Saturday, 27 December 2014

Turtleneck, KwikSew 2403

I am not very good blogger this year. Also I am not very productive seamstress this year too. But this post is not about 2014 summary%) This one is about recent me-made.

I made stripe turtleneck from KwikSew 2403 pattern. I bought it in thrift store. This was first time I used this pattern company. I cut XS but for my opinion this size was too big for me so I took a lot in side seams and underarm too. Also I narrowed the sleeves a lot! I will transfer these changes to my copy and will have nice turtleneck pattern for next garment.

Kwik Sew 2403

For stabilizing shoulder seams I used stay-tape by Collins instead of piece of fabric but I think now this was waste of money because it was itchy. Good lesson for me. Maybe I will find use for it but I am not sure.

Front view%)

This garment is my first fully Canadian as the fabric and the pattern was bought in Vancouver%) Even with itchy shoulders I like my "memade" especially neck and long sleeves, I am big fan of long sleeves, next time I will make cuffs with holes for thumbs.

Awful winter light%(

  • Fabric:  remnant of cotton rib knit, 1.4 m, I still have pretty big piece of it.
  • Pattern: KwikSew 2403
  • I bought the fabric and the pattern without any specific plans.
  • Notions: thread, twin needle, stay-tape 
  • Time to complete:  5.8 hours (too much because of alterations)
  • First worn: November 2014.
  • Wear again:  already.
  • Total cost:  2 Canadian $ for fabric + 0.5 for pattern (was $1, but I used it twice)  = C$2.5

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Butterflies T-shirt

This is long time since my last post about finished project. I have checked right now - it was one year ago!! Oh no! I made a lot of garments but didn't blog them, I should improve this situation.

I finished a t-shirt in this June. It was half done so I didn't spend a lot of time with it.

Summer Butterflies Top
The pattern and fabric were bought in Tampere, Finland during short trip with my aunt. She attended the conference and I visited the city and fabric shop%)) Also I visited some fabric shops in Helsinki and bought this butterflies knit print there.

Finish shopping made last year
I bought Ottobre magazine, issue 02/2013. I like their designs, the patterns are pretty basic but with nice details and interesting cut. So I choose the pattern number 2 - Summer Basic Top. This is loose knit top with short kimono sleeves and additional draping in the bottom.

Ottobre 02-2013-02 It looks the same as tech drawing

It seems to me that I cut size 36 but I am not sure%)) Because the instructions were in Finnish I cannot say anything about them but for this simple design you don't need instructions. The sewing process was very easy,maybe the only problem for me was to bind the neckline and not to stretch it.

I like how this top looks, it was very comfy to wear during hot days. I like the neckline, pretty feminine. I think I make more such tops, maybe one version with more draping on the bottom and one just straight.

  • Fabric:  1m (width 1.55m) of rayon knit from Finland. I have pretty big piece after cutting. maybe for cami.
  • Pattern: Ottobre 02/2013 02
  • Fabric was bought first because of nice print.
  • Notions: thread, twin needle 
  • Time to complete: 3 hours
  • First worn: June 2014 for walking.
  • Wear again:  Yes! Already.
  • Total cost:  6 euro for fabric + 1.8 euro for thread + 9 euro for magazine  = 16.8 euro. This is pretty much for t-shirt but I plan to make more from this magazine so this increase the cost%)
Also you can see my pattern review.
PS. The skirt I worn was refashioned by me, it was too long and looked boring so I cut it and worn a lot this summer.
Refashioned skirt with me-made t-shirt

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Oh, I am such a stupid seamstress!
I cut pockets from a detail of belt%( Of course I don't have any fabric left.
This will be good lesson for me not to cut during nights.
Hope a shop has this fabric in stock yet.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Spring Sewing Swap 2014

I got my parcel from Tine!! All the way from Hamburg!
It was like getting b-day present!

Tine packed it nice in bright paper, you can see.

Spring Swap parcel

Everything inside was individually packed and Tine added nice postcard! Ups, I planned to find some nice one too but completely forgot%(


Tine sent me 2 pieces of fabric. Lovely viscose with flowers (right now I see it like summer dress) and nice navy cotton (maybe shirt or shirt dress?). Also she added magazine My image from her collection, I didn't have any on my shelf. I think maybe to make a dress from this magazine with the flower fabric? I need to make plan!%))

Also she added some German non-sewing souvenirs - jams, marzipan(already finished%), Bierdeckel (I really don't know the name of these things) and my favorite german lip balm. Oh, I asked Tine if she could add it because this was the best balm for me! She was very nice to do that.

I am very happy with my parcel. I hope my response will arrive very soon in Germany and Tine will like my presents too%) Thanks, Tine as my swap partner and Kestrel as organizer.

Friday, 4 July 2014

What's going on?

