Posts Tagged ‘clothing’

Fear of the walking UFOs

So where does this reluctance to finish things come from? The shirt just needs buttons, and the dress just need facings .

Instead I decide it’s time for a new bra.

Wishful thinking

Yeah. Happily composing a two colored linen dress, listening to Smokie and getting pretty far when it dawned on me.

I’d washed the green, but the red was a hand me down in small parts, very soft and I just assumed it had been washed and shrunk, but when pressing the seams some red came off on the board. And sure enough. Testing a piece in hot water it bleeds like crazy. But before I take it all apart I’ll test two pieces together, maybe the bleeding doesn’t stick?

Caped. Shortly. In the dark.

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I put the cape on yesterday afternoon. It was a bit tight over the shoulders, the holes were meant for her hands to stick out, not the shoulders , so it looks a bit more like a dress than a cape. The dark falls early in Stockholm in the fall, so the pictures aren’t great. When I came back to take some better ones at noon today, the cape was already gone. Feels a bit sad actually. This time I signed my creation, though, so maybe I’ll get some feedback from the person who took it.Foto-1977

Sketching a master plan

I’m working on a new dress up project for a statue like this one and this

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Since the statues so far have been less than life size, and don’t have moveable limbs, I’ve had to come up with the patterns myself, This has been an unexpected freedom. When I started sewing I made my own patterns, but with experience I just realized that the professional ones were so much better and had thought of all sorts of details for a better fit (Duh) These days I adjust existing patterns to get the look I want.

But it’s been refreshing going back to drawing patterns and even more to cutting the fabric free hand. It’s faster for one thing.

Addiction

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I can quit whenever I want to. WHEN EVER!

My snake pants

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These pants are made out of a thin cotton fabric with stretch and a shiny finish, several people have asked me what the heck they’re made out of!

Top photo: Anna H

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On my to do list

On my to do list

Pleats

I’m making a pleated skirt that is to be attatched to a dress I’ve already finished. I’d never made pleats like these before, but how hard can it be, right?

I started by folding and pressing the pleats. Luckily the pattern of the fabric is checkered in small squares, so I just followed them. Foto-0119

When I had finished pressing, I went online to see how others have done with the hem. I had already thought about if it would be easier to hem first and pleat after but decided against it. The explanations I found really didn’t make any sense to me so I decided to proceed  by trial and error.. I tried with a small piece of fabric firtst and then put needlles in the pleats and sew a short seam at the top of each pleat. I think it looks really nice now, but the question of the hemming remains. It worked ok with the small piece of fabric, but will the pleats be ruined on a piece this long?Foto-0122

Denim dreams

ImageThis is one of my first creations. A jacket made from old jeans. I was really proud of it and wore it for several years. Notice the collar made from a waistline. Image

I had mended the jeans I’m wearing with red and white striped patches The year was 1986

Black and white photo: Pontus E

More work than necessary

My last dress is finished except the hem, can’t decide if I’ll put a ribbon round it or just fold it.Image I used one of my vintage patterns that looks really cool for the second time. Only it’s a 38 and I’m not, so I had to alter it.

Last time it became waaay to big and I had to take it in and make a nice pleat in the front to make it fit. Image

This time I decided I wouldn’t be so generous with the alterations, and yes, you guessed it, it was to small so I had to let it out instead.

Really, why bother with all this when I have literally hundreds of patterns?  It’s not THAT special! Although I  really like how the other one came out in the end. Photo green dress: Paddy K

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