Refashion it! A leather mini skirt

Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hallo meine Lieben! I haven’t blogged a refashion project in a while, so this was long overdue! (If I remember correctly, my initial plan was to blog a refashion once a week. This worked out beautifully, right? Haha.)

When I lost my sewing mojo a couple of weeks ago, refashioning a couple of skirts I bought ages ago really helped to get back behind the sewing machine. These fun little projects don’t take much time, just a little creativity and therefore don’t seem as overwhelming as making a complete garment. So, if you haven’t made anything in a while, I really recommend popping to your next charity shop and getting creative with whatever you find there!

Sewing for my man

hooded cardigan men by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi my darlings, guess what happened? After all those years of selfish sewing I have finally made something for my man. It had been on my to-sew list pretty much every year, and last year I even went as far as making a muslin for a men’s shirt. The Mr doesn’t really wear shirts, so as you can imagine this project didn’t go very far. (I have to say though, I finished a shirt for my dad in December – not blogged – so I could tick “men’s shirt” of last year’s resolutions list).hooded cardigan men by thisblogisnotforyou.comA friend of mine made her boyfriend this pretty awesome hooded cardi and I promised the Mr to make him one as well.

Little Black Dress and Comfy Cardi

LBD and Cardi by thisblogisnotforyou.comLBD and Cardi by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello lovelies! Guess what? I’ve got a new favourite outfit (again).

I have to admit, not much planning went into this. The cardi was on the bottom of a to-do-list in the back of my head, for when I would run out of ideas (ha!) and the idea for the dress was born in the second I saw that fabric. Buying the fabric, making a sketch and a pattern and sewing the dress all happened on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Although I have millions of projects on my to-sew list I always end up with these spontaneous projects! Most often these end up to be my favourite garments, though.
LBD and Cardi by thisblogisnotforyou.comTHE CARDIGAN

A Cosy Lola Dress

Lola Dress Victory Patterns by thisblogisnotforyou.comHeeelloo lovelies!

I’m in a pretty good mood today not only because the sun’s shining and it’s my day off (hooray!) but I think I finally have my sewing mojo back. Phew. I was getting worried!
Since before Christmas I haven’t really sewn much and that wasn’t because I was lacking ideas (there will always be way too many in my head) but, to be honest, pretty much due to the fact that I just didn’t feel like sewing. Instead I read a lot and started sketching again. I haven’t done either in a while and normally I only read during break times at work or on the train. Curling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee on  a rainy day is awesome!

The Ultimate Pencil Skirt #1 – New Sew Over It Pattern Kit!

Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Thisblogisnotforyou.comUltimate Pencil Skirt by Thisblogisnotforyou.comUltimate Pencil Skirt by Thisblogisnotforyou.comUltimate Pencil Skirt by Thisblogisnotforyou.comI have a new favourite pattern! No, seriously – I love it to pieces!
I was lucky to be asked by Lisa & Alex to test the new Sew Over It skirt pattern last autumn. Right now I’m totally into making skirts, is it’s easy, quick and the perfect piece to wear at work. Skirt are much more versatile than trousers (I think) and you can never have enough in your wardrobe!

Embellished Cropped Coco-Sweater

embellished cropped coco sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comembellished cropped coco sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comembellished cropped coco sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comHappy New Year, folks! Hope you all had awesome holidays! It’s a bit late but I wanted to share one of my holiday makes with you: A cropped embellished sweater! It’s super cosy and the perfect thing to wear with all my sleeveless fit-and-flared dresses.

I often find it very hard to find the perfect cardigan with the perfect length. If they’re too long and paired with a flared skirt or dress they make the whole outfit look awkward and bulky. Making a sweater was on my to-do list this winter and I found some really awesome sweater fabrics lately (some of which I had ordered by accident). For the pictures I paired the sweater with one of my Hepburn dresses.

