Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tuuli V-neck Jersey Dress by Named.

I can't tell you how good it feels to finally have sewn this dress. The Tuuli V-neck Jersey Dress by Named. Why you might ask? Well, I've had it printed and taped together forever. Like 6 months or so. And it's been lying on my floor looking at me with a clear question in mind....WHEN are you going to sew ME?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Urban Jungle Stuffed Animals.

I have sewn winter coats, blazers, welt pockets, underwear and jeans but never stuffed animals! Until now of course! If anyone could make me do it, it would be Celina from Petit a Petit Patterns.

I'm head over heels in love with these sewing patterns!

These are the Urban Jungle Animals and you buy them in crews of three different animals. There are five crews in total which, yes that's right, gives you 15 different animals to choose from. You can also buy them all in a bundle to a discounted price HERE.

My girls are utterly cat obsessed, so even though I knew they would love many of the other animals too (I'm looking at you alicorn), I'm pretty sure the cat would be highest on the list. And I definitely did not dare to only make one of them a cat and another animal for the other. I did decide to make them different though and I hope I won't regret that decision.

This is a tabby cat which my oldest always babble about. I thought it meant an orange cat. Celina had never heard of a tabby cat so she googled and came back to me, informing me that it's a common misunderstanding that that means an orange cat. Oh! Apparently it means a cat whose fur is mottled or streaked with dark stripes. Luckily I hadn't cut any fabric at that point and I couldn't believe that I actually found this fabric in my stash. It's a medium weight canvas.

I had to throw in some sort of orange since my oldest have reddish hair and I couldn't be more happy with the addition of copper glitter felt. I found it on WeirCraft on Easy  where I also bought the black glitter felt for the noses. It's a bit thicker than normal felt and I was a bit nervous but it worked out great.
And can you believe I actually took a chunk of a big piece of fabric from Miss Matatabi to make the overalls. Yikes, spoiled cat already! You can buy the overall pattern HERE. It's such a fun sew.

Next up is the, um polar cat?! Okay, white and grey striped cat. Mixed with a remnant Liberty lawn. Nothing is too good for these cats! 
The clothes is the basic set of clothes which comes with the pattern. The top has velcro in the back for easy dressing.
Much more clothes are in the works for these. I know Celina is working on a parka coat and a doll version of Tip Top Dress/Top plus bloomers set. My girls are going to go crazy. Maybe this will be the incentive they need to want to learn to sew themselves?!

The other felt is from PurlSoho. When I said I've never made stuffed animals before, well that's actually not entirely true. I made these Woodland Forest Felty friends back in 2013 for my niece, ha. The felt is crazy expensive but also absolutely heavenly quality. Find it HERE. So I had some leftovers in perfect colors for their muzzles and eye colors and this ones cheek color and eye brows. Such a joy to work with.

The French terry used for the top is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

I ABSOLUTELY love these patterns and I would never ever have been able to make anything like this without these patterns. I'm just not creative in that way. But I followed the tutorial step by step and as you can see, fantastic stuffed animals were the result. And so far I have not seen a single one made from these patterns that is not amazing. That is the sign of a great pattern people!

You can WIN the whole bundle plus a ton of other goodies by participating in this giveaway on Instagram. But hurry up it ends on December 12, 2017.

Also don't forget to check out the other ladies in this tour:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winter Version of Inari Tee Dress.

I have already declared on Instagram that I have a newfound friendship with the Inari Tee Dress from Named Clothing. That was when I posted a burgundy version.

But I actually made this one before the burgundy and have been saving it for a cold weather blog post.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


In case you've noticed that my posting on social media had gone down a bit lately, you will get the reason today.
Eeeek, surprises are so hard to keep.

Sara has asked a bunch of bloggers to make a tribute sewing blogger day to the one and only InĂªs from the blog La Folie, and that was one of the easiest blog series I ever agreed to be part of.

Ebony Woven Pants by Style Arc Patterns

Here is my post about the Ebony Woven Pants from Style Arc Patterns.

This is part two of my Inespiration post and you can see Part one HERE.

I changed to my Keely Knit Top so you can see the fantastic details on these pants better.

Monday, October 9, 2017

BurdaStyle Overall Skirt 07/2016#109 and Paola Turtleneck Tee.

I'm stuck between being really eager to share this outfit with you and not feeling like writing any blog posts at the moment. Talk about first world problems, ha.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Oversized Sweatshirts and Knit Pencil Skirts

I feel like my sewing is rather random most of the time. If I have a plan it usually gets overtaken by something else that catches my attention. Or if I buy fabric with the intention for a specific pattern, I would say three out of four times it ends up as something else.

Not this time.....

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fringe Blouse & Dress, Rayon Version

Harts Fabric was one of the handful of fabric stores that where so kind to offer us testers of the Fringe Blouse & Dress from Chalk and Notch a discount code.
And guess what? Some of those shops (and they are all amazing) are offering YOU discount codes too! I'll have a link to them at the end of this post. I know, I know, I'm mean and I want you to read my post first before you go fabric shopping, ha. But at least I'm admitting it!

If you missed my original post about the Fringe Blouse & Dress, where I'm talking more about the actual pattern, then see HERE.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Fringe Blouse & Dress by Chalk and Notch Patterns

It's been a loooong time since I officially signed up as a tester of a pattern. I might have been lurking in some tester groups for special friends, functioning as an unpaid consultant. (Actually sometimes I do get paid but more about that later.) But when Gabriela from Chalk and Notch presented her Fringe Blouse & Dress pattern, I literally couldn't wait to get my hands on the pattern and I knew that I definitely wouldn't regret it.

Gabriela knows her pattern drafting and it's always such a pleasure working with her.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Autumn Dress by Style Arc Patterns

And yes, I did say dresses in plural. A floral printed woven one where you barely can see any details and an olive green knit one that is a bit more cooperative on photos.   

