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DID IT MYSELF: my first coat!

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Hello Darlings!

Hope you are having a great and productive Monday!

I have just returned from my short 4 day trip to Milan, Italy – one of my this years goals is to travel more and I am glad to be adding first trip to the list until January ends. Milan was beautiful, full of great food and sunny weather (+10 degrees Celsius compared to -12 degrees we are having locally – I felt like in tropics!) and, of course, one of the best places to shop (great deals on every corner – it’s officially sales season!). A short break was very needed and I am feeling refreshed and energized – ready to tackle new adventures, goals and sewing projects!

Talking about sewing, I would like to show my very first coat, parts of which you might have already seen on my Instagram.Β Though I attempted making coats in the past, none of them were wearable for various reasons, mostly because of my lack of skills; this time, however, it was successful as I had my amazing teacher showing every unclear detail along the way. So here it goes – my very first wearable coat!

One of the main reasons I failed with making coats in the past was critical fitting issues, especially in the back – fitting either makes or breaks any coat or jacket, so if the fit is not right, the entire look is not right. The pattern is drafted by myself and it was one of the key ingredients in achieving such great fit in this coat (trust me, learning the basics of pattern drafting is a really useful skill even for begginers – it helps a ton in achieving great fit and understanding construction better).

The thing I like most about this coat is invisible button closure – I saw this technique on one of the designs at school and I just knew I had to try it out myself. P.S.Β Here is a quick how to make such hidden closure!

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As for the pockets, I went for welt ones – nothing says “timeless classics” as these ones!

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I also added some beautiful lining to spice up the inside – probably the most golden lining I could find, but it definitely brightens up the entire look.

Though I consider this coat fully finished, I am tempting to add a removable faux fur collar to it – what do you think about this idea? Yay or nay?

Hope you liked this coat and check in later this week for the quick tutorial how to make such hidden button closure!

Best wishes,

Julie

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Sewing a handbag – why not try?

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Hello Darlings!

though at the moment I am mostly sewing clothing (by the way, have you checked my Instagram for latest updates on faux fur coat, that I am making at school? Click here to see it!), some time ago I was very passionate about sewing handbags. In fact, I even had a blog dedicated for this matter – this is how much I liked it πŸ™‚

Sewing handbags is fun in several ways: first, the entire process is very different from clothing making (the fabrics, the patterns, the techniques – everything), so it’s nice to switch it up from time to time; secondly, who doesn’t like a custom made handbag, sewnΒ exactly how you want it to look like? I know I cannot say ‘no’ to this! πŸ™‚

Here are several photos of the bags I made in past – hopefully it will give you an inspiration to start working on your dream handbag as well!

My very first bag ever – made from cotton and faux leather. Timeless design piece! I used my own pattern – drawing of it below.

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My favourite bag – inspired by the one that Reese Witherspoon wore, this beauty is one of my favourite creations ever. Made from faux leather and linen – beautiful timeless design piece!

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The bag I made from thrifted jacket – also one of my favourite designs, which was quite popular in my first blog. You can find a detailed tutorial for this bag here:Β TUTORIAL: Make a Bag from a Jacket

The classy hand-held bag – looking from the useability side, this bag is not very usefull (you can fit a phone and a wallet, not much more), looking from design side – G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! Beautiful clean lines, very little sewing and tons of gluing (yup, this bag is made using lots of glue).

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Faux leather bag – this one was rather difficult to sew (oh, if only I knew about teflon feet back then…). Believe it or not, but back when I made this bag I thought it was terrible and never wore it; luckily, I showed it to my friend and she loved it, so I gave it to her – this bag was used after all!

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Linen bag for a friend – very spacious bag with beautiful lining (who said the lining has to be plain and boring?!)

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HOW TO SEW: self-drafted dress with belt

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Good Morning Everyone!

Today I would like to share with you a short β€œhow to” for a dress that I made this week – I had an eye for this dress on Pinterest for a very long time, but I didn’t have an appropriate fabric for it (this dress is all about the right fabric, isn’t it?). I found an ideal fabric for it more than half a year ago, but still didn’t make the dress, because… it’s completely not my style and I was worried I would not wear it (trust me, this happened before – I make something nice, but end up not wearing it because I don’t feel like β€œmyself” in it, yikes!). Luckily, I pitched the idea of this dress to my lovely sister-in-law and she agreed that I make this dress for her, so here it is!

I used my own drafted pattern for this project: while I still use commercial patterns from time to time, I usually end up making tons of corrections for fit, so instead I have a basic pattern block made for my measurements and just use it for creating a desired look much faster and efficiently. β€œBasic pattern block” might sound like something very difficult and high-tech, but actually, it’s is the most simple, yet well fitting pattern for a dress you can find (for example, I used to use this dress from Burda as my basic pattern block for stretch dresses – the outer design is awful, but the under-dress pattern is a great and versatile piece).

For this dress, I have adjusted the basic stretch dress pattern (black lines) to the desired design (red lines). The dress is unfitted, so it will be easy to make even if it will be your first self-drafted pattern; it only has three pieces (1 piece for front, 1 back piece and 1 piece for belt), thus the assembly is beginner-friendly and (I hope) pattern modifications are easy to understand from the drawing.

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Best of luck with your projects and let me know if you have any questions for this dress! I would love to see your creations if you decide to make this dress, so please keep me updated!

Beautiful Sunday, Julie.

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HOW TO SEW: cosmetics bag tutorial

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Hello Everyone!

As some of you already know, a few years back I was very passionate about bag making and even had a blog about it. Today I would like to share with you one of the tutorials I had published on that blog – while the tutorial is +/- 5 years old, I think that the style is more or less timeless, so I hope you will find it useful and it will give you some inspiration for a Saturday project!

What I love about this cosmetics bag is versatility – depending on the fabrics you choose, it can be flashy, cute, rock-n-roll or classic, just like the version I made. What is more, it could be a great DIY Christmas gift idea – who would not like a nice specially made for them cosmetics bag?!

Let’s move to the tutorial!

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