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(Almost) Maxi Dress


I’ve wanted to make a maxi dress for a really long time, but haven’t been able to think up/find a pattern that would suit my needs. Simple, but not plain, neat, but not too festive, relaxed, but not too hippy-ie. Sometimes I’m hard to please. But finally, sitting on the couch at home, watching whatever, I came up with this simple dress with a pleated bodice, and knew that that was the one. Luckily I also found a half linen, half cotton bedsheet from the flee market for around 2 € to make it from, so all was good. Unfortunately I was so busy before leaving for the US that I didn’t even have time to take photos of said dress. But here it is now, complete with sunny California! Yay!


The skirt is a simple flared thing, nothing special. It was supposed to be full-maxi but I ran out of fabric. Oops.


The straps are tied at the back via two small loops, so they are easy to adjust in case they start stretching.


The pleated bodice is lined with a plain version of the same pattern, but some of the pleats still stretch annoyingly, so I’ll have to do some sneaky stitches in there somewhere when I’m bothered enough.


It’s strange to look at these sunny and summery pics when Autumn is already well on the way here in Helsinki. Even though I’m not really a summer person (possibly weird?) I almost miss the sweltering heat of the sun in San Diego when I see it in photos.


– Sadie








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Recent Projects

Hey everyone!

Standard what-I’ve-been-up-to-for-the-past-few-weeks-post:


One Fabric, Two Dresses


I found this wonderfully soft black and white rayon at my local fabric store a  while back. The 4 1/2 m batch I bought cost only about 15 euros, so it was cheap too.

For dress #1  I used the classic Butterick B4790 “walk-away” dress pattern. I made some alterations, mainly to the shoulders and back darts. As you can see I also messed up the back, since it came out a little short, but I didn’t bother to try and fix it as this is just a casual summer dress. I made the bias tape myself from the same rayon fabric, and totally fell in love with making my own! It worked superbly and looks really nice on the finished product.

The dress closes with seven snaps.



The pattern for dress #2  I made myself with the help of the bodice block I drafted a while back. It’s basically just a really simple shift with a rounded hem and open back. I wanted to capture a kind of sixties feel with this — which was accomplished, I think. I’m really really happy with how it turned out.


A Bag for My Sis

My sister asked me to make her a bag from a fabric I had stored up. Here it is:


I leave you with this hypnotic elephant shrew:




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November, November

Ugh, this is going to be a busy month.

I’m moving by the 1st of December (so packpackpackpack), while trying desperately to study for my upcoming exams a bit, AND doing NaNoWriMo at the same time. So I probably won’t have that much time to sew, which is horrible, cos I’m bursting with ideas.

So, to keep this blog from dying at a very you age, I thought I’d post some pictures of the stuff I’ve made previously, until I have time to get sewing again. Good enough? YAY

The Graduation Dress

(we're back to headless photos again, cos I couldn't seem to get a picture where my hair was publishable :D )

This is one of my favourite dresses, mostly due to the wonderful fabric and the fact that I had so much fun wearing it. I made it about a year and a half ago for my Lukio (Finnish high school) graduation day, but for some strange reason haven’t worn it since. It always seems to be a little too fancy or not fancy enough or too colourful for the occasion or something. But I still love it.

The skirt is basically a full circle, but constructed out of smaller sections to get the “heaviest” colouring on the hem.

The ties are super-long (163 cm from the shoulders onwards), twisted at the back, wrapped around the waist twice and then tied at the front.

Just look at those colours! Ah!

This is also a very practical dress for parties – if you spill some wine on it, no one will notice! :)

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