Thursday, October 29, 2009

My blue tartan coat

I really like the Steffi pattern from BurdaStyle that I just used to make a blazer. I wanted a longer more wintery coat too though so I modified the pattern. I changed quite a few aspects of it.
  • I made it double breasted. Buttons just down one side.

  • I lengthened it to just above my knees with a slit at the back.

  • I put in some shoulder pads which help hold up the puff sleeve shape cos this fabric is quite floppy - it's thin. I actually bought these shoulder pads about a year ago for another coat I'm making - and still haven't finished. It's on my to-do list!
  • I took it in at the waist to give it a nicer shape.

  • I made the sleeves longer and slimmer (I have super long arms).

  • I gave it a high standing collar. The interfacing I used is very stiff - actually a little too stiff for my liking but I didn't want to try and rip it all off once I had already ironed it on....

  • I lined it with some cheap polyester. I know it's not the warmest fabric ever but this coat is too warm when I'm on my bike. I put on a loop for hanging it up.
  • My favourite part of it - a humongous pocket sewn onto the back lining! I always hate when I go into a bar and put my coat into coat check and I have to tuck my scarf, gloves, jumper etc into my sleeves. Now I have this nice big pocket to hold my stuff! It's about 33x40cm... Huuuuuuge.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Plaid blazer for Autumn

I just couldn't resist buying the fabric for this blazer. I had printed out the Steffi pattern from BurdaStyle months and months ago. I first tried making it up using some leftover snakeskin print fabric and some black fabric with a rough texture. I got it half done and then realised how terrible it looked - it was far too 80s. I know 80s stuff is in right now but this was over the top. So it's sitting there sleeveless with all my other unfinished projects. The good thing about it was that I found out it was just too big. And that was a size 38. Normally I'm a 40. So I made the plaid one in size 36. And it fits great!

I lengthened the sleeves a little and would have made them even longer but I only bought 1.5m of fabric (the pattern says you need 2m so I was lucky....).The original blazer isn't lined but I don't think it's so nice to have an unlined wool one... I found some beautiful aubergine satin (and I got half a metre extra for free cos it was the end of the roll!!) and lined it with that.

I added a loop so I can hang it up.

I was gonna put in some inside pockets but when I pinned on a pocket and put stuff in it it was so visible on the outside. You could even see my lip balm! I am thinking about making a blouse from the leftover satin. Or maybe a skirt.

Friday, October 16, 2009


I made this blouse to go with my lederhosen. I think I look so innocent when it's buttoned right up! Haha.

I used Burda pattern 7831 again. I really like this pattern!

It has cute puff sleeves.

I'm not sure what kind of fabric it is. Cotton or polyester? I dunno. I had wanted to buy this fabric all summer and finally got it.

I did French seams so it looks nice on the inside too. My first time doing that on a garment.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Come back summer!

I finished this dress right at the end of summer so I only got the chance to wear it once! I modified Burda 7829 I made it a halter neck and lengthened the waist.

I found the fabric in one of the tiny fabric stores on the körút. I'm not sure what it's made of. It's bright and light and see through. The lining is beige which tones the colours down quite a bit.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

So much for not buying more fabric

I went into one of the I love textil stores on the körút just to have a look, see what new stuff they have (I know I know, I shouldn't...). They have crazy cheap fabric there. Most stuff is just 390ft/metre! Anyway, now they have wool!! For 690ft/m!!! I was super excited and bought some brown plaid and a couple of metres of a plain black. I have nearly finished my new plaid blazer - just gotta sew in the lining properly and add an inside pocket. I already wore it last night though - I LOVE IT!

I have to take photos of quite a few things I have made recently. Hopefully will do that tomorrow.