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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: 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: Feel free to E-mail me (in other words: please, could someone E-mail me? ūüėČ ).

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:

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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 Bruy√©re 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!

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


New to my stash

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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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.


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!).


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 Again

20140709-202801.jpg¬†I made another Lorraine top. This time I made it out of a patterned cotton fabric from¬†Panduro Hobby. The result was pretty different from the first one, this one has more of a retro feel. I made a matching belt to shape it a bit. I’m thinking about making a dress out of the pattern next.20140709-202812.jpg


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 ūüôā

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