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Tamoto dress for Midsummer

Midsummer’s Eve is something we Swedes take very serious. If I were to rank the most important holidays, I would say Midsummer and Christmas share first place. Christmas is something you spend together with your family and Midsummer is celebrated together with friends. Food is very important and the funny thing is that we eat almost the same food on both occasions. Pickled herring is an absolute must have! The herring should be served together with eggs, sour cream, chives and of course, early potatoes. Drinks are equally important and everyone sings drinking songs and drinks snaps (the only exceptions are designated drivers and pregnant women).

Since this is such an important holiday, I always try to buy or make a nice outfit to wear. This year I was seriously running low on time but I decided to give it a go anyway. The pattern for the Tamoto dress is super easy and it’s very simple to assemble. The skirt and the lining fabric was a bit slippery so I probably spend half the time just cutting out the pieces. I was afraid that serging the raw edges of the lining would distort the fabric and that it wouldn’t fit together with the fashion fabric. Then I remembered the interesting “iron-on fabric stabilizer” I had bought at Okadaya in Shinjuku, Tokyo last year but never got around to using.magic_sewing_tapeAll the instructions are in Japanese, which could be somewhat of a hassle, but the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. Just put the tape with the glue facing down towards the fabric and apply heat. It only takes ~10sec for it to stick. I used the same technique for stabilizing the neckline of my wedding dress but at that time I had to cut all the stripes myself. Having a pre-cut 15mm wide tape is just perfect! Not only does it prevent the raw edges from fraying, it also keeps the seams in place. Noone wants a neckline that stretches out of shape! When attaching it to a curved neckline like in the picture below, the trick is to make small cuts on one side.

I was planning on making a simple hem for the skirt but since I was short on time, I just serged it and sewed on some black lace trim I found in my stash. Perhaps not as stylish as I would’ve wanted it but maybe it could pass as “cute” instead.

Last but not least, a picture taken from the pier right below the house where we had this year’s Midsummer celebration.

 


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Wow, my bedspread’s on Pinterest!

When I looked at my site statistics today I was surprised and happy to see that someone actually managed to find my blog via pictures of my bedspread on Pinterest. It’s not every day that random people manage to boost your confidence like this. Thank you unknown persons! :) A small step for mankind but a giant leap for me!

Now the only question is, what am I to do with the ~100 leftover tiles? Pretty much the only thing I can think of is cushion cover. But I hardly need 4 cushion covers! Perhaps I should give Etsy a try…


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Cushion cover (how-to)

As I sit down to write about my latest project I can’t help but smile as my mind wanders off to that episode of Coupling where Susan and Steve are trying to buy a sofa but Steve goes off on a rant about the devious cushions. It’s pretty hilarious but you know what’s worst about his rant? It’s that he’s actually, to large extent, right. :) Have a look for yourself. Here’s a link to YouTube.

This cushion project isn’t for myself but for my mum. She bought this designer fabric and asked me to make her a 60x60cm large cover. To begin with, I cut the fabric into two 63x63cm pieces (1.5cm seam allowance). Since I only had a normal zipper and not an invisible one, I wanted to hide it a bit. With the zipper being slightly smaller (around 50cm), I began by sewing the pieces face sides together but leaving an opening for the zipper (slightly smaller than 50cm). With the iron, press a crease where there would’ve been a seam if not for the zipper. Then place the zipper under the opening and pin it in place.

From the front side, sew the zipper in place. I often feel that the fabric stretches a bit and to counter this, I never sew around the zipper. Instead I sew one side first, then start again from the top and sew the other side. This way the zipper will be equally “crooked” on both sides :) My narrow presser foot is 0.5cm wide and steering it close and parallel to the zipper gives me a nearby perfect seam.

Here’s how the zipper looks at this stage! Will you look at that insanely good pattern matching! The funniest thing is that I didn’t even notice it until now that I was going through the pictures.

Sewing the zipper was the hard part. Now just pin the cushion cover with face sides together and sew all the way around. Don’t forget to open up the zipper a bit, it makes things a bit easier later on. Finish the edges with zigzag or a serger if you’ve got one.

Last by not least, turn the wonderful creation right side out! I like to use my cooking chopsticks for the corners. They’re small enough to do a good job but blunt enough to not damage the fabric.


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Finished flowery knickers

Here they are, my finished and almost perfect Muji-copycat knickers! I decided to use the white elastic instead of black and I think it looks rather good. Thanks Emmely for your advise, it’s always nice to have a second opinion!

I’m very satisfied with the shape of the knickers. They fit me perfectly. There’s just one fitting issue and that is the elastic around the legs. I tried it on before sewing but somehow they still ended up being a bit too tight. I suspect that the tightness is the reason why I had so much trouble with skipped stitches in the zigzag seam (see picture below). But then again, this was the first time I had to “rebuild” my sewing machine for sewing zigzag stitches so there might be something I missed. Yes you heard me, rebuild. I had to change presser foot, feed dog, needle plate, change needle thread tension, rethread the bobbin thread for zigzag, fiddle with a couple of more levers and configure the size of the zigzag. Having an industrial sewing machine makes me feel like a seamstress and a mechanic, all in one :)

For my next pair I will definitely increase the elastics a bit and hope that it’ll turn out better than this.

Skipped stitches in the zigzag seam

Skipped stitches in the zigzag seam

Oddly enough I still can’t bring myself to post pictures of myself wearing just knickers. However, I came up with the great idea of showing you a cartoon version of myself. I am proud to present my colourful twin sister!yuki_clothing_knickers_cartoon


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Knickers – a work in progress

Buying knickers and socks is something I find incredibly boring. I never have the patience to try the knickers on before buying them and because of this, I often end up buying something that doesn’t fit me. Basically, I just buy them and hope that I don’t throw my money away. Sadly, for my wallet, I fail 50% of the time.

For me, it’s rare to find an amazing pair of knickers and last time it happened was in Japan. I was starting to run out of clean knickers and I couldn’t be bothered to have the hotel do my laundry. The obvious solution was to buy some new ones and I found some simple and cute ones at Muji in Shinjuku. When I asked a sales woman for help with the sizes she had to apologise for not having any larger sizes. Sure, I’m a bit pear-shaped but in Sweden, I’m pretty small. In Japan I’m more medium to large! Anyway, I ended up buying the largest size and it was a perfect fit!

Ever since we got back from Japan, I’ve been thinking about making myself a copy of those perfect knickers and yesterday I started drafting the pattern. Today I cut out the pieces and sewed the thing together. Even without the elastic, the fit is rather good. I’m not really prepared to post pictures of myself in my underwear so you just need to take my word for it ;) However, here’s a picture of them without me.Next step is to add the elastic. I’m leaning towards using the solid, glimmering white one for the top and the white “lace” for the legs. What do you think? Which one(s) would you choose?