The story of Paola / Priča o Paoli – turtleneck pattern by Named Clothing

Named company has a strong position among indie pattern companies and it is clear why once you have a look at their pattern collection. They have great pieces and these patterns speak for them selves (I noticed Named does not promote itself as much on Instagram as others, yet everyone seams to go crazy for their patterns – that is at least my impression).
I have two of their patterns (although I crave for more) and the one I made (multiple times) so far is the Paola turtleneck. A great simple pattern that is a wardrobe staple. Ideal for a capsule wardrobe, if that is what rocks your boat. It rocks mine and I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Paola is one of the patterns in my winter capsule wardrobe. In all the colours, with all the fabric patterns. In stripes. In polka dots…. All goes with this pattern and you can choose which suits your style and wardrobe best.

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Među brojnim indi firmama u svijetu šivanja firma Named je svakako našla svoje mjesto pri vrhu. Kad pogledate njihovu kolekciju krojeva postane vam jasno i zašto. Imaju odlične krojeve i oni su ti koji ih reklamiraju i čine brend.
Među svojom privatnom kolekcijom imam dva njihova kroja (iako ih želim još) i onaj koji sam izradila već više puta je dolčevita Paola. Jednostavan, ali tako ključan kroj za garderobu. Idealan kroj za kapsularnu garderobu, ako je to nešto što vam se sviđa. Meni je idea kapsularne garderobe odlična i Paola je važan dio moje zimske garderobe. Možete ju izraditi u jednoj boji, s ludim uzorkom, u tkanini s točkama ili crtama….kroj je toliko jednostavan da ga je lako kombinirati s raznim tkaninama da dobijete točno ono što bi najviše odgovaralo vama i vašem stilu.

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Paola Turtleneck by Named Patterns / Dolčevita Paola od Named Patterns

 

It is easy and fast pattern to make and I have seen some sewist made it under an hour. I am not sure I fit into that group. I like to take my time. I make mistakes even with that, so I am not sure what would I end up with trying to fit it into an hour time frame. But still, making a top in an hour and half or so is great and you can think of a design during breakfast and go in that exact top out for lunch.

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Kako je kroj jednostavan može ga se brzo sastaviti. Vidjela sam nekoliko žena koje su ga izradile unutar sat vremena. Ja nisam član tog kluba. Često napravim grešku ionako, a kada bi se trudila stisnuti sve unutar sat vremena ne znam s čime bi na kraju završila. Ali ako napravite dolčevitu unutar sat i pol vremena ili dva sata to je i dalje odličan osjećaj. Možete se sjetiti ideje za doručak i do vremena ručka već imate gotovu dolčevitu. 

 

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I made one plane in a rusty orange, one in blue and white stripes and one grey with black polka dots. They are all great to combine with other separates and that is what I love about it. I mostly wear it tucked in as I like it better that way. And I love how good they look with a blazer – comfortable and classy at the same time. I mean, if a 077 agent can wear one you know it will take you places.

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Do sada sam napravila tri verzije dolčevite: hrđavo narančastu, bijelo plavu s prugicama i sivu s crnim točkicama. Sve tri su mi odlične za kombinaciju s ostalim odjevnim predmetima iz ormara. Uglavnom ih nosim nagurane u hlače, tako mi se više sviđa silueta. I odlično izgleda u kombinaciji sa sakoom – ugodno i elegantno u isto vrijeme. Ako agent 007 može nositi dolčevitu onda znate da ste na pravom putu.

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You see? / Vidite?

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My three versions / Tri verzije iz moje radione
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All hems are finished with a zig zag stitch / svi rubovi završeni su zig zag šavom
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Tucked in is how it goes into the wild / Na zrak izlazi nagurana u hlače

 

My rusty version is made in a thin jersey. It is very comfortable but the jersey is so thin you can speculate of all that is going underneath, because every line shows. So I like to combine it with a blazer over it to cover that. I am proud to be style matching with the one and only Zach Galifianakis in Dinner for Schmucks – green blazer over rusty turtleneck! He actually rocks the turtleneck as a shirt front over a t-shirt. Maybe I should evolve to that level – it would sure keep my fabric from distorting in the wash after every wear. And that might be something I could actually do under an hour. Hm….

