back on this blog. There's no particular reason why I have been away, but it's just that the longer you stay away, the less you feel the urge to come back. At least, that's how it works for me.
It had nothing to do with a lack of ambition to sew. On the contrary. I must have sewn 6 or 7 items in the meantime. I think I'll just pick up where I am now, and maybe save blogging about those items for times when my 'sew-news-flashes' are more scarce. To fill in the gaps, so to speak.

Right now, I just finished a fun little project this morning. The project itself is fun but the process was not! My sewing- and lockmachine are really starting to show signs of fatigue. I guess it's time to take them in for service.
It's just not fun when you are in the middle of a full-automatic buttonhole and the machine just freezes. Gone is the automatic program, out comes the seam-ripper. And if you have to do that like 6 times in a row you can say that  a: I have a lot of perseverance and  b: There's something wrong with that machine.
The amount of fun in sewing is very much depending on the reliability of the machine you're using. Don't think I'll have to convince you about this, right?

Anyway, the fun little project. Here it is:

Bit weard.....without hands...                           
but great coverage of the back.                          

KnipMode february 2010

It was love at first sight back in 2010.
This is so easy to make that there isn't even a pattern, but only a description to cut out one large rectangle for the bodice, and 2 smaller rectangles for the sleeves.
All you have to do is fold the large square in half, sew the side-seams, up to the armholes.
Sew the seams of the sleeves. Set in the sleeves. Hem the whole lot and...tadaaa...finished.
The line-drawing is not right by the way. It shows a seam on the backside and two seams (front and back) on the sleeves, but there are only side seams (which you see in the front) and one seam on the sleeves (which you see in the front as well).
Another thing I'm a bit gutted about is that the sleeves in the magazine-picture look much narrower than they do when you follow the instructions. (Like I did).
I could change this very easily if I make it the next time around. But that's not gonna happen soon.
(If anyone wants clearer instructions, just let me know in a comment.)

I have a few more projects planned, so stay tuned if you wanna see more.

Have a great weekend everyone, and for those still suffering the consequenses of Sandy, I hope things will change for the better very soon!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Casual sewing

This is the picture of my 'hoodie'. (KnipMode 2010-08 / 19b - linedrawing in my previous post). I already finished sewing it more than a week ago and even wore it in the weekend. It's great and I love it. Putting it together was very easy.
The one thing I changed from the original pattern was using a facing in the back of the neck.
I think I'll have to pay the fabricshop another visit and buy the same fabric but in a different colour. It was great to work with and it's just thick enough to wear as a cover-up.
I'd even consider to sew this pattern again. If I do I will make the sleeves a bit longer though.

The hood is finished with a double-folded seam and is attached between the front and the neck-facing.

The buttons are quite.....euhmm..different but I like them very much.

The hood itself is not too big and actually is there just for the fun of it. I don't see me wearing it in real life... There's no close-up picture but you see a white line on the inside of the hood. That's the seam. I just serged one side of the seam, narrowed the other side and than folded the serged side over and stitched it down. Easthetical maybe not the most perfect way but good enough for me.  

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A few days ago I discovered that I had a comment on my post about my tnt-top from Hester who asked a question about the size of this burda-pattern, wether it turned out big or not. Her question was in Dutch, I hope you don't mind if I answer in Dutch. (Also didn't have an email-adress so will do this via my blog).

Hallo Hester, wat leuk dat je via mijn blog geïnspireerd bent tot het maken van de wikkel-top. Het is echt een topper voor mij. Je vraag dateert al van eind mei dus misschien heb je de top ondertussen al in je kast hangen en heb je via je eigen ervaring al antwoord op je vraag gekregen. Mocht je er nog aan moeten beginnen; wat ik me herinner is dat het zeker niet klein uitvalt. De voorkant wordt ook nog eens schuin van draad geknipt dus dat geeft ook al snel extra ruimte. Eigenlijk heb ik niet veel aan hoeven te passen om het passend te maken maar ik denk dat dat toch ook nog een beetje van je figuur afhangt. Ik heb bijvoorbeeld nogal een holle rug en heb in 1 model (toen ik nog wat slanker was  =0)  kleine figuurnaden in de rug gemaakt. Staat me bij dat die in het origineel niet zitten.
Veel succes met de top. Ik hoop dat je er net zoveel plezier aan zult beleven als ik!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

New fabric, new project, and a bit of 'What the ***!?!'

