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…

A Grey Knit Blouse

Remember the grey blouse sketch I made the other day? Well, this is the blouse finished. It was very easy to sew and draft the pattern, I just took the basic measurements: neck – waist, shoulder-end of 3/4 sleeve and arm circumference, then drafted a loose blouse pattern. The fabric it’s a stretchy grey knit I had in my stash since spring. It has a silky feel and it drapes beautifully, so I am quite happy I finally turned it into a blouse. Here is another pic in which you can see better the relaxed scoop neck. I was pretty…

On Sewing with a Time Limit and the Beautiful Sewers of the British Bee

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Have you watched The Great British Sewing Bee? I have just watched the second episode and I’m inspired to sew more and learn more. The contestants are amazing. I don’t know how they could find so many beautiful and talented people who sew so well. I think the challenges in the show are difficult because of the time limit. This can changes a person’s way of sewing completely. I am a rush sewer (not that I watched the show I know I can say that without thinking people thinking I am a hole in the pavement:) so I think I…

On Personal Style: What is It?

“What constitues great personal style? This is one of the questions I get asked the most. We tend to think that to achieve great personal style someone must have perfect clarity about who they are and what they stand for. I politely disagree. I think conflict about who you are often leads o even greater expression. This is why young people, or the young at heart, are those that inspire or move fashion forward. They are still strugling to find themselves: “Am I a rocker? A footbaler? Or a little bit of both?” These contradictions produce the most interesting looks.”…

Those Clothes We Love to Hate

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Have you ever spotted a dress, a coat, a jacket, what have you, loved it, had to have it, made it (or bought it), only to realize there is something terribly wrong with it, that will never allow you to wear it happily? Maybe it’s too transparent, or maybe it clings too much, maybe it wrinkles like crazy, or maybe it makes your bottom look fat and your legs short. You love it, you hate it. What do you do? Do you zip and bare? Do you keep it “just in case”? Do you give it away without thinking twice?…

Spring Cleaning Time: The Spring Apartment Cure

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I’ve started my spring cleaning and instead of rolling my sleeves and getting to work I’m here blogging, and reading about other people who clean I really like the idea of the Apartment Therapy cure: in one month you get to clean, organize and improve the space you live in by doing something every day. There are some things that I like but I wouldn’t do, such as buying flowers. Not because I don’t see the point, but because my house has a lovely terrace with plenty of plants and flowers, even in winter (one of the perks of living…

On Doing Less, Focusing on What is Meaningful

How many of the things you do in your free time are (still) meaningful to you? If you could learn anything, what would it be? Why are you sewing? Why are you blogging? Before I get to the point and explain why I’m asking those questions, I will start with a short (super-short, I promise) story about keeping less for feeling better. For a while now people in my team at work were complaining that there’s too much work, too many partners to work with and too little time for them to reach their goals and do quality work. The…