I'm Mady and I'm a self-taught seamstress and knitter. This is my journey towards a handmade wardrobe! I discovered the mind-blowing sewing blogosphere and I never stopped sewing since. Making things is my therapy and my goal is to one day have a wardrobe full of handmade clothes. I love learning new things and techniques, and sharing my passion with other lovely like-minded people..
Hello, hello, hello!! Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays and you are ready to conquer 2018 with lots of creativity. This year I struggled a lot with keeping up with my blog, to the point that I thought that maybe I won't continue with blogging this year. For me the hardest part is taking photos of my finished garments. And I mostly blame Instagram for that. Don't get me wrong, I love the direct communication Instagram offers and how stress free posting about a project is, but I think that's the reason I often forgot or I am too lazy to photograph a project for my blog. But I decided to give it another try this year and see how it goes.
Today I want to share some of my 2018 plans and projects:
1. I decided to participate in the 365project over on Instagram. To be honest I'm afraid I won't follow through in the end, but I would love if by the end of the year I could have a full year in photos.
2. MakeNine2018. I'm still not set in a list yet, but a post will follow about my list when I do. I won't bother with a 2017 recap, because let's just say 2 out of the 8 is not a satisfying percentage!
3.Bullet Journalling. This will be my second year using a Bullet Journal and I couldn't recommend it enough! I use it to organise everything from my daily life to my sewing.
4. I'm thinking about participating in the #shirtmonth challenge over on IndieSew. It's been a long time since I last sewed a shirt and I'm really loving taking my time with projects that need more attention to details.
5. This year I'm also determined to read more books, so any good book recommendations are more than welcome!
6. I'm looking forward to the Design Your Wardrobe project that Seamwork magazine is planning for February.
This year I won't make any sewing resolutions, since I found I only think about them until the end of January and I'll just go with the flow and whatever strikes my creativity!
So, how about you? Did you make any sewing resolutions this year? Will you be participating in any projects this year?
Hello everyone! Today I'm here to share some thoughts on the Slow Fashion October. If you don't have any idea what that is, you can read more about it over on Karen's blog. She started the whole initiative 3 years ago and in my opinion it's one of the most interesting issues that the sewing community has ever raised.
Slotober for me can be expressed in so many views. Over the years I enjoyed reading many different opinions about the subject from other makers, and it has always been a thought on the back of my head, but I decided that this year I'd like to think more about what it means to me and how it affects my journey as a maker.
A little bit about my personal history on the matter
I never been one to be really obsessed with trends or shopping for that matter. I used to enjoy shopping, but now I find the process really tiring and meaningless. I much more prefer shopping for patterns, fabrics, notions and yarn these days. In my early years of college I was the same as pretty much the majority of people on that age. I wanted to have clothes, the more the merrier, quantity over quality and so it goes. I was never really happy with my wardrobe, I constantly had that I-have-nothing-to-wear feeling when I was in front of my wardrobe and I was really struggling to have my own personal style.
Then I discovered sewing.But for me at the beginning was more or less the same. Lots of cheap fabric(the only kind of fabric my college budget was allowing me), resulting to makes that I didn't love as much and didn't make it in the passage of time.
Two years ago, I read the genius book called "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. I threw out my ufos and badly-made garments, donated the majority of my clothes to friends and charities and never looked back. I stopped shopping for clothes except on the rare occasion that something I really like catches my eye and I started being more conscious about my wardrobe. That's when a-very early-stages-form of what my personal style is like started forming. I completely changed the way I sewed. I took some pattern-drafting lessons, that teached me a lot about patterns, what I like and what is worth of my time. I started buying good quality fabrics and giving more attention to details on my sewing.
But I find that I am still a bit confused with my sewing and with what my personal style exactly is. So I will use this Slotober to try and figure out my style and wardrobe. I find that sometimes with my sewing I get so overwhelmed(I blame Instagram on this!) to make all the things, that I don't pay as much attention as I should to my makes.
As for the ethical aspect of this issue. I am constantly try to educate myself and be more conscious about what I buy. I wish I could be more selective, but being a 26-years-old hard working to be able to afford my own place, pay my bills and live my life doesn't always gives me the opportunity. I'm fortunate to be able to still buy fabric that has been made locally in Greece, so as fabric goes, this is as close t ethical made as I can go right now. I would like to think that one day I will be able to be the proud owner of a wardrobe of which I would know every origin of every single piece in it.
For me it is not about being perfect in every little aspect of your life. After all we are all humans living in a very s**t world right now. From animals being treated bad to fast fashion and so many more issues. In my own opinion if everyone, tries to be more conscious even about half of the things we should be in our everyday life, it will result to such a big impact on our world. No one is perfect, but we can try and be as close to that as we can.
If you made it until the end of this really lengthy post, thank you so much for reading my thoughts on this issue and I would love to hear your opinion about the subject. What is Slow Fashion October for you?
Hello and happy new month lovely people out there! Autumn is officially here and I couldn't be happier! Dressing in layers, wearing my handmade knitted garments, hot coffees and watching a movie under the blanket are only some of the things I love about autumn. It's funny how much we change growing up, I remember I used to hate autumn when I was younger!
So, I'm here yet again to share with you what happened on the previous month and what I'm planning for the new one!
THINGS I'M EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS MONTH:
-Dressing in layers -Lots of knitting -Family birthdays -Winter fabrics
ON THE SEWING TABLE:
-During September I made two pairs of True Bias Lander pants! Guys, I can't begin to tell you just how much I love this pattern. I will have a post about them on the blog sometime this month!
-I also was a pattern tester for Kommatia patterns J006 Parka pattern! Another pattern I really loved making!
