Saturday, 27 April 2013

Turtleneck for dress and quick hat

Print jumper

I bought this knit fabric specially to make a jumper for my blue dress. It was not cheap but I liked a print so much! Also it was wool so I took it.

I was thinking to use this pattern but as usually I hadn't enough fabric%) So I chose a turtleneck from Burda 09/2010.

I cut size 36 without seam allowances because my fabric was pretty stretchy and I wanted fitted garment. I didn't follow Burda instructions - I cut a ease from sleeve's caps and sewed sleeves flat (as I understood it was common for knits to put sleeves flat). For neck I found great post in pictures. I used only overstitching stitch at my machine (I haven't serger), so I will test how this stitch will behave in wearing.

Back view

I didn't manage very well with print matching on sleeves and a body because I didn't pay attention that the print had 3 different lines not two%)) But I am Ok with this! I should be more careful with prints in future%)

I like the long sleeves of this turtleneck and pretty loose neck.
Also I made fast hat from remnants%) I draw pattern myself. 


  • Fabric:  1.15m (width 1.5m) of wool knit, very thin.
  • Pattern: Burda magazine 09/2010 121
  • Fabric was bought first, to companion to my blue dress
  • Notions: thread, twin needle
  • Time to complete: I started it in end of March, have finished 14 April. Sewing time - 5.05 hours. 1.40 for preparation, 3.25 - sewing.
  • First worn: 20 April for walking and photoshoot
  • Wear again:  Yes!
  • Total cost:  16 euro for fabric (it was pretty expansive but I like print so much! And this is wool!!) + 1.5 euro for thread (magazine was present)  = 17.5 euro

Tuesday, 23 April 2013


 'I, Sewing Sveta of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one me-made or refashioned item at least 3 days per week for the duration of May 2013'

 I was thinking a lot and decided to participate in the famous Me-Made-May!

 I don't have a huge me-made wardrobe so for the first time 3 days per week will be perfect. Yes, I wear every day me-made home skirts but this is not interesting, isn't it? So let's stop with 3 days, the most difficult for me will be to dress and go outside because very often I just spend the whole day at home%) Also I plan to make one post per week with the outfits.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Current sewing list

I hope this winter is over so I updated my winter sewing list for something little bit more light.

I decided that I had to concentrate on my stashbusting. To be more exact, on not increasing it%) So I will not buy any new fabric before I finish 5 specific garments. If I finish them I can by one or two pieces of fabric during my May trip. 

So this is my list
Fabrics for long sleeves
This should be birthday dress
Skirt from KnippMode

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Intermediate review of sewing 2013: first 3 months

So 3 months of 2013 passed and I want to look on my plans for this year and see the progress and the fields on which I should concentrate.

Let's see:

  • to make 20 items - I made 3. I hope to increase my sewing speed because I want to make some summer tops and skirts and this is more faster sewing tasks.
  • to decrease my fabric stash by 30 metres - BIG FAIL!  I will write about this separately. 
  • to finish my 3 UFOno progress. But I plan to make the skirt from the UFO list in April. 
  • to make different types of clothes (10 types) - I made 2, one in progress, well done!
    • to make last summer's projects - next month's task
    • to use patterns from different producers (8) - first one in progress only%(
    • to try to make The Big Project (a leather jacket) - I traced pattern, bought zippers(it was difficult to find ones), am looking for lining and am going to make muslin.
    • to make a catalog of my patterns - in progress, it is difficult task because I buy new magazines all the time.

    Just to add some pictures to this post - new residents (hope not permanent%)) of my stash!

    Linen for summer circle skirt
    For trousers
    Knit  - a long skirt and a t-shirt

    Sunday, 14 April 2013

    My picks from Burda 03/2013 and 04/2013

    It will be a time for Burda 05/2013 review but I still in winter %(  Anyway I woud like to keep my favorites from March and April Burda issues.

    So start: some dresses from 03/2013  - 131 and 111 with the interesting back! The first one is nice with sweater in cold times.

    Linen jacket with nice collar and biker jacket.

    Too romantic for me? Vintage blouse.

    A cardigan. I am very big fan of cardigans, they are very comfortable in use, so I plan to make this one for our cold summer from black knit.

    So this was March issue and now will be April one%) Let's see!

    Dresses -  one maxi dress, one sack dress (I think they are very comfortable in summer) and one mini dress ( I like American necklines).

    A blouse (I want to make it from polka dot fabric, maybe red?) and a top (very stashbusting because of the drape, you need 2 meter of fabric).

    From red polka dot?

    Also I like the whole outfit - a blouse and pants (maybe with another print).

    That's all - lets sew now!%))

    The images from Burda pages were took for illustration and discussion and remain the copyright of the owner. 

    Thursday, 4 April 2013

    Blouse 12/2012 119

    I have done with my blouse! I am ready to write a pattern review now and show the final pictures. I am pretty happy with the result. Of course, there are some mistakes which I made during sewing and the blouse is not perfect but I like it%)
    Front view

    • Fabric:  1.1m (width 1.6m) of cotton, it is better to have 10cm more.
    • Pattern: Burda magazine 12/2012 119
    • Fabric was bought first, to companion to my orange skirt
    • Notions: thread, buttons
    • Time to complete: I started it in February, have finished in end of March. Sewing time - 13.5 hours.
    • First worn:  30 March,2013 on the concert%))
    • Wear again:  Yes!
    • Total cost:  4 euro for fabric(this was a fabric with defect) + 1.5 euro for thread  + 1 euro for buttons + 2 euro for pattern = 8.5 euro

    Back. I like the button%)

    Pattern Description: Simple blouse.

    Pattern Sizing:
    36, 38, 40, 42, 44. I cut 36.

    Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, the same.

    Were the instructions easy to follow? I had some difficultes to understand on which side of cuffs should I sewed buttons. Also this was my first neckline finished with bias, so I read instructions several times.

    What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like this simple blouse, it is very comfortable. I would like to deep the neckline, it is too high for me. 

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yes, I made the back 1.5 cm narrower, also I shortened sleeves and made cuffs wider (this was done because of lack of the fabric)

    I have some difficulties to make loops!
    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
    Yes, I would like to make one-color blouse and may be a top for summer, this is pretty good alternative to knit long sleeves which I wear all the time. I would like to change neckline a little bit and may be to make armhole deeper.

    Conclusion: This is nice pattern and you can make good basic tops.


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