Burdastyle Baseball Jacket

I wanted to have a baseball jacked since like forever, but I had to search for months for the perfect pattern. I didn’t like the neckline of the Papercut Rigel Bomber, and I also didn’t want raglan sleeves (i usually don’t like the look of them). But at the beginning of this year I found this Burdastlyle pattern for children:

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And the largest size more or less matched my measurements. The height was exact, not the bust or waist measurement, but I expected a ton of ease here, so I decided to try. After measuring the pattern pieces I knew I could make it work. And I did!

Two things that I wanted to modify were the length and adding pockets. This jacket was asymmetric so I chopped of 8 cm on the front and 10 at the back.

The welt pockets were a bit more of work, but the result is totally worth it.

And here you have the result (worn with Gertie’s B5895).

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The fit is perfect. I shortened the waistband but I could have shortened it a bit more. It’s good anyway.

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I added some patches to add some character, but there were a pain. Since I added them after the jacket was completely constructed, ironing did not work very well, since you need to dampen your fabric and also press from the wrong side. I tried fabric glue, but they also came out. I hand sewed them on during some evenings, including the first of the Screemin’ Festival.

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Too add a note of color, the lining and yoke were made out of some plush fabric I bought a couple of years ago by accident. I expected it to be regular fleece, but when the fabric arrived I didn’t know what to make with it. The shell is made out of the same sweatshirt fabric I used for my knit pencil skirt.

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And it also looks good unzipped.

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Since the plush side is also beautiful I decided to make it reversible, following the instructions for the KitschyCoo Reversible Zippy Hoddie.

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I wore this jacket during the Screamin’ Festival evening and I was never temped to wear itthis way, but I just wanted to have the possibility, and it looks neat and tidy on the inside too.

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I’m really happy with how this baseball jacket came out, and it has everything I wanted in it.

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And here you can see how I wore it at the festival!

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Gertie’s Knit Pencil Skirt

I completed this project almost two months ago, taken pictures shortly after but didn’t have time to blog about it. Life is so busy lately that sometimes I would like to sleep for days in a row. Work is freacking crazy right now, and we have Daisy at the vet since more than three weeks ago (Billy is keeping her company), where she’s fighting for her life. She got heavy metal poisoning (I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what she swallowed), and the side effect was renal damage. She’s on heavy medications to keep her uric acid levels at bay, but that means injections every two days and a weekly blood sample to test for levels (they can do it more often due to the little weight birds have). We’re so stressed out about her that we can hardly get enough sleep.

But let’s get on with what we’ve come here for. This is the knit pencil skirt from second Gertie’s book. I wanted to try to set a pencil skirt for ages but never got the time or the courage for it. I had this sweatshirt fabric  leftover from another project that will show you soon and decided that a knit pencil skirt would be the ideal to start with and find out if pencil skirts were something for me.

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I chose my size according to my measurements and the sizing, as usual, was right with Gertie (unless we’re talking about Butterick Gertie’s patterns). I didn’t even have to shorten the skirt, and for my desired length, I just had less than 1 cm to turn in to hem it. I am 1.58 m (petite), so for taller (regular) people, you will need to lengthen the pattern piece for sure.

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I got my hem a bit stretched out since I don’t know how to change the foot pressure on my new machine, but reaped it and added wash away quilters tape to it and it worked fine. I did a twin needle hem.

For the rest, this was a very quick project, since there’s just one pattern piece, and the result is very forgiving due to the stretchy nature of the fabric and the elastic band at the waist.

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I could test this skirt during the Screamin’ Festival last week, and I got a lot of wear out of it, especially when we were chilling out at the apartment, since I forgot to include anything else especially comfortable for when we were in (resting, cooking or eating). This skirt was like wearing pajamas.

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Here with my Untangling Knots Hetty.

Something that annoyed me a bit was that the skirt used to ride up my hips a bit when I took long walks in it. I don’t know if it’s due to a wrong sizing/fitting.

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For the rest, I love the skirt, and I may jump top the pencil skirt bandwagon, at least if they are made of a stretch fabric. I am not sure I could walk a lot in a non-stretchy pencil skirt (unless it has a good sized vent).

Astronaut T-shirt

After my first Maria Denmark’s Kristen Kimono Tee I knew this pattern was perfect to showcase this fabric I purchased during Christmas 2014. I made this top last May, but shortly afterwards we lost Gerry and I didn’t have the heart to look at the pictures and publish them on the blog. I hope you understand, it was so painful that this top stayed in my closet for almost a year. I think I am ready to share it now, even though I still miss Gerry very much and I hope he’s fine and happy wherever he is.

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Here Colin, Billy and Daisy wanted to be in the picture. Marvin was also in the room but observed us from afar.

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And then he decided to join and see why I was obsessed with smelling Daisy. I love their smell. I could sniff at them for hours!

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There is not much to say about this top that I haven’t said before. It’s easy, fast, it fits well and it’s free.

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I fell in love with this knit the moment I saw it. It was around 1.5m by the kilo and it was ultra cheap. It seems a digital printed fabric, and even I loved the moment I saw it, I didn’t know what to make and avoid disturbing the print. This pattern was perfect for that.

