The bohemian Janis BoHo Tunic

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Another great pattern from talented, Danish pattern designer Christina from Wardrobe by Me. This time it is a gorgeous tunic, called Boho Janis with several sleeve, neck and bottom options.

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The tunic has a bohemian relaxed feel, but sewn up in a different fabric it will yield a totally different look. Imagine a singlecolor silk for a stylish look or a flower pattern for a more romantic feel. Or how about making a Janis in a light isoli for

a comfy look and feel?

There are four sleeve options and I chose to make the voulant option. First of all I´m not really fond of sewing ruffles, secondly I really like the more smooth transition between sleeve and voulant.

The fabric I choose is from Citystoffer, although I wasn’t able to find the actual fabric on the website. It is very airy and light and somewhat sheer. I might wear a cami underneath, however I´m not in these pictures.

The pattern itself is very much up to Wardrobe by Me´s usual standard, with great drawing and explanations to take you through every step. This is a pretty easy, fast sew that can be sewn by most people, depending on fabric of course.
Wardrobe by Me also has a FB, where you can get lots inspiration and help.

I have sewn a straight size 10, only alteration is that I lengthened the sleeve by 4 cm. Pretty standard alteration for me.sewing blog about testing pdf patterns sewing my own wardrobe

The pants are of course the lovely North Point Trousers.

The pattern is on sale now; and it is really worth it.

Endnu et skønt mønster fra talentfulde, danske mønsterdesigner Christina fra Wardrobe by Me. Denne gang en lækker tunika, Boho Janis, med flere forskellige ærme-, hals- og kantafslutninger.

Tunikaen har en boheme, afslappet stil, men syet i andet stof kan den få et helt andet udtryk. Ensfarvet silke ville gøre den vældig elegant, mens blomstret stof ville gøre den mere romatisk. Eller hvad med at sy en afslappet tunika i isoli?

Der er fire ærmeafslutninger at vælge imellem; jeg valgte voulant versionen. Jeg er ikke alt for pjattet med at sy flæser og jeg kan bedre lide overgangen mellem ærme og voulant.

Stoffet er fra Citystoffer. Jeg kunne ikke finde det på deres hjemmeside, men det er meget let og lidt transparent 100% bomuldsstof med batikmønster. Jeg kommer nok til at bruge blusen med en lille top under, men det har jeg nu ikke på billedet.

Mønstret lever helt op til Wardrobe ny Me´s vanlige standard, med gode illustrationer og forklaringer til alle trin. Det er et forholdsvis let mønster, som kan sys af de fleste, afhængigt at stofvalg, selvfølgelig.
For mere inspiration og hjælp har Wardrobe by Me en super fin FB  side.

Jeg har syet en str 10 uden de store tilpasninger. Eneste ændring er, at jeg har lagt 4 cm til i ærmelængden, hvilket jeg ofte har brug for.
Bukserne er selvfølgelig mine skønne North Point Trousers.

Boho Janis er nedsat et stykke tid.

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Stylish North Point Trousers

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I am always a little hesitant when it comes to sewing trousers. Fitting trousers can be difficult, especially if you start out with a dodgy pattern. That is why there was no doubt in my mind when talented Kennis from Itch to Stitch called out for testers for her new pattern for trousers. I knew it would be a very well drafted pattern with great fit and thorough instructions, and I was right.
This is really a pair of trousers were no corners were cut when it comes to techniques and features.
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  • Classically sleek straight leg silhouette
  • Medium rise and curve through hip and thigh
  • Ankle length that can be lengthened or shortened
  • Contour waistband for a better fit
  • Streamlined front slanted pockets
  • Strong and durable back single-welt pockets
  • Fly front with zipper and double hook and bar closure
  • Use of stretch woven fabric for comfort

I have never sewn a welt pocket before and was a bit in awe of it, but Kennis has made a really thorough instruction on her blog, with lots of pictures.
Apart from the features above, I also really like, that the front pocket extend al the way to the fly, making sure the pocket stays in place and doesn’t open too much or flap out.

I did have to make some adjustments to the pattern mostly due to my protruding thighs and calfs. I used these two alterations and that pretty much solved my issues. I also added 3″ in length. I am tall and also like my trousers a little longer that ankel length.

Fitting trousers can be a bitch, but I promise you, these trousers are really worth the effort. They are so comfortable, because of the fit and the fabric with a little stretch and yet very stylish. I will be making lots more of these.
It is such a pleasure to now be able to sew pants that fits nicely and will last for years. I´m definately sewing more North Point Trousers. Just gotta love that.
If you find that you need help with these or have fitting issues, I highly recommend joining the Itch to Stitch FB group  

Remember the pattern is on sale until the 12th of September.

