SWAP2017 Pt 6: By Hand London Anna Dress in Frida Kahlo

Last year I was working full steam on a SWAP2017 wardrobe. You can read some of the previous SWAP2017 posts here <link here>.

This is the fifth garment that I made for the SWAP2017 capsule – an endeavour which started in 2016! I did finish this in time for the April 2017 deadline but for some reason its taken its time to get to the blog.

The capsule plan was to have one statement-y dress.

My SWAP2017 “Vision Board”

There was a limit on how many patterns you could use – the max was 8 patterns for 11 garments. I used the Anna dress because it could be easily modified.

The trick was to find a fabric that I loved but that could go with all the other pieces. After much searching, I eventually landed on the Frida y Catarina fabric in a blue background on EBay. To say I fell for this fabric is an understatement. I freaking love this fabric and consequently the dress.

I have made the Anna dress three times before. I have not made it using a medium weight quilting cotton like this Alexander Henry fabric. Ruth’s Core Couture tutorial was a godsend. She shows with well-detailed instruction and rationale how to prevent neckline gaping that can be an issue with wide V necklines. You can check out the tutorial here – a must-read for anyone who has ever been exasperated with a neckline that won’t lay flat.

Stay tape in the neckline of the BHL Anna Dress

The results more than speak for themselves. I have since used that same approach on many more projects with great results.

 

When we went to the US last year for my FIL’s 70th birthday celebrations I took it along. Its one of what I like to call “The Magnificent 3” dresses. Whenever I wear any of those 3, I get a lot of compliments. I will probably write up a post about them and why I think they get so many compliments – advance spoiler – it is not about the dress per se. Anyway, I digress pictures.

BHL Anna Dress on location in Central Park, New York – hence the walking sandals ūüôā
BHL Anna Dress

The fabric is a border print and I was not keen to cut into the print. I cut the bodice on the cross grain so that the Frida print was only at the hem. The skirt pieces are rectangles with darts added. The darts matched up with the bodice darts. That created the A line shape of the skirt. I contemplated adding pockets but decided that the design lines were more important. My problem is that I do actually use my pockets heavily and there are some styles that look and feel odd to me when the pocket is in use.

The hem is exactly at the selvedge edge. I wanted the maximum length I could get. It used 3 meters of fabric with very little scraps. The benefit of quilting cottons like the Alexander Henry ones is that they do wash and keep the colours well. I imagine that in time, with more washes, the fabric will get softer. The thought brings a smile to my face as I hope to be wearing this dress for decades.

Picture was taken in May this year – with my frohawk and post SticthRoom Sewcial so my eyebrows were neat ūüôā
I love the vibrant orange flowers on the fabric.  BHL Anna Dress
Power pose….LIKE A BOSS!!! BHL Anna Dress
BHL Anna Dress

Last week on Saturday I went to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit in London – I believe that’s what prompted me to finally write about this dress on the blog. I am still processing my thoughts on the experience and will be writing a post about it soon.

Back to the SWAP2017 – I still have more of the garments to write about and those posts should be ready…..soonish :-).

In the meantime, I do have a video on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see this dress in motion.

Thanks for stopping by this corner of the interwebs.

Peace and love,

Hila

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Cheering each other on and magnifying strentghs

A post I wrote on the 2nd of Jan this year….

2 Jan 2018

Today I had my swimming lesson. Something profound happened to me and I want to share.

After 3 weeks break from swimming lessons and the Christmas holidays wherein we had family stay with us, who were keen to jump in and help with chores, it meant I was not as active as usual. First off, stepping into the pool was hard as it felt very cold to my skin used to being under at least 3 layers. It took me 3 times as long to warm up from moving about in the water. Then when I set off for my front crawl (which I have been learning) I was quite cheeses off to realise that I had only made it half-length through and yet I was gulping like a fish out of water.

Needless to say, the whole lesson followed the same trend – much as I tried I just didn’t have the stamina to swim a full lap – 3/4 was the longest I managed. Towards the end of the lesson I was bobbing about in the water at the shallow end when my fellow classmate came up from her lap she had just finished (she is more advanced than me, she could already swim but is taking lessons to improve her stroke and stamina). We chatted about the lesson, making fun of the teachers’ insistence that our toes should be breaking water when all we are trying to do is make sure we just have enough breath. I got round to expressing my frustration¬†at not being able to swim a lap in one go when 3 weeks ago I was doing¬†laps for the whole lesson.

