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!

Gr
Lilian



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!

Lilian

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!

Gr.
Lilian

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!

Gr.
Lilian

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.


Linedrawing:
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!
Gr.
Lilian

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!

Gr.
Lilian

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!!!

Gr.
Lilian

Friday, March 23, 2012

TNT (this time it means: Totally Nice Top)

My favourite TNT-pattern is this one:

Burda 2008/10 - 119           

Two thumbs up for this one! I tried it several times and every time I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it is to assemble and how great the effect is. It's total love and I'll probably be making more of this.
This is my latest project:


Apart from the sewingpattern being easy and quick, I can't get over how much I love this fabric. It's jersey with velvet on some parts of the flowers. The colours are very rich but demure at the same time. Funny thing is that I received this fabric by accident. I actually ordered other (almost the same) fabric on the internet but apparently it was mistaken for this one. Well, absolutely no harm done.

When it was time to topstitch and hem, I was already reaching for my black thread. But then I thought it would be fun to use a brighter colour for that. I had the perfect purple in my stash so I used that.

 
And talking about hemming: I lóóóve my twin-needles. Together with my serger they opened up jersey-sewing-heaven for me.


Here are two other pictures of tops I made before. The blue one I blogged about earlier. It was actually part of a mini-swap. Click here to see pictures of me wearing it. It's perfect for mild winter/early spring temperatures.
The one with the short-sleeves (I call that my African-T-shirt) was made in my pre-blogging years. Great top for summer.

 

I made another long-sleeved one (the first one) right after Burda published this pattern, but I don't have that top anymore. The fabric (altough lovely to look at) got a bit saggy and at a certain point I stopped wearing it. So it was time to say goodbye to that one.

Note:  Don't bother putting in a zipper. No need at all as long as you use fabric with enough stretch. (If you could use the fabric for a zipper-less t-shirt, than it's perfect for this design).


I hope you are all enjoying lovely spring-weather. Here in the Netherlands the temperatures are rising up big time. They could even reach 20 degrees (celsius) today and tomorrow. And this weekend the clocks will be changed to daylight-saving-time, or 'summertime' as we call it here (we like to get ahead of things, haha).

Hopefully my next post won't take as long as this one. But I can't promise anything. I have a rather full agenda at the moment and I'm still not an expert in time-management. (Will I ever be? Is anyone?) But the intention is there, and so are the sewingplans.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gr.
Lilian



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pants and cardigan

Pheww..!!! That took me wáy too long!
So I'm glad I'm finally done with this.
But I must say I'm pretty pleased with the end result.
(And I'm sure my pants will start to fit better once I shed some pounds...)

What you see is cardigan pattern #7 from KnipMode December 2011 and pants pattern # 129 from Burda February 2007.

You can find the linedrawing of the cardigan here.
This is the linedrawing of the pants.
    
I used size 46 and eliminated the pockets. I wanted the lines of these pants to be as smooth as possible.
(The cardigan is a size 44)

That pants-size 46 is really doing my head in. I know I'm tall, but honestly....do I look like a 46 to you??
(Please tell me I don't...)












The fake-fur collar is the main feature of this outfit. I could eat this stuff! It feels so soft and luxurious.





I didn't read the instructions very carefully, or else I wouldn't have fiddled that long with attaching the collar to the neckline. What I did was place it on top of the neckline (wrong side collar at right side fabric). It just wouldn't lay flat and I kept thinking about what I did wrong. Then I finally took the time to read the instructions and found out that the collar has to be attached onto the facing, at the INSIDE of the neckline. Once I tried that it all worked just fine.  The collar flipped over to the outside beautifully.

The collar is attached with snap fasteners. Only both ends of the collar are fastened with some handstitching just on the outside. I would loose too much of the length if the ends had to be fastened on the inside and then folded to the outside. (If that makes any sense to you!)


I don't have an overall picture of the pants. It's pretty plain and looks just like the linedrawing, minus the pockets, so no surprise there.


There are always 2 things I like about finishing a project:
- something new to add to my wardrobe
- room for a new project

There are a few ideas growing in my head and I also can't wait to start sewing spring-items. But at this point I haven't decided yet on that new project. Once I do, you'll be the first to know!

Gr.
Lilian

Sunday, February 12, 2012



The world lost another icon, too young, too soon.

