Category Archives: Sewing

Dancing in my Zadie dress

When I started to knit I ended up with a big yarn stash, which I’m not sure I will ever be able to use up in my lifetime. It fills up a big bookshelf, an almost as big drawer and some boxes as well. We don’t have the biggest apartment so we need every bit of spare space we have. And now I have taken up half of our basement storeroom with yarn, and our living room are starting to look like a sewing room. I think I must have the most patient boyfriend ever. For that reason I’m trying to use up some of my fabric stash, before his patience runs  out.

And since I have been eyeballing the new Zadie dress from Tillys for a while, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use up some of my  fabric.  I let the fabric onto the table and had a look.

I decided to go for the flower print, and just buy some black for the panels, which I easily could buy online to avoid all the temptations in a fabric store. But when I lay the pattern over the fabric I didn’t have enough fabric, I needed more of the same sort.

So you know I ended up in the fabric store anyway, and don’t you know that I fell for the temptation and bought some beautiful fabric I thought would look even better as a Zadie dress then the one I already had? ūüôā

Only to get home, and realize that the fabric I just bought didn’t have enough stretch in it.

So I was back to the beginning, and couldn’t go back to the fabric store yet again. I had to go for something I already owned. I cut out the front & back bodies, pocket facing, front & back skirt in some black and gray fabric. And the arm, side back & front panel, and neckband in some plain gray. Perhaps I should have cut the colors the other way around, but the gray fabric is much lighter than the striped one, and I wasn’t sure it  would have held the skirt in place.

I made a FBA even though the fabric is stretchable. I have quite a full bosom, so when I was going to stitch the pieces together they had been adjusted to much and wouldn’t fit together any more.

The finished result is okay, but it could have been better if the fabric was in the same weight, and the FBA had worked better. Even so I will be dancing in my Zadie dress until the next time we meet.

February failure in Fail February

Rachel at¬†Sew¬†RED-Y¬†has declared February to be the month to show off all those sewing failures. I have some hidden away in the closet, but wouldn’t you guess¬†there’s a failed make¬†right there on my sewing table.

This make was ment to be¬†# 3 in the Deep Stash Challenge¬†hosted by¬†the Facebook Group “Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests”. It should have been a beautiful Marigold from Tilly and the Buttons. Marigold is a summer pattern and therefore meant to be sewn in light and draped fabric. Well, I thought I would give it a try in some cord anyway, so I¬†wouldn’t have to wait until summer to use it. But as most of you probably have guessed ¬†by now – ¬†that didn’t work out as I had thought. To be honest, there’s so much extra fabric around the waist and crotch, that it seems like I’m wearing a diaper.

Well, I had some second thoughts about using cord before I decided to have a go. I browsed the internet for pictures of cord trousers to have a look at how the legs were. I found that I liked the ones with wide legs the best, so I added 1,5 cm to the legs. Hoping that the fabric would hang better and compensate for the lack of drape. I also tried to pack the fabric around my waist to see if the fabric would make rigid edges, but the cord was (and is) super soft so it looked ok. In my head the cord Marigold looked amazing, and I started to sew with great optimism.

It’s sad that the fabric didn’t work, ¬†because I really like the softness in it, and I think it would have been perfect for some trousers or in a shirt.

So there you have it, my Marigold is laying on my sewing table (or our dining table), and I don’t know what to do with it. But¬†at least I’m one experience richer.

A new Megan dress at the Murakami exhibition

It took me some time, but here’s my newest make: the Megan dress. It is also a Tilly and the Buttons pattern. (I guess I have a pattern company crush:-) This one is from the book “Love at first Stitch”.

I ¬†decided it needed lining, since it is freezing cold outside and because I was afraid the dress would be see through in the summer time, when the sun is shining at its¬†brightest. So far so good,¬† for little could I know I needed to hand stitch the lining to the dress all the way down the zipper, or that I would hate it so absolutely. Let’s hope that that will change in the future, fingers crossed. That being said, the fabric I used¬†for lining¬†wasn’t so hard to sew with as I feared.