The summer is going on so I am slow in my blogging%) Honestly in my sewing too - after Me-Made-May I only have finished already half-done tshirt and refashioned 2 skirts but I have big plans for warm sewing summer and hope I will implement a part of them.

I got a big present from Merche - 4 Patrones magazines with nice patterns, now want to made them all! Ok, not all but many of them%)  I will put something from the magazines in my current sewing list.

I participate in  Spring Sewing Swap 2014 organized by Kestrel Makes. I was paired with Tine from Hamburg. My parcel is somewhere on its trip and will arrive very soon I hope!!

I was thinking to join Summer Stashbust 2014 by Sally but failed just in the begging, eh! But I believe even with this failure I will continue to participate saying that my stashbusting started from 1 July%)) I will post some my sewing plans soon. Also I still should blog some my fresh and old me-made, so a lot of writing and sewing%)

It spoiled my stashbusting!

Now I am in!

Friday, 13 June 2014

MMM2013 and MMM2014 in numbers

blue dress - 1
red dress - 1
old dress - 3
simplicity dress - 1

total - 4 dress, 6 appearances
grey dress - 1
blue dress - 1
red dress - 1
old dress - 2
simplicity dress - 1

total - 5 dresses, 6 appearances
orange skirt - 1
black skirt -7
home skirt - 2
stripe home skirt - 2
red skirt - 2
refashioned orange skirt -3
cropped jeans - 4
cropped shorts - 1

total - 6 skirts, 2 "trousers", 21 appearances
stripe maxi skirt - 2
polka dot circle skirt - 3
orange skirt - 1
refashioned orange skirt - 1
red skirt - 2
black skirt - 2
refashioned green skirt - 2
refashioned white skirt - 1
wide-leg trousers - 1
refashioned shorts -1

total - 8 skirts, 2 "trousers", 16 appearances
green jumper - 2
crazy long-sleeve - 2
blouse - 1
green long-sleeve - 3

total - 4 tops, 8 appearances
refashioned top - 3
refashioned t-shirt - 1
green jumper - 4
green long-sleeve - 2
crazy long-sleeve - 1

total - 5 tops, 11 appearances

4 home outfits from 31, 12 outfits with refashioned garments 
5 refashioned garments, 11 totally me-made - 16 in total.

0 home outfits, 8 outfits with refashioned garments
6 refashioned garments,  14 totally me-made - 20 in total.

So these are a lot of numbers%))) What do they mean? This year I wear more me-made garments%) There were no home outfits but I would like to make some home trousers and maybe warm hoody or cardi. My favorite clothes element is a skirt, no doubt!

I like Me-Made-May! This was very positive event, I liked to show my garments, to wear nice stuff every day, to make pictures, to get lovely comments and to see outfit all over the world. Yes, near the end of month it became little bit tricky but in any way it was very nice event%)

I didn't manage to finish my 3 UFO only one from my list and fresh one. The butterfly t-shirt still waits its time as brown skirt (I am really not happy with this skirt, yeap).

I decided to put more me-made tops in my sewing list, woven and knit, lets start with summer's ones. Also I want to sew some trousers, shorts and cardi. And I need to make a jacket too! So big plans till next May%))

The last conclusion is that I can remake good patterns. I like to make new patterns but think that repeating is boring but now I changed my mind and suppose good patterns should be made one more time or even two more times! 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Me-Made-May, 2014. Week 5.

Me-Made-May 2014 is over! It was really fun, I like to wear my me-mades, looked for other participants and made pictures. I will make some summary from this MMM and even show some statistic numbers but in another post. All pictures are on Flickr.

May 26 May 26. Refashioned top, from men shirt. It was pretty cold outside for this outfit so I had to bike faster%)
May 27
May 27.  Me-made Burda wide-legs trousers. I made them last summer and will blog about them soon. I planned to make them in 2012 %))
May 28 May 28. Refashioned skirt, made last week%) From thrifted wrap skirt.
May 29
May 29. Popular green sweater and skirt. I should make grey version of this sweater, it is very comfy!
May 30
May 30.Refashioned skirt.
May 31
May 31.My third dress, oh, I will never show it inside, made so bad!! But it is so lovely and cute!%)) I like it!
May 31, man's part
May 31.Me-made shirt from Semeon. Fit is not perfect but we will improve it next time!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Me-Made-May, 2014. Week 4.

Week 4 is done! All pictures are on Flickr.

May, 19 May 19. Green warm sweater and hat%)
May, 20
May 20. Maxi skirt. I like it! It is pity that I used for it not the best fabric by quality.
May 21
May 21. Green long-sleeve. I still haven't ironing board!
May 22
May 22. Old old dress.
May 24
May 23. Polka dots circle skirt! Ah, I am its fan%)
May 24
May 24. Freshly refashioned skirt (from second-hand wrap skirt).
May 25
May 25. It was rainy and cold day! Green sweater and black skirt.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Me-Made-May, 2014. Week 3.

