fredag den 7. juli 2017

Summer Staples - Simple Linen Dress

A super simple pull over dress with gathered skirt and pockets, of course. A hacked vintage pattern. The kind of dress that I want to make in all the colors. For me as well. I also want her hair.....

 

torsdag den 22. juni 2017

Farrah Summer Blog Tour

Lucky me. Not only did I get to play with the Farrah Blouse and Dress pattern by the talented Chalk and Notch - I was also allowed to pick fabric from the one and only MissMatatabi for this tour project.

This was actually my second pick. My first choice was a striped (linen) fabric, but MissMatatabi was almost out of that one, so instead I went with this light weight Kokka cotton voile. Is it wrong to say that I'm sort of happy that the stripes were sold out?! That's how pleased I am with this outcome. The Farrah and this fabric is a perfect match imo.

Farrah is designed for woven fabrics (however I have seen some lovely jersey versions as well) and has an adorable ruffle detail:

- at the sleeves as I've done (view A)
- or at the front (view B).

Both blouse and dress length include a hi-low hem with side seam slit.

As you can see I opted for the blouse version and did some minor modifications to get the look I had in mind. The ruffles are so cleverly sandwiched between the front/back panels and an under arm gusset. Originally the beautiful ruffles just follow the curve of the design in all of their lengths but I wanted to be able to wear the blouse belted, so I had to move the ruffles up a bit or else they would get caught in the belt. In order to do so I simply gathered my ruffles and thereby shortening them prior to attaching. I really love the belted look but of course it can be worn without as well. I didn't make any other adjustments besides the ones already mentioned, so this is how it look on a 176-ish cm lady.

With the coupon code 'trine' you can get your own copy of the Farrah pattern with a 15% discount this week. I know it's designed for woven fabrics but I might just have to make a ponte version as well. I think the stable knits would be great for Farrah. And, if I had another 3 metres of this fabric I would definitely turn it into a kimono. The print is just so beautiful.

If you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below you could be the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate to my favorite Japanese fabric pusher MissMatatabi.

Be sure to stop by the other amazing participants. I love what I've seen so far.

Dear Gabriela/Chalk and Notch, Leslie/ThreadBear Garments and Frances/MissMatatabi, thank you so much for organizing this tour and for inviting me to join.


 (I wonder what I'm looking at here. Superman - is it you?!)


 
  








CHALK AND NOTCH FARRAH SUMMER TOUR



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tirsdag den 6. juni 2017

The Lodo Dress

This is an Indiesew Blogger Team post. Indiesew has kindly sponsored the pattern, I've used for this post - and I'll link directly to the pattern just below.

The kind of dress that you want to wear all the time. Comfy yet elegant. This is the perfect way to describe this one! The Lodo Dress is the latest release from the talented Kelly of True Bias. Cap sleeves, two lengths to choose from, slightly cocoon shaped (you had me at cocoon shaped) and a little slit at the centre back if you fancy the longer version. Three pieces of fabric  - and a very clever finish with woven facings on neckline and armscyes. Yes, woven finish on a knit dress. And it works very well. Very clean and no bulk. You genius, Kelly.

This long version is sewn in a medium weight scuba knit. I'm definetely making a ponte Lodo as well. These stable knits are perfect for this design I think. The shorter dress is a must have for summer. So, summer. Please come. For real.

Me: 'Look at my lovely new dress.

Husband: 'Giggle'
Me: 'Why are you doing that smiling with sound thing? Don't you like it?
Husband: 'Yes, it's nice. Giggle'
Me: ????
Husband. 'Now you just need a Santa hat'
Me: ???
Husband. 'Then you'll be Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo'
Me: ROTFLMAO

If you're a South Park fan you'll know....

Well, this giant poo still loves her dress.

Kelly has a great sewalong for the Lodo on her blog. A clever and beginner friendly pattern. Beautifully shaped dress with a brillant, clean finish.  A dress that can be worn with sneakers or heels. Perfection. A little stroke of genius.

Without further ado:

Mrs. Schrøder, the Summer Poo.





  
 




torsdag den 20. april 2017

Indiesew S/S 2017 Blog Tour - The Highlands Wrap Dress

Hope you've had a chance to see the lovely garments that have been presented on this tour 'sew' far. (SNL - you just give me a call if you need a new comedian...)
If you haven't, just follow the links to all the participants at the very bottom of this post. And if you already have visited the first 3 blogs on the tour, well - do it again. They are amazing, right?! I can't wait to see the rest.

For me it was love at first sight when Allie showed us the line drawings for her now released Highlands Wrap Dress. Yes, it's designed by no other than beautiful Allie - the co-founder of Indiesew. It's not like any wrap dress patterns I've seen before. Two lengths to choose from, short or no sleeves, an optional wide elastic at the back which provides a great fit at the waist, button/snap closures and ties. Designed for wovens. Most wrap dress patterns are designed for knits I think - so I was thrilled to learn that this one is for woven fabrics. Just freakin' awesome! Light to medium weight fabrics with a lovely drape are best for this design.

I chose to work with a wool/viscose blend from Stofdepotet. I love this outcome but I might choose a fabric with a little more drape next time I sew the Highlands Wrap Dress - a rayon/viscose, tencel or something with similar drape. And I think I might size up the bodice next time as well because I had to make some adjustments a long the way to achieve the right fit for me - and I'm thinking that some of my struggle could have been avoided had I chosen a larger size. I really should have listened to Allie's 'when in doubt make a muslin of the bodice' suggestion before cutting into my dress fabric. But, I admit it - I rarely make muslins! Lesson learned.

