May 26, 2012

Sewionista is on vacation :)

Carcassonne seen from La Cité

Just wanted to let you all know that I will spend the next 2 weeks relaxing in southern France. I will try to update you on my outfits for Me-Made-May but can't promise that the internet will work smoothly enough to do so. Otherwise, I will just recap after my vacation.

Enjoy the next weeks until I'm back!

May 20, 2012

Me-Made-May round up week 3

Week 3 has shown me the gaps of my me-made wardrobe, seems like I only have work-appropriate me-mades but nothing casual for the weekend or days off. So I will stop beating myself up about this and continue to at least wear one me-made item.

Day 14: 

On day 14 I was wearing a comfortable outfit for a long day at the office.

Blouse: Me-made from Patrones 276 no. 3 blogged here
Panties: Me-made from a pattern taken from my favourite pair
Cardigan H & M
Scarf: H & M
Jeans: Only
Day 15:

On day 15 my favourite T-shirt made another appearance. I need to seriously consider sewing more stripy T-shirts so this poor fellow gets a little more rest :)

Blazer: Me-made from Burda March 2010 no. 121
T-shirt: My favourit me-made T-shirt worn on day 1 & 6
Jeans: Grain de Malice
Shoes: Deichmann
Day 16:

Day 16 was the last day of work for this week...I just love bank holidays!

Skirt: Me-made same as on day 7
Striped top: Me-made from my own pattern, it has a really nice lace back but I forgot to take a detail time
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: ebay
Necklace: H & M

Day 18:
On day 18 I was cheating a little since I took the picture some time ago. But I was wearing the exact same outfit just threw on a black cardigan against the cold. Contrary to my pledge I'm also only wearing one me-made item.

T-shirt: Me-made from Burda March 2009 no. 138 blogged here
Jeans: Old Navy

Day 19:

On day 19 I wore the same outfit I've worn on day 17. I went thrifting and running some errands in this oufit.

T-shirt: Me-made from pattern no. 104 b from Knipmode special German issue summer 2011 made from fabric I got free from work
Jeans: Old Navy
Necklace: H & M
Shoes: Deichmann

I also had some luck thrifting, I found 3 books and a hand rolled silk scarf with a Hermes style print which is so in right now. And best of all... lots of fabric: the dark blue one with flowers will become another short pyjama, the beige fine corduroy is destined for a blazer for fall and the beige cotton twill might become my first perfect fitting pair of pants.  
Day 20:

Day 20 has been really nice and sunny so I spent most of the day on the balcony. Unfortunately, it was not the most comfortable outfit. The stripy top contains some lurex threads that are quite scratchy and the shorts don't fit well and are a little on the tight side.

Top: Me-made from no. 109 Burda May 2007
Jeans shorts: Me-made from Ruby pattern from

2 weekends of sewing madness...

Wonder what I have been up to the last two weekends? I locked myself in my sewing room and this is the result:

1st weekend:


PJ's made using my favorite pyjama pants pattern and the free Sorbetto from Colette. This time I just gathered the additional fabric instead of sewing the pleat, makes it into a nice flowy top perfect for hot summer nights.

This blouse might look familiar to you since I have used the pattern before. I'm still a big fan of this pattern but I probably won't need more than two of this, right?

Unfortunately, I also produced a huge failure, model 1 from Patrones 302 minus the asymetric sleeve. It looked so good in the magazine and also when Jacquie from Home Made Couture made it. But it just doesn't work for me, it gaps at the neckhole and the armholes and the pleats are just too close together for my liking. Nevertheless, I'm still liking the idea of a top with asymetric pleats, I guess I just have to draft it myself next time.

2nd weekend:

Yep, you are seeing right, another Sorbetto top. This time I only stitched the pleat at the top and left it loose at the bottom since I just had a small piece of fabric to work with. Fabric is polyester and I have to admit that I only used it because I got it free from work. I'm a polyester hater and this top is not turning me into a convert. Thanks to its electrostatic charge it clings to the body and makes my hair all static. Not sure whether I should keep the top or not. 

The next blouse is made from pattern no. 120 from Burda June 2007. I graded the pattern down to a size 36 and it's a well drafted pattern with a great fit. The tie can be left loose or tied to a bow. The cotton fabric is thrifted and I used glass buttons from my stash. You can read my pattern review here.

And now to my favourite piece of the bunch, a minidress made from purple cotton satin from pattern no. 11 from Patrones #289. I actually made this pattern before in dark blue, talked about it here but never showed the end result. OOPS...

The dress is quite short but I think it works because it is pretty shapeless, I will just add some stockings for wearing it at work. I love the pleating in the front and back and I added 5 rows of topstitching at the neckline and hem. Actually, I'm loving it so much that I will wear it to work tomorrow. You can find my pattern review here.

What have you been up to this weekend? Did you get some sewing done?

May 15, 2012

Me-Made-May Day 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Outfit day 7:

My first Sorbetto is quickly becoming one of my favourites. I had an important meeting at work that day and wanted to look corporate.

