Thursday, March 5


shawl - boneyard, west knits

last few months i'm crazy about knitting..
made few hats and shawls,
my first ever sweater is almost finished,
and i have bunch of new knitting projects on mind
i chose this simple pattern
as my knitting was a bit rusty
and because i wanted to practice a bit
to get tension right, before i dare to knit a sweater
my boneyard turned out a bit wonky
as i had to switch to different needles halfway through it
(i was so impatient to start knitting
and used regular needles to start my shawl
because i did not own circular ones in right size..
and then i kept knitting with them
until there were too many stitches for them to hold, 
when i finally got circular needles.. 
but those i got were one size bigger)
wonky or not, i really love how it turned out
i like how simple it is
it drapes beautifully and is really warm
wool i used is 60% wool and 40% cotton
(white strand being wool, and deep purple one cotton)
i got big cone of it 
so there is enough left to make few more shawls and hats or even a sweater
i'm quite impatient when it comes to sewing
and hate sewing anything by hand
so it's a bit strange to me that i enjoy knitting so much
especially those simple repetitive patterns..
but from some reason, i really enjoy making same moves 
over and over and over again

i've also tried cross stitching last autumn..
my grandma thought me some embroidery techniques 
some 20 years ago
(i still own a pillow case with few embroidered cherries and leaves 
i did in satin stitch, ages ago)
but i haven't tried anything similar since..
well, not until few months ago
when i realized i really enjoy embroidery too..
and that's how this cute little skull come into being

Friday, February 27


dress - burda 09/2012, #107

made this dress back in november
but it took me ages to take pics
(even those crappy phone ones)
had only 1.1m of fabric
and somehow squeezed dress out of that..
i managed to make front symmetric
back is a mess
but i can live with that
dunno what the fabric is supposed to be used for
wouldn't be surprised if it's upholstery 
it's quite stiff..
but i loved the print
(and it hides seams pretty well..
so you don't get to see my freestyle back double pointed darts
that are everything but symmetric)

Friday, February 20

coat time

coat - burda (08/2012, #101)
shirt - burda (05/2012, #104)
pants - burda (07/2011, #102)

bought this houndstooth wool boucle few years ago
with idea of turning it into a cape,
but that never happened
last winter i planned to turn it
into burda's coat from one of the 70s issues,
and even traced billion pattern pieces
but winter never came
so i abandoned that idea too
this winter i thought i might use the fabric 
to make burda's oversized coat from 2012
but that would probably end up as another forgotten plan
if it wasn't for my friend tea
one day last month
we were having one of our usual never ending talks 
probably fueled with too many beers
and the idea of coat challenge was born!
we choose february 15th as a deadline
and while tea finished her coat on time
and even managed to finish another one in the meantime
i was late, as usual
i finally managed to finish it yesterday
so tea and i met to take pics of our coats together 
(well, not really together, as there is not a single pic of two of us together)
we barely had time to take any pics at all 
since i was so late, that we had only last moments of daylight to shoot them,
and that's why there are no any details pictured
no lining shots, and the coat is not buttoned in any of the pics
it's fun to have a new coat finally
as i'm constantly wearing the one that i've made 5 years ago
and even though it still holds up pretty well
i kind of got a bit tired of it
now go check out tea's amazing coat

Friday, January 30

transformer jacket #2

pattern - burda long cardigan (10/2014, #102, modified)

transformer jacket
modeled by my dear friend sandra
but it's a slightly different jacket
and totally different sandra this time around)

Thursday, January 22

lace accents

top - neue mode, 04/1981
(also used here)

lace is so not my thing..
i've never actually made anything from lace fabric..
have used lace trim a few times, though
but that's as far as i would usually go
even when it comes to undergarments
but then i found piece of this black mesh lace
and i just had to have it
of course, even though i really loved the fabric
i couldn't bring myself to sew something
entirely out of lace
(and this way i get to use the fabric
for several more projects)

Friday, January 16


top - grainline hemlock tee
leggings - burda 6/2012, #124, modified

here's a fact - i'm a burda girl
and hardly ever sew from any other pattern company..
the only time i have used one of the 'big four' patterns
was for my sew bossy project, when kazz sent me vogue pattern
and beside that, i made several nettie bodysuits 
one deer and doe plantain (modified to dress)
few tessuti fave tops
and jade skirt by paprika patterns
all of which were a success, and i wear them a lot..
i've also made a top using salme sonja dress pattern
it took forever to sew it, as i had to make billion changes
and the result is a wonky mess of a top, that i never wear
as you have probably noticed
these are all free patterns 
(not the nettie, but i was a pattern tester for nettie)
so, sooner or later i had to sew hemlock tee
another free indie pattern 
and i'm pretty glad that i did
as it became my daily uniform 
together with these jersey suede leggings
(color and texture of that jersey fabric
reminded me of riding pants
so i modified my favorite leggings pattern to mimic those)
scarf is inspired by beautiful scarf 
that my dear friend tea recently made
but my knitting skills are a bit rusty
so my version is nowhere near the inspiration
(i'm thinking of unraveling it
and trying again, using bigger needles)

Monday, January 5


blouse - burda 10/2014, #128
pants - burda 7/2011, #102

having a love hate relationship with this blouse..
love the color and shape of it
love the elbow dart too
(it makes sleeves way more comfy, 
i wonder why is it so rare to see those darts in patterns nowadays)
don't mind that neckline is that deep
as long as i don't wear it to play pool, i'll be fine
(and i can always move snaps up a little bit, and make it more modest)
but what does bother me 
is that it's so damn hard to iron the blouse well
this rayon fabric wrinkles in no time
also, shoulders ended up looking a bit funky in pics
but that's more due to my bad ironing than pattern issues
 what i really hate is how short it turned out at front..
and i should see that coming
pattern i used is dress pattern actually
but i used only bodice parts
i've changed the back, and made it longer
so it can be tucked into pants,
but i was too lazy to figure out how to modify the front
end ended up with too short blouse
and that silly strip of belly showing when i move
(well.. these pics were shot back in november
in the meantime
i realized i can wear camisole underneath blouse to prevent that)