She then asked me to swim with her one last lap before we finish¬†(there was about 5 minutes left by then) I wasn’t¬†keen but she gently cajoled me and I relented and we set off. She has a very graceful way of swimming – and I tried to emulate¬†her. As I was thinking about how nice it was to be swimming with someone else in sync (I could just see her on the peripheral of my vision) My hand touched the end of the pool. I had made it.

I had swum one lap in a go. It was embarrassing¬†when I splashed water on her as I slapped the surface¬†in a victory jig (I dance when I feel good – even in water). I couldn’t¬†stop thanking her and she graciously insisted it was me.

But I am certain it wasn’t just me – I had spent 50 mins trying to do it but I couldn’t. Yet by having a pacemaker I did it the first time.

It made me think of sewing challenges and any challenge really – whether it is yoga, running or dieting – when in a group it is more likely to be reached. Its not competitive¬†either – for me when I was swimming alongside her – I wasn’t thinking about being faster or better than her – though I can’t remember exactly what I was thinking a strong part was that I wasn’t¬†focusing on what I wasn’t capable of but on that she could do it and she believed I could do it too.

I also had a nice feeling of not wanting to let her belief in me down. When I finished the lap – it became a self-evident truth to me that I can swim the lap. So I turned and swam another lap following behind her this time.

So my thinking is that when you join a group embarking on a similar goal to yours then its a case of the sum of the individual parts is great together and you get better. Anyway, this felt like an epiphany for me.

 

Accountability Partner Wanted. GSOH essential.

I’ve been struggling with a personal goal of watching my many Craftsy classes. Given the successes I have had with engaging in goals with a group of others – I thought I might give this a go.

Because there must be someone out there with the same exact goal.

The idea is this: we have common goals and keep each other accountable for sticking with them. We report and keep each other up to date on our routines, or problems, or whatever.

We’d honestly report to each other, and each of us considers themselves answerable to the other.

Think of an accountability partner as someone in your corner, rooting for you. Someone who wants to help you succeed and who is willing to put in the time (and effort) to make it happen. But Р you have to be willing to the same for them.

I might keep an online journal and you would tune in every few days to check up and share your thoughts.

You might have a goal of self-inquiring 1hr every day for 30 days and I will ask you to report on your progress and hold you accountable. We keep each other on track and motivated, basically. This would happen through private messaging.

Is anyone interested? Please get in touch via Contact Me.

Thanks for stopping by,

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018 April/May Round up

I cannot get over how fast time is flying by! We about to enter June marking the halfway point of this challenge and wow I am so inspired by all the lovely and beautiful creations I am seeing around me!

So first of all, my apologies for missing out last months round up – between my triathlon training and allotment season – time hasn’t been my best friend. Still, better late than never eh? Ok. Let’s do this!

Maggie’s beautiful chic shirtdress from April 2018 issue is just divine. You can read the blog post here¬†magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk.

This jumpsuit from the May 2018!

The simplicity of this top paired with the eyelets and rope makes it stunning.

Anne (TheCompulsiveSeamstress.com) has been sewing up some lovely cool chic linen trousers  here Its The Real Thing. She also made the cutest mini James Dean denim jacket for a 5 year old Рread all about it here Mini James Dean. And a pair of trousers for her daughter here РA Long Time Coming. (The mini denim jacket has been added to my kids sew list :-).

Meg has been making some fabulous mash-ups of the jumpsuit from the May 2018 issue here –¬†Megs Magazine Mash Up. The dress she made for her April mash up is lovely with the contrast flounce. Read about it here – Meg’s Magazine Mash Up Reveal 04/2018

Also, did you know that Meg’s mashups are also sewalongs for the patterns she is making? I find this a very helpful thing.

Chris has been supplying constant inspiration and motivation by sewing up a flounce top from the April 2018 issue. I love her take on it here Desperate Measures Burdachallenge 2018. Chris also made a twofer autumn to spring outfit here – Burdastyle 11/17 and 2/18 #108: From Autumn to Spring (#burdachallenge2018).

