Sunday, August 21, 2011


As promised, here is a sneak preview of my upcoming plans.
Yep, this is fall-sewing. I'm totally done with summer. Sewing, that is.
Pattern - KnipMode, August 2004, nr. 6
Fabric - Beige ribcord with a bit of stretch,  creamy-soft texture!
I love the topstitching on this skirt, and of course the A-line style which suits my bodytype very well.

Pattern - KnipMode, August 2004, nr. 8b
Fabric - Soft knit, polyester with spandex (the same fabric as for the vest)
This sweater has an interesting neckline which I like very much. 

Pattern - KnipMode, January 2010, nr.11
Fabric - Soft knit, polyester with spandex
I'll make the sweater before I start on this vest, just to get the feel of the fabric and find out wether it's an easy or difficult fabric to work with. Best to practice on something not too difficult.

I think I'll start with the sweater. I'm anxious to find out how to handle this lovely fabric.
There's one week of holiday left for me, so there should be some progress in the coming days.
Apart from these pieces, I do have other sewing plans as well.

I'll keep you informed.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Dress from another century.

When I took these pictures I considered this dress finished. After looking at the pictures I think I might have to squeeze in one more bit of sewing. More about that later.
First pictures.

It's too dressy to call it casual. It's probably best worn in the office. But that's just fine. The pattern is quite old, it's from KnipMode April 1996. Would you call this vintage? How old should a pattern be before you can call it vintage? Well, vintage or not, I like this one quite a lot. It's a timeless design and it was very easy to make.
The fabric is from my stash. I think it's a blend of linen and cotton, but I'm not sure. Anyway, it was a joy to sew with and it's a joy to wear, so it must be something good.

Below, the picture in the magazine. While going through my old KnipModes over the years, this picture always caught my attention. There's no particular reason why I didn't make this dress sooner but I'm glad I finally got round to it. (Click twice on the image to get a better view of the linedrawing).

This dress almost wasn't to be. I made a mistake while measuring the width of the waist. I measured the waist of the top and considered it okay for my size. I forgot however to read the instructions which tell you to take in that waist with elastic, and thén attach it to the skirt. So the waistline of the skirt is just as wide as the top with the elastic in. And that was way too small for me. Problem was that I already cut out the backskirt so I had to make do with that piece. (There was not enough left to cut it out again). I saved the project by placing the pattern for the skirt lower on the fabric, to the point where the waist was wide enough to match the upperbody. This took out some of the length of the skirt but it was still long enough.
At that point I was measuring and checking again and again, to make sure nothing would go wrong anymore. And that paid off.
(By the way, the skirt was cut on the bias which makes it hang very nicely)

What I think I still need to do is put some elastic in the waist to get the bit of extra width it still has, to spread out more evenly. Now the folds are a bit disordered and all over the place. (They seem to concentrate where the belt-loops are placed).

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, I put in shoulderpads. Yes! Shoulderpads. Seems to be a sin in fashion these days but seeing as I have almost no shoulders myself (ok, now I'm exaggerating) and this is a pattern with broader shoulders (it's a nineties-pattern, what would you expect?) I think it's just fine to do so.


Alright, what's next. I've been talking about a SWAP. But I don't think you can call a collection of 3 items a SWAP. That would be like saying you can swim if you're able not to drown in the bathtub.
So I won't talk about the S-word again and just tell you what my next plans are. For that you'll have to read my next post. I'm planning on posting this weekend so stay tuned and sew happily!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One-way ticket to Wadderville?

Yesterday I started on this project:

It's a rendez-vous (Burda Febr 2009 / 123) as I made it before, you can see that in this link (scroll down to the bottom of that post for a nice picture).

Piece of cake, I thought. Not!
The thing is that the fabric is behaving very badly. On top of that my serger is behaving even more badly, if that's possible. And as for me? I was being far too hasty and impatient, thinking I could do this one with my eyes closed, so I made a few mistakes.
I said to myself that nothing would get me down and I would finish this in a good way. But there's only so much one can take.
At a certain point I decided that enough is enough. And I took a step back, looked at it and decided I was not going to let this ruin my happy-holiday-sewing-mood and this blouse just wasn't for now. Maybe I'll pick it up again at one time but now I'm gonna concentrate on (sewing)things that make me happy.

This picture of the right frontpiece (the small curve in the upper right corner is the armscye) doesn't show all the 'wrongs' but the one you can see is obvious enough, right? As far as I know the front has to be a smooth line and not a ruffled one.

It's just such a shame that this fabric was/is so lovely and I had such high hopes for it. Been looking at it in my stash and dreaming about it for ages.
Ah well, stuff happens. Moving on!

There might even be a little fall-SWAP lurking around the corner. Now isn't that exciting?