Friday, June 17

new maxi dress


dress - halter maxi, burda magazine 06/2016/106

my favorite maxi dress at the moment!
probably only until i sew the next one
which is going to happen real soon
as i'm obsessed with maxis currently:
wanna make them in all shapes, colors and prints
..
had a lot of issues with this dress
but not because of the pattern
but because of the fabric, that was insanely thin and shifty..
it's a rayon challis, lovely to wear and super soft
but a bit different from every other challis fabrics i sewed with
it's loosely woven and has a mind of it's own
so.. my dress ended up being slightly wonky
and not as symmetrical as i would like it to be
but i love it anyways
..

  

dress is supposed to have quite a few more pattern pieces
but i eliminated them..
it comes with another 'bodice' underneath, 
that is boned and strapless 
but i decided i do not need that
it's a summer dress, halter bodice is lined with self fabric
that's a lot of fabric already, in hot belgrade summer,
i can live without few more layers of fabric and interfacing
(and not having to install boning is a plus too)
..
did not use pattern for the skirt
as i did not have enough fabric
i just pleated one large rectangle of fabric free handedly 
and sewed it to the bodice
..


Monday, June 6

shirts

finally got around to posting some pics of the shirts i sewed recently
all made using my currently favorite pattern
burda 02/2015/114(113)



navy-white one, that my friend sandra is modeling
is my latest version
it's made in rayon challis
so it's super comfy, and great for hot summer weather
(that kind of makes it up for misprint
and the fact that i turned the fabric upside down when i cut front pieces)



pink lipstick printed one is in some sort of poly crepe fabric
that i lined with white rayon challis
(to make it opaque, and also more comfy against the skin)


last one, that is also my favorite
is made in crazy printed silk
(dunno what kind of silk
as i got it from remnant bin labeled only as 'silk'
but it's lightweight, slightly transparent
and sews beautifully)
and, even though i wear this one the most
i failed to take a decent pics to prove it
so, this blurry instagram shot is all i have for you


it's a shapeless, rectangular design
so it's not a pattern for everyone
i realize that most people do not like this type of
'shapeless sack' dresses..
but i love them
..
shirt is really oversized.. like really really oversized
so, even though i wear size 38, i sewed it up in size 34/36
and skipped adding an extra piece of pleated fabric
at the center back 
that would make it even more oversized
and it's still a big shirt..
but it's big in a cool way :) to my eye, at least..
so i might just sew few more
and live in them until fall
..
mokosha

Tuesday, April 5

new coat (and a dress)


made a new coat (01/2011, #126)
that was on my mind for over a year
ever since i saw that beautiful coat that marusya grace sewed last winter
..
i've used deep purple wool and navy napa leather
violet stretch satin for lining
and a lot of hand sewing..
usually i prefer to sew everything by machine,
but since this is a super easy project
and fabrics are more luxurious than those i usually sew with
i decided to take my time and 
pay attention to the details and finishes
instead of rushing everything as i would normally do
..
so, i assembled the coat and lining using machine
and than finished everything else by hand
lining attaching included
(some of that work was totally unnecessary
like securing all the seam allowances
using some sort of an invisible stitch..
but it looks super nice, so i'm glad i did it anyways, 
even though it's now covered by lining)
..
front edges and bottom hem are left unfinished
the wool won't fray
and the coat looks way better this way
..
that narrow strip of leather at the back of my neck
is covering seam allowances of the shawl collar
so it looks neat on the both sides




loved working with leather
even though i do not have all the equipment needed
so it was a struggle to sew it..
and now my head is buzzing with ideas
for future leather projects



dress is from march burda issue (#119)
and i've been living in it ever since i made it
..
mokosha




Thursday, March 17

sweater no.2


knitted another sweater..
not as happy with it as with sweater no.1
..
i planed to make it quite oversized 
and light gray, with really long sleeves..
but i made a silly mistake
of not buying enough yarn
..
in my defense, i asked them if they have more yarn
 in that shade in stock,
and lady in the store said they have plenty
and plan to order even more during the winter..
two weeks later, i used up all the yarn i had
and when i wanted to buy more
it was out of stock in all of their 7 stores in belgrade..
so i called the shop in my hometown
and they told me they have one skein left
so i had my aunt buy it and send it to me..
and when it arrived, i realized it's wrong shade of gray
and that's how the two toned sweater happened
..
since i needed two more skeins for what i originally planned
and had only one
had to abandon the idea of really long sleeves
and the sweater ended up being out of proportion
like some oddly shaped dress with three quarter sleeves
but it's warm and cozy and i wear it a lot
so it's a keeper anyways
..
as with the sweater no.1, i freestyled the knitting
it's simple shape, knitted in round
with 2x2 rib for hems
and seed stitch for body and sleeves
..
note to self: next time knit sleeves in flat and sew them up
as picking up stitches and knitting sleeve in round
is a pain it the ass
..




oh.. and as you can see, i got a pixie cut and i love it
makes my life way easier
..
mokosha



Friday, March 11

year five


year five
was about outerwear





knitwear




printed dresses





swimwear



crazy amount of never blogged clothes








new adventures



and a bit of good old fieldwork


year 6 is going to have a promising start
as i already have a new sweater and a new coat to blog about
and i'm on a quest to sew perfect travel wardrobe
(that is also chic, as we're traveling to france in april
and one have to look good while in france
even during hitchhiking&couchsurfing kind of a trip)
..
mokosha

Tuesday, March 8

floral




top - burda 03/2016 #103(104)
pants - burda 07/2011 #102


it feels like springtime is in the air
and, although i really enjoy my all gray and all black outfits
springtime calls for colorful floral tops
..
got this lovely fabric as a gift
from one very special lady
almost three years ago
and last week i finally got the courage to cut into it
and turn it into something wearable
..
this pattern comes in few different lengths
with short or three-quarter sleeves
and even has a dress option, that's on my to-do list
once i'm done with coat i'm sewing at the moment
..
it's super easy pattern to make
takes only few hours from tracing pattern to final pressing
and does not use a lot of fabric,
plus i love the final result
so, i'll definitely be making more of these in future
..
mokosha