Kamila (swarmofchickadees.wordpress.com) has made 2 fabulous tops which you can read about here Рmust.sew.shirts., or, how the #burdachallenge continues.

I am smitten with these crisp summer perfect shorts sewn up by Diane for her May #burdachallenge2018 make. Read about them here BurdaStyle Shorts with tie waist detail.

Ellen (EllensSewing.com) sewed up a sheath dress with contrast sleeves. I cant tell you how much I love and admire Ellen’s style and prolific sewing. Check out her post here: Tie Front Sheath Dress.¬† Her version of the wrap blouse from the February 2018 issue is a lovely creation: Tie Wrap Blouse.

Looking forward here is what I am planning on sewing for the coming month (time allowing :-).

Remember to check out  #burdachallenge2018 on Instagram for loads of inspiration, motivation and good old fun!

As we are entering the sixth month, I will be doing a check in with my goals. I find reflecting, and reworking goals to be an important aspect of planning. AI will be sharing my thoughts on that at the end of June.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

SWAP2017 Pt 5: Ansterick Holsten Sweater and an Experiment in pre washing yarn

Last year I was working full steam on a SWAP2017 wardrobe. You can read some of the previous SWAP2017 posts here <link here>:

For one of my uppers РI opted for a  knitted item. The inspiration was based on a Bella Freud 1970 Jumper . This jumper retails at £300.

The pattern I used was the Holsten jumper by Anstrick. 

Once I had selected the pattern the next challenge was finding the bright red yarn colour. Someone on Ravelry recommended Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton DK yarn. The yarn has a lovely lustre to it and it had a lipstick red shade that looked promising. I ordered several balls of different reds from various brands but this was the one that nailed it. Luckily they also had the black and white of the same yarn.

The next challenge was how to prevent bleeding. From the many posts that I read where people had knitted with red and white or black and white Рthere was a bleeding issue when the garment was washed. After ruminating on the issue for a while I thought that maybe I could try pre-washing the yarn before knitting to reduce any bleeding potential in the same way we prewash fabric for sewing.

Luckily the yarn comes in skeins. My first attempt was a bit of a travesty because I didnt do anything to prevent the yarn from tangling. On my second attempt, I loosely tied the skein at 4 different points so that I could easily reconstitute the skein.

The prewashing process involved filling the sink with hot water and soaking for about an hour, gently wringing the water out and repeating until the water ran clear. For the red this took approximately 4 soakings, the black took 6 soakings to run clear. I also did the white twice because I needed it to have a similar texture to the black and red.

After drying out the skeins I then had to wind them into yarn balls. There were a lot of online tutorials to help. I used a kitchen roll tube and spent several hours balling up the skein. It was tedious but I think it was worth it in the end. 

Dryng the prewashed yarn

Pre washed and un washed side by side
Prewashed on left. Has a ‘fuller’ look and feel. Unwashed on right.

 

I swatched with 3.75, then 3,5 but it was 3,25 that got the correct stitch gauge. I should have done some mods since the pattern calls for fingering 4 ply but my yarn was DK. However, I still do not understand these things so I went on ahead with the proviso that I would be trying it along the way to see what I need to change. On the whole this worked, I think I managed to get away with it :-).

This pattern knits up quite quick since it all stokinette stitch. It was also a great opportunity for me improve my Portuguese knitting skills. I think the fit is quite good. Yarn feels comfy against my skin.

The prewashing seems to have worked. When I washed this there was no bleeding.

And here I am wearing it last year.

The pattern instructions were very clear and well written. I learnt some new techniques like the saddle stitch for the raglan sleeve. It may not be the best but I had a great time knitting this. I’d have liked to do add in a HILA motif on the white section but my skills are not yet there. I am still very happy with this jumper.

Finally, I used just under 5 skeins of red and less than 1 skein each of black and white. The total cost of the yarn was £50.48. Not bad considering the inspiration retails at £300. Win!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internets. Until next time, happy knitting!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by this corner of the interwebs.

Peace and love,

Hila

#burdachallenge2018 March Round up

Can you believe we are already into the fourth month of the year! Its April 1st and I LOVE April! Because April is my birthday month :-). Its also the first proper spring month too. I digress.

There are so many patterns added to my sewing list from all the fantastic makes I am seeing on the #burdachallenge2018 feed on IG as well as the accompanying blog posts.

