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October Top

This top was finished and also worn during Self-Stitched September. I needed more tops. It has its wonks, but I still like it, I particularly like the fabric. The fabric is a knit viscose which is soft and nice to wear.

The pattern is Burdastyle 04-2009-112, which is a pretty basic raglan sleeve t-shirt. It was also for this pattern I learnt how to self make Vlieseline bias tape. It was pretty easy to stitch up, the hardest part was keeping track of front and back pieces of the sleeves and body. Also my mind must not have been working right, because I could not figure out how to do the cuffs. They became my own version.

I don’t really know what I did, but they add a little extra touch to the top. They are a bit annoying, I will admit that, but for most part, I like them.

Project summary:
: Burdastyle 04-2009-112.
Difficulty:2/5, BS’ rating – I agree
Alterations: Different cuffs. I didn’t fold the facing inwards after attaching it to the neckline.

Fabric: Viscose knit
Notions: Self-made Vieline bias tape, thread
Price: Fabric 120 SEK (€13), interfacing + thread 5 SEK (€0.54).
Total: 125 SEK (€13.54)

Project Summary: A basic, easy t-shirt pattern. I fell in love with the fabric from the catalogue, the colour was great for a basic. The shirt is comfortable, it was easy to sew and if I ever feel like making another t-shirt this pattern is a great candidate. The neckline is perfect.
As for the name of the project. The week I finished this October began and the Sew Weekly theme was Think Pink in honour of breast cancer awareness, so my top became the October top.


Little Purple Dress

In the beginning of my sewing career I sewed a lot of party wear (see The Dissertation Party dress and My “Dress” for examples). I realised I didn’t get a lot of use out of them so I sewed more everyday wear over the years. I still enjoy sewing beautiful clothes, it’s more a piece of art, but not very practical. So for this project I was enticed to sew something more dressed up.

The pattern is Burdastyle, from the magazine 04-2010 (I don’t know the number) and it can be dowloaded from the Burdastyle website for free! It’s some tricky sewing involved when assembling the bodice. First you insert the zipper in the bodice backs for about 10 cm. This is because you must do the facings before you can assemble the bodice due to the wrap effect. Once the facings are in, the bodice can be assembled and then attached to the skirt so the zipper can be sewn in all the way.

The dress has a bodice and a skirt. The bodice has insets on either side, both front and back. The seams from the insets meet a pleat in the front and a dart in the back.

In the front there’s a wrap with pleats that go into the inset. It’s a very flattering look and the neckline is perfect.

Project summary:
: Burdastyle 04-2010-???
Difficulty: 3/5 by maker. I agree, this is not a project for a beginner.
Alterations: None, it fitted right out of the bag.

Fabric: Viscose twill
Notions: Invisible zipper, interfacing, thread.
Price: Fabric 180 SEK (€19.88), zipper 24 SEK (€2.65), interfacing and thread 10 SEK (€1.10)
Total: 214 SEK (€23.64)

Project Summary: I love it! It’s not like anything else I own and I feel so elegant in it. I want to sit in a fancy bar at cocktail hour sipping a drink. Now I just need an occasion to wear it.
My first instinct was to make it in a dark blue satin, I hope I will get an opportunity to do that type of dress, but then I definitely need an occasion for it.

My Pattern review

The Oasis Dress

Another dress to add to the collection. I’ve been eyeing the Laura jumper for quite a while, in fact I had it downloaded to my computer since it was for free, yes that was almost 3 years ago. I never dared to make it as it was marked intermediate and it was to be very fitted, I was worried that my skills would not be enough.

It wasn’t as hard asI expected, although I misunderstood the instructions at some points, but nothing major. It fitted right out of the printer. The instructions were not too hard, the pictures really help.

I omitted the back buttons, at first it was due to a mistake in cutting, however now I’m glad I don’t have them. With this fabric they would have gotten lost in the florals anyway, so nobody would had seen them.

I did the belt as well, I like the touch it adds, altough it almost can’t be seen. The next time I’m fabric shopping I will look for aubergine or teal courdoroy to make some belts to vary with.