Goodbye Whitney.
You will be missed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thanks everyone who left a nice comment about my top. Stephanie asked if I could show a close-up picture of the collar. I completely forgot about that request and just read it again. I'll do that in my next post. That's a promise!

After the top, I made black trousers. But silly, silly me. For years on a row now I am a size 44. Since I've gained some weight in the last year I'm more of a 46 now. So I thought it was only logical to sew a size 46 and then I would end up with perfect fitting pants. Only one 'small' problem, I forgot that most of the years I have been a size 44, I already cut extra seams and width (and therefore probably cut a size 46 already!) to make sure pants and skirts would fit me. So what I actually did now was cut exactly the same size and ended up with some tight-fitting pants. It's wearable, the fabric stretches quite a lot, but it's a far cry from the perfect-fitting pants I had imagined and I'll always have to wear something long on top to cover my bum. Annoying. Anyway, I'm carrying on. I will show a picture of me wearing the trousers after I finished my next project, which is a cardigan from December 2011 KnipMode :


I cut the fabric on sunday. After some deliberation I decided to start with the collar. I've never worked with faux-fur and I didn't want to make the whole cardigan only to find out in the end that I wasn't able to pull off the collar. Shouldn't have doubted my sewing-skills because, tadaaaaa:




















I just can't stop stroking that fur. It's incredibly soft. I love the outcome so far. Now I can assemble the rest of the cardigan, knowing that I already tackled the hardest part, which wasn't hard at all by the way.

This is the pattern piece for the collar. The outer line is for the fur, the inner line is for the lining. It's a tad smaller than the fur so it pulls the edges of the fur inside to make sure no lining shows on the outside. You can also see that in the picture above.
(The vertical line is the center. I cut out the whole piece, not only on the fold, so I could cut out the fur in one layer.)






The fabric I'm using for this cardigan is a soft, dark-grey knit. It has some white fibers in it so it matches the black and white of the fur perfectly. I would show you a picture but it's just too hard to photograph.

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Last weekend I took my sewing-stuff downstairs. It's way too cold to sit upstairs in my only slightly heated sewingroom. Considering our fairly mild climate, we are having quite a cold period here in the Netherlands. I think for eight days now the temperature has been well below zero, day and night.
We had some snow friday. So it was time to take the camera out. I'll leave you with these winter-pictures. They're all taken from the inside of my house  :o)




 
Bye for now, and stay warm!!

Gr
Lilian

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Another knit



Yay!! By the size of this picture you can tell that my technial problems are solved. I have to say a big thank you to Katie Kadiddlehopper for pointing me in the right direction. Check out her comment in my previous post if you are having the same problems. 
And also thank you to Baking Soda from Bake My Day. I might give posting via Windows Live Writer a go one day but now I can go back to my usual way I think I'm gonna stick to that a bit longer. And to be honest, I have a big fear of losing my blog if I change anything, so..... But I will remember the advise.

Now, about the picture. What you're looking at is pattern #3 from KnipMode 08/2008.
It's the second time this one has seen the light. It is só easy to make. I like the fact that with minimal effort you have a great effect.
I must admit that the fit is quite snug. Especially on the arms but also in other places. It's wearable if I just make sure I wear the right things underneath. (For this picture I wore a blue camisole. In real life it doesn't shine through as much as in the picture).

I'm not sewing because it's cheaper than RTW. Wait, let me rephrase that: it cán be much cheaper (it all depends on the price of the fabric of course) but I do get a certain amount of satisfaction out of the fact that I made this top for the price of € 1,65.
The fabric is one of the 3 remnant pieces I bought for € 5.
I don't know about you but I call that fun!

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The black trousers I was talking about earlier are cut out and ready to go. 
So it's back to the sewing-room for me. Shouldn't take too long before I can show that one too.

Happy sewing everyone.
Lilian






Friday, January 20, 2012

Moving on with KnipMode 09/2000-13 Cardigan

Thank you soooo much, everyone of you who left a nice and very encouraging comment on my last post. I felt like I opened a window by posting about my blogging-troubles and was finally able to look outside, but it felt even more like I finally let you look inside. Sometimes it's good to ventilate what you're going through, because there will always be people kind enough to lend a 'helping hand'. And your comments were helpful and proof of the fact that there áre people out there enjoying my writing. You sometimes forget that. Which is kind of strange because I myself read and enjoy so many blogs you all are writing.