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Narančastu verziju sa izradila u tankoj džersej tkanini. Ugodna je ali je tkanina toliko tanka da se kroz nju nazire svaka crta. Zato ju volim kombinirati sa sakoom. Ponosno nosim tu kombinaciju otkako sam shvatila da Zach Galifianakis u Večeri s idiotom (Dinner for Schmucks) nosi istu takvu kombinaciju. On čak nosi dolčevitu kao umetak preko obične majice kratkih rukava. Možda bi i ja trebala probati taj stil –  to bi svakako duže sačuvalo tkaninu zbog manjeg broja pranja. Tako bi možda i mogla sašiti odjevni predmet unutar sat vremena. Hm…..

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Elusive clour but causal style – hence the arm on waist pose / neuhvatljiva boja ali opušten stil – stoga poza ruke na stuku

Dinner for Schmucks Zach Galifianakis

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Style Duo / stilski dvojac

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The polka dot one was the first I made and it is from a ponte roma fabric. It is warmer but since ponte roma does not stretch as much I get it a bit harder over my head. Not great when wearing bigger earrings but not something I could not live with. Just need to take the earrings of first. That is my tip of the day. But it goes to show that you can use different jersey weights for this one.

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Prva koju sam napravila bi je ova siva verzija s crnim točkama tzv polka dot u debljoj džersej tkanini zvanoj Ponte Roma. Ta tkanina ima nešto slabiji postotak rastezljivosti i teža je, ali zbog toga i toplija za hladne zimske dane. Zbog slabije rastezljivosti malo ju teže prevlačim preko glave, ali to nije nešto s čime ne bi mogla živjeti. Samo trebam prvo skinuti naušnice. Ali upravo to pokazuje kao je moguće kombinirati razne vrste džersej tkanine za ovaj kroj.

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Cool thicker fabric goes with cross over pose / kul deblja tkanina ide sa prekriženim rukama

 

The blue and white striped one is made of a lightweight jersey that is so soft, but unfortunately started to show the age a bit too soon. Not that it is old, but the surface is peeling. I fixed it with a simple shaving trick I saw online somewhere. I think I will have to do it often to keep it decent looking. It is always good to go with a higher quality fabric but you live and learn. I find that I like to spend time making something I will have and wear for a longer period of time so spending more money on something I will wear 30 times makes more sense than making something cheaper that might not last 10 wears. But when I was buying this fabric I really thought it was a better quality one. So I decided to enjoy it while it last and buy smarter next time.

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Prugasta verzija u plavoj i bijeloj boji je izrađena u tanjoj mekanoj tkani koja nažalost pokazuje godine sa nošenjem. Nije stara ali se površina tkanine ljušti nakon trenja. Uspjela sam to popraviti s ‘depilacijom’ površine, trik koji sam nekad davno vidjela negdje na internetu. Mislim da ću to morati češće raditi da bi dolčevita izgledala pristojno. Zato je bolje uvijek raditi s kvalitetnijom tkaninom. Shvatila sam da radije potrošim više novaca na ono što će trajati 30 nošenja nego izraditi komad u lošijoj tkanini koja neće doživjeti ni 10 nošenja. Ali kada sam kupovala ovu tkaninu mislila sam da će biti kvalitetnija, tako da je uvijek moguće pogriješiti. Pa sam odlučila uživati u njoj dok traje i kupovati pametnije idući put.

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casually social wave /  Opušten društveni pozdrav

 

I think this is one of many great jersey patterns out there that make you feel better during cold grey winter days. I like the warmth and love the funnel neck gives me and I plan of making more of these next winter.