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These birds drive me crazy but here we’re having a blast!

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Vintage Pledge

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After the last year disaster due to my sewing break during summer, I’m convinced to do it better in 2016.

During 2016, I, Elena, pledge to tackle some vintage and reproduction patterns, trying to use fabrics from my stash.

There were two that I wanted to make last year, and I already have the fabric for them.

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Last year I made the one on the left, now I will try to make at least one of the other two.

I have some pink merino that I wanted to use for a Lady Skater, but let’s be honest, I never wear dresses in winter, so this B6285 will be a much better use of the fabric:

 

I’m planning a shirtwaist dress too. I love Maria Denmark’s Edith Blouse so I’ll modify it attaching the Hawthorn skirt to it (the Edith Dress skirt doesn’t convince me). I also have the fabric.

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Gerry, each time I see you it breaks my heart :'(

And one or two vintage blouses would also fit in my plans and would get a lot of wear.

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And yes, I also have the fabric for them 🙂

Stashbusting

I’m not good for making New Year resolutions, but after seeing during the move all the unused fabric I have, it was urgent that I take action, or fabric will completely swallow us one night, birds included. I’m not going to set any strict goal but I will try to use fabric from my stash whenever it’s possible, and I will avoid purchasing new fabric unless it’s completely necessary. Since a lot of the fabric is in large pieces due to many projects dying just after fabric purchase I don’t think it will be hard, and I believe it will be liberating. I have good excuses for having so much untouched fabric, since the last two summers my sewing froze due to several circumstances.

The first stashbusting project was my helmet bag, and here I present you a very quick fleece hat. I just had two knitted hats, and I lost one of them at the beginning of December. The other I don’t like it so much because it’s a bit itchy. I have atopic skin so I’m very picky about yarns for hats. Because of that and how busy we were with the move, I couldn’t knit a new hat, even though I really needed one, since January was so cold that I used to get headaches just by walking five minutes outisde.

So I took the easy way and made a very quick fleece hat using this pattern.

I used some skull fleece from almost two years ago and a pink one from… like six years ago, when we were still living in Brussels and I was starting to crochet.

Funny fact: the day I finished this hat the weather started to warm up considerably, so much that I could never wear it apart from when I took these pictures. Oh, well, I have a new hat for next winter.

Total cost: €0.

The boy who cried wolf and a helmet bag

These last weeks have been hard on us due to the move and everything around it. In our previous apartment we had ADSL, but since we had the option to get fiber in the new one, and at a reasonable price, we went for it. That meant changing companies to save some money but I had everything set up to get it installed on December 31st. That was just before we moved in, and it was the day the painters were doing their job. So I went to the new apartment and sat on a bucket of paint and waited. Two hours passed and there were no news from the technician who should have come to perform the installation. I called the company and the appointment appeared cancelled. Nobody could give me an explanation to why it was cancelled and why I was not notified about it. We made a new appointment for some days later. And then we entered an infinite loop which I decided to break. Four appointments were made and four were cancelled without notice, and two weeks passed during which we didn’t have internet access… and didn’t know for sure when we would get it. I decided then to cancel the contract and go for the company we already had in the past. It was a bit more expensive but at least we could get internet one day. I’ve been using my mobile internet for work and this whole situation was getting on my nerves.

We finally have internet, since the second company set up an appointment two days after we phoned them and they kept their part of the deal. After all these days I began to doubt from the technicians existence.

And I bring you here a quick project.

We had a 125 c.c. motorbike for a short while when we were living in Belgium. It’s the kind of bike that you’re allowed to ride with a car driving license. Koen used it often to go to work, and it took us to the Rockabilly Day on a couple of editions. That small motorbike was heavily loaded with our weight and all our stuff, including a tent.

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I never rode a bike by myself, and I remember practicing a couple of times on a parking lot without much success. I felt too small and clumsy. After some time we sold the motorbike and moved to Spain, and the motorbike bug bit Koen again. He convinced me to attend classes with him and get the motorbike license. My first practical class was a complete failure and I promised myself to never do it again, but I went back and even though I’m not great at it I’m making quite some progress. As soon as I decided that I was going to persist on learning I wanted to make a helmet bag to avoid losing a glove (again) and to keep it tidy at home. I took the idea from here, but as I did not have a bag to make a pattern I used a big plate to trace it.

Then I cut a wide stripe making sure that the total width was enough to accommodate my helmet with certain ease.

The fabric is some left overs from a dress I made almost three years ago. It’s a quite stiff cotton or cotton blend that will be enough to hold my helmet’s weight.

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I did French seams to keep it tidy and strong and finished it as a drawstring bag. I used eyelets or grommets and I installed them using this tutorial.

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I used this bag already some times and I’m quite happy with. It serves its purpose and doesn’t look home made at all.

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And now the birds will want helmet bags for them!

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Total cost of the project: €9.50 (for the notions).

If you also want a helmet bag but you feel that you need a pattern, there’s this one on Etsy. And this is a lovely bag, maybe if I have more time in the future.