LyllosMig

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Coco Puffs

Forgive me for my long absence. I have been much more interested in the creating and sewing parts than that of sharing my makes. I am in the midst of sewing my summer wardrobe (I have already made three bathing suits) and thought I better update the blog with what I have made during winter/spring before I show you those things.

I’m starting out with this Coco I made way back in early fall. I wore it for my nephews birthday party in October and after losing some weight since then it doesn’t fit that great anymore. So it’s kind of old news by now but I still like it a lot so maybe I will get around to taking it in some day.

The pattern is Coco from Tilly and the Buttons; the dress variation with a cowl neckline. This is a really fast and satisfying pattern to make. I have made it up three times now I think and the last time it took 1-2 hours from start to finish. I love how comfy and retro it is too.

I didn’t really know about Ponte de Roma fabric before I bought this pattern and went to Stoff & Stil to find some. After a while I found a bolt of this blue loveliness and it said “Ponte de Roma” on the tag. When I got home and looked at the receipt it was called something else (can’t remember what now) and you can’t find it on their website if you search for Ponte. Strange.

I also got a grey version of the same kind of fabric that I had planned to make a long-sleeved Coco top out of but it randomly resulted in this instead.

In this picture you can see my mistake of putting in the cowl neck wrong, I couldn’t really tell the back from the front I guess and so I ended up with a seam in the front. Luckily, the fabric hides it pretty well.

I love these boots and if anyone is wondering they are from Green Laces.


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Underneath it All

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I have noticed two big trends in the sewing blog community lately, jeans and bras. I don’t know in what world I would be called trendy but I have been joining in on both trends. I’ll get to the jeans in another post.

I stumbled upon Cloth Habit a few weeks ago and was so amazed at all her lovely lingerie and clothes that I read every post. It was such a happy coincidence that I found it around the time Amy released her first bra pattern. The strange thing is that I hate wearing bras (especially with underwires, ugh) so it was even more awesome to me that The Watson is a soft bra. I realised pretty quickly that I needed a few supplies to get started, and soon after that I found out that there aren’t that many suppliers at all here in Sweden. Then I found B. Wear which seemed like a good fit since I was after a bra kit and some elastics and lace. I placed my order and waited patiently for my delivery to arrive.
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I got a limited edition bra kit and a matching panty kit. I just fell in love with this lovely jersey from Strömming Design and thought the retro print would be perfect for the longline version of Watson. I made matching panties too but they were in the wash when i was taking photos (oops). They are really comfy. I haven’t worn the bra much yet but plan on wearing it as lounge wear when the temperature rises.
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I’m not a big fan of the hooks and eyes on bras and for my next version I plan on trying to make it work without them. I used the elastics, straps and power mesh from the kit I got and decided to interface the cradle. Luckily I was sewing this at my parents house and my mom had stretch interfacing.
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I used a turquoise thread I got from B.Wear too that was supposed be extra fine for lingerie.
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This is the first set that I made as a toile. I forgot to buy black lining for the bra and felt that it was necessary in the cups so I used some bathing suit lining that I bought instead. Worked fine!
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I wish I hade hidden the seams of the cups in the lining though for a cleaner finish.
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This wasn’t the first bra that I have made (if you count bathing suits), and speaking of bathing suits, here is my Soma (Papercut Patterns) bathing suit that I made in like October and never blogged about:
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Bras and bikinis are so much fun to sew! I loved the “how did that happen” feeling when I finished the top and all the seams were hidden in the lining. Magic!
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The problem with the bottoms was that I ran out of lining fabric and had to use two layers of swimsuit fabric. Not a good idea! I will have to make a new pair for the summer. By the way, the green triangles are not in the pattern, I added them to go with the triangle in the top.
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Today was finally a sunny weekend day so I could take some pictures of my recent makes at last. I am hoping that I can turn those pictures into more posts real soon. I also have a mini challenge for myself for March that I am hoping will turn out good. Stay tuned.

Have you made a Watson or a Soma?


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2015!

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I hope you all had a lovely holiday season! We are a week into 2015 so I thought it was about time to sum up 2014.

I am not much for going through the year and rating my creations or pondering over how I did. I also never make any real new years resolutions and usually believe that if I make any promises to myself I am doomed to fail. So instead of doing much of that I thought I would finally post about some of the things that I have been meaning to blog about so I can start fresh for the new year!

