Thursday, October 20

black&navy floral

dress - burda 08/2016/117

feeling a bit conflicted about my new dress
one the one hand, i really love how the dress turned out
i loved sewing it, and adding all the lace tape was fun
it's super comfy and i love how those two fabrics look together..
on the other hand, it's kind of not my style at all
and i feel a bit strange wearing it
as if i'm wearing a costume
i mean, i love me some boho looking dresses
and i've sewn quite a few of them, that i still love and wear..
but it's almost like i love that look in theory
more than i love it once i try to pull it off..
does that even make any sense?

dunno why the 'bust' tape looks so unsymmetrical in these  pics
i swear it's neat and symmetrical irl :)
(and i have an instagram photo to prove it)

anyways.. back to more technical stuff
i changed the sleeves, narrowed them quite a bit
because i did not have enough fabric for the original sleeves
but i actually like them now more than original ones..
also, i had no idea what i was supposed to do with pattern piece no12
i wasn't reading instructions before cutting fabric
so i cut that piece in black floral fabric
(it shouldn't be cut, but used later, when pleated panels are added to skirt
as a pattern for trimming i don't-know-what,
i wasn't actually planning to add those pleated parts, 
and burda instructions are rather strange sometimes)
so, when i finished the skirt, and it looked a bit too hi-lo for my taste
i simply added that piece no12 to skirt front
and it made the hem way more even
plus it added visual interest to skirt
and is not my favorite detail of the dress

and that would be it.. 
now i'm off to find me some gray shapeless sack to wear
and feel more like myself again 

Monday, September 12

not so little LBD (and few tops too)

i'm all about simple things lately
simple silhouettes, simple lines, simple fabrics,
minimal jewelry, bold lipsticks (and a bitchface, apparently)

(with occasional smile)

first i've made a top, two months ago.. 
white one with black dots, 
that you can see in pics below..
pattern is from may issue of burda magazine (#111)
and i loved it, so i made another one
and then wore those two tops repeatedly
like i have no other items in my closet..
then it hit me that i should turn that pattern into a dress
and make my dressing up in the morning even more simple
no need to think which pants, shorts or skirt to wear with one of the tops
just put a dress on and call it a day..
it can't get more simple than that
(unless you're in a nudist camp in high summer
and dressing is totally unnecessary)

also made these pants
(trusty burda 07/2011/#102
first time in jersey fabric)
should make more of these too

so yeah.. i have my summer shit figured out
now only if summer would last forever


Thursday, July 14

sandra's maxi

new maxi.. that i've made for me
but gave away to my friend sandra
because she, as you can see, looks pretty damn perfect in it
(and i can always sew a new one for me..
not that i need any more dresses at the moment, but still..)
for the pattern i used top 'pattern'
that i copied from an rtw top
and then simply elongated it to maxi length
and added elastic at the waist
easy peasy, and nothing to talk about..
plus i'm not really in the mood for talking
as it's freaking hot 
and there is brand new episode of mr robot to be watched..
so i'll leave you to lovely sandra
and her new dress

Friday, June 17

new maxi dress

dress - halter maxi, burda magazine 06/2016/106

my favorite maxi dress at the moment!
probably only until i sew the next one
which is going to happen real soon
as i'm obsessed with maxis currently:
wanna make them in all shapes, colors and prints
had a lot of issues with this dress
but not because of the pattern
but because of the fabric, that was insanely thin and shifty..
it's a rayon challis, lovely to wear and super soft
but a bit different from every other challis fabrics i sewed with
it's loosely woven and has a mind of it's own
so.. my dress ended up being slightly wonky
and not as symmetrical as i would like it to be
but i love it anyways


dress is supposed to have quite a few more pattern pieces
but i eliminated them..
it comes with another 'bodice' underneath, 
that is boned and strapless 
but i decided i do not need that
it's a summer dress, halter bodice is lined with self fabric
that's a lot of fabric already, in hot belgrade summer,
i can live without few more layers of fabric and interfacing
(and not having to install boning is a plus too)
did not use pattern for the skirt
as i did not have enough fabric
i just pleated one large rectangle of fabric free handedly 
and sewed it to the bodice

