Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY on how to make a dress in to a hold-in pencil skirt

We all have it. The Dress. The one that you got just because you had to have it. Maybe because you had been spying on it at the store, stroking it between your fingers. Trying it on even though you know very well you won`t be buying it because it is just a little to expensive. By the way, where would you wear it? On what occasion would it be suitable? Oh.... if only it was on sale. Then at least you could justify buing it.

And then!! On day it happens! It`s on sale, and there`s only one left in youre size! It is faith! OFFCOURSE you buy it! What`s to question?
Weeks and months, maybe even years, go by. How many times have you worn it? ones? twice? Or maybe not at all? Did`nt the right opportunity come by? (I told you so!). Maybe by now you`ve stuffed it in a bag for goodwill. Or youre closet has swalloved it?
Dispear not! Because I have JUST the DIY for you!

You will offcourse need The Dress

Now, follow these steps:

Now, the easiest thing is to use a knit pencil skirt that you allready have, 
and just lay it flat on the dress. If you dont have such a skirt, 
you  can take a look at this tutorial on how to make youre own pattern.
Trace the pattern edges around the exicting skirt, and cut out.
Make sure you have enough seam allowance!

After you have cut the two skirt pieces, staystich the edges.
Try it on to see if it fits. If so, you can now sew permanent stitches.

Now, here is a GREAT tip!
If you are like me and simply love pencil skirts,
but is not quite comfortable with the tummy hugging ordeal, 
then this is something for you! 
I love the look that a pencil skirt gives, and I have envied so many women for it!
But you see, my stomach is bigger then my (really not that big) chest, 
so I have hesitated about this surtain fashion staple.
But fear no more, because I read this suuuuuuper tip over at The Sewing Rabbit. 
Jess Abbott made a genius pencil skirt with a tummy control panel!
How genius is that???
Now, how could I not try that when I first was up to making my very first knit pencil skirt?

I did`nt have any power mash available, but I did have a tight lycra nightie that allso was swalloved
by my closet, and managed to save....
Now you put the "wathever" you want to make the hold-in with,
and lay it over the skirt. 
Now remember you want the hold in skirt to be hugging and tight,
so you cut it in a size or two smaller then the outer skirt.

Cut the lycra a few inches shorter then the outer skirt. You dont want it to show under.

You will need a wide elastic to youre skirts waist.
Try the skirt on and put the elastic around youre waist to figure out
how much you need. Remember to keep it tight.

Sew the ends of the elastic together, and fold it around your pencilskirt,
included the hold in skirt. Pin the elastic on the right side of the skirt. 
Sew it down (again, from the right side).

Et voila!

Look! Hold in!

Hopefully very soon, I can show you a picture with the outfit on.
But I can assure you, the skirt looked like da`bomb! ;)

Now, what do you think? I think I`ll propably get more use of these two 
more than I did the dress in its former state.

I`ll wright about how I made the top in my next post.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Patter testing! The Taking Notes Skirt by Sewing In No Mans Land

Kelly Crawford is the author of the beautyfull blog Sewing In No Mans Land.  My first meeting with her blog was when I discovered the Taking Notes Skirt for girls.
I was in the look-out for an easy but classy skirt patter for my little girl, and this pattern struck my liking.
It might have been the pictures, because they are so fresh and cheerful, but Kellys instructions are very easy to follow, so within a little while I had a lovely skirt for my little twirling girl.

So, when Kelly posted that she was looking for pattern testers to make her pattern even more user friendly and perfect, I did not hesitate to enlist as a pattern tester. She got a lot of requests, and I was one of the lucky ones to review the pattern.

As you might know, a tutorial for the pattern has been out for a long time on her blog, so there are probably a lot of you who all ready know about it and even have made one. I would like to shear some pictures of my results. I will not go in to the details of the sewing, except that it is soooo easy, and everyone can make one!
I made mine out of a quilting weight fabric I had in my stash. I love the flower pattern and the colors.They are so me! I will bring this with me on our family holiday next week!

The skirt is topstitched where ever possible, wich give a great touch of professional sewing.
It allso has nine boxpleats all around the waist. The waiste band gives it all a geat silhouette.

You should all just put away your computers, and wip out this skirt right away, because it really is that simple!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Grainline Studio`s Tiny Pocket tank - without the pocket-

I am continuing my journey against filling the whole in my closet, that I mentioned in my last post.
I simply realized that I have a big lack of comfortable yet fashionable shirts and tops, now that we are safely heading for summer. I have had the Tiny Pocket tank for some weeks now, and desided it was time.
The fabric is bought at I was quite surprised by it, as I have never sewn whit rayon challis before. I actually bought several types of fabric just so that I could get familiar with the different types of fabric and fibres. And the rayon challis is soooo soft and lightwaight, but still strong and sturdy, whit a nice drape to it. I had only 1 yard, so I had to use it on a project that did not take more then that.

Lets try sitting down first, like I do this aaaall the time. Just chilling on my front stairs. No?...
Ok, lets try standing up..

Is this better? Should I have my hands in my pockets, like this? 
Does that give a good picture of the shirt? NO?

How about now? What if I untuck the shirt? Maybe that will give us a better idea
of the finnished product... 

Now my hands AND my shirt is out. Se what happened?! I gained 10 pounds!...
Lets just take it of and put it on a hanger instead....

Much better! 

If you look closely you see the bias that I used to bind the neckline and armholes. I only had scraps left, but both colours where the same as the shirt fabric, so that went very well. I allso added about 1,2-2 inches on the bottom lenght. I like my shirts whit a little extra length.

