LookBack Series Part 2 : Top 5 Misses

Top 5 2014 #sewingtop5

Time for some more looking back. What is it about navel gazing that is soo much fun eh? Anyho I dont have much by way of misses, 3 only and here they are

1. My attempt at a Colette Jasmine. This was the very first PDF pattern I bought and it was a really steep learning curve. Turned out it didnt work so well because I had scaled the pages! See my frustration ! Luckily this material was not my real fabric but it was a cheap polyester fabric I bought from a closing down shop at 90p/meter. It feels nasty on the skin especially when it warm and basically was recycled (as in thrown into recycling bin)! I didnt want to try Jasmine again but when I realised my mistake (weeks and weeks later) I resolved to give it another go at some point…..in the future…..

Collette Jasmine v1
Collette Jasmine v1

2. My second attempt at Mabel skirt. This was entirely my fault because I actually thought I could make it in an hour but….er….no. I am not there yet! I learnt that I seriously need to take it easy and just enjoy the journey of making the garment. Nuff said. ;=)

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3. This Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress just did not work on so many levels. Again I was in a rush to ‘Just get the job done so I can wear it!‘ and consequently the stripes were not matched up. they sort of slope and arent straight (you can see it around the neckline and the hem). The hems were not …hemmed…..I just used my overlocker and left it at that. The pattern itself I had to take it in at least 2 sizes to get the fit I liked but in the end I didnt wear this after 4 or 5 times and the fabric has been ‘harvested’ for use in kids clothes.

Coco v1
Coco v1

Top 5 Highlights: Tell us about 5 non-sewing highlights of your year! 

This year has been a rollercoaster ride for me. My twins were born at home a year ago and surviving the first year of having twins, a 2 year old, 4 year old and 9 year old has been extremely affirming for me. I thoroughly love having 5 kids and relish the organisational challenges and logistical planning that comes with violin lessons, swimming lessons, Scouts, sport, Kumon, homework, etc.! To top it off we hosted Christmas to 17 extended family members! It was so much fun planning for the whole thing and it went well 😉 So yes I am happy with this year! Plus starting this blog and meeting so many talented, creative intelligent women has been wonderful and I look forward to 2015!

 

Top 5 Reflections: Looking back, what have you learned about sewing or yourself?

Mmmmm this requires some thought but I’d have to say that I have learnt the following about myself:

1. I have SSD (Serious Squirrel Syndrome~) 

Squirel
“That pattern looks lovely…let me start that one..”

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2. I sew best to a challenge. Most of my properly completed makes have been to meet a challenge deadline or the other. I joined The Monthly Stitch and keeping up with their themes has helped me to focus.

Top 5 Goals: What do you hope to achieve in 2015? Definitely….

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That’s all folks ;-).

Hila

Merry Christmas!

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When I started this blog to capture and catalogue my makes, I never expected to join a community if lovely, incredibly talented and creative minds. Thank you all for sharing your journeys and for taking time to read my journey as well. Merry Christmas and Everything!

A look back on 2014 Top 5 hits!

So there is this thing called the Top 5 of 2014 series by CraftingaRainbow called Top 5 Hits: What have you worn or loved the most?

Though I have only been sewing seriously since around April this year, my fledgling makes are very few, and yet I do feel like of the things I have made so far , here are my Top 5.

1. Moneta

My Moneta is the most worn of my makes. Making it was ok until I got to the clear elastic shirring! That put me off making it again (until I tried it again but using braided normal elastic and it was easy!) I need to lengthen the bodice by about an inch though. I love it and plan on making more. I have made a christmas Moneta in green velvet and its lush (will blog soon).

Collette Moneta v1
Collette Moneta v1

2. My winter Giselle. This was easy to make without any fastenings. The belts mean you can have a quick fitted look. Its very comfortable and goes well with boots!

Winter Giselle by Kate and Rose
Winter Giselle by Kate and Rose

3. My M6844 peplum cardigan. Stylish and swishy this gets worn a lot! With jeans, skirts, anything does really.

M6844 Peplum cardigan
M6844 Peplum cardigan

4. My Carme blouse. I love this so! Because I loved making it. Its a great pattern with an excellent video sew along.

Yeah!
Yeah!

5. My Marion Cardgan. Many mistakes and lessons learnt but this cardie has been worn on most days as the weather has gotten colder. It washes well and that’s fantastic for me!

