Sunday, 29 January 2017

Prelude to the last winter project for this season

Most of my autumn/winter 16/17 creations

Yes! Officially this is the last winter project for winter 2016/17. It's been ac active autumn/winter season. I've made myself a coat, two pairs of pants, two tops, a skirt, and a jumpsuit (that I later transformed into pants and a blouse for practicality reasons), I've made Erik a pair of pants and a shirt, I've made a dress and two simple skirts for a friend, I've made a hoodie for Oskar and a jumpsuit for my little new nephew Zein. So I've been damn productive!
The front cross-stitching is done, working on the arms
I've decided that it's about time to finish up the Ukrainian shirt I'm making for my sister, I started it almost two years ago, but cross-stitching does that to me, I finish a part then be so bored that I put the work on the next parts off for some months before I have any will to continue. Now the time has come, and I have the will so it's been my priority (hobby-wise) since the beginning of this year.
The fabric of choice

This shirt is also the reason I'm doing the last sewing project for this year and will probably take a month off sewing. Why not stop here and make the jeans the last project? Because I really liked this pattern and had a fabric I believe will be perfect for it. Below are the patterns I considered for this project, but I'll leave the winner and its making for another post πŸ˜‰
The nominees

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Project jeans - part 2

My original plan for this past week was to catch up on an embroidery project I keep neglecting, and I did do a bit on Monday so I feel a bit better about it. But on Wednesday I got this urge to continue with the jeans.
The waistband is added, and the button is attached

Weekdays normally don't offer a lot of time in the evening for "crafts" so all I managed to do was attach the waistband, but that's also progress. And started buttonhole training. It's almost like every material and thread combination requires repeating the process! But now I think I'm ready ✌

The dreadful button-loops are now in place
On Friday I did it! I made that damned buttonhole, and hammered in the button. And! That was it for Friday πŸ˜†


Saturday: Belt loops! The biggest needle breaker of all times! This poor piece of metal needs to make its way through up to 12 layers of jeans! It went perfectly fine until the last two loop bottoms where hell broke loose and I threw away 4 bent/broken needles before I was done. Now it was only the last step left: hemming. Put the pants on, found out where I want it to be, and did it! Now I'm finished! πŸ’ƒ
Hemmed!
 Et voila!
I love my new jeans 😊

Monday, 16 January 2017

Project Jeans

The idea was born as simple as ever: I want new black jeans, I love those flared ones the weather woman on NRK wore, I will make them myself so they fit properly.

The pattern
The M&S purchasing was a bit more challenging:
  • The perfect pattern for the look πŸ‘    (I used Simplicity 8222)
  • Suitable stretchy black denim fabric πŸ‘
  • Fashion decisions...Should I use rivets? (no)...Should I topstitch in a different color? (why not?)...Should I have decorative stitching somewhere? back pockets for example? (mmmnah, keep it simple) πŸ‘
But the most challenging and crucial bit is what comes after. Below is the summary of the first week's progress.

Sunday: I've had the digital pattern for a while...I've also had the fabric for a while...the rest for a shorter while but a while none the less...not unlike me though.
Today I finally got around to printing and assembling the pattern. The pattern is for skinny jeans though and I need to modify it to flares. Not today πŸ˜‡
Materials & Supplies

Thursday: After a few busy evenings, finally got around to modifying the pattern from skinny to flared legs.
Pattern modified from skinny to flared

Friday: Layed the pattern out on the fabric, will cut tomorrow...
Ready for cutting!

Saturday: Good progress today! I cut the pattern pieces out and started sewing, did the coin pocket, front pockets, the zipper and all its relevant bits and the front crotch seam. Let's see how far I get tomorrow 😌
The front is done!

Sunday: More of the good progress today! 😁 The back is assembled (yoke, pockets, center seam) and attached to the front (inner leg seam, side seams).
The back is also done!

What's left now isn't much, but some of it isn't easy as I'll be dealing with a lot of fabric layers, poor Bernina! But that's for a later post.

Monday, 9 January 2017

It's a new year

Taal lake, on the way to the volcano

And a bit over a year since my last post.
I'm not sure why this time of year gets me blogging again, maybe it's the lingering holiday mood, maybe the slightly more relaxed, less busy days. I'm a bit disappointed with myself for not writing
The White beach, Boracay
more, I don't exactly lack things to write about or want to write, but my problem is that "inspiration" hits at times and places when I don't have the means or the time to write. I should start carrying a little notebook...Saying that, I'm not going to quit my day job yet πŸ˜‚

Acropolis, Athens
The past year itself wasn't particularly different, life kinda just nicely went on...We did add a new member to the family, of the feline species, little JJ moved to our house on my birthday after his "daddy" moved to England. That was a nice birthday gift. And although it's not exactly love and peace between him and Otto, it's not war either.

I'm still sewing! Did a lot of that in 2016 as well as a couple of crochet projects and some sporadic
The Louvre, Paris
embroidery, the style has now moved on to more sober and simple pieces as well as more men's clothing for Erik and baby clothing for 3 different babies. I'm also considering to attempt knitting...always fun to learn something new!

LV-11, Rotterdam
I've been to three weddings in three different countries: One of my friends from work in the Philippines which was combined with the best beach vacation ever! One of my friend from university in Malaga where I also tried the beach of famous Costa del Sol even though just for 2-3 hours before flying home, and the last of a childhood friend in Poland also followed by a little city vacation in Prague. And if this travelling wasn't enough, I also did a long weekend in Paris and a week in Egypt including a 3-day trip to the Red sea where hell broke loose and there was the mother of all rain storms (water was leaking into the rooms) for like a day and a half πŸ˜•, a quick stopover in Athens,  then a weekend in Trondheim and Christmas there as well.

The most remarkable event though happened early this year, just a few days ago. I became an aunt!
Munkholmen, Trondheim
My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and I'm buying tickets to go meet him next month 😊

I'm hoping the next post is not going to be another year summary, and therefore hopefully see you here soon! Happy New Year!