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 Stylishfabric.com . 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.









Monday, April 7, 2014

A spring fling outfit

There is no doubt about it, SPRING is here! Allthough, that doesnt mean that the temperatures wont go down to freezing point at night, and I still have had to clear some ice from my car windows a few times in the morning before going to work. BUT! It is sunny when we wake up, the garden is packed whit daffodils, birds are chirping and temperatures are rising as we are able to play outside whitout wearing mittens.
It`s all good!

I took my daughter outside to model this new outfit that I made for a very special birthday girl.
Safe to say, she was very happy whit the gift. For the main fabric I used a french Terry from Stylish Fabric.
I had expected that the french terry would be a little thicker, but this reminded me a little more of regurlar jersey. But whit that said, it was a suuuper soft fabric, and the quality seems to be quite good!
For the pocket and headband, I used some scraps I had from a swedish fabric shop. I have allready made quite a few items whit this fabric, like this vest and this hat.

I have made headbands like these before, but I came up whit a super easy way to make them, (even easier than these, can you imagine??) that is so quick, you`ll make a bunch in no time! I`ll make shure to make a tutorial for those later:)

So there we were, outside in the morning spring, soaking up a few rays of sun. you know... just picking us some dafodils and listening to the birds tweeting around. Totally normal at 9 o`klock on a saturday morning.

















Sunday, March 16, 2014

Here`s a warming tutorial for you; How to make a heatpillow!

Today I have a great tutorial for you! This one is super for everyone with sore necks and shoulders, cramps or even cold feet.
For christmas I wanted to make something homemade for several of my family members.
And I thouhgt about something that I made about a year ago. My husband and I are both acquaintanced whit the term of stiff and tiered neck. So I made a proto type of a heating pillow. You know, the kind you just throw in you`re microwave and heat a few minutes before you place it on the needed area.

But as mentioned, this was just a proto type that I tossed together, so I had to come up with something a bit more clever and lasting.  I made a picture series that shows you the step-by-step making of this clever little thing.
I allso have to mention that the ones I gave away for chirstmas were VERY popular, and the word spread. I have made 15 of these, both as gifts and for paying customers. You should definitely give it a try.
Just follow these steps:

 1) Find You`re fabric. Flannel is the best kind.
Off course it`s extra fun if you have very nice fabric! I bought these flannels here



2) Then you have to cut you`re fabric. Cut two same length pieces (find the measurements that fits you. Mine
has about 60 x 12-15 cm ).  Pin the pieces together and stitch using zigzag stitches, starting from one corner, and all the way around. Leave an opening at one of the short sides, enough to get a big spoon in. The gap right here is where you are going to insert the rice.


3) Then you topstitch all the way around, BUT still leave an opening at the shorter side.  Howdie!



Now it is time to fill up this sucker! You might want to mark where you want to stitch up the pockets of rice in advance so that you get an even result.
You`ll need quite a lot of rice. You can allso use other things like wheat or even cherrystones, I have heard. But I dont eat a whole lot of cherries.... Allso, I like the waight that rice gives. It makes just the right pressure.


Here`s a tip for you: before you insert the rice, blend in a couple drops of lavender! It makes you feel like you are at the spa when you use you`re heatpillow :D


4) Pour the rice whit a spoon. Now, there will be some spilling. Just dont let it get to you...
Make sure that you dont add to much rice, neither to little. You`ll get the hang of it as you go.
After each "pocket" has enough rice, bring it over to an ironing board, or the edge of youre table. You want to do this so that the rice gathers on the bottom, before you pin it down where you measured it earlier. 
Now you are ready to sew it up. Just be carefull not to sew over alot of the rice. You can break the needle. But again, you`ll get the hang of it.



5) After you have finnished all of the "pockets", you have to close up were you kept the shrort side open. Just tuck in the edges short of a centimeter, pin it, and sew over a couple of times. You want to make shure it does`nt rip open.



And there you have it! Just throw it in you`re micro wave oven for a minute or two (this depends on youre oven) and place it where it is needed. I often have it with me in bed when it is very cold. It is great for coold feet. Even my two kids asks for it when it`s bedtime. 
But be ware! If you tell anyone of this lovey creations, they will bag you to make them one. So you might as well just make a bunch when you`re first at it;)



Friday, March 7, 2014

A late post of my to favourite pieces of me-mades, the Laurel and Beignet

Well, this is awkward..... One of my favourit pieces was finnished almost 5 months ago, and I have`nt blogged about it! (what kind of blogger am I?.... dont answer that....)

