Silk

May 18, 2011

Silk and wool keep you cool. They are all natural fibers, renewable, fast drying, moisture wicking. I enjoy sewing and wearing silk for summer, nothing compares to it, feels so airy and almost naked like. People worry about washing it, or are afraid of it thinking that it can only be dry cleaned. I prewash my fabric before cutting, so it handles great even after it is sewn together, a quick hand wash with hand soap and line dry does the trick. It is amazing how fast it dries. A great source for silk is online at the fashion fabrics club, really good deals.

Fabric: hammered silk charmeuse

Pattern: Burda 06/2009 model 123 with the 122 sleeves and no frills.

The blouse in the magazine has some great sewn beads around the collar and along the frills, but I could not get the frills to be as delicate. The pom poms are made out of fabric strips, wrapped around two round pieces of cardboard with a hole in the center, then cut in between the cardboard pieces and tied together through the center. I’m not going to write another tutorial for this, there are plenty online. Here is my favorite: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-make-pom-poms.html Awesome blog by the way, the techknitting.

This magazine does have some other great patterns that I keep on my list of things to sew, like the 128 dress

the 102 top that I have sewn and love, that would look just as good as the 101 dress.

108 is also pretty nice as a top or a dress and I just have to match it with the right fabric.

113 is also on the list from a jersey I got a while back in Israel.

Plus, it has a shirt dress, from the cover and many great plus sizes patterns. Great Issue!

Do you sew from “old” magazines? I think Burda patterns are too classic to go out of style and use old issues all the time.


Before and After

March 25, 2011

Before and After

Slow knitting with the Ultimate Bond Machine

White Knit Vest, originally uploaded by fmirela.

This used to be the white pullover from Burda Magazine that turned too small after washing.

It was unraveled and re-knit based on a Romanian pattern from Lucru de Mana magazine.

This is the first time for me to knit lace patterns by hand, and I struggled with my combination knitting skills…with right and left decreases. of course.

I got it now and hope to never forget, is it like riding the bicycle?


Martisoare 2011

February 21, 2011

March is coming…read here about a Romanian tradition that celebrates the coming of spring.

Me and my friend Oana made these charms.

Materials: FIMO and Sculpey clay, natural air dry clay, resin, acrylic paints, lots of cookie cutters, embroidery floss, crochet yarn, bails, paper and ink, tons of patience.

 


Deep Purple Drape and Floral Skirt

November 14, 2010

Deep Purple Drape and Floral Skirt, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Blouse Fabric: Rayon Jersey
Blouse Pattern: Burda WOF Magazine 10/1998

The same pattern all over again… for the drape neckline top. I’ve also sewn this pattern recently in a jersey wool, green and the gray one awaits hems.

Skirt Fabric: Cotton poplin with cross grain stretch with floral pattern from JoAnns
Pattern: Burda WOF Magazine 02/2008

I simplified the skirt pattern by removing the waist bands. Nice pattern for a simple pencil skirt.

I added lace under the hem line and hand stitched the hem.

Lace hem

I also added a ribbon (folded over the raw edge) for the front and back facings.

I used an invisible zipper on the side.

I turned the overlocked edges of the side seams towards the inside and sewn over.
Lace hem


Green Fleece

November 14, 2010
 

Green Fleece, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Fabric: Polartec PowerDry found at fashion fabrics club
Pattern: Burda 12/1997 – modified from a Dress, kept the top part, removed the darts added the zipper.

Photo taken on anniversary trip to Zion National Park.


Dance for Rain

November 14, 2010
 

Dance for Rain, originally uploaded by fmirela.

UV protective synthetic fabric. Really keeps me cool ;)

Pattern: Burda WOF Magazine 08/2007. Love it!

I used pearl snaps on this one.


Weather Proof Jacket

November 14, 2010

Hoodie, originally uploaded by fmirela.

I had this fabric for more than a year. I started work on this at about the same time…just finished before an anniversary trip to Zion National Park this October.
Some would think of this one as a softshell…I think the fabric is rather stiff.

The fabric from Rocky woods mentioned in a previous post.
Gore® Soft Shell with microfleece liner – Grey
Water repellent, smooth woven face
Waterproof Gore-Tex membrane
Microfleece back
No stretch
I glued the stitches with Seam Grip to weather proof the little holes my sewing needle makes in the goretex membrane.

I used the reflective zippers and sewn zipped pockets, takes some time, but it is actually easier then it “seams”.

Finally happy with the coat and the fact that I got to see some colder weather and wear it.


Pictures Pending…

August 6, 2010

on many things I have sewn and not blogged about…

the hat and the midriff (not the coats and dress from those pics)

plus a top similar to the green dress with felted irises applique.

One day I will take pictures and blog…


Outdoors fabrics

August 5, 2010

My order from fashion fabrics club just arrived! Amazing fabrics from Patagonia!

Polartec PowerDry

Wool Jersey

This is just the softest light weight jersey ever.

These would make great hiking gear, but i can now envision a wool jersey dress too…I have never sewn with this kind of fabric, always thinking it will be itchy and too warm…

Hopefully I get to sew at least a blouse this weekend, before vacation.

Where do you get outdoor fabrics and what kind?


Free Patterns

August 5, 2010

Free – for this month only!!!

I’d like to know if any of you used these and some reviews would be great!

http://www.leko-mail.net/

Thanks Olga for the link!


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