The dress will also serve as my make number two in the SSW; Deep Stash.

But the best part is of course the feeling of wearing something self made, wouldn’t you agree? And even better, I got to wear it at an exhibition opening at Astrup Fearnley Museum featuring Takashi Murakami. The artist himself was present, and I got to take a picture with him. Talk about being starstrucked:-) ūüôā ūüôā

All in all I’m pleased with the dress, but I had to take the side seams in 1,5 cm so next time I will make it in a smaller size and rather make an FBA.

That`s it for now folks! Hope you all will have a good time until next time:-)

SSW Deep Stash

It’s kinda strange how easily a stash is created. I have only been sewing for about six months, and already I have filled up one dresser. I can only imagine what it can grow into if I don’t take action and do something about it. So when I stumbled over the Facebook group “Sew Along & Sewing Contests”, and they were having a deep stash contest, I thought “why not?”- even though my pattern and fabric stash isn’t that old yet.

First, I tried to get an overview, and my guess is that there will be a lot of summer clothes since most of the patterns that have been queued are from my very start. Perhaps I will be ready for “self-made May”, if the summer here in Norway comes early.

The first stash-make I did, was a Coco dress from “Tilly and the Buttons”. I find this sweater super cozy, and I have been wearing it a lot since I made it. 

Actually, I have made it once before, but I have been meaning to make another one with some adjustments to it, to make it more my style. But as it is more fun to make something new it has been pushed down the queue. And it would probably still be in it, if it hadn’t been for the “Deep Stash Contest”.

Yes!

I’m finally finished with my shirt. Actually it has been done for about a week, but I haven’t got around to take photos. Earlier this week we (my boyfriend and I) went to Olympen/Lompa to have some fancy beers. Lompa has a very cozy atmosphere, as one of Oslo’s oldest pubs, or maybe it’s more like a mini beer hall. The surroundings were so good that I thought it was finally time to take some pictures. The photos, though, didn’t turn out so great, since I couldn’t sit still.

So everything was put on hold until I could get some better pictures, but it seemed like I couldn’t stand still the next time either. Standing still in pictures has to be high up in my how to do-list. I guess this is quite a common problem for us newbie bloggers:-)

I was sewing this shirt with help from¬†an online workshop at Tilly and the Buttons, and I’m so happy with the result (and for sure I would never have been able to do it all by myself).

It has a little too much fabric at the shoulders, and when I move around it feels like it is a bit too little fabric in the back.

But it was so much fun making this shirt, and I can’t help feeling proud when I wear it. There will be many, ¬†many more!

Blogger Recognition Award

This just made my day! I’m quite new in the blogosphere, so my face just lit up in a big, big smile when Bernadine nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you!

Here is her blog: Bern Bakes. She has a very good food blog, and more than once I have headed into the kitchen after reading it.

RULES

1. THANK THE BLOGGER WHO NOMINATED YOU AND PROVIDE A LINK TO THEIR BLOG.

2. WRITE A POST TO SHOW YOUR AWARD.

3. GIVE A BRIEF STORY OF HOW YOUR BLOG STARTED.

4. GIVE TWO PIECES OF ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS.

5. SELECT 15 OTHER BLOGGERS YOU WANT TO GIVE THIS ADWARD TO.

6. COMMENT ON EACH BLOG AND LET THEM KNOW YOU HAVE NOMINATED THEM & PROVIDE THE LINK TO THE POST YOU CREATED.

My blog stated for just under a month ago, and the thought is to follow my progress from a novice stitcher to a bit more confident novice sticker;-) Mostly for myself, but of course it is a bonus to be able to share my makes with all of you.

