Category: wardrobe planning

Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

You probably saw this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top for a long time in my work in progress item. It’s finally finished. I used the same fabric for this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top as I did for this one. A piece of fabric was left which was just enough to make a short sleeved Top. The Top would have a seam at the center front or center back. This fabric was a gift from Nooteboom textiles during my participation in the KNIPmode 2016 sewing award. Named, an Indie pattern designer, has the Quinn blouse in his collection. I decided to use the idea of button plackets that are a little bit shorter then the actual blouse and do a twist by placing it at the back.

From idea to pattern

Having an idea is one thing but the key is how to to turn the idea into a good sewing pattern. I started with drafting a pattern that looked more like a blouse then a T-shirt. I decided to add a Peter Pan collar, a button placket and make a slightly high/low seam as well. The last step was choosing contrast fabric to make the collar and button placket.

Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

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Homemade classic shirt dress

Shirt dresses are great to wear and can easily be transformed from a work outfit with a belt into a more casual wear just by changing your shoes and no belt. Shirt dresses look great with the button front, collar or collarless, front pocket, high/low hem. There are so many great styles around. I used a medium weight grey cotton to make my Homemade classic shirt dress. A mens dress shirt is most likely to be made a of this type of fabric. I had some ideas and details in my head that I wanted to use for my Homemade classic shirt dress. A classic mens dress shirt would be the base of my dress.

Homemade classic shirt dress Homemade classic shirt dress

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Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans

It’s time to say Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 and say welcome to my sewing plans for the rest of this year. Fashion trends are changing fast, faster then I can sew. I’ve already shared a couple of times that I love to wear classic, casual and comfortable clothes. I call it my C3 wardrobe. My C3 wardrobe has Chanel styled jackets, jeans and jeans styled pants, tops, blouses, sweaters, three LBD’s and cardigans. So Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans is about what I’ve learned this year from my May showcase and what my June sewing plans will be.

Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans
jackets

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Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top is another refashion project. Our eldest daughter bought this Striped Maxi Tank Dress two years ago and never wore it. The price ticket was still on the dress. She asked me if I wanted the dress and I said of course yes although I had not idea what I was going to do with it.

Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

Reuse Recycling Refashions

I love doing refashions. Refashion and upcycling are a great way to repurpose clothes that can be given a new second life. My family and friends are always bringing their discarded clothes to me first before sending them to the charity shop. The Striped Maxi Tank Top Dress was hanging on a clothes hanger for a while waiting for inspiration. I watched a couple of weeks ago Krabbé zoekt Picasso (Krabbé in search of Picasso) on the television. Pablo Picasso is wearing a Breton top in one of the episodes. A Breton top is a classic and timeless sweater. I also see a lot of Breton Tops and striped tops in the shop windows this year so why not use the Striped Maxi Tank Dress to make one.

Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

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Elle Puls Tunika Elle

Elle Puls Tunika Elle is a blouse sewing pattern which is just been released. I was so fortuned to test this beautiful Elle Puls Tunika Elle sewing pattern. Elke Puls is the designer of the Tunika Elle. She is a German pattern designer and has already designed some great patterns. You can also find a few free patterns on her webpage as well.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle sewing pattern

Tunika Elle is a great versatile pattern. Elke describes Tunika Elle as ‘a tunic I could live in’ and I second that. Tunika Elle has some beautiful details. The Elle Puls Tunika Elle pattern is also a slow sewing project. The style is timeless and classic but has a contemporary feel. This tunic has two beautiful side seams that are running into the hem construction. A hidden button placket, a separate back and front shoulder yoke, a breast pocket, two sleeve length options and a fitted center back seam are the other details of the Tunika Elle. Elle Puls Tunika Elle is available from size 34 to 48 and for normal and long body length. You can print this pattern in any size you want due to the layered pattern tiles. The pattern has besides the added seam allowances also the stitching lines indicated at the pattern pieces.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle Elle Puls Tunika Elle

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DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 is a pattern from DP Sudio Fashion, a French pattern designer brand. I came this pattern company when I saw this make on Kollabora. The Pull asymétrique has a twist that looks a bit like this Pattern Magic Top. I really liked the look and decided to purchase the pattern.

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 – the pattern

The pattern arrived four days later and comes in a beautiful box. Two pattern sheets and sewing instructions with illustrations in French and English are inside the box. I decided to trace size 38 (hips 94cm) based on my hip measurements (90 cm). The Pull asymétrique is described as a sweater with a contemporary style and easy to make. This Pull calls for a knit fabric that is not too stretchy.

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

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Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top is a refashion project. This wearable V-neck Top is made of a XL H&M Top. Our eldest daughter gave this top together with some other discarded clothes. I tried it on and really liked the shape of the V-neckline. I decided to use the V-neckline as a starting point for my refashion top. The original top also had a beautiful hem shape that I wanted to use as well.

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top – the make

A successful executed refashion starts with a sketch. I used my self drafted TNT Top pattern to make this refashion. I unpicked the original top, laid each piece flat on the table and folded the front and back piece double. The first step is making the front and then the back. The back has a pleat and when this was finished I sewed in my usual manner.

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Early 60s styled High-necked Top

Early 60s styled High-necked Top is made of some leftover fabric. This dress is made of the same fabric. I saw in one of the episodes of Endeavour a top with princess seams and a crew boat-ish neckline. Endeavour is a British television detective drama series and is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse. The Endeavour serie is set in Oxford just like the Inspector Morse serie. I really liked the look of this top and decided that I wanted to try to make my version of that top. This top in a shop window looked a bit like the one from the television just like this knitted version found on the internet.

Early 60s styled High-necked Top

Early 60s styled High-necked Top – the fabric

The piece of leftover fabric was about 80 centimeters and also one odd shaped piece so I was limited by the amount of fabric. I decided to turn the fabric 90° because it is a 4-way stretch. I now had a little bit more fabric to play with but there still wan’t enough to make a full sleeve length. A cuff solved this problem.

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Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes – the dresses

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes is my contribution for the the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour run by Elizabeth. I decided to use the LBD as the starting point of my pattern choice. A LBD is a stylish and timeless dress design that can be worn on my occasions. A well chosen simple designed dress combined with only one jewellery is the key to have a fabulous outfit. I decided to use the RDC Ludivine robe pattern for this challenge because this pattern has a strong stylish and timeless design. Both dresses have size 38 for the bust and size 36 for the hips.

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

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RDC Ludivine dress pattern

RDC Ludivine dress pattern – the day and night dress challenge

I decided to use the RDC Ludivine dress pattern for both versions of the day and night dress challenge run by Elizabeth. The pattern is easy to sew together and the clever use of the bust dart in the side front panel gives the dress a crisp and neat finish. I used the pattern as it is for the day dress and for my night LBD look I made fitting changes in the side seams but also in the seams of the center front panel, center back panel and side front panels. The day dress version is made of sweater fabric and the LBD version of Punte di Roma.

RDC Ludivine dress pattern

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