LyllosMig

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Dancing Kitty Jacket

To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention when Jenny Hellström was a popular designer, I probably should have though. Her philosophy on sewing, redesign and ecology is close to my own, not to mention that her designs and sewing patterns are pretty awesome. I loved her first book Sy! Från hood till skjortklänning but unfortunately only got around to making a few things from that, like this and this. When I saw that she had released a new book (Sy! Urban Collection) I quickly ordered it and waited patiently. After my first look through the book, my feeling was “I want to make everything!” and I was really inspired. Unfortunately I don’t think the books have been translated to english yet which is a real shame. If anyone knows differently I would love to know! Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThis is called the Kitty Jacket and one of the versions in the book was made in denim and I just thought it was such a cool version of a jean jacket. I was delighted when I realised I had just enough of some vintage denim that I scored on major sale in Denmark. The jacket is fully lined which I forgot to photograph but you can see it here in my sneak peak from a while back. This pattern has a lot of pieces to cut out, I think I counted 19 pieces so it took a while before I could start sewing.  This was pretty fun to sew, and I like to sew in denim.Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmExcuse the wrinkles and my bad posture.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström Inspired by the version in the book, I decided on doing a different approach to the topstitching as you can see from the picture below. I did two rows of top stitching close together. Before you think that the lines are wonky, this was a style choice. I know that a lot of sewers (especially me) say that after they’ve made a mistake but in this case it’s actually true, haha.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström

I made the bottom of the jacket different from the pattern. My version is squared with an elastized hem band while the version in the book is curved and quite short. You can see the book version at the bottom of this page (and read the interview with Jenny Hellström to get to know her a bit), unfortunately you can’t really see the bottom there though but you can see it starts to curve. When you see the book version you might notice that the collar on mine is different. This is the other kind of style choice I mentioned above :). Somehow my collar was too short to connect to the lapels or maybe I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough. This only bothers me a little though… *trying to look away*

Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström I made a rather more annoying mistake that bothers me alot. The lining is not altered enough in relation to the change I did with the elastic hem so the lining pulls and is a bit too tight when I button it. So I’ve kept it open for now, maybe I’ll get to fixing it someday. Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmI made this top too, it’s a Hemlock long sleeve tee, another great tee pattern. I ran out of the striped fabric so I added a pink yoke. After the first wash I realized that the pink fabric had been put in my stash without pre-washing. Pink spots all over, grrr… Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThe lake was like a mirror the day we took these pictures.  Have you ever made an alternative kind of jean jacket? Have you ever been alone on a beach at 10 am and just wanted to dance? Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström  

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Arielle from France goes to Japan

This is another post that should have been made this fall, better late than never?

First off I’d like to admit that I have yet to wear this outfit besides for these photos so I can’t say it’s a wearable combo in my life. With that being said, I still kind of like it as an outfit.
The blouse is the Arielle Blouse from Deer & Doe. I can’t remember now but I must have shortened the sleeves, probably because I can’t stand wearing 3/4 sleeves (I do like rolled up long sleeves though, weird). The fabric is some kind of mystery fabric that I can’t remember buying, it was probably on sale somewhere. It most definitely contains a lot of polyester though since it melted when I ironed it. I am classifying this as a toile since it helped me determine that I really like this pattern, I will most likely make this up again in another fabric. I have a couple nice voiles that could be awesome.

This makes me wonder since I have never heard anyone speak the words toile or voile, do they rhyme?
The pants are made by this Stoff & Stil pattern again. The fabric is a lovely thick Japanese fabric that I love. Unfortunately I think I got the last piece, but it’s a darker version of this or this, this is also similar but with a smaller pattern. The thing about these Japanese fabrics is that they are just as cool on the wrong side as the right. You can see this on the inside of my waistband.
IMG_9268The pocket fabric is also a Japanese fabric, but it’s a thinner quilting cotton weight. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the right side, oops.IMG_9266IMG_9264These are classified in my closet as special occasion pants as the fabric lacks good recovery, so it’s a wash after wear kind of thing. They are pretty fun to look at though 🙂


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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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“Nurses Dress” Redesign

This is another dress I bought at a second hand store and decided to redesign. It originally looked like an old nurses dress. I forgot to take a picture. The design looked a lot like this: nurses dress. I started out by cutting out the back to make it a razor back and cutting of the sleeves. Then I added a multi-color ribbon to the edges and under the bust. I finished off by shortening the length. It’s perfect for a bike ride on my new bike (that my mother got me :)) on a warm summer day.

 

 

 


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iPhone wallet

iPhone wallet

I recently got my first iPhone and of course needed something to protect it. Of course I was going to sew a case! I came up with the idea to use a micro-fiber cloth as the lining, to not only protect but to clean the glass at the same time. I have already made two and they only take about half an hour to make.

You will need:

About 20 x 20 cm of fabric (8×8 inches)

About 20 x 20 cm of micro-fiber cloth (one that is specifically for glass is probably best but I think any kind will do)

Velcro, buttons or whatever you want to use for the closure

Start by placing the phone on the fabric to decide what part of the pattern you want in case it has big flowers like my fabric did.

Then place the miro-fiber cloth back to back of the fabric. Use the phone to measure the width. Wrap the fabric around once and add seam allowances. Cut.

Cut lengthwise leaving about 2,5 cm (1 inch) above and below the phone. Place two pins for an opening about 4 cm (1,5 inches) on the right side. You don’t need to pin the rest if you’re using micro-fiber cloth. It will stay together by itself!

Sew around the fabric starting and stopping at the pins. Always place the micro-fiber side up or it might get caught in the feeding mechanism. Cut across the corners diagonally and turn the project inside out. Use a tool to get the corners out and iron the sides flat with the fabric side up.

Cut a strip of both fabric and micro-fiber that is about 4,5 cm (1,75 inches) wide and 8cm (3 1/8 inches) long. Sew around three sides leaves one short end open. Turn inside out and flatten by ironing.

Place the flap in the hole of the rectangle, turning in the seams, and sew across to secure the flap. Iron/sew on velcro pieces (or sew on buttons) on the flap and wallet. Be sure to place the rougher piece on the wallet so it doesn’t scratch your phone. Fold the fabric right side against right side and sew the sides together. Turn inside out, get the corners out and iron. Done!


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Sea Dress

I recently found three dresses in a thrift shop for about 40 kr (about 6 USD). They were all similar in the design but the fabric varied. They were all mid-calf length with a button down front, short sleeves and a collar. I forgot to take before-photographs which I wish I had done to show how different they turned out. I will remember to do it next time!

One of the dresses had a pretty funky polyester fabric in blue, green and turquoise. But the dress was a little big and there was just too much fabric so it was a little hypnotizing.

The first thing I decided was that I wanted the buttons to be on the back instead of in the front. I started out by turning the dress around on my mannequin and pulling it up so the seam that was at the waist came up to just under the bust. This got rid of a lot of extra fabric and also pulled up the hem to knee level. I needled the dress to the mannequin and just draw the neckline that I wanted. Then I took out my scissors and just cut away until it was just right. I did the same thing for the sleeves. The dress has a lining that I wanted to keep so I used my Serger to  fasten the two layers together. I sewed the shoulder seams and added darts to the bust. Then I folded under the seams and sewed them down with a straight seam. To finish off I added a cotton lace to the v-neck that I had laying around.

I’m pretty happy with the end result and wore it with heels on a date with my boyfriend.