Thursday, November 29, 2012

UFO t-shirts now finished

UFO-time! (UnFinished Objects, that is!)

I've had the bodices for these t-shirts cut and then folded and put away since... 2006, maybe. Each time I was thinking of what to sew next I would take them out, think "meh, boring" and put them back in the drawer... But not yesterday!

Here's the result of barely two hours of sewing. Very basic and comfy! I made them quite long, both because I have a long torso (my rtw tops usually have to be pulled back down every two seconds, I do have better things to do, lol) and also so I can wear these both with jeans and with leggings.

Just before I finished the second t-shirt, I managed to slip with the scissors and make a tiny hole in the fabric in the front... Hence the somewhat random flower applique. Fairly good save, though.

I used this 1960's pattern for the sleeves and the neckline on the purple t-shirt.

And of course I had some help from Pippin the cat, who tends to step on everything I'm holding, eat thread and play football with anything that falls to the floor...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pearl buttons cardi makeover

So, despite now having a sewing room (a.k.a guest room) again, getting in front of the sewing machine seems... hard. I actually got as far as to choosing a nice classic skirt pattern and taking out a really cool fabric... but then I ran out of energy. Maybe tomorrow...

A couple of hours later and very frustrated I decided to do something very easy but rewarding, I changed buttons in a favorite cardigan! It only had three of five buttons left, and they were the cheap and boring kind... Solution? Vintage pearl buttons!

Cardi with original buttons

Sewing time!

The finished result, modeled by a headless me in gray sweats, very fashionable!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My new vintage coat

No sewing, but I just got this amazing vintage coat!

Perfect fit, wool, warm, heavy, classic forest green and it's a coat and cape all in one and I love it. From the cut, mainly the sleeves, I think it's from the 1970's but the style is pretty much timeless. What it cost me? Only 300SEK (thats about 45USD)!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Coats, coats, coats!

It's that time again, the time of the year when you finally realize you have to pack up all those cute but too light jackets and put into winter storage and take out your winter coat! Perhaps you have to invest in a new coat? I have spent quite a bit of time on research these past weeks, wanting to find that perfect coat, the one I can wear for years. One that will complement my old brown leather coat which is, though lovely, often too warm or too cold... It's perfect for a rainy day.

Anyway, what I was getting to: Some coat inspiration! Less talk and more picures! Here goes:

1920's coats and Butterick pattern, late 20s to early 30s.

Simplicity pattern, ca 1949-1950, Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth

Marilyn Monroe, McCall's pattern ca 1956

Vogue pattern Jacques Klein 1966, Jean Shrimpton

Armani ad in Vogue 1980, Simplicity pattern 1980

Linda Evangelista in Vogue 1991, Vogue pattern Givenchy 1971

Harper's Bazaar November 2012

So... what did I get? Still waiting for it to arrive, I'll show you soon!