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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / "Felt" Free Motion Embroidery Blouse on: February 12, 2009 08:22:05 AM
Felt inspired one day remembering these iris flowers in from of my apartment building where I grew up. I knew that once they bloom spring time began.

Memories and nature inspired me to make a flowy silk blouse with embroidered iris flowers. My blouse is a mixture of natural materials (silk and alpaca fibers) with different techniques combined (felting and free motion embroidery).
Blogged + how to: http://mirelap.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/sewing-with-nature-contest

I know it's not really felt but similar.
Please critique. I'm new to felting, so I have a long way to learn.

I'm trying now to felt alpaca fibers over dupioni silk and it seems that the fibers do not go through the fabric. Does it need more rolling?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silk Slips from Knitting Lingerie Style on: September 10, 2008 12:19:18 PM

It is the silk slip from Knitting Lingerie Style! I finished it a long time ago and finally got the pictures too. actually made two since.

It's a great way to use your last shin of leftover yarn! The cleavage is kind of revealing and I didn't follow through all the instructions in the pattern, really had to make the cups larger (maybe because of the yarn), also one should be careful with the lace placement, those holes in the knit  might end up where you don't want them. So instead of knitting 4 repeats of the lace pattern, I've only made 3 but after knitting some more simple lines. I also used a how to from BurdaStyle for sewing the darts:
I've made a narrow rolled hem at the bottom and it has hooks and eyes in the back slit for closure.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yellow Stripes on: September 09, 2008 07:28:02 AM

The pattern is based on model number 132 from Burda WOF issue 03/2005. I made it sleeveless and took it in about a cm in the center front and back. The original pattern is also a real wrap dress, but I copied the pattern only til the center line and made it symmetrical. Most of the work had to be done at the cleavage as Burda patterns always seem to be cut too deep. Im not thrilled with the fit under the bust but its oknot perfect, but I guess only us seamstresses notice stuff like thisso it will do. There was quite a lot of fabric, I couldnt choose whether to do a top or a dress, so Ive made both.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Twisted Top on: August 05, 2008 05:25:49 PM

Burda 04/2005 http://www.burdafashion.com/de/Magazine/ArchivburdaModemagazin/113ATop15A_Rock/1270777-1463237-1212677-1212682-1212782.html

I have sewn this pattern before and loved it, so I wrote a how to based on the translation from the pattern instructions and will definitely reuse it again and again in different prints and colors. Although a plain color will accentuate the cut better, it works well with a print too. I can also picture it with a different color for the sleeves and lower front.

It is easier to make but looks sophisticated with the twist in the front and underlines the bust, fits beautifully and is very comfortable sewn in jersey. Can be made with or without sleeves and the back can have a V neckline just like in the front.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Orange Beanie on: August 01, 2008 12:19:23 PM

Yarn: Cotton Ease
Pattern: based on Garn Studio

3.5mm Crochet Hook

From this little corner of the world, surrounded by swamp and the ocean, one needs to get on a plane for a change of scenery. A 5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale took us to Salt Lake City and another 5 hours drive away we were in the Grand Tetons and on our way to Yellowstone. Add those hours together and one gets a lot of crochet or knitting time!

Yes I was able to take the crochet hooks with me, even the aluminum kind, no questions asked by the airport security personnel. There are of course plastic versions if you have any worries...

Crocheting helped me quit smoking, I wish my husband would like to give it a try..it also helps you keep your cool on a plane, especially when you got your cheap tickets in the last row next to the lavatory, where everyone seems to form a huge line after drinking about 50ml of water.

You can also choose to work on a smaller project that you can even finish by the time the plane lands and you can have a useful item to wear during your stay.

My crochet beanie has seriously been used as a sun hat during the day, with the ear-flaps lifted and it also holds some warmth during colder nights in a tent.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yoga Pants on: June 30, 2008 01:00:14 PM
6 Seams and 2 hems with a coverstitch or twin needle and you are on your way to the gym!

click on the picture to see more

The Yoga pants are ready and I couldn't be more happy with the pattern! Burda 11/2007

I cut out a size 40 (which apparently I fit under if I take my measurements). Practically it is too large for me, so I had to take in the pants at the waist quit a little bit. Otherwise, great pattern, nice boot cut shape.

The waist band is wide and is meant to be fold over. This makes a great comfortable pant, with no constrictive elastic band, very easy to sew!

