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Ooh La, it´s Alma!

The last two days I was a sewing whirlwind. My last fabric shopping trip left me with a stash of inspiration and possibilities to explore. First I tackled my childhood enemy: Leggings. I always hated them Seriosley. I gues under a skirt or dress in winter I´m okay with them, but never warmed up to this type of pants. Well, they´re not really pants. My dislike for leggings became stronger as more and more girls on the street started wearing them in the mst horrible ways possible. Imagine black underwear in white jersey pants. Too tight leggings with too short shirt. My list of unflattering ways to dress with leggings goes on a long way.

Then I saw the Ooh la leggings from Papercut pattern popping up on my computer screen a while back. I instantly loved the lines of the pattern but didn´t buy it. Just because they were leggings. Next I saw Lauren from Lladybird with her awesome plaid Archer. And she wore it with leggings and it looked so great! So I started keeping my eyes open for a Ponte knit. After a long time of searching I found out, that the term “Ponte” doesn´t exist here in Austria. The fabric is called Romanit jersey here. I found a black cotton one, and an olive green wool one. For my first (yes you read right, there are more to come.) pair for leggings I used the black fabric. Sewing them up was a breeze. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I cut a size XS and shortened the waistband for 6cm, so that it would sit just above my hips.

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Sorry for the weird coloring in the picture, it was already nighttime when I took them. I have to admit, the leggings feel awesome! They´re really comfortable and soft. The fabric is sturdy enough to not feel like jersey. You can´t even see the outlines of my panties, as you would with knits. At the same time the Romanit is soft and drapy. What an awesome fabric!

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The lines of the pattern make the pants look like horseback riding pants.

 

As I was already in sewing mode, I cut into my beautiful flowery cotton lawn to make an Alma blouse. I made Version A, as I did with my nightgown blouse. I cut size 0 and was again able to leave out the zipper. I love the line of the pattern. It´s so flattering without being to dressy and is oh so comfortable as no other blouse can be. I hardly wore blouses in the past, maybe at an event when I had no dress (in a dresser full of dresses) to wear.But this one won me over.

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As I´m not a girly girl I never imagined myself in a flower print. Somehow I really liked the pattern of the fabric when I saw it. Now I´m glad I bought it because it´s the perfect match for the Alma. The fabric feels wonderful. Kind of like voile, just not seethrough. It has a great quality for a small price! I ordered 2 yards and still had a lot left over when I made the blouse. In a fit of craziness I managed to cut out a second one! Only this time I made a round neckline without the V. My hair makes me look like I´m shining.

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And at last: The fusion of Alma and Ooh la. A comfortable outfit for going out and crashing in front of the TV at the same time.

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Everyday clothing

 

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Vintage nightgown comes back to life

A few months ago my grandmother passed a nightgown on to me, which she got from her boss when she worked as a maid for a family. The nightgown, as beautiful as it was, was already falling apart. Almost all the seams where ripped and the gown had holes in various places. It was made out of a delicate silk crepe de chine, so my grandmother asked me to make something for myself out of it because it would be a waste to just let it rot in the attic. Challenge accepted!

The white colour was already turning yellowish and on a few places you could make out tiny faded lilac dots.

The constructions was quite simple. Basically it was just made out of two reactangles with holes for the arms and a neckline with a facing and a collar. On the waist it has ties to bring it in shape. Due to the construction I guess that the nightgown is from the 1920s (anyone has a different guess?) Sorry for the fuzzy picture!

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As you can see, the gown was already fixed a couple of times, espaccially on the front of the neckline. After two turns in the washing machine with the silk programm the yellow tone faded and it got a nice off-white colour to it now.

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It took me a long time to get myself to cut it. I was terrified of messing it up! But when I got my Alma blouse pattern in the mail, I finally kicked myself in the butt and started.

 

The pattern pieces JUST fit on the nightgown with avoiding the damages of the fabric. So no spare fabric for messing anything up. I made view A without the ties without any size alteration. But I did leave out the side zipper. After a lot of pondering over it I decided I didn´t want the zipperband peak through the sheer fabric. I tried it out and I can wiggle myself in without much effort. I did french seams, so that no seam finishing would shine through and avoid the delicate look of the blouse.

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I´m very happy how it turned out and can´t wait to show my grandmother! She´ll be very pleased, but she´s always pleased with whatever I make – evening gown or pyjama.

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The Alma blouse is very comfortable to wear, I like it a lot! It feels a little fancy but still casual enough to wear it with jeans or a mini skirt. There´ll be more to come for sure! Sometimes I wish I had a job where I can dress up a little. A white silk blouse for a day in kindergarten is probably not a good idea 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Everyday clothing

 

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Renfrew top and Ottobre jeans

Today I finally cut out my Renfrew top pattern from Sewaholic. I wasn´t planning on sewing it today, it was more a result of a frustrating search in my flat for something lost. I couldn´t find it so I needed a bit of feel-good-sewing. I had a chocolate brown cotton jersey in my stash which was a bit floppy (can I use floppy for describing a fabric??). Anyway, I used Framilion elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams so they don´t wear out. I cut out the pattern in size 4, which fits my bust size but is a bit to narrow for my waist and hip size according to the measurement sheet. As it turns out next time I still have room to take 1 or 2 centimeters in. But it fits very comfortable and I think this is going to be a go-to shirt pattern for me.

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I made the pants already a week ago. I´m in desperate need for some new pants, the majority of mine are torn in some place. I bought a navy and white striped denim fabric with a little stretch in it. The strips are so narrow, if you look at the fabric too long you´ll get dizzy 🙂

I used my favorite pant pattern, the Lady fit out of the Ottobre magazine in german size 36.

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ImageAs i don´t seem able to take a decent picture of me in the pants today, there are only these detail shots. And yes, I used an olive green zipper because I didn´t have a black or white one anymore. The pants are very comfortable, they have just the right hight on my upper hip.

 

Good night!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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My Minoru jacket

I instantly fell in love with the pattern when I saw the jacket from Lladybird.

I wanted a water and windproof jacket that´s warm enough for winter. So I used a blue Etaproof for the outside fabric. For all who don´t know it, it´s 100% cotton which is waterproof and very durable. I decided to add Thinsulate P80 as interlining for warmth. It´s supposed to keep warm even when it get´s moist. Let´s see about that. As a lining I used bright orange cotton Flanell. My only mistake was, to line the sleeves with flanell, too. So it´s a little hard to put on when I´m wearing a cozy pullover underneath. ImageI cut it out in a straigth size 6 but ended up taking in 1cm at the side seams.

The zipper is waterproof, too 🙂

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The best thing: I perfectly matches my hair!

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My mother took these pictures as a part of her homework. She is a photography student. So that´s why I´m posing like this 🙂

All in all I love this jacket and kept my warm everday now since winter is creeping it´s way into Vienna.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Everyday clothing

 

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