Monday, June 6


finally got around to posting some pics of the shirts i sewed recently
all made using my currently favorite pattern
burda 02/2015/114(113)

navy-white one, that my friend sandra is modeling
is my latest version
it's made in rayon challis
so it's super comfy, and great for hot summer weather
(that kind of makes it up for misprint
and the fact that i turned the fabric upside down when i cut front pieces)

pink lipstick printed one is in some sort of poly crepe fabric
that i lined with white rayon challis
(to make it opaque, and also more comfy against the skin)

last one, that is also my favorite
is made in crazy printed silk
(dunno what kind of silk
as i got it from remnant bin labeled only as 'silk'
but it's lightweight, slightly transparent
and sews beautifully)
and, even though i wear this one the most
i failed to take a decent pics to prove it
so, this blurry instagram shot is all i have for you

it's a shapeless, rectangular design
so it's not a pattern for everyone
i realize that most people do not like this type of
'shapeless sack' dresses..
but i love them
shirt is really oversized.. like really really oversized
so, even though i wear size 38, i sewed it up in size 34/36
and skipped adding an extra piece of pleated fabric
at the center back 
that would make it even more oversized
and it's still a big shirt..
but it's big in a cool way :) to my eye, at least..
so i might just sew few more
and live in them until fall

Tuesday, April 5

new coat (and a dress)

made a new coat (01/2011, #126)
that was on my mind for over a year
ever since i saw that beautiful coat that marusya grace sewed last winter
i've used deep purple wool and navy napa leather
violet stretch satin for lining
and a lot of hand sewing..
usually i prefer to sew everything by machine,
but since this is a super easy project
and fabrics are more luxurious than those i usually sew with
i decided to take my time and 
pay attention to the details and finishes
instead of rushing everything as i would normally do
so, i assembled the coat and lining using machine
and than finished everything else by hand
lining attaching included
(some of that work was totally unnecessary
like securing all the seam allowances
using some sort of an invisible stitch..
but it looks super nice, so i'm glad i did it anyways, 
even though it's now covered by lining)
front edges and bottom hem are left unfinished
the wool won't fray
and the coat looks way better this way
that narrow strip of leather at the back of my neck
is covering seam allowances of the shawl collar
so it looks neat on the both sides

loved working with leather
even though i do not have all the equipment needed
so it was a struggle to sew it..
and now my head is buzzing with ideas
for future leather projects

dress is from march burda issue (#119)
and i've been living in it ever since i made it

Thursday, March 17

sweater no.2

knitted another sweater..
not as happy with it as with sweater no.1
i planed to make it quite oversized 
and light gray, with really long sleeves..
but i made a silly mistake
of not buying enough yarn
in my defense, i asked them if they have more yarn
 in that shade in stock,
and lady in the store said they have plenty
and plan to order even more during the winter..
two weeks later, i used up all the yarn i had
and when i wanted to buy more
it was out of stock in all of their 7 stores in belgrade..
so i called the shop in my hometown
and they told me they have one skein left
so i had my aunt buy it and send it to me..
and when it arrived, i realized it's wrong shade of gray
and that's how the two toned sweater happened
since i needed two more skeins for what i originally planned
and had only one
had to abandon the idea of really long sleeves
and the sweater ended up being out of proportion
like some oddly shaped dress with three quarter sleeves
but it's warm and cozy and i wear it a lot
so it's a keeper anyways
as with the sweater no.1, i freestyled the knitting
it's simple shape, knitted in round
with 2x2 rib for hems
and seed stitch for body and sleeves
note to self: next time knit sleeves in flat and sew them up
as picking up stitches and knitting sleeve in round
is a pain it the ass

oh.. and as you can see, i got a pixie cut and i love it
makes my life way easier