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2015: A Year in Unblogged Review

I hope you all hade a lovely holiday season and a good first week of 2016!

I’m not much for reflecting back upon the past year and categorizing memories into time periods but I thought I’d make an exception today. The thing is that after the summer, my work got really intense and I did not have the energy to blog or even sew that much. It was a shame because I had sewn and photographed quite a few pieces during the spring and summer that never made it onto the blog. So I’m using this new year to finally blog a bit about these pieces and reflecting a bit about them so I have a fresh start for blogging in 2016.
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Skirt Pattern: Clémence Skirt from Love at First Stitch
Fabric: Ecological African cotton
Top Pattern: Nettie by Closet Case Patterns
Fabric: Super soft black jersey

In March, me and P went to Stockholm to see Paul Simon in Concert (I’m a huge fan). I planned outfits for the whole weekend for months in advance. Unfortunately I didn’t get so many great photos but at least I got this picture for my concert outfit. I bought the african fabric the summer before on a street market and thought it was perfect for the concert. I added bias bound patch pockets to the Clémence skirt inspired by this picture on Pinterest. This Nettie is my favorite so far and since it’s black it goes with a lot of things. I also made a black hoodie and a fan T-shirt with Paul’s face on it for the trip.IMG_9784Pattern: Simplicity 7498
Fabric: Floral printed poly spandex from Spandex World

I wanted to make lots of bathing suits for the summer so I placed a large order from Spandex World. This fabric feels retro to me so I made a tankini two-piece from this vintage pattern. The size of the pattern I got was about 6 sizes too big for me so I practically redrew the whole pattern. This suit unfortunately never made it out of the house this summer.

Pattern: Grainline Maritime Shorts
Fabric: Navy/White Cotton Twill from Ohlssons Tyger

These shorts were a recreation of a pair of shorts I really wanted but never got in the 90’s. I like them a lot but I kind of messed up the waistband by the fly. I’ll definitely make this pattern again and when I do I will add belt loops since pants/shorts tend to stretch out a bit after some wear.IMG_0066Pattern: Soma bikini for Papercut Patterns
Fabric: Black/White striped nylon spandex from Spandex World

I made another version of the Soma bikini before, shown here. This version was definitely inspired by Lladybirds version although I arranged my stripes a bit different. I made the high waisted bikini bottoms which I hacked a bit by adding diagonal side panels to continue the shape of the triangle in the top. Unfortunately this messed up the lining a bit so they don’t look that great when worn. IMG_0038This is the best picture I got of me wearing the Maritime Shorts and Soma Bikini.IMG_5229IMG_5230
Pattern: Watson Bikini bra by Cloth Habit (with sewn in padding) and Soma high waisted bikini bottoms (ruched)
Fabric: Unicorns and Rainbows from Spandex World (sorry, can’t find a link)

I fell in love with this fabric as soon as I saw it which is weird because it is usually not my style at all (or is it?). I made it into a Watson bikini bra and sandwiched in padding between the cup pieces (using the technique used in the Soma bikini top).

IMG_0839IMG_0871Top Pattern: Beatrix by Made by Rae,
Fabric: White rayon with black printed birds from Ohlssons Tyger (on sale)
Jeans Patterm: Ginger Jeans (view B) by Closet Case Patterns
Fabric: Organic black denim with 5% Lycra from Organic Textile Company

I loved the Beatrix pattern when it came out, and made it within a week of buying the pattern. I love this shirt, it’s casual but still dressy and really comfortable to wear. I also loved the Ginger Jeans pattern when it came out around the time I was all about making pants. I finally got to making them after finding this great black denim fabric from Organic Textile Company (sidenote: their site is so funny). This fabric is woven with white threads and in certain light looks more like a dark blue denim but I love it anyways. Unfortunately I kind of lost my cool when sewing these and kept taking them in along the inseam and side seams that they ended up being a bit too tight and there’s a bit of twisted leg syndrome. Luckily I think I have enough left over to make another pair.
Some close ups:
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Pattern: Washi Dress by Made by Rae with Peter Pan Collar (included in the expansion pack)
Fabric: Flight Voile by Birch Organic Fabrics

