Finally Some New Clothes!

After first not having time, then not having space, on to not having sewing-mojo, I finally got back to sewing. It became neccessary because I had a serious lack of butt-covering workout tops.

I’m sure those of you who know me for a long time had to go back and re-read that sentence. Yes, I wrote workout. I started doing some physical activity becides cycling. It’s nothing big though, don’t get overexcited! We’ll see how long I’ll have the stamina to do so. So far I really like it though, so much so that I even made an outfit. Well, just the top, but still. Here it is on Berta, the “perfect copy of me“:

Front view – I liked the cowl and the ruched side seam

Back view – Nothing special, really

I finally got around to making her a leg. She is now decorating our guest room, as seen from the last apartment update post. So far I didn’t take advantage of her being erect, thoug, as I didn’t make anything that needed fitting. The top above is number 130 from the Burda Style magazine 09/2012. It came together very quickly and easily and I already plan to make another one with fabric from my stash.

EDIT: I just wore it to yoga class (that’s what I got myself into) and it’s not really useful. The cowl keeps falling over the face in the downward positions and that’s not entirely helping me with the breathing…

The other thing I made is a very loose purple silk/cotton blend blouse. I will have to wear it with a belt or tucked into high waisted trousers, as it is decidedly sack-shaped:

Not very figure-flattering, is it?

Cinched version – a lot better

It was rather easy to make, but still took me two days to complete, because I made my own bias tape. I used Sarai’s (from Colette Patterns) technique, which is easy and in principle not very time consuming, but the fabric I used was behaving rather flimsily. Also, I got into a bit of a perfectionist mode and hand-basted the bias tape. Anyway, as usual the top is not perfect, but good enough for me.

Apart from those two tops I already started on a Sorbettoin the same fabric as the sack-blouse. It’s almost done, I only have to apply the bias tape. However, after the long time it took me to complete the other top, I’ll wait a little bit for the university workload to get smaller (read: after Christmas). It’s getting closer to the end of the semester and I have a ton of coursework to finish in the next two or three weeks. But I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t found a way of procrastinating. Here it is, the “Procrastination Project Fall Semester 2012”:

Knitting of all things!

To recount: Since I moved here I started spending hours and hours outdoors, started some sort of sports and now knitiing! What is this country doing to me?!


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