The cutest slipper socks ever!

The weather has taken an abrupt turn for the worse here. After a perfectly pleasant and tolerable t-shirt wearing autumn, we’re now heading full speed into cold, dark winter.

warm and sunny autumn
warm and sunny autumn

This is fine by me, I can get stuck into sewing up the cosy wools that have waited patiently for my attention, but getting the kids to grasp the season change has proved another matter entirely! They resist wearing extra clothing layers like you wouldn’t believe and we live in Germany where it’s ‘verboten’ for kids to go out hatless when it’s less than twenty degrees celsius! Trying to get them appropriately dressed for the chillier weather is a constant uphill battle! If they had their way, they would spend all of their days running around naked.

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The problem isn’t only when we’re outside either. We’ve got stone floors in our house. Great when it’s baking hot in summer, not so good when you’re freezing in winter and trying to get the kids to wear something on their feet at home was proving impossible.

cuter than your average slipper sock!
cuter than your average slipper sock!

Until that is, I came across these adorable slipper socks! Then I instantly knew that my parental woes were over – well at least in terms of banishing cold feet as a source of worry!

sizes and designs for the whole family
sizes and designs for the whole family

Thankfully our kids love them and have chilly toes no more!

They come in children’s and adult sizes so the whole family can enjoy them. If cute faces aren’t your thing, they come in a variety of designs and colours too.

Their non-slip and breathable soles, make these slipper socks very practical and a bit more special than your average ones. Their design reminds me of Japanese ‘jikatabi’, or rubber soled socks, split between the big toe and the second toe that are worn by workmen in Japan and hark back to ‘ninja’ days.

Hard-wearing soles with a good grip
Hard-wearing soles with a good grip

You can dance, run and do all sorts of fancy ‘ninja’ type moves in these!

Flexible and perforated sole
Flexible and perforated sole

The best bit though is they’re still being made by the fifth generation of a French family in one of the last textile companies in France! Here at YoSaMi, we’re right behind businesses making quality stuff in Europe.

Made in France
Made in France

They’re machine washable too! Really what’s not to love???!!

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P.S. Almost finished my silk Anna dress by By Hand London and have a few other finished makes to share reviews of, including my Tilly and the Buttons Miette skirts , so will be back soon with those.

Are your autumn sewing plans going well?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Christine

Minikrea Anorak 30500 review

It feels like a while since my last post and honestly I don’t seem to have had much time to sew or blog since the new school term began! It’s getting closer to winter every day and I haven’t even really begun my autumn sewing!

But onwards and upwards as they say. No time to dwell on what’s not been done! So I’m reviewing a kid’s pattern that I actually made last year, although these photos of my daughter were taken about a month ago.

The sleeves aren't quite as long as they appear here, it's just my daughter being an uncooperative model and keeping her hands inside the sleeves.
The sleeves aren’t quite as long as they appear here, it’s just my daughter being an uncooperative model and keeping her hands inside the sleeves.

This is ‘Anorak – 30500’ by Minikrea, a Danish children’s pattern company. Minikrea have a large selection of kid’s patterns and this is the first that I’ve tried so far. The patterns are written in Danish but you can download English instructions from their website – www.minikrea.dk.

‘Anorak’ is a hooded pullover or dress pattern that comes in sizes age four to ten and I made the size age four.

More like a sweatshirt dress than a top
More like a sweatshirt dress than a top

As you can see in the photo, the sizing is quite generous. My daughter’s five and half and it’s more of a dress on her than a top.

I think the pattern makes a cute sweatshirt dress for girls. My daughter isn’t very keen on dresses at the moment – she’s into climbing trees and other not very dress-worthy activities so she insisted on wearing trousers under the dress so she can break out into action at a moments notice!

Practical hood
Practical hood

This dress is ideal for active kids. The styling of it reminds me of Finnish kid’s clothing brand, ‘Finkid’ which I love. The pattern’s designed for fleece or sweatshirt knit fabrics and is simple to make.  It’s practical and cosy with the hood but with some cute details too, like the front patch pocket.

Patch pocket
Patch pocket

I used a natural coloured organic sweatshirt-knit from www.lebenskleidung.de to make this. It’s a heavy duty sweater knit fabric and is super fluffy on the inside making it really cosy and warm. I bought ten metres of this last year when there was a sale on with the intention of dyeing some but I haven’t got round to that yet. I have made a pair of pants for me and a sweatshirt from BurdaStyle patterns from last year and they are really comfy to wear at home.