So one more time an heartfelt: Thank You!

Now, moving on to the sewing:


This was truly an easy job which is not surprising as it's an easy pattern.
The fabric was great to work with. I did a bit of handwork on the ties that go around the front and the neckline but otherwise this was sewn in no time. Most of it on the serger.













I'm glad I decided to put in the darts in the back and to take in the sideseams a bit. This gave the effect I was looking for. Otherwise it would be hanging to loose which makes it look rather unflattering. I like to emphasize my waist (or what's left of it...)

Blogger....what the he**!!
I don't know what happened to Blogger recently but things have changed and not for the better. When I'm typing my post I can import pictures but they are translated to 'html'. And once I've done that, I don't see how I can replace my picture to the left, centre or right side of the page. Or how to make the picture bigger or smaller. (The first picture in this post is actually the largest I can get, which is way too small for my taste).
There is an 'html' button at the top but it does nothing when I click on it.
I've been checking and trying out all the options Blogger gives you, but with no effect.

Owwww...this is really bugging me. I just want to see what I'm doing when I'm constructing my blogpost. Not a load of computer-language!
>:-(

Does anyone have any suggestions how to solve this? It would be highly appreciated.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sewing and blogging, 's not always easy..

Finally I've decided what my next project will be. Black trousers! It's been a while since I sewed my last pair of trousers and I'm kind of excited to make another pair. I cut out some patternpieces tonight but was then cruelly interrupted by a cat that needed attention. Lots of attention.
Anyway, I'll pick it up later. There was something else I still had to do: take care of the fit of my burgundy cardigan. I took in the sideseams a bit and placed darts in the back. And now I'm totally happy with it. Pictures will follow soon. I will also show you the creme sweater I made after the cardigan and the details of both projects.

That's right folks, my blog has been sort of silent, but my sewing-machine and I spent some quality-time lately.
I did make a picture of the creme sweater before it was finished, so I'll give you that as a sneak peek. Maybe you recognise it as I made it earlier in a grey knit.
So there you have it. I'm actually quite productive lately, but blogwise there is room for improvement. It seems like I'm finding it harder to blog than when I started. I seem to weigh every word and feel very insecure about my writing in English (not my native language). When I started I wanted to share every story with you (and I remember being enthusiastic about them. Even making the odd joke here and there). Now I feel that my stories aren't interesting enough for you to read which is very discouraging. I don't like my pictures and the layout of my posts are bland and boring. And when writing less you loose readers, which is very logical and understandable.
It's probably just a phase I'm going through. At least I hope that that's the case.

Wow, I didn't mean to sound so negative, but it's just how I feel about my blogging at the moment.
But don't worry, I'm not going anywhere and I'll do my best to find joy in blogging again.

Gr.
Lilian

Saturday, January 7, 2012

KnipMode 2003-02 / 18a - Skirt finished (Pretty picture vs dirty picture)

When will I ever learn. Ending almost every post with a promise for the next one. And most of the time I change my mind and write about something else instead. But hey, that's a bloggers prerogative, I guess.
This one is no exception. So no cardigan yet, but a skirt that I meant to show you for quite some time now.

As I wrote earlier, this skirt was part of a little SWAP. But I never told you that I changed my mind about the pattern. My original choice was a skirt with rounded sideseams but I must say I shied away from that when the time came to cut the fabric. So I switched to another pattern. A pattern I like very much. And I can say that in all honesty because I used that pattern some years ago for a jeans skirt. It got a lot of wear and I remember feeling great in it. I also remember feeling sad when it no longer fit. Since then I went from a size 42 to a size 46. Mmm..yeah well I'm working on that. OK??
But it fits, I love it and I'm very happy with it.

It's just a shame that all the details of the skirt get lost when I try to take a 'pretty' picture with the flashlight on.
So I'll give you the 'dirty' picture and the linedrawing as well, just to make sure you get the whole idea. (The rounded side-pockets on the hips are just hidden in both pictures, and there are 2 backpockets).







It was great fun to make this skirt. I loved putting together all the pockets (8!), pocketflaps and the topstitching.
When I look at this outfit I remember why I'm sewing my own clothes. And it's a good feeling.

Gr.
Lilian