Saturday, 23 June 2018

World's Easiest Top

I've been wanting to write about this top for a while but 40+ C weather in Cairo and a broken aircon were not helping 😄, but here I am doing it. Coincidentally, this top is perfect for such temperatures, it's easy and fast to make, as well as light and breezy to wear.

I made this for the first time back in 2015 from two silk/polyester scarves as an experiment. It turned out really cool and I even wrote some simple instructions on how to do it on my Burda projects page. It looked like this:

Now a lot of you know that I opened a fabric store some months ago, and as much as I'd like it, fame and customers don't come without work 😄, and I started looking for channels to advertise for myself. I've been a member of a few Norwegian sewing groups on Facebook already, where I showed my makes in general. Then I discovered that one of them also had its own Snapchat account that members can sign up to take over for a day or two. The admins of the group encouraged shop owners to take over and show a normal day at the shop.

I thought why not? I took over one day, talked about Cotton Candy and my reasons behind it, showed my work day, but since it's a sewing group, I thought it'd be nice to also sew something quick and simple in the evening. And what's more perfect than this top? So I clipped me a piece of woven viscose from the shop and went to work.

The feedback was really amazing! People loved it, complimented me on it, saved my snaps for later and those who didn't or who weren't following that day but saw the top on FB and IG later, asked me about the pattern I used. The result of all this is a free sewing pattern that I wrote, and that is available for download in both Norwegian and English from my store here.

I've become a regular on the snapchat account by now, It's such an ego boost! 😂 People are so nice, and it's great to hear that people like what I make, and learn something from what I show.

Pattern: World's Easiest Top by Cotton Candy
Fabric: Woven viscose with abstract print in pink from Cotton Candy
Photos taken in front of Cotton Candy's warehouse in Asker, Norway.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wrap dress...from another point of view

I've been intrigued by this pattern since I opened the instructions and saw how it's constructed and how you put it on. I loved the idea! Pleasure to an engineer's eye 😂. I already had a piece of fabric that I bought to make a summer dress a couple of years ago and thought it'll suit this pattern.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Summer's coolest sweatshirt

As part of the Minerva product testing team, I managed to get my hands on some really interesting fabric. It didn't look super exciting on the site, but when it arrived? Ooh yeah! 😎 It was a spur of the moment pick, so the initial choice of the pattern was too.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

"Love me some flounces" blouse a.k.a My first sew-along

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This is exciting and scary at the same time! I've never made videos before, I feel so weird seeing my self/hearing my own voice on the screen.Yikes! The video is not perfect and I'll end up subtitling the Norwegian version to do the English (because instead of repeating the same scene in 2 languages, I thought I'll record voice-over after...doh!) but I learned a lot, so it hopefully only gets better with every new one :)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

"Summer in the countryside" dress

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It has been so summery lately here in Asker, flowers, birds and sun... totally gorgeous! I get almost the same feeling when I look at this dress, spring and flowers and a proper countryside feeling really 😊

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Summer jumpsuit with feathers and ribbons

OK, not quite the feathers and ribbons you'd imagine, I must admit. I just used a ribbon as a waist tie and the fabric has this gorgeous feather print on it.

If you've been following my makes for a while, you'd know that I'm a jumpsuit skeptic, out of the 70 or so garments I made for myself, there's been 2 before, one for the beach and one that I ended up splitting into trousers and blouse (because it was too dressy but I loved the fabric and really wanted to get more use out of it). Making this one my third.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Summer in red voile

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When you love sewing, and you own the fabric store, you feel like making something out of every fabric in the shop 😄 You make loads of plans! This dress is one of the results. A long summer dress in a delightful and airy Egyptian cotton voile.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Fibers and beads - My latest crochet top

This was one of those items I talked about in my UFO post. This turned out into quite the mix of fibers! It all started with this warm colored sand linen and silk yarn. I bought it thinking I'd crochet a simple vest that is decorative more than anything else, the idea of the beads came at the same time and I fell for these tiger eye beads.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Finishing off the UFO pile

In general, I'm not a UFO (un-finished objects) kind of person, but every now and then it inevitably happens for one reason or other. When Easter vacation came, and I spent it mostly chilling at home, I decided to finally tackle the few I have.

UFO#1: The cross-stitched tablecloth:
I started this one years ago. Literally! I started cross-stitching this before I started sewing! So it dates back to 2013-2014.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Cotton twill coluttes

While my shirt dress stood on hold waiting for the right belt buckle (and some more final touches), I started on my second item from my 2018 Make Nine list: The twill culottes.