If you haven’t already checked them out, I highly recommend a virtual visit to Lebenskleidung or an actual visit if you happen to be in Berlin, Germany. The company is German but all the staff speak English and the website is also available in English.

I first met them at Munich Fabric Start, (the twice yearly fashion industry fabric trade fair held in Munich) and whilst most of what’s on offer at this fair is beyond the scope of the home sewist – unless you’re in need of a few thousand metres of fabric of course which is quite a few maxi dresses – but there are some gems within our reach and Lebenskleidung is one of them.

Lebenskleidung is a retailer of organic fabrics, both woven and jersey knits which is primarily for B2B but the minimum order is five metres so I think that it is also within the reach of the rest of us. It has a vast variety of fabrics on offer at reasonable prices.

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I used some of their cotton batiste woven fabric on the inside of the hood and on the front pocket on this sweatshirt dress to give it a bit of detail. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

organic cotton printed batiste used to add detail inside the hood and on the patch front pocket
organic cotton printed batiste used to add detail inside the hood and on the patch front pocket

Lebenskleidung have an interesting system for ordering new fabrics too. They have a regular stock of basic knits and woven fabrics and they also offer group bulk buys on other fabrics. You can chip in with a minimum individual order of five metres and be part of a larger group collective order. If collectively enough people place orders to reach the minimum amount needed for production then the order is successful and is processed but if not enough people collectively want it, then it doesn’t go through to production.

The company also actively encourage and showcase new emerging German designers who are using their fabrics and you can check them out on their website. I tried to persuade them to release patterns from these new designers when I met them this year at the fair. Of course I was only joking with them but maybe if enough of us ‘lobby’ them, then it may happen!! They were wearing some very cool knit tops from German designers, when I met them, that I would love to make!

Anyway back to the dress. I also used natural coloured organic cotton rib knit (also from Lebenskleidung) for the cuffs.

Organic cotton rib knit used for cuffs
Organic cotton rib knit used for cuffs

I’m no expert when it comes to sewing with knits, they still intimidate me a lot if truth be known, but this was really easy to sew and with good results I think – even my daughter likes it and she’s particularly difficult to please!

Have a great week,

Christine

My love affair with John Smedley

John, ‘How I love thee, let me count the ways!’

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John Smedley and I go way back, in fact for the majority of my adult life!

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You could say he is the third wheel in my marriage!

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But don’t worry, my husband knows all about him and he loves him too!

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Of course I’m talking about the iconic British knitwear brand John Smedley.

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Smedley knits have formed the basis of my wardrobe and accompanied me through my life’s greatest moments, for the past twenty years.

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Meeting my husband, moving and working overseas, having my children – John was there for all of it. He has been one of the constants in my life

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These days as my sewing hobby builds momentum and I’m making more and more of my own clothes, John Smedley knitwear is probably one of the only ready-made items other than jeans and footwear, that I still go out and buy.

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The simple, clean lines of the pieces and the classic styles make this knitwear timeless and endlessly versatile and so it’s easy to use it as the backbone of my hand-made wardrobe.

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I would be hard-pushed to find a better outfit partner than John!

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Whatever new item of clothing I make, I can always find a Smedley knit to complement my look and create my own style, whether it be in sumptuous Sea Island cotton or fine Merino wool.

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It’s not only the versatility of the range that has kept me loyal over the decades though, it’s the brand’s dedication to only using the highest quality materials.

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As a mother of young children, I can say this with confidence because my Smedley knits are tested to the limit on a daily basis.

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They’re all machine-washable so they are low maintenance and they always manage to live to see another day! My oldest John Smedley jumper is a classic black rollneck that is a ripe twenty years old and it is still going strong! In fact it’s hard to tell which of my John Smedley knitwear collection is the most recent because it all still looks like new.

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Even more incredibly, John Smedley products are still made in the original mill that the brand was founded in well over two hundred years ago, in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in Britain. I love this.

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I grew up in an era when there was a pride for things that were made in Britain. The high street was full of British made goods and this was seen as a mark of quality.

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Sadly many British clothing retailers have now turned to overseas production. So the fact that John Smedley have continued to produce in Britain and the company is thriving, is testament that this is a high quality brand in it for the long haul.

