LyllosMig

Growing in sewing


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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!

My next post will be about the other pair of pants I’ve made. I’ll leave you with a cliffhanger, will I have managed the zipper fly this time?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


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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.


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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!


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The Once in a Lifetime Blouse

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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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The Y Dress

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Last summer I ordered the book Stylish Dress Book – Wear With Freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori. The book includes 26 patterns for tops and dresses and is inspiring with the simple yet elegant patterns. The first half of the book is just pictures of (sad?) but pretty japanese girls wearing the clothes. The second half contains instructions including helpful drawings. I found the instructions to be quite easy to follow. The sizes go from 6 to 16 but they seem to run on the small side.

The first time I looked in the book I knew I wanted to make the Y dress (the pattern go from A to Z). I found both the fabrics at Stoff och Stil sometime this fall and finally got around to sewing the dress about a month ago. It was a pretty easy sew and only took a few hours. I really like how it turned out, it’s great layered for fall and winter and will also be cool in the spring and summer.

Has anyone else sewn something from this book? I’d love to see pictures and read about your experience!

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Hat and gloves: Knitted by my sister

Boots: Dirty Laundry


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Sweatshirt Gloves

20131028-204803.jpgIt’s getting cold and stormy here in Sweden and I started wishing I had a pair of gloves to warm my hands. I wasn’t quite ready to pull out my knitted ones though as I don’t want to accept that it’s winter. So I thought of this idea to make a pair out of soft sweatshirt fabric and sleeve ribbings. I’m going to try out this pattern again with a lining and some padding for when it’s really cold. The pattern is made from a hand so you can easily make it for kids too. This would also make an awesome upcycling project using an old sweater.

To the instructions!

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Jumpsuit

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A jumpsuit is the ultimate comfort outfit. Sometimes I envy babies who get to wear onesies all the time. This cozy jumsuit is great because I found a use for an old tank top that was too tight and too short to use anymore. You could also reuse old sweatpants, I might try that another time.

I was in “the zone” when making this one and didn’t take any pictures for a tutorial, so I’ve drawn a quick tutorial instead. Leave a comment if you want more info or if you need me to make a more complete tutorial.

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