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The Hila and Teresa Tops #sewdowndewsbury

I’ve already written about how much I enjoyed #sewdowndewsbury and spending time with Ali of Thimberlina. Another thing I was particulary looking forward to was meeting Hila and Teresa, who I’d already felt a connection with via their blogs  and 2015’s antics of Jumping Into June.

Turns out that they are just as fantastic in person as they are on their blogs – and maybe on some cosmic level there is a connection between me and them, because we bought the same fabric in Fabworks. If that isn’t proof that we met in some earlier life or something then I don’t know what is!!

So I decided to call my makes after them – so may I introduce the Hila and Teresa tops.

First up the Hila.

This cowl neck top, one of the many Burda permutations is one of my favourite patterns. So far I had only made longsleeve or sleeveless versions of it, but a picture on Lucie‘s blog convinced me that actually it looks really smashing with short sleeves.

One thing I changed from the Burda pattern is the size of the cowl. I made it a little bit less pronounced by pinching out a little from the pattern and also by making the shoulder seem come closer to the neck. In that way the cowl doesn’t open quite as far as normal and bra-revealing accidents are a thing of the past.

See:

There’s your evidence. Yep, I follow the scientific method on this blog!

Next up is the Teresa blouse:

Fashioned from spotty cotton lawn/batiste (which unfortunately creases like a thing possessed, so much so that I’m inclined to group it with “creases are fashionable” linen).

I used the Barbara pattern from Maison Victor 3/4 2017

As you can see, the patter is acutally for a dress, so I just lenghtened the bodice and eyeballed a few changes to make it look right.

Do you know Maison Victor, by the way?

It’s the younger hipster’s answer to sewing magazines. I’m neither young nor a hipster, but ever since I cancelled my Burda subscription I feel I have leave to buy loads of other magazines. It has some nice boy’s and men’s patterns that come in slim sizes (those hipsters don’t seem to be very hungry…) so that’s good for my boys.

Back to the Teresa:

I love the scoop neckline – I know that choking high necklines are all the rage, but all the do for me is give me a rage (plus they look ridiculous on me, my head seems to be twice the size when I wear a very high neckline), so I was pleased about this variation. The blouse has a gathered back bodice and a yoke with I lined in a remnant because I was worried the dots of the fashion fabric might show through to the front.
I think the rick rack makes this – just breaks up the fabric enought to add a little bit of interest.

The blouse was a big hit with my students today (“Oh Miss, you look very pretty today” “Hush, don’t tell her that, tell her she looks pretty all the time” “But she looks particularly pretty today” – sometimes you just gotta love teaching 🙂 ), so I am pleased to have scored in a young person’s world. Maybe there’s a hipster in me yet?

So, Hila and Teresa: it was lovely to meet you in Dewsbury and I’ll think of you every time I wear these tops!

 

Fashion Style/Knipmode 9/2015: Raglan Bluse x 2

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I was going to write a big long post about this! After all I made two blouses, starting off from the same pattern but taking out a LOT of width from model 2. But then life happened and so there’ll only be a few pictures.

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This is blouse no 1, from a very thin rayon (that started to pill even after the first wear at the area where I wore a belt to hold in the width of the blouse. SO annoying!)

IMG_2661As you can see it is really quite wide! I cut a size 40, same size I would usually cut in Burda, but I need to get used to the fact that Knipmode cut their patterns more generously. I was inbetween a size 38 and size 40 on their chart, but I think I could have safely gone down to a 38 or even 36.

The original pattern has a straight hem, but I put on a high-low hem. Not completely sure about it, maybe I’ll cut it off. On the other hand, I doubt this fabric will make many washes, so I might as well not bother.

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I also lowered the neckline considerably. I do appreciate that high necklines are much more en vogue at the moment, but they make my neck look huge.

IMG_2652And this is version 2 in an “all my favourite colours in the world” rayon. I’m trying the front-tuck here, which I understand is a thing. Not sure if I have quite mastered it just yet 😉

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Full tuck here so you can see that I took out about 12cm of width all round compared to no 1.

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Still roomy enought, don’t you think?

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Constructing the lower collar in a much less drapey solid  stash fabric was a bit of a white knuckle ride. The collar was meant to be cut on the bias, but as the solid was strictly no drape I decided to cut it on grain but to amend the pattern piece by making it curve to lie flat.

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Well, that kinda worked… It took a lot of steam and a liberal dose of post-watershed language to make it lie as flat as it does.