I truly love everything about this design. Flattering flowy skirt with side slits, the subtle blousing effect at the bodice, the sleeve options - and I definetely must make a maxi version for summer! This, dear Allie is so unique!! The weather in Denmark is not yet for bare legs, so I layered my Highlands Wrap Dress with some wide leg trousers.  


   






Here's the link to the full Indiesew Spring/Summer Collection including:

The Hampton Jean Jacket
The Highlands Wrap Dress
The Charleston Dress
The Minttu Top
The Ogden Cami (I've already this one cut)

And here you'll find the other tour participants. Be sure to visit them.




fredag den 7. april 2017

Back to the 80s in crazy pants.

Crazy velvet tie front pants and a matching top and bare feet. Not a bad way to start the Easter Holidays.

The ribbed velvet is from The Sweet Mercerie. Great drape and stretch.

 

  










tirsdag den 21. marts 2017

Pink Velvet Olivia

This is an Indiesew Blogger Team post. Indiesew has sponsored the pattern, I've used for this post - and I'll link directly to the pattern later in the post. 

I'm a Named Pattern fangirl, I'm sure you know. I can't keep track of how many Inaris and Inari-hacks I've made the past couple of years. And Alexandria trousers. These two are were my favorite patterns designed by the brillant Finnish girls until I met their gorgeous Olivia, a long sleeved wrap dress. I didn't even know that I was into wrap dresses until she snuck up on me....

Olivia features a slightly tulip shaped skirt with front pleats, in seam pockets and tie closure. For an even better fit you are instructed to attach an elastic to the inside waist. Clever detail!

Named Patterns are designed for a taller than average woman, and some reviewers have mentioned that the skirt is pretty long - so I decided not to add length to the skirt, which I normally would do for my 177 cm. The length is spot on for me. In fact so perfect that I wish I had added a couple of centimetres, because I've left the skirt unhemmed to keep this length.

I omitted the pockets. I love pockets but I was afraid they would add a little extra bulk to the side seam - and I don't need extra fabric in my hip area! Also, the tulip shape was not flattering on me so I removed come centimetres from each side seam tapering towards the hem.

I love how this dress fits. Really. It's so great. I kind of feel that it was designed exactly for me. That's how great I feel about it. But, I bet that's how a lot of women would feel about this beauty. If you're looking for at not too fitted wrap dress you can stop your search. This is it. No gaping, no flapping skirt, a waist seam that stays in place - freakin' amazing is what it is. Olivia, I love you. I'm going to make you a lot of sisters, I promise.

And of course I had to wrap myself in pale pink velvet. It's so soft.

'Oh, look at that weird lady constantly petting herself'.

Velvet will make you do that. You can't help it.  











søndag den 19. februar 2017

The Vegan Tote

It was love at first sight when my sweet (vegan) friend Lone spotted this 'Tropical Leaves' fabric in our local Stoff & Stil shop some months ago. We didn't buy the fabric back then, but she let me know that a tote in that particular fabric was on her wish list. The perfect print for a vegan - so of course I had to order some to surprise her.

Recently Stoff & Stil launched some new patterns - among them a pattern for a super simple tote bag. In fact the pattern includes two different tote bag versions. I remember Lone mentioning something about a zippered version, so that's the one I chose to make for her. It's a very easy pattern. Beginner friendly. It's an unlined bag and the most tricky part would be installing the zipper. But, as I've mentioned before I'll take a zipper over button holes any time! I was surprised to learn that the tote has a little inside pocket. Great detail. I did place the handles at the top of my tote and not all the way down the bag as suggested on the original pattern. That's the only small change I did.

The Vegan Tote was very well received by the new owner the other day and I'll definetely make a version for myself as well. I have some pretty floral fabric begging to become a tote.







torsdag den 9. februar 2017

Laure Dress by StraightGrain

Oh, the joys of beeing a sewing blogger's child.

The occational bribes and a potential pneumonia - that's just part of the routine when you're trying to please your blogger mum who has (yet another) oh so important deadline.

'Of course I'll pose bare armed in the snow for you, mum - anytime'!

No kid was harmed during the photo shoot, I promise. It was cold but fast. And to sympathize with Wilma I wore flipflops during the shoot. Our sessions are mostly done just outside our house and last for about 3 minutes. Tops!

The Tattooed Snow Queen is wearing a slightly modified version of my sweet and talented friend An of StraightGrain's newly released pattern the Laure Dress.

The Laure is a mix-and-match pattern with multiple dress, collar and sleeve options.

Laure is first and foremost inspired by the Qipao Dress which dates back to 1920s Shanghai. A truly beautiful design - and I will definetely try that version at some point. I have just the perfect fabric in mind.

Wilma doesn't have that many tunics/blouses to wear with her beloved jeggings at the moment so I decided to turn the Laure into such. The pattern does not include this shorter version but it's so easy to adapt. I simply cut the dress at waist length and added the (shortened) skirt that comes with the drop waist version of pattern. Et voila - a Laure Blouse.

This is the 'fine mandarin collar and cap sleeve' version of the pattern.

The pale pink cotton fabric from Stofdepotet has a subtle silver thread down the stripes. It's almost linen like in the structure. Adorable.

I've got nothing but love for An's patterns. They are extremely well drafted and the instructions are so great and detailed.




   



Be sure to visit these amazing ladies to see their versions of the Laure Dress.