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Lots of excuses & a recipe

Well, so I’ve been absent from this blog for quite a long time. I do have quite a long list of excuses why, but I won’t bore you with that. Let me just mention that “master thesis” is one of them…

Sewing has taken a break for the moment. I do however have one of my planned projects almost finished. Yes, the McCall M5880 dress.

It just doesn’t fit right at the moment so I’ll have to take it apart again and take it in under the arms.

The next post will contain a recipe I just love for its easiness and deliciousness. Mini chocolate cakes with a liquid filling! Mmmhh….

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May 2, 2010 at 16:41 pm Leave a comment

What I’ve been up to

Well, apart from passing my last-ever university exam (yay!), there’s the small matter of completing my thesis. Regarding sewing, I finally found the time to alter some clothing. Just a few alterations – mending holes, taking in at the sides, shortening the strap length on one of my favourite tunics etc.

I am also working on finishing my next project for the pattern challenge. As soon as I resolve the last issues I have with the garment, I will present it to you! Let’s just say I’m not yet completely happy with it…

Additionally, I submitted my Cabo Halter top to the Spring Top Week that’s taking place over at Made by Rae.

Check out the flickr pool of all the entries!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter weekend =)

April 2, 2010 at 16:35 pm Leave a comment

Pattern Challenge: Cabo Halter Modeled

Me, modeling my new Cabo halter. =)

The hook & eye on top of the zipper is still missing but will be added eventually… 😉

March 18, 2010 at 18:54 pm 3 comments

Pattern Challenge: Cabo Halter

Over the weekend I finally had the chance to finish the first of my Pattern Challenge projects. I chose the Cabo Halter pattern from Amy Butler to get the challenge started.

This choice was not an arbitrary one, as this pattern had been bugging me for quite some time. A little time line:
After I bought the pattern I pretty soon started creating the first version of the halter top . Luckily, I chose to make a muslin before using any of my “good” fabric. I finished it up to the point when the zipper should be put in.

And then I tried it on.

Well, let’s just say, the upper part wasn’t very “covering” and definitely too small for me. The rest of the top fit just fine (I had chosen the Medium size).

So, not having any idea about what to do, I set it aside. And took it out again when this pattern challenge first came to my attention. At this point I had already read a few things about FBA (Full Bust Adjustment), so I kind of new what to do. At least I thought so… 😉

I searched for resources on the Internet and found quite a lot of suggestions about how to handle such an adjustment.

My favourites:

Sew, Mama, Sew! article

“Y”-Bust Dart Alteration

Several Alteration Techniques

After I now was kind of informed, I just got to work and did my own alteration. I kind of used a “Y”-Bust Dart Alteration, creating a fuller bodice. During the sewing process I (= noob) realised I of course had to alter the other pattern pieces accordingly. I did a bit of tweaking there, so everything fit together nicely.

[My pattern alteration in process.]

The pattern itself is very easy to follow – the instructions are very clear, even for someone like me, who doesn’t really sew clothes. I did a lot of pressing (thanks here to my grandma who gave me a steam iron station as a present – love it!) and the light cotton fabric I chose was quite nice to sew. It’s a very cheap cotton, bought as a bargain in a pack of several fabrics. Originally it was white, but as never quite know what to do with white fabric I dyed it to a light blue.

Back to the pattern: even the zipper was easy to install! And I had been so afraid of that step!

So, here is  my result:
[I just noticed I could have pressed it before photographing it. Sorry about that. ;-)]

You’ll notice two additions.

Firstly, I added a “modesty panel” to the front of the halter, as although the bodice was more forgiving due to my alterations, it still gaped wide open. I just used a bit of leftover fabric folded in half for this, having topstitched it first.

I attached the panel by also sewing it to the lower part of the halter top and by topstitching all around the upper part of the top (from the center over the straps down to the back).

Secondly, I used some of the trim I bought recently at the thrift store, to add some interest to the single-coloured top.

Hope you like it!

P.S.: I’ll model the top soon, so you’ll have a photo of it on a “real-life” model too.

P.P.S.: Just a note: beware when using disappearing fabric marker. Or more specific: don’t mistake your permanent marker for your fabric marker. Yes, I did that. And yes, I had to cut a whole lot of new pieces out of my fabric.

March 16, 2010 at 23:07 pm 7 comments

Eye Glasses Case

I love English Paper Piecing! That’s something I never thought I would say, but I recently discovered how much enjoy this technique. Hand-sewing something has proven to be quite relaxing and piecing together lots of cute fabrics is always a lot of fun.

I came across this technique when making another Christmas present – an eye class case (following this great and very easy to follow tutorial over at Liesl Made). As I really enjoyed the process as well as the final product, I am already forward to paper piecing a few more things… Another case is already in the works! And this time I’ll try to integrate a flex frame to keep the glasses from sliding out of their case.

Additionally to the tutorial mentioned beforehand, I used these instructions for the paper piecing as I didn’t have any freezer paper to work with and used just normal paper onto which I printed the hexagon shapes from the same site. (other shapes / patterns are available too)

Oh, and I used Amy Butler fabric for this project – more specifically from her Lotus and Belle range.

January 9, 2010 at 11:12 am 2 comments

Patchwork Bags – Second Batch

I just couldn’t resist… 😉


P.S.: I just love everything that Ayumi produces over at Pink Penguin. Be sure to check her blog out!

January 6, 2010 at 14:46 pm Leave a comment

Patchwork Bags – First Batch

So, I proudly present to you another Christmas present that I produced…

I followed Pink Penguin’s great tutorial for a reversible patchwork bag, adapting it slightly. I reduced the size of the overall bag by only making it out of 9 squares for each side of the bag. Of course I consequently also had to adjust the size of the interior bag and the casing of the cord.

With basic calculations I came to these measurements:
3 x 3 squares for each side of the bag = 9 squares per side = 18 squares in total
(each square measured the original 2 1/2” proposed in the tutorial)
As I left out 1 square on each line of squares, I “missed out” on 2” of the width of the bag (2 1/2” square minus 2 times the seam allowance of 1/4”)
I therefore reduced the length of the casing from 8 3/4” to 6 3/4”  while keeping the original width.
Equally I reduced the size of the fabric squares for the interior bag from 8 1/2” to 6 1/2”.
Apart from these adaptations, I used all the original instructions.

Voilà! =)
Aren’t they cute? Will have to make a few for myself too, should I get the time to. They would be lovely and just the right size to keep a bit of jewelry… 😉

January 6, 2010 at 14:35 pm Leave a comment

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