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All in all, those bloused are fine, but I haven’t really fallen for them. Or maybe it’s me in them. But especially the ivory one has been worn a few times already – it’s great as a layer that goes with everything and is not as same same as my usual knit tops.

The jeans in those photos are my latest iteration of Burdastyle 3/14 #115, which I did again here and here and there are a few unblogged versions. I think I got the front crotch area as right as I can:

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The back still needs a little bit of work, but I didn’t quite get there through all my different versions. So rather than flog a dead horse I bought the Ginger pattern by Closet Case – all blogged version look just amazing, so I’ve overcome my PDF fear and hope to be able to report great things asap.

In the meantime, however, I have embarked on a selfless-sewing project of an epic scale. After making a shirt and then another shirt for Child 2 I have now succumbed to his calls for a suit. So I made a boys suit (finished apart from the button holes). And a suit needs shirts to go with it, doesn’t it?! So I made not one, not two but, three shirts. And now I need to make a matching shirt for Child 3, ’cause otherwise that would be unfair. It’s as well that Child 1 is staying abroad this year – helps me to prevent sewing overload.

Three of those shirts are basically finished – apart from  (Guess what?! – Yes, you guessed it!) the buttonholes. So one of these day, before Christmas, I will need to make about 50 button holes and attach the corresponding buttons. Why, oh why, do I decide to go overboard like this???? I don’t think this is the first time I quote my dad on this blog: “Chris never knows when to stop!”

Photos of the finished project will be up hopefully after Christmas.

Oh and then I bought supplies to make another coat, the long lusted after Burdastyle 12/2012 #104. I have fallen for his coat when it first came out but never had the confidence to try it. But if I can make a suit and shirts sweat shop style surely I can make a coat like this?! Please say yes…

Burda Easy A/W 2014 #4C: Blouse from Deep Stash and a Stash Diet Update

I have been a good, good girl! Egged on by all your encouragement about my mini stash diet I’ve been digging through the outer regions of my stash and I found 1 1/2 metres of some powder pink mystery fabric. It feels like a sandwashed viscose pique (if such a thing exists), but have no expertise judging fabric content other than deciding what it feels like 😉
I used one of the patterns from Burda Easy Autumn/Winter 2014, view #4c :

It’s a cowl-neck woven blouse with a waistband, consequently it has a zip, although on a thin day I can just about get it on without opening the zip.

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I made this without alterations of any kind, cutting my usual size 40.

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Although I haven’t worn this out yet, I’m not sure I’m going to make it again. I love me a good cowl neck, but this seems a little roomy all over the front, so I wonder if doesn’t make me look bigger than I need to be.

But still, for now, with the first spring air on the wind I think the colour will go well with my usual first spring pastell phase, so I’ll wear it a few times before I decide if this is a keeper.

In other sewing news I’m unexpectedly enjoying my stash diet a lot! I’ve rummaged through the stash an found a number of fabrics that I have found homes for right now. I’ve even started cutting stuff in advance! Look:

IMG_0745All those boxes do not contain utter chaos – au contraire! Each box holds the precut parts for one project together with notion, instructions and the pattern pieces. The top box has already been turned into pyjama bottoms – took me all of two hours on a weekday night, given that all the prep was alread done. And once a project is finished, the pattern goes into the “out” box on the left:

IMG_0746So everything in the out-box can be tidied away should the fancy take me. It never does, don’t get me wrong, but a girl can hope!

So yes, against all expectations my stash diet is going well and I’m enjoying it. I “found” a blouse worth of red viscose in the back of a cupboard that I pre-treated in a gelatine bath yesterday, so I might soon be the proud owner of a red pussy bow blouse that came out of nowhere.

So yes, in spite of everything I said in the past, a little bit of a diet can be a good thing!

 

The First Skirt of the Year!

I spent the end of 2014 in Berlin and naturally I did a bit of fabric shopping. I have to emphasize the “bit” bit – I was with my family and they don’t tolerate and real in depth fabric purchasing research. So in the end of the day I shopped in one of the large department stores – in fact I probobly could have got the same fabrics in my local branch but still: in my mind these fabrics will forever be associated with my Berlin trip for me.

The first fabric was one metre of heavy wool coating – but I knew from the start I wanted to make a skirt out of this. The colour, “dark forest” probably comes closest to describing it, is one of my very favourite colours.

IMG_0592I dug out an older Burdastyle A-line skirt pattern (can’t remember which one, as only the traced pattern remains) and only added the tabs to the pockets.

IMG_0598I need to have pocketses, don’t I ?!