Week 3 is over, so fast! Big pictures are on Flickr.

May, 12 May 12. Green long-sleeve. I like pattern and want to repeat it. Usually I think that the repeating is boring but not in this case!%)
May, 13
May 13. Refashioned top.
May, 14
May 14. One of my first me-made dress. The pattern - to "repeat-it" list %)
May, 15
May 15. Polka dots circle skirt. "Repeat-it" list too%)) In solid color and/or warmer fabric.
May, 16
May 16. Red skirt. Actually I wanted to make circle skirt from this fabric but I didn't have enough fabric.
May, 17
May 17. "Repeat-it" skirt, haha!%)) Almost whole week is in repeat list now%))
May, 18
May 18. Good pattern too! Crazy print long-sleeve.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Me-Made-May, 2014. Week 2.

So second week already done. Let's see short review. Big pictures are on Flickr.

May, 5 5 May. Today I should wear b-day dress but with all this moving to new apartment I didn't have time. But I had unfinished skirt! So b-day circle skirt.
May, 6
May 6. B-day dress from previous year. I was on a concert so decided this dress will be just good for event%) I still need to make some changes in it, but with jacket it looks not bad.
May, 7
May 7. Refashioned top from man's shirt.
May, 8
May 8. It was cold day so I could wear my wool skirt.
May, 9
May 9. Refashioned t-shirt. I saved print from the old one%) I really need more me-made tops!
May, 10
May 10. Trousers-to-skirt%)
May, 11
May 11. Favorite comfy warm jumper!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Summary of 2013

Yes, I know, it is May 2014, but I need to make plans for 2014 sewing year and because of this I should look at my 2013 sewing year%))

  • The main point of my 2013 plan was to make 20 items(as a part of my bet with Semeon about sewing 50 items in 2 year). I managed with it pretty good. I made 21 items%) We decided to extend our bet for a half of the year because of our moving. So I hope I would manage%) 
Let's see further.
  • to decrease my fabric stash by 30 meters  - I failed completely!%(( I don't have now Evernote with my stash's database so I will not scare you with the numbers!
  • to finish my 3 UFO (silk dress, gray dress, brown skirt) - no, I didn't make them. I have some big issue with finishing some started project but I have to do this finally.
  • to make different types of clothes (not only skirts%))  - 60% done.
    • pants - done
    • jacket
    • jacket (warm)
    • dress - done
    • blouse - done
    • skirt - done ( a lot of them!%)
    • vest
    • male shirt - done
    • top - done
    • bag
  • to make last summer's projects - 2 dress and the pants -  I made pants! I should photo them again and blog! I didn't have time for dresses:( 
  • to use 8 patterns from different companies (except Burda) - I made only one!%(
  • to try to make The Big Project - a leather jacket.  - I bought all ingredients - all zippers, lining etc. I even started to make a muslin. And then moved! I look forward to making this project.
  • to make a catalog of my patterns - in progress!
There is plenty of room for improvement this year! Next post will be about my plans.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Me-Made-May, 2014. Week 1.

Short first week of May! We got all kind of weather these days%)

Big pictures are on Flickr.

May, 1 1 May. Very hot day. Moving day! I worn shorts(refashioned from RTW capri).

May, 2
2 May. Me-made skirt. I like it. Maybe I should make another one in solid colour.
May, 3
3 May. IKEA shopping. Wool knit dress by Burda pattern, should blog it%)
May, 4
4 May. Blue dress. I like it!%)

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Me-Made-May 2014

 'I, Sewing Sveta (, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear me-made or me-refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2014. Also I will finish 3 UFO'

Hurray!! It is May again! I was hesitating about my participating this year - we will move at 1 May, also I am looking for job and will look for stuff in empty apartment so it will be not very easy challenge with MMM. But it was so much fun last year that I want it again!

I have more me-made items this year so I think I will be ok with challenge, it will not not only my favorite black skirt for thirty days%))

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Back to sewing and blogging!

More new dresses!!

So I suppose I am back on the track!%))
My last post for soooo long time ago, unbelievable! I didn't stop to sew in last July, I only started my sloooow moving from one country to another one, so I didn't have any time for blogging. But I managed to sew a little bit and even made 21 things in 2013 all together! %) I hope to add some of them in my blog, probably in May because I would like to participate in Me-Made-May despite the lack of new made by me clothes.

Next time I will post my plans for 2014 and hope to start sew more and more! I only need to buy iron and mirror, also I need sewing table and ironing board!%))

In spite of  these missing instruments I started to make Birth-Day Dress%)) Last year I make one, but I need to change it a little bit and then it will appear here!%))

Hope this year I will make good dress from first attempt!
I already bought the fabric and choose the pattern! I hope to make muslin in the beginning of the next week and cut the fabric.

Fabric for BD dress!

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