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Is it any wonder that I’ve stayed faithful to these woolies for all these years, they are truly investment pieces!

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BTW all the clothes shown in this post apart from the jeans, a t-shirt and John Smedley knitwear, were all made by me. Also I  am not sponsored by John Smedley, I just genuinely like their stuff.

Have you got any favourite brands or clothes that you couldn’t live without?

YoSaMi Guide to the Autumn Colour Trends 2013

I realise that the question on everybody’s lips right now is, ‘What are the key colour trends for the autumn 2013 season in the provinces of Southern Germany?’

So let me put you all out of your anxiety and offer you a YoSaMi breakdown of the colour impact on the mood of the autumn season in this European fashion hub.

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Balancing act

‘Deep red and yellow shades of compensate and counterbalance precisely embellish the surroundings with daring enthusiasm. Green and orange tones of integrate and accommodate expose a rich canvas. Shimmering pink accents add unadulterated gusto while epitomising obscurity. An act of grandiose proportions.’

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Strike a pose

‘Crimson shades of affectation uncover a landscape of undeniable pretense. Mauve and lilac tones join in perfect unison with green to display unprecedented certainty. Delicate and subtle pink concepts reveal hidden ingenuity. A lasting and desirable impression.’

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Light Touch 

‘Golden yellow tones of strike a chord distinguish the balance between delicacy and suppleness. Leaf textures evoke a deep notion of unconstrained delight.’

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Luxe so good 

Ostentatious shades of deep burgundy exude unflinching opulence on a backdrop of an elaborate wooden garden table of diversity. Lime hues of hedonistic majesty draw attention. Intense scarlet tones of lavish luxury complete the package. Sumptious and self indulgent.’

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Sole statement 

‘Vivid yellow shades of bona fide radiate with refinement on an ingenious palette of untainted invention. Fuchsia tones of genuine existence coalesce with flawlessness on a canvas of floral innovation. Fiery orange shades unify with elements of striking light purple to create a sensation of vivacity and vitality. Lime green tones of intrinsic origination inspire realistic visions of unique ingenuity. Substantive and sincere.’

What colours are trending in your corner of the world this season?

Anna dress sew-a-long and YoSaMi news.

A quick update of what’s going on here at YoSaMi.

First up, preparations are underway to join in with the Anna dress sew-along hosted by, By Hand London.

Here’s my little helper today, assisting with hand washing some silk twill fabric by Italian designer Etro that I snaffled up from the Anita Pavani Stoffe webshop, as soon as the new autumn designer collection hit the virtual shelves. It’s a lovely deep red colour and I really love it.

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I’m planning on making another midi-version of the Anna dress because I think that’ll get most wear. I’ve already got the pattern cut out but I think that I’ll reduce the seam allowances to only one centimetre this time just to give a bit more ease to the bodice of the dress – it’s a bit too snug for my liking! I’ll also make it a bit more autumn appropriate by adding three quarter length sleeves which are now a viable option thanks to the By Hand London sleeve drafting tutorial which has been included in the sew-along resources. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

I’m a bit late with my preparations because I’ve just returned from a family trip around Europe. We literally travelled far and wide and high and low and I did lots of research into European resources for the home sewer and textile designers.

Here’s just a taste of where we got to:

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From mountain peaks to world famous cities and relics of ancient cities, to lakeside towns to turquoise seas, we literally saw it all.

I also stopped by Munich Fabric Start, the international fashion industry fabric trade fair and caught up on the coming fashion fabric trends and talked with some interesting companies at the forefront of the European fashion industry..

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I visited a leading Italian textile design studio and interviewed the owner.

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I visited various fabric factory outlets and bought copious amounts of fabric and took a suitcase full of my recent makes so that I could photograph them. I’m hoping that the pretty backgrounds will distract you from my poor modeling!

I’ve collected some great resources and I’m looking forward to sharing it all here with you as soon as I’ve caught my breath!

Have a great week,

Christine

My first By Hand London Anna dress!

I say my first because this will definitely not be the last!  I love the Anna dress pattern! I feel like it was made just for me! The slash neck, the nipped in waist and gentle A-line skirt, all details that I love.

