I`m so nervous! Tomorrow I`ll be on the way to Paris. What`s special about that you may ask. A few moths ago I got a mail in my inbox from Annika of Näh-connection, asking me if I want to join a few amazing bloggers for a weekend in Paris. How exciting is that (and I still ask myself why i got this invitation!).
This weekend i`ll not be able to hide myself behinde a screen. I was in need of a dress that is comfortable yet stylish. I sewed a Inari Dress by Named Pattern. I really love this dress! If you like to go out in 2 hours and wanna wear a new dress, it`s for you! It`s an easy sew and the result is stunning!
A close up of the fabric. It`s a traditionally woven yarn dyed fabric from Japan. I bought at Mondaysmilk. Soft and beautiful.
This meeting is just possible because a few lady’s made an incredible job and spent a lot of time organizing everything. I`m so thankful that I can be part of it. Especially if you look at the line up.
- Gioia from dotta (Italy),
- Sophie from C’est la vie (France),
- Victoria from As it Seams (UK),
- Maria from La Inglesita (Spain),
- Marta from Do Guincho (Portugal),
- Marte from Compagnie M. (Belgium),
- An from Straight Grain (Belgium),
- Nienke from Pienkel (Netherlands),
- Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes (Netherlands),
- Laura from Craftstorming (UK),
- Laura from Behind the Hedgerow (UK),
- Olu from Needle and Ted (UK)
- Annika from Näh-Connection (Germany).
14 very talented women from 9 European country’s. Stay tuned, details coming soon. There will be a huge give-away going on.
Paris here we come!
Spring is in the air. After three warm and sunny days, it feels like he finally arrives. My girl wore her winter-coat everyday the whole cold season, it was time, to sew a new one for the cheery days to come. I had a little ball-shaped jacket in mind. I thought about drafting myself, but then I stumbled over this older Burda Pattern (Burdastyle 09/2012), that was just what I imagined. The smallest size they provide for this coat was 98, my girl has a size 80. I downsized the whole pattern to her measurements. A lot of work, but so worth it! It fits like a charm.
The fabric is a lightweight wool mix I found locally. Perfect for a spring jacket. Lining fabric is from Micheal Miller
Sewing a coat is always a more time-consuming project for me. But it reminds me why I love to sew. In the end i`m there with a very unique piece, that is just perfect for her.
Made with love.
I searched like forever for the perfect buttons. I just couldn`t find one in the right shade of mint. In the end I had to cover them by my own. I should have done so from the beginning.
She seems to like her new jacket. She already started to hide all kind of funny stuff inside the pockets. How fast little kids grow!
She`s the one, who fits into my pants. May I introduce, that`s my mom. She`s wearing a pair of Hudson Pants sewn by me. Well, actually I made them for myself. I used a woven fabric. I up-sized one size as I did in my first version, sewed them together without any bad thoughts.. and when I finished and tried them on… they were too small. I don`t know what went wrong, maybe it was the fever that I suffered from while sewing. Happily, I made them exactly in mom`s size.
They suit her very well, if you ask me. I made a cropped version. I heard showing the ankles is fashionable at the moment. No, it`s just a nice length, for a lightweight summer trousers, like this one. Don`t you think?
By the way, my mom is a very passionate knitter. She always makes very gorgeous stuff. I`m so impressed by her patience.
The sweetest little cat-hat is made by her, see a better pic on my Instagram.
My little girl loves her Nonna to the moon and back! Thank you Mom for all your Support!
What are you going to do with a basic oversized boxy top pattern? You just add detail and make it your very own. That`s the little funny challenge Olu of Needle and Ted set us. All those bloggers are going to interpret the Ziggy Top in their own creative way. I can`t wait to see what everyone did!
My girl doesn`t have that many trousers and because of that, nearly never wears t-shirts. I found a solution.
Let my introduce you to….. the Ziggy Dress.
I extended the hem to dress length and attached a draw-cord to give it a bit of shape around the waist. She felt in love with it from the first moment. It must be really cozy.