I made a second verison of Colette Patterns Laurel dress. My first was this one. It was ok, but not GREAT.
So I wanted to make another one. This time whit the cute ruffled things on the arms.
And allso, I made pockets. A dress neeeeeds pockets! I made them whit a contrast cotton fabric.
I am very impressed whit this dress, as it has a great fit and gives a nice silhouette. I use it to work as well as more special occacions. Simple to style up or down whit different accecories and shoes.
It is the most worn me-made item in my wordrobe.
But I had some fitting issues this time around on the Laurel, since the fabric is a bit more bulkier. And it has some stretch...
So I put in a few extra darts on both the back and on the bust area. Allso the waist got some, and it gave the dress some lovely tucks.




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Along whit the grey suited Laurel dress, the Beignet skirt, allso from Colette patterns, is allso one of my biggest prides sewing-vise. You can read more of the Beignet here.
These two pieces are both made out of the same fabric. Unfortunately, now I am out.....

The perfect Lady Skater Dress with a twist

By now, I am pretty shure that "everyone" has heard, or even made Kitchy Coo`s famous Lady Skater dress. As usuall I am late to the party... I overthink and over-process the whole thing EVERY TIME I have my mind set to make something. That means hours and hours of Pinteresting for ideas, reading and searching other bloggers thoughts about the pattern, and looking at pictures of the finnished results.

I really liked the pattern and the dress, but I am very self-conscious about my stomach-area (show me a woman who`s not!), therefore I had a problem whit the whole knit-dress-stomach-hugging thing.
ALLSO! I have been wanting a wrap dress since FOREVER! And I thought that the Lady Skater pattern would be perfect for that kind of thing.... I just had to convert the bodice to a wrap... but how?
I am not a fan of self drafting patterns. I am more like the "Hey! A perfect pattern that hundreds of people have allready tried out and aproved"-kind of gal`.
Now that I allready had the LSD-pattern  (wow... did that just spell LSD??...) I needed a pattern that someone else allready had tried out. That`s when I found Sew a straight lines` hacked version of the Lady Skater Dress, altered into a wrap dress! It was a wrap! Litteraly!  Check out here super tutorial on how to make you`re skater dress to a faux wrap dress!

It was all very easy peacy! The Lady Skater is pretty simple to sew up. Could that just be because I got a serger for my birthday a few weeks ago? Hahaha.. It was actually my first project ever on a serger.
A little nerve-wrecked over the fact that I coul cut the fabric on the serger-knife. But It worked out just well.

And now for some pictures...



Such a great pattern calls for a great introduction ;)



Close up on the waist-belt wich I can tie round my waist 2-3 times,
the 3/4 arm-cuff and the bodice wrap. I stitched the pieces together whit 
a few stitches just to avoid my girls falling out...





I am very please whit the results, and it will defenitely not be my last one, since I love wrap dresses.
I personally think that a wrap dress whit a belt like this helps to camuflage the stomach area, and that was eccactly my intension! Mission acomplished.

Have you made Kitchy Coos Lady Skater Dress? What was your verdict? I would love to see pictures:)





Monday, February 10, 2014

My Colette Beignet Skirt

This has been coming for a loooooong time!
Actually, I have tried to make it up for weeks and weeks, actually, months! And finally, it was time!
I think the main reason why I never got around to it was that I had my mine set on making this in a dark blue cord fabric, just like the one Shona has made. I just love it!
But I did`nt have any blue cord, so I had to find something in my stash.
When I went to Oslo before Christmas, I brought home some sort of grey-ish wool-ish knitted suit fabric whit just a hint of horizontal stretch. It is actually quite nice! I made the Laurel dress whit the same fabric.
Unfortunately, I have not blogged it, even though it is like half a year since I made it! *bad blogger*

Aaanywho....
From drafting to cutting to finnished skirt, it took me about 3 weeks. Again, the 1 hour here and 1 hour there-concept. Wery famous for that....

I decided to skip the whole lining, and just interface the inside whit a nice contrasting floral cotton.
After I had cut all the fabric, I suddenly realized that the main fabric has some stretch and the facings has not, so I was very anxious about that. I even made fabric covered buttons, a whole 12 pcs! That is my first time, so I must say that was quite fun, and made a very nice detail on my skirt.
The pockets are the same fabric as the facings, by the way.

I asked my better half to take pictures, outside, during freezing wind. The pictures were quite bad, but it will have to do for now...



I really love my Beignet skirt, it has a great fit and i feel slimming and feminin in it. 
I can se my self whit more Beignet`s in the future