I apologise for my lack of activity here lately, I actually have a few posts coming up and also a video or two, but I simply haven’t had the time to neither write nor edit anything at all since I came back from Stockholm. The reason for that is a phone call I got while I was away. I was second in line for an amazing apartment, and I never thought I’d get it, but that phone call was from the local housing agency, telling me that it’s mine if I want it! The morning after I came home I went over to look at the inside, and it confirmed what I already knew. This is my future home!
Luckily I was able to sign a lease from April 1st, which explains why I’ve been so busy. I’m in the middle of moving! And not only that, I’m also renovating the apartment before I go, in the past weekend I’ve painted the kitchen and all the door frames, and also filled any cracks and uneven spots on the walls in the living room. Today I’m going to finish the frames and then I’m starting to put new wallpaper up in the living room.
I’m going to show you before/after pictures when I’m done, and if you are someone I’ve written a letter to/ you would like to send me a letter, make sure to get my new address. I will have post from my old one sent to me for a period after I’ve moved, but just to be sure.
Let’s get this week started! I’m off to the paint shop!
I’m probably not the only one liking paperback books because they’re more flexible and lighter and generally easier to bring with me. Sometimes people tell me that paperbacks are made to be abused, and that makes me sad.
Even more so when I ordered the two piece Sherlock Holmes collection that I showed you a while ago.
I’m a good 25% or so through it now, and since I started to take on more daytime shifts at work, I’ve found that reading during my lunch break is a good way to relax and just disconnect from work. It gives my brain a chance to focus on something else than statistics and market research for just a little while.
However, having a paperback in your purse all the time is going to ruin it, which is why I decided to make a sleeve for mine.
I’m really happy with the result, I actually did it right on the first try even though I was so sure I’d get the measurements wrong. A book sleeve has to be fitted but not too tight, so that can be quite tricky, but as long as you actually measure seam allowances properly and don’t just guess, and you make sure to sew exactly where you’re supposed to, it’ll turn out fine.
I couldn’t find any tutorial that could show me what I wanted to do, which was to put fusible interfacing inside the entire thing, including the sleeves that would be on the inside of the book. This would obviously not be necessary for a hardcover book, but as I was designing this for a paperback I figured there is no harm in trying to make the cover a bit more sturdy. I had some medium weight interfacing that I used, and it worked fine.
I’ll definitely be making more of these, after all, I made this one for a 1000 page book, and I need one to fit each kind of book I own, don’t I?
Seeing as I spent the day before yesterday hemming and repairing a pair of pants, and finishing up my pyjama bottoms, I wanted to do something a bit more creative;
I’m actually very happy with how it came out, it even follows my figure nicely. How about that, my first piece of clothing that I would actually wear where people can see me!
I made it from a piece of lace, used a short dress with a nice shape as pattern, and cut. I thought sewing the lace would be my biggest challenge as I haven’t tried that kind of fabric before, but it actually wasn’t that bad. On the parts with a lot of holes, I pinned a single sheet of tissue paper between the layers. That way the sewing machine has something to hold on to, and it’s very easy to rip off after you’re done.
For the neckline I used a bit of ribbon that I purchased downtown for this exact purpose. I tried just hemming it first, but with lace it’s difficult to get a nice, even finish to it, so I went for this solution as it looks a bit classier.
What do you think?
So a few days ago I decided I wanted to try and sew a skirt. I bought some amazing navy blue fabric that will look great, the way it falls is just gorgeous. But, as I’m a beginner, I decided to sew a test version first, with a much simpler fabric, just to see if I can get it right. I don’t have a pattern for the skirt so I wasn’t sure about how this would work out. The result is this. I’m pretty impressed by the fact that I got the zipper right on the first try, if I may so myself.
I really did buy what I thought would be the easiest fabric to sew, so please disregard the pattern. I’m ripping the seams on this to turn it into totes or pillows or something more suitable for the fabric.
Next up; finishing my pyjama pants! I’ve needed a new pair for quite a while, and I found some fabric that should do the trick. See you soon!
Since I got my new phone (a few months ago..), I haven’t really had a good case to put it in. I’ve been keeping it in one of those socks with toes, a striped one. Makes a pretty cute squid shaped phone pocket, but I figured I’d make something a bit more fancy.
With this, I’ve now created my first item on my new sewing machine. Originally I just wanted to try out the functions on it as much as possible, but I’m actually really happy with the result. Next up; a skirt. Good thing I’m planning on getting a new apartment soon, it’s getting a wee bit cramped in here.
Here you have it; my early birthday gift for myself. <3