Marion Cardigan by Andie Sutterland
Marion Cardigan by Andie Sutterland

That’s all for now! Back soon with my top 5 misses.
Hila
Hila

Ottobre Design Kids Autumn 2014

Its been a very busy and hectic few weeks for me with a lot of stuff going on and that’s meant my sewing and blogging have suffered ;-(. Hopefully things will get back to full swing in the new year but for now my sewing machine and accouterments are all packed away. I actually had fun packing it up – got a really good idea of how many WIPS I have and my fabric stash…oh the stash (need a post just for that).

Anyway I am blogging today about theses little lovelies I made over a month ago. Basically after lurking on the Ottobre Design website for over a year contemplating buying the magazine, I took the plunge and ordered the Autumn 2014 kids book. It arrived 4 days later (seriously impressed by super fast delivery since it was coming from Finland). I waited till the little ones were all having their afternoon nap before sitting down and delicately browsing through the magazine. It has so many lovely designs. I had decided that when I make clothes for my twinnage , I would make whole outfits. Taking my time deciding on which outfit to make I landed on this one; a pinafore dress with a jersey top and leggings.

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The next stage was gathering the fabrics. I had the jersey top (interlock knit) and dress fabric (quilting cotton) from my stash while for the leggings I bought a stretch velour in gold (think christmassy)

Now I had never done Ottobre before and they have a pattern sheet that has so many lines it gave me an astigmatism! Normally I trace at  night but I really could not separate out the lines so it had to be natural light day time tracing which was done during nap times. The instructions are a bit sparse so had I attempted this a year ago I would have given up but with a few makes under my belt I was able to keep at it.

What I love about the construction is that it creates such a neat finish. These are the neatest garments I have made to date. The sizing is good as well; the girls can zoom, bend, squat, stretch with ease plus I can get a few layers under the pinafore dress comfortably. The leggings were also good  sized, length was just right for the them. For Ottobre patterns, you have to measure the child in order to determine the size to cut out. For me , so far, that’s been more accurate than going by age ranges.

I did not want to do buttons and buttonholes so I bought some snapper tape which was a nigthmare to put in. I am lazy when it comes to handstitching and the dresses were waiting for almost a week to get the snapper tape in. I definitely need to to either (a) Get down with buttonholes or (b) get a snapper pliers tool thingimajik (does that work or am I idealizing? Has anyone used it I would love to hear from you).

The applique was soooo much fun. it was the best bit. The Ottobre instructions were actually quite good for applique. The way it came to life as I satin stitched around the eyes was fun. Definitely an applique convert !!! and me thinks you will be seeing a lot more applique here.

The jersey tops look OK but I still need more practice when working with knits and using ribbing. Although I am proud of the stripe matching on the raglan sleeve 😉

Verdict. I love Ottobre and will be making more stuff (have already traced out some more things but they will be made in the new year. And making outfits is the way forward for twinnage sewing! Do you plan outfit when sewing as well (i get the feeling I am slow and everyone else probably do that already 😉

Ottobre kids Collage

Side by Side cats

leggings

Jumperrs

 

Thanks for stopping!

Hila

PS I will try and get in one more post before the new year rounding up stuff.

xox

Sewvember 2014

So around autumn I decided to set up an Instagram account and I am since hooked! Luckily I discoverd Sewvember which is hosted by Bimple and Pimple and basically its a photo challenge to post something based on a prompt each day of November.

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I have discovered a host of lovely sewing bloggers and their blogs and its been so much fun. Its interesting to do a 360 degree view of my sewing and I have identified areas that I need to sort out and also to figure out what my goals are for the coming year (i will have to do another blog post for this).

 1. Sewing Space my sewing gear has to be packed away in the corner of our dining room. Some day I will have an actual space I hope :-).

 2. Technique for my hems is I love using contrast bias binding for a pop of colour. I baste the hem first, iron to make a fold along basting stitch. Notch where its curvy then attach my bias :-).

3. Stash. This is what’s downstairs ,its about one third of my stash. More containers in the attic 

4. WIP Japanese sewing book Linen boat dress, Thread theory gold stream peacoat, self drafted A line skirt, Ottobre Design kids pinafore dresses. I like to have a few projects on the go.

5. Tools. My favourite tools : wonder clips, tailors clapper, hem guide. Simples :-).

6. You. Me.. I have one of those faces that always looks serious even though I have a wickedly great sense of humor.

8. Signature Style My style. Multiple Style Disorder best describes it…being newish to sewing I am still finding myself :-).

9. Next project is BurdaStyle Kasia skirt.

10. Inspiration. Its difficult to pin down my inspiration to any few things…I find inspiration almost everywhere…guess I just love making stuff..