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Mislim da je ovo jedan od brojnih odličnih krojeva napravljen za džersej tkanine koji vam olakšavaju hladne i sive zimske dane. Volim toplinu koju mi daje tkanina oko vrata i planiram izraditi još komada iduće zime.

 

Thank you for reading!

Hvala na čitanju!

 

Ana

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Flint / Ja i Flint – pants pattern by Megan Nielsen

Today I will talk a little bit about my big love for the Flint pants pattern from Megan Nielsen. I fell in love with it when I first saw it, and I bought the pattern on the release date.

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Danas ću malo pisati o velikoj ljubavi prema kroju hlača Flint od  Megan Nielsen. Čim je kroj objavljen zaljubila sam se u njegove linije i detalje i kupila ga na dan objave.

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I made two cropped versions so far and I want to make more shorts for summer. The pattern is really easy to assemble. At first you might need some imagination regarding construction of the crossover closure, but when you make the first pair everything makes perfect sense. We are talking about pants with no zippers after all! The two closure options are either two buttons or a combination of a button and waist tie. A waist tie! I just love this details and as much as I believe in clean lines and minimalism on one hand I do not see myself making a pair without the bow. It is just too dang beautiful and different to skip.

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Do sada sam napravila dvije duže verzije, ali i nekoliko kratkih hlača za ljeto je na listi želja. Kroj je vrlo jednostavan za izradu. Na prvu treba nešto mašte da bi shvatili kako se hlače zatvaraju u struku, ali kada izradite prvi par sve bude savršeno jasno. Ipak pričamo o hlačama bez ciferšlusa! Dvije opcije za zatvaranje hlača su dva gumba ili kombinacija gumba i mašne. Mašna! Toliko volim ovaj detalj i koliko god vjerovala u ljepotu jednostavnog dizajna i linija mislim da neću moći izraditi ovaj kroj bez mašne. Ipak je taj detalj nekako poseban. 

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Their first outing at a wedding / njihov prvi izlazak na vjenčanju

 

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Backstage view / pogled odostraga

 

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Rust crepe version that does not look so rust in the pictures unfortunately / Hrđavo narančasta verzija koja nažalost ne izgleda toliko hrđavo narančasta na slikama

I made both versions is a crepe fabric and I love both colours. First pair I made was in a deep green medium weight crepe and the fabric is perfect for it. It has just the right weight to fall nicely and keep shape but also light enough to dance around you feet while moving. I love wearing them and how comfortable they feel.
The second pair is made in a lightweight rust coloured crepe. The colour s just beautiful and I was into it during fall when I was looking at copper like leaves all around. But the weight of the fabric means they swish around way more (like a no. 1 disco hit) and they do not hold the shape as good, specially around the hem. I have to admit that I do ship hand sewing finishes when I can use my machine, but it might have been a smarter move to do it the right way for this pair. The machine finish makes them look a bit like a home-made garment and not hand-made, which we all know is not the way to go. I might go back to that and revise it to make them a bit more presentable. But I still wear them and the bow looks spectacular in this fabric. Just saying.

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Obje verzije sam napravila u krep tkanini i ne mogu se odlučiti koja boja mi je draža. prvi par sam napravila u tamno zelenoj krep tkanini srednje težine i to je odličan izbor za ovaj kroj. Tkanina ima točno pravu dozu težine tako da lijepo pada i pritom drži formu, ali u pokretu ipak pleše oko nogu. Volim ih nositi i toliko su ugodne.
Drugi par sam izradila iz laganog krepa u boji hrđe. To je bilo na jesen kada sam stalno bila okružena otpalim lišćem i ta boja mi nije izlazila iz glave. Kako je ova tkanina lakša hlače puno više plešu (kao najbolji disko hit) i zbog toga ne drže najbolje formu, pogotovo kod ruba. Moram priznati da kada postoji mogućnost završiti rub mašinom uvijek biram tu opciju ispred ručnog šivanja. Ali mislim da bi za ovaj par ručno šivanje bila sretnija opcija pa je to nešto čemu ću se možda ponovo vratiti i popraviti. To je razlog zbog kojeg ova verzija ispada više kao da je kućne izrade, a ne ručne izrade (što nije baš preporučeni recept za dobar stil). Ali svejedno ih nosim a mašna jednostavno izgleda spektakularno u ovoj tkanini. Samo kažem.

