30/12/2017

Not that easy

When I started my sewing "career" I often scrolled through sewing blogs and admired others' makes. I was so impressed, cause everything looked just perfect. I wished that I would sew like that one day. I thought thatyou simply can't mess up a simple project. Now I know that there's no such thing as an easy project that you can't mess up. I've leartn this lesson quite early. Everything thanks to so-called "easy skirt" that wasn't easy at all.
 

I've picked pattern #3 from Burda Easy S/S 2012. Fun fact - you can see my face and this skirt in that issue. I used a medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch. It was a nightmare. I had to use different types and sizes of needles, because my machine kept skipping stitches. Also, even though I've measured myself few times, the skirt was way larger than it should be. I'll definitely pick a smaller size next time. The only thing I've skipped in the original pattern was a zipper, which was a big mistake. It would've been much more comfortable with some sort of fastening. I really liked this skirt when I was younger, but now I'm not a big fan of it. I know what I did wrong and what I could change to make it look better. Still, it's a great way to see how much I've learnt in those past six years.




I don't think I'll wear this skirt again. Maybe I should make a new version? This one will always be a great memento.

16/12/2017

A little success

Time for another thing I've made few years ago. It was the first thing I've made using a BurdaStyle pattern. I remember when I bought few Burda Magazines and spendt hours thinking about all the outfits I'll make. Most of the patterns were too difficult for me, but one of them seemed to be perfect to start with.


A 13 years old version of me immediately knew what to make. I found this blue flannel in my granny's fabric stash and picked pattern #116a from Burda Magazine 11/2011. It's a perfect pattern for beginners. Skirt has a lapped zipper and few pleats. Sewing was really easy, I only needed some help with a zip. The only thing I've changed is a waistline - it shouldn't be topstiched. I've found pretty woolen fabric that would be perfect for this pattern. Maybe that will be my next project.




This skirt may not be a work of art, but it's still my little success. Not only it was the first time I used Burda Style pattern, but photos of it were published in Polish edition of Burda Magazine.

09/12/2017

Back where it all began

It's been 6 years since I've started sewing. At first it was just somthing fun to keep busy during summer. Now I can't imagine my life without it. Through all these years I've learnt a lot, met many incredibly talented people and created things I've never thought I'd make. I posted them on my old blog, but since it was in Polish and it was many years ago, I decided to show all of my makes again. You'll have a chance to see my progress and how all of those clothes can look like after few years. Let's start this rewind with the first thing I've made from scratch - pj's pants.


Everything's started with two important people - my granny and aunt. Granny used to sew some clothes for me when I was little - some of them still fits me. My aunt sews as well, she even graduated from my fashion technical. I remember that one time when we went to her summer house, she took her sewing machine and created few amazing skirts and dresses. I was so impressed by it and as soon as I was back home I asked my granny to teach me how to sew. She showed me few basic stiches and technics. After few days of practising and rummaging through her fabric stash I was ready. It was the time to create my first piece of clothing. This cotton was perfect for pj's. I used different pants as a pattern. Sewing was really easy, just few seams and it was done. I've put an elastic in the waistband, so they would be more comfortable. My granny also made a matching shirt, but it's too small right now (and honestly I have no idea where it is right now). And even though they're a little bit too big right now, I still love them. Not only they're comfy, but they are also a major breakthrough in my life.
 


I'm super excited to show you more of my old makes. It's awesome to go back in time. Back then I've never thought that in few years I'd make an evening gown, a jacket or a bra. Sometimes I've struggled with sewing and wasn't sure if I should do it. But now I know that it was the best decision in my entire life.

02/12/2017

There's a storm coming Mr Wayne

I've always admired cosplayers. They put a lot of work to look like a character they've choose. Costumes are often very detailed and it's impressive how one preson or a group of people can trasform what they see on screen or page of a book to a real life. It's the kind of art that I really love, but never thought I'll ever try. Everything has changed with one simple comment.


Few months ago I started working on a dress to practise draping on my dress form. I showed a photo of it to few of my friends and one of them told me that it reminds him of a well-known comic character. I had to stop sewing, but after few months I've realised that Warsaw Comic Con is soon and I could make a cosplay. That dress fitted perfectly. I didn't wanted to start boldly, so I thought about creating a casual version of Catwoman's outfit. That's how I began working on my first cosplay.

I started this project few months ago just to practise my skills. I thought about making a bodycon dress with draped neckline and spaghetti straps. I draped a jersey fabric on a dress form, sewed few pieces on overlock and left the project on my "unfininished projects" pile. When I changed my plan for the dress I also had to change the design. I've replaced spaghetti straps with clear elastic from SewMe. I've also moved the zipper to the back. 




For the cosplay I wore surprisingly comfortable corset and leather jacket. I also bought rose gold cat ears, but now I think whole outfit looks better without them. I already know which character I want to be for another cosplay. Same universe, same city, different style.