I fell in love with this fabric when I saw this pin a couple of years ago, later that year I was placing a big order from Fabric.com and came across it again so I had to order it. I think I ordered 3 yards but ended up getting a few extra yards since it was at the end of the bolt (score!). It ended up in my stash a while after that since I wanted to make something special with it. The Washi Dress pattern had been on the back burner a while too and this summer they came together at last. I have my next washi planned out (with the bow) from this summer so hopefully I’ll get to making it for summer 2016.Processed with MoldivPattern: Watson Bikini bra and Nettie hack (Wattie or Netson?)
Fabric: Milliskin Navy Blue and Milliskin White from Spandex World

This was my favourite make from the past summer, from the planning, designing, sewing to finally wearing. I wanted to make a retro styled one-piece in classic navy and white. After searching for the perfect pattern I came up with the idea to combine the Watson and the Nettie. Since I hade made both a few times before I had the fit down on both so that was no issue. First I made the Watson cups with sewn in lining (again, per the instructions of the Soma bikini top). I cut the back band on the fold and then attached the front and back band (plus lining) to the cups. I redrafted the nettie to remove the snap crotch and then measured to get the right length. I basically made really high waisted bottoms. I then combined the top to the bottoms with the white waist stripe. The lining from the bottoms attach to the band of the bra as you can see below. The thing that really stepped up the game for this suit was that I added the bindings of the bra with this super gadget I got from my mom. It’s a binding attachment for my Cover Pro, you basically just feed fabric into the right side and it folds and sews a perfect binding. It’s amazing and I am so blessed to have such a nice mother! IMG_9883
Here are some close-ups of the suit, I forgot to take pictures of it when dry so here it is wet after one of few swimming occasions this summer. IMG_5217IMG_5214IMG_5215IMG_4686IMG_4687IMG_4759Pattern: Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons
Fabric: Blue mystery fabric

I’ll start out by admitting that this dress only got worn once and I will concider it a fail. This is mostly due to the fact that the shape isn’t flattering to my body type and the sleeve tabs and cuffs turned out wonky for some reason. I made another go with the pattern as a shirt in a jersey fabric (below), but I haven’t worn that a lot either. I might give this pattern another go or two before I come to terms with the fact that it’s not meant to be.IMG_5245
I also finished a quilt this year. I never got around to taking pictures of it finished but this is what the blocks look like.IMG_5509I have made more things that I never got around to taking any pictures of and that are in constant rotation so now I don’t even remember that they are new. I’m not making any promises for this upcoming year except that I promise to continue to grow in my sewing and to love the creative process.
What have been your favorite makes of 2015? What are you hoping to learn and make in 2016?


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Jeans to Shortalls Tutorial

Jeans to ShortallsI am so happy to finally publish this post. The idea came to me last spring: “wouldn’t it be cool to turn a pair of jeans into shortalls?” Shortalls were all over the place back then and I was reminiscing about my youth in the 90s and how comfortable it was with overalls. Then the summer came and went, without any shortalls for me.Jeans to Shortalls After some pinning and pondering I convinced myself to try again this year. I started out with a pair of black jeans, got to test out my visions and then ended up giving up for a while. One weekend I started again with another pair of jeans and finally got them done. When I finish a project I always do a big reveal for my boyfriend where I go into the room he’s in and say “ta-daa!”. This was one of the best reveals since I had finally gotten this vision out in the real world, and it didn’t hurt that he had been hinting that he would love to see me in overalls for a long time.Jeans to Shortalls Since it’s been such a long process to post this it means that I’m doing so at the end of summer instead of the beginning. Maybe shortalls are terribly out of style now, I wouldn’t know. Hopefully someone will be inspired anyways and I’m already thinking about trying this out with two pairs of pants to make overalls.Jeans to ShortallsThis is a pretty time consuming project, it might even take as long as making shortalls from scratch but I love the fact that the fades and details are kept intact. Not to mention that redesign is always fun and great for the environment.Jeans to ShortallsThe top I’m wearing is the Nettie Bodysuit from Closet Case Files. This is the second one I’ve made and I love them both. The third version is a hack out of the pattern that I hope to be showing you soon. I like the look of a tight top under overalls/shortalls but the negative part is that going to the bathroom is a real hassle (so many buttons!).Jeans to ShortallsI would love to know if anyone tries out this tutorial so leave me a comment, E-mail or message on Instagram (@Sewlyllosmig). The same goes if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.
Click here to see the tutorial! 
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Dancing Kitty Jacket