For the dress I chose a printed courdoroy, I wanted a warm late autumn/winter dress. From this fabric comes the name of the dress. Courdoroy is called Manchester in Swedish and when I think of Manchester I think of Oasis. With the flowers, this dress became the Oasis dress. For lining I used a plain (but very green) cotton from IKEA, the only fabric in my stash that was useful and I wanted to sacrifice.

Project Summary
Burdastyle 6000, Laura
Difficulty: Intermediate (BS’ rating). Some tricky bits, but not as hard as I’d thought. Or perhaps I underestimate myself. I wouldn’t recommend this to a novice sewer, but to someone with more experience.
Alterations: I omitted the back slit with buttons.

Fabric: Printed courdoroy and cotton.
Notions: Invisible zipper, buttons, thread, interfacing.

Project rating: I love this dress! I like that it fit me very well just as it was, I like the look of it, the faric I found. This will probably get a lot of wear in the upcoming winter.

Price: Fabric 180 SEK (€19.64) lining 20 SEK (€2.18),  buttons 14 SEK (€1.53), zipper 23 SEK (€2.51), thread 1 SEK (€0.11)
Total: 238 SEK (€25.97)

Denim Pencil Skirt

When I bought this denim, way back in April 2010 I envisioned it as a pencil skirt. While a more pouffy skirt was made first the vision was kept and I knew I had enough  to make this skirt as well.

I used the same pattern as I did with my Exclusive skirt since I liked it. It still became a very different skirt. The fabric is heavier so it falls differently, plus I made use of topstitching for this one. I also omitted the lining.

I really like the flattering look of this skirt. I wore it to work today and I felt great in it, it’s definitely a success!

Project Summary
Burdastyle Magazine 2009-01-128
Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Magazine’s rating) I agree.The trickiest part was the curved seams and if you just need to pay attention.
Omitted lining and buttons.

Fabric: Thick denim
Notions: Invisible zipper, thread (due to the thickness of the fabric I skipped the interfacing on the facing bits)

Total price: Fabric 35SEK (€3.96), zipper 23 SEK (€2.60), thread 1 SEK (€0.11). Total 59 SEK (€6.68)

Project rating: A quickie project which turned out as I had envisioned it when I bought the fabric (it doesn’t happen very often that the fabric turns out the way it’s supposed to with me). As I wore it to work I really loved wearing it and felt great in it. A great scrap bin find!

My Namesake Skirt

In preparation for Self-Stitched September I whipped up yet another skirt. This skirt, a Burdastyle pattern, actually had my name on it. It was a quick project, not many hours to make.

The skirt has pleating details in both the front and the back and a waistband. I omitted the front button closure and did a side zipper with buttons in the waistband instead.

The zipper is ridicolously long (the bottom can be seen as it isn’t perfect) but it was all I could spare from my stash. I do have a blue zipper, but I intend to make a  denim pencil skirt, so I’d rather save the blue one for that. The other zipper was a beige visible one, so that wasn’t an alternative.

The pencil skirt was my first intention for the denim and I plan to do some topstitching on it. Therefore I bought the red thread. This skirt didn’t have a lot of potential for topstitching, but the thread leaves a few colour pops along the way.

The pleating runs along both the front and back and adds the special touch to the skirt.

Project Summary
Burdastyle Helena
Difficulty: Intermediate (BS’ rating). My version was very simple, but with the button closure I’m sure it goes up in difficulty. To make my version you need some experience just to alter the pattern. The skirt itself was very easy (if someone was to use my finished pattern).
Alterations: Did the front on the fold in stead of the button front closure. Added zipper in the side seam.

Fabric: Denim
Notions: Invisible zipper, buttons, thread (the pattern called for interfacing in the waistband, but I skipped that as the denim was sturdy enough)

Project rating: A quickie skirt, which was my aim. The alterations were made to fabric, time and notions constraints – I wanted to finish in one day. I’m very pleased with my new denim skirt!

Price: Fabric 35 SEK (€3.96, buttons + thread 5 SEK (€0.57), zipper 23 SEK (€2.60)
Total: 63 SEK (€7.13)

My Pattern Review

Skirt without Bow

This pattern is called “Skirt with bow details”. I did the skirt without the bow.

