Archive for the 'Dress' Category

Lace Waist Dress – without the lace

August 8, 2014

Finished sewing this dress finally! In black and white flowers print.
Had to stitch closed the darts in the upper and lower back to reduce puffiness and take it in about 1cm on each side.


July 28, 2014

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Long lost photos of the blue silk dress with hairpin lace, silk jacket with embroidery, covered button and bound button-hole, cotton sateen dress from the cover of La Mia Boutique.


April 15, 2013

The Bishop dress with machine smocking and decorative stitching.

Bishop Dress

March 30, 2013

A dress for Sonia.


I’ve taken inspiration from the Romanian folks wear, the traditional stitches and colors found on blouses.


The pattern is a little smoked dress, also known as a bishop dress.

I debated doing the hand embroidery and smocking…vs machine made…this time, the machine won.

For anyone with a great embroidery machine, here are some more designs I wanted to try…could no longer launch my Windows virtual machines, where the PED Basic was installed…oh well will have to re-do it one day.

Pattern: Burda

Fabric: white poplin

Fabric stabilizer: starch spray

Thread: regular sewing thread for the embroidery, no shiny stuff

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35 Weeks Since September

April 29, 2012

and I’m 35 weeks pregnant, yes it will be a girl.

Pattern: Little White Dress –

Gray and blue yarns:

Purple yarn:

Pink yarn: …

Twisted Green Dress

September 12, 2011

One of the pending pictures for a dress I have sewn a while ago.

At a baby shower with my friend Oana (7+months)

I thought this is a very similar design with Oana’s purple dress, with the twisted knot, and really like how the colors go together.

Crochet Dress

August 22, 2009

Pattern for the crochet top/dress


Bust: 80cm

Length: 86cm

Hem: 100cm

Thread: 220g

Crochet hook: Nr.2

Pattern: see drawing


. = chain

x = single crochet

| = double crochet

all those curved lines are chains of 2, 4 and 6 chains as indicated in the drawing.

Test square: for a width of 3 pattern repeats and a height of 3 patterns => 10x10cm


Start with the shoulder. Chain 13 + 3 for the edge and you will continue downwards. Make 5 rounds of the pattern and put the work aside.

Start with the other shoulder. After the 6th round of pattern chain 48 (i chained 53 just to make it larger).

After the 48 chain, link it with the other shoulder strap. The work will have 10 pattern repeats per width.

Continue work until you have 7 pattern repeats on the vertical.

Armhole shaping:

Make it wider with 7 chains + 3 chains for height, on each side, for the armhole shaping. Work will have 12 pattern repeats per width.

At 13 pattern repeats in total per vertical, first row increase to 5 chains instead of 4. Next row the height will increase from 3 to 4 chains. Next row the chain is increased from 6 chain stitches to 7 chain stitches.

At 19 pattern repeats in total per vertical, increase everything with one chain:

instead of 5 chain stitches => 6 chain stitches

instead of 4 chain stitches => 5 chain stitches on the side

instead of 7 chain stitches => 8 chain stitches

After 26 pattern repeats the back side is finished.


Just like the back. I did mine wider with two pattern repeats to fit the bust.

Click to download PDF – scanned from an old magazine, original in Hungarian

P.S. hope this is not breaching any copyrights…

BurdaStyle – Danielle

January 27, 2008
BurdaStyle-Danielle, originally uploaded by fmirela.

This is my version of the BurdaStyle – Danielle dress.

Having to work with just a little over a yard of crushed velvet, I had to transform this dress into a sleeveless top.

A little insight on sewing velvet can be found on the BurdaStyle site among many other useful how-tos, some of which I followed sewing the Danielle.

For finishing the neckline and underarms I used the technique described here: sew an all in one facing.

A little blue velvet ribbon accents the cut under the bust and the box pleats create a cute baby doll look.

BusinessWeek Magazine Article!

January 4, 2008
BusinessWeek Mag PhotoShoot, originally uploaded by fmirela.

“Extra! Extra!
Read all about it!”

Here it is: a sneak preview into the photo shoot for BusinessWeek Magazine.

BusinessWeek Mag PhotoShoot

For hours on end I felt like a celebrity with photographer Jeffery Salter and his assistant, tons of photo gear all aimed at me. I wonder which picture they publishers chose to use for the magazine.

The article is already online. I was pleasantly surprised to read about Eric from Instructables, Etsy, BurdaStyle and me all in one article. Still can’t believe my eyes!

Isn’t this world so small and how small are we in it?

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the printed version in stores this weekend! Simply have to get one for my parents :)

Thank you BurdaStyle for everything!

I’d like to thank Marius for his patience in taking picture of me and my creations, my mom for teaching me how to sew and helping me out with the latest garments.
Last, but not least: “I’d like to thank the…Academy!”

Burda Style – Alice in Workingland

November 9, 2007

Women Trend Alice, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Alice in Wonderland was my childhood favorite story. I remember listening to a tape recording of the story (in Romanian) so many times, that I knew it by hard.

My Alice climbs up the ladder to Workingland, wearing a toned down mature version of her girlie dress. She brings with her into the present 60’s mod buttons to accent the uniform like outfit, ready to face any surprises a 9 to 5 job throws at her.

First round of BurdaStyle designs inspired by Alice in Workingland are out! Congrats to the winners and looking forward for the patterns :)

Check them out!

There will be a second round of design contributions to BurdaStyle with the inspiration theme.
Send in as many illustrations as you want for:

Women’s Trend Spring 2008

Mens wear

Women’s plus sizes.

Read the rules here and have fun!


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