Monthly Archives: April 2014

Me and MeMadeMay 14

This year is the first time I have decided to participate in MeMadeMay. Here is my pledge:

‘I, Chris http://www.handmadebychris.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear fully me-made outfits (excluding underwear and socks) each day for the duration of May 2014 and I definitely promise to wear at least one item of me-made clothing each day for the duration of May’

May is my absolute horror month for work and I will be busy, busy, busy, so I’ll have to wait and see if I manage to pull off the challenge. But at least thinking of clothes is going to be a nice distraction :-). Also I have just booked a surprise visit to Geneva to visit some friends for the first weekend in May, and I will be travelling very light, so again there might have to be some slight compromise on the ideal of  MMM but I will try my best.

Are you taking part? What have you decided to pledge?

Burdastyle 5/2014 #104: The Happy Easter Dress

Well, a very happy, if belated Easter to all of you!
I hope you had a joyful weekend and made use of the long weekend.

Let me introduce to you my first garment made from my Goldhawk Road fabric haul:

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I used Burdastyle 5/2014 # 104 for this with almost no alterations. I did make two:

  • I made the neckline less revealing – boy, I do realise that I am not a flashy dresser or anything, but this neckline would have come BELOW my bra-band. Look at the model picture… I don’t think that can make sense for anybody, especially on this dress which is sweet rather than vavavoom, don’t you think?

IMG_7678The original v would have come about 6cm deeper than what I ended up with!

  • The second alteration was to change the front bodice dart from a standard vertical dart to a “princess dart”. After the disaster I had with my pointy boob dress I was really wary of this type of dart and to be fair it was actually almost fine on this dress as the pattern suggested. But because I got slightly hysterical about pointy darts I decided to change the dart so its end would not point anywhere near the apex of my bust – enter the fake princess dart:

 

IMG_7764This the front bodice pattern piece and in blue you can see the original dart and in black the fake princess dart. There was so real clever thinking on my part, I just pinned what seemed to look okay on the dress and then transferred that to the pattern piece. In real life it looks like this:

IMG_7679See – no pointiness! There hardly seem to be any boobs there at all, I grant you that, but if I can avoid pointiness, I am prepared to walk around almost completely flat, at least until I find a better solution 😉 .

Otherwise the pattern was a great fit! Because it is for a tall size for once I had no problems with armholes that are too tight. The waistline sits great as well, but that seems to be the case for all Burda patterns with me, no matter whether they are standard or tall size.

IMG_7677Even the back neckline had no gapeyness at all – I normally have real problems with that and almost always add little darts, but this time it fit perfectly. The slight wideness below the shoulder blades isn’t there normally – my husband-turned-fashion-fotographer just doesn’t notice things like that and I only ever notice after the event that I should have straightened out the creases…

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See, same thing here: half of the circle skirt is up my bum –  which was the point when my husband said that it looked “completely fine” – but I’m sure you get the idea 😉

IMG_7671I lined the bodice in red bridal satin (that’s what it was called in the shop – I’m not sure many brides wear red satin for their weddings, but anyway…)

All in all I really like the dress and I got a lot of compliments when I wore it for Easter yesterday. What is more it is really easy to wear, especially with the underwear-hiding neckline adaptation. I like the length of the skirt too. I realise that fashion prefers shorter skirts, but I quite like the more demure just below the knee length.

And because it is a circle skirt I can’t leave you without my Sound of Music impression. After all you may be able to take a girl out of Bavaria, but you can’t take Bavaria out of a girl!

Cue yodelling:

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Well…

Any Easter silliness where you are?

Look Where I’ve Been!

Foto1016I’m sure you can tell from my crappy mobile phone picture.

No, you can’t? Let me spell it out for you:

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Still nothing? Come on, work with me here!

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Of course! I did a spot of fabric shopping during my pre-Easter trip to London with my daughter. I left her in nearby Hammersmith for some teenage retail therapy (read Primark for that) and did my own type of retail therapy in the Goldhawk Road.

sneaky peek into my shopping bag:

Foto1019From top to bottom:

  • Liberty style paisley cotton/rayon mix
  • spotty cotton pique
  • Liberty silk
  • synchronised swimmers cotton
  • white and silver stripes something or other knit

What you can’t see is my very, very happy face (my phone is old enough never to have heard of selfies…)

I’ve only been back from London for a few days, but three of the fabrics have already been turned into garments (I’m wearing a synchronised swimmers blouse as we speak and I squeal with delight every time I clap eyes on those swimming ladies – but more on all that later!)

Goodness, I love fabric shopping! Stash busting clearly is not for me. The only way of keeping up is to sew faster than I shop 😉 .

Have you done any interesting sewing related shopping recently?

