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:


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. 

11 May 2013

Folded Yoke Blouse

For a long time I wanted to make a shirt that is different from the classic model but still looks classy. With a black skirt or a pair of jeans, it looks great. I used again a Burda pattern (they fit me the best of all I have tried). The Burda model is 122 and it can be found in the 10/2012 edition or on www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/folded-yoke-blouse-102012. The pattern was a piece of cake, so easy to sew.

I have changed the original design by cutting the bodice and the sleeves horizontally. My idea was to create some contrast by making the middle pieces of the bodice and sleeves and the shoulder pieces in black and the rest in beige. The black fabric is 100% cotton and the beige is a blend of 95% cotton and 5% metallic thread (it is a bit hard to notice on the pictures). Because of the metallic threads, the beige fabric is difficult to iron  and it is always a bit wrinkled.  

02 May 2013

Marfy 2012/13 Top 2794

This Marfy top is great for the summer to wear with all kind of bottoms. The pattern is free and it comes with the Marfy 2012/13 catalog. I made it from light cotton fabric. This is actually my first Marfy pattern I've ever made. I wanted to see how the size would fit and I also liked the model. It was also my first time to make this kind of pleats but I think I managed pretty well. I added a belt because it adds waist definition. I like to combine it with the white spring jacket or with a light color jeans jacket and jeans or shorts.

26 April 2013

White spring jacket

Since I made this jacket last year, I have worn it many times. It is one of my favorite spring jackets. It can be worn on casual as well as more official occasions and it gives more sophisticated look to any outfit. The pattern I used is from Burda E842 from 2005. The pattern is for short-fitting sizes and it fits me very well (as I am 160cm :)). The fabric I used is a lightweight denim fabric, which was very easy to manipulate. I only changed the belt because I did not have the rings. Instead, I made a normal belt.

24 April 2013

Summer dress and a top with a mandarin collar

I like this summer dress a lot, the top too. The fit of both models is perfect and the fabric falls very well. For both the dress and the top I used a pattern from Burda. The fabric is light and does not wrinkle, I love it. The sewing was easy and it went smoothly. I did not need to do any alterations on the patterns. I sew both simultaneously, so I did not need to change threads.  

21 April 2013

An interesting idea for a dull wall

A few years after we moved in our apartment, I wanted to change our living room because it was too white and dull. I needed some color. And what other color to choose if not apple green. On one hand I did not want the whole room to be one color, on the other hand I did not want to paint one or two of the walls in different color. So I decided to paint only the wall behind the heater. 

20 April 2013

Dolce & Gabbana inspired summer set

One day I was watching the video of the Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2013 collection at the Fashion Week in Milan. I got the idea to make also a summer set with a cropped top and a skirt. I went to search for a linen fabric with stripes but I could not find what I was looking for. I saw this fabric on the market and I loved it. I think I bought three meters, ... or maybe two. I don't remember anymore. Anyway, I think it worked well in this combination. The top opens at the back with a metallic zipper. The skirt is asymmetric. The linen fabric is slightly stretchable. 

Matthew Williamson Dress

For this dress I used the pattern of Matthew Williamson published in Burda 09/12. The original pattern can be found here: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/matthew-williamson-dress-092012. It was easier to follow than I though. The only problem I had was to place the pattern on the fabric in a way that the fabric pattern forms an interesting shape. After a few trials, I adjusted it. The fabric I used is lightweight stretch satin.

19 April 2013

1 meter creations - a top and a skirt

Yes, it is possible to make an outfit of two parts with only 1 m of fabric. I finish this set yesterday. I saw this fabric online and I ordered two meters but they call me to tell me that there was only one meter left form it. I had another idea for it but since I did not have enough of it I decided to make a simple top and a skirt. The fabric is 100% viscose. 

Military inspired jacket with peplum

I made this jacket last year. I used a pattern from Burda 11/08, Model 106 as a base. I changed the model below the waistline and I added some more buttons. The original pattern fitted very well. I did not need to make any modifications on shoulders, sleeves and side seams. The jacket is made of denim fabric with a baroque pattern. 

Easter Eggs Continued

Here are the latest Easter eggs I have created. I have used plastic eggs and acrylic paints. After I finished painting I used sealer to seal the paint and make them shinier.