In previous posts I’ve written about my search for a new sewing machine. This was a very difficult process, which took almost a year. I was a beginner seamstress and didn’t quite know what to look for in a machine, and was overwhelmed by all the options. I finally purchased the Janome Skyline S3, and I truely believe I couldn’t have made a better decision. In this post I want to share with what I’ve learned during my hunt for a new sewing machine, hopefully making it easier for you to pick the machine that is right for you.
If you’ve ever worked with a pattern magazine like Burda or Simplicity, you know how hard it is to copy a pattern. All those tangled lines are a source for headaches. Even though the pattern paper is supposed to be transparent it’s very difficult to see the lines through the paper. And the paper is so thin it rips just by looking at it.
If you have your own take on fashion and sew your own clothes, chance is you’ve made a few fashion design sketches. If you want to do this in a fast and easy way, the Fashionary sketchbook might be something for you.
I’ve always loved wearing dresses. I love the feminine, classy style I associate them with. Since it’s getting colder here in The Netherlands I wanted a dress that would keep me warm even on the coldest of days.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make the pattern for the Ellery inspired top. I’ve used the Burda 11/2013 #124/125 pattern as a base. This is the same pattern I’ve used to make the lantern sleeve top. But you can use any other loose fitted pattern with a side dart. Transfer the pattern onto some pattern paper and follow along the steps. Using the slash and spread technique, we’ll adjust the pattern and create our Ellery inspired top.
In a previous post I’ve told you about my decision to look for a new sewing machine. A sturdy model, with enough bells and whistles to to keep me happy for years to come. With my top 6 machines in mind I went to the local sewing machine store.
One of the nice things about being able to sew your own clothes is that it can save you some coin. If you put some effort into it, you can copy your favorite runway looks for a fraction of the price. And so I created this top inspired by the Lolita top from the 2014 fall collection of the Australian brand Ellery.
Five years ago I bought my first sewing machine on a whim. I thought it would be cool to sew scented bags (don’t ask me why), so I stepped in a sewing machine store and came out with a Lewenstein Diana 28.
It’s full blown autumn here in the Netherlands, and even though I love fall fashion I can’t help but miss the summer. This outfit is my way of looking back, and longing for the summer that’s long gone.
We’ll continue with step 15 of the tutorial to sew your very own crop top with lantern sleeves.