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Darling Lorraine

Processed with MoldivI was feeling adventurous last week and while looking at my fabric stash I grabbed an orange chiffon I bought one or two summers ago and said to myself “why not?”. I have this black sleeveless dress shirt in chiffon (below) that I really like so I found that in my closet and decided to copy it.

Processed with MoldivThis model of shirt was perfect for copying since it’s loose and has a lot of straight lines. I just pinned down the garment to my pattern paper and traced the outlines. A year ago I had never made this kind of collar and placket, but I have made three shirts for my boyfriend since then and am now much more familiar with the process.

Processed with MoldivI was surprised at how easy the chiffon was to work with. I used a walking foot and a small stitch length. I also chose to do french seams to make the inside look more professional.

Processed with MoldivWhen I was done and put the shirt on my mannequin I kept going in to my sewing room just to look at it, I kind of couldn’t believe that I made it. I guess that means that I’m really pleased with the result.

Now I am off to make another one in a cotton fabric!


One Night Skirt


My next project for my summer challenge is a jersey maxi skirt. I originally planned to make a dress out of this fabric but decided that it would be more versatile with a skirt. I made it in a few hours.

I started out with about 1.5 meters of fabric. I began by cutting out a few stripes worth of fabric for the waistband. Then I cut the rest of the fabric in half, gathered the top of both pieces and sewed them together at the side seams. Then I measured out my waist with the waistband fabric, folded that in half lengthwise and sewed it onto the skirt, leaving a bit open for elastic. I didn’t have enough elastic for the entire waist so I just added it to the back, sewing it into the waistband.

I was pretty pleased with my sewing but then I put it on… and realized that it didn’t suit my body type at all. Lesson learned hopefully. I will probably make it into a dress like I originally planned, luckily most of the fabric is in tact. Until then I’m wearing it at home instead of cozy pants 🙂

Since I didn’t get a lot of good pictures of this project I’ll leave you with a look at part of my balcony garden. It’s almost time to harvest the first sugar snap pea!


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The Once in a Lifetime Blouse


This blouse took me a few weeks (maybe even a month) to finish. I could probably have finished it on a weekend if I would have persevered. I made it from this Burda pattern in a lovely chambray fabric, it was in last months European Burda Style. The problem was mostly with the collar/V-neck part. I had a really hard time understanding the instructions, it might have something to do with the translation from German to Swedish. Luckily my Mom was coming to visit anyway so I got her expertise which helped a lot. After all the hard work I had put in I was just a bit disappointed when I finally put on the finished garment. I don’t know what I was expecting… maybe I was secretly wishing for a choir to come in and sing “Hallelujah”. Well, that didn’t happen, but I know have a blouse I can proudly say I made (if anyone ever asks).Processed with Moldiv

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Handmade Summer Wardrobe Challenge

I’ve been in a sewing and blogging rutt lately as you might have noticed. On the other hand I have been inspired to sew but have had a hard time actually getting to work with it. So I thought to myself that i should do a challenge to motivate myself.

For the last couple of summers I have been thinking that it would be really nice to pack my vacation bag with mostly handmade clothes, so that is what my challenge will be. My goal is to blog at least once a week (hopefully more) until my vacation starts on July 19th.

I have already bought some fabric and made some sketches (below). I am planning to do some projects from bought patterns, make some myself and do a couple of redesigns. It’s starting to feel a bit ambitious now… but that’s what challenges are about 🙂

What are your summer sewing plans?