My own sewing Masterpiece – a jacket

When I started working in the laboratory I shared my office with a co-worker. Over the years she became my favorite because she always has been calm when it has been stress at work and I could always talk with her when I had problems.

We even had the same habit to be very picky in all we do hihi

Now she retired 😦

Of course she got a departing gift when she left but I wanted to make her something special.

She loves to wear jackets all the time. I asked her if she would like to have a new one made by me and she said yes πŸ™‚

I made a lot of photos from all fabrics suitable for jackets in my fabric store.

She choosed “her” fabric and I started my first jacket in my sewing course. Lets say it straight, without help in my course I couldnt have made it!

A jacket with “her” fabric only would have been too boring. So I added some black woolen to it.

For cutting the fabric I needed 3 saturdays!!! I wanted the pattern be perfect.

Yes I’m picky hihi πŸ˜€

To make this jacket needed way more time then I expected but it was worth all this time.

I call this jacket my Masterpiece ❀ ❀ ❀

I’m still missing you at work Misses H. πŸ™‚

Jacket 2

Jacket 1

On the next photos you can see why I needed 3 sewing courses to cut the fabric!

Jacket sleeve

Jacket back

Jacket collar

My new sewing baby :D

Since my first day at the sewing course I wanted an overlock maschine !

There are so many manufacturers for overlocks. I needed some time and experience with overlocks and read a lot about it to decide what make of overlock I want.

Then I had to wait. The overlocks I put on my wish list has been way to expensive.

Once or twice a month I searched for used overlocks with a price I’m willing to pay.

Last week I got lucky. I found one of the overlocks from my wish list. And the price was fine with me.

Here is my new “used” baby

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I got so excited to get my own overlock I ordered at the same day a lot of yarn hihi

Yes, thereΒ  are a lot of colors, but I saw in the past with fabrics of every color you can see and will in the future. .

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Here is my first sewing with my new baby

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Here my new shirt. I love this pattern. Not sure how many shirts like this I had made so far. Maybe 10 or more πŸ˜€

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Sewing a short dress for jeans or wool tights

This one I made last year in november. I found a pattern of a sleeveless dress I liked. I knew how I wanted to wear this dress – with jeans and a longsleeve shirt. The dress of this pattern ended few inches above the knee. Its a very easy to make.

I shorten my pattern, choose woolen fabric and voilΓ  here is my new dress πŸ™‚

The only thing I have to change is taking a belt with a smaller buckle with my jeans when wearing this dressΒ  hehe

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See my sewing course results :)

In most of my posts I write about going every saturday to my sewing course.

But I only showed in the beginning what I have sewn. The apron and the loop I made at home.

Today I will show you WHAT I made in my course.

My first sewing course day has been september 28th. Now we are end of march and I finished this saturday the 3rd piece for myself. All other things I made so far has been for friends and family. Can you believe it?

Unfortunality I didnt made photos from all the things I’ve done. I asked my god child to get photos of the middle age cape I made for her. She needed this cape for her final examination. We didnt wanted to buy a ready-made cape because they didnt looked so good. So I bought dark green woolen, and sew it in my course.

Here are 2 photos:

Cape 1 Cape 2

The cape isnt to long. It was made for her model which is 1 or 2 inches larger then Sonja. Unfortunality you cant see the beautyful dark green here. It seems dark grey. I even bought a brooch to make it more middle age authentic.

Here are 2 jackets I made for myself πŸ™‚

They are not perfekt, but I started both in october. Today I’m better with the seams hehe

The red jacket has been planned for the Advent season lol. The flannel inside is with Rudolph.

The grey jacket is with my much-loved dots and my fav color. I’m sure this jacket will get one of my favorite πŸ™‚

Sweat 1

Sweat 2

Sweat 3

My first apron

I boughtΒ  patterns from Burda Style 2 weeks ago. I wanted to make special curtains I have seen on the picture from this pattern. Besides my curtain there has been a pattern for an apron.

