Hello everyone and a belated Happy New Year to you all!
Especially the knit version of it… well, since I didn’t do the pleated version yet. It’s on my long-term to-do list, only it’s not quite the best time to do a pleated pencil skirt when you’re pregnant and your figure is going to change a lot in the next year or more. So that’ll have to wait a bit.
Anyway. The knit pencil skirt is a dream to do. It’s super easy, fast done, looks great, feels great, is comfortable… what else is there to say?
I have done a “simple” version, when I was making an outfit for myself to my cousin’s wedding. That turned out great. So I had to make another one. Except I played around with the pattern a little bit and made my own little hack.
Basically I took the pattern and cut it into smaller panels, only to sew them back together. That’s all there is to it, really.
I also added some pockets. Though it might not seem as the best idea with a narrow pencil skirt, I just like to have pockets. Even though, I don’t put much in them. But I don’t wear a watch, so I like to have a place to have my phone around me, most of all when I’m not at home. Also it’s nice to have a place to put a tissue or a headband for Liv, to have them around… That’s why.
I had plans of adding some closure to the pockets to keep them from standing off a bit at the hips. Those plans came right after I made the skirt and tried it on. It’s been a while since and I never got to do them… not sure I ever will. Maybe with the next one.
I used a deep red jersey for this skirt. It’s similar to the off-white one I used for the skirt I wore to the wedding, except it’s a bit thinner. Still thick enough though to make a good skirt fabric. I also bought it at the same time as I bought the off-white jersey. It was just a thing in the moment, and what a good moment that was!
Yep. What else is there to say… I love those skirts. I’m sure there are gonna be more, whether in the original pattern or hacked ones.
So I’ll just add this awesome GIF my sis made. Ouuiiiii!
Can you call something a tradition if you have done it once? But then again, everything has to begin somewhere. I have started a tradition in our home last year, by making our own advent calendar.
I was not entirely sure I would make one this year. Due to the joys of a long lasting intense nausea of an early pregnancy, followed closely by very low energy and some work related duties (not to mention those of trying to keep our household at least in a more or less usable shape), I was putting any thoughts of it off. Yes, if you’ve been wondering- or not- that is indeed, why it has been so silent around here since summer. I am getting back to life, though. Finally. Slowly.
Only after talking to a dear friend, who asked if I was going to make an advent calendar this year too, by which time it was end of November, I realized I had only a few days left to make something. And that I would be sorry if I would not do something and leave this “tradition”. That’s a thanks to you, my dear, for that kick in the butt!
Suddenly in those coming 3 days, I got surprisingly many ideas how to make the calendar, each one totally different. Probably too many ideas. That only meant in the end that I couldn’t decide what to make. So again, I put it off. Until I decided last minute (oh, those last minute projects!) to just go with what I have at home and stay low-key.
So I re-used those brown paper bags from last year, which I decorated simply with strips of Christmas wrapping paper.
Liv is not yet 3 years old and she does not know numbers yet. Ok, she knows a few and she’s quite interested in what is what. But numbers don’t have quite such a big meaning yet as they do for us (beyond 3 or 4, it just gets a lot). So I didn’t want to just paint numbers on the bags, but incorporate also a visual that I think would be more interesting for her. (Actually, it’s still in a similar sense as to why I added the animals last year.)
That’s why I printed some nice pictures with numbers I found on Pinterest on hard paper and added those to the bags.
After opening a bag we tear off the card with the number and put it back up. The pictures make a nice decoration and it also helps Liv to see how many days have gone by since we started and how many days (packages) left to Christmas.
It’s all very simple, relatively fast done… and it looks nice, even though they’re just hanging there on a string.
I even already came up with the idea that we will leave the strings hanging there after Christmas (just take down the packages and numbers, of course) and hang there Liv’s paintings and creations. I wanted a place for that anyway for long, just never got to do it. And also I always tend to think of more complicated ideas how to do something, overlooking just the plain simple things that are actually around you which can do the job just as well. So I’m already looking forward to that!
Of course, Liv asks to open more than one package a day at once, but so far she’s done well and accepted if I say we open the next one tomorrow… we do have to talk about it sometimes 10x a day, but she has not opened more at a day yet. Sweet girl.
