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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!

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!

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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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!