First of all, as of about an hour ago, I now have the address: http://lyllosmig.com. I actually had the website a few years ago too but never connected it to my blog. I also got a dedicated e-mail address for my blog: lyllosmig@gmail.com. Feel free to E-mail me (in other words: please, could someone E-mail me? 😉 ).

Lyllos Mig translates to “Lucky Me” from Swedish and I have felt pretty lucky this past month. Let’s get to the recap!

As always, I’m late to the sewing pattern party but about two months ago I found the free Deer & Doe Plantain T-shirt. It is perfect for my body type and I love it so much I’ve made six variations by know. I used the pattern for the bodice of my christmas dress (last post). And here are my first three that I have taken pictures of:

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I love the neckline and the sleeves in this version but hate how the bottom hem curls up. I will have to fix that some day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The fabric in this one is really soft and nice but so thin that I have to be protected underneath. Also I’m really bad at posing, haha.
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This is my favorite one because of the lovely fabric and the contrasting elbow patches. They are made of the same fabric as shirt #2 by the way. A tip for sewing on the patches is to use some kind of fabric glue, preferably one that dissolves in the wash.

I celebrated my birthday in December two special ways. The weekend before me and P took the train over to Copenhagen for a fabric shopping trip. I had looked up several stores beforehand but unfortunately we missed some. But searching around the town was part of the fun and we sew much more of the city than I have before. We also went to Tivoli and enjoyed their Christmas wonderland and stayed at the cosiest hotel in town. I don’t have time to link to all the stores now but if you’re planning a trip there I’ll be happy to help you out (send me an E-mail, hehe)
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This was at the oldest fabric store in town, I think 225 years old or something. It was like going into a museum and I was almost afraid to touch anything. This was the first store we were in so I was a bit reserved and didn’t buy anything, which I regret now.IMG_0149_2 IMG_0148_2 IMG_0147_2
This was at a store that had fabric stuffed in every nook. I was overwhelmed with all the fabrics but didn’t find anything that I needed to buy.
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This was probably the happiest moment of the trip. It was at one of the chain stores (Stof2000) that was being rebuilt and they had a big trunk with vintage jean fabric that cost 49.95 DKK (about 8 USD) a meter. I grabbed four pieces and when I was paying I found out that it was also 70% off so I got them for an awesome price! I wish I had room for more.  IMG_0116_2
This was at another Stof2000 store that was two doors down from the other one. Here I bought some dress fabrics.
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This was my cart at Stoff & Stil. They had pretty much the same assortment as the Swedish stores but that didn’t stop me. I got the most there.
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I didn’t get a picture of one of the best stores where the nicest danish man you will ever meet worked. He was so into the fabric and telling us all about them that he had to ask me four or five times how many meters I had asked for. This is the loot I came home with although all fabrics are visible. It was an awesome weekend!

The weekend after my birthday I went home to my parents along with one of my sisters for the first annual mother-daughter sewing weekend! It was so much fun to sew together and get great tips from Mom. I sewed the Bruyére shirt from Deer & Doe and Mom helped me so (sew) much with the fitting process. Hopefully I’ll take and post pictures of the final result soon!
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A few weeks later it was time for Christmas and I was so excited when it started snowing Christmas Eve! It was a winter wonderland after boring months of rain and wind. I also got to spend some lovely days with my family which is always the best way to spend some free time. IMG_8878 IMG_8885
To summarise the last part of 2014, I have been sewing a lot but blogging too little. Since I have a desk job where I sit in front of a computer screen all day, it has been really relaxing to sew for a few hours when I get home. But since it has been so dark and rainy I haven’t had the opportunity to take pictures of my makes. Hopefully I will get to take pictures soon again!IMG_8742


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Try Try Again

IMG_0228.JPG After my fail with making the last pair of pants I decided to buy a good pattern and actually do some research before tackling the task again. So I bought this pattern and this super soft dark blue twill fabric. Then, for like the second time in my life I made a muslin/toile to get the fit right. It helped a lot. To understand how the heck you install a fly zip, I searched the interwebs and found this great tutorial that really explains every step. I couldn’t believe how easy it was when I knew what I was doing, and so rewarding!

IMG_0235.JPGThe pockets are sewn to the fly which makes it look weird when I pull the pockets out…

IMG_0210.JPGSo after I had mastered (err, made ONE) zip fly I came to realize that there were some other hurdles when sewing pants. Like the waistband! I didn’t waste much time and looked up a good tutorial right away. I ended up using this method from Collette Patterns. I love how you get an extra surprise with the tape on the inside.