I do admit though that it helps that she got another advent calendar from her grandmother, which has tiny books for each day. This way she can open one bag and take out one book each day, which is quite a help in negotiating with Liv.
If you’ve been wondering what I’ve put in those bags… I will tell you. Funny that there’s tons of inspirational pictures of advent calendars, but (almost) nobody wants to share what they put in there. I guess it becomes kind of a bit personal. Of course, you can put in there anything you like. I will share though what I’ve put in there, just in case it might help someone to get a kick as to what the content might be.
I basically had most of the things gathered after a visit to a stationery shop and to a sweet danish shop called Flying Tiger, which by the way the same friend I mentioned before recommended to me. I didn’t know it before, but I have to say it became probably my new favourite shop soon after entering it. They have a lot of cute stuff, lots of DIY aids, a sweet -scandinavian- style, low prizes… No, I am -unfortunately- not getting anything for praising and recommending them.
So, here’s my list:
- a castanet (percussion instrument)
- chocolate egg
- stamps (with stamp pillow)
- a new toothbrush (she needed that anyway)
- striped socks
- band-aids (what kid doesn’t love band-aids?)
- fun stacking pencils (number 8, if you’re wondering)
- DIY play figures to colour
- wooden stamps for painting on fabrics
- a lollipop
- a candle in the shape of an owl (actually I cheated there and took out a leftover candle we used last year as our advent wreath)
- blowing markers
- sticky bookmarks
- washi tapes
- stickers which you can paint on
- more stamps
- a little red suitcase with white dots… what else is there to say except it was too cute not to take it…
- a hair clip in the shape of a butterfly
- and more stamps
- Progresso colouring pencils
- still to add: something I will sew. Probably clothes for dolls or an Indian headdress.
Ok, I know there are a lot of stamps in there. That was of course no intention. I first bought the wooden ones to work with fabric. Then I bought a package of 9 stamps which were cute and I divided them into 3 days… since they were each 3 red, 3 green and 3 blue ones. I also might have divided them into 9 days and covered more with one bought thing. But I thought that would make it too many days seem the same. And then I bought the stamps with the ink pillow, which were just too cute not to take. As I think of it, I might have done a stamp advent calendar, where each day there would be just one stamp. Hah. Maybe next time. Year.
I have to admit, I spent a bit more than I initially wanted for the advent calendar. I got a bit carried away in the stationery shop and the flying tiger. You could easily take the things I got and divide them even more into more days. I also had the intentions of adding more stuff I would yet do for Liv myself. But since I got more things than I meant to, I don’t have to make them anymore, or I will just save them and give them to her for Christmas.
BTW, Liv’s reaction on December 1st, when she found the hanging bags was simply cute. “Does anyone have a birthday?” she yelled excited. :-)
Oh, and I also made a kind of reverse advent calendar for myself. I took out an empty box and I will put inside something each day and donate it somewhere at the end. I still have to figure out where, but that’s the least concern, really. It’s been bugging me that we have a lot of unused stuff around at home anyway, so this way it will at least help get rid of some of it.
Have you done a DIY advent calendar? I would love to see your versions!
Have a beautiful December!
Let me yet continue on my last post, to add one more thing on the theme of summer. And weddings. And last minute sewing. Because THIS was really something sewn last minute.
So you have seen the dress I made for Liv to wear on my cousin’s wedding?
If you have, you know, it is indeed very much made for summer. A light dress, with a lace-y top. After all, the wedding was taking place in summer and all the days before were very hot.
Except when we woke up on the morning of the wedding. It was still hot, but really thick, grey clouds came up. And it looked like it might not be that hot that day after all. Like it might rain, with a light wind in the air. It might still clear away during the day and be hot. But it also might not.
I am not a person who has to have everything stylish and beautifully matching with each other. I mean, of course, I like it (and most of all the designer part in me) when something looks good, and stylish and pretty… But I am also phlegmatic enough not to care too much about it, especially when it comes to kids. I mean, they look cute in anything really anyway, right?