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These were the first pants I ever made and I did not have to do any changes to the pattern. I think they are a great option for the first time pant makers out there since they are not overly fitted in the behind area. They are somewhat fitted in the waist with darts in the front and back and you can play with these to get them just right. They skim your hips like silk dreams and fall down. I think this is a very flattering look and great to learn the basic construction of pants before continuing with other more fitted patterns.

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Ovo su prve hlače koje sam napravila i kroj nisam trebala dodatno prilagođavati. Mislim da je ovo odličan izbor za sve djevice po pitanju izrade hlača jer kroj nije uzak u stražnjem dijelu. Hlače su uske u području struka gdje ih lako možete oblikovati po svom tijelu, a lijepo padaju preko kukova. Ovo je odličan kroj za upoznavanje sa izradom i konstrukcijom hlača. 

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They even make garages smile! / Čak izmamljuju osmijeh i na garažama!

I do get compliments when I wear them and funnily enough I was told that these pants are becoming my signature style. The truth is that all compliment go fast forward to Megan. So thank you Megan for jazzing up my style, it is much appreciated!

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Dobila sam komplimente za ove hlače i čak mi je rečeno da su one postale moj potpis. Ali svo komplimenti idu ravno Megan za odličan kroj. Hvala Megan što si digla moj stil na viši nivo!

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I will be making more shorts as well for the summer. The pattern can be made in one day, but me being not that fast when it comes to sewing I tend to do them in two or three afternoons. But shorts could be my do-it-in-one-day pattern. We shall see, I will report back.

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Sašit ću i par kratkih hlača za ljeto. Hlače se mogu sašiti u jednom danu ali kako ja nisam najbrža po pitanju šivanja obično ih izradim u dva ili tri popodneva. Ali kratke hlače bi mogle biti brže i moj novi jednodnevni projekt. Izvještaj slijedi.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Hvala na čitanju!

 

Ana

Moj prvi kaput – Chloe kroj od Sew Over It

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Krajem 2017. godine odlučila sam sašiti svoj prvi kaput. Odabrala sam kroj pod imenom Chloe coat  od firme Sew Over It. To je UK firma sa sjedištem u Londonu koja je specijalizirana za izradu šivaćih krojeva, tečajeva i prodaju materijala.

Kako se šivanjem amaterski bavim već 6 godina stekla sam dosta iskustva, ali dugo sam mislila kako doći do stupnja izrade kaputa neće biti lako. I tako sam dugo maštala o tome s mišlju kako ću imati svoj kaput tek za par godina. Ali onda sam shvatila da, osim šivaćeg iskustva, sve što mi treba je odvažnost i – jednostavno probati.

I tako sam početkom ove godine imala svoj prvi kaput.

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Kroj je dio online tečaja Intro to Sewing Coats: Chloe Coat. Željela sam napraviti kaput i među morem krojeva stalno sam to odgađala raditi sama zbog nekih koraka koji bi zahtjevali odgonetavanje i ‘slaganje puzli’ ilitiga glavobolju. Postojala je opcija otići na neki tečaj koji se nudi u gradu, ali kako mi ni to nije odgovaralo, odlučila sam probati ovaj online tečaj. I oduševio me!

Sviđa mi se forma online tečaja jer su materijali dostupni od samog početka u cijelosti i na raspolaganju su kada god se odlučite baciti na posao, pa makar bili u pidžami. Za početak sam prošla kroz sve materijale da steknem dojam što me sve čeka, a kada sam krenula izrađivati kaput svaki video sam pregledavala koliko god je puta bilo potrebno.

