Great Things in Sewing This Week

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Something to sew Don’t you love a free sewing pattern, especially when the pattern maker is modelling an awesome garment made with it? I was already impressed by Deer and Doe and their sewing patterns for women and not men men, but this new free t-shirt sewing pattern is really cool. You’d have to sign in to download it, but the pattern looks like it’s worth it. I’ve bought a thick raspberry-pink jersey in my last holiday and this looks like a good project for it. Something to think about I really like Laurwyn’s post about body image. I think…

Ode to Vintage Sewing: Inspiration

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Follow sky turtle’s board vintage sewing on Pinterest. I’m not even sure what makes it so special. Why vintage sewing is so magical and breath-taking. Maybe it’s the black and white pictures, the perfect hour-glass silhouettes, the feminine lines, or maybe it’s how nicely they fit the women in vintage fashion photography. Clothes are so affordable now and we’ve become such automated shopping machines, that buying a garment that fits, that’s both durable and well-made is not important anymore. In September last year I started a clothes shopping fast and five months later I’ve bought: a pair of pants to…

Couture Sewing Techniques: How to Sew a Banded V-Neck

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So you want to make your handmade clothes flawless. You buy the good fabric, the best thread, you invest time and hope to make clothes that will fit and last forever. If making clothes that look as good on the wrong side as they do on the good side is your things, then you’ll find this small couture sewing guide really useful. Want to know the secret of a perfectly sewn banded v-neck on a knit fabric? Interface and staystich your neckline To cut your neckband, measure the garment’s neckline, then ad 10 cm (4 in) Fold and press the…

What I’ve learned and discovered in 2013

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2013 was a good year. Even if I lost a lot of content from the blog, this allowed me to slow down and ask myself if I am completely happy with the blog the way it is now or whether I should change something about it and focus on the things that really interest me. And I decided I will.  I’ll share the journey step by step if you stand by And a change is good from time to time, right? I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and my needs for knowledge has increased, my taste has changed, as…

Holiday Sewing: 5 Beautiful Linen Aprons

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Do you cook? I do. Does your kitchen get very messy when you do? I do. Do you wear an apron? Me neither. I always thought there was something too cute about them. Too housewivey. Until I saw a coffee barrista sipping their slow made brew, dressed up in a chambray shirt and covered with a pale olive green linen apron. Aprons can be beautiful, especially when they are at work. Here are Jones and Didier Murat, a beautiful couple who run Vergennes Laundry, via Remodelista. The next two aprons are made of linen and can be found at Shop Fog Linen.…

Sky Turtle was Hacked

Hello readers, Last week my blog was hacked and long story short I lost the content I wrote in the last 2 years. If you have a blog and haven’t made a backup in ages do it now. If your hosting promises weekly backups, check if they don’t make backups of an empty site, backup that overwrites all previous backups (this is Hostgator). I’ll try to slowly recover some of the posts I wrote in the last couple of years. Thank you for your patience. And for reading. Best, Ina

Liberty Refashions: Tank Top to Summer Dress

Today I am launching a new column dedicated to clothing refashions and hacks: Liberty Refashions. The column is sponsored by SewBox and features a series of three tutorials that show you how to turn a garment you’re not wearing anymore into something you love. I am going to use liberty fabrics in all three tutorials; because they seem to be everywhere right now, from shorts to shoes to jumpers and dresses – and also because they’re so darn pretty. This month I am showing you how to turn a tank top into a summer dress. Come back here the first week…

How to Draft A Fitting Back Bodice Block

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I’ve talked about pattern blocks and how they can make pattern making easier by offering a basic template to work on. Instead of buying pre-drafted pattern blocks I decided to make my own. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, especially if you have a copy of Helen Joseph Armstrong’s Pattern Making for Fashion Design. The instructions are clear and to the point. The illustrations in this post are taken from this book. For the front bodice check out my previous post, Sewing Course Lesson 2 – How To Make a Basic Bodice Block. Step 1 Starting from the left…

8 Amazing Sewing Blogs You Should Read

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What would a sewist be without people who understand him or her? Who take fabric talk, dart fitting and pattern grading seriously. Who like to make things, ruin meters of fabric and pattern paper. Those people who inspire you to do better, learn more things, explore your own ideas and passions? Do you sew? You should read these blogs. Simple as that. Lucky Lucille Rochelle is one of my favourite sewists. She´s beautiful, fun, energetic and she makes the most amazing fabric combinations I´ve seen lately. Just look at her versions of the Colette Patterns Macaron dress and her Hazel…

How to Dress Like Sophia Loren

Italian, witty, fierce and funny, Sophia Loren was never just an actress, she was and still is an icon of style and glamour. Like many women of her era, Sophia Loren, wore lots of full skirts with short fitted tops. Her signature style, however, remains the generous cleavage and the super slim waistline. Sophia Loren wore tucked in tops that exposed her shoulders and neck, almost always a belt and flowery a-line or half circle skirts. sophia loren inspired outfit  The long, wavy hair, the well defined eyes and brows and the deep scoop neck: so Sophia. To replicate this look…