The pattern is Burdastyle 2010-04-125, a pencil skirt with a flounce. The bow should go on the back of the flounce, but, as reviewers on Pattern Review, noticed, you’d sit on it. I omitted it and I still like the look of the skirt.

I like that the pleat (which I see doesn’t lay right in this picture) adds a bit of fun to an ordinary pencil skirt. One thing to watch is that the back of the flounce falls lower than the front and the inside of the fabric (as well as the hem) will be seen.

When I went to the fabric store I, on purpose, did not buy any thread, figuring I had a bunch of spools at home. That’s why I have a contrast thread.

This pattern was featured in the Burdastyle magazine and can also be found as a downloadable from their website. Just when they put it up to the website it was free, so I was able to snatch this (and a few more) patterns for free!

I really like the style of this skirt and it’s a great neutral that will work with many things. My review on Pattern Review.

Project Summary
Burdastyle #04-2010-125, Skirt with bow details
Difficulty: Intermediate (BS’ rating). The construction was quite simple, but the download instructions were scarce and some experience is needed to crack them, or to be able to read the technical drawing.
Alterations: None. Omitted bow.

Fabric: Cotton twill
Notions: Invisible zipper, interfacing, thread

Project rating: The skirt is quite simple and works for a work environment, but adds a little excitement with the flounce. I really like the style of this skirt.

Price: Fabric65 SEK (€7.36), lining 20 SEK (€2.26), interfacing + thread 5 SEK (€0.57), zipper 23 SEK (€2.60)
Total: 110 SEK (€12.45)

The Librarian Skirt

The first time I saw this fabric in the catalogue I fell in love, I knew I had to have it. I wanted a simple skirt to show off the fabric and for some reason the finished skirt makes me feel like a librarian – hence the name of the skirt.

The pattern is self-drafted with the help of my trustworthy pattern-drafting book. It’s a simple A-line skirt with a waistband and a side zipper.

It looks pretty much the same from the back and the front. Perhaps I need to be aware that I should pull it down in the back.

I’m not 100% happy with the waistband, but it’s OK. I took the time to find a fun button in stead of going for a generic one. The button is nothing special, but I thought it was very pretty and completed the circular theme of the skirt.

Project summary:
Self-drafted from pattern book
Difficulty: Easy. The hardest bit was the zipper.

Fabric: Brushed cotton twill.
Notions: Invisible zipper, button, thread

Project rating: It’s not often I fall in love with a fabric, but with this I did. If my mum was here she’d totally call it a “Helena fabric”. I envisioned the fabric as an A-line skirt and I fulfilled that vision. Another successful project!

Fabric 125 SEK (€14.15), zipper 23 SEK (€2.60), button +  thread 30 SEK (3.40).
Total 178 SEK (€20.15)

The Chocolate Pants

Yay, I’ve finally finished (and photographed) my very first real pants. I’m so proud of them!

As I was going through the pictures I noticed that I had a thread on my right knee. Ah, well. Also, the waistband doesn’t pull as much as it looks.

The pattern is Burdastyle’s Ellen (free!). It’s a pretty basic pant pattern and I think I might use it again as it fit me well pretty much out of the printer.

All I did for fit changes was widened each dart with 2 cm. That’s it.

For the first time I did a real fly front. It’s wasn’t as hard as I thought (I used this great tutorial). My fly is not perfect, but it’s good enough and I’m proud of it since it was my first time.

The insides of the flaps and pockets are lined with some leftover fabric from my sunhat. It added a fun detail that doesn’t ruin the professional look of the pants.

Project Summary
Burdastyle #9305, Ellen
Difficulty: Intermediate (BS’ rating) I agree.
Alterations: Widened darts. Changed position and directions of flaps and pockets. Did a real fly front in stead of the mock fly front suggested in the pattern.

Fabric: Cotton twill
Notions: 4 buttons, zipper, interfacing, thread

Project rating: My first real pants! I’m very happy with the result. The twill really provided a clean polished look when finished. The pattern is a great staple for pants, I might come back to it again. I think these pants will see a lot of wear in the upcoming fall.

Price: Fabric130 SEK (€14.72), lining 20 SEK (€2.26), interfacing + thread 5 SEK (€0.57), zipper 23 SEK (€2.60)
Total: 178 SEK (€20.15)

My review on Pattern review