Colour block Polly Top

Dear readers,

Prepare your eyes and grab a pair of sunglasses, as you’re about to be blinded by a flash of neon orange…

Polly Top

Ouch, I hope you are not all colourblind by now…. As you can see, I made a tank top and went crazy on the neon orange.

You may want to object that the neon trend was on, let’s say, … some 3 years ago, and you would be absolutely right. Might be time to move on and rock the new season trends instead? Well, not for me.  Neon may not be in any more, but never mind, I decided that I would sew and wear what I like, irrespective of the current trends.

Actually, that’s what I perceive as being one of the main advantage that come along with sewing, i.e., that one is not limited in any way by trends and can sew what one likes (well, except for one’s sewing abilities which, in my case, drastically restrict the number of things I can make, it’s not exactly like imagination’s the limit just yet… ).

The challenge of this project was to combine (i) my eagerness to do something with neon and (ii) my need to source a project manageable by a beginner but which would not produce a PJish result, because I now have too many failed-garments converted into PJs.

I decided to try to sew a top using a free pattern released by By Hand London, named the Polly Top. For those of you who do not know BHL, it is a sewing pattern company run by three London girls. They offer a line of patterns for lovely and feminine garments (none of which I have tried to sew yet) which you will find all over the sewing blogosphere.

The Polly Top is tank top featuring a contrasting panel at the front, thus allowing for various fabric and colour combinations. The neckline and collarline are finished with bias tape, and it does not include any bust darts, thus making it easy for a beginner like myself.

To be be honest, this top did not appeal to me when I first saw it. Although I loved the idea of a top featuring a front contrasting panel, the versions  which were published on BHL’s website, albeit nice, were not quite my thing.

I did decide to try to sew it nonetheless as it seemed a good project for a colour block top.

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Polly Top

In my posts, I usually strive to recap and detail the various steps required for the completion of a sewing project. I will however not do so here  as I failed to document any of the construction steps. The reason for this is that I was very sceptical about this project and did not think that the result would be worthy of a blog post… But, for those of you who would like some detailed explanations, the designers of the pattern released a sewalong video which I found to be very useful, and which provides some instructions and tips on how to achieve a neat finish, both for the bias tape armholes and necklines, and for hemming  the bottom of the top.

But to sum it up pretty quickly, I started by printing out the pattern and and taping it together, which literally took me over two hours. Once I completed this frustrating task, I cut a US size 6. I used black sheer cotton fabric for the main part and neon orange upholstery fabric for the inset. I cut my own bias binding from the sheer black cotton. I then went on to sew the front panel, which can be quite tricky as it is curved, but pinning carefully helped me get it ok.

I then sewed the shoulder seams and elected to shorten the shoulder straps by around 1,5 cm, which is consistent which the reviews I had read on other sewing blogs. I also took in approximately 2 centimeters at the sides when sewing the side seams. Judging by these alterations, it might have been more appropriate for me to cut a smaller size, which I will do next time.

Although this pattern is very straightforward, it did however teach me some techniques which I will be using for future projects:

how to aply bias tape in a proper manner: this was not the first project where I used bias tape, but I found it to be a great exercise to make my own bias tape by cutting it from the bias of a fabric.  The sewalong video also showed me how to sew the tape properly.

– how to make a hem along a curved line: as you can see from the pictures, the bottom of the top is not straight, which makes it challenging to hem. The instructions recommended to stitch a line at a distance of 1 ,5 cm all along the raw edge, prior to hemming as this provides a guideline. This is very useful advice.


And that was it, after some 8 hours, my Polly Top was done. This is a major improvement considering the 20 or so hours I usually dedicate to any project!



I am pretty happy with how this looks, I think it’s fun for summer, and I can team this top with a pair of nice shorts, or a black skirt. I would obviously refrain from wearing it with any non black items, since it is so, well… loud (?) on its own! I must say that I did get some strange glances when I wore it last Sunday.

Polly Top Side View




Pattern : I used BHL’s Polly Top pattern, which is available fo free donwload on their website, and cut a US size 6.

Alterations : I shortened the shoulder straps by approximately 1,5 cm, as I found that the collarline would be too low otherwise. I also took in around 2 centimeters a bit at the side seams.

Fabric : For the inset, I used some pretty thick cotton, which I think is actually supposed to be used as upholstery fabric, but it worked fine. The other front and back pieces are cut  from some sheer black cotton fabric, which was difficult to work with as it was fairly unstable.

I elected to cut the bias tape in the same colour as the rest, and it must be noted that this requires quite a bit of fabric. Although the instructions encourage you to make your own bias tape, you could always use pre-made bias tape and achieve a similar result.

Notions : none !

Overall budget : Around 5 euros. Does not include the cost of thread.

Amount of time I spent on the project : Probably 8 hours. Yes, it took some time, but it’s a major improvement from my past makes and I have the impression that I am getting slightly more confident in my sewing abilities, whilst gradually gaining efficiency!

