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A new shirt

I made a white shirt. I cut this out sometime in late September, and I used McCalls 6035 again. I managed to finish it around Christmas. I wanted a nice white shirt, with a bit of a twist, so I added grey embelishments to it. I am very pleased with how the embelishments turned out. I did a few things: - embroidered the collar with French knots - added grey/white twill tape to the sleeve seams - used mother-of-pearl-with-grey-tint buttons The effects are subtle, but they are there and I like them.   I embroidered the collar using two shades of grey, in a "burst" pattern. I tried to be relatively consistent about density of the French knots, but I think a bit of difference isn't very bad. The collar was the first thing I finished, and it stayed there for a long time, until I found the time to get back to sewing. I used a lot more interfacing on the collar than I normally do, and I think it shows. The buttons and tape on sleeves were added later a
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Odds and ends

I need to go and actually shoot these two shirts I sewed recently, but in the meanwhile, I thought I'd do a post on stuff I sewed that is not items of clothing - I have three things to show for now. The sewing projects below were pretty cool because they took very little time to sew - I was done fairly quickly, so quick wins :) First up, the baby blanket I mentioned in my last post:  This is a Rainbow Ripple Blanket , free pattern on Ravelry, and my finished project is here (no notes though). I used a cotton yarn that I bought locally in Manor called Maddison Bio, in shades of blue. I also used some of this Starry Night yarn from a seller on Etsy . This was a very long project in the making - I traveled a lot when I was pregnant last year (mostly for work) and it was my "airplane project". Then the baby came and it was nowhere near done, so I started working on it at home while I was on maternity leave. I'm not sure if it's actually as big as the Ra
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Goodbye 2016!

Well now. I managed to write a total of 3 posts (4 with this one) this year.  I do like having a blog, and I like reading blogs, so not my best blog performance ever :) I know 2016 sucked for lots of people for various reasons, but it went fairly well for me: not everything went well of course, but it was definitely a good year overall, with the tiny one appearing and everything :D  For the first half of 2016, I mostly sewed maternity patterns, you can see my round up post here . This post is about the second half of 2016, and also plans for 2017. Baby blanket Sewing: since the baby, I managed to sew two full garments, to mend a bunch of stuff, and to finish a baby blanket (see above). In the first couple of months I was just zombified, so sewing was not a good idea, but then it got better when the baby started sleeping through the night. I mostly didn't sew more because my measurements were pretty off for most of the year - nowadays, I can fit into most of my clothes, t
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Mending with embroidery

Life with baby is lovely, but there's not much time for sewing. I did manage to make one shirt, and I got started on another one (also a shorts muslin for my dad!), but it's pretty slow going. This is actually a post about craftiness and mending stuff rather than sewing a garment. I buy ready to wear from time to time, especially for the more flowy/looser style of tops which I like wearing but don't really enjoy sewing as I don't find them challenging enough. Still, buying ready to wear can sometimes have its downfalls, as was with this top: it's a very lightweight viscose, but after wearing it for a while it became a bit threadbare in the front. I kept it on my dress form for months - from June to September, when I finally decided what I wanted to do to mend it. I always figured embroidery would probably be the best option, and I pinned a lot of stuff that I liked. As an aside, I don't normally use pintrest, since I don't see the purpose in just pinn
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Pregnancy Pattern Round Up

Whilst I have been sewing these past 9 months, I haven't been posting much because in the past I was not massively keen on reading about people's pregnancy patterns. However, at some point I realized that I'm wrong and having some review out there would be useful, so decided to do a round up post about what I've learnt works and doesn't work in terms of this kind of sewing. This is a very long post :) I had a fairly easy pregnancy, so I was perfectly positioned to have good results with sewing, which is great since maternity clothing is either decently priced and of bad quality, or expensive. Dime for dime, you get more out of non-maternity ready to wear. Some lessons I learnt along the way: Some non-pregnancy patterns will work for pregnancy.  Sort of. As bump size increases, in the best case scenario you will get the mother of all pooling at the back, as if a gazillion-inch swayback is required (but isn't!). If that doesn't bother you, you're fine; o
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Burda Shawl Coat

I made a new coat! This is Burda 11/2014, models  110  and  111  (the length is somewhere in between the two models, I think I increased the shorter version by 5 inches). This was a much easier coat to make than my previous one, but it still took aaages to finish. I tried to be careful with everything, and followed instructions in my Singer sewing book closely. The fabric is a plum wool, I think it might be a boiled wool, but I'm not sure - the yardage came from a store in Bucharest, which is better than most stores in Bucharest at labeling things, but still doesn't really distinguish between the different types of wool. Truth be told, I wanted something a bit more pink (like the original Burda pictures), but I couldn't find anything suitable, so it had to be either plum or some typical dark winter color (the horror!) I cut a straight 38, which for Burda coats fits me very well - my previous coat was a 38 too. I didn't need to make a muslin because last
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I made a coat!

I know I haven't posted for about 4 months now - I have loads of posts in drafts, just never quite ended up clicking publish - but I guess I'm coming back with a bang. Cue coat. This coat took about 6 weeks to make, although I originally started planning for it sometime in March. I also took tailoring classes to figure things out, and then I prepared all summer. The pictures I have of this are a bit hit and miss, but I have some good angles all around, so I think that will be good enough. The fabric is this metallic silk brocade , and I have enough of it for another coat and a dress I think. I might have gone a bit overboard on that one. The pattern is Burda  08/2012 #101A , and it was pretty easy to work with. I deliberately wanted an oversized coat (it's almost cocoon-looking on me when closed), which is more of a fashion accessory than anything else. I think what I came up with pretty much fits the bill. Construction went easily, except I am kicking mys
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Another Sheath Dress

I'm now on my third sheath dress that's finished, but the one in this post is the very first one I made! Presented here with gorgeous Vienna backdrop, and unfortunately with no back picture since, well - sightseeing! This is a sheath dress I made from my now TnT pattern that Beth helped me fit (thank you Beth!). It was the very first version I made after the fitting, and it was intended as a wearable muslin more than anything else. However, having worn both this version, and the more fitted one I already posted about, I think this one is the clear winner, since it looks good and it's way more comfortable.  In fact, while I was on holiday last week, I altered that dress to be more like this one - I released the shoulder seam which I had previously raised. Like all sheath dresses, this one is pretty simple as well - it is made in a cotton poplin I bought at John Lewis before I moved to Switzerland, so it's been in my stash for about 2 years. Being made in popl
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Vogue 1350: fitting and adjustments

I had another post prepared, but I thought I'd write this up now, even without pictures - before I forget what I did. :) I recently made Vogue 1350 , if you follow me on instagram ( @auxetically ) you will have seen construction photos. This is a Rachel Comey pattern - I really like these patterns, they all turn out very well for me! Here is the line drawing for reference: Despite the line drawing, this pattern is supposed to have a raised waist. I was very pleasantly surprised to see petite lines on the pattern sheet (yay). Here's my finished dress on the dress form: I made a muslin of the bodice only, in size 14 - my measurements take me between 14 and 16 on a Vogue, but I had the pattern version with the 12-14, so 14 it was. Measurement wise, this dress was spot on - I had to make extra adjustments where I would have needed the bigger pattern size. The petite line removed 1" out of the bodice, and 1" out of the skirt. I sewed the bodice muslin with th
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