Sunday, August 30

wrinkled





dress - burda magazine 10/2014, #127

not much to say about this one
as i've made this pattern few times so far
(well, 5 times, to be precise)
and i love every single version of this dress
..
this time i used navy metallic linen 
and scraps of bronze linen for sleeves lining
and i love how metallic linen looks almost like leather
(irl at least, the dress is so damn wrinkled in photos
that you can hardly see that)
..
love this shapeless sack kind of dresses
i know it may not be the most flattering shape
but i still find it to be really elegant
plus it's super comfy and great for the heat
..
mokosha



Friday, July 24

transformer dress



dress - burda magazine 6/2015, #118, slightly modified

got this satin fabric as a gift from my friend  tea..
i totally flipped over its geometric b&w print
and it took me a while to find the right pattern
that is going to showcase that print in best way possible
..
the burda maxi dress pattern i ended up using
wasn't on my list of possible candidates at all
that burda dress looked a bit bulky and shapeless
but then i saw few versions made in flowy fabrics
and i saw a potential in it
..
i skipped central front and back seams,
did  not want to break the print
so i cut the fabric on fold
..
front and back are both made using the same pattern piece
but i cut my front piece narrower
(well, i had to do it
as i did not have enough fabric to cut it as pattern suggested
and it turned out to do the trick, and reduce that extra bulk
so, if i'm ever to make this dress again
gonna cut my fabric the same way)
..
the most obvious change to the pattern
was crossing the shoulder seams
original dress has v neck at front and back
but the way i sewed shoulder seams
allows me to totally change the way dress looks
(there is even one more possibility that i failed to photograph
and that creates one shoulder dress)
..





and, of course, the dress can be worn without the sash belt
and that's pretty much how i wear it these days
it's been insanely hot these days
and living in a tent is my way to deal with it
(and, once the night falls
i can change the neckline, cinch my waist
and i'm party ready in a moment)
..
mokosha


Tuesday, June 16

summertime




dress - burda 03/2013, #111, modified

last month i've sewn a prom dress for a client:
pale pink silk mini dress
with strappy back..
and i loved the way those straps turned out
so i made one for myself too
..
obviously, mine is not mini, nor pale pink
and definitely not made out of 40eur/m silk 
but, with the tropical heat that we have these days,
 rayon challis is better choice anyways
..
mokosha



Tuesday, May 26

pale blue birds




dress - burda magazine 03/2011, # 108

one of my favorite dress patterns ever
thought i'll give it another go,
but, once finished, it kind of looked ridiculous on me
(from some reason i really don't enjoy wearing this silhouette anymore)
..
it looks way better on tea
even if it's a size too big for her
..
fabric is from remnant bin
it was not supposed to look like this
should instead be black with white/yellow birds
but somehow few meters ended up
being this beautiful pale blue color instead..
goes way better with turquoise sea
than the fabric without 'mistake', right?
..
mokosha


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