What I learnt from this project : I learnt how to apply bias tape in a proper manner, which will be very useful for future projects.

What I am satisfied with : The overall look is rather radical, which makes it a statement top, and I love it.

What I am unsatisfied with : There is a little issue with the inset on one side of the panel, and some puckering, but it is not too visible, although some of you might have spotted it.

Will I wear it? : Yes, the strange glances I’m getting will not stop me!



I’d like to hear your feedback on this project.

Have any of you made the Polly Top, and if so, were you happy with your makes?


The Eclectic Seamstress


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Introducing my homesewn lace trim shorts

 Dear readers,

Emboldened by my recent attempt at making a skirt which produced an acceptable result, although highly perfectible, I thought that sewing some shorts was a good idea as I cruelly need to work on some straightforward projects to exercise and improve my sewing skills. Plus, shorts are one of my favorite garments, as they make for a perfect vacay uniform when teamed up with a lovely top. I also find that you can achieve a variety of different looks depending on what you team them up with (a silky blouse, stilettos etc..)

So off I went and sewed some shorts, adding a little twist by sewing a lace trim. This all makes it sound like it took no more 2 hours, but it actually took…  20. (I’m really beating records here, and this is not because I’m a slow sewing advocate, just because I’m still hopeless).

Here we go, introducing my lace-trimmed shorts:

So, what do you say?

The first reaction of the person I showed them to was : “They’re kind of shapeless aren’t they ?” (yes, that person was a man). How encouraging is that?

And, before you ask, yes that is the kind of feedback I get when I show my homesewn outfits to my peeps, so you now surely understand why I really needed to start a blog, i.e. to compensate for the lack of appreciation for my sewing efforts from my entourage! I ought to surround myself with some sewing loving friends ;-)!

But, you are excused if you share the same reaction as that man, just keep reading and scroll down this page, as I promise that these shorts actually look better on me than they do on a table.

For this project, I used a pattern which is available for free download over at Anna Evers’ website ( Anna is a Barcelona based young lady who runs a lovely blog, where she provides some great tutorials for DIYing in style, accompanied by awesome visuals, and she kindly allowed me to use her pattern, so props and thanks to Anna!

The pattern fits a size S-M but is easy to alter, as it is quite straightforward. As I found out that it would be smallish since the fabric I wanted to use was not stretchy, I simply added around 1,2 cm at the side seams, and it worked well.

Here’s what the process involved. I know that these details are slightly boring, but they help me keep track of what I do and might be useful to other beginners, so let’s get down to the details:


1. I laid out the pieces of the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric and cut the pieces, adding a 1 cm seam allowance, and 3 cm seam allow at the leg openings


Pattern placement

2. I zigzagged the edges of the pieces

This is one step that I wish I could skip, but it is important, so I do it, however boring it is. I do not have an overlocker, so it takes some time and is a rather boring task, but I did it anyway.

Zig-Zag over the edges


 3. I sewed the waist darts located at the back of the shorts


I’m totally getting better at this. These darts look good, don’t they!


4. I put some fusible interfacing on the waistband then and sewed the waistband it onto the skirt



Sewing the waistband

5. I sewed three an invisible zippers into one of the side seams

The pattern was designed for the zipper to be inserted into the back seam, but I opted to insert it into one of the side seams instead as I thought it would provide a nicer finish. Truth be told, I did not just sew one invisible zipper, I actually managed to sew THREE zippers into this side seam.

How on earth did I manage to do this? Well, I MELTED the first zipper I had sewn by ironing at a too high temperature (after I had sewn it), and I then went to on to DESTROY the second one (after I had sewn it as well) by cutting off the little thing that stops it (not sure if I’m clear here?). But I’ve become a resilient apprentice seamstress, so these zippers were not thinking straight if they imagined that they would get the better of me. By the third attempt, I had totally tamed the zipper!



6. I folded the waistband and attached it to the inside of the shorts.

In my last post, I wrote about how unsatisfied I was with the finish of the waistband of the skirt I made. The method I had used involved topstitching. This was not satisfactory solution as (i) my topstitching tends to be wonky and (ii) I was eager to achieve a neater finish without any visible seams on the outside of the waistband. In order to try to achieve this, I did some research (let’s admit that I spend a lot of time Youtube for every sewing project).

Two options came up: in order to achieve a flawless finish, I could either:

(i)                 hand hem the waistband using what is called « blindstitching ». Seemed like an absolute nightmare to me as I dislike hand sewing;

(ii)               use the « stitch in the ditch » method, which involves closing the waistband by sewing in the seam.

I went for the second option, and here is the result it produced.


Sitch in the ditch

This is not flawless, some stitches are still visible, but I think that the result is nicer than what I would have achieved if I had used the topstitching method.


7. I hemmed the leg openings

Is it normal that it takes me approximately one hour to prepare things before I hem the leg openings? I’m always scared that one side might be longer than the other.

