Friday, April 24

impossible jacket





jacket - burda 09/2014, #134

the jacket that almost didn't happen
..
first i cut the pieces in fashion fabric
(navy colored tweed, with splotches of gray)
only to realize that the fabric is too thin for the type of jacket i had in mind
even with quilted lining i bought
so i had to go back to fabric store
and find another wool fabric
(brown boiled wool, not pictured)
to use it as underlining
..
when i finally started working on jacket
i made the craziest mistake ever
by sewing my first welt pocket
to the back jacket piece!?
..
so i abandoned the whole project
until i figure out what to do
as i used up almost all the fabric
and could not cut new back piece
..
in the end i realized i have enough fabric
to cut lower half of the back piece
and piece it with upper half of original one
so, the jacket now has a horizontal seam at the back
..
from that moment on
jacket was quite easy to assemble
(but it took me 4 months to get to that moment
and one afternoon to do the rest of the work)
..
those funny gray concentric circles
are my poor attempt in embroidery
and are supposed to represent tree growth rings..
nikola is a forester
so i thought he might like them because of that
plus, jacket ended up being present for his birthday
that happens to be our 10th anniversary too
so to  honor that, i made 10 circles in attempt of applied dendrochronology..
so yeah, im cheesy like that
..
mokosha



Friday, April 10

three


here are the other tops i've made
using burda's pattern (2/2015, #128 and #127)
(modeled by my lovely friend sandra)
..
this pattern requires small amount of fabric
especially if you make short sleeve version
which makes it a perfect scrap busting project:
all three tops were made from scrap fabrics
..
first one is made in cotton satin
and looks a bit more boxy
than red/black/white one
that is made in georgette
..
i've also made pants (burda 11/2011, #105)
but they ended up being a bit small for me
(they fit at the waist and hips
but i apparently have gigantic calf muscles)
so, i'll have to make another pair 



for the third, cropped top version 
i used cotton shirting..
pairs beautifully with tea's scalloped skirt, right?


mokosha

Friday, April 3

id green




top - burda (2/2015, #128)
shorts - burda (10/2010, #111)

would you believe that the top i'm wearing here
is actually this one:


while i did skip all the seams at back
front and sleeve seams are all there (somewhere)
but the print totally hides them
..
i adore the top and fabric
but it kind of looked like missed opportunity
so i made few more tops using the same pattern
but played a bit with fabrics
in order to show all those seams
(gonna post about those other tops, eventually)
..
mokosha



Monday, March 30

linen stitch



coat - burda (08/2012, #101)

few more pics of my new coat
and brand new cowl 
..
cowl is knitted in linen stitch
using 10mm circular needles
and 3.5 balls of bulky yarn 
(one ball is 50g/60m)
..
this might be my favorite stitch
i'm obsessed with it so much
that i might try knitting a sweater in it..
and i totally need this cowl
in bubblegum pink.. and mint
..
mokosha

Monday, March 23

sweater no.1






so, i've knitted a sweater..
that's kind of funny
as i just rediscovered knitting
and never made anything more complicated than shawl
or a beanie
..
this rust colored mohair/acrylic yarn
was a birthday gift from tea (thanks tea! for the yarn
and for taking these pics)
and the moment i saw it i knew i want to knit a sweater from it
..
and, as i do not like being told what to do
i chose to freestyle it, instead of following a pattern
..
sweater is made in fingering weight yarn
(using 5mm needles instead of recommended 3mm)
it's knitted from the bottom up, in round
and looks like a gigantic rectangle with small sleeves added to it
..
i'm not really into lace or cables 
don't mind knitting them, but they are not really my style
so i went for  really simple design -  knit stitch 
with occasional rows of double wrap stitch
and usual 2x2 ribbing for hems
..
i'm pretty happy with how it turned out
and it was a really fun knitting
so i'm already planning new sweaters and blouses
..
leggings are just another fake riding pants
variation of my favorite pattern from burda
..
mokosha



Wednesday, March 18

winter bits and pieces

this february
nikola and i spent few magical days in bosnia
climbing mountains, with bunch of friends
..
we also visited sarajevo for the first time
and spent all our time there trying out all sorts of delicious local food
so i have no pics of sarajevo to share with you..
but i did bring a piece of sarajevo home with me
in form of royal blue 3d chiffon fabric
that is on it's way to become a blouse
and i totally plan to take some pics of that blouse
once it's finished
..














Wednesday, March 11

year four

 year four was about maxi dresses


midi dresses



and mini dresses


kimonos


netties



crazy pants



and less crazy pants



jumpsuits


swimsuits


workout gear


odd silhouettes




coats


new skills



bunch of unblogged items


and mountain views



feeling ready for the year five
..
mokosha