I totally recommend this pattern and will definitely sew it again!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / JJ Deep Purple and Polka Dots Blouse on: May 08, 2008 06:25:46 PM

My BurdaStyles JJ blouse is ready! Pattern is here free for download:


Lately I seem to have found a new passion: silk! It is the most wonderful fabric to wear, it feels nice and even if it is really really hot outside, it dries fast and is breathable. Keeps you cool in the heat and comfty in a cold office.

It took me a while to start sewing this blouse, but once I started, the project itself was pretty fast. It has a stand up collar that is comfortable to wear even with all the buttons closed, it looks of open as well. The collar and the sleeve bands are made in a very similar way, so it got sewn faster then I had imagined.

The fabric was just enough for a belt. Unfortunately I didnt have any bias room for the ruffles, but in the end I like it simple like this.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flying Angels Blouse on: April 28, 2008 08:31:41 AM

The pattern is I think from Burda WOF January 2003. The blouse was also gathered at the waist line, I remember sewing this one before and hated those gathers, as the blouse had the tendency to ride up all the time.

With raglan sleeves, the kind that have a huge seam starting from the shoulder all the way down, I like to place the sleeve pattern pieces together, overlap the centers, see that the grain lines are still parallel and only sew a dart on the top of the shoulder instead of that long seam. This cuts aways some of the width of the sleeve, but for this wide pattern, for knits or stretchy fabrics it works.

I cut out around the angels print and attached them to the front of the top in random places, to reduce transparency, below is a how to.
How to Applique
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jeans Jacket + Organza Embroidery on: April 18, 2008 09:27:25 AM

This is my favorite jacket ever!
I have made it based on a La Mia Boutique pattern, I think it was the April issue, 2007, have to check. I like how the patterns in this Italian magazine are perfectly fitted, a lot closer the Burda patterns, this time I wanted to go for the tight fit.

I have chosen this slightly stretch espresso colored jeans fabric from fashion fabrics club, having a jacket in mind at that time, not sure which.
The ribbon is from Ben Raymond's store in downtown Hollywood. Got it a long time ago, while old Raymond was still there, paid a good 20$ for it, but I had to have it. I was thinking of a silly peasant skirt back then. Unfortunately that little store is closing down, they still have some stuff for sale there, but you have to call ahead of time to see if the seller is there. Raymond has retired, and the owner of the Arts Academy of Hollywood bought some of "If we don;t have it, you don't need it..." stuff. The number is 954 923 1950, in case anyone would like to call and visit.

My mother got me this La Mia Boutique magazine, I was browsing through it and the perfect project for both my dark brown fabric and my golden organza embroidery was there! Way better then my original ideas!

Since the embroidery was elegant and evening like, it is toned down by the jeans, and the other way around the jeans is lifted up, having a more elegant feel than the worker's fabric that it is. I guess they even themselves out somehow.
I decided to skip the lining and chose to bind the seams with a silver satin ribbon.

I did the top stitching with a special top stitch thread and special needle with a larger eye.

I attached the embroidery using a gold metallic thread with another special needle, so that was really fast and the seam doesn't show only if you know about it and you use a magnifying glass.

Hand basted on the sleeves:

These are my first bound buttonholes, against my fearful belief, they are not the difficult to make. I used Vogue sewing book for a guide, they show about 5 kinds of bound buttonholes.
They did not turn out perfect, the kind of opened up too much after hand sewing the facing...maybe next time.



I've put a lot of work into this one. Usually I like fast projects, like those simple jersey tops, stuff that can be made in a day. The jacket took a week, working only in the evening and a weekend, but I like the outcome and have a few more jackets plans in the future.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jersey Camisole and Cowl Neck Blouse on: April 15, 2008 08:56:36 AM

Pattern: Burda WOF 12/2006
I like this top a lot, but was in more need of a sleeveless, with built in bra camisole. I made only the front based on the pattern and lowered the back, added the spaghetti straps and turned it into this comfortable camisole.

I have found this elegant Blister Pearl in a silver setting, in a small Bayside Mall shop, Miami. It is very comfortable on silver satin ribbon, tied in a bow at the back.

Pattern: Burda WOF 10/1998

This has to be one of my favorite patterns for a blouse. I must have sewn this at least a dozen times. It can be made out of narrow fabrics and can be made with or without the back darts. The cowl neck is really easy to finish, no seams are visible on the right side and I like to make it a bit looser/larger than what the pattern suggests.

I wear this over the cami made in the same fabric and with the Eva Jacket and Burda Skirt made in that gray paisley jacquard.
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