Tkaninu koju sam koristila za izradu kaputa je vuna s primjesom poliestera. Kako sam materijal imala već nekoliko godina ne znam mu točan sastav, ali udio poliestera zasigurno nije visok, jer se kaput dao lijepo peglati što je obično koristan indikator. Tkaninu za postavu sam kupila u lokalnom dućanu Svijeta Tkanine u Zagrebu koja je slične boje. Odlučila sam se za sličnu boju jer je cijena bila pristupačna i to mi je odgovaralo za prvi ovakav projekt iako, igrati se s bojama i uzorcima nikad nije dosadno pa to svakako preporučam.

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Tečaj je koristan i drago mi je da ga imam pri ruci za sve daljnje projekte. Svaki video sniman je iz više kuteva kako bi mogli vidjeti sve korake. Svaki korak je jasno objašnjen (na engleskom jeziku) a uz video dostupan je i PDF vodič.

Sastavljanje iz 2D u 3D je bilo jasno i jednostavno. Ima dodatnih koraka i proces je duži od šivanja majice jednostavnog kroja, ali isplati se. Na kraju ćete ipak imati kaput koji ste sami napravili! Za mene je bilo puno koraka koje ranije nisam probala, kao primjerice šivanje dodatne postave u šav na ramenu za čvršći i profesionalniji izgled ili spajanje kaputa sa postavom. Kod tečaja je super što cijelo vrijeme imate pratnju i svaki korak je odmah lakši.

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Proces šivanja kaputa

Kroj predlaže cif ili kopče za zatvaranje kaputa ali kako sam ja po prirodi nestrpljiva, na kraju sam se odlučila preskočiti oboje i jednostavno kaput ‘zatvarati’ remenom. U početku sam planirala ići sa kopčama, ali one zahtjevaju dodatno vrijeme i ručno šivanje u trenutku kada je kaput sam po sebi već gotov. I eto, ja nestrpljiva pa imam kaput bez zatvarača. Ali ako se ikad odlučim za to, mogu dodati kopče na kaput u pola sata. Ako se ikad odlučim.

Trenutno sam zadovoljila svoju želju za šivanjem kaputa, pa ću vjerojatno u novu avanturu tek iduće zime (iako se nikad ne zna). Ali u svakom slučaju bi ponovo probala raditi s ovim krojem i napraviti neke preinake. Kada za to dođe vrijeme ideje za preinake su u glavi, a novi materijal na polici tako da sam spremna.

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Hvala na čitanju!

Pozdrav,

Ana

 

Sew Over It Chloe coat – my very first coat!

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I ended 2017 by cutting out the Chloe coat pattern by Sew Over It. By this point I am sewing for 6ish years but I never made an outer garment before. I always thought I couldn’t get there by just trying, but I would need to first get a certain skill, attend a class or get a hold of a magic wand. But with time and with following other fellow sewists online I discovered you don’t need any of that, but you do need some experience and do what we all do best – try.

Entering 2018 I had my coat cut out, partially assembled, iron on stand by and one week into the new year I finished my first coat.

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Me being awkward in front of the camera in my Chole coat

This pattern comes as part of the online class Intro to Sewing Coats: Chloe Coat. I wanted to make a coat for some time now but always struggled with the idea of doing it on my own with all the head scratching as part of the package. I also could not make it to local classes so online was the only way to go. And I love it! I bought the class, sat on it for few months (because that is what I do best) and at the end of December got around to it. It was time.

I like the ease of an online class because you can ‘attend’ it when ever you want and you can be in your pajamas if you like. So I first went through all classes in one go and then started doing it step by step replaying each video if necessary.

The fabric I used is some sort of wool blend I had in my stash for years, so do not really know the content. I am sure it has some percentage of poly in it, but since it did press well I still think it was not too much. All in all, perfect for a first coat project. The lining was a similar colored one since I thought that was about right for the first try and it was very affordable to get it from a local store (but as I do not have a picture of it you will just have to believe me).

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A bad hair day and good coat day go so well together, don’t you think?

