February 6, 2018.Reading time 2 minutes.
Oh, I love this sweater! It’s one of my favourite makes this winter and – hooray – it’s actually mine to wear and not a gift I made for someone else. I got to keep this baby!
pattern: self-drafted variation of Coco (Tilly & The Buttons)
fabric: fleece-backed sweatshirt by Königreich der Stoffe
amount: ~ 1m
duration: ~1 hr
Tilly and the Buttons Coco and Agnes patterns turned out to be my pattern base for all sorts of self-drafted sweaters, shirts and sweater dresses. They really come in handy this way. I used the Coco as a base to draft this little sweater. I wanted a very minimalist sweater silhouette to showcase this really cute glitter fabric.
So I made the bodice quite boxy and widened the sleeves a bit more. Apparently, I didn’t account for the fleece-backed sweatshirt fabric having basically zero stretch, so they ended up a bit too tight nonetheless. The knit-look of the fabric tricked me. I really should’ve noticed the missing stretch before cutting, though. But hey – these things still happen even after over 7 years of sewing…
The fabric is brilliant, right? It’s from Königreich der Stoffe, a German online shop (shipping international) I gushed over before. It was quite expensive, but I had a massive gift card to burn that I got for my birthday last year.
The sweater’s been in the wash a couple of times and so far the gold glitter doesn’t come off. It’s super warm and cosy and the fabric breathes well, as it’s a 80% cotton/ 20% poly mix.
I got some really lovely comments whenever I wore it and most people didn’t even notice the panda bears!
Really loving this project! I will wear it as often as I can before it gets too warm.
Do you have any pattern recommendation for our current sweater weather?
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February 3, 2018.Reading time 2 minutes.
Oh, dear! I completely forgot to post these cute makes for my nieces from Christmas 2016 (!!!). I just found them while editing photos of my most recent makes for them. Better late than never!
This little jumper deserves its own post. It turned out really cute and my niece loved it.
It’s a La Maison Victor pattern. I used some scrap sweatshirt fabric for the bodice and cuffs. The shoulder insets are a faux suede jersey in blush pink. The little felt poufs are from a craft store. I pre-washed them to make sure they wouldn’t bleed and stain the fabric in the wash. So this whole project didn’t cost much at all.
Although I took care measuring and cutting the pattern and fabric, I had a feeling the neckline wouldn’t be wide enough to fit comfortably. I couldn’t be bothered to take the neck binding out again, as I had already overlocked the edges, so I had to come up with an alternative solution. This is how this quirky little keyhole opening came about. I found some matching pompom trim and button in my stash. It’s not very well done and a bit wonky, but it did the job! (My nieces aren’t very harsh judges anyway.)
I had such fun making this little quirky sweater. Unfortunately, they grow so fast at that age. It’s sometimes hard to consider whether it’s actually worth putting so much effort into a tiny little toddler sweater that won’t be worn more than just a couple of times. Well, luckily a nephew has been born just before Christmas – so I will make gender neutral clothes now that can be handed down the line.
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December 30, 2017.Reading time 2 minutes.
Hello sewcialists! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Having some time between the holidays I could finally get around to take pictures of quite a few of my recent projects.
This cosy jumper is one of them. I made it as a Christmas gift for my best friend who designed it and picked the fabric herself this year.
The fabric (‘Anemone’ by Albstoffe) is from a German fabric online shop Königreich der Stoffe (Kingdom of Fabrics). I only recently discovered this shop and really love it. They have the most amazing prints and a gorgeous selection of knit fabrics. They ship internationally, so do check them out on you’re next shopping spree!
The fabric was quite expensive (26€/m), an amount I rarely spend on fabrics, but ohhhh, it’s so soft and cosy! It’s worth every penny. Unfortunately, this beauty traded hands just after Christmas Day!
The pattern for this sweater is based on Tilly & The Buttons “Coco” and a sleeve hack from their “Agnes” pattern which I also used for my Star Wars sweater last year. I added cuffs and made it a bit wider at the waist and sleeves. Here I’m wearing it with my Mia Jeans and handmade beanie hat.
I have more and more completely handmade outfits and I’m planning to make more matching separates next year. My To Sew List is full of sweaters, jeans and blouses. If I’m lucky, I get half of that list done!
My Christmas & New Year’s Eve outfits are 100% handmade this year! I look forward to sharing them with you soon. What are your sewing plans for 2018?
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January 11, 2015.Reading time 4 minutes.
Happy 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.
I got the fabric on ebay. It was pretty much cheaper than any other tracksuit fabric I had seen in the shops, so I gave it a go (despite hating to order fabric online). I ordered it in the wrong colour by accident – I wanted school grey fabric to make a hoodie for the Mr. For some reasons I got the colours wrong and despite emailing back and forth with the seller the fabric was navy when it arrived a couple of days later. I mean, to be honest, I wasn’t disappointed or anything. Navy blue is my absolute favourite colour, the fabric was cheap and the quality very nice. And I had loads of it. So no regrets.
I bought the ribbing from the same supplier, so the colours were a perfect match. I had 1.5m of it and managed to make a Lola dress (Victory Patterns) and this sweater, the latter using up less than a metre. The Lola dress is not blogged yet, but it will be pretty soon 🙂
The acrylic sew-on gems are also from ebay, I bought a pack of 50 mixed shapes and have enough left for a second project.
The sweater pattern is more or less self-drafted. I hacked Tilly’s Coco Dress, changing the neckline a bit and making the waist less fitted. The ribbing is cut a bit smaller than the waist and sleeves, so it cinches everything in nicely. I drafted a facing for the neckline, cut out from the same fabric and used understitching to keep it in place. I sewed the sweater mostly using my overlocker, and it only took 2 hours or so.
When I made the Coco dress a couple of months ago, I had to take it in a lot and it still was a bit on the wider side. So for the sweater I went with Tilly’s size 3. The fabric is quite heavy and has a bit of stretch, so the loose fit was perfect and it fits me nicely.
Will I make it again? I love this sweater and you see a lot of these on the high street at the moment. I got more tracksuit/sweater fabric for Christmas in light grey and brown and am planning on making at least one more sweater and maybe a Lola-hack. Next time I want to try some other embellishments, maybe lace or zips but I have yet to figure out what I want it to look like. So keep your eyes peeled 🙂
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