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…

Liberty Refashions: Button Down Shirt to Dress

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Reuse, remake, mend. Spend, buy, consume. How many clothes do you buy in a month? What about a year? And how many of those do you end wearing more than once? Today’s mantras are “buy the shoes, you only live once”,”I work hard, I deserve that new dress” and “I am sad therefore I shop”. Each of us takes this more or less seriously, we each define how important shopping for clothes is to us. As a sewist you probably buy more fabric than you buy clothes, but I bet you have a little pile of clothes you’re not wearing…

Bye Bye Back Gap: How to Tailor Pants

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I was in a shop the other day, looking for a pair of dressy trousers (one of the things I still buy rather than make, but I want to challenge this soon). The ones that fitted were itchy, the ones made in a nice fabric were too big… as always I couldn’t find a nice pair of trousers to magically fit me. One of the shop attendants was wearing a pair of the trousers very similar to one I had just tried on. They looked great on her. I told her, in a jealous tone. – Oh, darling, they’re tailored,…

Liberty Refashions: Man Shirt to Retro Blouse

So. Autumn is here and what a better time to go through your closet, see what you like and what you’re not wearing anymore and more importantly – what you could give a new life to.  And if your old clothes don’t inspire you any more trade with a friend. They don’t have to be the same size or even gender as you. You just have to get your hands on garments that will allow you to play a bit. Some fabric scraps, a few pieces of trim and new buttons can sometimes change a garment completely. With a little help from Sew…

2 New Tiny World Map Pillow Cases

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Mid month into the advent posting self-challenge and I am pretty satisfied that I only missed 2 out of 15 posts. 9 more to go before Christmas and then… holidays! Now back to the point of this post: I love this world map fabric I use for making the world map bags on Etsy. I already made myself a world map bag and wanted to make pillowcases from it for such a long time I almost forgot about it. I used the same technique I explained in the 5 minute pillowcase tutorial because I didn’t want to use zippers or…