Almost Finished...Simplicity 1329

Oh my, it really has been a while since my last blogpost! I've been so busy these last few months. But I tried to sew on a weekly basis. Alas, I wasn't progressing that fast to finish my playsuit before the end of the summer. Well, I'm just not a very quick seamstress. I like taking my time and pay attention to detail. 

But, I'm very close to finishing this three piece playsuit! And I took some pictures while I was sewing which I want to share with you!

Once again, the pictures were made with my smartphone and aren't always very clear. 

Back in July is started with the shorts:
(Somehow I can't remove this space in Blogger)

I often save the hand sewing for the last. This time I wanted to make hand sewn buttenholes, but I saved it for another moment, because at that time I didn't know what buttons to use.

Next up, the top:

Making the ruffled sleeves:

Adding more ruffles:

Sewing the gathered skirt:
More ruffles!

Making bows for the skirt:

Detail of the skirt and bow:

Hand sewing time!
Using snaps as closure for the top. You see the left side seam of the top.

Completed top! I added a bow as a finishing touch :)

Finishing the short:
My second attempt at hand sewn buttonholes. After marking the length and position of the buttonhole I cut through the fabric to create a hole. To prevent the fabric from fraying I use the buttonhole stitch, using sewing thread.

The real buttonhole is made with buttonhole thread and  looks like this:

More buttonholes! 

I only need to finish the last buttonhole and sew the buttons. Then it's finally time to make some outfit pictures!


New project: Simplicity 1329

Hi all!

It's time to introduce my new sewing project! I did finish the 40s slacks and 40s blouse from my previous post, but unfortunately I don't have a proper camera to take pics. Hopefully I will have a camera in a few weeks, so there will be some outfit pictures soon here!

If you're reading my blog for some time, you probably remember I made a playsuit about 2 years ago. Well I really do like wearing playsuits during summer. So it's time for a new one!

Simplicity 1329 is the pattern I want to use. I like both styles, but I'm going for style 2. Most of my blouses en dresses have puffed sleeves, and this time I want something different. But it was a hard decision because I really adore view 1 as well. 
This time I picked a red/white checkered fabric with a floral print. I think it's perfect for summer. 

My organised chaos
Cutting the fabric took lots of time. Because I want the checkers to match therefore I cut every piece one by one. Normally I fold the fabric so you can cut two pieces at the same time. I counted nearly 40(!) pattern pieces! So it really took me some hours to cut everything.

You can imagine I'm  very glad the cutting is done. At the moment I'm working on the shorts. I think they're going to be very cute.

It's soo good to be sewing again! I'll keep you updated!
Have a nice weekend!


Sewing update!!

Lately I've been sewing again. It's been a long while. After the move I tried to sew, but I couldn't bring it up anymore. I took a break, a long break. But about a month ago, I felt that crafting itch again ;) So I started working on my 40s slacks, which was on my to do list for such a long time. I already traced the pattern, but needed to grade it to my own size. 

The slacks are almost finished. I only need to add the waistband, hem the trouser legs and add a button and buttonhole.

I am sorry for the bad light; the photo is made with a crappy camera

And while working on these trousers a got an idea for a matching blouse. Immediately I knew which fabric and which pattern I should use. Isn't it great when things come together like this :)

I want to make view B/C
I also wanted to push my limits a little with making bound buttonholes instead of making buttonholes with the machine. I had some practice when I made them during a sewing course a couple of years ago. But to be sure I still knew how it works I used some leftover scraps of fabric and practiced some more. The buttonhole isn't perfect yet, but I feel confident enough for the real thing.

Have you ever made bound buttonholes? And what is your favourite method?


Finally an update and a new knitting project

It's been such a long time. The last months were hectic when it comes to my personal life. But now things have settled down a bit. One of the major things that happened was breaking up with my boyfriend after 6,5 years. It was difficult, but it was the right decision. I feel so relieved. 

I had such a lack of motivation when it came to crafting. I know I blogged earlier about being back on track. Alas, this was not the case. At the moment I'm still not sure how frequently I will blog again, but lets see what happens. 

Anyway, I started a new knitting project. The Egyptian Jumper turned out to be a huge failure, so I decided to not waste any time on this project and put it away.

I had this project on my to-do list for a very long time. It's a Rowan Pattern of a cardigan with roses. You have to knit the rose pattern in Intarsia and the background is knitted with the Fair Isle technique. Quite complicated, but fun to do!