“Wardrobe orphans” is what I call garments that have been sitting in my closet unworn forever, because they don’t fit my style or none of my other clothes. My recent closet cleanout forced me to review them all one by one. This H&M shirt was thrifted back in my blonde-hair-days, but ever since I went redhead, the pale yellow stripes look strange on me. The lace details were super lovely […]
Sometimes when you’re planning a sewing project, it turns out exactly the way you want it to be. Take these shorts for example: I planned on making them in red and white gingham, with piping details and polka dot facings. They have the slight vintage vibe I was going for, all seams are neatly finished and the fit is spot on …
It’s day five of my Week of Tees which makes me a little proud. I started this mini-series as a small challenge for myself. Sewing up five shirts wasn’t hard, but setting a schedule, photographing and then writing about them five days in a row, kind of was. Why is it so hard to take good photos of oneself? Let alone photos of oneself in the middle of winter inside […]
It’s thursday and I’m wearing shirt number four in the week of tees. This one’s a Plantain shirt again, in the loveliest shade of blue. Funny story about this fabric: It began its life as a scarf. A super soft and beautiful circle scarf whose only faults were its length (too long to actually warm my neck) and its stretchniness (not enough to be shortened). For far too long, it’s […]
Introducing tee number three of my recent knit sewing frenzy: The floral raglan. This fabric has the weirdest backstory: Back in 2009/10, I used to buy a lot of clothes on eBay. One day I came upon this beautiful floral skirt that someone sold and scored it for a euro. When it arrived, I realized that this was not a piece of brand name clothing, like the seller had advertised, but […]
We’re at day two in the Week of Tees. It’s the middle of winter here in Germany and right now the most important clothes in my wardrobe are long sleeved tees that can be layered under sweaters, shirts and dresses for extra warmth. The main fabric for this shirt is a beautiful and soft organic cotton knit. I made pyjama shorts as a christmas present from it and had bought […]
I’m starting a little mini-series called “Week of Tees” today. I already talked about how I spent a week using up my pile of knit fabric. As a result, I now have six new shirts, five of which will make it to the blog (number six is just a plain black tee). So this week, I will blog about a different shirt every day. I worked with two patterns as […]
The year I started to sew, a whole new world opened up to me: The world of fabric. Something I had nevered cared about in my non-sewing days, let alone noticed. And then, all of a sudden, I saw fabric everywhere: In small shops. In big shops. At IKEA. At flea markets, departments stores, charity shops, … you name it. So there I was, a completely overwhelmed beginner, buying any […]
Last christmas, I got this gorgeous navy bird fabric as a gift. I immediately knew it was going to be a blouse/tunic kind of thing.
I started with Tilly’s Mathilde Blouse pattern as a base. The first muslin turned out okay, but the front neckline sat very tightly while the back neckline was gaping a little. Also, the blouse would ride up when I raised my arms. I fixed this by cutting one size bigger, adding small darts to the back neckline and letting the front neckline out a little at the shoulder seams.