Unfortunately there are not many patterns that really flatter me. I have a natural ability to make most things hang unattractively like sacks. Clothes that look absolutely gorgeous on other sewers tend to look atrocious on me. So what a joy to find something that, dare-I-say-it, may actually suit me and fit me too!

So without further ado, I present to you my first and hopefully not my last Anna dress.

By Hand London Anna dress

Like others have said before me, I have so many more versions of this dress already planned. I’ll be joining the online sew along from By Hand London this month to make a silk version. I have a lovely silk twill from Italian designer Etro that I’ve just bought from the new autumn collection of Anita Pavani online (www.naturstoff.de) that is destined to become my next Anna.

back view of dress

For this dress, I used a black cotton eyelet batist fabric (also from Anita Pavani online) lined with a fine white cotton batist. I don’t tend to wear black and I’m probably the only woman not to have a little black dress in my wardrobe so I thought that that ‘LBD’ gap ought to be filled. I liked this eyelet batist as soon as I saw it and thought that if I underlined it with white it would lift if out of total blackness.

Anna dress - black cotton batist

To do the lining, I simply omitted the neck facings and cut all of the dress pieces out of the main black fabric and the white lining fabric and sewed them up as two seperate dresses and then sewed them together at the neck edge and then turned the while lining dress to the inside. From then on I treated the two dresses as one and hemmed both together.

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I made my dress in size six with no alterations other that adding the lining. It’s really easy to make and sews up relatively quickly even though I did French seams on all seams.

French seams

This was the first By Hand London pattern that I’ve tried and I’m impressed by this new pattern company. The packaging of the pattern is so attractively done and I thought that the inclusion of the ‘By Hand London and Me’ made-by tag, that has been proudly sewn into the back of my dress, gives the final product a satisfyingly professional finish.

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I also loved the credit card sized fabric suggestions card. What a practical and thoughtful addition that is! You can slip that into your purse when you’re out shopping for fabric and away you go! No effort required and no need for scribbling on scrap bits of paper that get lost in your bag in amongst the nappies, the wetwipes, half-eaten apples and doggy bags. Not with By Hand London, you’re all efficient and organised with a card, explaining exactly what you need. I guess that’s what happens when you have women running a company! All details attended to!

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I’m really happy with my Anna dress and think it’s such a versatile and universally flattering pattern that everyone should make at least one of them!

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Am I the last person to make this dress? Are you joining me for the Sew-Along? I hope to see you there.

Innovative Mud – A European dirty little secret, that’s actually squeaky clean!

I don’t know about you but since I’ve been making my own clothes, I’ve become much more discerning about the stuff that I buy. I’m more conscious of the quality of the materials; who they were made by and where; and how long they will last.

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Jeans are something I’ll probably never make and whilst I’m not particularly brand conscious, I do prefer to give my money where possible, to companies that make products and follow business practices that are sustainable.

But we don’t live in an ideal world and it’s not always easy to find sustainable products at affordable prices. So when I was flicking through the latest copy of ‘Eve’, (a German free magazine available in my local grocery store that promotes organic products www.eve-magazin.de) and read their article about Mud Jeans, an innovative clothing brand from the Netherlands (www.mudjeans.eu), my attention was immediately grabbed!

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This company’s concept is so ‘right on’ that I just had to share it.

Mud Jeans have been making fair fashion ‘for people who care’ according to their strapline, since 2008. Their stuff is organic, ecologic, sustainable, climate neutral and Fairtrade! I haven’t even seen or touched their jeans in the denim as it were but I love them already! I’m just a sucker for innovative concepts and all things made in Europe.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, they’ve taken the sustainability of their business one step further by offering a new ‘Leasing Jeans’ concept. This award- winning business strategy is the first of its kind in the jeans market and what’s catapulted Mud Jeans into the limelight now.

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The idea to lease and not buy products is a win-win concept for consumer and producer. It makes an otherwise expensive item available to a wider variety of consumers because it’s now more affordable and it ensures that the materials remain the property of the company so they can then be recycled. Simple really!

It’s not a new idea though, just new to jeans. I first came across this when I was studying sustainability at Blekinge Institute in Sweden and we discussed a carpet company which switched to leasing as well as selling carpets to improve the sustainability of the company and its products. It’s encouraging to see this business practice being picked up by the fashion industry.