Jeg er altid lidt tilbageholdende når det kommer til at skulle sy bukser. At tilpasse bukser er virkelig svært, specielt hvis dit udgangspunkt er et halvdårligt mønster. Derfor turde jeg også godt springe på, da Kennis fra Itch ti Stitch søgte efter testere til sit nye buksemønster. Jeg vidste at det ville være et gennearbejdet, velkonstrueret mønster med god pasform. Jeg tog ikke fejl.
Sådan beskriver Kennis North Point Trousers;

  • klassisk buks med smalle, lige ben
  • Mellemhøj talje og figurformet over hofte og lår
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  • Faconsyet linning for en god pasform
  • Tætsiddende skrå lommer
  • Stærk og holdbar enkelt paspolieret lomme
  • Lynlås foran og lukning med buksehægte
  • Strækstof for komfort

Jeg har aldrig før syet paspiloeret lomme før og var lidt nervøs for det, men Kennis har lavet en virkelig god og omhyggelig vejledning med masser af billeder på sin blog.
Udover ovenstående er jeg også ret vild med, at lommeposen går helt ind og har fat ved lynlåsen. Det gør at lommen ikke flapper ud, men bliver pænt siddende hvor den skal.

Jeg har lavet et par tilpasninger, hovedsaligt for at få mine fremtrædende lår og lægge til at være der. Se billeder længere oppe. Jeg har også forlænget benene med ca 7cm. Jeg er høj og jeg vil gerne have bukser lidt længere ned til anklen.

Det kan være svært at tilpasse bukser i næsten fast stof, men de her bukser er det virkelig værd. De er så komfortable, dels pga mønstret og tilpasningen, dels pga stoffet med lidt stræk, men samtidig stilfulde.
Nu når jeg har gjort arbejdet med at tilpasse én gang, kan jeg sy bukser der passer til mig så ofte jeg orker…., det er da for fedt!! Jeg skal helt sikkert have syet flere par.
Hvis du har brug for hjælp med tilpasning, kan jeg anbefale dig at finde Itch to Stitch Facebook gruppe; der er masser af hjælp og inspiration at hente.

Husk mønstret er nedsat indtil den 12. september.

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The very feminine Kristen Dress

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I have sewn and tested the very feminine Kristen Dress by Australian Ann Grose from Designer Stitch. I would not usually wear something with ruffles or a wide skirt, but I really liked the look of this dress and have not regretted sewing it.

sewing blog about testing pdf patterns sewing my own wardrobeKristen Dress is a knee length dress with a wide skirt, fitted bodice and ruffles on the neck and front. There is an option between a sleeve or ruffles at the armhole. I choose to sew the dress without the sleeve, since I wasn’t to keen on the sleeves provided.

Skærmbillede 2017-09-03 kl. 11.58.15The dress is meant to be sewn up in a light, vowen fabric, such as Rayon, silk or light cotton. I choose a black rayon for my first Kristen, but would love to make one i silk, too.

Personally I always make a muslin when I try or test a new pattern. I mean, we all have individual bodies and testing makes sure you get a fit that suits you. With the Kristen the fitting is pretty easy, as you only need to sew up the bodice and fit that. The skirt is pretty wide and forgiving when it comes to fitting, so no need to sew that up.

Another thing that makes the Kristen easy to fit, is that it comes with different cup sizes, ranging from B to DD. There is also very good instruction helping you to choose which one you´ll need. I turnes out to be a straight size 5 with a B cup and didn´t have to make any alterations, except I lengthened the bodice 1″/2,5 cm. That was totally unnecessary, and I will take that of again with the next one.

The Kristen dress is on sale now for a limited time. Do get it now, it is a gorgeous, really well drafted dress and apart from being stylish it is also very comfortable. Win win….

Jeg har syet og testet den meget feminine Kristen Dress af australske Ann Grose fra Designer Stitch. Normalt ville jeg aldrig vælge en kjole med flæser eller skørt med vidde, men jeg faldt for den her kjole og jeg har bestemt ikke fortrudt.

Kristen Dress er en knælang kjole med skørt med vidde, en overdel der sidder til og flæser ved halsen og foran. Der er valgmulighed mellem et ærme og flæser ved ærmegabet. Jeg valgte flæserne, da jeg ikke var alt for vild med de lidt flagrende ærmer.

Kjolen skal sys i let, vævet stof, f.eks viscose, silke eller bomuld. Jeg har syet den i en let, lidt tung fast viscose. Jeg vil virkelig gerne lave en i silke også.

Jeg laver altid en prøve, når jeg tester eller prøver nye mønstre. Vi har jo alle forskellige kroppe og ting der skal tages hensyn til. Det er bare så meget lettere med en prøve og det sikre, at du får den rette pasform.
Det er ret let at tilpasse Kristen Dress, fordi du kun behøver at sy overdelen og tilpasse den. Skørtet er med så meget vidde, at det typiske ikke vil være nødvendigt at sy det op i en prøve.
Mønstret kommer desuden også med forskellige skål størrelser, fra B til DD, og en god vejlening til hvordan du vælger den rette størrelse. Jeg skulle efter skemaet væren en str 5 med B skål og det passede fuldstændigt. Jeg har kun tillagt lidt længde ved taljen, men det havde ikke været nødvendigt og det ryger af ved den næste.

Kristen Dress er på tilbud lige nu og i en begrænset periode.
Det er en super fin, velkonstrueret kjole som er både fin og meget behagelig at have på.

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