It’s the last day of this month and it’s time to show my results for the #sewyourwardrobebasics challenge. I’m still inspired by the idea so sew at least one basic wardrobe piece for myself every month and I hope this sewing-flow will stay in my mind for a while. I’ve never been sewing so much like I do these days. So let’s get back to what I made this week. (mehr …)
Some projects are so simple, that they are done in less time than I need to write a blog post about it. This top was meant as a test garment for my pattern alteration of the sweetheart top, but it turned out so beautiful that I need to share it. I altered a very basic pattern and added the cutout detail to the neckline. (mehr …)
What do you do on a rainy sunday at home? I love to cuddle up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, the cats and the game console. However I’m not the type for yoga pants and oversize t-shirts. I want to look nice and dressed, even when I’m alone at home. So I made myself a „cuddle-up“ dress. It’s soft, comfortable and still goodlooking. (mehr …)
In my last post I wrote about the #SewYourWardrobeBasics challenge from sea of teal and that I’m super motivated to take part in that. In November 2019 I already planned to sew more basic pieces for my wardrobe in 2020. Then I stumpled accidentially on that challenge, that matched my project perfectly. I see so many pictures on pinterest on facebook of colorful, fancy clothing that is beautiful, but not ready for everyday. In the past years I made so many fancy dresses that I love, but I only wear them to special occasions like weddings, prom or concerts. That means, I wear them once or twice during the year. On the other hand, my closet is full with old T-Shirts, worn out jeans, bad fitting shirts and ugly pyjamas. While I sew a beautiful party dress I wear my old ragged sweattop and even older jeans that never fitted correctly. So for me it is time to make some everyday wearable pieces.
Spring has begun here, the sun is shining (mostly), the birds are singing and soon our fig tree will be green again. I love this season, especially the first days when it is possible to leave the house without a coat. I’ve been sewing a lot the past few weeks. I made so many new clothes for the upcoming summer season and I’m even upcycling ten year old projects.
I want to show off these new projects so much, but I’m still pregnant, so I’m not fitting in any of my new clothes, not to mention my old ones. To avoid boring you out with no new content on my blog, I’d like to you some spring outfits and clothes from the past few years. This Outfit here I made in 2017. It is a plaid skirt out of a cute gingham fabric and a matching jersey shirt.
The original pattern of this shirt is a dress from the Fashionstyle 09/2017 magazine. I already made this dress and wrote about it here. The dress is made out of a very lightweight silky trikot fabric, that falls perfectly around the body. I loved the wraplook neckline of this dress so much, that I decided to make a shirt with this pattern too. I just left out the skirt pattern and replaced it with a hip length piece. Also I altered the sleeves from long to medium length. For the shirt I chose a fabric that is a little bit thicker than the one I used for the dress. The fitting is a little bit tighter than the dress, so the shirt has a slightly shaping effect.
I love this shirt very much and before my pregnancy I have worn it very often. I can be combined with a lot of different bottoms, from tight to wide skirts, jeans or wide flare pants.
This skirt is also made from a pattern I already used before, it is already ten years old. The pattern for this beautiful vintage skirt is from the Burda Easy Fashion Magazine F/S 2009. I made this skirt already in 2009 and I still wear it regularely in summer. I will write a post about that skirt another time, promise! I love the vintage inspired pattern and the wide, swinging skirt that is created with plaids on the front and back of the waistline. For this new skirt I chose a cotton fabric with a cute gingham pattern. To add some detail, I sewed some velvet trimming on the seam.
More Pictures please?!
Sadly, I was quite in a hurry when I made this outfit, so I didn’t take any sew-along photos. The only pictures of these two garments are the ones you already see here, though I was wearing them many times last spring and summer. As soon as I can wear them again, I will take some new pictures that show more details of the patterns and the fabrics and I will post a few alternative outfit ideas. Here are a few inspirations already:
Wraplook shirt with jeans
Wearing the shirt with a tight pencil skirt and high heels
Plaid skirt with light summer top for the hot season
For the ones that scrolled to find a short summary:
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.
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.
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.
In the summer 2015 I got inspired by the color turquoise. Though that color was not in vogue at that time, I just fell in love with it somehow. So when I was planning a dress for my best friend’s wedding, I chose that color for a decent party dress. (mehr …)
This is one of my favourite dresses this winter. I made it in november and sewed away the blackness and the cold of these dark days. It is my first dress from a fashion style pattern, you can find a little review to the pattern and introduction below.
This dress was very easy to sew. The pattern is not complicated and fitted exactly my size (38). I only had to adjust the waist line of the dress to my body shape about 3-4 cm. The fabric was not sloppy and easy to iron and sew. Sewing the neckline and seams with the twin needle was a little bit tricky, because it was the first time that I used that needle on my new sewing machine. I had to test it first on a rest piece of fabric until I found out the correct thread tension and stitch size. I wrote a seperate post about using and testing the twin needle (You will find a link here soon!)
I am very proud of the sleeves, because I think sleeves are always quite hard to fit correctly into the top of shirts and dresses. The sleeve lines on the top I strengthed with vlieseline, so they won’t wear out.
As you can see, the fitting of the dress is really nice. In the beginning I thought the seam on the back would be ugly, but now I find it to be very sexy. It adds an interesting detail to the back of the dress.
Fashion Style dress pattern – a short review
As I mentioned before this is my first pattern from the Fashion Style magazine. The pattern is availabe in six sizes, 36 to 46. The pattern itself is on transparent paper within the magazine, like you can also find it in Burda Style and other sewing magazines. Pattern and markers are easy to trace and to copy on the paper. The introduction for sewing is written in big letters, so you can read it easily. Also it was very easy for me to understand.
I like the fit of the dress, only the sleeves are cut a little too low and the sleeve holes are too wide. I corrected that on the pattern. I really enjoyed sewing a pattern from the fashion style and I already used that pattern again to make beautiful shirt. I will write another post about that project later.
What I also like very much about this pattern is the fact that is is made for women with 1,72m height. For me with 1,73m this is perfect. The Burda Style use a standard height of 1,68. When I use them I need to make all the parts 2-4cm longer. For this pattern I didn’t need to do this, the legth was perfect.
How to style that dress
This dress is a real alrounder. You can wear it for work, a dinner party or even to the opera (Yes, I already wore that dress in all of the three locations). For a more fancy look combine it with nude tights, high heeled pumps and glittering jewellery. For a most casual look I wore boots and a leather jacket with the dress.
Thank you for reading this post! I’ll be back soon with another project! If you have a question or you want to give me some feedback, feel free to write a comment here or on my facebook page.