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The Haul from Paris and an Announcement

I’m a little late with this (came back many weeks ago), but I’ve been superbusy with the suit and stuff, so forgive me :D

Anyway, I managed to not buy a single article of clothing from Paris! I did, however, buy 12 m of fabric:

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Starting from the left: An incredibly smooth pink cotton fabric, a slightly stiff blue silk, a wonderful scalloped border print fabric (cotton), and lastly a rather heavy black fabric (probably cotton/rayon combo) which I bought because it reminded me of a gorgeous formal skirt of my grandma’s that I used to admire as a kid.

And some more vintage sewing magazines:

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And also these awesome opera glasses/theatre binoculars:

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The announcement is that in autumn/fall I’ll begin studies to become an actual dressmaker/seamstress/whatever you want to call it!!! I’m super excited, but also a little nervous, since it is quite a big change after getting used to university life. But sometimes change is for the best, and I think that this is one of those good changes. And I never really was much of an essay writer :D

– Sadie

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My New Favourite Skirt

Hi!

I’ve been a very bad blogger recently, sorry about that. I mostly blame university, and the fact that I had a phase of uninspiredness (yes, I’m aware that’s not a word) that started sometime in the summer and is only just coming to an end. But now I’m back in business and have a ton of projects planned, so I think I’ll make up for taking such a long break.

The Skirt

The sewing-blog appropriate hipter-pose… or maybe I don’t look melancholic enough to qualify?

This is basically just a six-gore circle skirt with pockets. Also, it has no side seams — just for fun. The waistband is petersham ribbon. I used the same fabric I made vintagey shirt #1 from. It’s a really hard farbric to work with, I have to say! Thin as hell and doesn’t weigh a thing… It was impossible to keep it still while cutting, so the finished product is a little lopsided.

I wore this with  a separate underskirt I made from some leftover lining and some of the bias tape I made from the same blue silk as the skirt. I was thinking I could maybe make a proper 50’s petticoat for this, to make it more festive from time to time.

The skirt closes with three hooks and a snap.

Lastly, a sneak peek into crocheting:

It’s just a test piece, but I think it turned out pretty nice (as in you can actually tell there’s a pattern).

I also bought myself a huge set of bamboo crochet needles:

They range from 12mm to 2mm.

Hooray!

 

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Vintagey shirts!

Oh Summer!

Here in Finland it’s short, and mostly not-super-warm, but I love it all the same! And today is the longest day of the year, so the sun will probably only set for a few hours (up in Lapland it really shines all day and night during summer).

But yeah, because of this summer thing, I’ve been a bit lazy. But now I have something to share with you again:

 

I made this shirt based on this post on Freshly Given, since I instantly fell in love with the simplicity of the pattern.

It’s basically just a rectangle with some straps and a neck hole:

The fabric I got from my lovely boyfriend’s lovely mother. She works at a local theatre, and this gorgeously delicate blue silk was used on stage, probably as a backdrop of some kind, so I got at least 6×6 metres of the stuff! It will feature in many of my future posts, I think.

 

Shirt number two is an upcycle of a blouse I’ve had in my closet for years now — made of the most wonderful fabric, but just not a very flattering garment.

Here’s the original blouse:

And here’s what it became:

(Sorry for the lack of ironing — as I said, I get lazy in the summer)

The only things I changed were the neckline and the sleeves. It’s not perfect, but at least it’s pretty darn cute.

Have  a nice midsummer (or Hyvää Juhannusta in Finnish), if you’re celebrating it. :)

And here’s a piece of summer in eastern Helsinki for you:

 

 

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