Often when I see clothes that I really like in stores, worn by other people, on TV or the internet I think of making them for myself and how I could change them to make them better. When I was in the States recently I bought a very cute, pale pink jersey dress. It is super easy to wear and so girly, I love it. However it is a bit special, the fabric is nice and should be hand washed and the color is not one I can wear all the time. So I figured I could make a new dress better suited for everyday wear.
I used a bodice pattern from Ottobre magazine which I also used for my sweatshirt dress. I compared it to the dress I was trying to copy and made changes according to my wishes. Then based on the waist measurement and my desired length I drafted a skirt which is actually one third of a circle, hence the name. I think it has just the right flair. I used campan stripes jersey from my stash. The fabric is super soft cotton with 3% elastane and it feels really good and of high quality. I highly recommend it. I then sewed the whole thing on my serger except the hem and edges where I used the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine and I also used clear elastic for the armholes and neckline. It feels great to wear.
The day after I finished my dress, the Closet Case Files released their Nettie pattern and I think there is some resemblance. I surely got ideas to improve my pattern, I love the super low back neckline which I will definitely try. I already have a pattern for sleeves and lengthening the bodice to make a one piece should not be that difficult. You see, I constantly get new ideas!
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?
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.