Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pass This On

I’ve already mentioned that in past few months I rarely find time to sew for myself.. Special occasions are usually the reason when I try to squeeze a few hours for selfish sewing and I always leave it for the last couple of hours until the event.. My high school best friend's wedding was one of those occasions and this is the dress I made in limited amount of time.. I had a very busy week and I delayed making the dress until Friday, and the wedding was on Saturday.. To be more precise, I started cutting the fabric at 19h on Friday, counting that 4 hours would be enough to finish sewing everything.. I already knew which fabric I wanted to use, and that strapless dress was the best choice for my fabric pick.. I needed a safe pattern because there was no time for mistakes.. 

My first choice was the pattern #107 from Burda 03/2010.. I’ve made a dress using that pattern before, and I know that the fit is great, but form my fabric choice I needed a simpler bodice.. It would be a shame to cut that beautiful flower print I used for the bodice.. That’s the reason I picked a pattern I used three times before (1, 2, 3).. It’s a pattern for bustier #124 from Burda 01/2012..  Six pieces for the bodice, and the print is saved.. The print was also the reason why I chose to place the invisible zipper at the left side instead at the back of the dress.. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016


 ♫ ♪ Death In Rome - Chandelier (Sia)
Song has been removed after publishing this post :( Another strange thing happen, this post was reverted to first version of draft, not by me.. I lost original text I wrote so I'm adding shorter version published on my profiles on Kollabora and BurdaStyle.. 

This dress is my new version of one of my favorite dresses I made a couple years ago.. I waited to find a fabric that would be interesting to use for this silhouette.. When I saw this stripy print fabric I immediately knew that it’s the one for my remake..  The fabric is lightweight cotton with print that creates stripes.. The print looks great looking up close.. The pattern for the dress is very easy to draft.. All that I needed was a pattern for a woven tank top that has only bust darts.. I wanted to play more with direction of stripes so I created yokes on front and back of the bodice.. Sleeves are just a rectangles.. The skirt is also made from two gathered rectangles.. On the waist seam I added elastic to create a nice silhouette and make it comfy to wear.. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Lately I’m very happy when I find time and an excuse to sew something for myself.. I got idea for this dress a few weeks back, but I was too busy to try this little experiment.. Then the great occasion occurred, I was invited to a wedding party.. Finally a good reason to sew the dress.. I delayed making this dress until the Friday, the day before the party.. It always looks incredible to me that I can create a more complex dress in a day.. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Delirium

Here is one of my new favorite two piece sets I made for myself.. The idea came to my mind when I bought this gorgeous rayon fabric with color splatters all over it.. Almost all the colors that I love these days in one place.. A bit chaotic and artsy.. I loved the fabric so much that I wanted to make everything with it.. After shorter thinking I decided that the skirt would be the most wearable garment.. Summer is almost here, and rayon skirt perfect for hot days.. The pattern is self drafted.. You can see my previous version here.. It is a pleated skirt with snap closure at front, and pockets in side seams.. I was so happy to finally use snaps in color, in this case pink.. To be honest, I had a problem choosing between green and pink ones.. The green snaps are in the exactly same shade of green as is the green on the fabric.. In the end I picked pink ones because they stand out more with all the colors on the fabric.. The skirt is very easy to make.. It takes me about 2, 2 and a half hours to make one.. This time I made it in midi length, inspired with one of my last year most worn skirts you have seen here.. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pocket Calculator

Back in February,  I was approached from Megan Nielsen patterns to be a pattern tester for their new skirt pattern - Axel Skirt.. It is a basic skirt pattern that comes in 3 variations, and it’s for knit fabrics.. To be honest, at first glance I wasn’t sure if that’s the right pattern for me.. Fitted skirts don’t look good on my body type, and I rarely sew knit fabrics.. I give it a thought for a little, and decided to look at it as a challenge.. It’s nice from time to time to make something different, and I don't regret it.. 

I liked two versions of Axel skirt, the one with a slit, and the one with hip sashes.. At the begining I wasn't sure which one would I make.. I left that decision for after I find the fabric.. In the first store where I started looking for my fabric I saw this fabric made from black and white threads creating a pattern that reminded me of no signal on TV.. One more thing that I liked, both sides of the fabric could be used as a right side.. I immediately knew that it would look great for a skirt version with hip sashes (version 2).. The fabric looked warm, which was very important to me on that cold February day.. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


I love making and wearing shirt dresses.. This time I wanted to try a pattern I haven’t used before.. In Burda issue 09/2013 there are three shirt pattern variations which I liked (#115, 116 and 117).. I combined two patterns for making my dress.. Basically I used #117 for the bodice.. I wanted my dress to be fit at the waistline, and that pattern has waist darts along with bust darts.. I only took collar shape from shirt #115.. When I picked the fabric for my dress, I decided to make ¾ sleeves.. This shirt has hidden button closure.. It turned out very easy to make.. Only thing that I have to remember for next time is first to sew skirt to the bodice, and then to make button closure.. I was anxious to see how the closure will look, and first I sew the closure only at the bodice.. Unpicking the seams was not complicated and everything still looks neat.. Only the first button I left visible, cute red heart-shaped button.. The rest of the buttons are simple round red ones.. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Direct Lines

This dress is one more of my little experiments.. For a while I wanted to make dress bodice with tiny pintucks.. After sewing all those tucks back in September, pintucks were logical next step.. Also, for much longer time I wanted to make a dress with a side buttondown.. Last week I had the idea for a great combination of these two details.. All I needed was a basic bodice pattern with darts only at the waist.. 

For bodice I picked pattern #133 from Burda 08/2012 which I used a couple times before (here and here).. I knew that the fit is good and I like those cute cap sleeves.. My idea was to sew vertical pintucks for the front bodice piece, which would create nice effect when there are only waist darts.. I had to do an adjustment to the bodice pattern, I moved bust darts to the waist.. Also on left side I added space for buttons and buttonholes.. I didn’t want to complicate things more so I made a simple gathered skirt.. I used lightweight cotton with which I planned to make a shirt dress.. It was a good fabric choice for sewing all those tiny pintucks.. I love how this experiment turned out.. I made it in a size larger than I wear.. It was only a test, and I would love to make the same one in some other color.. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Take Me Away

I’ve been delaying showing this dress for more than two months.. It’s my make for October as part of Burda Challenge 2015.. I was waiting to photograph September's make, but that’s still on waiting list.. Now, when spring officially started, I present you photos of my dress taken at the beginning of January, when we had one and only good snow this year (at least that I’ve seen)..

I wanted to make this dress last year.. I even bought fabric at that time, but the project waited for another winter.. Pattern for this dress is #101 from Burda 10/2014.. I liked it very much at first glance.. One of those rare patterns where I didn't want to make any changes.. It has a lot of pieces to put together, which looked fun.. Also, it’s a good way for combining two (or more) fabrics.. I had a lot of luck with finding the fabrics.. I found these two wool fabrics in one store.. Both are made from same color combination of threads – black and mauve, but with different type of weaving one is darker.. It's hard to see that difference on snowy photos.. You can see it better on last two photos, that's how the fabrics look in real life..