Archive for May, 2008

Deep Purple and Polka Dots JJ

May 9, 2008

Deep Purple and Polka Dots JJ, originally uploaded by fmirela.

BurdaStyle’s 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 didn’t have any bias room for the ruffles, but in the end I like it simple like this.

I chose white simple tiny buttons, to add some contrast. Sewing the buttonholes with the Brother is a breeze! All 6 of them in way less then 5 minutes.

Love the pattern, although there are a few things I would make different the next time. So, Yes! I would sew this again, I already have some white sheer fabric in mind.

The sleeves, I’m not really into puffy sleeve caps. I have made a mistake with this one, I did the gathers only on the backside of the sleeve, for no particular reason, and when I have realized that, it was too late, I had already cut the buttonhole…well…as long as I’m the only one that knows, I guess nobody will be able to tell….Ups! I just told everyone…oh well…lesson learned…

I inspected all the JJ blouses on the site and the description for one of them said: I wish there was more room for the bust…I thought! Great! I wish I would need more room 🙂 In fact, I do! just a little.

It is not that fitted, but with the belt and made in a fabric with a but of drape it has a nice shape.

I have a long torso, so next time I will lower the belt loops about 4cm down. I will also but in more buttons, now they are kind of far apart.

I like the shape of the hem and I bet it makes the blouse easier to tuck in. I would like to see some instructions on how to properly sew this kind of hemline.

Overall, I’m really happy with the blouse, can’t wait to make a jacket for it 🙂

Do you like Deep Purple?


May 6, 2008

Here’s what I need to try as soon as I get my hands on some ribbons, embroidery thread, adhesive stabilizer and my sewing machine…that is after I finish washing a s%$ load of clothes and the dishes…not to mention cooking some lunch for tomorrow and sewing the buttonholes, buttons on my last JJ shirt!

Have a look at this super dooper cool tutorial on making embroidery labels:

While I’m at it, I might also get some transfer paper and try to see how that works…

or maybe even create a cardboard cutout and use fabric spray paint…

How are you making your labels?

Big Blue Riding Hood

May 5, 2008

Faux Fur, originally uploaded by fmirela.

I had the change to wear my faux fur winter coat this year again after a long long break, during my so called one week vacation in February to Romania. The photo is taken next to Dragan Dam, only it was very way too windy and snowy to see much…

I’ll have the change to revisit again soon, on May 23rd 🙂 Cannot wait.

I’m also going to be on a quest for special fabric finds in Tel Aviv Israel.

I have sewn this a long time ago, back to the times when I still needed something warm (2003, Romania). It is lined with a windproof, waterproof black micro-fleece. Both fabrics are from Italy.
I added elastic loops and long buttons as closures, and made two in seam side pockets for warmth.
Careful when working with fabrics with such a high pile, it will really make you sneeze all the time. The trick is to leave the scissors alone, and use a cutter instead, cut from the underside avoid cutting the pile.
Trim the pile only where you want to reduce the bulk.
In case you catch the pile inside the seam, use a needle to get the hairs out.

The Golden Label

May 2, 2008

The Golden Label, originally uploaded by fmirela.

4″X4″ Embroidered Custom Label!

Digitized and embroidered logo, using Brother HE 120, with Sulky metallic thread and a special needle for metallic threads.

I have to work more on embroidering text using script fonts that have been shrunk .

The satin frame is done separately without removing the fabric from the hoop.

I have cut around the border and this is now hand sewn to the back of my Jeans Jacket, on the underside.

Here is the machine at work, finishing the border: