Bettinedress in flannel

Pattern: Bettine from Tilly and the buttons
Fabric: Stoff og stil (I can´t find it on their page anymore)

My first make in 2017 is a cozy dress in flannel. The pattern is Bettine from Tilly and the buttons. I have made one before and it is a fun make. Also I am still a bit afraid of the zipper, so this is still a dress in a non stretch fabric I am comfortable making. My goal for 2017 is to stop being afraid of the zippers.

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The dress has pockets and a elasticated waist so it is both practical and comfy to wear. I sized up from my previous version to a size 4. That way I can wear it with a long sleeved tee and som wool stockings and wear it all winter. We will most likely have snow until the beginning of april so the dress has to be winter appropriate. I did actually cut this out in december, but I didn´t find the time or joy of putting it together before now.

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This pattern is really a great beginner pattern. As I said before, no zippers or buttons. Tillys instructions are easy to follow with good pictures to show you each step of the process. And I alos love that with this version I can show that the choice of fabric makes it a winter dress as much as a summer one. There is also an option to make the dress with out any pockets which makes it even easier.

My dress is totally not pattern matched, but I am just happy I cut it out so the squares are straight.

Also the Dressmaking blogger challenge (#dressmakingbloggerchallenge) for January was keep it cosy. And this is a super cozy make just look at the close up picture of the fabric, this dress is super warm and so good to wear. I added the challenge picture in the end of the post, if you have a blog and want to join a fb-group of sewing bloggers here is a link. Dressmaking blogger network.

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Saras wardrobe challenge 2017

A  week ago I wrote about setting my own personal challenge for 2017. So that I would take more time to sew and make the things I want for my own closet. You can read about the challenge and the inspiration here.

So the last week I have been looking at my pattern stash and here are the list of my wardrobe challenge for 2017!

jan-aprJanuary – Agnes jersey top from Tilly and the buttons
February – Simplicity 8019
March – Carrie trouser from Sew over it
April – Fifi set by Tilly and the button

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May – Winslow culottes by Helens closet
June – Alix dress by By Hand London
July – Simplicity 1080
August – Vintage shirt dress by Sew over it

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September – Turia dungarees by Pauline Alice
October – Elmira by Seamwork
November – Lola by Victory patterns
December – Emery by Christine Haynes

There are no strict ruels to this challenge, as I do this to have fun! But I put it out here on the internet in a hope that I will take my time to actually make the things I want to make, and use the patterns I have bought for a reason. Because 2017 is going to be the year I put my self first.

If you also would like to set a challenge for your self, use the #wardorobechallenge17 so we can help cheer each other on!

 

My own personal wardrobe challenge?

This week I read about the #sewmystyle project that you can read about here. They describe there project like this:

Above all, #SewMyStyle is all about raising awareness about the slow fashion movement and about encouraging young women to take up sewing. We want to show you that sewing your own wardrobe isn’t an unachievable dream.

And I love that thought. So they are going to host a year long sewalong to different pattern with finishing one every month.

So I was considering joining in, because it is such a good idea. But then I sat down and thought about why I do not sew as much as I want to, and the reason is definitely because I do not take that time for me. And this year I have been learning a lot about my self, and one of the things I am working on is taking the time to do what I love, and putting my self first.

So joining in on this sewalong is not what I want, because the patterns they have chosen are not the patterns that would suit my style. I have also realised that I own way to many patterns, that I have not used and I would love to make more of the things I have been dreaming of making.

So I decided on a challenge that is more reasonable for me, and something that will give me the time to be a better maker and hopefully sewer.

I will set a wardrobe challenge. Every month I will make one garment from the patternstash, and I will decided now what patterns those are. So I can’t get so undecided. I will try to give my self some challenges, but also make things I do think will fit in my wardrobe. I have also decided that it should be the patterns in my stash I have not yet used. Before new year I will deiced upon witch patterns and share the plan here on the blog.

I will set som “ruels” for myself and a plan, and I will share it here one the blog. I do this because I hope saying it out loud will make me more likely to follow through. And who knows, maybe I can inspire someone else to make something from there patternstash.

Hopefully this will give me a reason to set aside time for what I love to do.

I have decided to use the hashtag #wardrobechallenge17 so if you are in on the fun, please use it so  I can see what you make!

Do you want to join in with patterns from your own stash? How do you find the time to sew in your life?

Almada robe

Pattern: Almada from Seamwork
Fabric: Stoff & stil

I am easing in to non stretch fabrics with patterns to wear around the home, and where the fit can be a little off. This robe is also from seamwork, as my Astoria post. I loved the pictures of it when it came in the february issue. But I didn´t finnish it before last week. Time and life, got in the way.

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I cut out a size small, that corresponds to my measurements. The robe is vide, so it would fit most people. My only problem is that I am only 158 cm, and I find it a tad short. But as I am only wearing it in inside my own house, who cares?

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The pattern only have 4 pattern pieces, front – back – cuffs and ties. I removed the seam allowance from the back, and cut it on the fold. That way I did not  need to think of pattern matching. If you make one of the smaller sizes this works out fine.

This was my first time adding bias binding to a garment, and it was quit easy. The construction did not take so much time, but if you only do one seam from time to time, it takes time.. I will definitely say this is a great beginners pattern. All seamworkpatterns I have used is great for a beginner.

