I have wanted to make this shirt since I saw it in the Ottobre magazine last autumn.
Lately there have been lots of shirts popping up on the sewing blogs, many Tylers from Named and also Archers from Grainline Studio and that made me look even more often at the pattern I had at hand. The other day when I was at my fabric store I saw this checked flannel in soft creamy colors with a beautiful burgundy. I touched it and fell in love. It was so super soft and dreamy, exactly like I imagined for the perfect autumn/winter shirt. I didn’t buy the fabric in this trip but kept thinking about it so a few days later I went back to the store. I didn’t find the bolt at first and got a bit anxious that my dreamy fabric was all gone but in the end I found it and bought the whole thing. There was only a meter and half left which was just enough for the shirt. When I came home I washed the fabric (as I always do) and hung it in the bathroom to dry. When my husband came home and saw it in the bathroom, he asked if I was gonna make some dishcloths for the kitchen…Anyhow, I made the shirt and I happy with it. It is just like I wanted it to be. I did my best to match up all the plaids and it looks right I think. The collar and collar stand are definitely not perfect. Somehow the under collar became the upper collar (oops) and the collar stand does not match perfectly in the front. I shortened the sleeves by 3cm but I think that 5 cm would be better. I also shortened the bodice by 5 cm, which I think is a fine length.Also I made a mistake with the cuffs, they are both the same (i.e not mirror images of each other) meaning that on one side the buttons and buttonholes should change place. I blame this on me being in to much of a hurry to check twice. I guess you don’t notice unless you are really looking and thinking about shirt construction. I noticed this too late to have the patient to fix it. I could also blame the instructions in the magazine a little, they are very brief, not as brief as Burda but still very brief. I think the shirt looks really good with skinny jeans trousers and I also like it with my freshly made mini skirt.And I guess I’ll have to make another one of these shirts soon to remind myself of the mistakes I made and to improve my shirt making skills. They can only get better
I made this skirt recently, just got round to take pictures today.It’s a classic mini skirt with fly front and back yoke. I got the pattern from Ottobre Magazine 4/12 and yes it is a kids pattern. I made a size 158 and surprisingly it fit just right. I could maybe have reduced the waist a little, but I think it is Ok. It was my first ever fly front, and although it is a little crooked I am happy. I had the metal flower button in my stash and think it fits quite well. In the back there is a little kick pleat which I find quite cute. It also has front and pack pockets, so a lot of detail, which is nice.I bought the fabric a while ago. It is cobalt blue cotton twill, great for this project since it has some body and similar features as denim. I also love the color, although I find it a bit hard to style. I guess I just have to experiment a little.
Overall I am happy with it and I hope to wear it a lot. I guess it has the potential of much wear, since I can wear it with tights in autumn and spring and then by itself in summer. I guess it is not a heavy winter skirt, but maybe I’ll give it a try.
I know it has been a bit quite here for the last week or so. I got caught up preparing a presentation for a seminar at uni. Since then I’ve been sewing a lot but haven’t had the opportunity to take any photos yet. It gets dark really early now after we reset the clock two weeks ago. So I should have used the weekend to take some photos of my projects but I really wasn’t in the mood. Also, I spent most of my free time sewing a shirt which only needs buttons and buttonholes now.
Last weekend there was a fabric market downtown. It comes here every 2-3 months and it is HUGE! The first time I saw it I thought I was in heaven. It has all kinds of fabrics in every color, pattern, fiber, thickness and the notions, WOW! Everything you could dream of, it’s there. The market is always packed with people (ok mostly women) with huge shopping bags (home made) or pulling shopping trolleys behind them which they fill with all the lovely fabrics. It can be tricky to get around there and you have to be pretty determined, there is not much room to deliberate and the staff are so busy cutting fabrics for everyone it may take a while to get what you want.
This time I wasn’t feeling motivated enough and I wasn’t in the mood to push around. I only got two things, navy and white polka dot cotton jersey and black and white polka dot silk. I am excited about the silk since I’ve never really made anything with silk before. Although I may just become a lining for a skirt or a nighty I am looking forward to working with it.
These past few weeks I have often been to my local fabric shop and looked at their discount rack. They always keep this rack outside with leftover fabric (0.5-2 meters) which they sell with 50% off. I have gotten good deals there. Last time I went I found the perfect wool blend to make a skirt I’ve had on my mind for a few weeks. I talked about it in a previous post and since then I have not gotten it of my mind. So I guess this skirt is next on my sewing list. And I may just give it a silk lining, how luxurious would that be?
For some time now I have really wanted some garment in the color mustard but I have been kind of afraid of it. Yellow is not a color I usually wear but I finally gave in after admiring so many people wearing it.
Of course I could not go to H&M or a similar store and simply buy a cheap t shirt or a hat. THAT would feel like I was wasting money. Instead I decided to waste the money on yarn and then waste my time to knit something I might not even wear….
I found this stitch in a magazine I have and then after making a swap to determine the gauge I improvised this hat and mittens.
I like both, although the hat is just a little bit to tight. It just means I can not wear it when I have a ponytail but that’s OK. I really like having matching accessories and they also go well with my new coat. The color is just a little to yellow for my taste, I guess I wont be making (or buying) anything mustard in the future. I know that now but I plan to wear these until I decide to make myself a new set of hat and mittens. You can never have enough, right?
So its that time of year again: time for mitten knitting for the little ones.
I decided to make mittens for the yarn stash challenge this month. My mom gave me this sock yarn a few years ago. It was leftover after she knitted my son a sweater and cleverly she let me have the rest of the yarn.
Since then I have used bits of it, always trying to finish it up and not had success. There really is a lot on each skein. I still have some left so I guess I can knit some more mittens next fall.
My older son got two pairs and the younger one got one. I improvised the pattern. I have knitted enough of mittens through the years to kind of know how it goes. At least these fit and will probably be used.
My older son is really happy with his finger mittens, makes him feel like a grown up.
I made them from Lama wool which is so soft and warm. My younger son wears his almost every day and it is still in good shape. When it is chilly in the mornings I feel better knowing my kids are not cold and these sweaters are exactly what they needed. I was so happy with the sweaters that I wanted to spread the joy. I wrote the pattern down and now it is available for sale here and here. There are also links in the sidebar.
I will probably add a page to this blog that features my designs. I thought I could maybe do a tutorial on how to sew in a zipper. I think that might be helpful.
Recently, I went to one of my favorite stores here in Hannover. It is called Hallhuber and is a German brand I think. They always have very sheek clothes, very fancy and perfect for people working in office environment. I always want to get everything they have, but the style does not really fit my lifestyle right now (kids, master thesis writing, no job etc.) One thing I noticed however this time was all the cute little skirts they had. I am talking about above the knee length skirts, straight, flared, full, pleated, in various colors, patterns and plaids.
I really liked all of them. But each time I laid my eyes on a different skirt, admiring it and then inevitably looking at the price tag I thought to myself: I could so easily make that skirt in a few hours for half the price. Because when you make a simple skirt like that you don’t need much fabric, less than a meter is enough. Throw in a zipper and matching thread and you are good to go. I mean, just look at some of these styles.
If you have a good, basic skirt pattern it would be so easy to make a gorgeous little skirt. I also love that styling, when you have a pretty skirt as the center and wear it with black tights and a black top. I just think you can not go wrong there…
And I also really loved the next one. It’s black and I feel right now that I really need a black skirt. I find this one really cute, the flare is just awesome. I guess its just a half or quarter circle added joined to a basic skirt pattern at the hip. Sounds easy enough, right?
So, don’t be surprised if you see some skirts popping up here in the future!