The online class was very helpful and Lisa takes you through all the stages. There are few camera angles for you to get the best look at what she is doing in each video. I read some reviews of the class before making the coat and some mentioned they could not see some of the steps Lisa was doing as her hands got in the way. There is some of that, but I did not have a problem with it and I clearly understood what I need to do. That might be one negative about the online class, but I did not have a problem with it so cannot really say it bothered me.

The assembly of a coat is straightforward and manageable for all sewists with some experience. It is meant to be a class and a pattern for first time coat sewers and if you made few things before you will be fine with making this coat. The tricky part came when I needed to some final stitches since I had a big wool coat at that point and it took some time getting the seam under the needle with the space a sewing machine can offer.

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Sewing traffic jam

I used Ice wool for the shoulders, bagged out the lining and these were a first timers for me (I do not know if that is a word but I think it fits so well). Getting your heard around bagging out the lining is a process but you do get to the end and with few extra finishing touches you have a coat! And that is exactly why I wanted to do the class because I tend to be impatient when I need to do things all on my own and having someone to hold your hand takes some of the stress away.

The coat has two options for closure – zip and poppers. At first I decided to go with press studs but when I got to having a coat but still having to do all the hand sewing I changed my mind (and how great is that for us sewists!). I decided to leave any closures out and use just the brown leather belt I already had. I will go with the zip next time, but for now I am really enjoying it this way. And if I ever change my mind I can always add the press studs later.

I am maybe done with coat making for this season, but you never know what February can bring. I do have some hacks in mind for this pattern though so when the time comes for a second coat I have all the hack ideas and fabrics ready and steady to go.

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Crispness of a back center seam

 

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Side view without the belt

 

Did you make a coat yet and if yes, what was your first pattern to use?

Thanks for stopping by,

Ana

Dobrodošli!

Pred koji mjesec odlučila sam se početi pisati blog. Kupila sam domenu, napisala par tekstova na engleskom i stisnula OBJAVI. A onda se rodila ideja da bi mogla voditi i blog na hrvatskom, više iz znatiželje nego publike jer budimo realnni, publike nema (barem ne trenutno).

 

I evo, prva objava je tu.

Na ovom blogu ću pisati o svojem hobiju – šivanju. Prije otprilike 6 godina okušala sam se u šivanju odjeće i danas ima ormar u kojemu je blizu polovice odjeće izašlo iz moje male kućne poizvodnje.

Ako vas zanimaju neki od tih komada i kako su nastali, pridružite mi se.

Hvala na čitanju!

Ana

Capsule Wardrobe

I am sewing for about 6 years now but it has been last 2 years that I took it up a notch and started making garments I have not tried before and making sure they fit into my wardrobe. Making a dress feels like Christmas every day but since it is not Christmas every day I end up with them clogging up my wardrobe more and more and not getting them out as much. And this is where the capsule wardrobe concept comes to the rescue.

Capsule wardrobe means you make garments that fit into your style AND lifestyle. It is not just about making but making garments you will ware and be able to mix and match with other garments in you wardrobe. It is about make and wear equally.

I realised that I am missing shirts, a coat, pants (I LOVE pants). So I am making them one by one. Some of them are more consuming makes in terms of time but are the ones that will make me most happy and will get the most sun and rain time outside. And that is what counts for me in the end. I am at the beginning now but hope to make 2018 based around it. So stay tuned for more.

I am starting with the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook

I started with this few months ago and posted a little bit about it on Instagram under the hashtag #plandasewssoicitybreak but will cover it in more detail here in upcoming weeks. Hope you will join me!

Happy Holidays!

Welcome to my blog

This is my very first post. Yikes.

Well, I better get started then. I got the first idea to blog about a year ago. It took me only a year to start and now I am terrified what to do. But it does not seem to kill you so I might as well try.

I am in love with sewing and traveling and if you ask me that is the best way to spend my free time. So let’s see how I will be at writing about it in a foreign language.

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My old cat with my old sewing machine