IMG_0596The back just has two darts and an invisible zip (which unfortunately ended up not to be quite invisible where the waistband meets the skirt. Should have chosen a lapped zip in this thick fabric. Live and learn, ey?

The blouse is my first ever make of a Ottobre magazine, Ottobre Woman 5/14. I might even get around to blogging it one day, given that I made the pattern twice already.

 

IMG_0595This was completed at the beginning of January, right after the Russian General Coat and what you see here is pretty much the only snow we had this winter. Just to illustrate the crazyness of winter 2014/15, feast your eyes on this picture (and a preview of my latest trousers) taken a few days later:

IMG_0611Well, weather!! How has your winter been? Or are in in the midth of summer, waiting desperately for a breath of fresh air?

Burdastyle 12/2013 #107: The Job Interview Blouse

In nom-sewing news I have a job interview tomorrow, first one in over 10 years! It’s not hugely exciting as the job I’m going for is just a new part-time role (for the rest of the time I would keep on teaching at my present school) and not a change of employer or even a promotion, so no extra money for buying more fabrics (not that – strictly speaking – I need more 😉 ). But the new role would be really interesting, so of course I wanted to make new clothes to wear for luck.

Deciding what to wear was actually quite difficult. Generally speaking, there is not a lot of style around in the German education profession as stylishness is often equated with shallowness. So I did not want to go all out regarding clothes, I think that could be alienating rather than encouraging. At the same time I don’t want to go down the Female Geography Teacher route (I don’t know whether that conjures up a pictures where you are, but I’m thinking midi pleated polyester skirt, shapeless cardigan and glasses worn on a string around your neck). Also I didn’t want to do too much of the Lufthansa-look (navy suit, white blouse). So what I came up with is this:

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I used Burdastyle 12/2013 #107 and the silk I bought on my last visit to Goldhawk Road.

I cut a straight size 40 and left the pattern exactly as it is apart from shortening the sleeves by about 3cm and widening the neck opening a little.

IMG_7938My dress form is broken in half waist-wise, so what the belt shows are not actually my waist measurements, I hasten to add. Honesty is the best policy 😉 !

I kind of followed the instructions, but I made every visible seam a French seam I had to change things around a bit. Have a look at the inside – I am so proud of how tidy this looks that I am almost considering wearing this inside out. Where is that anti-fast-fashion-initiative thing that makes you do just than when you need it 😉 ?

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IMG_7941I even did a decent job on hand-stitching the neckband:

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Do you know, I have never had a silk blouse before?! At the grand old age of almost 45 I think it’s about time! I haven’t actually worn it yet, so I am not sure how I will like it worn, but just feeling the softness of the fabric makes me happy. Classic Textiles in Goldhawk Road sell Liberty silks for 12 pounds a metre and this one isn’t flimsy at all. It’s a silk twill and actually relatively beefy for silk. I just love everything about it. Maybe it’s a bit too dark for summer wear, but it has been quite cold here, so I think I will get away with it.

So this is another make that makes me fall in love with sewing all over again. I get so much joy out of turning a beautiful piece of fabric into a garment – let’s just hope that positive vibe carries through to the job interview!

 

MMM14, Day 6: Jeans and Sleeveless Blouse

I planned this outfit five days ago, because today is the one day in the year when I have to be at work before 7 – which means I leave the house at 6 and my clothes matching powers aren’t that great early in the morning.

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The jeans are another rendition of my favourite jeans pattern (unblogged yet, but these use the same pattern – and these too) and the blouse is a sleeveless version of the Synchronised Swimmers blouse.

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Here the sleeveless version in Liberty silk.

IMG_7689And here the Swimmers, for your comparative pleasure.

Tomorrow I work from home – there might just be a chance for a picture with me inside the outfit ;-).

Starting MMM14: Synchronised Swimmer Blouse

It’s May already in my part of the world (although it’s still the middle of the night and I have not dressed yet) but I thought I would like to get May off to a good me-made start by showing you the blouse that makes me happy by even looking at it:

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Look at the synchronised swimmers:

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IMG_7693They ladies are very active in the back as well 🙂

IMG_7694The pattern is Burdastyle 5/2014 #131. It’s really easy to make and a good fit in principle, although I need to fiddle a bit with the neckline: it’s a little low and gapes a bit, but not indecently so, so I am very happy to wear the blouse.

Still have not decided what to wear tomorrow for the real start of MMM14 – update to follow, of course.

What are you wearing for the beginning of May?

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