"With its bold geometric yokes in contrasting fabric, the Zircon Sweater/Dress is sure to make you stand out. The yokes extend into the sleeve, creating an interesting shape and a softly rounded shoulder. The loose cocoon shape is comfortable to wear without feeling swamped. The relaxed fit is complemented by bracelet length tapered sleeves. The crew neck is finished with a neckband.|
To be honest, it takes a little time to sew and I recommend sewing this with a clear mind! All the different yokes and pointy ends, require a little patience, and as you can see mine turned out a little more rounded at the corners than they were supposed to be. But the outcome is really rewarding!
I totally recommend checking out the Zircon sweater/ dress pattern if you want a twist on the classic sweater or a dress with beautiful details. Lisa's work is always exceptional!
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Lisa for free to review. I was not paid to review this pattern and all the opinions are my own!*
Hello guys! I'm taking this blogging thing more seriously lately and I'm quite happy about that! So Christmas is approaching really quickly and I've yet to begin my presents! The time race is real and I'm anxious to see if I'll be able to make it!
But on a more sewing related note now. This it the new Velo Culottes pattern from Sew This Pattern. When Annie was looking for pattern testers, I immediately volunteered! Her drafting skills are exceptional, and after all the fun I had with her Pin Pegs skirt, I knew this one would be no different!
The pattern is ideal for advanced beginners/intermediate sewers. There is a zipper to insert, a waistband and a pocket. There are two version included - Version A (knee length trousers) and Version B (shorts)
Since here in Greece the temperatures are dropping every day and winter is knocking at our front door, I decided to make a more winter-friendly version. Although, I have to warn you, that using a heavy fabric like mine, is not recommended in the pattern, mainly due to the pleat effect. But it worked for me! I went for the Version B(shorts) in size 12, without any modifications, other than shortening the hem by 1cm more, to work for my height, and used a heavy cotton fabric I had in my stash. The pattern was a delight to sew, with very clear instructions, that everyone could follow!
The style is something I've never tried before and I can say, that I like it a lot! It reminds me of the French chic street fashion!
I love the versatility of this pattern! Choose a lightweight silk for the perfect summer shorts or a light weight wool for a more autumn/winter look! Make it in a bold color or a print for a different effect! Style it with flats, heels or boots! The possibilities are endless!
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Annie for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Annie. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*
As most of the times, I found the pattern in -the-heaven-of-knitting-stuff- Ravelry. For my first endeavour, I wanted something fairly easy that I could knit while binge watching my favourite series (at the moment is Once Upon A Time, which I seriously recommend that you watch, if you haven't already!). The pattern is the Didi&Catcat sweater pattern from this amazing French blog named CatCat et son dressing. She knits the most amazing modern garments and I fell in love with her designs, even though my knowledge of French is actually non existing! I followed her instructions for a mini version of her original pattern, because I wanted the sweater slightly less oversized.
With the help of the trusty Google translate, I was able to finish this sweater in less than 2 weeks. The pattern is actually two rectangles for the body and two rectangles for the sleeves knitted in garter stitch and sewed together at the end. You don't even need circular needles for this one! The only modification I made was tapering the sleeves at the end for a more close fitting result.
For this, I used size 5(US8) and size 10(US15) straight needles and approximately 9 skeins of this Air Alpaca yarn from Katia Yarns in the Medium Grey (205) color. The yarn is so soft and lovely! I spritz blocked the sweater, because the yarn is quite delicate. This was also my first time I tried blocking properly!
So what about you? What are you knitting this winter? What was your first knitted item?
You can also find me in Ravelry!
|culottes: self-made/ sweater: self-made/ shoes: Adidas Stan Smith|
Hello lovely readers(if there's anyone actually left!) and happy new month! So as always, long time no see! But with the arrival of the new month and the year coming to an end, I thought maybe this is a good chance for a fresh start!
So, on with some sewing news, as I mentioned before I've signed up for pattern drafting lessons! I couldn't be happier with my decision! Since then my relationship with sewing has got a totally different dimension. Now I' m able to understand design elements, dart placement, fitting and all these features that once were so strange to me. We covered everything for skirts to different bodice variations and we dipped our feet slightly in the oh-so-scary pant making pool with learning how to draft culottes.
This is the first version I made and I have three more coming! They feature both front and back darts. a fly-front zipper closure and have an ankle length. For these I used a fuschia-red crepe fabric. They come together pretty easy and as it was my first time doing a fly front zip closure, I'm quite proud if I can say so myself! The only problem was that they come out a little tight around the dreaded belly area, something that I corrected in my next versions! All in all I'm really happy with the outcome and really excited to do more drafting.
