Thursday, 8 March 2018

Tunic in green

It has been a while since I dare to sew a piece of clothes for me. There are two reasons: clothes need a lot of fabric and I fear that the result isn't wearable and I have to throw fabric away (horrible thought).
I am tall and have very long arms and legs. That are the main problems to find fitting clothes in stores and also to find patterns for sewing. I normally have to modify a pattern and it's not done with only adding 10cm in length. But as I fear to ruin the fabric (see above) I hesitate to modify patterns. A horrible circle!
But this don't stop me from buying from time to time fabric that I can already imagine as a top for me. Then it gets in my stack and getting old there :-) But now I saved one fabric from the cupboard and transformed it in some kind of a tunic.
I took a pattern I once took from a good fitting under-shirt and changed it a bit. The important for me had been to have the shoulder-sleeve connection right. The sleeves are double to have the effect of a long sleeve under a T-shirt sleeve. They are fixed together on the shoulder seam.
The length of the short sleeves had been initially as long as the top part of the tunic above the dark stripe. But I had to shorten the top part as it had been too long and I didn't feel like opening up the sleeves again as well.
The neckline is simply doubled. I feared that step, because I hate when the hem is getting wavy, but it worked perfectly in the first go.
All together I am very happy with my new top. I would have liked to have another pattern to start with, but it worked not bad and I think the result is somewhat wearable :-) It is very narrow fitting on the sleeves and shoulders, as the pattern had been for a shirt that is to wear under other things. I can't wear much under my tunic, so it is not made for cold winter days, but I can already feel the spring coming, and then it will be perfect. 

A bientôt,

linked at: RUMS (german blog-party for stuff you made only for yourself)

Friday, 2 March 2018

Tutorial - scrappy basket

Finally here comes the promised tutorial for my scrappy baskets and bags! Those are great to use up lots of scraps. See all of my bags and baskets I made with this technic here, here and here
And now I'll get started with lots of photos and explanations:

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Scarf with button

I am addicted to scarfs! 
The longer the better! 
I love if I can turn them at least three times around my neck! 

But sometimes if you are moving a lot and bending down, they are undoing themselves and the ends are hanging around bothering you. Lately that got on my nerves when working outside and looking after my horse. So I made myself a kind of shawl collar. I didn't want to have a loop as they are more loosely around the neck and I wanted it warm!
The inside is a leftover from the backside of a quilt. It is real heavy fleece that's extremely warm. 
I didn't want the side seams to scratch on my chin or neck, so I turned the fleece over the edge. On the end it is fixed with a button and an elastic hairband :-)
It is so warm and comfortable! I wonder why I didn't made one before! 
Only I am not sure the white will stay white very long when I wear it daily in the stable. 
I probably have to make a second one! 
And I need a matching hat, too! 
Again an example that one will never run out of sewing projects :-)

A bientôt,

linked at: RUMS (german blog-party for stuff you made only for yourself)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

More scrappy baskets ...

And again photos of scrappy baskets. I can't stop myself. And also there are lots of precut strips in my sewing room as I cut way too much for my shopping basket.
To use up some of them I made two bread baskets. I think they might be useful and pretty. They will find new owners soon! A pity I didn't develope that method before Christmas, that would have made Christmas presents for everyone :-)

There are still colorful scraps left, but I had the idea of a blue and green shopping basket for a friend, so I cut some more strips from uni colored green and blue fabrics. (Again too much). I love the result! I made it 5 cm lower than mine (so it's 35cm in hight) and I think the proportions are perfect now!
The latest basket used up half of the leftover scraps from the shopping basket plus a little orange and as well the bottom that I made for my very first basket where it has been too small. Here it fit perfectly!
Yes I know I promised a tutorial and it will come. Be patient! I am preparing it. Not so easy to get it on photo, I maybe need to do a video. 

A bientôt,

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Shopping basket

The little basket I showed you in my last post had been so much fun, I immediately started on a big one! I wanted a shopping basket that is standing upright by itself so it might be easier to fill it. It turned out great! 
Isn't it nice? I am so happy with it! I will tell you how I did and my mistakes :-)

I measured a reusable plastic shopping bag and took the same dimensions. I wanted something colorful and tipped over my scrap drawer and cut and cut and cut. I thought I would need lots of bands and didn't calculate at all. I laid out all scraps sorted by colors on the couch table and elder son helped me to bring them in a nice order. Then I attached all pieces and achieved a band of 40!! m length!
Then I calculated and found out that with 40 meters I could made a sac about 90cm high! Oups!
I wrapped the band around a little matlas that had about the circumference of my planned bag and decided which colors I wanted absolutely to keep. Then I ripped off some connecting seams and reassembled a band of 20m length.
The sewing of the bag body took quite a while and was hard work for my arms and shoulders as it got heavy with the stable lining an intermediate layer and the light scraps. Not so easy to turn it around the machine. But no reason to never do it again. Actually I want to make a second one that is about 5cm lower. I think that would look better.
This are the two sides. There are only slight differences.
Today I took it to the grocery store! The colors made me smiling during my shopping, even when outside is horrible weather and inside it has been crowdy.
Don't you want to make one yourself? Maybe I will take photos and post a little tutorial! Watch out for it.

A bientôt,

linked at: RUMS (german blog-party for stuff you made only for yourself)

Monday, 15 January 2018

A new approach to fabric baskets

Inspired by "patchwork to go" or "quilting as you go" (what I wanted to try out for quite a while but never did), I made this basket by sewing a long band of scraps in spirals on a cylindric fabric tube. Round and round and round! Then I fit in a quilted bottom and covered the edge with a bias tape. Ready!
It is 20cm high and 25x16cm on the basis.
The sewing lines are giving a great stability to the basket. In my case they are 2,3cm apart. I put a third layer between the lining and the outside patchwork to add extra stability (used up an other scrap of a thick fabric).
On the next photo you can see at the bottom edge of the basket that the patchwork lines are ascending and not horizontally. You have to start in a slow angle to get the fabric band in spirals aroung the basket. 
The bottom of the basket is flat quilted and even more stable than the sides, because the quilting lines are denser. The hardest had been to calculate the right size of the bottom so it fits with the cylindric sides that I patched before. I needed two attempts as I had a thinking error in the first go ;-)
This has been so much fun! 
I love the result! 
And I have lots of more ideas and lots and lots of more scraps, so you will soon see my next basket. I give you a hint: I plan something big!

A bientôt,

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

First sewing project 2018

You won't guess what has been my first sewing project in this year! A little hint: It is no bag!

It's a seat pillow for a children seat of a tractor!
This adorable little tractor got a bench added to transport two children and needed a little comfort.
The pillow is from foam and for the cover I took synthetic leather. I couldn't get it in light grey as the driver seat, but I added as well a red edging.
The seat belts had to come through in the middle:
The pillow had been two pieces that I attached them with velcro. It would have been too much hassle to do it in one piece. 

It had been tested last weekend and the kids said the tractor ride was fun and very comfortable!

A bientôt,