Category Archives: Thrifted materials

Flowers, wool and amoebae: fabric update

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In January I vowed not to buy any new fabrics for a year, but work my way through my stash while occasionally allowing myself to buy second hand fabric at charity shops or Tradera (Swedish eBay). Now that we are half way through the year, it is time for an update. Although I still find myself browsing online fabric stores… Read more »

Going nautical: wide-leg sailor jeans

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To be honest, I was never that much into nautical fashion, nor that fond of wide-leg pants. I changed my mind, however, after browsing the 1934 issues of Allers Mönster-Tidning. Suddenly I felt compelled to make a pair of wide-leg sailor pants. I remembered seeing a pattern for sailor pants in one of my older Burda magazines. Although the rise… Read more »

Vintage Pussy Bow Blouse

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While I should probably be focussing on finishing the two or three winter garments I have been working on lately, I really felt like taking on a vintage pattern and chose to make this short-sleeved pussy bow blouse instead. The pattern, Record 539, is undated, but enclosed in the envelope I found a tutorial with the year 1949 printed on… Read more »

Burdastyle baby/toddler ruffle blouse

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While I do not post every single item of clothing I make for my daughter (it probably takes longer to photograph and write about baby leggings than actually make them), I still feel a bit guilty that I don’t sew her things more often, especially because there is no lack of suitable fabric scaps in my stash. The fabric of… Read more »

A knitted keyhole scarf from 1948

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Despite its modest size, the scarf of today’s post is quite a big milestone, as it is the first knitted item I completed for myself in many many years. As far as I remember, the last time I actually wore a garment I knitted myself was in secondary school when I made a couple of grungy sweaters using the thickest… Read more »

A trench-style skirt for winter

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With the end of the year drawing near I figured it was about time I’d finish this skirt that I almost completed in January already. I know I’m not the only who prefers to sewing garments in fancy prints while neglecting basics in solid colours. However, as I tend to have trouble finding affordable black skirts that go with everything… Read more »

A 40s-style blouse in 50s fabric

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Now that I completed the short jacket that had been lying around in its nearly-finished state for seven years, I felt inspired to take on more UFO’s. I should admit that I am a slow sewer and always have a couple of works in progress lying around, but those are usually finished within a couple of weeks or months. As… Read more »

Completed at last: beaded autumn jacket

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Although it is still quite warm, autumn is clearly on its way. Last week, I cleaned out the closet, put away the summer clothes and brought the winter clothes up from the basement. And there it was again: that nearly-finished jacket that I started on in the summer of 2008 and that I failed to complete before the weather turned… Read more »

Celebrating the last weeks of summer with a watermelon skirt

August is drawing to a close and yet it feels as if summer has just begun. It was so cold and cloudy until the beginning of this month that I had decided not to make any more summer garments but instead skip ahead to autumn. But then the weather changed and the need for a new summer skirt arose. I… Read more »

Butterick 5920 as a peplum top

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This post might be a bit boring, because it is about yet another short-sleeved peplum top made of flowery fabric. In addition, it is based on the same pattern that I used for the dress I wrote about a couple of weeks ago: Butterick 5920. To make matters even worse I am blogging my creations in the wrong order, as… Read more »