I paired my culottes with my Astoria sweater from Seamwork magazine. I made version 1 of the pattern in size M without any alteration. For these photos I've turned the waistband to the inside, but I think I'm going to omit it and just hem the sweater, because I prefer the length without the waistband. I used a white medium weight rib knit for this one. It came together pretty quickly and I'm happy with the final result, I just wished I've made version 2 with the longer sleeves. Oh well, there's always next time!
So how about you? Are you fan of the culottes trend?
Lately I'm not really happy with my clothes. Nothing about my wardrobe excites me and the same goes for my sewing. So this new beginning gives me a clean slate to start fresh. So I started eyeing my personal style, making moodboards and planning my fall wardrobe with a new perspective. My sewing mojo came back and I'm really excited for all that's coming. I'll share more of my fall planning soon.
In my research for inspiration I found these really useful posts, that are worth having a look at:
-Wardrobe architect: 5 steps to plan your fall sewing by Colette
-Wardrobe architect: Making your sewing list by Colette
-Fall '15 Wardrobe Inspiration by Grainline
-Into Mind: Define your personal style
I also revamped the layout of my blog. I created this watercolor layout I really love and I feel really inspired by the new space. What do you think about it?
So how about you? Are you doing any planning for the new season?
Hello guys! Long time, no see, right? But, you know...life happens! So I'm back and I can't wait for fall! Fall weather, fall clothes, fall sewing! But, first, it's only right to share the last bits of my summer sewing with you. So, as promised, this is my second pair of McCall 6965.
I really love these culottes! For this version I used a black pique fabric, which gives the perfect body to these. I cut a size 14, but I made a couple alterations. I subtracted 3 cm from the back waistband and I lengthened the pattern by 6 cm, which made them the perfect length and fit. You can see my first version in a staight size 14, here.
To pair with these culottes I made two crop tops using the Nettie pattern from Closet Case patterns. For both of them I cut a size 10. For the off the shoulder version I used this tutorial from Heather's blog and a medium weight striped knit fabric and for the second scoop front-high back variation with short sleeves I used some lycra knit I had in my stash.
In my opinion this combo makes the perfect summer outfit!
So how about you? Are you still sewing summer clothes or are you all about fall sewing?
Hello everyone! Temperatures are officially high here in sunny Greece and it's all about the summer outfits! I had my eye on McCall 6965 for quite some time now, especially after seeing this amazing version from Beth Stitches. I'm not really a big fan of the Big 4 if I'm been honest. I prefer the modern vibe of the indie sewing patterns and I like to support indie designers! But this pattern was in my patterns-to-buy list for a loooong time.
I had a loose short in my summer sewing list for a long time. I had Megan's Tania culottes pattern in my stash, but I wanted something with a little less fabric bulk. I wanted them to resemble more shorts, than circle skirt. And I was pleasantly surprised! These here exactly what I wanted!
This is my muslin version. I cut a size 14, but I ended up changing a few things (which I'll mention in my next post with the final version of these). The pattern runs really short, as many more sewers mentioned. These ended up being perfect for the beach, which I'm happy about, because I really love this fabric!
For the top I used the Plantain t-shirt from Deer&Doe patterns, cut in a size 44 for an oversized look and sewed with the softest bamboo jersey! In my opinion these patterns are making the perfect breezy and comfy summer outfit!
More on the final version of these shorts soon!
Oh guys! What can I say about this pattern? Everything you ever wanted from a garment it's combined in this pattern! It's chic, it's comfortable, it's flattering, it's just THE ULTIMATE summer garment! This is Closet Case Files newest release, named after this inspiring lady!
The Sallie Jumpsuit & Maxi-dress is a super comfortable and easy to make sewing pattern. Heather's inspiration came from the 70's fashion, in particular the swinging, sexy, Studio 54 Halston and Yves St. Laurent years. With Bianca Jagger in mind she designed a modern take on the jumpsuit, devastatingly chic and easy to wear! Designed for knits, it features no closure which makes it a breeze to slip in and out of. The pattern comes with two top variations, a v-neck, kimono sleeve tee or a strappy tank, and three bottom variations, wide leg pants, culottes or a maxi skirt! Did I mention it also features pockets? What else could you wish for?
I just fell really hard for this pattern! It was around midnight and I was chilling in my living room ready to call it a night, when I got the email for Sallie's release! It was love at first sight! I instantly bought the pattern and a fabric shop trip was on my to do list the next day!
I cut the kimono sleeve tee with wide leg pants variations in a size 10 without any modifications and I couldn't be happier with the fit of this! I used a black bamboo knit and 1 cm elastic for the waist. The pattern is a breeze to put together. It took me an afternoon to construct this and I wore it the same night!
