Bits and Pieces

The two books I ordered a while ago have arrived (days ago actually, I just never got down to writing about them).

The Home Sewn book by New Zealand Fashion Museum is a nice read a about the history of home sewing in New Zealand and how the country’s current fashion design has its roots in this tradition.


The ten patterns included are by:

  • Company of Strangers
  • Cybéle
  • Katie-Maree Cole
  • Lela Jacobs
  • Papercut
  • Starfish
  • TK Store
  • tsenty-seven names
  • Vaughan Geeson

I must admit that the designs are not exactly my taste, it seems that the authors want to attract more beginner level sewists, as the patterns are really simple.

However, there are three garments that I might give a try. The first is the Miss Chalmers skirt by Papercut.


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Then there is an extremely simple top, Cut Make and Trim Tee by WORLD, it does’t even have separate pieces for the sleeves.

Photo from WORLD Facebook page

The third item I might think about, but with added length to the pants, is the Lounge Suit by TK Store.

tk store
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The dress on the cover, the Crystalline Dress by Cybéle mainly attracts with its fabric, and looks really nice on the model, but I cannot imagine myself wearing it, I prefer more structure. As I was looking around for some good photos, I saw that the retail price is approximately 500$ for this dress, which puts the free pattern into a different light 🙂

Cybele Crystalline dress
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The second book, Tailoring. The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket is very technical, rich in colour photos and seems to be of great help, but its true value will appear when I put it in use while sewing a jacket or a coat. Yeah, speaking of a coat, my Stardust Coat is hanging there, waiting for me to get my act together and finish it before the winter is over!


Happy 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!

I know I am kind of late with this, but I have a bunch of good reasons for it and nevertheless, I truly hope the new year will be better than the one that passed!

Whoever has followed this blog for a while probably can guess that I personally had a rough year and that part of it is quite closely related to the suffocating crisis in Europe which is affecting almost everyone, so let’s hope the new year will bring some relief to all of us.

When I  look back at the year sewing-wise, it definitely was a productive one and I took my hobby to a new level by starting this blog, getting more active in sewing community, finally buying a dressmaker’s mannequin (plus a couple of books) and learning a lot with each project. I am especially proud of learning to sew a professional looking front fly and Rigilene-boned bodice. Also, I made a few garments to other people, which is totally new to me, but has given me lots of confidence.

Blogging has brought me absolutely unexpectedly loads of positive energy, thanks to the nice comments from readers and also friends in real life. A big thank you to all of you!

I am not very good at keeping strict goals, so I just hope to have enough time to sew in the new year. No new year resolutions!

During the holidays I was two weeks off from work and planned to sew and trace several patterns while visiting my parents. The result was close to zero (so much about the goals!), because I accidentally left some fabrics behind when packing hurriedly in the morning after the Christmas party with colleagues and I only managed to trace a few patterns.

Nevertheless, I had a great time because my fiance from Greece was visiting and we spent 10 wonderful days in my native Tartu and current hometown Haapsalu.

For us in Estonia and other Northern countries it is so usual, but for my fiance it was the first time to see frozen sea, and he couldn’t really believe his ears that in winter, if the cold has lasted for quite some time, we have some official ice roads open so that it is possible to go to some islands by car on ice, instead of taking the boat.



Now, talking about sewing, I made some little investments.

I ordered several McCall’s patterns, when they were on 0.99$ sale on and one Vogue, plus “Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket” from and also wrote to Santa Claus to bring me “‘Home Sewn”‘, a book by New Zealand Fashion Museum. Santa Claus ordered it from Papercut Patterns, taking advantage of their worldwide free shipping offer just before Christmas. Both books have yet to arrive, but it should be any time soon and I am very excited.



The patterns I ordered:

McCall’s 6460


McCall’s 6243


McCall’s 6565


McCall’s 6321


McCall’s 6319


McCall’s 6471


Vogue 8849, of which I think it is best to show the technical drawings.


I am not a systematic sewer, so there is a high chance that I will not use some of these new patterns, but at the moment I love them all and hope that eventually I would turn most of them into garments.

Happy sewing in 2013!