For this month I don't have anything planned yet. To be honest I'm not really happy with my wardrobe at the moment and I'm currently in the process of trying to figure out how I can organise my makes better for a more cohesive wardrobe. I'll maybe share more about this in a coming post.
ON MY NEEDLES:
I believe that this is the month I will finally finish my Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry! This one has been on my needles, since June!
I also working on a birthday present for a friend and I casted on the front piece of my Ondawa sweater.
I thinking about making a Penguono by Stephen West, after seeing Molly's (A Homespun House) version. Has anyone made one? Any thoughts about it?
I'm currently reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. So far I like it! If you do have any good book suggestions, please let me know in the comments!
Last night I finished watching the third season of "Broadchurch". This series is sooo good. I totally recommend it if you like mystery and are looking for a new series!
So, I totally failed on #sewphotohop this month! I did participate until the middle of the month, and then I fell off the wagon. But I really loved seeing everyone's posts and I did discovered lots of new accounts!
I'm really excited for Slow Fashion October this month! If you don't know what that is, you can read more about it on Karen's blog.
I hope you had a lovely September and are excited for the new month. Do you have any sewing/knitting plan for October?
Hello lovely people! I hope you all had a good weekend. I spent mine chilling, cooking, watching movies and knitting! A perfect one, if you ask me!
Some days ago I mentioned in my Instagram that I'm working on a secret project and I'm finally able to share more about it! I hope you'll love it as much as I do!
This is my Kommatia patterns J006 parka and I'm in love! In my opinion this is the perfect transitional outerwear! It is an unlined parka pattern with a very loose fit, featuring a zipper fastening, dropped shoulder, drawstring hood and flap pockets. If you never sewed any outerwear before this is the pattern you want to go with. The instructions are really clear and well illustrated, which makes the whole process go by really smoothly!
I love how modern Kommatia patterns are and this one is no exception! You can use so many different types of fabric to create different looks with this one. I went with a workwear gabardine(the kind they use in workwear overalls) for my version and I'm really happy with the final garment. All the little pattern details make this seem so professional and well-made.
I cut a size M with no modifications, since the pattern has a very loose fit. I used a gold metallic separating zipper, black cord, plastic black stoppers. And that's about it! I'm planning making another version of this in a waterproof fabric, or in other words a perfect garment for walking the dog in the raining days ahead!
Do you have any outerwear sewing plans for the coming months? I would love to hear about them!
Hello and happy new month everyone! I always loved September! There is something about the new beginnings feeling that comes with the month, the motivation to re-start things, the firsts chills that make their appeareance.
The blog got a little makeover recently and I decided to try something different. Lately I really neglected this little space and I really miss it. So I'm here to share my September plans and thoughts with you!
THINGS I'M EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS MONTH:
-The temperature dropping and the first autumn chills. -Cozy nights at home. -Hot coffees. -Autumn clothes.
ON THE SEWING TABLE:
I'm currently working on a very exciting secret project. I promise, you'll love this one! Other than that, I don't have anything planned for this month. Being the first month back to work and everything I thought, I'll just go with the flow and if inspiration hits, I'm here, willing to obey.
I'm finishing Irvin Yalom's "When Nitze Swept". Such an amazing, well written book. I think I will be starting "Wild:from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed next.
I've been thinking a lot about personal style lately. I'm not such a big fun of my wardrobe at the moment, so I'm trying to figure out what needs to change, in what clothes I feel most comfortable in and what is my personal style leaning towards at the moment. Maybe I blog post will follow.
Will you be participating in #sewphotohop this year? I'm excited to connect with all the amazing makers out there again! It's an amazing opportunity to discover more amazing people!
I hope you liked this little segment. And I would love to know what are you most excited about the new month? What are your sewing/knitting plans for the coming season?
This is the first Schnittchen pattern I ever made and I was really impressed with the fit and design details. I didn't make any alterations to the pattern, except for shortening the shoulders by 5cm. I cut a size EUR 40/ US 8/ UK 12 and I'm really satisfied with the fit of the garment.
I love everything about this pattern! The V front and back neckline, the pockets and the hem height are all on spot and they make for the perfect summer garment! The Carla Jumper has been on rotation in my wardrobe ever since I made it!
Hello everyone! I'm reporting from Germany's heatwave. I'm currently here spending some time with my family and the heat has hit us hard and sudden. Next week I'm returning to Greece, where I'm sure nothing-in terms of temperatures-will be different!
So, it's time for the summer wardrobe to make it's appearance! So, on the first line of the battle against the high temperatures we have the newest By Hand London's pattern, the Orsola dress & skirt.
Orsola features two dresses and one skirt version. Both dress variations feature a fully lined sleeveless bodice with a delicate bateau neckline, a deliciously elegant wrap back with a curved back neckline and a back hem, and the option of a tulip scallop or a straight and simple front hem. All variations have a faced hem for a beautiful finish.
A beautiful pattern that can take you seamlessly from day to night, and from everyday wear to cocktail parties and summer weddings! Best feature of the pattern, of course it has to be the closure. No fiddly zippers or fastenings!
I made the skirt variation with the straight hem option in my usual 10/14 size and it turned out perfect. Due to the wrap closure, sizing can be more flexible than with the usual woven patterns. I used a beautiful, drapey viscose in a summer print. It was a fairly quick and easy sew, with well-illustrated and easy to follow instructions. Only advice I would give, would be to determine your final length from the beginning. Due to the shape of the skirt it's not easy to alter it once you cut your fabric. Next time I make this I plan to shorten the hem a bit, just because I like my skirts on the shorter side.
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from By Hand London patterns for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to the girls, which were included in the final pattern. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*
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