No, I dont wear aprons and I dont own one.But my best friend does πŸ™‚

We will meet today. I have to give her the christmas gift (a bought one) . Why dont give a special self made gift too?

I startet yesterday evening and worked till 4 am. Yes, I’m not the fastest sewer so far, but hey, I’m still a beginner. I checked my fabrics, and chose 2 different cottons, same pattern but different colors.

Here is my apron:

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I’m damn proud of it. I love the colors and the compass logo makes it more special hihi

I made my first Loop

OMG OMG I did it.

My first sewing project all by myself !!!!

As I postet before we had the first snow πŸ™‚ I took my camera and made photos. When doing this the snow were falling on my neck because. I forgot my scarf at home. Not so bad because of this I had an idea. Why dont sew a loop?

I wanted a loop which would be warm and with my favorite color and motive. In one of my first posts I wrote about my fav color = red and that I love polka dots and stripes.

For the loop I took flannel with polka dots and cotton with stripes. Both in red πŸ™‚

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And this is how my loop looks like

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I needed a little longer for it because I made a mistake and couldnt turn it inside out. I had to cut both seams and sew it again. This time it worked

And I so LOVE it !!!!

How to make a travel pillow

This one I have done long time ago but I couldnt post it because it has been a gift for my godchild Sonja.

She loves to travel a lot with bus, car, train. She never travels without her own pillow.

When traveling she runs with her suitcase in one hand, her bag in her other hand and her pillow under her arm. When I saw this for the first time I thought about how to make it easier for her.

We bought a new pillow for her. Did she choose a small one? NOPE, it has to be a big one LOL

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And this is how I made it for her:

Material:

1 Pillow

2 different fabrics ( pillow 1 yard flannel, bag 1 yard cord fabric)

1 Zipper

3 x Clip buckles

2 different ribbons (pillow 40 inches, bag 2x 40 inches)

1 cord 40 inches

2 cord stops

I have chosen a nice flannel with cameras for the pillow.Sonja is an amazing photographer and what better motive I could have bought for her?

First cut the fabric for the pillow,sew the zipper on one of the larger side. (dont buy a zipper about the whole lenghts of the pillow because of the ribbons with the clip buckles.

Then cut the 40 inch ribbon in half.and put the clip buckle on one of it.

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Lay this ribbon in half like on the picture above and pin it with a needle 4-5 inches from the end of this side. When sewing this side, sew 3-4 time forward and back over the ribbon.

Close both shorter sides of the pillow. ( Open your zipper after this a little. Had a real fight to turn my pillow because I couldnt opened the zipper LOL )

On the last side put the second ribbon (dont fold it this time !!! ) in the the same distance as you did with the first ribbon and close this side.

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On the picture above you see the pillow with the ribbons, one folded, the other not. Put the other part of your clip buckle on it. Fold the end of this ribbon 3 or 4 times and sew it together. Otherwise your clip buckle will slip and will get lost.

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your pillow will look like this, when you attach it to a car seat or a bus seat πŸ™‚

It isnt very hygienic to run with your pillow outdoors:Plus Sonja chose a very large pillow. Not so perfect when you will take it on your journey.

Birgid, the dressmaker of my sewing course made the proposal to sew a bag for this pillow. Not for the whole lenghts of the pillow but half of it. So I made the bag big enough to fold the pillow.

AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!!

Here comes the bag for your pillow:

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Cut the fabric:Β  2/3 the length of your pillow and add on each side of the bag 4 inch more then the width of your pillow.

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4

Put the cord stops on your cord.

Fold your pillow and take it into your bag πŸ™‚

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If I would do it again I would take a much larger ribbon below. This bag cant be attach directly to your suitcase because the ribbon is to short.

I also would chose a stronger ribbon for the bag and bigger clip buckles.

This is how it looks like.

But it will work this way too πŸ™‚

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