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Tamoto dress

During the weekend I finally decided on what my next project was going to be, and it’s a dress! I will use two different fabrics for the skirt and the upper bodice to create a bit of contrast. An elastic waistband will be added to give the wearer an accentuated waist, while still keeping the dress comfortable. The length of the skirt should be somewhere over the knee. The upper bodice is made with kimono sleeves and a rather high neckline. For this first version of the dress, I’ve decided to use two soft knits (The one with the flowers is actually another case of buying-fabric-I-have-yet-to-find-a-project-for).

What are kimono sleeves you ask? Well, it’s a sleeve cut in one piece together with the bodice. Don’t confuse it with the traditional Japanese kimono sleeve which is cut as a part of its own.

So far, I’ve finished the bodice and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind just wearing that as a top to the beach in the summer. Darn, I gotta get rid of all the extra kilos I put on during Christmas!

I’m pretty excited about this dress, in my mind it will be amazing and an amazing dress needs a name, right? I wanted to find something that had to do with the lovely kimono sleeve and I consulted Wikipedia for some help. Apparently, the Japanese word for the sleeve (a proper kimono sleeve) is “sode” but that was completely out of the question after my hubby told me to check urban dictionary… Instead, the choice fell on Tamoto. “The Tamoto dress”, easily mixed up with the vegetable but still a nice name for a nice dress.


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Oops I did it again

Today after work, I went out just to buy some elastic waistband for a dress I’m making and a new zipper for a skirt I’m mending. (Honestly, it must’ve shrunk in the last washing because now it doesn’t seem to fit any more. Truly shocking! )

Usually when I’m at the fabric store, I like to have a look at the “pile of cheep, random fabrics” and today was no exception. In the midst of fabrics with weird patterns and odd colours I often find great stuff! I guess people can’t “see the wood for all the trees” or are too lazy to go digging. I find it refreshing to first find the fabric and then use it as inspiration. The detail that it’s cheep is just a perk :)

Today’s treasure hunt resulted in four new fabrics, not exactly what I had in mind when I went out but it was quite a catch so I’m still pleased. When I got home I tried convincing my husband that I just walked past the pile and accidentally fell in. Then all of a sudden, the fabric just stuck to me like glue! I simply had to pay for it. There was nothing else I could’ve done. For some strange reason he didn’t believe me.


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How to sew more efficiently – Chaining

Do you sew each piece, cut the threads and then start the next? Then you’re not alone, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for quite some time. If you instead of cutting the thread, continue with the next piece you’ll save both time and thread. After you’ve finish everything that can be chained together, cut the threads and tada! – finished!

Chaining like a boss! Here with hanging straps for my new curtain.

Chaining


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Black Tulle Petticoat

I’ve always wanted to have a petticoat and then it struck me, I actually got material for it somewhere deep down in my stash. I bought the material years ago and never got around to making anything out of it, until now.

As a base for the petticoat I used an ordinary black lining fabric. I cut a 3/4 circle skirt with a “waist” measurement that was large enough to fit over my hips. The fabric was then sewn to an elastic band that had a built-in frill (very convenient :) ).

At first I was planning on making three tiers of ruffles but I settled for two (otherwise it would’ve been gigantic!). The bottom tulle ruffle is attached to the fabric and the second tier is first attached to a piece of thicker and smoother tulle, which in turn is sewn to the fabric.tulle_petticoat1


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Yarn Basket

For Christmas, my mum gave me these beautiful balls of yarn! The plan is to turn them into a scarf (hopefully this winter and not the next but I’m a slow knitter so we’ll see about that). Of course I want somewhere to store the yarn while I’m working so I made these yarn baskets. One for me, and one for my mum.

The fabrics I used was some scraps that I had lying around in my fabric stash. The striped one is some left-over from the boat curtains and the flower print is something I got from mum. Not really certain, but I think it might originally come from my grandma’s curtains.  I like how you can tie up the basket and bring everything with you without worrying about things falling out.