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.
Spring…. I`m ready! At least, I made myself the perfect bomber blouson. Just in case, maybe it helps to get rid of the snow. Can`t tell you how I love this bomber. I didn`t take it off since I cut the threads to my machine.
The Pattern is from CUT Magazine (Issue 10, 01/14), it`s drafted by a young and hip german label, a kind of guise. They`re located in Munich.
Usually, I don`t bother myself reading instructions. I learned to sew with Burda (you know what I mean?). But when I had a look at the tutorial it seemed like I wouldn`t get all this pieces together myself. So I just followed their way. And it was so worth it. The finishing is perfect. I learned something.
I used my serger for the whole piece. I`ve no regrets about buying a good serger (even if I spent all my savings). Perfect seams, always.
Yes, let`s talk fabric. The beautiful mustard jersey with the diamonds is maybe the softest knit I ever sewed with! The print is adorable and sharp. I ordered at Petit Couture.
The quilted knit is from Miss Matatabi, I already used it here.
Can`t wait for the warm and sunny days!
Haute couture for a baby? It feels alike. Just kidding. In a way it`s like yoga for me. I love hand embroidering. It`s so meditative. The same stitches over and over again, while you let your thoughts fly. I think that`s the reason why I spend a few hours embroidering a baby dress.
But look at this beauty, totally worth the effort, don`t you think? Hand smocking is an all time favorite. It gives the fabric a structure. And if you do it like me, on a small repetitive swatch, like a gingham, it changes the pattern in a very interesting way.
The dress is self-drafted. I`m exploring the possibilities of gathering fabric. Smocking is a good one. It adds a little stretch to a woven fabric.
That`s a vintage button of my stash. Always a pleasure, to find the perfect one in my collection. I just lined the back bodice. The wrong side of a smock is nearly as beautiful as the front. I didn`t want to hide it. The armholes are finished with a very narrow bias-binding.
Wanna try it yourself?
Here is the tutorial for Honeycomb Smocking
Happy Valentines Day you all! Sanae and Ute, are hosting the Secret Valentine Exchange. You can read all about it here. The game is easy, you’re going to make a handmade gift for somebody and get one in exchange, from somebody else. Such a nice idea.
Frau Gold, sent me this absolutely beautiful, sweet and thoughtful surprise. I just love the cap. Look at my little bean wearing it. Too cute! It doesn`t happen that often, that I receive a handmade gift. It is something special. It means a lot to me. If you make a handmade gift, you have to spend your time, work with your hands and your heart, to create something totally unique, just for this person.
The gift I received, was made with so much care. All this little details. It`s perfect! Thank you so much!!!
I don`t know if my SVE Partner got his gift already. I had to make a surprise for Mirta from mi+ed design. You have to check out her blog. I`m in love with her illustration and prints!
I made her a Yubinuki bracelet. I found a tutorial for that in Mollie Makes (12/2014). It was a lot of fun, even if you have to be really patient. I tried a new pattern. It didn`t work out how I imagined. But I like the outcome as well. Finally, I made a linen zipper pouch and some self-made bias tape ( I didn`t take a picture). I hope she will like it. It`s made with love and good thoughts.