May-Mades

20 Jun

After overcomming my sewing laziness, I now have to face my blogging laziness :)

Both projects are made in May as a present for a friend. But maybe I have to mention that the shirt was made last year. We just didn’t manage to take pictures of it. I often don’t know the exact measurements of people I sew presents for. (Because there is not much of a surprise left, when I ask for it) That is why I chose overcut shoulders and a waterfall neckline, that will always fit :) It is Top #110 from Burda 05/2012 . I also made her a matching scarf/belt/hairband.
We finally took the pictures when we went to a electro swing party together (on the last day of Me-Made-May)
Summer Shirt 110 Burda 05/2012 Summer Shirt 110 Burda 05/2012 Summer Shirt 110 Burda 05/2012 Label Schmidt happens...

This year I asked for one measurement and made her and her friend a running belt following this tutorial. It was my first time using foldover elastic (great stuff!) and reflective iron-on tape. I cut their first letter from the reflective tape. So the belt looks a bit like a super hero accessory. I think an “in action” picture will follow in about one year ;)
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After the May-mades I proudly present the rest of my me-mades I wore for Me-Made-May 2014
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Diagonal Dress

10 May

Guess what! I sewed the same pattern a second time :) It’s a selfdrafted pattern. There is no front or back on this dress you can wear it both ways. For me it is the perfect balance between casual and chic, so it’s suitable for almost every occassion. The red jersey I used this time is quite soft but it’s not as shiny as the beige one I used for the first one. Both parts of the dress are sewn together at the neckline. No facings that tend to slip out. I must confess that there’s a chance I will sew this even a thrid time :)
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And that’s the first version:

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It’s still Me-Made-May! Here is what I wore the last days:
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If you like it put a flower on it

4 May

Aside from ironing, preparing the pattern is the most annoying part of sewing for me. That may be one reason why I like do make several versions of garments I like.

The light jersey with an abstract and colourful flowerprint sat in my stash for some time. I thought it might be a bit too much to do a whole dress with this print. The drapy front part of my caramel dress from Burda easy (autumn/ winter 2013) would be a nice opportunity to use it to set a colourful accent. So I planned to do this dress again. This time in black jersey with the flowerprint on the front and on one sleeve.

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The only alteration I did, was to add a center seam to the back of the bodice. But just because I didn’t have enough fabric to do it on the fold. I used size 34 like last time. The jersey is very soft and stretchy and I could have graded it down a size. But at the moment I like the dress as loose as it is. I can easily hop on my bike with it or eat a 3 course meal (Both already tested :) )

jersey dress burda easy

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I take part in Me-Made-May again! This is what I wore the first days:

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Day 2 was the first theme friday. It was “Cocktail Hour”. This picture was taken a few minutes before my personal cocktail hour at the rooftop pool outside the bar.

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Light as a feather dress

24 Feb

To get back into sewing I chose a pattern I have sewn before. It is my dress version of the Burda Style Peplum Top 08/2012 . Again no zipper, no seam allowance, sleeves from another pattern and some centimeters less at the waist.

When I finished the dress itself I knew I had to add some decorative elements. My thoughts went from trompe l’oeil pearls (like I did on this Shirt) to gems made from polymer clay. But the gems seamed to heavy for the delicate fabric. So finally I went for stylised feathers from jersey fabric. Many people tell me that I am a featherweight. So they make sense, don’t they? (Infact I’m 10kg lighter than featherweight … I would go in the category of half-flyweight … well, half flys might not be as decorative)

The pictures were taken on a roof in Brixton (Who knew that London could be this sunny :) )

simple jersey dress from peplum shirt pattern

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jersey dress

This colourful bird obviously attracted both sun and wind

The picture above shows the third feather I placed on the skirt.

Finally a detail shot of the feathers on the bodice.jersey feather application

This time I will not make any prediction how long it will take me to complete my next sewing project … hopefully not that long.