A Baby Quilt – my first and probably last one ever!

baby quilt by thisblogisnotforyou.combaby quilt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI made a quilt! It’s my very first quilt and will probably be the last for a long time. I’m quite proud of this one, but mainly proud of the fact that I actually finished it. I do love sewing, but I found out that I really hate quilting.

I promised to make a play mat for my niece when my sister-in-law was pregnant and I still hadn’t started it by the time the baby was born. I finally started a few months ago and with the help of Daniela, the queen of quilting, I managed to put together a really cute patchwork blanket. I basically used all sorts of fabric leftovers, all 1000% cotton, I bought years ago and had barely used. The colours were great together, so I was super happy with the first bit of the project.

Jersey Shirt with Gathered Raglan Sleeves

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello gang! Life has been so busy lately that I don’t even have the time to share my makes on time anymore! I made this jersey shirt in October.

The Fabric:

I got this cotton jersey with a super cute mythical creatures print from stoffe.de (myfabrics.co.uk here in the UK) which even was delivered in person by lovely Tine who spent a couple of days in London a little while ago. Apparantly, they don’t have this fabric in stock anymore, but they still sell three very similar prints. (Yes, I am aware that it’s a children’s fabric, but I will wear it anyway.) The fabric is of a really lovely quality and still looks great after a couple of washes.

Cropped Blouse – Burda Easy Pattern

cropped blouse Burda Easy by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello gang! Today I want to share one of my latest makes, a cropped blouse with a studded collar. I hope you guys like it as much as I do! Let’s talk about the pattern first!

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The Pattern:

The blouse pattern is from the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the Burdastyle Easy magazine, a special edition of the normal Burdastyle mag which comes out only a couple of times a year. Since it’s quite hard to get hold of the patterns later on (they’re not published digitally as the normal Burdastyle pattern are, as far as I know), I always make sure to get my hands on these mags. The patterns are always pretty simple, but pretty and combined they make a beautiful capsule wardrobe collection.

Burda Wrap Blouse

Burda Wrap Blouse 04/2014 #115 by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hey folks! I’m back after a short blogging break during which, of course, some sewing was done. The weather is quite dreadful in London at the moment, so I couldn’t photograph everything I made yet.

I made this blouse two weeks ago before I went back home. It was a quick afternoon sew and the fabric didn’t even cost me a penny.

The Fabric:

Fantastic Mr Fox – Easy Autumn Cushion Covers

cushion covers fox by thisblogisnotforyou.comIn order to get over my end-of-summer blues I decided to embrace autumn and make some new seasonal cushion covers for our shabby sofa.

I found this cute fox & triangle fabric when I went fabric shopping in Bath last months.It’s a printed woven, 80% Cotton & 20% Polyester. I immediately knew I couldn’t live without buying some and two new cushion covers came to mind. It wasn’t a bargain, so I bought 0.5m (140cm wide), guesstimating that it would be just enough for our two cushions.

cushion covers fox by thisblogisnotforyou.com

A scooped neck Hepburn Dress

Hepburn Dress scooped neckline version by thisblogisnotforyou.comHepburn Dress scooped neckline version by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hellooo my ladies (and gents)! This post is long overdue, I can tell you! (Is she seriously posting a summer dress right now? Yes, she is!)

As you know, I released my Hepburn Dress pattern in August and have been working on all the different variations since then. At the moment I somehow sew more than I can photograph or write about (living the dream, guys!) and I really need to work on maintaining a better equilibrium. Otherwise things like posting pictures of summer dresses on October will keep happening.

Hepburn Dress scooped neckline version by thisblogisnotforyou.comHepburn Dress scooped neckline version by thisblogisnotforyou.comPattern & fit:

Let’s try something funky!

Burda 04/2014 #112 Funnel Neck Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comBurda 04/2014 #112 Funnel Neck Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comHey folks, hope you all had a great week! Mine was super busy and I have quite a bit of the behind-the-scenes stuff to share with you. I’ll probably squeeze into an extra post though, because I want to share my newest make first.

