Thursday, November 9

short suit


blazer - burda magazine 08/2012/#137
shorts - burda magazine 10/2010/#111


bought this fabric last fall
0.5m of it, to make these shorts
and i loved it so much, i decided to go back to store and buy more
and make me a matching blazer
and wear that to my birthday party last january
..
but, as per usual with me, i failed to do that,
so i wore something else to the party
and forgot all about fabric and blazer and everything
..
but then i got a ticket for
nick cave and the bad seeds concert, for late october
and that 'suit' seemed like a perfect outfit for the occasion..
it's sort of inspired by mr cave,
as he's always wearing a suit,
and the print takes it to another level
instead of just copying his black-suit look
and making me look like i'm wearing a nick cave costume
..


i made straight size 38
and haven't change a single thing about the pattern
it was an easy one to construct
since there is no real collar or pockets
the only slightly tricky part was an angled seam 
that you can (sort of) see in pics below 



it's a great pattern
and i already have plans to make more blazers from it
as well as a vest version
..
mokosha

Sunday, October 15

color blue



dress - burda magazine 01/2017/#112
sweater - burda magazine 10/2015/#109
sweatshirt - burda magazine 01/2017/#102


i changed my serger threads from pink i've been using for ages to royal blue
to make the dress with ruffles
and, those blue threads then inspired
a week of sewing royal blue stuff!
laziness is a funny thing, right?
..
dress was on my 'list' for a long time
loved the ruffle, which is funny
 i don't usually love ruffles
as they're a bit too girly for my style
but this ruffle i liked..
chose a lycra fabric, that has crepe-like texture
and doesn't fray, so the edge of the ruffle could be left 'raw'
..
i wish i wasn't lazy and did the hem by hand
might get back to it at some point, 
but hem aside, it's a great dress
makes me wanna dance my heart out
not a lot of clothes have that power
..
also, one could argue it's too short
but i think it's fine with tights or leggings
..
sweater is made out of some sort of
boiled wool knit fabric
that i had in my stash for some time..
it's a very thick fabric, super warm
(and also kinda scratchy
so it's 'only for the brave' kinda sweater)..
it's an easy thing to construct
and i made this one using only serger
i hemmed it by hand, but did that after these photos were taken
so that's why the hem looks wonky
..



i've also made a hoodie for my friend johnny
don't have a photo of that hoodie
so you'll have to take my word for it,
but i had some leftover fabric after finishing it
and i used it to make this cropped sweatshirt
that my friend greska is wearing in pics bellow




i've also made a pair of pants for a customer
and finished an upholstery project for a friend
 both of those were blue as well..
and i actually run out of blue serger thread 
after i finished the last one of 'blue period' things yesterday
.. 
working on some backpacks at the moment
nikola is helping me with leather parts
and i'm really loving how those are looking so far!
hope to share them with you soon
..
mokoha

Thursday, October 5

pink safari



jacket - burda 02/2013/#102

couple weeks ago i made a list
of all the things i've been saying i'll sew one day
when i find time to do it
but never manage to find the time
..
some of those things are silly
like new ironing board cover
or oven mitts..
sure, i can buy me some oven mitts
but i have bunch of scraps that can be used to make them
so i don't buy them
and don't make them either, because - time!boring!
..
there's a lot of shit on the list,
and i'm pretty sure i'll never make all of those things
but writing them all down felt like a small victory
and also motivated me to actually find time
and make this jacket
ignoring the fact that it's wrong color, fabric and style for fall
as it's clearly a spring kind of a jacket
..
btw, who invents all those rules?
"wrong colors" for fall.. or "wrong colors" for redheads..
and this clearly is a "wrong color" for safari jacket
but, it's not that i'm going to wear it on an actual safari
and i guess 99.9% of peeps wearing 
"proper" colored safari jackets won't wear them on a safari either..
there's no need for it to blend into an environment
so it might as well be bright pink
..


