Summer Projects

After a very, very long summer vacation I am finally back. The reason is why I stayed away for so long is because I am currently working on something completely new and it takes up a lot of my time. But hopefully my hard work will be worth it and I can share some good news with you guys very soon. Until then please, let me share a couple of projects I worked on during the summer.

The first of them is a sleeveless blouse with a circular collar. When I saw and bought this bright yellowish fabric, I knew right away that I will make a pretty summer top from it. A few weeks later this is what I came up with:

First it looked like this…

…but I wasn’t very pleased with it, so I ripped the side seams, added cords on both sides and finally took in on the back side.

As I am looking back on the pictures, I’m actually not convinced that it looks better this way… What do you think? Which version do you prefer? I might change it back…

The second project was a T-Shirt. I bought a bright blue T-Shirt, cut the neck line to make it larger and inserted a long piece of pink jersey.

I also made the sleeves a bit longer and I must say that I love how it turned out. It was a very easy make over and it makes a huge difference. Don’t you think? I just love it.

The third project I want to show you today has something to do with our vacation spent in Spain. My husband and I had the luxury of traveling to Sitges (which is a small town near Barcelona) and the best part is that our kids stayed with my parents during this time.
We are not the type of people who go to the beach very often (the last time we went was four years ago!), so we were not very well equipped for spending time on the sand: we didn’t bring any kind of big towel to lay on. But luckily many beautiful beach towels were sold right at the beach and I loved their mix of colors, they were just all very pretty! So I decided to buy one, use it on the beach during our vacation and then convert it to a skirt later when we get back home. This is why I ended up buying a circular towel instead of a square one. Look, how beautiful it was and it turned out after the makeover:

I adore this skirt, it brings me back to my teen years when I wore lots of long skirts.

As you can see on the left upper corner of this picture, I collected a huge pile of fabrics during our one month long vacation (not just in Spain but also in Hungary) and this was the first project made from those. A lot more to come, I hope. Stay tuned!

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Green summer skirt

As real summer finally arrived in Aachen too, I went through my wardrobe to see what kind of outfits do I have to wear on those rear hot days and what I discovered is that I have only one long summer skirt. I bought that one about ten years ago in a second hand shop when I was a student and I still love it and wear it with joy. So I thought why not make an other one in a different color? I even bought the same kind of linen fabric to make the skirt and guess which color I chose? Green of course, I love green!

But this time I choose a very bright green because this is going to be a summer skirt and should be bright! Right?

I just laid out the skirt on the fabric and cut around it, I thought it should be fine but it wasn’t…

It wasn’t because I forgot toconsider the direction of the grain and the skirt turned out to be too tight. I almost gave up but then I decided to cut the back side in the middle and make it wider. I’m so glad I did! Very amateur mistake, I must admit but after all it turned out just fine.

To the waist I added an elastic band and a pull string-just like the original skirt. They make the skirt really comfortable.

And the ruffles on the bottom? Aren’t they just lovely? I think they make the skirt look rather elegant, don’t you agree?

I can’t wait to wear this summer skirt! Only the weather had turned quiet cold here since I finished the skirt but I do not worry. I hope I will be able to wear it at least ten years long, just like the original one! Lucky me, I have a second amazing long skirts for the summer and it really didn’t take much time to sew it! 🙂

Cat Skirt

My nice had recently her 5th birthday and even though they live in an other country, I thought that she would appreciate a little present from us. Sadly I don’t know her very well because they live so far but then I thought a little girl could never resist a new skirt! She also likes animals, so let’s combine this two information! This is how I came up with the idea of the “cat skirt”, as I call it.

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I found just enough blue fabric for the skirt in my stash, a deep green stretchy fabric for the waist and a matching green cotton fabric for the cat-ears and for the bottom of the skirt. I didn’t even have to get out of the house and I had everything at hand what I needed. Isn’t that just great?
macskaszoknyaFirst I sewed on the green bottom and a black rick rack which will match perfectly with the eyes and noses of the cats.

dsc_4193The next step was to make the two pockets: hand-stitching the mouth, nose and the button-eyes.

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Then I added the ears by using applique technique, and only then the cat-pockets. After that I sewed together the whole skirt and attached the waist.