Wis (whatisew.be) made one of my favourite roll neck patterns from 09/2010 issue: Burda Turtle Neck Top Thanks for sharing a tip on how to avoid tucks on the sleeve seam.

Simona (sewingadventuresintheattick.wordpress.com) braved the tracing to make a gorgeous top with colour blocking: Liberty BurdaStyle Frankenpattern 

Steely Seamstress is planning a  fantastic seventies vintage dress here РSewing the Seventies .

Diane @DreamCutSew has killed two birds with one stone when she made this lovely belted  РBurda Waist Detail Top . The top was from Burdastyle ticking off her #burdachallenge2018 and also #makeyourstash which is a great challenge by TimetoSew.co.uk and PilarBear.com.

Maggie (magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk) made a peplum blouse that has me thinking of cheery cherry trees – March BurdaStyle Challenge.

I love Anne’s (compulsiveseamstress.com) impeccably made trousers: Short Trousers means cold ankles¬†and Professor Plum.

Chris is just as fed up of winter as I am and is making a stand with this beautiful floral top : BurdaStyle 2/2018 114 Desperate Measures . Read about her Autumn to Spring Outfit.  

Maria (mhayek.blogspot.co.uk) sewed up a shirt dress with the most amazing fabric! Crazy Fabric Shirt Dress

Allison @allisoncsewing has one of the most inspiring feeds on IG and I love her faux wrap front dress. BurdaStyle 01/2018 118 Dress .

I went and traced out the knotted midi dress after seeing Allison’s version on IG – Knotted Midi Dress .¬†She also has a picture tutorial for sewing the twisted front band which I found so helpful.

Fellow Minerva Maker @Topstitchrollhem ticked off her #burdachallenge2018 with this luscious tropical dress

A cute baby dress by @lejditea

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I've made another tiny dress, but this one is for baby Olga ūüėä Without any clear idea about sewing for babies I turned to #burdastyle patterns and found this super cute dress with many details that I love making.. Button down dress with collar, cap sleeves and combination of plated and gathered skirt ūüėć Would love to make this one in grown up size ūüėä I needed 0.5m of fabric for this little dress, so I took this cute stripes and herons cotton fabric I have in my stash from last season.. Sewing all these small parts was slightly nerve wracking for me, but in the end I'm satisfied with how it turned out ūüėć . The pattern is no 145 from #burdastyle 07/2012.. . #burdastylegermany #burda #burdachallenge2018 #sewingaddict #fabriclove #sewingforbaby #sewingforgirls #handmadebabyclothes

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If you have ever thought about  how to organise magazine patterns then check out this little clip that @lumisumu shared on IG. This is exactly what I need to do with my growing collection of magazines.

Meg is making a suede and fur open cardigan with a full picture tutorial : Megs Magazine Mash Up 03/2018

Remember to check out the #burdachallenge2018 for inspiration. Though IG has its limitations and annoyances – I appreciate the “translate text” options which means that language is not a barrier. There are many non-english¬†speaking¬†sewcialists¬†also participating in this challenge and we are able to read about each other’s journeys, thoughts, joys and frustrations.

If you are also sewing with Burda to tick off your own personal goals then please share your journey & connect with others around the globe via #burdachallenge2018.

Looking forward – I love the April issue (which is a relief since it’s my birthday month :-).

However, between the holidays, my annual spring clean and Minerva Blogger Network makes, I cannot reasonably expect to sew more than a couple of items so my plans are reflective of this. So here are my plans….plus I need to catch up with unblogged makes ūüôā

 

If you’d like to hear my thoughts on the latest April issue

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

 

The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style: The Breton Dress

It gives me great pleasure to share this dress with you. Its from the book, The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style

The Breton jersey dress attracted me with its wide boat neck line. It also looked simple enough to make and yet it took me nearly 18 months between tracing out the pattern and actually sewing it. Here is the picture from the book:

Sewing the dress was a pleasure as it is instant gratification of the best kind. And to end up with something that makes me feel like a stylish well considered adult, well, that’s just the cherry on the cake! The sewing instructions in the book are really good. Plus the sizing was spot on. This size was selected based on my bust and without any alterations at all this is what it looks like.

Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style. Jersey Dress
No. I did not stripe match.
I love how the neckline is finished.
I get such a buzz from putting my name on my clothes ūüôā
Going for an artistic pose…….(please ignore the holey tights)

If I had to nit pick I’d say that there is a swayback issue on the back but honestly I asked my husband what he thought and he earnestly said that the behind was fine. And that is good enough for me :-).

Fabric was from Jacks Fabrics in Leeds market, bought last year so I am quite pleased at how quickly this fabric was turned around :-).

Overall there are many things that pleased me about this project.

The book only cost £9.99 on Amazon with free P&P. Its great value given the number of patterns that come with the book (27 I think). There are a few more patterns I want to make from there. I did make the Japanese top already.

 

I have already traced out this skirt which was the reason that I bought the book. sewing-bee-book-a-skirtAfter seeing Beth’s version I was very inspired to make it.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sewing!

Peave and love,

Hila

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#burdachallenge2018 February Round up

January is all about¬†setting intentions and resewlutions but February – I love February – it’s the month for indulgence – about emerging out of hibernation.¬† At only 28 days this month felt the shortest ever and I barely squeaked in with my personal goals for #burdachallenge2018. I’ll get to those later but first lets go see what other creatives have been making and blogging about.

#burdachallenge2018

There have been many wonderful makes and these are some blog post. Remeber to check out #burdachallenge2018 on IG to see works in progress and finished garments.

Mags (magscreativemeanderings.blogspot.co.uk) sent in this link to her wonderful tunic dress made in Nani Iro fabric (I am gushing over this make because….Nani Iro…nuff said) You can read about it by clicking here.

I love that Swarm of Chikadees  made a refashioned Burda 7198 out of an old Burda dress. A great idea for sustainable sewing Рcheck out the post here https://swarmofchickadees.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/burda-7198-for-the-january-burdachallenge2018/

Ellen’s Sewing Passion (ellensewing.blogspot.co.uk/) is a veritable delight of inspiration She is an incredibly talented and prolific maker who has been an inspiration to me since I started sewing. She had made a delicious knotted midi dress which you can read about here

Small Artisan made a fantastic men’s¬†hoodie which has been added to my to sew list. She also has a tutorial on making the shawl collar hoodie – yay! Read all about it here¬†.

Anne continues to inspire me with her impeccable sewing and planning skills. She sewed up a couple of tops and I dare you to read her post and not add them to your sewing list too ūüôā Link¬†here.

I consider Chris (handmadebychris.wordpress.com) to be the Queen of Burda in my life as she is always getting the magazine before I do here in the UK.  Here she is in stripes and flowers and knots Рvariations on the same pattern Рso inspiring. See here for the post.

Meg Healy at BurdaStyle.com has made a wrap dress for her Magazine Mash up – and its a stunner! Click here for the post.

BurdaStyle.com are also offering a free Biker Jacket Video Sewalong with Meg Healy. The PDF patterns are included and I believe there is a plus size option as well. This is my 2nd free Burda sewalong course I’ve taken up :-). You can click through the main website or use this link here¬†.¬†Here is a picture of the jackets:

Over on IG I am meeting so many wonderful creatives and every day I am in awe of our shared joy in creating and sewing. I just wanted to share this IG post from @groovygreylook whose use of colour is just spectacular

 

Pause for thought

It was a challenging month to keep full steam ahead once the excitement of making resolutions had gone. But I found that instead of focusing on what I hadn’t yet done in terms of planning and tracing – I just hit a reset button and reminded myself that this is fun! And so far I have made things I am loving wearing and that feeling is what I remind myself of when I have to face the dreaded tracing!

I am also super excited that I had the opportunity to talk about #burdachallenge2018 on the Clothes Making Mavens Podcasts Episode 18 – I was a bit giddy though because I love Lori and Helena’s show and was slightly starstruck :-). The episode includes other sewing challenges like the #daytonightdresschallenge hosted by Elizabeth Made This (I am participating in this challenge as well) and #sewmystyle hosted by Jessica Lorraine. Definitely worth a listen here: Clothes Making Mavens Podcast

Looking ahead….

For March here is my sewing plan from the current 2018 issue. I will probably add more from other issues but for now, these are the definites. If you want to get a feel of the patterns in the March magazine I posted my March browse through and sewing plans here on my YouTubes

I hope your sewing plans are going well too. Here’s to March and all its joy!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS. Not a sponsored post. I do not get paid. This is a passion project.

