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My sewing wish-list right now

So, as I wrote before, I´ve now taken up my interest in sewing and will try to make a few pieces this fall. This is my wish list for the coming year:

  • A blouse with a nice deep square neck
  • A jumpsuit in blue silk-like material
  • A swim suit, preferably dark
  • A yellow blouse
  • A knitted cardigan
  • A pair of slacks
  • Pants to climb in (strong and flowy)
  • Shirt to climb in (thin and easy)
  • A full-sleeved blouse
  • A lace bra
  • Panties
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A hand-me-down

A few years back I would never have worn this. It’s so Frida and so not me. She used to be the colourful crazy glob to my more modest blue. But I´ve come to love colours (while she has come to love dark) and now I hunt for them. This winter she went through her closet and I was there to loot, of course. This is one of my favourite finds. I was doubtful first, but it grows on me every time I wear it. It’s lagom crazy. Like modest crazy. What do you think?

Blouse in the making

With inspiration from my red blouse I decided to try the same pattern again. It took me about half a day to make it. I can feel that it takes to long for me to both pin and sew, but that it something that will come with time if I continue.

I made a few changes to the pattern this time. It is skinner to start with – more a t-shirt than a blouse. I made lines at the breasts to make it fitted. I didn’t add short sleeves this time, but kept it even shorter. In the back I made it deeper (a lot more than the original pattern, but still not as deep as I would like) and added a line to keep it tight together. I’m considering modifying it into a straight line but now it’s two lines tied together. I love when there is stuff happening at the back.

I did screw up a bit with the neckline. The pattern showed a different variation than the one I´ve tried before so I gave it a go but it didn’t really work so I had to fix it in other ways. It got a bit bulky and crooked, but if you don´t look too close, it still works.

I am happy with it either way. It’s a fabric I like, both the silky feel and the pattern. it feels summery and nice to wear an day with a nice pair of slacks. Its far from perfect, but its an ok step on the way to something nice.

The red blouse

This is my red home-made blouse, barely a year old. I found an old pattern in my grandma’s fabric stash for some awful 80-ies outfits, but gave it a try. Aside from the low shoulders I like it all right. It’s a perfect summer fabric – bright and thin – that works beautifully both with pants and a high waist skirt. It has been one of my favourites this summer, but I suspect it will fall further down the drawers as winter approaches. I plan to revisit this pattern again with a different fabric – I think yellow – but with modified shoulders….

 

 

A new effort: Sunday Wardrobe

I love clothes and fabrics. I love looking pretty and I love feeling comfortable. I love finding that perfect outfit and trying out new things. But I hate shopping (it feels crowded) and I hate the concept of fast fashion where there is always something new to try. As a human rights advocate and believer in social sustainability I’ve tried to move further and further away from big brands and companies that give little insight into their process. I do my best to buy only second hand and or things I´m given.

This is often a bit restricting. So I´ve decided to look more into slow fashion – brands that invest in themselves socially and take responsibility for their workers. Often with the added benefit of using better materials. If you’re into sustainable fashion I hope you have checked out some awesome slow-fashion bloggers from your area, otherwise you should. If you are interested, you should also check out documentaries like The True Cost on why we need slow fashion.

So, for the coming year I challenge myself to buy slow and sustainable fashion, freshly produced and second hand. I will document this journey through this blog every Sunday with a little Sunday Wardrobe piece. As an extra challenge, I´m taking up my gradually-ok sewing skills. I´ve made some stuff before but now it’s time for more. I have a few things in mind for this year, so let’s see how it goes!

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