Great news!!!

I enrolled in the pattern making course at the Callegari Italian School for Fahion and Design here in Zagreb! It's a year long course and we will be drafting 70 patterns. The first class starts next Wednesday, yay! :-DDD


New machine!

Look look!

Isn't it beautiful? It's a Singer 518. The web says Singer 518 Stylist. I couldn't determine the right year of release, but it's probably from the early seventies. Does anyone know?

It came with one flexy stitch disc and only one foot and it works perfectly! :-))))


Two muslins - blouses

Both blouses are from Burda. I will post the details as soon as I have something more concrete to show.

This is the third fitting for this one. The first muslin was a disaster, but I kept going. now it looks pretty good. The blouse is long sleeved with a scarf tied around the neck and I have a dark blue viscose with small white flowers to use. It probably will not show the front gathers well. We shall see.

The next one is, ahem , to be recut one size bigger. I'm surprised. It's a size 40 and not fitting? Hmmm... Perhaps I should only redraft the front. This is a great basic pattern and I want to make it perfect because there are two nice floral satins waiting to be sewn up.

More to come.
Stay tuned!

Good night!


Crocheted shawl

Three days ago I went out in short sleeves. Then it rained. In some regions it snowed!
Today we had to turn on the heating.
My brain can't get used to the cold, yet. Two days are too short of a time to get used to this kind of change.
How are the flowers in your garden coping? And you?

This week I chose a crochet intermezzo and made this beautiful shawl. Right on time for the chill! This nice purple wool has been waiting since last winter to be used. And in all truth it was only the high date that inspired me to crochet!

Oh, I know,I know. I could have styled it better...

I found this pattern on the web. I like the 3D quality of the petals.

Are you also thinking about curling up in something warm with a cup of tea and a cookie? With a nice movie to relax, perhaps? It is Sunday evening after all. Oh, by the way, yesterday we saw Midnight in Paris and it is absolutely wonderful! If you haven't seen this movie yet, do it as soon as you can! And, oh, the fashion! I have to see it again just to take a better look at those 20's dresses!


Clothes in art

Vilhelm Hammershøi Young Girl Sewing (Anna Hammershøi) 1887

Oil on canvas



Olive green outfit - top and skirt

I have been quite productive in September and am very satisfied with the results. Also, I'm unusually sticking to my autumn/winter sewing plan. I have finished two more items!

The shirt that had to be refashioned. Enormous and with a shirt like insert.

I totally reconstructed it and also stitched up the flowery skirt to pair it with.

Look it has pockets!

Looks better tucked in or out?

A little detail of the button and hand stitched loop.

And now I should probably finally go and make that jacket and coat. Or two...

SSS'11 day 28-30

So, September is gone and the SSS'11 challenge is over. I had really no problem to wear at least one me made or refashioned garment. The biggest challenge usually is ironing a pair of pants before running out. When this happens lazy me wears jeans instead. :-)

On to the last three outfits!

Me made top and me refashioned cardi, skirt and shoes.

Me made - skirt

Me made - top and pants

Wrapping it all up I learned one new thing. It seems that I have put on some weight...Ahem...
And I have a serious lack of jackets in the closet. Have to fix that as soon as possible.