A little while ago, the lovely guys over at Funkifabrics (@funkifabrics) asked whether I’d like to try some of their fabrics. What a question! Hell Yes! You should really check out their website, they have the most amazing prints you will ever see! Seriously! It took me two days to narrow my samples down to 12, which I shortly afterwards got in the post.

A Tilda-Miette Skirt – It’s a wrap!

Tilda Miette Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comHave you heard about Tilda fabric? I hope you have, because it’s awesome! Tilda fabric was actually the first fabric I bought after I got my sewing machine (I bought a pack of fat quarters on Amazon because I had no idea how to shop fabric back then). This year I used up all my Tilda leftover fabric for making my sewing machine cover. When White Tree Fabrics asked me to join their blogging team I was super excited that they had Tilda fabric in stock. All I had to do was find the right pattern to go with it.

Sew Cute To Cuddle [Book Review]

Sew Cute To Cuddle review by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi everybody! Today I want to share with you a book that I pre-ordered on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. And since I got it last month I’ve been making plush animals!

And if you’re asking whether making plush animals is different from making clothes: Oh my, yes it is! But more on that later.Sew Cute To Cuddle review by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The book “Sew Cute to Cuddle” by Mariska Vos-Bolman includes 12 easy soft plush animal patterns and step-by-step instructions to make them. The book came out 8th September this year, so it’s basically brand-new! The patterns are full-size and in the back of the book. All you need to do is copy them and then cut them out, some bigger pattern pieces will also need to be glued together.

The Knitting & Stitching Show Giveaway Winners!

Win tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show

Whoop, whoop! We have five lucky winners who will each get two complimentary tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show!

In order to enter the giveaway I asked you guys to leave me a comment saying what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. My task was to pick my favourites from your suggestions – which was much harder than I thought it would be!

Win tickets for the Knitting & Stitching Show! [Giveaway CLOSED]

K&S_LOGO RGBWin tickets to The Knitting and Stitching ShowIt’s time for another giveaway, people! (Ermahgerd! Again!?) Yes! The lovely people at The Knitting & Stitching Show have given me some free tickets so I can invite some pals (I’ll be sneaking around there, too!)

The Knitting & Stitching Show opens in 2 weeks (from 8th – 12th October) in Alexandra Palace, London (sorry non-UK folks!). Due to popular demand the Show is now open 5 days. It’s one of the largest textiles and craft events in the UK. You can see the list of exhibitors here. The Show has some exciting workshops and lectures to offer as well as a new interactive feature, Stitch-by-Stitch, which offers sessions and demonstrations for beginners and more experienced visitors!

The new Pussy Bow Blouse pattern by Sew Over It

 Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hi folks! Today I sharing my newest pussy bow blouse with you! After sewing three (!) Lottie Blouses, it was time to try another pussy bow blouse pattern. Luckily enough, Lisa, mastermind behind Sew Over It, asked me to test her newest pattern, the Pussy Bow Blouse. Lisa is known for her gorgeous patterns, mostly basic wardrobes staples (such as the Ultimate Trousers pattern or the Ultimate Wrap Dress) with a vintage touch.

source: www.sewoverit.com

So here it is, in all its glory!

 Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse by thisblogisnotforyou.com

 Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The pattern:

Blog Anniversary & A Giveaway [CLOSED]

2nd blog anniversary

Woah! My blog turns two today! Has it really only been two years?

It feels like it is such a long time ago that I sat on my bed with a cup of coffee, laptop on my knees, setting up this blog. Much has changed in these two years and the blog has become quite a big part of my life. It has fuelled my sewing fever ever since I blogged about my first make. The first year had its ups and downs and I even thought about quitting at times, because uni (and later my job) were keeping me so busy.

A very autumnal Malvarosa Dress

Malvarosa Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi ya, fellows! Hope you had a great week so far. After a few very stressful shifts at work this week and last weekend I am now even more happy about having a week and a bit off – my first official annual leave since I started my new job. My best friend is coming to visit me here in London (whoop, whoop!) and I hope to get loads of sewing WIPs done, as well.