IMG_0204.JPGWhen I was almost done I realized the inseams weren’t as strong as they need to be so I sewed on bias tape all along the seams. This ended up being another fun detail as you can see the tape when the hems are rolled up (I always roll my pants up).

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These are now my favorite pair of pants and I still cannot really believe that I made them myself.
I apparently can’t make pants without making a matching shirt so I quickly made this t-shirt. I actually chopped up this dress that I seldom wear, there was just enough fabric.


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Say “Hi!” to my kitchen wall. You will probably see it a lot until the weather warms up again. I hope you don’t mind! This outfit is kind of old by now but I haven’t gotten around to taking pictures. Again, I blame the cold.

So anyways, a couple of weeks (months maybe) I got this strong desire to make some pants. I have no idea why. I’ve made some pants before but they were mostly sweat pants or pants without a fly. I wanted to master the fly. So I got out this fabric that I bought on sale from Stoff & Stil and looked through literally all of my patterns, Burda magazines and books to find a good pattern. When I finally found the perfect style in one of the magazines I realised that the pattern sheets were missing (I have to sort these out some day!). So then I looked through my recently bought copy of  the new Great British Sewing Bee Book and found the tailored pants for men. So I talked myself into making those but altering them a bit to fit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is me looking as mad as I was when I was trying to figure out how to make the fly. I kind of lost patience with the instructions after the first step with the pockets. Can I blame it on me not being british? I figured out my own way of making the pockets and they turned out pretty good. After that I tried my best to make the fly but I failed so miserably that I just cut the whole thing off and just sewed the front seam together. Then I proceeded with sewing the legs together and tried them on and of course they ended up way too tight. I almost tossed the entire project away but I must have had some kind of lightbulb moment that saved me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I added stripes on the sides of the legs. It is actually the same fabric as the rest of the pants, just turned inside out. So now I could actually put the pants on but since I had axed the fly I needed a way to fix the waistband. I ended up making an elastic waistband with three rows of elastic. Then I did the same kind of thing to the cuffs. So I ended up some kind of sweat meets suit pants. I’ve actually worn them to work a few times although they have a tendency to get a bit too baggy when the waistband drops down a bit.

When I hade finally finished the pants I needed a matching shirt so I whipped up this T-shirt. The pattern is the basic T-shirt pattern from Sew U Home Stretch, I altered the sleeves a bit and did my own neckline. The fabric is this organic jersey.  This was my first top that I finished with my new Janome CoverPro 1000CP.  My mom gave it to me way back in May but I have been kind of scared to use it. Now I love it as much as my serger and am kind of obsessed with cover stitching as much as I can. Too bad I forgot to take pictures of that!

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New to my stash

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I have recently added a lot of new fabrics to my stash. I think I counted 26 different fabrics in total! So naturally I plan to sew a lot this fall. I have already used three of the fabrics, hopefully I can take pictures and post about the results soon!


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Mathilde Blouse

IMG_0624.JPG I loved the Mathilde Blouse when Tilly made it in The Great British Sewing Bee. Then I found her book kind of randomly and bought it right away. I hoped the Mathilde Blouse was in the book so when I realized it wasn’t I sent away for it along with Coco. Flash forward a few weeks (months?) and I had finally bought some nice fabric and was ready to go.

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Unfortunately it wasn’t all smooth sailing, I messed up one side of the pleats by measuring wrong, I accidentaly cut a whole next to an armpit and so on. But worse of all was that I made it a size or two too big *facepalm*! The most noticable part of this was that the shoulders drooped. So I tried to save it by adding an elastic to try to bring it up a bit. I don’t really know if it helped or not.

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It was a really fun pattern to sew though and I will definitely make it again and this time learn from my mistakes. Maybe I’ll even make a muslin first (the horror!).
Here are some pictures of me wearing it taken from above (because I thought it would look cool)…

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IMG_0155.JPGEnd note: it’s kind of funny that I unknowingly made the same version as on the pattern, red buttons and all 🙂


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Summer Challenge Roundup

IMG_0094.JPGThere are only a few more days in August and I guess that means that the summer is more or left over for this year which also means that it is about time I finish my Summer Wardrobe Challenge. It was pretty much over a month and a half ago when I started my vacation and I took these pictures right before but then I went into vacation mode which meant I couldn’t allow myself to blog, I am very sorry for the delay, mostly for myself since I kind of let myself down, the main purpose  for the challenge was so I would sew and blog more than usual. At least I sewed more and I got some cool summer clothes out of it! Let me go through the last few pieces of my summer wardrobe.

