29 August 2013

Summer cotton wrap dress






This dress is made entirely of light cotton fabric. Its loose fit gives the body a lot of freedom, which makes it perfect for the hot summer months. Besides that, the pattern of the fabric adds extra feeling of freshness.

11 August 2013

Japanese garden dress




 Some time ago I bought a dress which gave me the inspiration to make this one. Its simple and casual model was perfect for this colorful satin fabric. I like to use simple models when the fabric has an interesting print,otherwise it becomes too busy and the print is disfigured. 

14 July 2013

My way of making perfect corners





Here is a method of making perfect corners on collars, flaps, cuffs and anywhere else you need to make a corner. I have learned this method many years ago and ever since I always use it. It is very easy and simple and most importantly it works every time. 

30 June 2013

Ocean in a dress




In April I went to the seasonal fabric exhibition in Rotterdam (Stoffenbeurs). I bought many beautiful fabrics, which I still haven't had the time to sew. The first fabric I chose to make is this stretch cotton (97% cotton, 3% spandex) with ocean print. The stand I bought the fabric from was selling only pre-cut pieces of fabrics. I bought one piece about 1.80 m (2 yd) x 1.50 m (2 panels of the print) for 10 EUR and it is a very good quality.

13 June 2013

Watercolor zigzags dress

 

One day I was flipping through the pages of Marfy 2013/14 and there it was, model 3069. An interesting and yet simple dress in black and white.

I haven't ordered the pattern from Marfy, instead I made it myself. This is why it is slightly different from the original model. I changed the bottom of the skirt and the shoulders but I kept the idea of the bodice. 

06 June 2013

Watercolor zigzags skirt




A few months ago I was on a fabrics exhibition and I bought 1 meter of this beautiful watercolor zigzags. When I saw the fabric I knew I wanted to make a skirt out of it and possibly a pair of shorts. The fabric is 97% cotton and 3% spandex. It is so pleasant to work with it! 

31 May 2013

Dark spider nets

 


 

I have had this fabric for a long time and I did not know what to do with it. It is somewhat heavy viscose tricot. One evening I decided to make a loose-fit draped top with it. I designed the pattern myself. I did not know how it would fit until I finished it. During the sewing, I had my doubts if the blouse would fit well. I was wondering if it is too large, if the neckline is too big, etc. At the end I think it turned out well. It is a nice top to wear for sports and at home. 

29 May 2013

How to make fringe from fabric



Fringe is an interesting detail that can add playfulness to any jacket, scarf and top as well as on decorative pillows, blankets, bed-, couch- and table covers. They are easy to make but they require some patience. I believe there are many ways to make beautiful fringe and here is one of them. 





This is my jacket before I started. I have already unraveled the seam allowances at the edges but I was not satisfied with the way it looked. This is also why I decided to add extra fringe. Here are the steps I took:

 
Preparation

What is important to consider before you start is the type of fabric you would like to fringe. For this method you will need to choose a fabric that unravels (any woven fabric should be fine). 

22 May 2013

Fringe-trim jacket or another Chanel-style jacket


I started this fringe-trim jacket about a year ago and I left it unfinished in my closet until now. I only had to work up the fringe trims but I've never did it up to last week.

The fabric is some kind of cotton blend. It is thin and light. It was very easy to work with as it has body but it is not stiff. I used the Vogue pattern V7975. I made the pattern exactly as it is without doing any alternations. 

Like the previous Chanel-style jacket I have made, I like to combine this one too with jeans. 

P.S.: If you want to know how I did the fringe click here.



15 May 2013

A taste of Victorian romance


The long peplum at the back of this blouse gives it a taste of Victorian romance. The pattern is from  Burda 04/2012 and it can be found on http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/peplum-blouse-042012. The model was easy to sew. The only thing I changed is the size. I decreased the pattern to size 34 as it was not available with the original pattern. The fabric I used is a blend of cotton with metal threads, which was left from making the Folded Yoke Blouse. I like this fabric a lot because it creates more of a wet-look effect than shine.