Other peoples makes I loved in July!

It’s the end of July, the beginning of August. In many ways it feels like the beginning of fall, but I am hoping for at least two more weeks of summer.

I was only home for 9 days of July and did not have all the time in the world, but I managed to make a toile and a dress to be a wedding guest. So look out for a post about that coming this month.

Luckily for me a lot of you guys made awesome things for me to look at, so let’s check out other peoples makes and posts!

What other people blogged in July, that I really loved!

This bikini and beach-coverup from Sewredy! I would love to look like a mermaid.

This lovely fun floral Orla by Carmen.

I am totally fan-girling over self assembly required, and want to make everything Emily makes. But who does not love a midi-skirt in pink?

Jessicas valley blouse made me doubt I pattern I had totally decided was not for me.

Here are some blog posts I really liked, that did not include makes but you might like and inspire you anyway:

The Sewcialistsblog is back, and you should totaly make a #tributemonthmake! Hop over and get inspired. I might show up there this month to 😉

Meg have made this extensive guide to fabricshopping in Bangkok, that made me want to go there! 

This swimwearpattern from Evie la luve seems pretty perfect to me.

If you have a blog I should check out, feel free to leave a comment!

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My first loved Orla!

Pattern: The orladress by frenchnavynow 
Fabric: Vintage fleemarket find

Two posts in one week, what is up with this blog suddenly!

Inspired by the month of Orla love, I am posting a blog about my first Orla dress. Go check out #anorlaaffair. I first came across the Orla dress on Maddies instagram, when she had made a plaid one that looked like a perfect style. Realising the pattern was free made me not question about making one. But then there is timemanagment and it all was set on hold.

So Me-made-May arraived, and with the month of May also my birthday and som birthdaycelebrations. And the Orla came to life (or was made by me in fabric…)

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The fabric is  a fleemarket find, and to me it screamed summer. With a fabric this loud I think a dress with not so much fuss is the right choice. Since the Orla only have to darts in the front, and two in the back it opens for a crasy print. This is a cotton, a bit heavier then a quilting cotton.  The recommended fabrics for the pattern are: Softly draping dress fabrics like Viscose and Rayon. But i would definetly say you can go for a heavier fabric, it just changes the look slightly.

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This dress is made exactly like the pattern suggested, no changes. To me it is actually my first dress with an invisblezip and darts, being a knitfabric entusiast. So it was a great way to start of my voven dress journey. The changes I will make for my next Orla is shortening the dress with 2 cm for what I think is a more flattering look. I am 158cm and the dress is desgined to hit above the knee for someone 170 cm.

I will also move the bustdart down a little, I think it hist my chest a bit to high.

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I know my bangs looks super wierd in this photos, but my photographer (boyfriend, saying yes to take my photos..) do not take notice of detalis at photoshoots 😉 But I wanted to get this dress out there, and not care about taking more photos. Go make som Orlas now, because this dress is great. I will try to find time for at least one more this month, but I have a wedding-guest dress to attend to first.

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Other peoples makes I loved in June!

How many times do you need to do something before it is a tradition? I do not think 2 is the answer, but my post of other peoples makes are back for the second month in a row. And definitely on it’s way to become a tradition.

I my self have had a month filled up with work, then I went of for a week of family vacation in Italy. I did not finish one single thing in June, and I am only home for two week in July so I don’t know how much I would get done in that time. But on my sewing table right now is a wedding-guest dress and I hope to also finish another Orla dress for #anorlaaffair that you can read about on Maddies blog! (this came in july, but you should totaly check it out and make your own Orla)

On to the makes. What other people blogged in June, that I really loved!

This really nice shirt dress from Judith Dees world! 

I keep telling my self I do not have the time or the need for Charlie Caftan, but you guys should make some! I love this three versions from cookin’ & craftin’ , Did you make that? and Handmade by Carolyn.

This Anna/Zinnia sunflower dress of happiness from Turner’s cloth! 

This red sundress with sumo wrestlers from Almond Rock is just great! 

And last, the Penny dress from Daphne that makes me want all the Penny dresses! 

Here are some blog posts I really liked, that did not include makes but you might like and inspire you anyway:

There is still weather to make shorts, and Helen from Helen’s Closet has gathered all the Indie pattern shorts patterns here.

Everyone loves a free pattern, and when they are super trendy as well! Emily from Self Assembly Required has released and adorable ruffle t-shirt pattern.

Gillian on using lightroom for photos. Is it worth it?

 

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The Gabrielle dress

Pattern: Gabrielle from Seamwork
Fabric: Stoff og stil (no longer in stock)

The Gabrielle dress is a pattern from Semawork magazine, in the may issue. I subscribe to Seamwork, but I haven’t made up that many of there patterns lately. But I totally fell for the Gabrielle dress.

From Seamwork:

The Gabrielle dress is a modern take on the classic skater dress. It features a tied back yoke with a cut-out that lets just the right amount of your upper back peek through.

The princess seams and flared skirt provide a flattering silhouette. This dress features a slight scoop neckline that is complimented by sweet cap sleeves. The Gabrielle dress is fitted through the bust and waist, while the flared skirt swings loosely throughout the hips.

I made mine in a size M that corresponded with my messsurments, but would size down if I make it again. And I might make it again the bodice and the cut-out back are a nice design on a skater dress.

 

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I would maybe try to make it a sleeveless dress without the capsleevs, because they keep curling up to the dress on the hem.

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In this photo I wear the dress with a strapless bra, and I should have made sure the bra was not visible in the pictures. But to be clear you can se the bra straps if you wear a regular bra, but I don’t really care. You can see it with a regular bra in this Instagrampicture of the dress from me-made-may

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I did not try to pattern match this fabric, and since it turned out like this I maybe should have. It kind of looks like I tried and failed miserable. So it might be smart to go for a fabric with a little less print.

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Other peoples makes I loved in May!

I don’t make all the things I would love to, and I don’t blog all the things I make. So sometimes this blogs feel a little bit empty. But I love sewingblogs, and all the pretty things out there that you all make. So I am starting a new post, and I think it will come back. Sharing with you what I have found on the internet the last month, and maybe helps you find a new favourite blog. If you know a blog I should check out, please leave a comment!

What other people blogged in May, that I really loved!

(i wanted to use pictures for this post, but I did not work it out with my WP skillz. I`ll work on them until next month)

Self Assembly Required made an amazing 90s inspired dress.

I loved this Ninni culottes from Cookin’ and Craftin’

This Reeta dress from What Katie Sews made me want to make all the summer dresses in black and white 

And the Kalle shirt dress pattern was a favorite this month both the version from Dixie DIY and this ones from Sallie Oh

Helens Closet took new photos of all her versions of the Winslow Culottes and this black ones is just gorgeous

Here are some blog posts I really liked, that did not include makes but you might like and inspire you anyway:

Maddie wrote about how other people took there blog photos.

Gillian from crafting a rainbow wrote a great article about blogging, and following your bliss. Do with your blog what feels good and right for you.

Allies 5 ways to wear denim. (If I only had a sense of fashion like this girl)

Go check out all this amazing bloggers. And If you have a blog to recommend me, please do in the comments. I am always on the lookout for new blogs to read!

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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!