Archive for March, 2017

Fringes or golden blouse part II

Well I washed the blouse as suggested by Felicia and you’ll be glad to know the water stains disappeared. Yay! So did most of the shiny finish, but I was sort of expecting that to happen.

What I didn’t expect was that the edges I hadn’t zig-zaged practically disintegrated. We’re talking a gentle hand wash in the basin here.

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I’ll have to re-sew the collar and I’ll carefully zig-zag every edge. But I will not be defeated. I WILL wear this blouse.

Water damage

20170325_182845I cut a blouse from a vintage pattern I’ve wanted to use for some time now, but always hesitated because really, those waists! I never had a waist like that and I certainly don’t know. Of course they’re meant to be worn with a corset but still.  I figured if I ignored the fitting folds in the back it might actually work.

Because the one side is really shiny, I thougyt it best to check if it would work to spray water on when ironing the seams and it was fine. I ‘m quite often good and irons every seam as I make it, but this time I was lazy and sew several before pressing. After i finished I realized that splashing water on it actually wan’t ok, it had gotten water stained. I’m assuming this is a cotton, it doesn’t feel like silk and it’s one of the fabrics my sister brought me from India so there is a limited supply.

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Yes I know fabrics should always be washed behore using.

I can’t decide now if I should make a new one or proceed with the this one and hope the stains don’t show much.

Christmas sweater

Paddy K has talked about a Christmas sweater for years, and i wanted to make him one, but every year the time before Christmas was waaaay to short for me to knit one.

Last year, I came up with the idea of buying a second hand sweater and doing embroidery onto it, but again the time, the time…

So this year ( I mean in time for last Christmas) I figured I would get the sweater and some decorations and sew them on. I found some santa hats, socks, a bow all of it in thrift shops, and set to work.

I was really pleased with my idea and the result. Then a few days before the day, a craft store in stockholm sent home a catalog where you could buy a DIY set for exactly the same thing! Well, at least mine was original.

Einstein and I

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Einstein’s supposed quote how the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expect differnet results?

This is my third attempt with vintage pattern Stil 6166. It has all the parts but no instructions but I’ve made enough pants to know what to do, I figured.The first pair of pants turned out nice but very loose. Which is fine and quite comfortable but not the look I was thinking of.

When I used it again I realized there were three midriff pleats instead of the two I’d made the first time, ah good, that would also explain why the waist band was way too short. So I mde he waist band longer and added the extra pleat. Now they wouldn’t close. OK. I took up the pleat but they still wouldn’t fit me, so I had to make the other pleats narrower. The waist band was now long enough to be double in the front which I used as a detail.

Linen of course stretches pretty much, and the pants are now very loose. Which is fine and quite comfortable etc etc.

Attempt three. I carefully cut the top, but just as in my second attempt I made the legs straight from the hip (which is wider than the original) , I also made all the pleats thinking I could put an extra line with a golden fabric if they don’t fit. Turns out though that the fabric bleads color very badly, so using a golden fabric with it probably isn’t a good idea. I will now sew them together, after measuring they should “just” fit, or possibly not. So back to taking the pleats up and have them too lose again?

i’ll keep you posted.

Indian culottes

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My sister brought me back these beautiful fabrics when she was in India last year. I’ve cut out another pair of short wide pants, or culottes as I’ve learned they’re called. here I was, thinking I’d come up with the idea of them on my own.

The fabric is really thin, so I’ll have to make at least the upper half lined, I think. And maybe a matching blouse in the gold colored fabric?

Lazy kitten

Well my hat wasn’t finished on march 8 and I doubt it will be before the winter is over, but maybe in time for next year?20170314_134819[1]

Zipping up Tokyo

20170314_133956[1]I finally found this fabric store on my last night in Tokyo and by then my suitcase was kind of difficullt to close from all my shopping, but at least I got me these really neat zippers to put somewhere visible.

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