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pony Tank Dress by Chalk and Notch

Today I have a photo heavy and text light post for you.
That's usually how it goes when you sew something you love. Not much to say but a lot to show off, right!

This is the Pony Tank Pattern from Chalk and Notch in a dress version.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Keely Knit Top Turned Dress.

This fabric gave me stress. It did that because I couldn't decide what to make with it. I love this print and color SO much and I wanted to make something really really good with it. You know the feeling, right?! I had lots of options but what would be the very best solution?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

KANA'S STANDARD for kids - Ruffle Top and Pants.

 I said on Instagram that I wasn't going to blog this, but together with a few encouragements, I also realized there was quite a lot of information I wanted to give about this book and outfit that was better suited for a blog post than an Instagram post.

The patterns are from the Japanese Sewing book KANA'S STANDARD for kids. It's definitely not my first time sewing Japanese sewing patterns but it was my first time sewing Kana's patterns. And almost by coincidence, I found a HUGE surprise.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Adeline Dress by Style Arc Patterns

So once in a while sewing and blogging can be oh so simple.

You buy the pattern, download, print, tape, add 10 cm in length and cut it out. Find a big enough piece of fabric in your stash that fits the fabric recommendations, cut it out, sew it together, put it on (okay, have a few fittings along the way but in this case no adjustments were needed) and cheer. Because it fits perfectly right off the bat.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Driftless Cardigan and Paola Turtleneck Tee with Nosh Fabrics

This is my fourth time making The Driftless Cardigan from Grainline Studio and it is finally making it to the blog. Kind of crazy, especially since I think I'm considering it my ultimate favorite adult pattern...I think!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No. 8 Svaneke by How To Do Fashion

Today I'm FINALLY blogging about How To Do Fashion's No. 8 Svaneke Pattern. It was kindly sent to me for review purpose last summer. Yes, big time yikes I'm so sorry for the delay!

Before I accepted this gift I made sure that I was still able to make an honest review and it was granted with an "of course". I like companies and designers that are confident in their product and in this case the confidence is justified. It's a great pattern!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Keely Knit Top from Style Arc Patterns.

It's been a while since I posted a Sunday post and since I took photos for three posts last week then I thought I better get on it before I end up with a blog queue...bahaha, just kidding, like that would ever happen around here!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Coffee + Thread Tour

Yaaaaay, it's time for the Coffee + Thread Tour!
We could use whichever of Olga's patterns we wanted. In this post I used four patterns. All hacked one way or the other. Some quite a lot and some just a little.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Blaire Shirt and Dress by Style Arc Patterns

I immediately fell in love with the Blaire Shirt and Dress when it released and when it went on sale during Black Friday I actually also bought it, ha,

Friday, February 17, 2017

Amelia Earhart Costume with Conifer Jacket.

What is going on? A homemade costume on my blog and we are months and months away from halloween.

A biography project in school and a sold out costume is what happened! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Waterfall Raglan - Make it Mine Waterfall Tour.

I happened to finish my Waterfall Raglan AND love it so much that I jumped on the Chalk and Notch's Make it Mine Waterfall tour bus, he.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Burda Style 09/2016#125 Blue and Gold Version.

Hello my friends!

I took photos for two blog posts today and since I have already blogged about this pattern before, I decided that this one was the easiest to start with since I didn't have that much new to add. 
It IS Monday after all!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Komi Kimono Jacket, Wool Edition

I can never have too many warm cardigans. I basically use one every day. In the winter to keep me warm and in the summer to avoid freezing to death in the cold air conditioning at public places. Wah!

I'm going to sew along with Petit a Petit's Project Sew It (search for the group on Facebook) this year. Every month has a theme and the theme of January is...ta da...sweaters. (Cardigans are totally a sweater too right haha).

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Year of Sew Japan with Mie.

A year ago my dear friend Celina asked me if I wanted to be on her Petit a Petit + Family blog team. I could do whatever I wanted. And together we talked about how fun it could be to sew a Japanese pattern (or two) every month during 2016. Sew Japan with Mie was born!
I almost made it though the year but ran out of steam in the last two months. BUT let's focus on the 10 months I did make something instead of the 2 I didn't. Yup, good plan, Batman!

There is not going to be a lot of talk in this post because I have done all of that in the different posts and I'm linking to them all from this post. But I just wanted to make one finishing post here on my own blog that brought it all together. It was definitely fun for me to scroll through it all and I hope you will think so too.

Culottes and a cardigan.
See the full post HERE.

Knit dresses.
See the full post HERE.

Suspender skirt and a tee with a lace collar.
See the full post HERE.

Dress with knit top and woven skirt.
See the full post HERE.

Woven dress with back tie detail.
See the full post HERE.

Oversized shirt.
See the full post HERE.


Shirt plus culottes with faux wrap skirt detail.
See the full post HERE.

Pinafore with lace overlay.
See the full post HERE.


One top three ways and in three different materials.
See the full post HERE.

Fall jacket/cardigan in sweatshirt fleece.
See the full post HERE.

Lastly I want to thank all of you who sewed with me month after month and linked up your Japanese goodies in the link parties. The parties are closed now but the links to all your posts can still be seen (and clicked on) in the end of each monthly Sew Japan with Mie post. 

I think I'll take a little break with Japanese sewing patterns and instead try to sew a capsule wardrobe with Celina's Project Sew It Facebook group (just search: Project Sew it on Facebook). All you have to do is ask to join. Every month has a theme and in January we are sewing sweaters and cardigans. You can sew for yourself, your kids, your husband and choose whatever pattern you want. Only rule is to have fun! I have already made my first cardigan of 2017 and I'm hoping to get a quick post done this week.  

Who is with me?!