Category: easy

Lace dress (124, 3/2016)

Princess cut dress.

I noticed an interesting pattern (not a sewing kind 🙂 – over the years March issues are usually my favorite issues of the year. As a rule, they have a lot of dress patterns and I like it a lot!

I am literally on my way to the library to get a pattern for a gorgeous blouse with the embroidery from the new March 2017 Burda Style issue (I am so excited for that one!!!). But!  I just realized that I never posted a princess cut dress from the last March issue. So here we go.

If you don’t have an access to a Burda Style magazine, you can get this pattern here.

Fabric: very thin, stretchy lace like jersey 1.5 m (width 150 cm), thick jersey 1 m (width 110 cm) for lining.

As you see, I did the sleeves at first. It seemed very nice but it was hot and sunny outside so I decided to go with a more summery, sleeveless version.

Skirt – just 2 layers of everything that was left from the fabric.

Random facts:

For some reason, this dress was very fast to sew (everything with the lining usually take me at least 2 evenings to complete, but this one I did in just one).

This dress has the most “likes” on my Instagram page.

Sew it gorgeous!

off to the library 🙂

Hoodie (103, 01/2017)

Workout gear.

Confession – I spent more money on this workout wear than on all the other cloth combined. For example, I spend ~10-20 dollars per dress (fabric cost) but here in canada good workout pants cost over $100 (Lululemon). I would never dare to sew any pants/legging/shorts I am wearing for my workout simply because I do not trust my sewing machine to produce seams that are strong enough. However hoodies and shirts are a different story. So, when I saw this one in the January issue of BurdaStyle, I was sold. It looked simple and comfortable. The link to this pattern is here.

Fabric. There was “buy 1, get 1 free” sale at my local fabric store, so I just had to buy 2 m (150 cm) which was more then I needed but I paid 14 dollars for everything. I liked the contrasting colors idea, so I chose the fabric with a differently colored right and wrong side (the blue is actually the wrong side)

Modifications: I suspected that the pattern was oversize, so I used the one 2 size smaller then my BurdaStyle size. Even so, the thing is WIDE (but sleeves are ok). I am glad that I went with the thin fabric otherwise it would be way too boxy for my taste.

Another (sort of) modification: I bought my fabric in the evening and then just started to sew with the idea that I’ll finish it the next day. But the sewing was going so well and so fast that I decided to finish it the very same evening. The only problem was that I did not buy a cotton cord and metal eyelets… So I used a shoelace instead of a cord and did a slit instead of an eyelet. And I am happy to report that it looks good.

The good thing is that the wideness of the pattern is downplayed by the optical illusion of contrasting colors. I like it.

 

Sew it gorgeous!

Polo neck dress (113, 09/2016)

Polo neck dress without a polo.

I sew a lot, so I am guilty of using shortcuts. For example, if the fabric is stretchy I am often do not use a zipper. This is the case with this dress as well.

I got 2 m (width: 150 cm) of very thin, stretchy fabric. The layout of the pattern is rather unconventional (I really wanted to have this border at the end of the sleeve). As you can see, I had a LOT of fabric left for the skirt.

So coming back to the polo neck. I made it using zigzag stitch but still, there was no way my head could fit through it without a zipper. So here I am with no polo neck.

notes on the dress: the top part is short! I am 158 cm but I wish I added extra 2-3 cm to it. The sleeves are also a little bit on a snug side.

However, overall, it is a good basic pattern. And it is very easy to sew.

Sew it gorgeous!

p.s. I am finishing up another dress from the September issue, will post soon (omg I have SO much to post though! I am much more proficient in making things than writing about it 🙂

Flounce top (124, 6/2016)

Boho-ho 🙂

Well, in a magazine this top  it looks so airy, relaxed and delicate. The model rocks it.


I liked it right away and, although it is not my usual style, I decided to try it.

Fabric: 1.5 m (widths: 150 cm) of chiffon but used only about 1.20 m. Fabric should be very thin, flowy, and slightly transparent.

Modifications:

  1. I did not make any hem allowances because A. people who made it were advising against it (the pattern is wide) B. I am short. Well, it turned out that the pattern is indeed wide but it is also quite short!

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2. I did not do the lining and I think it was a good choice.

3. I have experience with the chiffon and its tendency to stretch, so I opted for self-tie spaghetti straps.

Notes: To me this top is lovely for a relaxed dinner with friends on a hot day when you know you are going to eat a lot… My favorite part about this top – how it looks at the sides. However, it does visually add some bulkiness to the frame (at least in my case). I think it would look the best on younger girls with nice shoulders.

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Oh, and I just checked some similar tops at “free people” and they sell them for about $100.

Sew it gorgeous!

Culottes (126, 3/2015)

Blue culottes inspired by Gigi Hadid’s outfit

Last year we witnessed the rise of culottes (knee-length pants, resembling a skirt). I was intrigued by the trend but not completely sold. I thought that this cut is not flattering and looks good only on tall girls. One day, I was reading a fashion magazine and came across a picture of Gigi Hadid wearing wide, blue culottes.

 

I immediately had a fashion crush, and had to google all the images of these pants… and then I just had to make them! I think that one of the best thing with sewing is that the outfits you make are so inexpensive that there is no excuse for you not to try new and unusual things. Just because you can 🙂 So I got a fabric and finished my version in one evening. And it worked out. It actually did not make my legs look shorter. It was an unusual (for me) cut and it took me some time to get use to it but the final verdict was – very elegant.

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Material: 1 m (widths 160 cm) of lightweight fabric

Pattern from the 3/2015 issue.

Modifications: took about 15 cm off.

The sewing of this model is easy. If you know how to sew zipper in, you would be totally fine.

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blue culottes inspired by gigi hadid

I still do wear them quite often.  Similar patterns from recent magazines would be 108 7/2016 and 106 4/2016.

Sew it gorgeous! 

 

Red cowl neck top (109 b, 4/2016)

Simple red top.

This is a pretty strait forward and easy top. I made mine in about an hour.

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Material: 1 m (width 150 cm) of stretchy, relatively thin fabric with a little bit of of a sheen.

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Modifications (shortcuts): due to very stretchy material I did not use facing strips for the armholes. I just pressed allowances to the inside, stitched it with a zig-zag, ironed it very well (very important!). It is not a proper way to finish an armhole, but I really like to use this shortcut as it saves time significantly.

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It is an easy top, the only part where you have to be careful is making a little pleat at the neck.

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Here is the loop peace unfolded. red_top_sewitgorgeous (27)

It turned out to be a versatile top that works wonderfully with pants and skirts.

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If you have have 1 meter of fabric and 1 hour of your time – I recommend to sew it.

Sew it gorgeous!