But then again, we were going to a wedding. And the only appropriately sweater-something I had for Liv at that time was her Hippu sweater. Not exactly something to go very well over a mint dress. Not to mention, if she had to wear it all the time in the end, she might as well have worn jeans with it and I might not have made the effort of making a dress that no one would see in the end. Sooo…
Still having a few hours in the morning before the wedding, I whipped out an off-white jersey I had in my stash, took out the pattern of the before mentioned Hippu sweater, made a few quick alterations as I went… And made a little cardigan for Liv.
And if anyone wonders, the weather was changing the whole day, but basically she wore the cardigan for most of the day in the end, so I was glad I did it.
And the looks my husband threw at me telling me I was crazy to sew something else so last minute before the wedding were worth it, ha.
Oh dear, time has stood still around here again for a bit. It seems almost hard to get it going again. But I will talk about the reasons why some other time. For now, I would just like to finish this post, I started a month or two ago… when it was still warm… so I might then just move on.
This summer my lovely cousin had her wedding. I was sewing trousers and a vest for her son which was out of the same fabric his father had his made. By the way, it was one of the most lovely woolen fabrics I’ve ever sewn with. It was a DREAM to do it! Unfortunately I do not have a photo of him to share yet.
What I can share with you are the dresses me and Liv wore to this wedding.
I knew she wanted the “theme” or rather colour of the wedding (decoration) to be mint. From something quite different I had done before this, I had a lot of mint fabrics at home. So, again last minute, after I was finished with the trousers and vest, I decided to make something for us too.
For myself I wanted something to be casual enough to be comfortable in for a whole afternoon-evening, but yet appropriate for a wedding and maybe a little bit different.
The jersey skirt pattern from Delia Creates fits perfectly, though I might have made it a size smaller yet. From her instructions it should have been even bigger and I was struggling a while to get it more or less right. But I guess, that’s due to my post-baby-figure, that never got back.
I had real luck with the fabric. I bought it while looking for something else and it was quite cheap and seemed nice so I just took it. It was really a quick decision in the moment, but I’m so glad for it, because it was just ideal for this skirt. The colour is really nice, an off-white that can be formal, but still can be matched up with casual stuff. It’s wonderfully soft to the touch, yet rather a thick jersey, so it holds a nice form and also has the advantage that it’s not at all see-through. Perfect for a skirt. Also, combined with the great patter from Delia, it was just a quickie to sew! What more does one want?
The mint jersey fabric for the shirt is a much softer, flowing one, which again was wonderful for the use of the shirt. Gave it a kind of waterfall-effect, which was really nice.
What I like about the pattern is it makes it look really almost like an ordinary shirt, but with an interesting twist on the sides, plus it is really nice and comfy, especially in summer, to have it so wide. And at the same time the mint colour adds the formal touch, making it, I think, fit enough for a wedding.
The neckline is actually rather wide and it needed something to make it hold better in place, which was a nice opportunity to add a nice little detail in the back. I actually used a different mint fabric, which I used for Liv’s dress and which is not stretchy. Luckily it’s in the same mint tone as the shirt’s fabric, though. Over this I added a piece of lace (can you see it on the photo?), which again I used for Liv’s dress. So not only does it add a nice accent, it actually was a direct link to my daughter’s dress and made it matching, though, not in such a clear way. Hah, insider information here.
So, to get to Liv’s dress, now that I’ve started talking about it.
For her, I made a simple mint A-line dress, with a stretchy off-white lace at the top.
As I mentioned before, I made her dress out of a different fabric. Not quite sure what exactly it is, because it’s been in my stash probably for years. I think it’s a cotton-poly-blend or something… It’s actually nice to touch, and it can be stretched a little bit actually, but otherwise is a bit firmer. First I wanted to make her dress out of the same jersey as my shirt, but it was too flow-y and falling for the simple A-line. So I took this fabric and it worked really well.
The stretchy lace fabric at the top not only adds a nice detail, but is also really useful. It makes it softer and more comfortable around the neck and shoulders, not only to wear, but also to dress and undress.
For the hems of the neckline and sleeves I used the soft jersey from my shirt. I admit, the combination of the stretchy, thin lace and the soft jersey was a bit slippery to sew… but worth the comfort, I think. Also, thanks to the stretch of both, I didn’t have to add any buttons or any other closure around the neck, which in the end saved me lots of time, energy, and made it super easy and quick to put on.
