I love it when this happens. When after many trials, I finally get a pattern I love and can use again and again. I’ve been investing more time in learning how to draft patterns lately. And I sort of got over the idea of making a wearable but not perfect (or un-wearable!) muslin. I don’t like wasting fabric and throwing away things but I do like learning from my own errors.
This time my errors created this shorts pattern, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for since a million years ago. I couldn’t find a very basic short pattern that would fit me, would be comfortable enough to sleep in but cute enough to wear outside and that could be made in under an hour. No pockets, no buttons, just a nice elastic waist and a well-fitting shape.
I am very happy with it and I already made three, one in seersucker, one in a flowery cotton and a third in pink sateen to wear under short dresses
What do you think? Do you have your own perfect pattern for shorts or a tank top or maybe a skirt?
I loved making this vest from the latest Burda easy. It took me only half a day from cutting the pattern to choosing the fabric to the final piece. The instructions were good, but a bit misleading and it is actually much much easier to sew than it sounds.
Actually, I’m pretty sure I can make the second one faster.
It was pretty straightforward, I cut the back pieces, the two sides and the lining of the front pieces from bleu-marine jersey knit and the front-pieces from deep blue cotton printed with white seagulls (love this fabric!).
Then it was a bit like a puzzle, but once you get where the things go – it’s just sewing, turning and ironing.
I didn’t use interface for this project because I don’t like how interface behaves when washed. Or maybe I’m just using the wrong one?
I’m happy with the pattern (Burda easy has individual patterns on freezer-paper like sheets so if you only need the pattern in your size, you can cut it right away and use it. That saves some time.
If you’re careful with the lining you can even make it reversible and I think that’s a lot of fun!
The only thing I would change – and I will actually give it a try is to make the shoulders a bit less wide. And the font pieces slimmer.
What do you think? What else would you change? Tips, suggestions, opinions?
There are a couple of reasons why you should consider sewing a pair of shorts this spring. Here’s my 5. Can’t wait to hear yours!
A basic pair of shorts like the red ones I made this weekend take about 2 hours, from choosing the pattern to wearing them for brunch.
If you sew them in a bright color, like red, yellow, green and wear them with shirts or tees in contrasting colors. Or if you use a playful button, like my fat kid button above.
If you iron them flawlessly and wear them with a nice shirt or blouse, they’ll look as feminine as any skirt. And you can go to work by bike even on windy days
You can wear them with sneakers, flats, sandals and even heels – if you dare. They’re not pretentious.
They make you feel like a kid
If you let them If you take dressing up less seriously just for one day.
Enjoy your spring. And sew a pair of bright red shorts. I dare you
After letting it marinate for a long time in my unfinished pile, I finally finished this striped t-shirt. I used bias tape made (made with my newly purchased bias tape machinery : ) of a very light batiste and wow – wasn’t that fast. And so easy.
I had the fabric in my stash from almost 6 months now (a little while for my standards it seems) and wanted to make a tshirt. Now, I’ve been told that this looks more like a pajama top (do you think so?), but I am too in love with the neat cutting of the sleeves – on the bias – so that the stripes on the sleeves look like little wings – to care.
Reconstructing the blue floral pullover gave me courage to try to make my own – from scratch. Using a pattern I design. Probably ruining fabric I really like – a disarmingly crude green I found by magic in a fabric store.
I drafted the new pattern from the above-mentioned reconstructed pullover. I added longer sleeves, puffy shoulders and a bit deeper neckline.
I marked and cut the fabric and kept it in the unfinished box for a few weeks to marinate. Then, in half an hour I stitched it up and – voilà! A pullover. That I made. That I like! And it was soo easy.
You can’t see in this photo – but I’ll try to get action shots – but there’s an iron-on green and pink butterfly on the back neckline.
Now, I could have added the classical ribbed trim for the hem and neckline, but I didn’t. The unexpected upside of that is that it actually looks dressy. A pullover. Can you imagine?
S: (n) dehoodification, behooding (removal of a hood from a hoodie by cutting it off )
As you know, this month is about sewing more from the fabric stash (and in my case this also includes the “to refashion pile”), so off we go with a new tshirt surgery.
What do you get if you cross a tshirt with a shirt? A tshirt-shirt? Ok, ok, bad joke, I’ll stop.
Thing is this new piece of clothing born from the mutation of a v-neck white tshirt and a pink shirt is as comfty as a tee and as dressy as a shirt. Plus it’s really comfortable to wear under sweaters.
It’s easy to do to: i just cut the front part of the tee, from the v down. Then I cut the shirt in a spoon-like shape: the collar and the part with buttons. And then just sew them together on the wrong side of the fabric. And voilà!
I bought this blue retro floral jumper from a thrift shop almost a year ago. It looked exactly like a jumper I had when i was six
It was so tacky I had to try making something out of it.
At first I wanted to reconstruct it into a short sleeved hoodie, but then I realized there wasn’t enough fabric in the jumper for the hood itself. And to make the hood from another fabric was em… not cool.
So there it stayed, in the darkness of my (ever-growing) to be refashioned pile, for many many months. Until the inspiration struck.
So I cut everything. I Cut and shortened the sleeves to make them 3/4, reattached the blue cuffs and reshaped the body of the jumper. I also cut a deep cleavage, because the fabric is thick and I didn’t want to look like I just ate a baby whale* when wearing it.
Then I sewed it all back and voila! – prettiness. The new cut makes it look feminine and delicate and springily not at all tacky. Just a bit retro maybe, but that’s cool :>
I know you guys prefer action photos, so I’ll try to get those soon.
What do you think? What would you have done with it?
This blouse was in my “to be finished soon” basket for almost two seasons. I spent a lot of time learning a new way to sew really clean margins and in the end I wasn’t very happy with the results. I mean, I could have done that in a third of a time, but hey, practice makes perfect and learning new sewing techniques is a success in itself.
I do like the collar – you can’t really see it in the picture, but it looks a bit “couture”. And with better ironing it will look even better. So that’s cool.
I’m not very happy with the pattern either – it’s Burda and can’t remember which – in the pattern photo it looked like a clean cut, simple, armless blouse. In reality is a shapeless armless piece of green fabric.
Maybe I’m being to hard on it and you get the feeling I don’t like it. No, no – it looks great belted with the yellow sash I made the other day. And with a pencil skirt. And I did get to use two tiny sukie iron-ons from my book near the back closure. (Yaay!) It’s just now what I expected
I like the fabric – it’s a light cotton batiste – and the shade of green – sort of the green you’d get if you’d mix grass with emerald.
I have mixed feelings about the fit – it’s a bit shapeless too loose for my taste, but that might be a blessing in summer.
What do you think?
These elastic waist skirts are so fun to make and wear. And a perfect project for your small fabric stash. And they are so very easy to sew.
Here’s a quick tutorial explaining how to sew your very own fabulous elastic waist skirt.
The photo is from asos.com, as my photo was blurry