I wish this brand well and hope that this concept catches on and I’ll certainly be checking Mud Jeans out the next time I need some new jeans.

Has sewing your own clothes changed your buying habits? Have any ground-breaking brands caught your eye lately? Does the idea of leasing clothes appeal to you?

C

Megan Nielsen Cascade Skirt MN2202

After seeing several striking versions of this wrap skirt on sewing blogs including the wonderfully colourful version by www.lladybird.com, I succumbed to ordering the Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt pattern.

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Megan Nielsen is an independent fashion designer who has branched out into selling garment sewing patterns for home sewists. This is the first of her patterns that I’ve tried and so far I’m really impressed.

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The Cascade Skirt is described by the designer as a ‘full wrap skirt with a graduated hem and attractive cascades along the hemline.’  It’s aimed at novice sewers and is perfect for every day but also dramatic enough for special occasion wear.

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The pattern itself is well packaged in a bulging envelope with a velcro closure, which includes an instruction booklet and a multi-sized pattern made from sturdy paper. The instruction booklet is really comprehensive and covers everything you need to make the skirt from the recommended fabrics and tips for their pre-sewing preparation to cutting layouts and sewing directions including how to make a lining if using a very sheer fabric. There are also suggestions for how you could customise the skirt by altering its length and adding layers.

At the end there’s space to sketch out your own ideas and record all the details of your make in a pattern log, such as the fabric used, size, modifications etc.  This is really useful and a thoughtful addition for people with sieve-like memories like me!

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I decided to make the version with the front tie and found this cotton/silk blend batiste in the Italian designer section of Anita Pavani Stoffe online shop www.naturstoff.de. The pattern suggests lightweight fabrics with lots of drape so I thought this colourful batiste was perfect for this pattern, with the added bonus that it is machine-washable – a definite must for me especially as I’m around little kiddies all day!

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The fabric was a dream to sew but in full sunlight it’s quite sheer – as you can see in the above photo but I decided against a lining because I wanted to retain the fabric’s floaty nature and with the cotton content you can’t really see completely through it so I’m not being too indecent!

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The main body of the skirt was super quick to make – it only has four pattern pieces and is really straightforward, with only two seams to sew.  I did French seams as recommended in the pattern.

My one sticking point with this skirt was the narrow hem which I really struggled with at first. The sewing instructions explain how to make one but I have a narrow hem foot so it should have been simple for me – right?!

Wrong!!

I’ve had two babies and many sleepless nights since I last used my narrow hem foot and I find that lots of things pre-babies have just been erased from my memory! It’s as though I had a mental re-boot when I gave birth so that I could become a mindless nappy changing, bottom wiping and feeding machine. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway unfortunately the knowledge of how to use my narrow hem foot appears to have been one of the things that ended up in the trash bin of my brain!

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I turned to my trusted friend Google and found ‘BrianSews Hemming Foot Tutorial’ on YouTube which was the perfect remedy.  What set this online tutorial apart from the others that I came across was that it was long enough to get the full gist of what I needed to do and also showed how to do a narrow hem using the specialist foot on a curved edge which is what makes hemming this skirt tricky.

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After watching this, I realised that I’d had too high expectations of my little gadget and had expected the foot to do the hem all by itself and I didn’t appreciate how much continuous manual manipulation of the fabric was required from me to correctly feed the fabric into the foot. As I pushed the fabric through the foot it kept popping out again and refused to roll over. Once I’d figured out why this was happening, hemming became a lot easier.

The key to a successful rolled hem seems to be taking care to keep the width of the fabric being fed into the gap in the narrow hem foot roughly the same width as the gap. When it’s narrower the fabric tends to pop out of the foot and enough fabric doesn’t feed in for it to be able to roll over itself as it should. Once I’d practiced a bit, it worked a treat – well almost, the finished hem isn’t perfect but it’ll do for a first attempt.

Overall I’m happy with the final result and it was a light and breezy skirt to wear when it was baking hot here this summer.  I would like to make another version with a level hem but that’ll have to wait its turn in the sewing queue.

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To wrap this wrap review up, I’ll leave you with this photo of me and my dog – don’t you think that it looks like we’re about to be abducted by an alien spaceship!

Wishing you a happy sewing weekend!

