Burda 7580 knit dress

Burda 7580 knit dress

The dress I want to show you today, is one I made earlier this Autumn. I came across this cartoon fabric in a textile store in Fredrikstad, and just had to have it. It’s a rather thin cotton jersey or maybe viscose, but the important thing for me was the print – Black and white cartoon squares taken from several cartoons I used to read in my teens. Among them: Modesty Blaise. So basically, this dress is a grown up version of some of the t-shirts and dresses I’ve made for my kids the last year. Burda 7580 knit dress Because the fabric was such a lightweight jersey, I knew straight away that I needed to line the dress. So I bought some plain, white jersey at the same time. I even found the pattern in the same store. The pattern is Burda 7580 -an “easy pattern” with only two pattern pieces: One front and one back. I believe the pattern is meant for more heavy weight knits, and I’m sure that would suit the shape very well too. Here is how the pattern looks on the envelope. The regular adjustments I made my regular changes to the flat pattern: which is to lengthen the torso and do a sway back adjustment, and also the forward tilted shoulder adjustment. In this kind of loose dress I decided that I didn’t bother to make up a muslin. And truth be told I would have had enough fabric left to do up another one in the same fabric should[…]

Jutland pants from Thread Theory

Jutland pants from Thread Theory

Hi there. I haven’t been blogging much lately, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been sewing. I have quite a backlog of garments I want to show you. And I’ll start with the newest garment I made: a pair of pants for my husbands birthday: Jutland pants from Thread Theory. I have previous made him a pair of Jutland pants, -my first sewing project in 2015, and still unblogged (shame on me). That time I made version 1 and as it was winter, I lined them as well. They turned out ok, but are far from his favourite pants.   The pattern This time he wanted me to make V2 view, but after we discussed it a bit, we decided that I wouldn’t use the actual Jutland pants pattern pieces, but that of Burda 7022 instead. The reason being that these were a much better fit, and it meant that I didn’t have to use a lot of time adjusting the fit of the Jutland. Of course that would have been fine too, but would take longer. And I really wanted to make this a quick project – or as quick you can when you are talking about trousers with lots of pockets and reinforcements. They were for his birthday after all. So, the pant pattern itself is Burda, but all the details are from the Jutland pants, and I also followed the instructions from Thread Theory. I found them to be clear and easy to follow.   And in other details The fabric used is something I[…]

Burda 7022 Mens trousers

Burda 7022 Mens trousers

Today I want to show you the Bunda 7022 trousers I made for my man last year. It the brown trousers you could see in the posting about this wool vest last week. The fabric A few years ago (or a little more than that) my mother in law came back from a holiday with a few fabrics for me. One of them was a beautiful wool-cashmere fabric in dark brown. My husband wanted me to make him a pair of trousers with it. It has taken me a while, but they are finally finished. The Burda 7022 pattern He wanted classic suit style pair of trousers. The first pattern I found was the Vogue 2836 mens suit pattern.I started tracing the pattern of the trousers to make the muslin, but got discouraged by all the pattern pieces. I lay the project dead for a while. This was about 6 years ago. 😛 Then last year I found a new pattern that seemed a lot more promising. It was the Burda 7022. It too is a suit style trouser, but a bit more modern. The style has a single pleat in front, a double welt pocket at the backside and two different options for leg width. My man chose option A. The making. This time I managed to stay inspired, and finished the trousers in a week or two. I don’t really have all that much sewing time each day . I made a muslin to check the fit. There were very few adjustments I had to do. The size 48[…]

