Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Summary of 2014

Before making some plans for 2015 I would like to summarize last year's sewing. 2014 was not too sewing year because of different reasons. The main one was overseas moving, I got my sewing space only in May. Also on the new place you had to do a lot of stuff instead of sewing.

Totally I finished 13 items ( and started some more%). 4 items were not for me. I made 2 kid's skirts, friend's skirt and cushion for our couch. 2 items were half-made in 2013 and I finished them. 2 items were refashioned.

I made 7 skirts (3 - not for me), 1 t-shirt, 1 dress, 1 turtleneck. 2 refashioned items were skirts too%)
I used 3 Burda patterns, 1 Ottobre, 1 KwikSew, 5 self-drafted or without pattern.

I bought a lot of beautiful fabrics, failed in Summer Stashbust 2014, participated in Spring Sewing Swap 2014.

My favorite made is summer dress, I should blog it%) And I should make more sack dresses, they are so comfortable!

Dress from SWAP fabric

Also my favorite is the turtleneck because it is very useful and I can wear it with skirts, jeans and even my blue dress.

The next - ideas for 2015!%)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Turtleneck, KwikSew 2403

I am not very good blogger this year. Also I am not very productive seamstress this year too. But this post is not about 2014 summary%) This one is about recent me-made.

I made stripe turtleneck from KwikSew 2403 pattern. I bought it in thrift store. This was first time I used this pattern company. I cut XS but for my opinion this size was too big for me so I took a lot in side seams and underarm too. Also I narrowed the sleeves a lot! I will transfer these changes to my copy and will have nice turtleneck pattern for next garment.

Kwik Sew 2403

For stabilizing shoulder seams I used stay-tape by Collins instead of piece of fabric but I think now this was waste of money because it was itchy. Good lesson for me. Maybe I will find use for it but I am not sure.

Front view%)

This garment is my first fully Canadian as the fabric and the pattern was bought in Vancouver%) Even with itchy shoulders I like my "memade" especially neck and long sleeves, I am big fan of long sleeves, next time I will make cuffs with holes for thumbs.

Awful winter light%(


  • Fabric:  remnant of cotton rib knit, 1.4 m, I still have pretty big piece of it.
  • Pattern: KwikSew 2403
  • I bought the fabric and the pattern without any specific plans.
  • Notions: thread, twin needle, stay-tape 
  • Time to complete:  5.8 hours (too much because of alterations)
  • First worn: November 2014.
  • Wear again:  already.
  • Total cost:  2 Canadian $ for fabric + 1 for pattern  = 3$(CAD). 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Butterflies T-shirt

This is long time since my last post about finished project. I have checked right now - it was one year ago!! Oh no! I made a lot of garments but didn't blog them, I should improve this situation.

I finished a t-shirt in this June. It was half done so I didn't spend a lot of time with it.

Summer Butterflies Top
The pattern and fabric were bought in Tampere, Finland during short trip with my aunt. She attended the conference and I visited the city and fabric shop%)) Also I visited some fabric shops in Helsinki and bought this butterflies knit print there.

Finish shopping made last year
I bought Ottobre magazine, issue 02/2013. I like their designs, the patterns are pretty basic but with nice details and interesting cut. So I choose the pattern number 2 - Summer Basic Top. This is loose knit top with short kimono sleeves and additional draping in the bottom.

Ottobre 02-2013-02 It looks the same as tech drawing

It seems to me that I cut size 36 but I am not sure%)) Because the instructions were in Finnish I cannot say anything about them but for this simple design you don't need instructions. The sewing process was very easy,maybe the only problem for me was to bind the neckline and not to stretch it.

I like how this top looks, it was very comfy to wear during hot days. I like the neckline, pretty feminine. I think I make more such tops, maybe one version with more draping on the bottom and one just straight.

  • Fabric:  1m (width 1.55m) of rayon knit from Finland. I have pretty big piece after cutting. maybe for cami.
  • Pattern: Ottobre 02/2013 02
  • Fabric was bought first because of nice print.
  • Notions: thread, twin needle 
  • Time to complete: 3 hours
  • First worn: June 2014 for walking.
  • Wear again:  Yes! Already.
  • Total cost:  6 euro for fabric + 1.8 euro for thread + 9 euro for magazine  = 16.8 euro. This is pretty much for t-shirt but I plan to make more from this magazine so this increase the cost%)
Also you can see my pattern review.
PS. The skirt I worn was refashioned by me, it was too long and looked boring so I cut it and worn a lot this summer.
Refashioned skirt with me-made t-shirt

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Oh, I am such a stupid seamstress!
I cut pockets from a detail of belt%( Of course I don't have any fabric left.
This will be good lesson for me not to cut during nights.
Hope a shop has this fabric in stock yet.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Spring Sewing Swap 2014

I got my parcel from Tine!! All the way from Hamburg!
It was like getting b-day present!

Tine packed it nice in bright paper, you can see.

Spring Swap parcel

Everything inside was individually packed and Tine added nice postcard! Ups, I planned to find some nice one too but completely forgot%(


Tine sent me 2 pieces of fabric. Lovely viscose with flowers (right now I see it like summer dress) and nice navy cotton (maybe shirt or shirt dress?). Also she added magazine My image from her collection, I didn't have any on my shelf. I think maybe to make a dress from this magazine with the flower fabric? I need to make plan!%))

Also she added some German non-sewing souvenirs - jams, marzipan(already finished%), Bierdeckel (I really don't know the name of these things) and my favorite german lip balm. Oh, I asked Tine if she could add it because this was the best balm for me! She was very nice to do that.

I am very happy with my parcel. I hope my response will arrive very soon in Germany and Tine will like my presents too%) Thanks, Tine as my swap partner and Kestrel as organizer.
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