#burdachallenge2018 January Round up

Welcome to the first of many #burdachallenge2018 round up posts! Each month I will be posting a digest where hopefully you can get amazing sewing inspiration and ideas. Allons-y!
Chris reposted a very useful post about tracing BurdaStyle patterns here:¬†#Burdachallenge 2018: Tracing patterns ‚Äď a piece of¬†cake!

It is quite interesting to see how she does it as it is different to how I trace. Given that she is a pro at using BurdaStyle I am going to be trying out her method and will let you know how I get on. How do you trace your BurdaStyle patterns? Let me know in the comments down below.

This is how I have been tracing in this video I made last year: Beginners Guide to Using BurdaStyle Patterns.

Anne who blogs at The Compulsive Seamstress sewed up lovely tops: Red Monday & When a Door Closes, Open a Window! & The Burda Challenge 2018

Diane  (Dream.Cut.Sew) has made some beautiful garments Рa skirt and a top: Modified Burda Style Cosy Winter Skirt

Eleanor (NelNanandNora.wordpress.com) sewed up a yoga top from the January 2018 issue here Sewing Hope: My Story

Sew Artisan made a stunning pussybow dress with tutorial post too!: Burda Style Pussybow Dress Project 

Meg at BurdaStyle.com has made the leggings from the Jan 2018 issue:¬†Meg’s Magazine Mash Up 01/2018: Part 3

Chris aka SaidDoneChris is an amazing Burda pro: Tops, tops and more tops! A mixed entry for #burdachallenge2018  & Burdastyle 1/2018 #116: Dramatic Sleeve Blouse

Ooboop has made a Red glitter dress with bell sleeves

@ingrid.artur shared how she uses Trello to organise her BurdaStyle sewing list. Great idea!

Meg wrote a Burda Challenge Feature: Melissa Fehr. A great read.

On IG I shared my collection of Burdas and invited others to post their collections too and it was amazing – here is a selection of some of them. The stories that the collectors shared were the best part. Reading about the connections people have with their magazines was awe inspiring. One collector has a collection from May 1968 inherited from her grandmother.

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Do you want to see my collection ūüė∂? It's hidden behind a curtain in what used to be my mom's room. They belonged to my grandma. The oldest one is from 1968 and there's a good pile of #80s crazyness as well but the drafting details are always awesome.The new ones, my addition to The Collection, are all over the placeūüźí. The chunk missing is on my bed. I like to "read them" before I go to sleep. Old or new, there are always at least 2-3 things I want to sew from each of them! I have started posting the contents in my Isntragram Stories. The old ones are too good to be enjoyed just by myself and I need to sell/donate/find a good home for the plus size magazines because sadly I don't have any plus size ladies to sew for anymore ūüôĀ . #patternaddict #patterncollection #Burdafangirl #Burdacollection #burdachallenge2018

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#burdachallenge2018 isn’t just about the magazine patterns! @Olypateli reminds us that paper patterns count too ūüôā (I know I have loads of those too!)

Don’t just take my word for it, check out the #burdachallenge2018. Trust me, scrolling through the #burdachallenge2018 feed is the perfect cure to a dragging afternoon :-).

Looking forward Chris shared a BurdaStyle Feb 2018 preview post here: #burdachallenge2018: A quick review of Burdastyle 2/2018

And finally, I loved what Eleanor had to say about sewing with BurdaStyle

I’d love to hear from you too. If you have a post you’d like me to add in the next roundup please¬†drop me an email through the Contact Me page.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS. Goes without saying that this is not a sponsored post. I just really love BurdaStyle patterns and the sewcial conviviality that comes with engaging in creative pursuits as a group.

 

SWAP2017 Pt 4: Sewaholic Hollyburn & Granville Shirt

Hi guys!

Last year I was working full steam on a SWAP2017 wardrobe. You can read some of the previous SWAP2017 posts here <link here>:

For my lower, I had the Hollyburn skirt which was to be made in an orange bright orange fabric.

I bought the fabric from Fabworks. It’s a cotton twill weave which also has a geometric¬†pattern. It has spandex it with some (about 3% stretch on the cross grain).

