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Following Suit

September 28, 2015

It’s that time of year, and not only Vogue is releasing their collections, but also, among others:

There are also some sew-alongs going on, like

What are you up to this Fall?

Vogue Patterns: Winter/Holiday 2015

September 24, 2015

Have you had a look at the newly released Vogue patterns? For me there are two clear winners:

V1469 by Lialia:

Makes me think of a new and improved OOP Butterick 5780:

V9145 by Claire Schaeffer, though I admit that 4 meters of fabric for a dress is a lot:

Patterns I like with a “but” are

V1472 by Lorcan Mullany by Bellville Sassoon, but I would use a walking foot for those side seams.

In principle, it reminds me of OOP V1195 by Badgley Mischka that I also liked at the time:

V1475 by Badgley Mischka, but without the sleeves:

V1474 by Tom and Linda Platt, I like but I haven’t gone bra-less since I was like 13…

V1480 by DonnaKaran I like the tech drawing of pants but the top makes me think of a maternity garment, and the fabric choice is patently wrong for both IMHO:

And then this last one just confuses me/leaves me perplex, V1470 by Tom and Linda Platt:

A dress that wants to look like a tunic and skirt? But what’s the sense of that spiraling hem? This one, for me, is like an accident: you can’t look at it but you can’t look away.

All in all I think this a not as festive as I’m used to seeing for the Holiday collection. I’m a little sad not to be wow-ed by the new designers, Nicola Finetti and Zandra Rhodes.What’s your take on the new collection?

Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle 2 is Here

September 2, 2015

The second Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle has been released:

Go and get it! You know you want it …

Simplicity Too Late to my Minions Party

August 21, 2015

Simplicity latest release newsletter hit my inbox yesterday, and this is what I saw first:

It’s a child’s minion costume. Well, DM will be back in school in less than a week and this was our summer holiday project:

(suspenders were later secured)

OK, they’re no costume, they’re worry eaters, but I think after sewing these and eating all things minions this summer, the hype will be over come Halloween. This was a fun summer project. DM (now 8) first sketched the minion, then draw the pattern with a bit of help from me. We then bought the fabrics, cut and sew them together. I’d make one seam on a worry eater and she’d come sew the same seam on the other one. I made all the really curvy ones like the fingers but all in all, she was able to contribute a lot. This happened in the weekends over 4-5 weeks. The minions worry eaters were actually gifts (one of them for DN) but based on the same pattern, we also made her a monster worry eater:

This one was finished on time for her to take it to her visit to her cousins in France and when she came back, there was a small paper inside written with “Ich habe heimweh” (“I’m homesick”) that she threw away. Ain’t that cute?

So there. Nice idea, Simplicity, but I think I’ll pass. This coat pattern from Mimi G, however, I might have to get…

Seeing Double – Big4 goes Indie?

August 18, 2015

Once (or twice) in a while, I see double. It happened again today when I opened McCall’s newsletter:

Lolita Spearmint pattern (released Dec 2013):

McCall’s M7256 (Collection Fall 2015):

What are your thoughts? Which are you most attracted to? Do you think it’s a coincidence?

Sewing Goodness Extracts

August 17, 2015

Let’s gasp together in admiration for arianamaniacs’s silk dupioni hand dyed and hand-painted gown:



Passerine Overall

August 9, 2015

“OMG is this cute!!!” was my first thought upon seeing this garment in Ottobre last spring:

And this is my version, realised shortly after:

As you can see, you don’t see a thing. Because when I made the overalls a few months ago, DN was not in full control of her bladder yet. And so the first time she wore them to daycare, a malheur happened due to the fact that she had not managed to take them off on time. After that, understandably, she didn’t want to wear them again, to the point that this running away picture is all I manage to have. She just would not wear these, let alone being captured in picture doing it.

So I decided to refashion them. Because there was no way this cotton jersey from a trip in Berlin would go to waste. The plan was to open up the waist seam, add a peplum to the bodice and an elastic waistband to the pants. After a few weeks of procrastination, I literally had my seam ripper in one hand and the garment in the other when she saw me yesterday, and claimed that these were hers and she wanted to wear them. Tadaa:

She loves them now. She still needs help to remove the sleeves if she wants to pipi so I don’t think I’ll let her wear them to daycare…


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