Race You Back Top – I’ve had this jersey fabric for a year or so and couldn’t really figure out what to sew out of it, finally I figured I would try sewing this tank top from a recent Burda Style magazine. It was really easy to sew but I changed it up a bit at the neckline and armholes. I made the back black because this fabric is really loud.

IMG_0623.JPGI can’t  remember which one of these tops I made first, but for this one I just used a simple T-shirt pattern. For the back I used a big XXL T-Shirt I had in my stash. I regret the choice thought because I feel like a clown when I wear it, in other words: I don’t wear it out of my house.

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Right before my vacation started I went to my closest fabric oasis (Stof & Stil) and spent the afternoon looking at just about every bolt of fabric and buying quite a lot for my planned projects. When I sew this fabric I had no idea what I would do with it since it’s such a different quality from what I usually get (I can’t tell you what it’s called) but I new I had to have it. None of the other fabrics spoke to me the same way. It wasn’t long after I came home that I saw the Delphine skirt in Love at First Stitch and I just started sewing. This fabric needed a lining both because it is kind of see-through and because it is kind of rough against the skin. Luckily for me, Tilly had just posted this tutorial on how to add a lining, awesome! As I pretty much always do I didn’t measure enough before choosing my size so the skirt ended up being really big, luckily I realised this before I added the waistband so I just took out a few inches in the side seams, although the front ended up being bigger than the back (as you can see in the back photo). I made an attempt at the invisible zipper (in case you didn’t know, I despise zippers) but gave up pretty quickly when I realised that I didn’t have an invisible zipper foot (now I do though, thanks Mom!). I swear that some day I will sit down and really learn all I need about zippers. Maybe I’ll learn to love them like I have with dress shirts and buttonholes.

I haven’t worn this skirt yet but I think it will look good later in the fall with some tights and boots and a cozy sweater (SUMMER Challenge fail by the way, oh well). IMG_0621.JPGAnd finally my favorite piece from my whole “collection”, my “A-Team Skirt” (it’s kind of an A-line skirt, okay?). When I say favorite I don’t mean to wear unfortunately but it was so much fun to design and sew! I was going to make a whole tutorial and take some cool pictures of me actually wearing it, but that didn’t really work out, instead these wrinkly pictures will be all for now. If anyone is interested in the tutorial, leave me a comment and I’ll put it up.

It is a wrap skirt but instead of long ties I decided to add three buttons on each side so the fit is adjustable. I was planning on ties but didn’t have enough fabric so a new idea that I liked even better came about (I love when that happens!). I found the jean fabric in my grandmothers attic when we were cleaning out after she died. I have no idea how old it it but I would guess it is from the seventies, that’s why I went with a retro styled skirt. I’ve been scared to use it (and ruin it) ever since and am pleased that I finally did it and that I like the result. The buttons are vintage too, I got them from P’s Mom (along with like a thousand more, so nice!).

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I had this idea with this Summer Challenge that I would just post photos of the clothes at first and then take lots of fun vacation pictures with me wearing the clothes, but this too did not work out at the end (a big part of this was that I lived in bikinis for the first couple of weeks). I pretty much only got this picture of me wearing my first Lorraine top (this is my favorite piece to wear, definitely). In this picture I am crossing a railway to get to the docks where the ferry to Bornholm, Denmark was. We had an awesome weekend trip there.

So sorry to you my readers, and to myself for not doing a better job with this challenge. But I think I learned some things and hopefully plan ahead better next time. I’ve already started sewing for my fall wardrobe which will hopefully be fun. So goodbye to you lovely summer and see you next time.


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Lorraine Meets Margot in Pyjamas

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I needed a pair of pyjamas for my summer trips and was inspired by the movie “The Help” (great movie BTW) and the sixties pyjamas in one of the scenes.

My local Stoff och Stil Store has a range of retro fabrics that I have been eyeing for a while and at my latest trip I found two cotton fabrics that I thought would work good together as a pyjamas.

20140718-204032.jpgI made the top out of my Lorraine pattern, taking in the sides a bit and adding a pleat in the back instead of gathering. For the armholes I used self made bias tape.

20140718-204326.jpgFor the bottoms I used Tilly Walnes’ “Margot” pattern from her book “Love at First Stitch“. I shortened them, added an elastic in the waist and drawstrings at the calves. I’m planning to write more about Tillys book after I have tried out more patterns.