The Tiny Pocket Tank is a great basic patter, ment for non-stretch fabric, but I actually made one in a stretch fabric yesterday, and that went very well. But you might want to go down a size.
I can see allready now that this is going to be a pattern for many more tops this summer, along whit my Kirsten Kimono Tee.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Maria Of Denmark Kimono Kirsten Tee

I have noticed a big hole in my closets lately, where there should be nice, fashionable and comfortable t-shirts. Until a few days ago, there really wasnt any. So what do you do? Go shopping? Noooo.... (unless its for fabric, of course) I had been searching on Pinterest for t-shirt patterns, and I came by the Kirsten Kimono Tee by Maria Of Denmark. This is a great pattern, plus its free! Whats not great about that?

The shirt has a very comfortable fit, and NO sew-on arms! There`s only two pattern pieces, + the neck binding of course. Its the perfect base pattern for youre own modifications.
As you can see on the shoulder part, I inserted a contrast fabric of a sheer animal printed chiffon.
Enter: "fashionable"!
Allso, I added a wide cuf-binding on the shoulders, instead of hemming the edges. That added a little length allso.
I am very happy with the results! The Kimono tee has everything I want in a t-shirt. IAnd it allso looks great styled up whit a pair of skinny jeans and heels or boots!

This is definetly something I will make again and again! Thanks Maria for a super pattern!

Thursday, April 24, 2014


... what do you do when you have been obsessed whit a pattern for days, even weeks? You buy it, draft it and cut it. But then it stoppes!... The pattern pieces lay there, untop of the intended fabric, and nothing happens. Nothing! For days and days.....
That is what has happened to me! I had my heart set on a very spoken-off pattern for my daughter, but then suddenly all my sewing-mojo for this dress were gone! Wanished in thin air.....

So my question to you guys is this;
In times like these, what do you do? Do you simply abandon the whole thing? Or do you push through it? Because in the very beginning the idea of the pattern and product was quite good, and the chance that the exitement will be back when you get startet are quite relative? Or is it just a waste of time and effort?

You see, my problem is that if I dont have fun while sewing, I get really upset. And things tend to go wrong whit everything! But on the other hand, the dress is in the back of my head everytime I enter my sewing room. It is giving me all kinds of guilty feelings, and I dont need that! I have enough on my plate!

So how would you approach this? Would you just continue and get done whit it? Do nothing and keep feeling the overwhelming guilt? Or are you actually able to forget all about it for as long as it is necessary, and continue when you are ready?

I think a big part of my problem is this: The "good girl"-syndrom! We all have it! The overwhelming feeling of having to please everyone all the time. To be honest, I`m not so good at it....
Right now I am torn beetween sewing what I really want, or finnish something I started....
I just wanna sew and be happy!

Where are you guys on this?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Have You met Lola?

...she`s all over the web, these days! Infact, It feels like there has been a Lola-invation. I`m just fashionable late to the party. I must admit though, I did`nt reallly notice the dress when I saw it on Victory patterns webshop. I am not shure why, but lets face it! It`s allways a bit more interesting when you se the patterns on "real" people. Am I right?..... (say yes...) A few of my other favourit Lolas were made by Kate who made hers whit the coolest leather pockets, Tillys version was the first one I saw. And then there is Katies version.
All of these versions are so different from each other. Thats how versatile this pattern is!

The Lola dress is allso very comfortable! AND you get to look nice at the same time! Who does`nt want comfortable and nice at the same time?? For me, comfy trumps nice almost any time. But whit the Lola dress, I dont even have to choose. Heck, I`ll even wear this to work! It`s a hacked version of the classic collage sweater, just longer so that you can wear it as a dress. I wear them whit thights and short or high boots.

It has been a couple of weeks since I made this dress, but it was`nt before today that I got someone to catch it on camera. Pluss, we had lovely weather, and that allways helps.

The fabric I bought at . The pattern calles for a knit fabric such as French terry knit or a knit fleece. I bought a french terry, but I was suprised when it arrived, because it was thinner than I imagined it would be. In fact, it was more like a regular jersey knit. BUT, the quality was great and very comfortable, so I was happy whit it.

I have the sun in  my eyes, but ok... I`ll give it a go...

Biiiiig pockets!

Really not bad from the behind, either...

I am quite happy about the results! But be aware, and I read this about an other bloggers version of the Lola allso. The neckline binding is a little big. When my dress was finnished, the neckline was a bit slouchy and shapeless. After a few days I cut it off, shortened it and sewed it back on. And allso, I think I easly could have gone down a size on my regurlar size. This was a size 10. I think....
I really want to make an other one right now!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Red Riding Hood cape

Jepp, thats right! I made a costume piece! *hands up*.
I allways wanted to be the kind of mum who makes her kids costumes, and I did a few times, but nothing fancy schmansy, just the kind of "take something here and ad something there*-kind of costumes. Shaaaameeee.....
But who would have known, that my firs machine sewn, home-made, thoroughly done costume was for my sister? My very grown up (at least her i.d. says so...) sister! But when I think about it, it really doesnt surprise me. Haha...
I should allso ad to the story that she was going to an adult costume party (not the nasty kind, all though, I did hear some stories afterwords...).
She wanted to go as Red Riding Hood, but was missing a long, red cape. So I searched the allmighty Pinterest, and found this great hooded cape pattern at Fleecefun. FOR FREE!
The pattern was a print-at-home pdf, and had three different lenghts. We went for the longest.
This was a really quick fix, as you dont really have to sew the edges when you sew whit fleece, because the edges won`t rip.
I lined the hood whit a "picnic-checkered" pattern in red and white. This really put a great finnishing touch over it. And to close the cape, we added a white silky ribbon.