11.Early make. I made this Vogue dress for my graduation. I was broke and couldn’t afford fancy outfit but I had a sewing machine that I had got in my second year. Luckily the fit on Vogue was perfect because I didn’t alter anything. Finished it in 2 weeks with invisible zip going in the day before. UNFORTUNATELY I did not prewash fabric and it clung to me like crazy. Interestingly the marketing people really liked the whole outfit and they asked me to model for the graduate law prospectus specifically in that outfit. I did and I have lovely pictures wearing a barristers wig, collar and cape with my red Vogue dress :-). (2007 year I made this).

#bpsewvember Early make. I made this Vogue dress for my graduation. I was broke and couldn't afford fancy outfit but I had a sewing machine that I had got in my second year. Luckily the fit on Vogue was perfect because I didn't alter anything. Finished it in 2 weeks with invisible zip going in the day before. UNFORTUNATELY I did not prewash fabric and it clung to me like crazy. Interestingly the marketing people really liked the whole outfit and they asked me to model for the graduate law prospectus specifically in that outfit. I did and I have lovely pictures wearing a barristers wig, collar and cape with my red Vogue dress :-). (2007 year I made this). Still have dress but can't fit into it. #sewing #sewingproject #voguesewing

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12. Favourite finish is twin needle for jerseys. So much neater than zigzag.

Favourite finish is twin needle for jerseys. So much neater than zigzag. #bpsewvember

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13. View. Across the dining table.

#bpsewvember View. Across the dining table.

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14. UFOs are in my notebook where I write down everything that I have started to make since this year. Plastic bags all over the place….I did just finish a 3.5 year old UFO cum WIP.

15. Library.

#bpsewvember Library.

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16. Organisation. this is the only organised bit of kit I have.

#bpsewvember Late ….organisation. this is the only organised bit of kit I have.

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17. Planning. I love planning. It ends there; I have squirrel syndrome :-).

#bpsewvember Day 17 Planning. I love planning. It ends there; I have squirrel syndrome :-).

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19. Fit. I have mostly worked with knits and not done too much fitting. This Kasia skirt is my first woven skirt that requires fitting. Still have a lot more to learn. Which is the fun part for me!

20. Notions. Happy mail today; Just received 10 invisible zips I bought on eBay for 27p/zip 🙂

#bpsewvember Notions. Happy mail today; Just received 10 invisible zips I bought on eBay for 27p/zip 🙂

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22. Tried and True pattern. I thought I didn’t have a tried and tested pattern because sei far I have only made one if each item for me. But then I was sorting laundry when I realised that sewvember isn’t just about sewing for me! I have made McCalks M6727 5 times and its so easy and versatile. It also lasts a long time. My girls have been wearing these since May.

23. Patterns. This is my favourite as yet unmade pattern. Have loads more but this is the apple of my eye.

#bpsewvember Patterns. This is my favourite as yet unmade pattern. Have loads more but this is the apple of my eye.

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24.CHALLENGE. Getting myself organised is my biggest challenge. I put projects in bags and they pile up….

25. Complete. My Christmas dress completed 2 days ago ; a Moneta 🙂

26. Red Hot Mess: the first PDF pattern I bought was Colette Jasmine and I didn’t know you had to print to actual size without scaling…um…yeah….I have since learnt to read instructions -_-. Anyway it just didn’t match up and I didn’t understand till after I had half parsed finished it. It was recycled.

27. Best make so far has to be my Carme blouse by #paulineyalice. I loved making it and it looked better than I imagined.

29. Learning. In the coming year I am planning on doing some Craft sy classes to improve my sewing.

#bpsewvember Learning. In the coming year I am planning on doing some Craft sy classes to improve my sewing.

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30. Top Tip  I have no authority giving advice as someone relatively new to sewing so my tip is for other sewing flutter babies : Done Is Better Than Perfect. Many projects have floundered because I wanted to get the perfect zipper insertion or hem or something else. Getting it done gives such a sense of motivation than waiting for perfection. I have loved doing #bpsewvember and thanks Amanda

#ThreadTheory #Goldstream #Peacoat up on blog finally :-). It also ties in with #bpsewvember Top tip. I have no authority giving advice as someone relatively new to sewing so my tip is for other sewing flutter babies : Done Is Better Than Perfect. Many projects have floundered because I wanted to get the perfect zipper insertion or hem or something else. Getting it done gives such a sense of motivation than waiting for perfection. I have loved doing #bpsewvember and thanks Amanda @bimbleandpimble for hosting it. I have e-met so many wonderful bloggers and fabulous sewers :-). #sewingblogger #sewing #sewcialists #sewingformen #peacoat #menscoat #handmade #threadtheorypatterns #threadtheorydesigns #menswear #sewinblog #wintercoat #ilovesewing

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