Top: Me-made same as on day 2
Skirt: Me-made from Burda December 2011 no. 105
Cardigan: H & M

Outfit day 8:

A black and white look for another day at work.

Blazer: Me-made from November 2011 no. 104
Top: Me-made from my own pattern
White jeans: H & M
Shoes: Deichmann

Outfit day 9:

I had a hard time finding an outfit on day 9. After trying on almost all of my me-mades, I finally stuck with the first one I tried on...ain't it always like that. Still found the outfit a little boring due to lack of colour. Oh well, I will have to sew more colourful clothing in the future.

Blazer: Me-made from Burda November 2007 no. 113
Blouse: Me-made from modified JJ-pattern from
Jeans: Only
Shoes: Deichmann
Necklace: Made by a friend of my colleague


Outfit day 10:
On day 10 I was stretching my pledge of 2 me-mades a little as I was only wearing 1 me-made garment but carried my library books in a me-made bag. I'm in love with this dress and already plan on making another one, this time in printed jersey.

Dress: Me-made from Knipmode September 2009 no. 11
Bag: Me-made Charlie bag from
Camisole: H & M since the neckline is a little too low for my liking

Outfit day 11:

I already made this top back in 2005 and now did an updated version. I still love this pattern, I just made it a little longer this time around.

Top: Me-made from Burda April 2005 no. 112
Skirt: Me-made same as on day 1
Necklace: H & M
Shoes: Deichmann

May 07, 2012

Me-Made-May '12 Days 3,4,5 & 6

Outfit day 3:

Blazer: Me-made from Burda October 2008 no. 131 
T-shirt: Me-made from Burda February 2009 no. 118 
Black pants: H & M 
Necklace: Made by a friend of my colleague

I don't wear both me-mades as often as they deserve. Both patterns are great and I plan on using them again.

Outfit day 4: 

I was not in love with that outfit, both me-mades have been unworn for quite some time for a reason. The waistcoat is way too tight and the T-shirt's neckline is too loose and shows too much skin when I bend forward. So I will give them away after this challenge.

Waistcoat: Me-made Franzi from
T-shirt: Me-made Knipmode July 2007 no. 5
Jeans: Only
New shoes: Deichmann

First outfit day 5:

My casual outfit for preparing my housewarming party and running errands on Saturday.

T-shirt: Me-made from 1-piece-kimono-tee pattern from
Jeans: Only
Old ballet flats: Deichmann

Second outfit day 5:

Hostess outfit for my housewarming party including me-made melon-serrano-skewers.
Dress: Me-made from modified Lydia pattern from
Scarf: H & M

Outfit day 6:

On Sunday I was a little tired after a great housewarming party yesterday. I was invited for lunch so I had to get dressed up. Otherwise I would have spent the day on the couch.

Jacket: Me-made from my own pattern blogged here
T-shirt: Me-made same as on day 1
Jeans: Only
Scarf: H & M

May 02, 2012

MMM'12 Day 2

 As you can tell by the pictures it was already very sunny and warm early in the morning. Today's outfit consists of:

Jacket: Me-made from Knipmode July 2007 no. 19
Top: My first Sorbetto top described in more detail below
Black jeans: Old Navy
Necklace: H & M
Purse: Fossil via TK Maxx

I fell in love with the Sorbetto top just like everybody, well it's hard to resist this simple and well-fitting and free pattern. I made it from a viscose blend that I got free from work. The fabric was just big enough to cut the front and back, the neckline and armholes were finished by a narrow black satin bias tape. The only change I did, was to cut it 3 cm longer. After wearing it all day, I have to say that the armholes are a little too high. Next time I will cut them 2 cm lower.

Are you also a fan of the Sorbetto or do you still have to try it?

May 01, 2012

First day of Me-Made-May and a pillow sweatshop

So, I woke up in me-made pyjama pants this morning from my all-time favorite pattern no. 127 of the December 2007 issue of Burda. I like that they are not as shapeless as regular pj pants due to their darts in the front. However, the pattern is quite fitted and thus I went up a size to be more comfortable. The camisole is bought from H & M.

Picture thanks to Burda

Today, it was a friend's birthday and I was invited to coffee and cake, so I got a little more dressed up than I would usually do for a bank holiday. I pulled my 2 favourite me-mades out for today, which you will see a lot more during May. The striped T-shirt is cut from an old T-shirt of my mom using the Lydia pattern from The denim skirt is from the March issue of 2008 pattern no. 114, which I already made before. Sorry for the blurry picture, I need to work on taking better pictures of myself. 

Besides drinking lots of coffee and eating lots of cake (3 pieces to be exact), I also started a pillow sweatshop today. Since my house-warming party is next Saturday and I want my apartment to look as good and finished as possible, I made 3 pillow cases from different stash fabrics. The teal one is made from leftover Ikea fabric, the one with dots is not self-made but from Ikea, the brown one is made from an old Ikea planket, and the beige one is made from thriftstore fabric. Seeing them all together I'm not sure that I like it, are they too colourful and mismatching? What do yout think?