To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention when Jenny Hellström was a popular designer, I probably should have though. Her philosophy on sewing, redesign and ecology is close to my own, not to mention that her designs and sewing patterns are pretty awesome. I loved her first book Sy! Från hood till skjortklänning but unfortunately only got around to making a few things from that, like this and this. When I saw that she had released a new book (Sy! Urban Collection) I quickly ordered it and waited patiently. After my first look through the book, my feeling was “I want to make everything!” and I was really inspired. Unfortunately I don’t think the books have been translated to english yet which is a real shame. If anyone knows differently I would love to know! Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThis is called the Kitty Jacket and one of the versions in the book was made in denim and I just thought it was such a cool version of a jean jacket. I was delighted when I realised I had just enough of some vintage denim that I scored on major sale in Denmark. The jacket is fully lined which I forgot to photograph but you can see it here in my sneak peak from a while back. This pattern has a lot of pieces to cut out, I think I counted 19 pieces so it took a while before I could start sewing.  This was pretty fun to sew, and I like to sew in denim.Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmExcuse the wrinkles and my bad posture.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström Inspired by the version in the book, I decided on doing a different approach to the topstitching as you can see from the picture below. I did two rows of top stitching close together. Before you think that the lines are wonky, this was a style choice. I know that a lot of sewers (especially me) say that after they’ve made a mistake but in this case it’s actually true, haha.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström

I made the bottom of the jacket different from the pattern. My version is squared with an elastized hem band while the version in the book is curved and quite short. You can see the book version at the bottom of this page (and read the interview with Jenny Hellström to get to know her a bit), unfortunately you can’t really see the bottom there though but you can see it starts to curve. When you see the book version you might notice that the collar on mine is different. This is the other kind of style choice I mentioned above🙂. Somehow my collar was too short to connect to the lapels or maybe I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough. This only bothers me a little though… *trying to look away*

Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström I made a rather more annoying mistake that bothers me alot. The lining is not altered enough in relation to the change I did with the elastic hem so the lining pulls and is a bit too tight when I button it. So I’ve kept it open for now, maybe I’ll get to fixing it someday. Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmI made this top too, it’s a Hemlock long sleeve tee, another great tee pattern. I ran out of the striped fabric so I added a pink yoke. After the first wash I realized that the pink fabric had been put in my stash without pre-washing. Pink spots all over, grrr… Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThe lake was like a mirror the day we took these pictures.  Have you ever made an alternative kind of jean jacket? Have you ever been alone on a beach at 10 am and just wanted to dance? Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström  

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Culottes or How I Got Over my Fear of Skorts

