LyllosMig

Growing in sewing


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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).

IMG_0231-1.JPGI decided not to make any back pockets since there wasn’t that much space back there.
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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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.

To the tutorial!Image 1


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2 become 1 (DIY long sleeved tee)

So, it’s been a long time since I posted last time. It isn’t because I haven’t been sewing. I’ve actually been sewing 2-3 times a week, it’s quite nice to get some creativity in after a long day sitting by a computer. The problem has been that I haven’t really succeeded in my projects or they haven’t been creative enough to make it onto my blog. It’s hard to take pictures now too when it’s pitch black when I leave work. Oh well, the picture quality will have to be what it is for a while. No more excuses, let’s get to it!

So, I’ve been really inspired by Cotton & Curls, it has wonderful DIY’s and Liz seems to be able to redesign anything into something gorgeous. She has a great guide for making a fitted top out of a men’s T-shirt. I’ve done two of these already where I have decorated them by painting colored stripes on the front (one can be seen in the tutorial). But since it’s getting colder and I like my cosy long-sleeved shirts I decided to try to make a color-blocked long sleeved tee. I found a good deal and bought three X-large T-shirts. It would have been nicer (for the environment and my wallet) if I bought them at a second-hand store but I couldn’t find any nice ones so I caved and bought new ones.

I came to realize afterwards that I could have done some steps differently so I’ll try to explain that in the tutorial.

Take me to the Tutorial already!


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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