First of all, thank you everyone who left a comment on my latest post. As always I'm very grateful for the fact that people (you!) take the time to read my blog and even react on it. And a big thank you to Hilde for offering to use her scans of KnipMode via 4Shared. That's gonna save me a lot of time!

And now, as promised I want to show you my newly bought pieces of fabric. Only 3. I'm not a hoarder and am trying to go back to my initial way of working, which is choosing a project and thèn buy fabric. Not the other way around. This just works best for me.

I am in love with all three of them (heart jumps happily up and down in chest..)

The baby-bleu on the left is a fleece with a very soft inside.
The stripes are a polyester-viscose jersey. This colourcombination is actually quite a bit out of my comfortzone, but I chose this fabric just for that reason. Gotta try something new once in a while.
The most beautiful is the cobalt blue. It's a cotton with stretch and a nice shiny (but not too shiny) surface.
Like I said, I already have plans for all of them and even started to sew with one of them.

This is what I'm working on at the moment with the blue fleece:

KnipMode 2010-08 / 19b

I started yesterday and was very motivated. First I traced and cut out the pattern on paper. There were still some other paper patterns lying around that I had not yet put away. When I was ready to pin the patterns on the fabric  I reached for the first peace, when my eye spotted two pieces that looked exactly the same, namely these two:

There was some suspicion rising in the back of my mind and I searched through the pieces and found that I had all of them already cut out before! Last week!! (I know this because I decided to use this pattern just before I bought the fabric). Why didn't I remember?!! And that's why there's a bit of 'What the ***' in my title. You know what's really silly? I stíll can't remember I traced and cut the whole damn thing. Total amnesia.

Anyway, I laughed it off and continued. It's really coming together the way I want it. Pictures will follow soon.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Summer sewing

It's been a bit quiet around here lately, but I have been sewing a few things. And yesterday I bought new fabric. So I'm still (sort of) productive but just nog blogging. Free time is limited and I'd rather spend the small amount of time I have behind my sewing-machine than behind my computer.
But last week I finished a summerblouse and I just want to show it to you. So here you have it.

There's a lot I like about this blouse:

- The feminine style
- The fabric, a lovely creme/purple mille fleurs cotton (one of the three swatches I bought for € 5 in total)
- The little purple buttons
- The slightly curved neckline with the tie-bands
- The fit (sleeves that don't cut off my blood-circulation, yay!)
- It's summer-appropriate breeziness. Quite thin fabric but actually not very see-through.

Alas, there are also a few things I don't like:

- The tie-bands are way too short to tie them like the pretty bow in the linedrawing. In the meantime I've come to  accept that fact and even like the way I tied it in the picture. I'll wear it like that.
- The neckline is mucho low. I must wear something underneath.

So that's 6 yay's against 2 no's. I guess that makes it a winner.

There were some challenges along the way. The bands are mostly cut on the bias and curved. The facing of the bands is interfaced. So when I had to put those two together I was working with a stretchy fabric and a stable fabric. The first part went great. The second one however.....

at the bottom you see the finished one.

I'm glad it didn't happen with the first one or else I probably would have panicked a bit, but now I knew I was able to do it right and repair it. After unpicking the stitching and trying a next time, it looked much better.

Tie- and fabric detail:

In one of the next posts I'll show you a picture of the other project I finished, the knit-dress. And I have the above-mentioned fabric to show you.

But right now I'm busy organising all my Knipmode's and Burda's. I want to copy all the linedrawing-overviews in each magazine. That way I don't have to go through all the magazines when I'm looking for a pattern. I expect this to be a great time-saver!
I've always made a point about hanging on to all the magazines, so I have been checking their completeness. And guess what? I still have all of them.

What you see are all the Knipmodes from 1993 (starting april - bottom/left) until now (top/right). In 2006 I stopped my subscription (the patterns were just no longer interesting for me at that time) and started again in 2008. I bought some loose copies in those years.

