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Here are all my blogposts about my sewing projects, home decoration projects and my thoughts about sewing and DIY in general. Also you can find some great tutorials and hints here.

A groovy vintage dress

Vintage dress evelyn postimage

Last week I finished my new favourite dress for spring and summer: A light cotton dress, inspired by the style of the fifties. I found the perfect pattern for that beautiful fabric and had the chance to try out the automatic button-function of my sewing machine.

I just love vintage dresses. As a pattern I used the dress „Evelyn“ from the new magazine „Simply Nähen“. I don’t think that this magazine is available in other languages, so pattern and tutorial are only in german language. This dress is on the cover of the magazine and I fell in love with it already when I saw it in the store.

Last year in august i bought this beautifiul groovy fabric with the little music notes at a local store in Mannheim. I fell for that fabric instantly. The shop assistant asked me, if I played in a band. I told her that I have no talent at all for singing or playing and instrument, but I love listening to music – Mostly rock and heavy metal. So I bought that fabric – And I had no idea what to sew. I wanted something vintage, fifties, maybe a skirt or a blouson, but I couldn’t find a good pattern. Until I ran into that magazine with the perfect vintage dress for a light, soft cotton fabric.

Sewing: Complicated collar and automatic button holes

This is my first pattern from the „Simply Nähen“-magazine. Mostly I sew Burda Style patterns, so I was curious how the pattern and the tutorial would be different from them. Before cutting the fabric, I read through the tutorial. What I liked mostly about it where the detailed explanations for each step. There are little hints, why certain steps have to be performed in a special way, that helped me a lot to understand, how the dress should be fitting in the end.

The collar

Unlike most blouses and jackets the collar on this dress should not be reinforced with vlieseline. That was new to me and I was not sure, if it would look good without any reinforcement. After discussing that problem in my favourite facebook sewing group I decided to add a very thin layer of vlieseline to the lower part of the collar. That gives the collar a little support, so it would grump but it kept it still light and flexible.

I wasn’t very content with the first result of the collar. It didn’t fit very well on the dresses neckline, altough it had exactly the size of the pattern, it was way too wide. On the picture in the magazine, the collar was not longer than the shoulder seams, but in reality the length looked quite different. So I removed the collar, cutted it a little and sewed it again. Suddenly everything about that collar fitted perfectly.



Button holes with Pfaff Sensomatic button hole foot

I use the Paff Expression 3.5. for most of my sewing projects. When I bought that machine, it came with the sensomatic buttonhole foot, a little part that makes buttonholes even easier than before. With that foot you just need to measure the length of the button, pin the foot in and the sewing machine will do the rest. Since I own that machine I was curious about that function, but never found the courage to try it, since I found it complicated to install. Sadly there a not many tutorials for this function on the internet for the Expression 3.5., so I had to find out how it worked by myself with the help of the machine’s manual. It was much easier to set up than I thought and I am very content with the results. The buttonholes are perfect, also easy and quick to make.

In this picture you can still see the little line I drawed with chalk on the fabric to mark my button line. I mark buttons normally with a little piece of thread, but I removed the thread before making the buttonholes, to avoid sewing it in there.

The sleeves, the skirt and the waistband

After finishing the bodice, I found the remaining steps of the dress quite easy. The sleeves are gathered a little bit to fit in the armholes. Sewing a heavier fabric, I would not have liked that, because it makes the hem of the sleeves stand away from the arm a little bit. But due to my light fabric, the sleeve just falls smooth on the arms and it looks good that way.
The skirt is also gathered together at the waistline and a rubber band is sewn into the inside. According to the tutorial from the magazine, the band should be sewn to the skirt afterwars. I skipped that step, because the plaids of the skirt look much better, when the are not fixed, it makes the skirt a little more swinging. So I just pinned the waistband on the side seams with a few stitches and left it that way.

Styling: A perfect dress for springtime and a summer picnic

I’m so happy about this dress and I’d love to wear it right now. Sadly, I actually don’t fit into it, because I’m still pregnant. So I will be posting some photos of me in that dress later, possibly in may or june. I also didn’t stitch up the seam of the dress, because I prefer measuring the seam length while wearing the dress.

Vintage dress evelyn postimage

In the spring time, I will wear a little black cardigan with the dress and some pumps or loafers. In the summer I will wear it with sandals. This dress looks best with a waistline belt, like the one in the picture. It looks like the dress is gathered together by the belt, but it is the elastic waistband on the inside of the dress indeed. This makes the belt always stay in the right position. Thinking about that, I will possibly add some invisible belt loops on the side hems, to prevent the belt from slipping up or down while moving.