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The fabric is a cotton sateen from Stoff & stil, which I bought for this pattern. It is soft, and feels great to lounge in. I also thinsk the print looks great with this kind of kimonostyle robe.

One of my favorite things is still that I added a hoop at the top so I can hang it easily in my bathroom.

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Do you subscribe to seamwork?
What is your favouritte beginer friendly pattern in a non-stretch fabric?

Margot pyjamas

Pattern: Margot from Love at first stitch
Fabric: An old cotton bedsheet

Starting my sewing journey by sewing knits, have made me quit afraid of the non stretch fabrics. Because the have no forgiveness in not fitting. But i have decided to get past that fear, and I hope that the book love at first stitch will help med do that!

I actually made this pair of pj pants earlier this year, but as I have just started this blog I decided to share them today. I have bee following along the #sewphotohop challenge on Instagram, organized by House of Pinheiro. It have been really fun, but sadly it september (or sewtember) ended yesterday. But today is a bonus day, with the theme PJ Party. So blogging about my pjs seemed appropriate.

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I made this out of an old bed sheet and they are a size 4. Tilly has her own size system, that goes from 1 to 8.  My messurments corresponds with a size 4, and Tilly suggests going up a size if you are in between. And I am closer to an in between 4 and 5, then 3 and 4. But i still feel that this ones are a bit big in the crotch area, and I could probvably try a size 3. But as they are for lounging at home, I don´t care to fix it.

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All in all I am quit happy with how they look, and they are pants. In a not stretchy fabric. So veeery slowly I am building a sewing skill set.

The Astoria

I have made two very successful versions of the Astoria pullover from Seamwork. I got the pattern before I started to subscribe, and it was the pattern that made me start to subscribe. If you have not heard of semawork before, check them out.

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The dust pink one was my second attempt,after a velvet one that I don’t really use. It is made in a ponte de roma fabric from stoff & stil. It is a size small, with no alterations. The length of the sweater is perfect over dresses, and hits my natural waist. After realizing that the pink one was either on me or in the washing machine, I decided that I needed another one.

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Meet my black astoria. A simpel make, but one that filled a big gap in my wardrobe. This is also a size small no alterations. I can squees one out of 1 meter of fabric, and it takes me only one hour to sew after cutting now. This one is also in a ponte de roma from stoff and stil. And I see many more in my future. I need to find som mustard yellow ponte, to make a fall version!

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Meet my 3 cocos

To start this blog of with a bang, I decided to wright about some of the old things I made, to show you all.

The first and second dress I made were all the Coco by Tilly and the buttons. There are several patterns I made more then once. And this one I already made three times. The second one I made I use whenever it is not in the dryer.

The first one I made together with my best friend Sigrid. She was the one who taught me to sew and I will be forever grateful. Luckily for some Swedish kids she will be an arts and crafts teacher. I made this one:

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A black jersey coco dress with a green rib pocket. It is easy, and feels like awsome pjs, but I still look like a grown-up at work. It is still in heavy rotation. I made no changes to the pattern, I made it straight up in a size 2.

The second one I made was my second ever dress. A coco with a yoke, and some in-seam pockets. This is by far my most worn handmade as I have only been making clothes for 1 year and 3 months. I added the yoke with help from this tutorial. The in-seam pockets are copied from the Moneta dress by colette patterns. I made this one also in a size 2. It looks like this:

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The third one I made I did this spring, and it has almost only been hanging in my closet except for one or two times out. There are two reasons for that. The fabric and the size. I have gained some weight the last year and measured my self again for this dress. My measurements corresponded with a size 4 so i retraced and made a size 4. But as I still use my size 2 regularly I do not know why I did this. It is not so much bigger, but enough to not make me feel as comfortable as a size 2. I also made it in a ponte de roma, a much heavier fabric then the first two and it is dragging the dress down in a way I don’t like. I will give it some more outings, but I might have to make something completely different out of it. It looks like this. I added the pockets the same way as the second one.

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I feel that even though this is a size bigger it does not look as flattering as the other two. All the pictures is taken during may 2016 so there shouldn’t be a problem with my measurements being different. I think it is mostly because of the fabric.

I do love this pattern tough, and as it was my first ever project and I thought it went quit good I would recomend this for a beginner. But maybe size down rather then up?

 

 

Welcom to a new and english beginning

Hey.

I am Sara, maybe you have never seen me before, or maybe you are here because you are my mum. This is my second blog. My first one was a norwegian sewingblog. Norwegian is my first language, and that might show as I try to write an english blog.

Why did I choose to change everything up? My first blog had a brilliant name, if you understood norwegian and you love a stupid wordplay, but I realized that I wanted to connect with the sewing world, and it is not to big in Norway. If I am making a new pattern, I always google it first and look at other peoples blogs and revives. And whenever they were in a language I did not understand, I just wished they would have written it in english. So I see the ironi, in making a blog only a few people could understand which I would not read my self if I was not norwgian. Therefore I decided to switch it up.

So here it is. Sara made that! A blog about the things I make, sewing related things and whatever I want it to be. In (bad) english for everyone to enjoy. (Most likely just my mom. “Hei mamma”)