PROJECTS // SILK TOVA BLOUSE

Hello, dear reader!

Oh my, I could go on and on about the joys of simple silk blouses! They’re light, they’re soft and they’re smooth… and they’re so hard to take off! I’m still in desperate need of some simple everyday garments to fill the main gaps of my recently reorganized closet. I believe my new silk Tova blouse fits in just perfectly, because I love the ease of throwing on clothes that can be forgotten about once you’re in them (there is so much else to worry about, isn’t there?). This was my first attempt to sew silk, but it was relatively easy. Of course there is so much more to learn and improve… it’s far from perfect, but certainly a beginning. Because now I’m hopelessly in love with silk…

PATTERN: Tova by Wiksten

FABRICS: Cream crepe de chine silk

MODIFICATIONS: I went up a size and added a few details to make it more silk-appropriate (a hidden button placket, a curved hem, single button cuffs, and round edges on the collar)

THOUGHTS: Considering this is my first attempt to sew silk, I must say I’m pleased with the result! I just love the easy breezy look of the blouse. The only thing I would probably change next time is the collar (I’m thinking of small ties?), because it does look a little floppy… or maybe I should add another button?

Working with silk truly excites me! I’m in love with the different textures and the fine details. It’s definitely the kind of luxury I’d be willing to part with my pennies for…

Okay, it’s time for a warm glögg!

Love,

Louise

PROJECTS // DENIM MOSS MINI SKIRT

Hello, dear reader!

The first finished project I’d like to share with you on here is my new Moss Mini skirt. Truly, I’ve been shopping around for the perfect denim skirt for what seems like ever – something very simple in a moderate length and with a comfortable fit. But I’ve never found the right one (at least within my price range). So I was so delighted when I spotted Grainline’s latest pattern release. It’s just what I’ve been looking for – a great wardrobe staple! And it certainly pairs so well with so many things in my wardrobe.

PATTERN: Moss Mini Skirt by Grainline

FABRICS: Reversible denim (dark blue on one side and burgundy red on the other), Liberty “Darcie” print tana lawn as pocket lining

MODIFICATIONS: I lengthened the skirt by 6cm and added belt loops (for slim leather belts)

THOUGHTS: First of all, the fit of the skirt is amazing! We all know that Grainline’s patterns are incredibly well designed. It sits just perfectly below the waist, neither too low nor too high. Oh, and I can’t keep my hands out of the pockets! This was the first time I inserted a fly, but the step-by-step instructions were very easy to follow. The only thing I had slight troubles with was attaching the waistband to the skirt, but I believe I made a minor mistake while cutting the fabric. All in all, it’s a great pattern!

I already have beautiful burgundy red corduroy set aside for another one. And I’d love to make yet another one in velvet, wool, or even suede… doesn’t that sound dreamy?

Okay, off to the sewing machine!

Love,

Louise

PERSONAL // NEW JOURNEY

Hello, dear reader!

Welcome to my sewing journal! Oh, I can’t even remember how often I found myself quietly contemplating the possibility of creating a sewing journal over the last few years. It was a very tempting possibility, yes. But it was a very frightening possibility, too. Yet alone the thought of posting my projects on an open place made me feel unbelievably self-conscious. And I just wasn’t sure if I had something interesting and significant enough to share with others.

But then again, I met so many sweet and charming people already just by sharing a few pictures. And they all had so many nice things to say. And it made me realize that a blog would allow me to take it even further…

So here I am.

And I’m beyond excited. The beginning of a new season (fall – it’s my favorite!) marks the beginning of a new journey (blogging – i’m ready to start sewing already!).

Thanks for taking a peek, I’m so glad you’re here!

Love,

Louise