What I love about this pattern is how easily you can dress it up or down. Here I paired it with my Stan Smiths for a casual look, but I could as easy see this paired with heels for a night out! Check out Heather's post with inspiration on how to style your Sallie! I can see many more variations on Sallie coming! Stay tuned!
Hello everyone! So May is over and with it goes this year's Me-Made-May. As you may have noticed there was no Week 3 and 4 recap here on the blog. That's because I only wore handmade 1 or 2 days over these weeks and they mostly were repeat outfits that I didn't feel like sharing again. You could say my Me-Made-May was a failure this year, but I 'll say I feel the opposite!
Me-Made-May '15 gave my a big inside of my handmade wardrobe! It highlighted the gaps of my wardrobe, it showed me what I enjoy wearing and what fabrics work for me. So Me-Made-May '15 teached me that:
- My summer handmades are mostly skirts.
- I need to sew more tops.
- I could use some more dresses.
- I 'd like to incorporate more prints into my summer wardrobe.
- I need to think of my wardrobe as a capsule.
I'm glad I participated to this year's MMM15 and I can't wait for next year! Hopefully next year will find me with a better and more sufficient handmade wardrobe!
How about you? What did MMM15 teached you?
Hello guys! You now when sometimes you want a quick and easy sewing project to give you that feeling of instant gratification? That feeling of accomplishment, something that you can sew in one night and wear to work the next morning? Well, I'm here to share a project exactly like that!
This is the newly released Onyx shirt pattern from Paprika patterns. I was a reviewer for this project, which basically meant that Lisa sent me this pattern to sew in exchange of a blog post in which I could write whatever I wanted, good or bad. Seems like a very fair deal to me! This is my first time using Paprika patterns. Their Jasper sweater has been in my to sew list for a long time now and I should really make it happen soon.
The Onyx is a shirt pattern for woven fabrics with two views. View A is a shirt length with a high neckline and short sleeves with cuffs and View B is a cropped top with a scoop neckline and small waist darts for shaping. You can mix and match the two views with endless possibilities!
I choose to sew View B in a size 4 without any alterations. I used a polka dot woven fabric I had in my stash and some white single fold bias tape to finish the neckline and the armholes. I love this top! It's the perfect summer crop top to pair with high-waisted trousers and skirts! The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and the top came together in less than two hours! I plan on making many more of these tops for summer!
The pattern is on sale for 15% off until this Sunday at 12:00am Central European Time, so if you like Onyx, you better hurry to grab your copy!
*Disclaimer: Lisa sent me this pattern in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
|photos from my Instagram|
OUTFIT 1: Self-drafted pencil skirt
OUTFIT 2: Pin Pegs mini skirt from Sew This Pattern (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Self-drafted kimono sleeve dress
One thing I've already realised is that my me-made summer wardrobe is limited to mainly bottoms. I should really start making more tops! Is there anything you already realised about your wardrobe through the course Me-Made-May?
Hello everyone! I'm here to share an awesome project with you! A few weeks ago, Annie from Nine Stitches contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in testing her first pattern, after seeing this post on my blog. At first I was a little hesitant because I didn't know if I really had the time for it, but after seeing some pictures of the pattern I knew I had to say yes!
This is the Pin Pegs mini skirt. The pattern is a downloadable sewing pattern perfect for the advanced beginner or the intermediate sewer. This pattern is right up my alley. I'm know to love a good mini skirt and usually I have to shorten most skirt patterns. But not this one! This is THE perfect mini skirt. The perfect twist to the classic skirt, with modern, clean lines and an asymmetric hem design and zipper closure. The pattern fits me like a glove! I sewed a size 12 without any alteration. I used a cotton fabric with a bit of elastane for better movement.
For those of you that aren't a mini lover, Annie will have a Pin Pegs long skirt pattern coming soon, as well as a tutorial on how to lengthen the Pin Pegs mini skirt. I definitely recommend buying this pattern! The final outcome is really satisfying and it's the perfect pattern to spice up your wardrobe.
You can see more about the pattern here.
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Annie, which was incorporated into the final pattern. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*
Hello everyone! The first week of Me-Made-May '15 is officially over! I pledged to wear at least 3 me-made garments every week and this week I managed to wear 4. I'm really happy to explore my handmade wardrobe and use my me-made garments with creative ways. Here are the recap of this week's outfits:
OUTFIT 1: Self drafted skirt
OUTFIT 2: Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti patterns (blogged here)
OUTFIT 3: Plantain tee from Deer&Doe patterns
OUTFIT 4: Self drafted skirt (blogged here)
Are you participating in Me-Made-May '15 ? How are you doing so far?
Happy May everybody! So spring is officially here and with it comes the greatest sewing challenge, Me Made May. Me Made May is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/ knit/ crochet/ refashion/ upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. You can read more about it over at 'So, Zo...What do you know' 's blog.
