This month I am fortunate enough to have another sewing DIY in Simply Sewing.
It was a design, that was really fun to make.
I wanted to make something in an 80´s style with the bikeshorts and the wide top. The 80´s – always a good decade for fashion inspiration. The easy pyjama set was fun so much so, that I made a set both for the magazine to send off, and then also a set for myself. Both the lovely fabrics were gifted by Stoffstil.
Roxie was lucky enough to get a pair of trousers from the rest of the ladybird fabric. Once I get started sewing, I cannot seem to stop.
It can seem rather difficult to make a pair of shorts or trousers from another pair of trousers, but I really don´t think it´s that hard. And using stretchy fabric makes it a lot easier.
The complete DIY to make it your own is in the issue 60 of Simply Sewing. If you cannot get it at your local magazine shop, it can be downloaded on RB Digital. I am sure, you will find lots of other great ideas in the magazine.
Here is the gorgeous model from Simply Sewing –
And here is a homestyle model in her comfy set –
Happy making! I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend.
Fabric in this post was a gift from Stoffstil
News from the sewing room – which is actually the living room most of the time at the moment. I have a sewing room, but it is really just full of fabric and mess. Anybody who can relate to that? Fabric and mess all over the place? That is the standard in my house. (Although for the photos of this post the floor was actually clean..)
I received an abundance of fabric in the beginning of the Summer from Stoffstil and a lot of it I have already shown you the results from – like the tiered dress, the beautiful (yes, beautiful) zipper and the glittery culottes and skirts .
Some of the fabric I could not show you since it was a surprise – or well, not a surprise, just a unicorn jersey print that was not released yet to the shops. Well, it is now, and I have been looking forward to showing you. It is also used in a DIY I will have in Simply Sewing issue 60 soon, but luckily there were left overs for a cute unicorn print set for Roxie, so I could make some handmade childrens clothing and not just a set for myself.
This is very much a set that has been made with serger sewing. Not a lot of normal stitches, and I love that, since it makes the process so quick. And being quick I can make more stuff, which I seem to be almost addicted to..
It is a handmade pattern made by hacking some clothes that Roxie already had. No time wasted there. And then it is also quality sewing for me. Some details that are very simple, but that I really like. She really loves it, and is has been worn many, many times already. I adore the print too.
I enjoy making clothes for Roxie, and I hope she will still let me for many years to come. And then I hope to inspire her to also be sewing clothes for herself in the future. More sewing together in the family could be great.
Thank you for the lovely fabric Stoffstil.
Fabric and elastic gifted from Stoffstil
Earlier this summer I was sent some great fabric from Stoffstil. It has been put to good use, and I have made several items from this very sheer and shiny drapey fabric.
I made some quick culottes measured from a pair of Jolinas leggings. Cut with a fold in the side seam so there was hardy anything to stitch together. Just the center seams and the inner leg seams. Then a cool glitter elastic tape on for the waist, and they were done.
The girls really like them, and I will use this method again. For stretchy fabric it works well.
I also made two faux wrap skirts for them in the same fabric and also with the elastic tape for the waistband. I made them the same length for both of the girls, so it is slightly longer on Roxie, but she enjoys it that way. It is her fancy skirt. I might show that DIY later on.
As these photos show they also enjoyed wearing them on one of our cozy holiday trips to Aarhus. Roxie had her set on with the banana tee and the culottes for the first day of school today. Then you just know, that you have made something good when it gets chosen for that!
Thefabric and the style matches super well with the banana tees that I made in the Spring, also with fabric from Stoffstil.
So awesome testing out fabric and DIY-patterns this way. Thank you for the fabric Stoffstil!
Gifted fabric in the post.
Stoffstil were so kind to send me a Summer present, and I have already had a lot of fun sewing. Basically that was what I did most of my Summer holiday. Thinking up styles, cutting fabric and sewing has really become my go-to-happy place, when I have a moment alone, so whenever time allowed these 3 weeks I had off from work, that is what I did.
The tiered dresses are what I am living in since the heat has been quite heavy on me. The airiness make them perfect for wearing, and I feel both casual and a little bit cute in them too. So I seem to just keep making them.
I have made a lot from refashioned scarves but this is from a brand new fabric – not thrifted, a woven viscose from https://www.stoffstil.co.uk
Top part is cut from boxy top I already had. The two layers were cut approx. 1,5 x times wider than the previous one. There needs to be some material to ruffle it from. Looking at the dress now I realize I could have given it even more ruffles. Everybody wants more ruffles! It just takes a lot of fabric, really, and there is somehow never enough. And it is also still very nice, airy and pretty.
Bottom and sleeve openings were folded to the back and stitched on. The neck opening was finished off with a very narrow white cotton bias tape. Simple and quick.
I love the viscose fabric in this weather. And the print is great – red and white narrow stripes with wild pansies – one of my favourite flowers. So lovely.
Gifted fabric from Stoffstill
I had some green jungle velour left over from this Kimono. Not very much but just a few little scraps. Just enough for a banana bag. For the strap I used some glitter elastic foldable ribbon. I put a non-stretchy tape inside so it stays the same length. It works quite well and I think the glitter and jungle velour are a great match. Also – look at the beautiful zipper! Who knew zippers could look that awesome.
This is me with the bag. Turning into the blogger wife from hell. Asking poor Alan to take weird pictures of me weird places.
I had to make a little zipper purse as well. That was the very last scrap used. Seriously love this fabric, so I will enjoy having that to look at every time I need to find plasters, paracetamols or mints.
And – more velour!
– And even though it is a bit warm these days, I want to stay in the velour department. I got this beautiful bottle green stretch velour, and I managed to make two very nice things. I was a bit selfish and focused on a me-make first. I made some comfy trousers from a pair I knew had a nice fit.
From the leftovers and a tiny piece of stretchy glitter fabric I made a dress for my oldest. It has been for favourite dress in the cold part of Spring, and I am sure she will get back to it later in the year. I was unsure whether she would find it too cute and not cool enough (she´s nine..) but then I thought it at least would make her sister happy, but she really liked it. I think I will make a pattern of it and bring out some more versions of it, since it worked so well.
Gifted stuff from Stoffstill
I received some gifts from Stoffstil earlier in the Spring, and I have not gotten round to making or showing you it all. That is something I will get to now.
It is always great to do collaborations, and I love most of the fabrics and accessories Stoffstil bring out.
I received some glitter folding elastic for jumper edges, and I just love it. Normally I find it great and super quick way to finish of a beautiful skirt with their glitter elastic tape. No tubing or anything. Just straight on – and it´s glittery! What´s not to like. This tyoe does not have enough strength to use as a waistband elastic – it´s not what it´s meant for, but I found a way to use it for that anyway. I just put a strong elastic band inside it. Works well and looks good.
With it I refashioned a skirt from the thriftshop. Suddenly that became a whole new fashionable item, just to my liking.
I also received a sequin patch with a cool tiger. You can see loads more here.
It was quite big, and I could have put it on a jumper, but I wanted to do something different. So I made a bag. The fake black suede and the strap is also from Stoffstil.
I made it without pattern, and for once I took the time to put a lining inside with pockets! It´s great. For once I can always find my phone and lipstick. The patch is to be ironed on, but I like to play it safe so I also stitched it on.