Tuesday, May 19

marine blue

  



dress - burda 10/2014, #127

finally found the right backdrop for this dress,
that was actually cut last year
and sewed back in february
and worn only once
..
looks like a nice dress, right?
you would never know the horrors i have to go trough
in order to get into it..
i was in a rush when sewing it
so to speed things up a bit, skipped adding zipper or any type of closure..
turns out that my head is kind of too big for the neckline
(should have anticipated that, my head is kind of too big for lot of stuff
which is why i have to buy my hats on boys department)
and i'm kind of too lazy to fix it 
(plus, i've made the most beautiful stitching on that neckline
i can't bring myself to rip it apart)..
but i guess i'll eventually have to fix it
as i really really love this dress
and it deserves to be worn more often
..
pics are taken by my lovely friend tea..
few weeks ago we unexpectedly ended up spending 
few fun and crazy days in croatia
on beautiful island of brac
(might write a post about that adventure, eventually)
..


..
i've even managed to find a pic of us together
so you don't think i'm making this all up..
plus, this pic shows that i indeed do smile
(i just happen to be born with resting bitch face)
..
if you wanna read more about tea's dress
hop on over to her space


..
mokosha

Monday, May 11

black wrap pants





pants - burda 11/2011, #105
top - hemlock tee

so, i finally managed to sew burda's wrap pants that fit me
..
for this pair i chose slightly stretchy fabric
of unknown composition
(i wish stores here can tell you a bit more
about the fabrics they sell.. 
well, not the kind of stores i go to, apparently)
it's super soft and drapey
making these the most comfy pair of pants i ever made
..
i loved sewing with mystery fabric
so went back to the fabric store, to get more of it
but it was all gone by the time i got there
..
not much to say about hemlock tee
other than i love it
and will make a dozen more
..
mokosha



Friday, April 24

impossible jacket





jacket - burda 09/2014, #134

the jacket that almost didn't happen
..
first i cut the pieces in fashion fabric
(navy colored tweed, with splotches of gray)
only to realize that the fabric is too thin for the type of jacket i had in mind
even with quilted lining i bought
so i had to go back to fabric store
and find another wool fabric
(brown boiled wool, not pictured)
to use it as underlining
..
when i finally started working on jacket
i made the craziest mistake ever
by sewing my first welt pocket
to the back jacket piece!?
..
so i abandoned the whole project
until i figure out what to do
as i used up almost all the fabric
and could not cut new back piece
..
in the end i realized i have enough fabric
to cut lower half of the back piece
and piece it with upper half of original one
so, the jacket now has a horizontal seam at the back
..
from that moment on
jacket was quite easy to assemble
(but it took me 4 months to get to that moment
and one afternoon to do the rest of the work)
..
those funny gray concentric circles
are my poor attempt in embroidery
and are supposed to represent tree growth rings..
nikola is a forester
so i thought he might like them because of that
plus, jacket ended up being present for his birthday
that happens to be our 10th anniversary too
so to  honor that, i made 10 circles in attempt of applied dendrochronology..
so yeah, im cheesy like that
..
mokosha



Friday, April 10

three


here are the other tops i've made
using burda's pattern (2/2015, #128 and #127)
(modeled by my lovely friend sandra)
..
this pattern requires small amount of fabric
especially if you make short sleeve version
which makes it a perfect scrap busting project:
all three tops were made from scrap fabrics
..
first one is made in cotton satin
and looks a bit more boxy
than red/black/white one
that is made in georgette
..
i've also made pants (burda 11/2011, #105)
but they ended up being a bit small for me
(they fit at the waist and hips
but i apparently have gigantic calf muscles)
so, i'll have to make another pair 



for the third, cropped top version 
i used cotton shirting..
pairs beautifully with tea's scalloped skirt, right?


mokosha

Friday, April 3

id green




top - burda (2/2015, #128)
shorts - burda (10/2010, #111)

would you believe that the top i'm wearing here
is actually this one:


while i did skip all the seams at back
front and sleeve seams are all there (somewhere)
but the print totally hides them
..
i adore the top and fabric
but it kind of looked like missed opportunity
so i made few more tops using the same pattern
but played a bit with fabrics
in order to show all those seams
(gonna post about those other tops, eventually)
..
mokosha



Monday, March 30

linen stitch



coat - burda (08/2012, #101)

few more pics of my new coat
and brand new cowl 
..
cowl is knitted in linen stitch
using 10mm circular needles
and 3.5 balls of bulky yarn 
(one ball is 50g/60m)
..
this might be my favorite stitch
i'm obsessed with it so much
that i might try knitting a sweater in it..
and i totally need this cowl
in bubblegum pink.. and mint
..
mokosha

Monday, March 23

sweater no.1






so, i've knitted a sweater..
that's kind of funny
as i just rediscovered knitting
and never made anything more complicated than shawl
or a beanie
..
this rust colored mohair/acrylic yarn
was a birthday gift from tea (thanks tea! for the yarn
and for taking these pics)
and the moment i saw it i knew i want to knit a sweater from it
..
and, as i do not like being told what to do
i chose to freestyle it, instead of following a pattern
..
sweater is made in fingering weight yarn
(using 5mm needles instead of recommended 3mm)
it's knitted from the bottom up, in round
and looks like a gigantic rectangle with small sleeves added to it
..
i'm not really into lace or cables 
don't mind knitting them, but they are not really my style
so i went for  really simple design -  knit stitch 
with occasional rows of double wrap stitch
and usual 2x2 ribbing for hems
..
i'm pretty happy with how it turned out
and it was a really fun knitting
so i'm already planning new sweaters and blouses
..
leggings are just another fake riding pants
variation of my favorite pattern from burda
..
mokosha