Mittwoch, 4. Juli 2018

Ich packe meinen Koffer...

My dear sewing friends,

There has passed a long time without any post. Today, German sewists are meeting at MeMadeMittwoch showing their handmade travel wardrobes.
When going to Verona in Italy in may, I dressed mostly in me mades. Those of you following me at IG @paisleypirouette have seen my pictures already.
Peter and the Wolf pants, Papercut Patterns and Portrait Blouse, Gerties New Book for Better Sewing, is a very good travel combination. The trousers are thin and stretchy and the top is not only a simple t-shirt.
Mc Call m5525, my go to unlined coat is perfect for summer and I love the Liberty Robe Bleuet, Deer and Doe, with long Archer sleeves.
Another Robe Bleuet, so lovely to wear because of the use of Nani Iro double gauze.
Linen Moana dress, Papercut Patterns. This dress is in constant rotation.
Linen Inari dress, Named Clothing. The pattern is so aery and comfortable.
This linen floral Moana maxi dress, Papercut Pattern, was a surprise success. So lovely to wear!

What are you packing for your holidays? Have a look at MeMadeMittwoch!

Wishing you a lovely summer time,
SaSa

Donnerstag, 22. März 2018

Perth Dress, Carolyn& Cassie Pattern

Hello, my dears!

Have you seen Carolyn‘s first pattern she launched together with her daughter Cassie, the Perth Dress? I already loved the design when last year in april, Carolyn showed her own dress in progress at IG. It features a men‘s wear inspired style with a very interesting front pleat ending at the collar stand.
When discovering the sewing blogger community several years ago, Carolyn‘s blog „Handmade by Carolyn“ was the one which encouraged me to begin sewing my own clothes. For making my first self made garments, I took the same patterns she had made and little by little finished them. Just click at the pictures to see her versions.
B4985
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Some years have passed and I am so glad that Carolyn met me at Me-Made-May! She would always encourage me. She had supposed I take part at IG, too, which I did. I love how spontaneously communication is possible there. But for a proper pattern review, blog posts are a better place.
I was very happy to be a sewing tester. I didn‘t have much time because of some other obligations. So I shopped my little stash looking for a lightweight drape-y fabric where I found this lightly loosely woven, drapey, muddy grey blend I had already foreseen for a shirtdress.

My fabric is not as crisp as to provide a men‘s shirt collar but I love the outcome. The collar stand is sitting quite high and the collar‘s shape is especially chic.
I made my dress respecting all the instructions. I chose the size corresponding my bust measurement. Usually, I would grade between three sizes but this pattern is providing enough hip room to just sew up one size! The A4 sheets came nicely together. There is an A0-file to send to your copy-shop, too! Alternatively, you can save money printing only the big pieces at the copy-shop and tracing the overlaying little pieces. I love that the pattern pieces are labeled with the seam allowance which is 1 cm. Very often, I would search for the correct amount of seam allowance finding it somewhere hidden in a little corner.

There are quickie instructions which would probably have been sufficient for me but I sewed after the detailed instructions and I loved the little diagrams. Usually, I wouldn't use the burrito method, but I sewed the yokes following the clear instructions without any problems.
I love the sleeves fit. Usually, I would sew the shoulder point of my sleeve cap 1 cm forward which I didn't do here. I can lift my arms without any problems. The final pattern has got shorter sleeves.

The stunning front pleat is shaped by the clever closure. Only two button holes and a good placed button allows easy dressing and a surprising result. You have to like a buttoned collar stand though.

Pattern: Perth dress, Carolyn+Cassie Pattern
Size: 38
Fabric: loosely woven cotton blend, Tandem Bühl
No alterations.

I received this pattern for free to test it and I am probably biased concerning Carolyn which I admire so much (you have surely seen that she makes her shoes, too?!) but I have described my own opinion. Other pattern testers have made lovely colorful versions, just have a look at IG #perthdress!


I can't wait winter taking leave. Someone should say to him that it's spring time, no need for snow! When one day we already had warmer temperatures, I was able to wear my Perth dress. So comfy but chic!

Want to see makes of other women at RUMS?

Have fun,
SaSa











Mittwoch, 7. März 2018

Kobe dress and Mito slip dress, Papercut Patterns

Hello, my sewing friends!
Kobe Dress/Top
https://papercutpatterns.com/collections/sakura/products/kobe-dress-top hinzufügen
when Papercut Patterns released their Sakura collection ("cherry blossom") last year, I was so delighted by the lovely style that I wanted to make all of the patterns.
The Kobe dress is a loose straight cut dress featuring an interesting pleat and cut out detail at the back. I sewed it at our annual south German sewing bee at Würzburg last fall. I used a slightly transparent silk crepe of my stash.
Although I would always grade between three sizes, here I cut a straight size XS. I had read that it falls rather large.
I made no changes at all and didn't shorten it. I made French seams and bound the neckline with self fabric bias binding by hand. I didn't make a button hole but sewed the button shut at the back. I made a simple belt, too.
The back is cut out up to the bra back band. Because of my transparent fabric, I was likely obliged to make the slip dress, too. The Mito dress has to be bought additionally.
Mito Cami/Dress
https://papercutpatterns.com/collections/sakura/products/mito-cami-dress
I used a dens dark chocolate brown silk crepe of very good quality. I changed the construction slightly and seamed the bodice lining by hand including the bodice's and skirt's seam allowances.
I made these pictures freezing outside. The slip's silk is clinging at me. Maybe this will be better without tights?
I can't wait wearing this outfit all day at warmer temperatures.
Pattern: Kobe dress, Papercut Patterns
Size XS
Fabric: Ombré silk crepe, Tandem Bühl
No alterations

Pattern: Mito dress, Papercut Patterns
Size XS
Fabric: dense silk crepe, René Lézard
No alterations.

Have a look at the others' memades at Me-Made-Mittwoch and have fun!

SaSa