Tuesday, December 15, 2015

No Disappearing

Recently I was in a shop where I found this gorgeous yellow fabric.. It’s hard to find fun bright color fabrics, especially in this time of year.. There was only 95 cm left on the roll.. Quickly I calculated that it would be enough for a skirt and I bought it.. I was hypnotized with the color and I forgot to ask what kind of fabric it is.. I guess it’s some kind of cotton, perfect for a pleated skirt.. 

I have already made this kind of skirt.. I had all the measurements written down, so it should have been an easy project.. The skirt has pockets in side seams, lining, and I used the bias tape for the hemline because I didn’t want it to be too short.. The lining and the bias tape I had in my stash.. The inside of the skirt is more fun with all those polka dots and stripes.. Instead of sewing buttons and buttonholes I put snaps on closure.. It looks neater that way (and it’s faster)..

Friday, December 11, 2015

Stay Outside

I made Rosa jacket from Vintage Burda Pattern Collection kit! When I saw patterns from this bundle I was immediately in love with patterns for outerwear – Rosa jacket and Kim coat.. Both are simple and I like how although they are labeled as vintage they can look very modern.. Unfortunately I had fabric only for Rosa jacket.. Kim coat will have to wait until I find some yellow wool.. Better photos and technical sketches of the patterns from Vintage Burda Pattern Collection Kit you can see here..  

Pattern for Rosa jacket is very simple.. The jacket has no collar, no pockets, two front pieces with only bust darts, sleeves with elbow darts.. Only back piece has a bit of fun and gives interesting details to this jacket.. There are pleats on shoulders and 3 darts at bottom of the back piece.. I wanted to make this jacket in brighter solid color fabric.. I wasn’t sure how pleats on the back of the shoulders would look like in a finished garment so I went with the fabric from my stash.. I found 1.5 m of this thin black and blue plaid wool, which was enough for making Rosa jacket.. I didn’t do any adjustments to the pattern.. I just added welt pockets, because it’s more practical if the jacket has pockets.. Instead of sewing invisible snaps on the jacket I made button holes and buttons covered with the fabric I used for the jacket.. For the lining I used gray stretch satin with white polka dots.. Satin is my go to fabric for linings of jackets and coats.. Usually it's easy to sew, and you can just slip into the garment which is not the case if one uses fabrics like cotton.. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

In Terms Of Pleasure

The idea for this dress was on my mind for quite a while.. After sewing this wrap dress from Stylish Dress Book – Clothing for everyday wear I wanted to experiment more..  I liked the back of that dress and the tie bow on front.. What I didn’t like was loose fit around the waist.. I thought that it would look nicer if it had better fit around the waist.. That’s how I came up with this wrap dress with loosely fitted bodice, tight at the waist, deep V on back and simple gathered skirt..

For this little experiment I used a rayon fabric I bought long time ago, which I was saving for a maxi summer dress (before I made one and realized that maxi dresses are not for me).. Although it would be logical to alter the pattern from Stylish Dress Book, I didn’t do that.. My plan was to gather all the fabric from bodice and the skirt at the waistband.. There was no need for bust darts.. The trickiest part was fitting the back so the edges of the bodice were not too loose (although it looks interesting that way too).. Cutting waistband pieces I left for the end, because I wasn’t sure if I’ll have enough fabric for making a bow or not.. It turned out that I had to make it with snap closure at the back.. I think it’s even better that way, a bow would probably be too much..

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The New Life

Autumn has started but I’m still late with showing my summer makes.. Long time ago, I bought this lovely cotton blend fabric in pale yellow.. Very strange color choice for me.. I loved it’s softness and tiny stripes that are barely visible on the photos.. From the start I wanted to make a shirtdress with it.. I even had cute buttons in my stash.. The project waited a couple of years to get on top of my sewing list.. The main reason is probably my new favorite thing in sewing - making pleats.. First idea was to make vertical tucks on front bodice piece.. After giving it a little thought, I decided to make also horizontal tucks that would go across bust area.. The fabric is very thin and see through, a reason more to make something interesting going on there..

The pattern I used is #109 from Burda 01/2010.. I’ve already made two dresses with that pattern, one for my sister and one for myself.. With my third make I changed a few things.. Because of the lightweight fabric, it had more sense to make a sleeveless shirtdress.. In the original pattern there are only couple of vertical pintucks around button closure.. In my version, the whole front pieces of the bodice has vertical tucks, and a few horizontal ones.. Button placket I made with a separate fabric piece because I didn’t want a messy look with horizontal tucks going over it.. The skirt is a bit shorter than the pattern suggests, and those are all of my modifications for this dress..

Sewing all these tucks took me a whole afternoon, but it was worth it.. Hopefully, we’ll have more warm days this Autumn so I could wear this dress before spring.. If not, I would love to make a new version of this dress for colder days that are starting.. 

Behind the camera - мој Матија

Friday, August 28, 2015


It’s been a while since my last post.. I had a shorter break in making garments for myself.. This dress that you see is also not for me.. I’m showing you this dress as part for Burda Challenge 2015, my make for July (oh yes, I’m a bit late).. As you know by now I love simple comfy dresses so I wanted to try pattern #115 from Burda 07/2015.. Since I discovered a fabric store where I can find solid color rayon, I simply want to play more with making interesting details.. Making pleats is not new for me.. You can see that the idea comes from this dress, but I also used it on this shirt.. The main thing is that pleats are easy to make and give nice effect to garments.. With this rayon fabric they also drape nicely.. 

