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..