 When this culottes trend started filling up my Pinterest feed I just shook my head in misunderstanding and chalked it up as another crazy fad. To me, the thought of culottes brought me back to the skorts of the 90’s. Well, somewhere down the line I instead started thinking, “I like pants, I don’t like wearing skirts, I like the look of skirts, wouldn’t it be awesome if I could wear pants that look like a skirt?”   When I later bought the June issue of Burda Style Magazine and the featured pattern was a pair of culottes, I decided to give it a go. It really helped that this was the featured model because the pattern was easy to find and trace off from the spider web that is Burda Style patterns. Another great thing is that there are special instructions with pictures so you can even understand how to put the pieces together. I even followed their instructions for sewing the fly front, and I liked the way they instructed. The fabric I used is a lovely soft organic twill that I also used for these pants. It might be a bit too thick for this pattern, especially for the pleats in the front but I like the structure it brings.  The pants are rather high-waisted so I thought they would look good with a cropped tee. Luckily, I had just scored the last of the softest organic cotton jersey you could imagine from Ohlssons Tyger. Unfortunately there was only about half a meter left otherwise I would have bought loads more. Luckily though, this was all I needed for this crop top. I used the always awesome Plantain pattern (I still cannot believe it’s free!) for this, I just made it shorter than usual. 

Overall, this turned out to be a comfy yet dressy kind of outfit. Perfect for a round of mini-golf :)     culottes, crop top Have you caught the culottes bug or are you as sceptical as I was at first?


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Jeans and Lindens and a Bruyère

This morning I woke up to the sound of thunder, a clear sign that the temperature is going up. So this is my final post of old projects that I haven’t gotten around blogging about until now. Stay tuned for summer attire!

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Let’s start with the Bruyère from Deer & Doe. I knew I wanted to make this shirt from the first time I saw it, I love the shape and look. Sometime this autumn I placed a rather large order from fabric.com, it may or may not have all started from my need for this exact fabric. Burgundy Chambray with dots, I had to have it when I found it and was not disappointed when I finally got it in the mail. It was one of those fabrics that you just have to look at and feel several times a day for weeks before you dare cut into it. Or is it only me that does that?

Bruyère shirtFor this project I was lucky enough to get expert advice from my mother. This was the project I made for the sewing weekend my mom and sister and I had to celebrate my birthday (which means this shirt is 6 months old now, yeez). I made a toile of the upper front and back and Mom helped me make some adjustments, mostly in the back. Bruyère shirt Bruyère shirtThe weekend sewing was a great way to really concentrate on one project and go through all the steps with precision. All the work paid off and this is my most advanced sew yet as well as my favorite garment of 2014.
Bruyère shirtBy the way, sorry for the different colors in these photos!
Linden Sweatshirttyg petrol m moln borstadMoving on to some Lindens and some jeans! Last year I got absolutely addicted to sewing jeans. I felt like there was something missing anytime I didn’t have any denim fabric or golden topstitching thread in my machine. These are the first of several pairs I have made since then. It all started one night when I was at a member night at Stoff & Stil. They had a lovely fashion show and mingling and stuff but in all honestly I just went to have all that extra time browsing through all the fabrics. I can’t remember if I bought the denim or the pattern first but they both went home with me that night. This is the pattern and I don’t know about the fabric but I wouldn’t recommend it anyway (more about that later). The great thing about Stoff & Stil patterns is that they are already cut out in your size on fabric-like paper so you save a lot of time. The not so great thing is that you have to buy every size separately and can’t easily grade between sizes. Also, the pattern pieces aren’t marked so if you have a pattern with many pieces you have to spend some time marking them up correctly.