Wool vest for my husband

Wool vest for my husband

It’s time to show you another make for my husband. I’m so lucky that I have a husband that’s proud of my hobby and all the time comes up with new projects he wants me to make. Lately I love making clothes for him as he usually loves them and they get a lot of wear. Menswear presents other challenges for me, as they often are more classic and rule-bound. (I know Walter), there are exceptions, of course. 😉 This time he wanted me to make him a vest, or waistcoat if you will. The pattern  The pattern is  Burda # 7799, that I bought through Fagert.se -one of the on-line pattern sites I like to order from. The pattern comes with several different views, but my man wanted the classic collar view (a). Taking the measurements and controlling the pattern pieces I decided to go down a size from the recommended, and made the smallest size. Tracing the pattern I discovered that the pattern was without lining -something that’s fine if you make a denim style vest with topstitching, but just won’t do with a classic gentleman’s waistcoat in wool and satin. Making the lining wasn’t really a problem. The backside pieces I could just make in double set, and the front had a front facing. I traced the front piece one extra time and subtracted the shape of the front facing omitting the dart in the process. No need for a dart when it can be “lost” between the front lining and the front[…]

My finished biker jacket!

My finished biker jacket!

My finished biker jacket! Finally. I have attached the cuffs and sewed the opening in the lining, and now I’m done. Heres a brief account of some of the troubles I had in making this jacket, in addition to photos of the finished garment of course. The two post I made on the progress you can find here and here.  First times second This is the first time I make a lined jacket, and the second time I’ve sewn any jacket at all. The first time was the velvet jacket I made on Det Store Symesterskapet last week. You can read about that one here, but for now lets focus on the biker jacket at hand. Pattern corrections As I said, -first time I made a fully lined jacket. The pattern I used wasn’t really that good for the task, as it was meant as a thin summer jacket style in raw silk as I told you about in my first “in progress” posting on the project. I used the next largest size (40) when making my toile, and as expected it proved too small. Not always so easy to listen to ones inner self. 😉 Instead of then tracing the the biggest size, as I should have, I decided to go with the size I had already cut out and enlarge it. I made a real hack’n’slash job out of it I’m afraid, and of course then the fit proved to be rather less than desirable once assembled. For one, I made it way too big. Corrections, more corrections I took[…]

Biker jacket in the make. Part 2

Biker jacket in the make. Part 2

Hi there. Here is an update on my Biker jacket project. Zipper stuck Last time I wrote about my biker jacket project I was stuck because I hadn’t bought a long enough zipper. I went back to Stoff & Stil the other day, and got a longer one. -This time too long! What do you give me. Well, it turned out they didn’t have the correct length in the zipper I wanted, so I bought one that was approx. 5 cm longer than what I needed, and shortened it with pliers (yes, it can be done! Even if I didn’t think so only about a week ago). I found an tutorial on how to do this in a magazine I bought last month, but you can probably find out how to do it on-line too.   Progress I’m slowly making progress on the jacket. I decided to make shoulder patches instead of the shoulder flaps and loops in the original pattern. I cut out roughly the correct shape to the patches and went on my merry way, without stopping and considering whether the patches needed padding. When I begun to top-stitch channels in the PU patches I still hadn’t thought about it. But then I asked my husband what he thought about my work so far and he pointed out to me that the patches looked very flat. Oh no. I forgot padding. Doh.   Getting creative I am an creative person, for better or worse. But when it’s coming up with creative solutions to a problem, I usually[…]

Biker jacket in the make. Part 1

Biker jacket in the make. Part 1

I want to share an ongoing make with you today. A project that is taking a bit longer than first imagined. The fabric A few years ago I got into my hands 3-4 meters of a flowered upholstery fabric from Italy. It is rather old, but still nice, and not smelly ( until I took the iron to it, that is). I thought right away that I wanted to make a jacket with this fabric, event if it originally was meant for sofas and such like. It has a beautiful classic flower pattern woven into the weave, and a good thickness to it. I took it home and put it in my fabric stash and forgot all about it.. That is, until this autumn.   Biker jacket Browsing the web I found a rather nice biker jacket style on Burdastyle.com. The style is called Silk Motorcycle Jacket 03/2012 #115, and looks like this: I usually think that it’s the styling that makes the models on the Burda site look good, and not necessary the cut or the style, but I wanted to try it out. I purchased the PDF pattern, printed and assembled it, and THEN started to think about what fabric I wanted to use -and whether I had one in my stash (I’m not always logical, I know, but what can you do ). When checking around what I had available at home I found my flower upholstery fabric again, and a firmer plan started taking shape. Considering the thickness of the fabric it[…]