That's it for now folks. Hope you are all enjoying a great weekend with lots of sun! It certainly is (early) summer over here!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

KnipMode 2012-04 / 17 - Skirt

Finally a picture of my latest project: the skirt. (And my previous project, the top).
I liked the design of the skirt from the very first moment I saw it and knew that I wanted to make it. And so I did. The picture above is not showing the details very well, but here's a linedrawing, a close-up of the topstitching and a close-up of the skirt.

I played with the idea of putting in the zipper at the front but in the end chose not to. I wanted to keep everything symmetrical. I used topstitching, to emphasize the nice design but also to flatten the seams. It would be a right mess on the inside otherwise.
I don't like a zipper on the side so I put in a seam in the back yoke and placed the zipper there.
The fabric I used is a black stretch jeans. It worked great and the corners of the frontpanel gave no hassle at all. Everything was behaving nicely this time.
I took these pictures last thursday after wearing this outfit all day, which explains the wrinkles. It was Secretary-day so, being a secretary, I thought it would be fun to dress up as one (nice top, pencilskirt, high heels, tadadumm...). Of course I do wear these kind of outfits but I can also wear jeans if I want to. Noone is gonna mention that.
Oh, and it was also my birthday, so I ended up with 3 bunches of flowers, a box of chocolate, a glossy magazine, gift-certificates and lots of kisses and congratulations. And that was only at work! Lucky me.

What's not so nice is that I'm suffering from bursitis in my shoulder. It's actually an irritated bursa so it's still early days. (I hope I translated this right, but I guess you know what I mean). I'm on medication now for 10 days and then we'll see. If it doesn't get better there might be injections.
O - M - G !!  I'm só not looking forward to that.
It's not that bad that I can't sew but I'll take it easy for a while. (Like I wasn't already taking it easy....duh!)
I could shop for fabric though. My fabricstash is totally lacking spring/summer fabric. So there's a big chance my next post will be about new purchased fabric. Yay!!!

Hope you all have a nice weekend!


Friday, March 30, 2012

A trip down Vogue-memory lane

When I was young, let's say 16 years of age, I didn't exactly lead a glamourous, interesting and exciting life. Not that I was longing for such a life, but in my head I liked dreaming about it.
When I was even a bit younger, let's say 12 years of age, I remember my mother had some old 'Libelle's' (a Dutch women's magazine) in the house. They were from the 50's or thereabout. Those magazines were the start of my interest in fashion. Those women looked só stylish and feminine, which was a huge contrast to the fashion of those days: punk and disco. (We're talking 1978 here).
One of the first things I sewed was a pencil-skirt way below my knees, inspired by that style. Quite different from what the other girls wore, but I felt very confident in it.

With that interest came the fun of sketching and designing. With the bold 80's around the corner, it was just more fuel on the fire. I loved designing so much that I wanted to become a fashiondesigner. A few years I played with the idea of going to artschool, but once the time came to decide what I would do after high school, I shied away and decided (as I always like to say: "on a rainy tuesday afternoon") that I would follow a secretary-course instead. In those days that was almost a secure, one-way ticket to a well paid job and and therefore a more stable financial future. And so I did. A decision I have never regretted, by the way.

But the love for fashion, sewing and designing stayed. And the need to dream. One day I decided to buy a Vogue-magazine. This was really a huge thing for me. (And rather expensive!). I thought I stepped into another world. I think you can say that I was pretty much influenced by it. I even tried to copy things to my own life. I bought more Vogue magazine's in my life and I still have them all. But this is that famous first one, it is the 1983-March issue (and it looks terribly used up by the way..):

When I glance through it now, what strikes me most is that I can feel how much I absorbed those pictures back then. Like I was analysing them, top to bottom. With a lot of pictures that feeling is very strong, like this one:
Yves-Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

This  picture sort of comprices everything I felt and thought about fashion in those days. I wanted to bé that picuture.  And I still love it so much. Funny thing is: you could wear this tomorrow and noone would notice it's from 1983.

And now, many, many years later I still buy fashion magazines. I probably dream a little less, but I still enjoy reading them. And this is my latest buy:

The very,very first Dutch Vogue. HOW COULD I NÓT BUY THIS!!
But still, If you ask me in twenty years about this issue, I probably won't remember it.

So there you have it: my first and my last Vogue magazine.
I'm even considering to get a subscription.
Hmm...have to think about that one.

Have a great fashionable weekend everyone!!!