11 Oct 2018

Being mediocre in sewing - not being afraid to have a hobby

Some do. There´s a journey to perfection - or professionalism. You can´t just be there without the sweat, pain and fun of the learning curve. People tend to forget that - and many of them won´t take the time to learn either. I like to make mistakes cause I learn from them. I like to be mediocre knowing the way ahead of me. It sucks to be perfect (and must be awfully boring as well) - what would you strive for without having a target?

Don´t be afraid. Read this. And keep or choose a hobby. We all need hobbies.

10 Oct 2018

Transition continues

At least I´m taking pictures now of my September makes - trying to do it when stuff is not in the laundry.
More leggings for Young Lady and a pair of jogging pants. I´m getting very picky to buy stuff for my kids lately and discovered that clothing of 100% cotton is hard to find. At least the basics are easy to sew. Young Lady needs almost a full new wardrobe as she grew a lot.



Ottobre 4/2013 slightly hacked and simplified


Versions of Ottobre 1/2014



1 Oct 2018

Transitional Sewing

I was sewing - not blogging. Now it´s time to start taking pictures. Here are the first ones from September. The T-shirt I made a bunch of times and still like it a lot. This one is done of leftovers.

Young Lady is growing and needs a full new wardrobe. I already started back in summer but there´s a lot more on the list. Dress made of leftovers with pockets and a snap closure at the back. I have no idea how the Ottobre designers thought this would work without a closure. I´ve noticed this a few times already that the neck openings are left a bit tight.

Burda 2/2013 Model 126



Ottobre 4/2017


Back opening with the snap - I had to cut about 10cm-s to make sure it gets over her head

27 Aug 2018

Filling Wardrobe Holes

I love knits. They´re so easy to handle and fast to sew. My last makes are kindof seasonal transition, filling wardrobe holes and partially using deep stash. The white fabric I bought 3ys ago and never had any idea what to do with it - until now. It´s somewhat sheer but I´m wearing most of the times camisoles anyway.
The red one is a viscose-wool blend, very light fabric with a nice drape. Next time I might make a deeper waterfall neck and shorten the bottom.

Self drafted pattern



15 Aug 2018

Worth to go the extra mile

I recently bought linen jersey. Never worked with this fabric so was exited how it will behave. Honestly, nothing different than any other jersey.
So why not try 2 new things in one go? I had the pattern since ages and recently realized the shoulder seam was always about 1cm short on both sides. Sooo- I did my first ever scientific pattern hack with a ruler and everything. Turned out to be just perfect.

Some hints on how to do a shoulder width adjustment -



And the final garment -



The flowers came as iron-on but I never trust them. I always sew on these by hand after ironing on as they tend to come off after the first wash. This took longer than the making the whole T-shirt.

I also finished a cover for my coverlock as the original plastic simply gave up service and retired. Or maybe better put - opted out for recycling (ended up in the plastic selective garbage).