Instead of a facing, I used Petersham ribbon on the waistband. Pink satin bias binding on outside

Sewaholic Granville modified –

The fabric is linen dyed a navy blue using Dylon washing machine dye. This was one of the few successful results from my experiments with dyeing fabric.

The embroidery is from Kate N Rose patterns which I had bought over 3 years ago but hadnt ever bothered with it. It’s called Faraway Garden. When Kate was helping me with inspiration pictures I remembered that I had it somewhere in my digital files. Unfortunately marking dark fabric was challenging. Chalk faded away easily and my Frixion pens were not very easily visible. Patience is not one of my strong virtues and eventually, I reached a point which I just wasn’t¬†bothered. But that’s¬†ok – I realised that I am not yet at the beautiful intricate embroidery stage. That’s¬†okay.

I eliminated the center front button placket. The front is sewn together¬†with a flap for snaps of some sort (am yet¬†to do this). I made it sleeveless by raising the armscye by 1/2″ and narrowing the shoulder by 3/4″. This makes it have a closer fit around the armhole. I bias bound the armholes using same linen fabric.

The idea was to have further embroidery on the front and back but seriously, it’s not my thing. I should have got appliques and in future, this is what I will do. As far as embroidery goes – I need to walk before I can run :-).

I am very happy with these 2 garments, more so because they are 2 of my most beloved patterns that I have made more than a dozen of collectively. Pictures….be warned the orange is really bright :-). Pictures were taken in May 2017.

Sewaholic Patterns Hollyburn Skirt and Granville Shirt

Guess the song from the dance pose ūüôā

 

Thanks for stopping by this corner of the interwebs.

Peace and love,

Hila

Named Anneli Double Front T shirt maxi Dress as featured in Sew Now Magazine Issue 8

I am super, quite possibly uber, excited to finally be able to share this project. This is a pattern review I wrote for Sew Now magazine (Issue 8 circa May 2017) – a publication I really enjoy as it is a mix of sewing and fashion. For the review, I sewed up Named Patterns Anneli Tee Shirt dress in a delicious green jersey. Enjoy!

Everyone loves tee shirt dresses and I am not an exception. Named’s latest offering from their SS17 Playground collection is the Anneli double front dress. The pattern includes two variations: a straight, ankle-length jersey dress, and a casual T-shirt.

 

Named Patterns Anneli T Shirt Maxi Dress – showing some leg ūüôā

 

The packaging screams exclusive brand and you certainly get what you pay for with this incredibly well drafted pattern. The instructions and sizing are excellent. This is achievable as a first time project. All the seams lined up beautifully ‚Äď even the neckband snaps perfectly flat against my body. Super quick to sew up, it took only 1.5 hours from start to finish with no alterations at all. The double-layered front which creates an interesting wrap effect gives it a uniqueness and a point of difference,¬†making it perfect for the warmer days of spring and summer.¬†

If I had to pick a word to describe the Milano jersey fabric ‚Äď delicious! Verdant in colour and lush in texture, this gorgeous fabric is reminiscent of 2017 Pantone‚Äôs Colour of the year ‚ÄėGreenery‚Äô. It feels soft and luxurious next to the skin.sew-now-photo-shoot-065sew-now-photo-shoot-104sew-now-photo-shoot-113sew-now-photo-shoot-126

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Trying a new pose – its called “Running to catch the bus”
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Perfect neckband lies flat

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I love this casual and¬†easy to wear dress. Minimalist with a directional edge, Anneli is effortlessly stylish. I paired my Anneli dress with hoop earrings, chunky bracelet and a pair of thong sandals‚ÄĒ and I was all set! ¬†I love that I can stay warm with an oversized baggy sweater. Or get sporty with a denim jacket and trainers, or bohemia with a statement necklace and a floppy hat or throw on some cute flats for a more polished look‚Ķ..endless possibilities.

I have to say that Named understand the appeal of the tee shirt dress. They are comfortable and when we feel comfortable, we feel confident. Anneli ticks many boxes for me; it is fashionable AND feels good to wear AND delivers on comfort AND is quick to sew. A new favourite!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time – Happy Sewing!!!!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS. It was a really windy day when we did the photoshoot so apologies for my VPL Рit couldnt be helped!