Saturday, November 29, 2014


I'm slowly working my way towards blogging about the rest of this year's makes, so I can start the new year with a fresh mind. There' s only about two posts of spring and summer makes left, before I can get to the more recent ones! ;-)

You may have noticed that I like making and wearing the Lola dress by Victory Patterns, I already made five versions last year and it's one of my favorite patterns. I made another two this spring and one in early autumn, and I'm planning at least two modified versions for winter wear. :-) 
 Green striped Lola
This one has been worn a lot during spring. The fabric is a jersey with tiny green and cream stripes (same kind of fabric that my strawberry stripe top is made of) and I used green interlock fabric for the bindings. That's the only thing I really don't like about the dress: the interlock has very little recovery and the bindings tend to bag out. I think I may switch them out with actual ribbing, as soon as I find some in the right colourway. 
The other issue that has prevented me from wearing it yet this autumn is that I prefer to wear it with nude tights (not warm enough in this weather), and the long sleeves don't lend themselves to being covered by a cardi. I have a new pair of green tights that could work, though. Or do you have any other colour suggestions?

Green Hoody Lola
I had high hopes for this dress, since I loved the idea of a hooded Lola since seeing this one(psst, it's colour blocked, too!). However, in this case the fabric choice took it from a win to a fail. It's made of the aforementioned green cotton interlock (actually, a tiny 1x1 rib - is that still called interlock?), which felt actually really nice and medium weight, but stretches out like nobody's business. I had the bright idea of lining the hood with quilting cotton, which I've seen succesfully done in Bench sweaters. Not a bright idea with this stretchy interlock, though. 
The hood was traced from an existing sweater and is probably fine, except that my (lowered from the original) neckline was a bit too low and wide. Overall, this dress just doesn't work well and even around home I've only worn it a couple of times. (The photos were taken right after making it - it was baggy about 5 mins later and I'd already taken all four seams in by about 3cm...) I'll probably retire it, since I don't even know what kind of garment could work with this fabric if I wanted to refashion it. I haven't given up on the idea of a hooded Lola, though, and I'm mightily in love with this navy star print sweater fabric, which even has a soft and fluffy wrong side...

Lacy Polka-dot Lola
This is my most recent Lola and it worked wonderfully both for the last summery days and now for the colder ones, paired with tights and a cardi. It is made from the same 1.5 m piece of navy dotted fabric as this top, which is why it has short sleeves cut on the crossgrain and lacy pockets. :-) Since the fabric is a 4-way stretch, there's no problem with tightness of any kind.
You'd think that I've got enough Lolas now, but as I said, I have at least a couple more still planned. They're going to be made from sweater knit, one of them a refashion from a knit cardi/coat that my grandma gave me. I think the princess seams should work well for pattern placement and I'm probably going to eliminate the pockets and waist seam, to get a slimmer line, as I did with my Star Trek Lola. The other one is going to be made from this interestingly patterned wool sweater knit.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stuff around here // October&November

Do you ever get blogger's/writer's block from having too many little things on your mind? I've been meaning to write a blog post for ages, but there's so many little things, I never quite know how to start or what to concentrate on. After thinking about that for a bit, I realized that much smarter minds have already found a solution to that problem: the week (or month) in review post. ;-) Ah well, I'm very bad at keeping to any kind of regular schedule. But anyway, here's what's been occupying me for the past weeks.

1. Season changes always makes me want to make plans. Although recently, I've kind of been wary of putting down any explicit plans, for fear of never actually completing them. ;-) But I've managed to sort my stash a couple of weeks ago, and I pulled out everything that could make a possible fall/winter garment (and then sorted the rest into "will definitely need warm weather to be sewn up" and the inevitable "in between, will think about it" pile). So now I know where to reach when the urge to sew something comes up!
upper part: summer fabric, lower part: might be used
 2. Stephanie instagrammed her collection of sweater knits a while ago, and then was having their annual autumn sale, so there was some fabric buying. ;-) I acutally got some cute sweater knits, some nice jersey knits, and some more rather cheap jersey knits, but overall the selection was nice. All of them except for the wool knits are already washed and added to the stash...
possible stash to be used this fall/winter
3. Patterns. Do any of you remember a time when Colette was the only indie pattern company (I knew of) out there, and the new collection was awaited with baited breath? I love that there's so many new indie patterns coming out nowadays, but it also stresses me a bit. ;-) Like that kid-at-the-candy-store feeling - very excited but a bit overwhelmed, right? New patterns all the time, and even if I had the money to buy them all, when would I sew them??? So. I got the Pattern Parcel #6. It was too amazing to miss. I've already made the Bronte top, and taped together the Hudson pants and the Julia cardigan. I've also gotten a copy of Closet Case File's Ginger jeans and Nettie bodysuit. I caved in and finally bought Deer&Doe's Bruyere shirt. And when Colette brought out their new Daliah dress pattern, I bought both it and the Anise jacket, which I'd been thinking about makinge since sometime last year.
cutting out the Anise jacket
The good thing is that I have fabric options for each of those patterns, and may even be able to make them all this fall/winter. I've already cut out the Anise jacket. And I spent a couple of days in Hannover this weekend to watch a performance of some friends of mine, and found some lovely fabric for a Bruyere shirt. Yes, I know it has been done already.
polka-dot denim for a Bruyere shirt and green-striped sock wool!
4. Since I mentioned Colette, have you heard that Sarai is going to produce an online sewing magazine complete with patterns? It sounds very interesting and you can sign up for a preview and also win a subscription here.
5. Since November always has the best knitting weather, I have started a Miette cardigan and have resumed working on a lace shawl for my granny. :) Good thing that I've had some journeys by train and car, so I've managed to knit away quite a bit!
And what is going on in your corner of the world?