Growing in sewing


Cherry pickin’

When I was getting my new sewing room in order last week I found a dress that I bought last summer at a second hand store. I never got around to redesigning it then so when I found it I was excited to finally get to work. It’s easier to redesign a long dress into a short one since there’s more fabric to work with. This dress was especially good because it didn’t have many seams or other “extras” that are hard to work with. I didn’t have any zipper and didn’t want the struggle that always occurs when I am sewing on a zipper so I came up with the idea to use a cut-out in the back with a button and an elastic waste instead.

So this was what the dress looked like before:

Not really flattering, certainly not on me. But I really like the fabric.

So this is what I did:

I started by taking a dress (from Indiska) that fits me well and has a good length and placed it next to the cherry dress to mark where I should cut to get the skirt a good length.

I cut straight across the skirt. I then used this skirt as a pattern to cut out a copy out of black fabric for the lining. I sewed it together at the sides. Then I sewed the two skirts together at the top and sewed a seam around to make a tunnel and added elastic.

Using my “good dress” again I traced a pattern of the front and back bodice adding darts where needed. For the back I drew a half-circle to the pattern that would make out the cut-out in the back.

I cut out the front and back bodice pieces from the lining fabric.

For the back I sewed around the half-circle, the armpit and the neck leaving the sides, strap and bottom open.

On one of the back pieces I made a loop for the button and placed this in between the two fabrics when sewing together.

This is where I got caught up in the sewing and forgot to take pictures of the process. Leave a comment if you want more details. What I did was sew the bodice together and tried it on several times to make adjustments so it fit well. Then I sewed on the skirt to the bodice and added a button to the back. Done!

The finished dress

And here are some pictures of the dress (and me) that my boyfriend took, thank you P!

 If you like refashion / redesign, check out my new post here

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From fabric pattern to stencil

Before (L) and after (R)

I made this lampshade yesterday just using some stencil plastic and fabric paint. I copied the design from one of my favourite fabrics from the Moda collection “Just Wing it by Momo” and made the pattern into three seperate layers of stencil.

I think the pictures explain the process better than words would, if they don’t, leave me a comment. This technique would suit printing on clothing just as well, I’m going to have to try it soon.

1. Tape the stencil plastic on top of your design.
2. Outline the layer of the design that you are making the stencil out of.
3. Cut out the design using a thin razor (note that you shouldn’t use the same cutting board that you use for cutting straight fabric pieces)
4. The stencil is done.
5. Tape the stencil to the lampshade.
6. After the first layer of paint.

After layer 2

All three stencils

This was the best shot I could get at night…


It took a little time… to get to me

I’m finally back! After a long year of waaaay too much work and not ANY sewing I’m super excited to start sewing and blogging again. I have lots of new projects in the works that I want to share!

To start with I’ve moved and have gotten to redo my sewing room. But it’s not completely done yet but I’ll post about it soon. I’m just waiting for something to come in the mail so I can finish the latest touch ups.

If anyone remembers I left a big cliff-hanger in my last post. Well I finally finished that project this week and here it is:

Retro Jacket

I found the fabric in a second hand store and used a pattern in Burda Easy Fashion E973 from 2008. In the magazine they made it out of a fleece fabric so it was a bit difficult to adapt to the fabric I was using. One of the reasons it took a year (!!) to finish.

Speaking of Burda, I started my vacation today and what better way to start out by looking through these:


I’ve also been checking out Craftgawker a lot. So great for inspiration!