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)