I’ve finally used that gorgeous crepe I’ve been hoarding, and I found the perfect pattern for it: the Roscoe Blouse. It’s a garment that will last me at least a few more weeks into my pregnancy because it has so much ease, but it’s not a maternity design so I can wear it for the summers to come, too! Read more about it on the Maternity Sewing blog.
Happy New Year to you!
We’ve been through so much this past year that it’s as if five years have past instead of one. It seems so long ago that we left our life in the Netherlands. Even though it had some repercussions for getting Paprika Patterns off the ground, it was the best decision we could have made. Now it’s time to concentrate fully on Paprika and I’d like your input on that! So in this post I want to look back a bit and discuss with you how we should shape this blog in the coming months.
I know last the last post was a bit of a tease! But rest assured, this post is all about my wedding dress! So, the last time I spoke about a pattern, I’d chosen McCalls M7154 over the Anna dress. I was looking forward to a challenging sew and thought our wedding might be a good opportunity. So I set out with my poly charmeuse, tracing, cutting and tacking all 25 pieces, labouring through all 57 sewing steps. But I don’t know what happened – maybe it was the fabric (ugh, poly charmeuse), maybe it was just the bazillion steps, or the idea that I’d have to do it all again with the real fabric: I fell out of love. I tried to keep going, but in the end I didn’t finish my muslin. It wasn’t even that it was too hard or too difficult, I did learn some interesting techniques and I did love it at first. But in the end I left it unfinished and went back to my original plan: a modified Anna Dress.
Today I finally want to show you what our yurt looks like on the inside, and talk about what it’s like living here. It’s been a while since the last Building Our Home post but it took us quite a while to get organised. We’ve been slowly gathering stuff, and figuring out how to decorate a round space. For us living here has already become normal, but the first few weeks we keeps pinching ourselves to make sure it was real. We didn’t have time to settle in slowly. When we moved in around Christmas, winter was around the corner and we got lots of rain and wind, and after that a solid two weeks of snow. The roof leaked until we rubbed the seams with beeswax, and the crown started cracking so we had to secure it with more screws. I was afraid this was only the beginning, but we fortunately we haven’t had any problems since.
I’ve been subscribed to Seamwork magazine for a few months now. To be honest, not many of the patterns that come with the magazine really spoke to me. Until the February issue, that came with the Almada Robe. It has such a gorgeous silhouette, reminiscent of Japanese kimono’s. And I had the perfect fabric too, a rayon silk from Blackbird fabrics. I had bought it just because it was so beautiful, even though the base colour, a pale yellow, doesn’t suit me at all. It has such a luxurious feeling to it that I wanted to be able to wear it frequently, but my clothing has to have a measure of practicality. Enter the Almada: the perfect solution to my problem! You can wear a robe every morning if you want to, you don’t leave the house in it so no risk of snags or mud, and who cares if the colour doesn’t suit me if hardly anyone will see it. This robe for me is all about feeling beautiful, not looking beautiful. Or, to quote Sarai: hidden glamour.
The results of the poll were very clear: 68% of you wanted to see the Musubu as my next project. 25% chose Dekoboko, and only 6% chose Otoshiana. So I guess you still have a preferance for pretty dresses with big bows, huh? It was funny to see the result, I thought as a pattern the Musubu was the least interesting and not something I’d wear even though it looks the most wearable. Turns out I was wrong! I had so much fun making this. And as a bonus it turned out to be very wearable even for me, so you chose well. Thanks for participating! I included some sewing instructions, because I have a feeling you’ll want to make one too. I’ll do a special post on how to tie a nice bow later this week. I hope it fulfills your expectations!
As I explained last week, Jasper Sweater/Dress comes in both B-cup and C-cup, depending on the size you choose. Because the fit through the bust is not as loose as with other sweaters, it’s very well possible that you’d still need to do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA). I’m going to show you how to do this on the Jasper in two posts. First we’ll look at how to determine if you need an FBA and by how much. I’ll also show how to do a minimal FBA if you only need 1″ (2,5 cm) or less extra room. In the next post we’ll show how to do a proper FBA on the Jasper.