This jersey, i bought locally, is nice and soft but doesn`t have a lot of stretch. I attached a button placket in the shoulder seam, in order that her head is going to fit trough the neckhole. Painless slip on and off really makes all the difference, if she`ll like or hate a piece of clothing.
I`ll need a dress like this for myself! Such a lazy style, seems perfect for Sundays. You`ll look well-dressed while wearing kind of jogging suit.
That`s it, a new comfy dress for my little bean and I can`t wait for the new Madeit Collection coming soon.
Psst… Madeit Patterns will be offering 20% off Ziggy from 23rd March – 29th March.
I`m off to check out the other Ziggy`s sewn by those talented bloggers.
The Battle of the Stitches goes into a second round. This time i`m going to take part! Olu of Needle and Ted and Toya of Made by Toya, it`s a pleasure to sew with you!
This round is all about the color grey. We`re all grey lovers and if you think grey isn`t a real color, has something staid and sad about it, I hope that we can change your mind. The subtle charm of grey is like a perfect stage for every other color. Plain and simple as I like it.
Toya and Olu having their first appearance on their own blog today, so hop over and give them some love for their bravery!
Let`s talk about my dress. The Pattern is out of drape drape. My favorite sewing book. Maybe, you can remember this dress. Most of the designs arise out of a single pattern piece. The fabric is laid in gathers and tucks until it wraps nicely around the body. A real art, but easy to sew!
Fabric is Chalk from atelier Brunette. It`s a woven fabric and doesn`t stretch, so I had to pair it with a plain grey knit. The slackness of the fabric creates those beautiful loose drapes.
I do not fear anything while sewing but this dress reminded me that I definitely don`t like to insert an invisible zipper. I had to take it out about 5 times (seam ripper you`re such a good friend!), until… I could call it okay. It still isn`t as easy to close as it should be.
The design has a little train on the back skirt. While wearing it, I just wasn`t sure about it, and mostly if I`m not sure about something on a dress it makes me feel uncomfortable. So I just cut it off. I like it more this way!
I left the hem unfinished, my old problem of running short of fabric. I had to save those precious cm, to prevent me from wearing a skirt that would make me a little self-conscious.
That`s my contribution. What do you think? Is it a plain jane or would you sew or wear a grey dress yourself? Let me know.
Sun and a lot of beautiful new fabric in my stash make me feel like sewing for myself. It`s a sewing storm going on those days. My head is full of ideas and inspiration, days would need more hours.
I`m blown away by this fabric. It`s such a nice quality. I found it at Petite Couture. Wendy has an amazing selection of fabrics in her shop. Sadly, the fabric I used is out of stock. She can`t reorder, it`s a pity.
Pattern is out of the Burda Style 09/2012 no. 134. It`s a design by the british fashion designer Matthew Williamson.
Smallest size is 36, I had to take in quite a bit to make it fit well. That`s why the side-parts do not line up exactly by the side seam. Too bad, but I can cope with it. I prefer a nice fit.
The fabric hides the back walking slit perfectly. But there is one, a nice and handy detail on a pencil skirt.
Side parts are the reverse of this gorgeous fabric. It provides a nice body shaping. Pockets make it comfy and casual. A new favorite!
Who`d have thought, that grey wool pants can look so feminine? I felt in love with this fabric on a flea market, last sunday. It was a big ugly old trouser, but the fabric… just lovely. So I bought it. I immediately knew which pattern to take!
The Hudson Pants by True Bias. Even if they`re designed for knit fabric. It works perfectly well with woven too. I just cut a size bigger than I normally would.
I mentioned previously, the fabric is upcycled. That`s the reason, why they are a bit too tight around the lower legs. There was just not enough fabric. Anyway they`re wearable.
I guess you gonna see a few more Hudson Pants around here in the next few weeks. They`re a nice fit and a quick sew. And not to forget, they`re very comfy!
A little photo bomber on his way. Can`t tell with words how much I love that girl!
You probably already noticed, I added a little extra to the waistband. I think it adds a drop more elegance to the sporty cut.