  
fabric is rayon of some sorts
bought it years ago, it was a remnant
(and was also labeled as 'linen')
i had to take a risk and cut the jacket in size 36 
instead of my usual 38, 
as i did not have enough fabric to make bigger size..
luckily, the risk payed off, and the jacket fits
..
it wasn't a complicated sewing project
but did take more time than i expected
as there was a lot of fiddly parts and topstitching involved
..
i'm super happy with the jacket
been wearing it constantly since it's finished
and plan on wearing it for as long as the weather permits..
also, i'm super happy that i have one item checked off the list!
probably should try making one of the less inspiring things next though
such as that new ironing board cover 
..
mokosha


Friday, September 15

kimono coat



coat - burda 04/2016, #111

had my eye on this pattern since it was out 
but sewing it in april wasn't making much sense
april can be very hot in belgrade
i'm already thinking about swimwear that time of the year
..
last fall i've again been thinking of making it
although that never happened 
but i did end up buying this fabric and tracing pattern
so once i finally found the time to sew the coat
it didn't take that much time at all
..
dunno what the fabric is.. some sort of a blend
probably with some viscose in it.. it's very soft to touch,
 not too thick, but it is rather heavy, 
and while drapes beautifully
 it turned out to be a bit too heavy for this pattern
as front flap now pulls the entire coat down a bit
..
also, it was a pain in the ass to finish the sides and get a nice look inside
as there are layers and layers of fabric 
in area where the front flap is..
have no idea how burda wants me to finish it
(instructions are a bit confusing)
from the picture in magazine i think they simply overlocked the inside edges 
and stitched them down flat..
i couldn't do that, as it would look silly
since i overlocked the edges using pink thread :)
and you can see the insides when you're wearing the coat unbelted..
so i had to fiddle with it a bit, and i'm not too happy with the result
but it worked (kinda).. sorry there's no picture of that
might come back and add them when i'm feeling less lazy
..
also.. been thinking of removing the flap
that way the whole thing would hang better
and inside finishing of the left side would look nice and smooth
but if i remove the flap
than it's just a basic bathrobe coat
and the reason i made the coat was the flap
as i really liked how it looks..
so i guess i'll just leave it as is,
or maybe give it another go in lighter fabric




all the complaints aside
i actually do like this coat
and adore the color (that is actually more green irl)..
it's going to be a pretty good alternative to trench coat this fall
..
mokosha


Sunday, September 10

all the things


  this is going to be one kinda strange post
as i'll just drop a bunch of pics of random stuff i made
over past couple of months..
and while i'd love to blog all of those garments individually
i simply no longer have the energy needed to do that
plus i'm not really sure people read blogs nowadays, so why bother, right
..
but i do still enjoy reading other people's blogs
so i thought i'll just try to resurrect this little blog of mine
give it another go
as there was a time i really enjoyed sharing the stuff i made
..




anyways.. all the things are made using burda patterns
(except for linen dress from the first photo
and caramel colored pleated skirt,
i created patterns for those)
..
sewing some coats these days
gonna try to write a proper post about them
once they're finished
.. 
mokosha









  








Sunday, March 12

year six


year six was an eventful one
..
there were dresses in all shapes and sizes









shitload of blazers 




i knitted sweaters no. 2, 3 and 4




no.5 is on it's way


made some shirts as well, normal ones


and fancy ones too


totally failed when it comes to sewing bottoms
made only this one pair of shorts
(plus few leggings.. but no skirts
or non stretchy pants of any kind) 


 made some outerwear too

 


also, have been to france
where i walked among dinosaurs


hitchhiked a lot


explored normandy


and had picnics after picnics on random parisienne benches..


once back to balkans, climbed some mountains in bosnia 



and some local ones too 


in other news.. i got married (in me made dress, of course)


and had another fancy dress to wear to the wedding party
(made by my friend boris
as i failed to finish my other dress on time)
..
might write a post about dresses one day
(as well as one about sweaters)
but today is not that day
as i'm super tired and about to crash
so.. see you in year seven 




mokosha