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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?

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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?

What is it?!

August 4, 2010

Hem, originally uploaded by fmirela.

It is my coat, or bits of my coat for the BurdaStyle Book. I hope I’m not showing too much, just the details of the stitching that went into it in 5 days. Actually a day and 4 evenings.

Back vent and hem details
Back vent and hem details

Lining Pleat detail
Lining Pleat detail

Hanger chain
Hanger chain

Hem facing
Lining

I did read a lot before sewing this coat, I posted some of the links already, but just to keep it next to the photo so I’ll know what to do next time.

Nameless tutorial 2 shows how the hem facing is done: http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/nameless_tutorial_2/

http://tanysewsandknits.blogspot.com/2007/12/o-casaco-leopardo-finalmente-finally.html

Have a look at Tany’s lining next to back facing and hem facing and lining.

Back vent and hem – should have sewn the hem by hand a little looser, I think I can see the sewing from the right side…
Back vent - right side
Piping and snaps
lining piping

Piping and Snaps

I made the piping myself and it is one quick and easy project: https://mirelap.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/seeeeewing/

Belt – I have to admit I’m not proud of this one…meaning, I would have liked to find some cool belt bucket or do some leather macrame, something special…oh well..
belt

Belt Look

Sleeves in this pattern were too short for me, problem solved thanks to the cuffs:
Sleeve cuff

Puffy sleeves:
Puffy Sleeve
Note to self: Leave a lot more hem allowance on the sleeves! Lot: like 15 cm more. When I added the shoulders, the sleeves got shorted with the thickness of the shoulder…Lucky my design called for cuffs, lucky I made them big.

All about sleeve-heads: http://thesewingdivas.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/sleeve-heads/

All about shoulder pads: http://tanysewsandknits.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-02-14T01:04:00Z&max-results=7

After all, I ended up buying mine, time was of the essence.

Hope there images do not give away too much and the design will still be saved for the book!

Shangri-la Treasures

July 22, 2010

Textiles-Jewellery-Clothing-Rugs

from NEPAL, TIBET, BHUTAN

This is the store I visited today in Berkeley and you will not believe your eyes, it is like walking in a museum with your own personal guide, the sales assistant. Amazing things! Gorgeous raw silk and cashmere jackets, lined in silk, hand applique details that are out of this world. Hand knit lace scarves in the most wonderful thin yarn that has been carefully hand spun and knitted to perfection. Hand embroidered scarves, boiled wool scarves, hand painted silk scarves…

But you should visit while in the area to see the detailing on the sewn clothes: Reversible silk quilted jackets, trimmed with bias silk tape, with the most perfect tubing made out of silk for buttons, those knotted buttons, perfect bound pockets. I wanted to touch and feel everything in that store. Just amazing! I was ashamed to walk in there in my basic Target store bought attire.. 😦

The jewelry tells a whole other story: silver earring and precious stones in the most special settings. Roughed rings with moving parts, everything is really hand picked and the whole experience is amazing.

I found a pretty yellow piece of cotton fabric, paid a fortune for it, she said it is hand painted, but I do not believe it is.

It will become a dress.

Then, the packaging is another story, no plastic, all hand made paper, hand stamped, just gorgeous.