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




Monday, February 29

all black



top - burda magazine 02/2016, #103
racer back top underneath - burda magazine 06/2014, #125
leggings - made by my friend greska

once i had a black top 
that looks almost exactly as this one
it was one of very few things that i actually bought in past few years
and i only bought it cause i was out of town for few days
and weather suddenly got real cold
so i had to buy something to keep me from freezing
..
wore the hell out of it
until one day i decided to paint some shelves wearing it
and it got few nasty white paint smears
..
so when i saw february blouse pattern
i knew what i'm turning it into
(well, other than that gray version
that i've showed you in my last post, that is)



i wear a racer back top underneath, not for modesty reasons
but because it was quite windy when we took these pics
but i kind of like the effect the top creates
..
sleeves may look like design feature
with those transparent panels
but in reality i had only tiniest bits of both fabrics
after i cut front and back,
that i had to piece sleeves from scraps
..
neck is finished with narrow satin bias tape
looks rather neat
but you'll have to take my word for it
 as i forgot to take pics of that
..
mokosha



Wednesday, February 10

simple




top - burda magazine (02/2016, #103)
skirt - burda magazine (08/2015, #110)

made this skirt once before (never blogged about it
but you may have seen it on my ig account)
and that one was quick and easy make..
this one, however, was a whole nother story
as i did pretty much everything wrong 
from cutting fabric to hemming the skirt..
but i did finished the darn thing in the end
and it doesn't even look bad
so everything's fine
..
top is the 'test' version of pattern from february burda issue
and might be my favorite thing ever..
i used narrow selvage strips as neck band
(sewed unfolded, slightly stretched selvage strip to the neckline, 
and then topstitched it.. love how it curls a bit)
..
hat is another favorite, even though it's too large..
yarn is wool/rayon/acrylic blend
and i have it in few more colors
so i might just knit one graham hat in each of those colors
..
mokosha