As I haven’t been blogging for long, I don’t have too many good advices, but from my own experience I would advise a new blogger to have 3-4 posts ready to be published immediately in order to give readers something to read about right from the start¬†(I wish I had done that:-). My second advice is to write about something that you find interesting yourself, and most likely that will shine through and others will find it interesting to:-)

My nominees:

Red W Sews –¬†https://redwsews.wordpress.com

Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it –¬†https://nicedressthanksimadeit.com

triciandaisy –¬†https://tierneycreates.com

Patricia –¬†https://foxthreads.wordpress.com

kellysdiy –¬†https://kelleysdiy.com

Texas Quilting –¬†https://texasquilting.org

Busy Bee –¬†https://busybeeblogweb.wordpress.com

Sara Hauge –¬†https://saramadethat.wordpress.com

Felicia –¬†https://fadanista.com

Emma and her Machine –¬†https://emmaandhermachine.wordpress.com

Mikro Meg –¬†https://mikromeg.com

The small sewing room –¬†https://thesmallsewingroom.wordpress.com

Threading Lightly –¬†https://threadinglightlyblog.com

zak’s room –¬†https://zaksroom.wordpress.com

Madam Tifanie –¬†https://madametifaine.wordpress.com

 

Finally at the sewing table again

A¬†Tilly and the Buttons,¬†Rosa shirt¬†has been lying¬†unfinished on the sewing table for a while, and it has caused a lot of bad conscience. It has mostly become an UFO because there has been so many new techniques to learn. I couldn’t just set myself down at the sewing table and sew away, but I had to take time to learn all the new techniques. I think about three hours is ideal. In that time¬†my head will remain clear, and I will get a bit ahead on the project. I learned the painfully way¬†that if I stop in the middle of a learning process, it requires a lot of willpower to sit down behind the sewing machine again. Not because I don’t¬†want to sew, but because I would have to start the learning prosess all over again, and then it became more interesting¬†to make something simple, that I alredy knew how to sew, (or read other people’s blogs ūüôā

But now I’ve finally gotten a few hours, and I have been able to finish assembling the yoke, front and back. It has been a joy to see how the top stitching has given the shirt a much more professional look. Well, it is far from perfect, but practice makes perfect, and I will rarely¬†stand absolutely¬†still with the shirt on (for other people¬†to inspect). So if the seams are not completely ruler straight¬†this first time its no biggie, because I know it will be better next time around, and this is not the last time I will sew this pattern.

I managed to squeeze in some time for sewing during Christmas, yey

I always think I will have lots of free time during Christmas, but between Christmas sale, trying out gifts (My boyfriend got a tent for Christmas, and of course we had to try it out) and¬†dinner with family and friends, I was very happy to squeeze in a few hours of sewing as well. It was a lovely feeling to sit down behind the sewing table again. It was¬†no time for a big project, but I got to sew a little tablecloth¬†for my niece, to have under her¬†drawings when she is here for a visit. I also had a twin needle in my sewing stash that I’ve been wanting to try.

The twin needle, of course, needs two spools of thread, and I felt a bit scared when threading the two threads in the same track. In my head I pictured hours in front of the sewing machine trying to get stucked up threads out off the machine again. However, it went surprisingly smoothly and I could give a sigh of relief.
I like to turn the fabric around in the corner, with the needle still in the fabric. It’s a good trick for getting sharp corners. So it was a bit disappointing to discover that the fabric¬†couldn’t be turned in the corners, with the twin needle down. But¬†all in all I probably save¬†some¬†time by getting two rows of stitching¬†at the same time.

The back stitching also turned out as a special stitch, which will probably mean that the needle won’t be suitable for all types of projects.

I will probably not use a twin needle that often, but it was fun to see the result.

A dress has been made

And here it is ūüôā I sewed the buttonholes a bit “far behind” on the shoulders, so the ends are standing up slightly. Any how,¬†I don’t think they will continue to¬†do so when she wears the dress. But,¬†should they persist to¬†“stand up”, it is easily dissolved with a couple¬†of press¬†buttons.

And finally this is how it looks from the inside.