So yesterday I made my pledge:
'I, Mady from The Wardrobe Project sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least 3 me made garments each week for the duration of May 2015'
I'll share my outfits on my Instagram and I'll try to make a weekly roundup on the blog like I did in last year's challenge. But for me this year the most important thing is to see what works for my wardrobe and what's not and what percentage of my me made garments are actually worn by me.
So, how about you? Are you taking part in Me-Made-May'15? What is your pledge?
Hello everyone! Long time no see! So spring is officially here! Temperatures are rising and spring clothes are coming to full rotation. As I mentioned in my previous post, I started taking pattern drafting lessons recently. When you start learning how to draft your own pattern based on your own measurements the first garment you learn is a skirt. It's the easiest pattern and requires only three measurement, your waist, your hips and your desired length. So first of all you learn how to make a straight skirt and then you are able to modified it to almost any skirt you could imagine.
This is my first straight skirt based on my own measurements. Sewing patterns from companies of course are awesome and all that jazz, but there's just this thing when you make something out of your own measurements and fits like a glove that makes you feel satisfied in a whole new level. This is just a basic skirt with two front and two back darts and a waist facing. I hand stitched the hem with a blind stitch and serged all the inside seams.
The fabric is a lovely cotton with 3% elastane that I won from House of Pinheiro on her 3 year blog anniversary last May. I fell in love as soon as I saw this fabric and I waited patiently until I found the right project for it. I'm very happy with how this skirt turned out and I've already worn it numerous times. Here I paired it with my Mandy Boat Tee(free pattern!)from Tessuti.
So how about you? Do you like drafting your own patterns? Did you ever had pattern drafting lessons or are you a self-taught pattern drafter?
Hello guys! Sorry for the absence this past last month. The main reason i didn't blog anything over the course of March here is because I lost a key part from my tripod, so I'm not able to photograph anything by myself right now. I have been sewing a bit here and there and I have a couple new makes I would love to share with you. Let's hope I find someone willing to photograph me over the holidays(Greek easter) so I can show you what I 've been making.
In other news I started taking pattern drafting lessons and I couldn't be happier. I started seeing sewing in a total different angle as I'm learning more and more about pattern drafting. I'll share my projects with you as I'm progressing!
Over to this post now, since I don't have any sewing project to show you at the moment I thought I'll share with you my Wardrobe Architect progress. So March's goal was to plan our wardrobe. Now as I previously discussed here my wardrobe consists mostly from basic stuff and I feel it's really boring, so as spring is approaching I'd love to add more fun prints to it and have some visual interest.
FIND THE HOLES
After cleaning my wardrobe and quite a lot of internet browsing I decided on some pieces I'd love to add to my wardrobe for spring and summer. These pieces are:
- 1 pair of floral leggings
- 4 loose fitting short sleeve tops-black, white, grey and striped
- 2 loose fitting long sleeve tops-white and black
- 1 loose fitting long sleeve cropped top
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 maxi dress-in a print
- 2 pairs of palazzo pants-a solid one and one with a print
- 1 maxi dress
- 1 loose fitting blazer
- 1 chambray button down
- 1 loose fitting cardigan-in a print
- 1 shift dress
- 1 shirtdress
- 1 fitted mini skirt-in a print
- 2 full skirts-in a solid and in a print
MAKING A SHOPPING LIST
I decided that this spring, apart from underwear. I'll try to only buy a couple of pair of new jeans that I need, since sewing jeans is something I'm not comfortable trying just yet!
I found pattern matches for almost everything in my list and I plan to use my pattern drafting lessons to make all of my skirt and shift dress.
I've been a little sneaky and I've started my sewing early. Two skirts and a pair of trousers down already!
So what do you think about my plans? Are you participating in Wardrobe Architect? If yes, how's your progress?
So this post is a little belated, but nonetheless I wanted to share with you my progress for last month's Wardrobe Architect. To be honest, I didn't do much this month. I went through a major wardrobe cleaning session sometime over September, keeping things, throwing away and giving away things. So when February's worksheet came, I didn't have much to report.
Tracking worksheets of wardrobes don't really work for me, as I am a more optical type of person. I didn't write down the things left on my wardrobe, but I can already tell that I own far too many black casual shirts, long sleeved, short sleeved, you name it! A few dresses I rarely wear, some skirts, some pairs of jeans, a couple of black jeans and some leggings. Looking at my wardrobe the only thing coming to mind is boring! What I really miss from my wardrobe is print, color and more wow-factor pieces.
I'm really looking forward to spring sewing and fabrics and I can't wait to start organising my spring/summer capsule wardrobe. How about you? Are you participating in Wardrobe Architect?