Burdastyle2/2012 #112 : The Every Day Raglan Top

If you want exciting sewey news, curious fabrics and tales of sewing on the edge – look away now. What you are about to see is sewing news of the most boring kind: I made a knit top. I cut it out, sewed it up and then it was finished.

What turned out was this:

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I know – bo-wing!!

But all the same this is the top I have worn most often since I made it. It’s basically in constant rotation.

IMG_7578Look, there’s me rotating the top!! What??? One doesn’t make a boring post more interesting by adding horrible puns, I hear you say. Oh…..

IMG_7579At least here there is a shot of the top tucked in.

I used Burdastyle 2/2012 #112 . I made no changes apart from adding two little darts at the mid shoulder of the raglan sleeve because they were gaping a bit. I don’t think that was just me – even on the Burda model picture I think I spot a little gapey-ness. I did not do a lot of thinking about this, I just eyeballed those darts and was done with it. I can recommend this strategy – I made another two tops since (no pictures, I don’t want to bore you any further), so I think this is turning into a staple pattern. Since I have a coverstitch machine these types of tops are so quick to do because I don’t have to throw a tantrum over the twin needle…

I used the leftovers of the pointy boob dress, which is now at the back of the fix-it-queue after I have thrown more expletives at those pointy darts than is appropriate or even healthy for a lady. I will conquer it one day!! I hope…

I just love the aqua colour, it’s one of my basic colours and it goes with so many things in my wardrobe. I’m particularly partial to the combination of aqua and white at the moment (it’s what I call the toothpaste combination for added freshness).

Oh, and the skirt is one of the simple pencil skirts Burdastyle do in every other issue. Can’t remember which one, but the fabric is from the IKEA home section once again.

Well, and then I went to London for a spot of fabric shopping – more news shortly 🙂

My Journey in Quilts #8 : Have a Nice Day!

This is the first quilt I made in quite a while and the first that was almost a commission.

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I made it for the daughter of a friend who unfortunately is very sick and has to spend a lot of time in hospital or at home. That must be a very frightening and isolating experience for anybody, but especially for a young teenager, so I made the quilt to cheer her up at least a little bit.

But of course I did not just start making any quilt – my friend’s daughter and my own daughter are the same age so I have learned not to pre-judge a teenager’s wishes. So I asked and found out she wanted a colour scheme of red white and blue and more of a rectangular, modern vibe.

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So I made block from Tula Pink’s book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks and also used ideas from her book for assembling the blocks. The letters are ironed on using double-sided interfacing and then stitched in place using a zig-zag-stitch.

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I only did some very simple quilting: stitching in the ditch along the long horizontal white stripes and freehand squiggly lines to fill those stripes. I first wanted to quilt everywhere, but then I could not get my head around whether to quilt over the letters or not, so I ended up with minimal quilting.

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The back and binding are stripes of those fabrics that also appear in the blocks. I was able to make the whole quilt from stash with the exception of the white stripes, so it was a stash buster as well.

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I am happy to report my friend’s daughter was pleased with the result!

 

1st Blog Birthday: A Big Thank You + An Accidental Skirt

I find it hard to believe that I have only been blogging for one year! It’s become such an important hobby for my, I have got so much fun, encouragement and knowledge out of the interaction with all you lovely sewing people. And my sewing has come on in leaps and bounds since I found sewing blogs a little over a year ago!

So I would like to say a big Thank You to the online sewing community, to those who blog, to those who follow my blog and to those who have taken the time to interact with me. You have made my year!

IMG_7504Of course a blog birthday would be nothing without a garment to celebrate it – enter The Accidental Skirt.

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I bought the fabric on ebay off a seller who clearly had a stash to reduce. It only cost me a few euros and I had no idea what to make with it when I first bought it (because I had “actually” bid on a different fabric and this one only came as an afterthought. That DOES happen to all of us, doesn’t it?
Doesn’t it???)

But when I was sat in my telly armchair I realised that pleating away the dark stripes could be a fun idea – and that’s all of the design. I just pleated in such a way that the black vertical stripes are hidden inside the pleat which is stitched closed for about 5cm. A skinny waistband on top, an invisible zip in the side seam and Bob’s your uncle – ahem – skirt.

IMG_7510Not much more to be said about this. No great feat of sewing, but I think I will like it. Especially because I really like yellow as a colour, but it really, REALLY does not go with my skin tone at all. Having it in a skirt rather than next to my face makes me able to wear a bit of yellow and not look like death warmed up.

Because it’s my blog birthday I’m sure you’ll forgive me this slightly gratuitous shot:

IMG_7520Happy spring to everybody in the North! A glorious autumn to everyone in the South.

And happy sewing to everybody!

LOTILDA

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