Sunday, September 30, 2012





September in Paris
As usual, end of September means it is time to take a trip to Paris. The weather gods were very nice this time, so I decided to walk around in Montmartre a bit







The fabric goods were also in a good mood - and it seems it is the right time to buy corduroy right now - since in one of my favourite shop  they had it in all colours. This meant I had to decide which ones....












The store Le Bon Marche were celebrating, and had therefore changed there decor a bit...




















And of course - no visit without the lady...nice view from the window of the apartment.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Re-using old fabric
Some time ago (probably 7-8 years) I visited Glasgow, and of course that happened what has to happen in Scotland - I brought some tartan farbric home with me.
This was used to make a skirt that has been used since then, although not as much as expected for some strange reason.
When trying it on some time ago it was clear that it was getting to small (how did that happen?) and the question was - what to do with it? Give it away to charity or re-do it into something else - since I still had some non-used fabric left?
I decided to try the second solution, and went searching for a jacket-pattern - since nice, "homemade", jackets are scarce in my wardrobe. This might seem strange for someone who spends so much time in the sewing room...
The first thing to do after that was to open up the skirt.
 When this was done it was time to check whether the amount of fabric was enough for what I 
planned...
 The first pattern I tried turned out to need more fabric than available, so I had to go for a shorter jacket than planned - luckily I had an old pattern lying around that was perfect.
Surprisingly enough it was possible to match not just all the seems around the body but also the arms - this is how the jacket looks being stitched together for the first fitting.








Sunday, September 2, 2012

Why did I buy this fabric?
It happens regularly - that I fall for a thin translucent fabric, which I know I will hate before whatever I am making is finished. Although the result in this case is not so bad, but fun is not the word to be used when describing the making of it....

 The decorative band around the neck was not in the plan from the beginning, but I think it works.




Now I promise to never buy something like this again.....