Linden Sweatshirttyg petrol m moln borstadThe reason I wouldn’t recommend this denim is that it bagged out a LOT after some wear. When I first made them they were slim fit and were pretty snug, now they are more like boyfriend or baggy jeans.
This fall was also the season of loads of Lindens from Grainline Studios. This is a really easy raglan sweater pattern that you can whip up in a night or two. This version is made out of this organic sweatshirt fabric.
Linden Sweatshirttyg petrol m moln borstadAfter my first pair of jeans I wanted to try to make some stretch jeans.
Birch Organic Acorn LindenI got the fabric on my trip to Copenhagen, also from Stoff & Stil. This fabric was so much better though, although I don’t love the color. The pattern was from Ottobre number 5/2014 and worked out really great. I did adjust the waistband by adding a few centimeters (my waist is not proportionate to my hips) of length. This was needed so I could even button the jeans. I ended up adding an extra button too that ended up giving the jeans a more secure feel up top.
Birch Organic Acorn LindenThe sweater is another Linden in a fabric also from Fabric.com. It seams to be sold out now but it is a Birch Organic Trail Knit similar to this. I bought this fabric to make t-shirt like tops but when I received it and felt it I decided it was more suited for a sweater. I made a T-shirt for P in another Birch fabric and that worked out but they aren’t the kind of knits that work for my t-shirts.
Birch Organic Acorn LindenMy sister knitted my nephew (who was around 2 at the time) a really cute fox hat. Let’s just say I got jealous and asked her to make me one too🙂 Then she made matching gloves that I got for Christmas! I might look like a kid myself wearing these but I love them. Thank you L!
Birch Organic Acorn Linden Birch Organic Acorn LindenMy niece and nephews enjoyed looking at this sweater and made up a story about the girl looking for a treasure in the forest🙂
LindenThis is yet another Linden that was totally inspired by this version that was featured on Indiesew. The grey is a stretch velour and the purple is a cotton lace. To add the lace i just lined up the the two front pieces (one lace and one velour) and serged them together before assembling everything as usual.
I made the corduroy pants in this picture too but I can’t remember what pattern I used. I think it was the same one as my first pair of jeans. The weird thing about this fabric is that I thought it had stretch in it when I bought it, cut it and sewed it. It was first when the pants where pretty much done that I realised that they weren’t stretchy at all. So these aren’t that comfortable and bag out quite a bit.
Jeans Slim Fit JeansI wanted to add these pictures next to each other because I think they look so funny when compared. Looks like they were made for two different people! Here you can see the extra button I added on the waistband of the stretch jeans.

That’s it for the wrap-up. Good job if you got through this long post🙂

Is anyone else as behind as me on their blogging? What are you making for the summer?


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Arielle from France goes to Japan

This is another post that should have been made this fall, better late than never?

First off I’d like to admit that I have yet to wear this outfit besides for these photos so I can’t say it’s a wearable combo in my life. With that being said, I still kind of like it as an outfit.
The blouse is the Arielle Blouse from Deer & Doe. I can’t remember now but I must have shortened the sleeves, probably because I can’t stand wearing 3/4 sleeves (I do like rolled up long sleeves though, weird). The fabric is some kind of mystery fabric that I can’t remember buying, it was probably on sale somewhere. It most definitely contains a lot of polyester though since it melted when I ironed it. I am classifying this as a toile since it helped me determine that I really like this pattern, I will most likely make this up again in another fabric. I have a couple nice voiles that could be awesome.

This makes me wonder since I have never heard anyone speak the words toile or voile, do they rhyme?
The pants are made by this Stoff & Stil pattern again. The fabric is a lovely thick Japanese fabric that I love. Unfortunately I think I got the last piece, but it’s a darker version of this or this, this is also similar but with a smaller pattern. The thing about these Japanese fabrics is that they are just as cool on the wrong side as the right. You can see this on the inside of my waistband.
IMG_9268The pocket fabric is also a Japanese fabric, but it’s a thinner quilting cotton weight. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the right side, oops.IMG_9266IMG_9264These are classified in my closet as special occasion pants as the fabric lacks good recovery, so it’s a wash after wear kind of thing. They are pretty fun to look at though🙂


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4 years old!

IMG_9787Just a quick post today in celebration of this blogs 4 year anniversary! Thank you to every one who has followed me, commented or taken a quick look around!
I am currently working on the above project which I hope to be showing you soon. It reminded me of my second post about a refashion I did. This picture seems to be from a long time ago now and apparently we were having a much warmer spring, I have yet to go sleeveless this year😦.

Here’s to more years to come with more exciting projects!
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