Long time no sew

26 Sep

In the past weeks I had some private turbulences that kept me from sewing. (Well at least now I have enough room to install a proper sewing space … )
The current Burda easy (autumn/ winter 2013) (it’s called Burda Young in other countries) seduced me to start sewing again. There was this simple but playful dress and I had the perfect caramel coulored rayon in my stash … The only alteration I made (by accident) was to put the front panel on the left side. The original dress is very short so it ended up to be the perfect length for me.

dress  5c burda easy autumn winter 2013The elastic waistband makes this dress very comfy.

dress 5c burda easy autumn winter 2013

dress 5c burda easy autumn winter 2013Maybe you wouldn’t expect that from a magazine called Burda easy, but this simple dress has nice details. Beside the obvious draped panel at the front it has pleats on the shoulders. Easy to do and nice looking.

pleat at shoulderI guess I have a new favourite dress :)

Shortly before (well, in july) I was a pattern tester for a german pattern company called Schnittchen. I got to try their pattern Hannah. This may not be the style I usally go for. But that’s one aspect of pattern testing … trying something new. Beside the obligatory shortening I didn’t do any alterations. Next time I would use some softer fabric and add a belt.

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schnittchen kleid hannah

I hope this time it will not take another month until I can show you a new creation!

Almost wedding guest dress

8 Jul

It has been a bit quiet here … again. My illness in may was just the warm up for a two week knock out with fever and cough … after I recovered I started sewing again … but I couldn’t show you the two finished (well …  and two unfinished) garments yet. One is still top secret … but I finally visited my parents and now I can show you this dress. My mother planned to wear it to a wedding but the dresscode forced us to make another one (this one). So she wore it to her sisters birthday.

mothe and daughter in selfstitched dresses

My mother and me in our newest dresses

The process of making this dress was full of premieres for me. I found the FREE pattern on a Polish website (they do have more nice stuff over there!) So it was the first time I sewed in Polish :) There was no real description were to start and how to do it … but in the meantime I made some dresses and was brave enough to try it anyway. So this is the pattern I started with.

My mother is a dwarf like me. She is even smaller than me and needs different sizes for bodice and skirt part. So the second thing I did for the first time was a muslin. I drafted the sleeves myself and had to make some adjustments to the pattern in order to make it fit at least somehow.

I chose a lightweight denim and bleached some of the pieces. As you may have noticed it was not the first time I used bleach for a sewing project ;)

We decided to go for some puffy sleeves to hide the declining shoulders we both tend to have :)

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This time I was very proud of my seam matching!

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The dress was not lined and since this dress was not for me I forced myself to finish everything with my serger.

denim dress inside

I did a blind hem on the sleeves and the skirt  …

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You don’t see anything? Well that’s why it’s called blind hem …

Finally I inserted an invisible zipper (another premiere). I found a tutorial and now I have to ask myself why I was afraid of this zipper type for so long … I find it way easier to install than a normal zipper.

The invisible zipper … not as invisible as the blind hem … but almost

The invisible zipper … not as invisible as the blind hem … but almost

My mother likes her new dress and I like my mother and making her happy. So this was a very successful project :)

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15cm of Fame

29 May

There is this saying “Everyone got their 15 minutes of fame”. In my case it were 15cm. After posting my second version of the mullet dress at BurdaStyle I got an e-mail from Burda if I have this picture in higher resolution and if I would let them print it in one of the next issues of BurdaStyle maganzine in Germany. Well … yes and yes.

My dress and me in BurdaStyle 10/2012

My dress and me in BurdaStyle 10/2012

Once again I used the pattern from BurdaStyle 03/2012. The Dress isn’t very spectacular from the front.
mullet or hi-low dress from burda style 03 2012

I used some contrasting fabric for the pockets.
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It’s the same fabric I used für my skirt of the Lucy outfit. To spice it up a little bit I added a panel to the back.
back panel on hi-low dress
detail of back panel

I wore this dress for day 29 of Me-Made-May’13. Now it’s almost over (and to be honest I don’t have many selfmade garments left anyway)
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That was not my day … I even forgot to add the day in my hand …
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Me-Made-May'13 Day 26

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