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Headpiece

20170515_001307[1]Nothing like deadlines for finishing things. I needed this headpiece for a show, I was doing several numbers and wanted flowers in my hair for one of them. I had thought about it for quite a while an in the end I decided to use chicken wire for a base. That way I could bend it into shape and it would also be easy to fasten things onto it. I thought the sharp edges of the uncut wire would hurt me and/or eat their way through the covering fabric so I cut some leather to line it with., but that turned out to be too stiff and the wire alone actually worked fine.

The fabric is a velvety kind I had in my stash. I had originally thought of linen, but I didn’t have any, and as it turned out the velvety fabric was great since it held the headpiece in place without any bobby pins.

I didn’t have time to sew that many flowers onto the thing in the end, just one, but maybe some other time!

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Bees in the bonnet

Lately, these last few months or so, I’ve started several project and finished almost none.

This has been due to several reasons such as lack of time or energy and warm weather never setting in, but also what I call the WTF factor.

When I start making something, it’s always with a very vague idea of what the finished item will look like. Yeah sure, I have the material, and sometimes a pattern as well, sometimes even a pattern with a photo on it, but still. The picture shows someone else with a thing made from a different fabric- I don’t have the mind to see myself or my future finished thing. So I’ll set to work, usually with a happy, confident stride and when the time comes to try it on I’ll think- WTF! This isn’t what I had in mind! This is of course because I only had a very vague idea to start with, so it’s virtually impossible to meet my very etherical expectations. Also, the item will look “bad” because it’s a sketch, you know what I mean, it has no buttons so I’m holding it together, or it hasn’t had it’s curves cut, whatever. What I’m getting at is that at this point I need to start my problem solving and go on. And this is actually quite often fun, although sometimes I get caught in blaming my lack of skills or my general hybris by taking on more than I can handle.

Now lately when I’d abandoned so many projects at this point I didn’t give myself the chance to show I can do this, I didn’t give myself the satisfaction that finishing something usually does, I didn’t give myself the challenge of actually solving the riddle, I just left. In short, I wasn’t being nice to myself.

So this bonnet had to be made for a show this Friday, no pattern, made from whatever was at hand at home, and by Jove, it’s done!

Starting over

20170402_2143251.jpgLately I seem to have even more difficulties  finishing things than i usually do. I can’t remember when I finished something last. I do know when the last time I started a new project happened, though- it’s today!

I’m making a dance top, sort of like an Indian choli. Constructing a new pattern by merging and modifying old ones. This is one of the things I enjoy most of all when it comes to sewing, but to actually wear the things I make is kinda fun too. Let’s see if this one ever come that far.

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.

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?

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