11 December 2009

Roll-collar one-piece dress

The second project from Japanese sewing book-Simple chic- is finished.
Like the title say the dress has roll collar, pattern is easy and basic. 
There is an invisible zipper at the back. The fabric is wool blend. I added lining, even it is not supposed for this dress.
What to say about this dress? It is basic shift dress, simple pattern. It looks much better on sewing form in the book than on me.LOL
Maybe the chosen fabric is problem, or my body shape is problem. Maybe the shift dress is not my style. My husband says that the dress is just appropriate for nuns. Hmm. I tried to fix that "nun look" with belt. I'm not sure: is it better?
I will sew this dress again because I love this pattern. I hope that it will look much better with different fabric.

02 December 2009

Embroidery lessons

Past days I took few embroidery lessons.Well, I know basics, but this were lessons about embroidery that is used for embellishing national costumes from Dubrovacko Primorje -a region situated northwest of the city Dubrovnik.
I haven't pictures of costumes, just few photos of scarves. 
Made by  very talented  lady Nike.
The scarves were worn for weddings.
This scarf is over hundred years, old.
This embroidery patterns were used for decorating vests.

All stitches are basic embroidery stitches.Specific is only way of using them, and combination of colors. There are lots of colors, gold threads and sequins. Everything I love.
No, I will not sew national costume.I used everything I learned on my way.
I made this dark blue tote bag and embellished it with specific embroidery pattern. The bag is dark blue because the costumes are dark blue.
The second bag is creamy beige, like wedding scarf, with colorful flowers and gold sequins.
And that's it, my modest way to preserve national treasure.
Unfortunately only four of us were attended those lessons, even they were free.
It seems young people do not care for tradition, at all.
That is such a pity.

21 November 2009

A Shirt-blouse

The plan was to sew this blouse. But, as usual, I did not have enough fabric. So, another option was the blouse that I made two years ago. ( Burda-9-2007) The pattern is basic, easy to sew, and I think trendy this year again.
Then I used satin and I haven't made any change.
This time I used georgette.
I made some modifications to the sleeves. Elastic at the wrists-Burda propose, was not a good solution for me. In this version I used elastic thread - 5 lines-I think this is much better.
No, I will not sew this blouse again.
Two times was enough for this pattern.
Since earrings are my passion, I made a matching pair. They look much better at the day light.
Just for the record: I have a "real" jewelry but I wear only bijouterie and jewelry I made. Don't know why.

08 November 2009

Like first snow

One more Treasury with my Cream crocheted necklace.Made by dear friend Filzlaus.
Beautiful Treasury list.As some one commented"beautiful and fresh like first snow".

31 October 2009

A T-shirt top

Finished one more top!
This one has been reviewed so many times;so I have not much to write about.
Fabric is cotton jersey-my favorite as you can see.
Pattern is from Burda 2/2009 model 108.I made A version with long sleeves.
It is so easy to sew,basic...
And most important-perfect for colorful busy prints that I like.
After reading all reviews I haven't made recommended alterations.
Just cut and sew. :)
And, yes, I'll sew it again.

24 October 2009

Wrap-over top

I finished what was planned for this week.
I am slowly getting back to the sewing mood. The wrap-over top is completed. (Burda- 10-2008-119)
Fabric is cotton jersey, so there was no need for zipper.
Alternations? O-yes! I sew the left side overlapping to the right. Why? Well, the pattern is so simple and very easy to sew; so I wasn't concentrated, at all. I didn't pay attention. I realized mistake at the end, when the top was finished.
It is not too bad. I like it, even it is not perfect.
Only, I hope I will not look like "101 Dalmatians" in it. (Probably like only one of Dalmatians. LOL)

16 October 2009

Life is good!

*I 'm much better today. I made a deal with Gail to split our curves. LOL
No matter, flat or curved the point is that we are unique. That is the beauty.:)
*My dear friend 3FUN made this elegant Etsy treasury with my Black roses-necklace.
*I plan to sew this top.
*Life is good!

14 October 2009

Curvy skirt - disaster

Yesterday I sewed something after a long time.And, result is disaster.I read review of this skirt.
It seemed to me this skirt is just what I need. It is quite simple to sew.
I bought gray microfiber for it ,made all alternations I need , inserted an invisible zipper to the back, lined the skirt ...
It is almost finished. Just have to sew hem by hand.
I made a skirt technically good.
While reading all those reviews I ignored this sentence: "This is designed for a curvy hourglass figure ... think Joan from the series Mad Men." Hello, you are not Joan, what were you thinking?
Skirt looks disastrous on me.No curves , no hourglass figure,no butt,no flattering shaping.Only flat board - dressed in skirt.
No, I am not going to show you this disaster.It is too painful for me.
Even my husband and son  viciously commented on my appearance.
I need some time to recover.LOL

01 October 2009

Etsy treasury

My Orange leaf earrings were featured in this Etsy treasury.
It was created by stockannette.
Theme was Etsy sellers from different countries.This was from Korea,Iceland,Croatia and Kuwait.
I like that concept .And I love the mixture of the green and orange.

17 September 2009

New beginning

These days,lots of sewing blogs are about "sewing with the plan".
I love this project.It will be good to participate one day.
Until then, I'll follow all those who participate with great interest.
Inspired with all that, I am planning some fall wardrobe, for first time in my life.
As you can see I love prints and colors.
When you open my closet,you can hear screams:
Welcome to circus!!
Nothing in my closet works together.
So it is time to make some changes.
First I forbade myself buying T-shirts with cartoon characters.(I'm big girl now.)
Then, I bought some plain fabrics (well, with little print) for two skirts and two tops.
Now, I am searching for some serious patterns.
(I 'm big girl now.)
In the meantime, I started a new cardigan and scarf.
I am always willing to begin a new project.LOL

08 September 2009


I have not begun to sew, yet.
Just prepared some caps for my Etsy shop.

I am thinking whether to publish them or not.
After one year on Etsy and very few things sold, I do not know is it worthwhile.
I really love Etsy,and all those colorful things you can find there.
I love people I met there,and whole atmosphere in the community.
But obviously buyers do not like my stuff. LOL
For me it's really difficult to sell something.
Too much work on promotions,advertising...for nothing.
I know that I lost all battles,but I'm not ready to quit.
Still thinking....
At the and, all my stuff can be given to friends and relatives for Christmas and birthdays.:)
Watch out relatives and friends! Some of these stuff spoken your names. LOL

28 August 2009

White cotton cardigan

I am not sewing a lot this summer.
It is too hot, and I am too busy with other things.
At this time of the year, my house is occupied with guests, family and friends.
In this crowd is really impossible to sew.
But, I have done some crochet.

The pattern for this cardigan is from Keito Dama no. 141.

It is made from white cotton,with the 2mm hook.
Just added a bit of length to body and sleeves.
As with all the Japanese patterns, this one was easy to follow, too.

I have some more favorites from this book.

I'm still searching for suitable yarn. :)

18 August 2009

Blue as the Adriatic Sea

Inspired with my new dress and beauty of the Adriatic Sea

I made some jewelry for my Etsy shop.

13 August 2009

Blue dress

Another summer dress.I love dresses. :)

Lovely sheath dress made of cotton.
Unlined,easy to sew.

I skipped the pockets, the rest is like in pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Well, I do not know, I do not follow instructions.
Why not?
Well, I do not know German. My Burda magazines are in German language . LOL
So, I follow my intuition. Mostly with happy end.
But, sometimes takes too long .