неделя, 18 август 2019 г.

Bosnek 2019

Yesterday was a day for major home repairs - husband and I changed the panels of the suspended ceiling in the bathroom. It may sound easy-peasy and we naively did imagine it to be that, but it turned out to be A LOT of work - almost all of the new panels had to be cut to fit the openings (without the tools construction companies use), the light fixtures had to be installed in the new panels, some construction foam was involved to repair gaps in the ceiling that were revealed once the old panels were dismantled and on, and on. Plus all the cleaning afterwards ...
Anyway, suspecting that we'll be pretty busy in the afternoon (it took us until midnight), in the morning we decided to go on an easy hike to one of our most favourite of all places - Bosnek, a village at the southern skirts of Vitosha. And I'm glad we did - we came back home from the 10 km hike energized and ready to take on the bathroom :)













петък, 16 август 2019 г.

Burda #101 2/2011 Dress


The last of the things I sewed for Gaby this summer - a sleeveless dress with gathered skirt from one of my favourite Burda issues 02 / 2011. I actually finished the dress a day or two before her leave for Vienna, but we didn't have time to take modeled pictures of it, so here it is in a few flat photos.


The fabric is very thin cotton with beautiful floral print, which suits Gaby very much. However, I chose not to line it and the dress is a bit see through. And I'm not sure if it is the pastel colors or the gathered skirt, but she thought she looked like a kindergarten girl in it, so she chose to leave it behind when packing for her Austrian summer.


I made a few modifications of the pattern - the smallest size is 36 and Gaby is 34, so I downsized it and shortened it by 1 cm above the bust and above the waist. I also chose to place an invisible zipper at the back and not at the side, as is in the pattern.


I'm not very happy with the placement of the zipper, next time I'll put it a little bit lower and leave a place for a hook and eye closure. I've got still about 1.5 m of this fabric and I might try to make another dress out of it, lined and maybe sort of a shift dress. I'm thinking of the Copen dress, but we'll see.


сряда, 14 август 2019 г.

Burda 6849 Sleeveless Shirt


And the second shirt I sewed for Gaby this summer, which she still hasn't seen or measured - another Burda 6849 shirt. This is my fourth shirt out of this pattern, but this time I decided to make it sleeveless. The fabric is shirting cotton with some body, which looks like chambray (maybe it is chambray, I don't know). Anyway, I decided to give the shirt a bit of a denim vibe, so I used light brown thread for the decorative seams, metal buttons and I added a small tag on the pocket.


Modifications to the pattern. I traced size 34 and shortened it 1 cm above the bust and 1 cm above the waist. I kept the length at the sides, but shortened the central length by 5 cm, thus making the hem less curved and the whole shirt much shorter than the original, which goes way below the hips.



To make the shirt sleeveless, I obviously omitted the sleeves and I also took in 2 cm from the shoulders. I still don't know if the armscyes will be gaping and should I have raised the side seams by 2 cm to adjust for the widening of the arm opening. I had only 0.8 m of this fabric and I used it to the last bit for the main parts, so I had to make a bias band for the armholes out of auxiliary white fabric. Initially I had planned the shirt with two pockets with flaps, but I didn't have enough fabric for the second pocket. However, I think it was for the best, I like how sleek it looks with the one pocket with the tag.


All of the visible seams are flat felled seams. For the double yoke I used again the burrito method. I also applied varying seam allowances - 1.5 cm for the flat felled seams, 1 cm for the enclosed seams and 2 cm for the hem.


вторник, 13 август 2019 г.

Polka Dot Top


Although Gaby is in Austria, I still sew for her, go figure! :) A couple of days ago I was watching random youtube month's makes videos and I fell in love with a free top pattern - Ruffle Sleeve Top by In The Folds, published by Peppermint magazine. It was love from first sight. I immediately downloaded the pattern and the instructions and went through my small fabric stash. The polka dot light cotton was exactly what the pattern called for, so next morning I ran downtown and found light white cotton for the facing. The upper polka dot fabric is too transparent and using the same fabric for the facing would have resulted in a mess of dots, which I wanted to avoid, so pure white for the facing was the better choice.


This is the first proper professional PDF pattern I have used and I couldn't recommend it enough! Clear step-by-step instructions, which call for professional finishing with very narrow french seams; clear detailed drawings for every step; different seam allowances dependent on the type of edge and type of finishing they relate to; every size is a different layer in the PDF, so once you've chosen the size, all other sizes can be made invisible, which makes cutting the pattern so much easier. The only draw back, which is characteristic for all PDF patterns - it eats through A LOT of paper (28 sheets A4) and there's plenty of cutting, arranging and gluing before one can get to the actual sewing process. Still - I believe it is worth it.


One small notice on the sizing - the pattern claims to have been drawn for height 170 cm. I'm 156 cm and Gaby is 164 cm. I measured the paper pattern and found it to be perfect for my size, it might even be a bit short for Gaby. So for women of actual 170 cm and above it would definitely be on the shorter side. But that's also up to individual preferences, I love tops to reach the width of the hips, others might prefer them just below the waist.


Although the top has no waist shaping and just a couple of darts for the bust areas, it is quite fitting and slimming. I made size A, which is equivalent to XS and it is a bit smaller (narrow at the shoulder blades and the bust) on me. I'm considering making a similar top for myself, but I will definitely make it size B (the body measurements for B according to the chart fit me perfectly, as if they've measured me personally, amazing! :). Unfortunately, this means that I'll have to go again through the process of printing 28 pages, cutting and gluing :(



The inside of the top - all french seams. This is not the first time I'm using french seams, but the first time I'm instructed to make them so narrow (6 mm, cutting to 2-3 mm). What a difference it made! From now on I'll be using french seams every time I'm sewing delicate fabrics!


неделя, 11 август 2019 г.

Cherni Vruh 2019

We hadn't been to the mountains for three weeks and this weekend I was itching to hike again. And I am not quite sure why I decided that it would be a good idea to have our annual climb of Cherni vruh this Saturday, probably the hottest day of this summer. It was 33C in the city - I know, nothing much for you folks living in warmer climates, but it was hot!!! And I don't function particularly well in hot weather, especially when climbing up a peak - I felt weak and lacking oxygen. Plus everybody and their grandma was there too, trying to escape the heat down in the city and the trail was crowded - kind of counter to the purpose of a hike in the mountain.
All in all, meh, not my best hike this year. Better planning next week.














събота, 10 август 2019 г.

Birch Tree Socks


Last summer I transformed a cowl I had knitted out of self-dyed sock yarn, into a double hat.  I tried to wear this hat during the past winter, but it turned out to be very impractical - too heavy, big and uncomfortable on my head. So I decided to salvage the sock yarn and make proper socks out of it. I didn't use any pattern - just my regular toe up socks with fish lips kiss heels, 64 sts on 2.5 mm circular needles, half ribbing for the feet and full 2x2 ribbing for the legs.


The socks turned a bit too colorful even for husband, who loves orange socks, but he claims they are super comfortable and they fit him perfectly, so he doesn't mind the loud coloring. And anyway, it's just socks.

I named these Birch Tree Socks, as the yarn reminds me of birch trees in the autumn, when their leaves turn yellow and orange on a background of white, grey and black birch bark.


Pattern: Birch Tree socks (personal pattern)
Yarn: Alize Superwash, hand dyed, 70 g
Needle: 2.5 mm
Time to knit: 3 weeks