Yup, that’s about it.
See you (hopefully) soon(er) in a next post.
My dear readers! Here it is, my first anniversary of this blog (or Blogiversary as Lexi so nicely pointed out in the comments of my last post).
THANK YOU ALL again who read this blog. Makes it seem worthwhile writing. So a huge huge Thank you!
And now. As I promised… Our first GIVEAWAY!
I wanted to make this drawing of lots somewhat little bit special. Since we take most of our photos in my parent’s garden, the idea came to me to make paper origami flowers, where the names would be hidden.
Why ever did I come up with origami flowers? I have not made origami anything for YEARS! So sure, let’s torture myself a little bit with those little bit hard to understand instructions, haha.
It was fun, though. I tried around a few. First I made an Iris, then a Tulip, then I tried to understand some others, which were unfortunately not successful. So I came back to the Irises. Then I found out they would not go all into the vase as I wanted them to. So I made little Tulips instead.
Since I did not plan to be at my parent’s home for this whole thing, everything was a little more improvised than I thought it would be. Like the papers I used were just something I found around here. Yes… and everything else I used. Heh.
As I said before, Liv is the boss after all around here. She did not like my Irises stuck up in the pot.
Also she was in charge of filling the vase. I thought we might fill it with sand, but she decided leaves would be better. So be it!
Here’s the “filling” of the flowers with your names, participants!
Livi also decided to fill the vase with the Irises too.
But then we couldn’t get to the tulips with the names, so we had to take them out again.
So! The long awaited drawing of names! Here we go!
And the winner iiiiiiis….. Drumrollls….
The lovely Abigail, from the freckledfashionista, who wanted the Twig Shirt! Congratulations :-)
Hope it will serve you well!
And thank you all for participating in the GIVEAWAY!
Soon enough I’ll be celebrating a special anniversary. On September 2nd it will be one year since I started this blog!
Quite a lot has happened this year. There are probably so much more posts than I thought there would be when I was starting it a year ago. And yet there are so many things I did not get to post about, or are still waiting for me to get to them.
I have to say, blogging is a lot more work than I expected. Not that I expected it would go without any effort, but it requires more than I really thought. You do something, you want to share it. So you need to get photos of it. And that is not quite as simple as I thought. At least taking pics of Liv I thought would be easy. But it’s not as easy. She’s not of the kind who will stand still for a photoshoot. That little kid moves around all the time (it can be quite a workout to run around trying to take a few shots of her, let me tell you), so a lot of the pictures taken that would be great are not sharp enough. But at least I can find her an activity (or she does herself) where I can follow her around and get here and there something. The worse part is if I need photos taken of myself. I do not own any system of taking my own photos, so I need someone to do that for me- my sis. So you need to make time, to find babysitters, not to mention the often awkward me in front of a camera.
If the photos are taken, phew. One part over. Here comes another: Go through them (usually many times), sort them, choose a few, if needed edit.
Then sit down (again), write something that makes at least a little sense (not always so easy as you might think, when you’re a mother of a little kid and only get to do all these things during sleep-times. If you don’t fall asleep yourself.).
Why am I writing all these things? Basically just to tell you THANK YOU. To all of you, who started following my blog during this year. To all of you who read my (tired) ramblings.
Even though I started this whole thing pretty much as something for me to track and remember the things I did (mostly for Liv), and also to share, it always feels great when I see somebody is reading it!
So. In celebrating this first milestone and in thanking everybody who comes to this blog I am doing my (probably long overdue) first GIVEAWAY.
Choose any of the things I have shared you like best and let me know in the comments either here or on Facebook. Also tell me what size you would like it in. And if you would like to change the colour, fabric or anything about it, to tailor it to your liking (ha, what a nice pun), don’t hesitate to add it in the comment.
You have time to let me know of your choice until September 1st. Share, if you feel like anybody else might like to join in this GIVEAWAY. Then my lovely assistant (or rather boss? Hmm.) will draw lots and we will announce the winner on September 2nd!
Have fun… and thank you!