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Happy penguins

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Three pairs of trunks to be delivered.

I’ve praised these before and I’ll do it again- and no, I’m just a happy customer.

The pattern can be found here, although make sure to be careful if you choose to download the pattern for reasons discussed before.

If life’s a bowl of cherries…

…why is it so damn hard to take a picture of a bra while I’m wearing it?

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The perspective is really weird, but it’s finished at least, and not a minute too soon, since my old ones are literally falling apart. I made it in double fabrics, but the covering cherry print rips reaaaalllly easy, so don’t know for how long this one will be amongst the living.

Contrasting colors

I really wanted to work with linen again, but all the pieces in my stash were too small it seemed. So the obvious solution of course was to combine them!

I used Burda 8754 which I’ve had for a long time, but never got around to use.

It worked out pretty well, the bust darts are a bit low for a change and I couldn’t really figure out how to hem the front pleats (no- sewing them together wasn’t the solution which I realized as I took the dress outside for photoshots:)

So today’s chore will be to re-hem the front. Don’t know if I can be bothered to move the darts, though.

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?

Challenges

20160505_175312[1]A lot of what I make is made from limited resources, fabrics bought in thrift stores or only in small quantities  so they don’t get too expensive. This means being as efficient as possible with what I have. But the more i do this I also enjoy matching prints and paying attention to details .

I bought these fabrics today, they were sold in pieces of roughly 150 cm each,and I intend to make as much as I possibly can out of the prints. I’ll keep you posted.

Ashes to ashes

These last six months I’ve worked really hard with a dance show. One of the numbers were David Bowie’s Ashes to ashes, since a tribute to him seemed absolutely neccesary. The costumes are supposed to make you think of astronauts lost in space.

There were three of us on stage. I made the overalls, turns out they were the only thing i actually sewed from scratch.

Did  mention this is belly dance fusion?

 

Coming along

I’m working on the swimming suit I promised my mom for Christmas (it’s only March after all) and it’s coming along nicely.

I think all of us who’ve grown a chest have experienced the same frustration when it comes to swimming wear. In the stores you can find skimpy outfits in thin materials that give no support whatsoever. Uncomfortable is just the start of it, beach volleyball? forget it!

So when I finally stumbled on a swimming suit with a built in bra that actually works, my happiness knew no limits. I’ve applied that model when I constructed this one.

First I copied an old swimming suit that my mom had and that fitted her. I then made an extra top half of the front and sew some elastic onto the bottom line as. I decided to have the entire suit in double fabrics as well, for extra sturdiness, and mom has tried on the lining.

The built in bra is attached at the side seam and a band with fasteners will go across the back to make sure the elastic is kept tight.

I will try to get it done berfore this years season is over, but my personal deadline for Christmas gifts is before next Christmas eve, so I have another 287 days or so. Should work.

She’s not a cow

My mom wanted a new swimming suit for x-mas, I volunteered to make one. I had this crazy fabric in my stash and she liked it.

I’ve copied an old swimming suit of hers, but am improving it. I have one with a built in sports bra that I love and am using the same idea for hers

So I’ve made a prototype in white (which is supposed to be lining) for her to try on.

This is what I truly enjoy in dress-making and art in general, to solve a problem and create something that didn’t exist before. As much as I see the benefits of following a pattern, I’m not creating. I follow directions which is not the same thing. To repeat myself bores me.

That said, I do use patterns, most of the time even. It’s practical, it’s fun. But it’s not creating. Unless I change something.

I dream of Kitty

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This christmas, I’m giving away 10 me-made things. 5 are finished (more or less), 3 under way and two not even started. Since the gifts are to be opened on christmas eve and I’ll be travelling the 23d, well…I’ve for quite a long time now realized that I’ll have to give away things under construction and finish them afterwards.

I found this Hello Kitty sheet in a thrift store, thinking I’d make a shirt out of it. Then I realized I could ask the reciever if they wanted the sheet the way it is, or a shirt. Thereby hiding an 11th not started gift in a finished one. I’m so clever.

Pants! Again!

I’ve made thes awesome pants for a client, she’s a bit shorter than I, otherwise we have the same measurements.

They’re made from this pattern, a reprinted original from the 1940’s,12209460_10153389266518580_1770048349_o but she wanted them a little less baggy.

Now it’s back to making Christmas presents, then I think I’ll make a pair for myself

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