Thursday, January 24, 2013

You may congratulate me

Remember how I always said I can't sew so much, because I have to finish my thesis? I have finished it. It got approved, printed, I defendend and I have my PhD-title!
We were back in Europe for the defense, it was nice to see all the people again. Of course I made my promovenda-outfit myself.
Here is a better view of the jacket. My first (or my first successful) lined jacket. The pattern is from a Knipmode magazine several years ago. The fabric is a wool satin with self stripe.
The dress is the same I wore as the "supporter" for my husband's PhD defense. I had to let out the side seams of the dress, because...
... I needed room for a baby-belly! I am already more than halfway the pregnany. We are now back in New Zealand and I have plenty of time to sew the new clothes I need!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Zoela edition 13 and 14

And... I finished another two pieces, which had waited only for hemming and neckline binding for a year. I am trying to enjoy my free time, but am quite nervously waiting for the feedback from my supervisor, how much work do I still have to do on my thesis?
This is a simple pattern for a longsleeved knit top with raglan sleeves. It is from the German company Farbenmix. I have made it many times, now I have eight of them in my current wardrobe but remember six other versions I had made and worn until they were "over". The black and grey fabric consists of two layers, the outer layer has holes that show the fabric underneath. It feels soft and warm.
The other fabric is by Hilco, it has been shown in at least two European pattern magazines last year, but I bought it when I saw it on the saleswoman in the local fabric shop. I was careful not to place a circle on my bustpoint.
I have used various neckline finishes on "Zoela" over the years, but this time followed the instructions: Sew the neckband, folded in half (or would that be "folded double"?) to the outside of the neckline, turn up and topstitch the seam allowance down with a triple zigzag.
The fabric choices are quite bold for me, and I think that is the reason why I have not finished them earlier. I'll probably wear them layered.