This time I had enough fabric for making my idea come true.. I calculated well to have 8 pleats on front part of the bodice.. The back piece of the bodice I made from one piece.. I don’t understand why in the instructions the back is made from two pieces.. The back seam doesn’t have any function since this dress doesn’t need a zipper.. The skirt is made from 2 gathered rectangles.. First I finished the hemline, and then I started making pleats until I got to desired length.. There is an elastic at the waistline to give a shape to this dress.. I didn’t make cap sleeves..

Monday, July 27, 2015

You Take My Breath Away

This was the dress that I had on my mind when I saw the pattern #133 for teen girls in Burda 06/2015.. As I wrote in my earlier post, I had to make a test version to see if the largest girls size would fit me well.. Luckily, girls size 158 is almost like women’s 34.. After making black top I was ready for my midi dress.. Originally I wanted to make a maxi dress.. I thought about that idea for a while and decided to make a midi length skirt instead of maxi because I find it more practical.. With maxi dresses and skirts there is too much fabric around my legs, I always have to watch not to step on the skirt if I’m going upstairs or downstairs, and they get dirty easily because they are near the ground.. Midi length is perfect for me..

For the dress I picked yellow rayon fabric.. The fabric and the color are great for the summer.. The dress is constructed of two layers.. The upper layer is like a top, and the lower layer is the dress.. Only four parts to sew together, plus straps.. It can not go wrong.. I cut the skirt at the shortest length that was given for girls, instead of the length for size 158.. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add an elastic at the waistline or not.. When I finished with sewing the dress I tried it on and it was too baggy on me, without any shape.. That’s why I added the elastic..

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Golden Dreams

You have already seen the birthday dress that I've made for my sister Dina.. For her birthday party I wanted to make a new dress for myself too.. In my fabric stash one special fabric was waiting to be made into a cute dress.. All I needed was to find the pattern that would complement this lovely cotton print that I bought on Turkish market in Berlin.. When I saw this fabric I immediately fell in love with color palette and this kind of doodle print.. I estimated well that 1.5 m would be enough to sew a dress..

I didn’t have much time for sewing the dress.. Actually, I made it on the day of my sister’s party.. All I needed was a simple, but interesting bodice that would go nicely with a full circle skirt.. The fabric is a bit stiffer and gathered skirt wouldn't look good with it.. That's why I wanted to make a full circle skirt.. The pattern that I used for the bodice is #116 from Burda 10/2010.. Cap sleeves are cute, but this time I decided to make a sleeveless dress.. It looked easier that way, and faster.. Only the bodice is lined.. The skirt is cut from one piece of fabric and has only one seam at the back.. Better excuse for not making the pockets instead of usual laziness..

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Totally True

The pattern that caught my eye from June’s Burda issue was for this dress (#133 from Burda 06/2015).. The only tiny problem was the fact that the pattern is for teenage girls.. I wanted to make the dress as my June make for Burda Challenge 2015, but first I needed a test project to see if I could get into largest girl’s size.. As a tester I decided to make a top #132, which is a variation of the dress pattern.. Largest size for the top and the dress is girl’s 158.. I took a look at size charts and discovered that it’s almost equal to women’s 34-36.. Only the height is like for petite women instead of normal 168 cm.. 

For the top I used black rayon.. I wanted to make the top as it is, but on time I realized that the cropped version would look much better with high waisted shorts and skirts.. Instead of tracing the full length for the top, I traced the shorter version that is used for the dress (upper part of the dress).. It took me only an hour to sew it.. The fit is good and it's very comfortable.. After this little experiment I was ready to make the dress (you'll see it soon).. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Just Because

I’m a bit late with showing you my monthly projects for Burda Challenge 2015.. This dress is my make for May.. In Burda 05/2015 there wasn’t a pattern that looked interesting enough to give it a try.. This was a good opportunity to try a pattern from one of numerous vintage Burda issues from ‘70s and ‘80s that I recently got my hands on, as a gift from my grandfather’s wife.. 

My main problem with patterns from older Burda issues are sizes.. Only one pattern per issue is given in multi size.. All other patterns are in one or two sizes.. Since I don’t know (yet) how to resize a one size pattern, I can make only garments in my size.. The smallest size is 34 but it’s very rare, so I decided to use 36.. With more fitted pattern I will see if that’s the right choice for me.. Unfortunately most of the patterns that I like are in larger sizes..

After taking a look at all May’s issues that I had from ‘70s and ‘80s I decided to try this wrap dress with open back.. The pattern is #8919 from Burda 05/1979.. From the same issue I liked two more patterns, and I hope that I’ll have time to try them this summer.. My only change to the pattern is making the skirt shorter instead of maxi.. I had 1.5 m of this viscose fabric, which was enough for the length of the skirt that you see on me.. This is one of those projects for which I’ve used all the fabric, not a scrap was left, not even for the drawstring around the neckline.. For that I used black cotton bias tape..   

Pattern #8919 from Burda 05/1979
Behind the camera - my dear friend Mokosha