Tiered maxi skirt Burdastyle 3/2013 #122 and #123

So far I’ve had a fairly productive sewing summer although I haven’t blogged too much about it. Autumn’s now looming so I thought I better cram in some pattern reviews of my summery makes before it gets too late. But where do I start?

I’ve made more skirts and tops than dresses and I’ve decided to go back to the beginning and start there because there have been some lessons learnt along the way with the progression of the patterns which may be useful to pass on. So let’s start with this maxi skirt pattern from Burdastyle magazine 3/2013.

Burda linen maxi skirt

This is pattern #122 from 3/2013 Burdastyle.  It’s a maxi skirt pattern with a fitted yoke and side seam pockets and a tiered part on the bottom of the skirt attached with a piped seam.

I made the skirt out of three metres of linen that I bought from my favourite online fabric shop ‘Anita Pavani natural fabrics’ in Germany (see my ‘European Insider Top Tips’ for more details of the shop).

My fabric is soft and not too heavy but I would warn that the suggested fabrics for the pattern are ‘lightweight, softly draping skirt fabrics’ which my medium weight linen wasn’t really.  With three metres of it hanging there, as you can imagine it can feel a bit heavy!  This turned out well in the spring when it was still on the chilly side and a bit of extra coverage was welcomed but I haven’t worn it over the summer.  If you do go with linen, I would suggest using the lightest crepe type of linen that you can find.

One of the consequences of my needlessly heavy fabric choice was that the skirt pulls down a bit and I cut out the pattern size according to my measurements which I matched up to the Burdastyle size chart but the yoke was too loose and I can only wear it with a belt now. So for my next attempt I made up the smallest size and now the yoke fits snugly.

The pattern came together fairly easily although I did struggle with the inseam side pockets and side zip combo.  I’ve sorted this out now – it finally all clicked with a skirt pattern I did after this – you have to attach the zip to the edge of the pocket but more about that later.

The bottom tier was a nice way to finish the skirt off because it is basically just a big strip folded in half along the bottom of the skirt encasing the raw lower edge of the main body of the skirt and eliminating the need for hemming.  Not sure whether it was necessary to hand-make the piping that is sandwiched between this seam though – even though I did do it.  If I made it again, I would probably omit this or use ready made piping out of sheer laziness!

This skirt was my warm-up for this tiered maxi skirt #123 which I made out of three metres of Liberty Art Fabrics tana lawn cotton that I bought online at Shaukat in London, UK.

Burdastyle 03/2013 #123 maxi skirt

I’m really pleased with this skirt but it required a marathon sewing effort to make it!

It’s got the easiest sewing rating in Burdastyle aimed at a novice sewer and while there aren’t any complicated techniques needed to make it, it is worth noting that that bottom tier is four and a half metres long and needs to be gathered before it is sewn and then hemmed and I did French seams and that was a LOT of sewing!  Like cramp-inducing sewing – just keeping the foot pedal pressed to the floor for all those metres was enough to put me off sewing for a very long time.  You could maybe weight your foot pedal down with a heavy book or something and go off, have a relaxing cup of tea, come back and maybe your seam would be just about finished!

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I made a couple of adjustments to the basic pattern.

Firstly I lined the whole thing with more of my organic natural coloured cotton batist from www.lebenskleidung.com.  I did this because the Liberty tana lawn is lightweight and can be a bit see-through and also to extend the life of my skirt.  It was easy to do, I just cut all the pattern pieces out in the lining fabric and sewed them up as instructed in the main skirt instructions and then attached the Liberty skirt and lining together at the upper edge of the first tier.

I added in-seam side pockets.

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I also French seamed all the seams.

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Overall I’m really happy with the skirt.  It’s a nice simple pattern which results in a twirl-worthy multi-purpose maxi skirt that is equally happy dressed up or down.  Just be prepared for some long distance sewing and check the sizing of your yoke first as I found the pattern to have a generous amount of ease.

Can you recommend any maxi skirt patterns?  I’d love to hear about them.

Warding off the beasties!

Lavender bundles

Summer is beginning to draw to a close here and it was time to harvest the lavender in my garden.

So today I used the cut fragrant lavender to make some simple bundles tied with string to put in my fabric stash and my wardrobe to protect my growing collection of self-made clothes against moths.

Moth protection for my self made wardrobe

Do you have a moth problem?  Or other creepy crawlies that like to eat your precious cloth?  What action do you take to protect against them?

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