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Lola for the snow

Sorry for the shitty pictures in advance, I took them with my phone today.

Yesterday afternoon I read that it´s suppodesed to start snowing in Vienna (and I hate snow!) the day after. So I finally digged out a fabric, I´ve been storing for a few months now. It is a 100% cotton fleece. I alway thought that fleece is just made out of polyester and other plastic-y stuff. But I found a shop in Germany, that sells cotton fleece. I ordered 2 different colours – one petrol and one corn flower blue. At first touch it doesn´t feel as soft as regular fleece at all. But when you wear it it feels like a dream. So comfortable and snuggly that I didn´t want to take it off anymore.

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Anyway, yesterday I decided that this awesome fabric will turn into a Lola from Victory pattern. I saw the pattern quite a while back but thought it was cute enough but nothing special. But as my butt always tends to freeze in the cold winter wheater I decided that I need a sweater that covers it as well. So I gave Lola a chance.

I love the triangle in the front, a fancy detail to make the front more interesting. For the ribbing I took a stripy cotton one from my left over stash. I was so hard to keep it in line, that´s why the stripes are not 100% perfectly lined up.

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I made it up in size 4 which fit great. I didn´t make any size alteration although the sizing chart suggested a straight 6 at the hips. The fit is very comfortable but still flattering. I topstitched every seam because the fabric got really bulky and I wanted to force it to lie flat.

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I wanted full lenght sleeves, so I lenghtend them to the same lenght as the Undercover hood sleeves. I just forgot to adjust the lenght of the ribbing as well. So in the end I cut the sleeves at elbow lenght and put in a 10cm piece of self fabric. I kind of like the look of the elbows now 🙂

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I wanted the pockets to lie flat on the hips, so I wedged out a few centimeters of the pocket pieces to match the side panels. My husband put his tablet into one of the pockets, they are amazingly roomy 🙂

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I didnt have enough ribbing for the hemband, so I just left it off and turned the seam 2 cm up. I´m so tiny so the missing lenght is not really noticable.

As it turns out, I LOVE this pattern! The dress feels absolutley cozy and the seamlines make it much more special than any other sweater would have done.  As the snow really came today, the second fabric will definitley turn into a Lola, too 🙂

 

 

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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Everyday clothing

 

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More on the wedding dress

Today I was able to get in a lot of wedding dress sewing time.

I had to baste together the underlining with the silk crepe de chine. This was about 21 yards of handbasting. Oh yes, my fingers are still red.

 

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Sewing together the front and side front skirt pieces I had to carfully leave out everything over the circle marking, so it´ll form a nice point after sewing it to the band.

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While sewing up the skirt I went through a pack of needles and every single one of them broke. I used the thinnest once availible, Nr. 60. No matter how I adjusted the tension, All of the broke. So I went one size up and used the Nr.70 needles and they worked perfectly! I was afraid to use the before, because at a test piece they pulled a lot of threads from the silk. Together with the underlining it was okay.

 

I basted in the invisible zipper  with zigzag handstitches before putting in under the machine.

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Then I sewed the dress together with the band and the bodice and here we are:

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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Fancy, Wedding

 

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Fresh start into the blogging world

Hello.

I´m Suzie. I live in Vienna, Austria and I´m a hobby seamstress and would like to share my crazy detours into the world of everyday clothing, historical dresses and all that comes with it. My secret goal is a wardrobe with nothing bought. I´m married to a wonderfully understanding husband who likes to peek over my shoulders and murmur encouraging words. Although he must think I´m insane sometimes. By daytime I work as a kindergartenteacher and love almost every second of it.

Here I am in a self drafted traditional austrian “Dirndl”, which I made for a party last summer.

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Fancy

 

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