Springtime = flowertime - Moss skirt - Grainline

Good Sunday everybody. Hope you have had a nice and relaxing weekend. 
Mine was sunny. A few life changing things happened last week, but I will tell you in some future posts. ;-) 

Today, I want to share my moss skirt. Some of you might have seen it a few days ago on instagram already.

It's springtime, so I was really in need of some cute skirt. Then, Moss Skirt  pattern popped into my mind. I have always been a huge fan of sewing patterns by grainline studio. Professional patterns and instructions - but what I appreciate the most is, that all of those patterns are totally wearable in everyday life. I already tried Tiny Pocket Tank and Archer Button Up Shirt and none of these garments became one of those hiding in my cupboard.

Let's get back to the skirt! I found this interesting fabric as a remnant on the Dutch fabric markets and fell in love immediately. The color and photo realistic print caught my eye. Aren't these rose colored flowers just nice? 
It was not specified, but I guess it is a cotton blend. It is slightly elastic and medium weight. 

As already mentioned, the pattern was very clear and good to follow. Main difficulty during this project was print matching. I wanted to make it as perfect as possible, although I had to waste a lot of this beautiful fabric, just to get the right matching parts for skirt front and back.
Tadaaa! It worked and I am so happy. Only downside, I did not have enough fabric to also match the upper part of skirt back with bottom part...but that is OK. :-)

Have you tried Moss Skirt, yet? I believe in endless possible variations and will surely make up some more for this year.
Here comes my top three on the blogosphere:

Have a good week ladies! :-*


Hanami Kimono Jacket

Spring has finally taken over. Everybody loves this season, right?
Days are getting longer and the sun fills everybody up with new energy and motivation! 

So back again with a new project. Hanami kimono jacket! :-) 

It is a loose fitting open jacket. The pattern itself is made out of very geometric pieces. You can see this more clearly in the last photo at the end of this post.

Unfortunately, I cannot share this pattern with you. I made this one based on a jacket already in my closet. I liked the shape a lot, but the fabric of the original simply did not fit me. So I opted to copy it! ;-) 

The chosen fabric is a linen blend. It is stiffer than the original, which I think fits well to this geometric shape.

Do you ever sew garments based on purchased cloths?
If yes, how do you proceed? I pin foil on the several pattern pieces and track the seams with a marker. How about you?


Flora - Pleasure to meet you! By Hand London

Back with something exciting to share! :-) 

The lovely ladies from By Hand London finally released another beautiful pattern called Flora and "YAY", I was one of the lucky seamstresses asked for pattern testing! Thanks Charlotte, Elisalex and Victoria! You ladies rock!

This has been my first pattern testing! So exciting. I really put my best efforts to pay attention on every little step, so that I could give better feedback. Usually, I am more like the quick sewing type of girl. I carefully copy a pattern and then try to sew all pieces together only really reading when definitely necessary. 

Anyway, back to the pattern. Flora comes in 4 variations, actually. You can choose from 2 different sleeveless bodice variations, either faux wrap style or tank bodice with square neckline. And combine with either dipped or straight circle skirt.

I fell for the faux wrap style bodice and the dipped hem circle skirt. 
And here is my 'flamenco' Flora:

The fabric is crepe from John Kaldor. Received this beautiful piece especially for the pattern testing from Susan of SEWBOX. Thank you so much Susan. I love it and will definitely stop by your shop in future again!

Ok, I did not plan to do a flamenco version, but this is pretty much what it turned out to be. And why not? This is definitely one of the spiciest pieces in my wardrobe!

Hope you enjoy it! All thumbs up for Flora!!! Spring is knocking on the door, so why wouldn't you give it a try?
Warm hugs,
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