Oh Baby! Cute little Babydress and headband out of the leftovers

When I finished the dress, there wasn’t much fabric leftovers. It was barely enough for this little dress and a bow for the matching headband. The pattern for the dress is the „Peasant dress“ from Sew much Ado, it’s a free pattern. There wasn’t enough fabric to make the bodice of the dress in one piece, so I seperated it in two and added some ruffles at the seamline. When I was finished I decided to use the very last piece of fabric for an accessoire and made a little headband with a bow. For sewing that bow I looked at this great tutorial for fabric bows on Youtube, it is really very easy.

I’m so excited on how this will look on my baby girl and I hope it will fit soon.

Do you have any questions about this dress? Or did you already make a similar vintage dress? Feel free to write a comment or visit me on facebook or instagram.

Wordless Wednesday

vintage dress breakfast

Here I go with my new wednesday column. I join in the #wordlesswednesday tag and post here every wednesday some pictures, videos or other stuff that does not need any words to explain.

vintage dress breakfast
breakfast in my new flamingo summer dress


A full posting of how I made this dress is coming soon!

Vintage dress „Tuxedo Cats“

vintage dress with cats

Here is an older project of mine. A vintage dress pattern from the „Burda Nähschule“ magazine. The fabric is called „tuxedo cats“ and I had to buy it alone because of that name.

I made this dress to wear it at a friend’s wedding in 2015.

dress with cat fabric

Tutorial: How to fix ripped jeans

How to sew a jeans patch on

Shit happens! You are lounging around wearing your favourite old jeans and then it goes „RRRIIP“ – You make a sudden move and your lovely jeans has an ugly hole in an unpleasant place. This tend to happen to old and worn out jeans, when the fabric gets thinner on the mostly rubbed parts. 

Fortunately, it’s pretty straightforward to fix your jeans yourself. Here is an easy tutorial to mend holes in your favourite jeans.

Mostly the fabric around the hole is very worn, so you cant just plug the hole. The pants would tear again in the same spot quickly. That’s why I work with a patch of the same or similar fabric here, that is put under the hole and the worn fabric from the inside of the jeans. This also protects the worn fabric in the area around the hole from tearing again.


Tools and Supplies:

  • A piece of jeans cloth or a part from another old jeans
    (You can also use some thick cotton cloth, the patch shall not be visible after you sewed the jeans)
  • Jeans-thread, you can buy it here
  • A few pins
  • Your sewing machine (I use this my Pfaff Expression 3.5. with a special needle for jeans)

Why do I use special thread for jeans?
This special thread is made for sewing thick, tight fabrics, just like jeans. It is very tearproof and does not scrub off. Conventional sewing thread wouldn’t last long on that worn part of the pants. 

1. Size and cut your patch

To get the right size for your patch, note the measurements of the hole in your jeans. If the denim around the hole is weakened, cover that area with the patch as well. Draw it on the piece of cloth or old jeans. Add 1-2cm around the borders, the patch should overlap the hole by 1-2cm. Now cut the patch to size. 

Fix your jeans - A step by step tutorial

2. Pin the patch to the jeans

Now turn your pants inside out. Then you pin the patch on top of the hole in your jeans. If the hole is along the seam, start pinning there, so it will be easier to pin the patch straight.

pin the patch to the fabric to mend the jeans

3. Sew the patch on 

The last step is to sew the patch on. Usually I start sewing along with the seam of my jeans. Then, after that first seam, I check again if my patch is straight and covers the hole or ripped part completely (I tend to be a little sloppy with the pinning, so I need to double-check if the patch fits correctly 🙂 )

I sew the patch on with two or three seams. Do this from the outer side of your jeans (turn it around again). This ensures that the ripped part of the jeans is stitched tight to the patch. The frayes from the fabric I pin or draw inside the seam so they wont be visible anymore. Cut the rest of the loose frayes and yarn.

In the end I check if everything is stitched up and covered. The patch shouldn’t be visible anymore now. Now you have to turn the pants around again and cut the borders of the patch outside the seams.

And that’s it! Now you can wear your favourite old jeans again, hopefully for many more years.

sew the patch on the hole in your pants - tutorial

This technique is not only for jeans, it also works on nearly every kind of clothing that is worn and ripped. For the patch you should always use the same or a similar kind of fabric to your piece of clothing.  For light and thin fabrics you can also use a patch out of thin vlieseline, so it will be insivisble. 

Tutorial: How to mend a ripped jeans

Was this tutorial helpful? Feel free to give me some feedback in the comments or on my social media sites!
Still have some questions about this tutorial? Or do you know other tricks for mending ripped jeans? Please write a comment under this post, or contact me on my facebook page. I promise to answer every comment or yours. 

Welcome to the new sovori.com

a new beginning for sovoris blog

Hello dear readers,

sovori.com has apparently changed!

This page is going to be the english version of my blog. The old german blog you will find from now on at www.sovori.de

So why did I change my concept of blogging?

  • I want to blog to all the people in the world, not only to german readers
  • During the upcoming months I will blog about a lot of „new“ stuff. This will be not only a sewing blog. I want to blog more about all my other diy projects and share my thoughts on style and fashion

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