Yearly Archive: 2016

Nightgown dress

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I made a quick dress for myself. It started with the fabric – I found a piece of rayon that matched my cardigan that I was wearing at the moment and home it came with me. I didn’t have a lot of this fabric so I went for sleeveless dress and I also cut the lower part of the dress crosswise.

Helsingi 2016-58The pattern is from Burda Style Magazine 3/2012. I lengthened the skirt, rose the neckline and also gave 1 cm to the armhole (i.e. I cut 1 cm seam allowance but later finished it with bias binding, therefore it didn’t change). I also skipped these quite bizarre pleats at the back and my dress has no zipper as I can easily pull it over my head.

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So there it is – simple as nightgown :)

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#haulternative

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As you have probably heard, this week is Fashion Revolution week. If you haven’t, then long story short – it is a movement to rise the awareness of the problems that fast fashion brings along and through this awareness make the fashion industry and consumers act consciously and ethically. They also encourage people to get involved too, for example ask “who made my clothes” or for example, make an #haulternative as an antidote to the YouTube hauls. I don’t make videos, but I would love to share some items that I have purchased from thrift stores and altered (or not).

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I bought this cashmere sweater from thrift store and it was bright green and grey striped and with two moth holes. So I dyed the sweater black, mended the holes and now I have a super-soft versatile black sweater in my wardrobe :)

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I bought this white silk shirt from thrift store years ago and it was in my box of upcycleable silk. As the fashion has changed a bit, I didn’t have to change it anymore and now I have a lovely 100% silk shirt. I couldn’t be happier!

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These jeans were originally from Zara, I also thrifted them and didn’t change anything. I had grey jeans in my list for long time and I was quite happy when I finally found them.

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This Nine West leather rucksack had and cracked handle and maybe it was donated because of that. I cut the handle and the bag looks quite new again!

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And finally, this leather jacket was long and belted when I found it from thrift store. It looked quite mumsy that way. But it was in very good condition and the leather is so soft. So I unpicked the zipper, cut the jacket shorter, sewed the shortened zip back and hemmed the jacket. I looks quite ok now. I plan to add ribbed cuffs as the sleeves are ever so slightly short and wide for my taste. But I have to find matching ribbing first.

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So that is my #haulternative. I enjoy that thrifting thing so much! :) Also check out Erin from My Green Closet Youtube channel and FB!  She is my favourite :)

A coat, the Merchant&Mills Factory Dress and Camber Dress

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I like to sew dresses. Dresses always inspire me and they are fun to make. But somehow I wear dresses only at summertime. Because  when it is winter, you have to find matching coat and boots to your dress and if you haven’t planned properly, nothing in your wardrobe matches. That is often the case in my house. So I finally understood that I desperately need a good coat in my wardrobe so I could wear all the dresses I make and give my jeans a rest.

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After a long deliberation I decided to use the pattern from the Burda Style Magazine 08/2014. This pattern is for tall women and I am not tall. Maybe that was causing some fitting issues I had to fix. My mother is my “sewing buddy” but she lives far so my husband had to manage to do the fitting. It was not the smoothest but together we managed to raise the shoulder in strategic spots and this helped to fix the crossing fronts.

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I also managed to burn the front with the iron although the material is wool. So I had to make a seam to the fronts (to replace the burnt shoulder) and because I already had the seams, I also made the in seam pockets too.

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I also lengthened the coat, because my dresses are usually knee-height.  The fabric is two layered – the outer layer is wool and inner layer is cotton. I have worn the coat for a month now and it pills a bit. I hope the pilling stops soon :) But all in all I am content with my new coat and I have worn dresses a lot lately. I also bought my first Dr. Martens (shoes AND boots) to complete the look so I am a really happy camper!

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I also made two dresses. I fell in love with Merchant&Mills and ordered some patterns and their book. I love this company to pieces and I cannot imagine a better looking sewing company. I have watched their video twenty times at least! Their shop in Rye, East Sussex is my dream destination now :)

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First I made the famous Factory Dress. I used a nice yarn-dyed linen from my stash. I decided to cut the smallest size available although not all my measurements fall to this column. I didn’t change anything except the length and I think it came out beautifully. I have worn this dress a lot and I just cannot get over how much I love how a linen fabric creases. This is just beautiful :)

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Then I made the Camber dress. I liked the plaid dress on their website so much that I decided to make mine out of plaid wool. I was lucky to find exactly the fabric I was looking for (Kangastuudio in Tallinn, Estonia). I did struggle with the sleeves because I lengthened them but the original pattern was not good for long sleeves (the cap was too shallow). So I used a sleeve pattern I already had and recut the sleeve. I managed to set the sleeve about seven times before I was satisfied with the result.

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I also lined the body of the dress. I didn’t see that the lining was showing until I saw these pictures. So I have to fix it. I will also make short slits to the sides as I narrowed the dress a bit and it is a bit uncomfortable to walk (the dress tends to rise when I walk). Other than that I am happy with my dress and I have already worn it to a concert and two birthday parties. Eveli 0326-10

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Some knitting for my daughter

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This photo is taken eight years ago when I was attempting knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan (link to  the original post in Estonian). But in the process of knitting a swatch and counting stitches something went wrong and I ended up with an extremely snug cardigan. I was planning to unravel it and knit it again, but it took me eight years. Clearly, unravelling is not my favourite thing :)

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But actually it was a good thing as now I had to unravel only the yoke and some of the sleeve length. Because now it fits my daughter. First I planned to knit it for  my son, but it was too snug for him and therefore my daughter got it for herself. I wasn’t feeling like knitting the fair isle yoke again, so it came out really boring and plain, yet practical,  pullover. But I am so happy that I got this thing out of my stash!

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Then I knitted mittens for Maibrit as she really needed a pair. I am not a huge fan of knitting mittens nor fair isle knitting, but when I finally get going I quite like it. I chose Rowan “Felted Tweed” (purple) and “Fine Tweed” (mustard “leyburn” and petrol Nidd) from my stash and I really really love those yarns! I haven’t knitted mittens for a while and therefore I made a mistake by knitting the space between the cuff and thumb too short. Next time I will do better. But these mittens are warm and that is the most important thing (you see our weather from the photos). Ravelry link.

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Maibrit also needed a new hat to go with her new jacket. I chose my favourite cable pattern from my Manti cardigan pattern (or from my Elfi hat pattern) and used leftover yarn (Katia Peru). I casted on 70 sts using tubular cast-on and knitted 1×1 rib for 4 rows. Then I increased the stitches to 92 to be able to knit 4 repeat of the pattern. After I had worked first half of the second diamond, I started to decrease the purled stitches. Easy. I like yarn pom-pom, but Maibrit chose a fur one for her hat. I also  lined the hat with cotton jersey as we live in quite windy and cold climate. Ravely link.

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