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The final step was to hand stitch the whiskers which was tricky and of course I sewed the pocket to the skirt once while making the whiskers. But I kept my calm and reached for the seam rippers…

dsc_4190I cross my fingers and hope that the skirt will actually fit her and she will like it! I made this skirt with so much love and I think it turned out very cute.

DIY Sweater to Skirt Refashion

When I was pregnant with our second son I bought myself a very lovely and comfortable knit skirt. It was my very first knit skirt and I absolutely love it! And I am still able to wear it after the pregnancy which is a great advantage! Look, here I am wearing it with my belly:

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I feel like this was ages ago…
Anyway, what I want to say is that I like to wear knit skirts nowadays very much: they are comfortable and look always good!
The other thing about me is that I try to sort out my wardrobe on a regular basis, especially when I go shopping for new clothes, I try to get rid of about as much old clothes as much new ones come in. As I was doing that a couple of weeks ago, I came across a sweater which I bought about eight years ago when I lived in the US and it has a sentimental value to me because of that. Plus I love its colors and the stripes but unfortunately it was a bit too big for me even when I bought it.

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So I wanted to keep the sweater but there was really no rational reason for that. I thought I would give it to my sister (she would’ve loved it for sure!) but then I found a great idea somewhere on Pinterest. I could convert the sweater to a skirt! Why haven’t I think of that?

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So I did. It wasn’t a complicated project, I just cut off the sleeves and the top, added an elastic band to the waist and the skirt was done.

Outfits

I also made a neck warmer out of one sleeve by adding a button to it. And voila! I have a great outfit now which I already wore twice and I love it! What do you think? Do you have clothes that you don’t want to throw away for some reason but you are unable to actually wear it? Or have you made a similar makeover? I would love to hear your stories in the comments below!

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Plus, did you notice the good quality of the pictures this time? They were made by my (almost!) five year old son! I am so proud of him, he definitely got some talent!

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Wool skirt

The time has come and my little one will start the kindergarten in August which also means that I have to start searching for a job. In the spirit of the new beginning I decided to update my wardrobe a little bit because in the last five years I only wore jeans and casual outfits (except for some special occasions of course). I really needed at least a couple of nicer outfits for interviews and such, so I went shopping but I returned a little disappointed. I found a few pieces that I absolutely love but I wished there was something more for my taste and budget. Isn’t this always the case: the budget and taste never fits? Anyway, I decided to start making those desired clothes, at least try because as you know I have never taken sewing lessons of any kind and I have very little idea about tailoring and sewing clothes that actually fit!
Then I found this wonderful and elegant skirt on the Vogue’s website:

Martin_Grant_06_1366You can find the original picture here.
This was my inspiration for my skirt. I choose a slightly darker gray, wool fabric, looked up a few sewing instructions for similar skirts. I even added pockets and a belt. And this was the first time I used a zipper foot on my sewing machine. It came with the sewing machine when I bought it about six years ago but I had no clue what it was for. Can you believe it? The zipper turned out much better then I expected but there is still room for some improvement. The model (me) and the quality of the picture is unfortunately not as good as it is in Vogue but the skirt is pretty close, isn’t it?

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When I started this project it was still April and I thought I must be crazy to sew a wool skirt when summer is around the corner but when the skirt was actually finished, the temperature dropped to 5 Celsius degree and I didn’t feel so bad after all. And summer is never that great in Aachen and fall will eventually come, so no more worries about that!

DSC_3127Here is a closer picture of the bow. I absolutely love it, so cute!

DSC_3125I might sew a red belt, as well because I often wear red T-shirts, shoes and tops and they would go very well with this dark grey skirt, don’t you think?

DSC_3124This is my favorite picture: details of the pocket.
Well, I am pretty satisfied with the end-result of my first serious outfit. I know it is not a complicated pattern but I had to start somewhere, right?

DSC_3122Here is one more picture with a blue belt and top. Not so elegant but still lovely in my opinion. I will definitely try the red variation!

And I have to thank to my Husband for the pictures! What are you thought on this skirt? What was your first serious outfit project?

UPDATE: I did try out the skirt with red accessories and a red jacket and I loved it! I got carried away a little and tried a yellow version, as well. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in a comment! 😉

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