|Some garments made over the
years, listed in a roughly chronological order beginning from the most
|For her Bachelorette party we
decided to dress up Henna as a milkmaid or "Eloveena", a figure from an
old finnish oatmeal product commercial. The frilly top and apron were
found for the outfit from our closets, but my contribution was to make
a bodice and skirt. Happily I found the perfect material for both, a
thick rustic-looking furnishing material for the bodice from my
mother-in-laws stash and the striped material from my own, where it had
been lying for ever.
The outfit was naturally to be kept strictly secret from Henna, so the pattern for the bodice was based on educated guessing. I basically used for the fit my old patterns for Kaisa, both girls being about the same height, size and shape. Luckily the bodice turned out to fit Henna very well.
The skirt is made up very simply from straight piece of material (all I had of it) with a casing for elastic band on the waist. The piece was a bit short, so I added some length by adding a piece cut from the side edge of the material. This trick actually produced a pretty detail.
|Full circle of double layered
organza edged with ready made ruffle and large amount of tulle went
into making this fluffy little skirt. Kaisa appeared as Special Guest
Star in this production, gathering all that tulle to right length so
that I could just sit by the sewing machine and stitch away.
|Cute little skirt of
embroidered cotton. Because of the thick embroidery I thought the
fabric could not have been gathered neatly, I chose to pleat it
instead. The result is nice, it just took longer than I had calculated
in a fit of optimism, but I managed to get it ready in time to wear it
on the occasion I had planned.
|A skirt with a kind of
Victorian/gothy air. My idea was to make horizontal seams on the hem
with lace between each of them, unfortunately they did not end up as
neat as I would have hoped. On the other hand, as the skirt is black,
they don't really show very much.
|The top of the satin pajamas
I made for Kaisa as a present once. The pants were missing when I took
the picture, but they were pretty much regular loose satin pants. The
top is cut on bias (as they usually are) to be more comfy.
|Once I was suddenly struck
with a fear that my arms would look just huge and fat in a strap top I
was going to wear. The fear was not completely unfounded, so I went to
some cotton sateen and made a nice
little bolero to go with many tops and dresses. I don't always feel
that way about my arms, it depends on my mood, cycle and other stuff,
but the bolero turned out very nice actually.
The pencil skirt is of the same material, the top comes from Seppälä.
|Each of the pattern pieces
for this dress is cut triangular at the hem, and between them are
inserted wider, triangular gores with rounded hem.
I usually prefer a little stiffer materials to flimly ones, but this georgette-type of material was surprisingly easy to work with.
|Occasionally you have to get
rid of some of the enormous fabric piles that fill your storeroom. I
once made a couple of things to be sold on Huuto.net (Finnish internet
auction site). The front piece is sateen with lace over it.
|Like the previous one, sold
|Not a very good picture of a
velvet skirt, also a glimpse of my old car which I loved very much. I
added the satin ribbons on the boots too. They are pretty, but the bows
tend to open all the time.