 Pressing before hemming

 Preparing the hem


8. I sewed the lace trim onto the hems, by using the shortest zig-zag stitch available on my machine

I was not too sure how to to go around doing this, so I practiced on a scrap of fabric, using the smallest zigzag stitch my machine offers. And it did go surprisingly well, and I must say that I am rather proud of these trims, as this is the little twist that I was eager to add to the shorts to make them cuter.

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And that was the finishing touch!



So, finally, here we go, and a few pictures of myself awkwardly trying to model these shorts. I say awkwardly, because they’re I’m aware that they’re slightly babyish, and I happen to be turning 30… tomorrow. But, whatever, I love them and am pretty happy with how they turned out!


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Granted, the shapeless tank top I wore does not really help beat the PJ- aspect of these shorts. Trust me, a silky blouse will change this!

And finally, a few pictures taken by the seaside (nowhere else than in Nice, my dears!!!)! Loving how the blue of the sea somehow complements the blue of these shorts!

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Pattern : I used a pattern available for free download on Anna Evers’ blog, which you can download here .

Alterations : I added 1,2 cm at the side seams and opted for an invisible zipper to achieve a neater finish, which I sewed into of the side seams rather than at the back seam.

Fabric : floral cotton.

Notions : invisible zipper and fusible interfacing.

Overall budget : Around 8.40 euros. Fabric (€ 2.45 euros), lace trim (€ 5.95), invisible zipper (€ 1.75). Does not include the cost of thread and fusible interfacing (nor that of the 2 invisible zippers which I ruined in the course of the project).

Amount of time I spent on the project : Probably 20 hours. This is yet again a ridiculous amount of time to spend on a rather straightforward project but I had some horrible struggles with some rebellious zippers.

What I learnt from this project : I learnt how to “stitch in the ditch” in order to achieve a nicer finish at the waistband. I learnt how to attach a lace trim by using a zigzag stitch.

What I am satisfied with : These shorts are cute! I enjoyed the process!

What I am unsatisfied with : For some reason, the invisible zipper stops halfway through the height of the waistband, which makes it look rather stupid.

Will I wear them ? : Well, that’s a tricky question to answer. The lace trim does give a babyish look to these shorts, but I still feel like they could make for a cute outfit for a hot and summery day. In any case, if I decide to wear these in public for more than a picture taking session, I better hurry up and do it before I move to Norway, since the weather there does not allow for a lot of leg-baring!


Thanks for reading ! So, what do you say? PJ or not PJs?


Thanks to Victoire and Chloé for the pics (blogging requires teamwork).


The Eclectic Seamstress









My first wearable skirt

Dear readers,

Kjære lesere,


Those of you who read the introduction to this blog I posted last week ( will have understood that I am a beginner sewist. I am indeed still at the very early stages of learning this craft, which means that unlike many other sewing bloggers, I am afraid I cannot post any spectacular garments, and you should therefore not expect to be blown away by my creations… But that will not stop me from bragging about my creations, however basic they may be!

This post is about a very straighforward skirt which is the first wearable item I have ever made, thus in itself making it blogworthy in my opinion! With no further ado, here is a picture of the finished garment (the dress form is wayyy slimmer than I am, and I was unable to adjust the waist)


De av dere som leste innledningen til bloggen min, som jeg postet forrige uke, har forstått at jeg nettopp har lært å sy. I motsetning til mange andre sybloggere, kan jeg dessverre ikke poste bilder av spektakulære plagg. Dere bør derfor ikke forvente å bli imponerte av mine kreasjoner … Men det vil ikke stoppe meg fra å skryte av og å vise fram kreasjonene, uansett hvor enkle de er!

Dette innlegget er om et veldig veldig enkelt skjørt, som er det første bærbare plagg jeg noensinne har sydd, noe som i seg selv gjør det bloggbart etter min mening! Uunder er et bilde av skjørtet (som dere kan se er sømbysten mye slankere enn meg, og jeg klarte ikke å justere midjen nok).


Let me tell you about the genesis of the skirt. This little sewing adventure started with a visit to a cheap fabric store I regularly pop into, which is called Toto Tissus and is located in the Sentier Area of Paris. In addition to fabrics which are sold by the meter, one can also purchase end of bolt bundles at very low prices. Although the quality of fabrics on offer at the store varies greatly, I enjoy rummaging through the piles of fabric pieces, avid to discover one or two little gems tucked into the mess ! In this respect, since I am new to sewing, I tend to stick to fairly cheap fabrics for the time being, as I would feel guilty ruining expensive fabrics. This will hopefully change as/if my sewing skills improve (might be wishful thinking on my part, but I assume it would be difficult for me to get worse at this stage considering my current level).

Anyway, as I set my eyes on this little piece of cotton fabric, I fell for its vibrant colours and print (this makes it sound more romantic than it actually is, we’re only talking about me buying a cheap piece of fabric here, but doesn’t this fabric call for romantic wording ?), purchased it, took it home and decided to make a pencil skirt out of it. Yeepee !

As I did not have a pattern which I could use for this project and was reluctant to buy one, I browsed the internet for some instructions on how to draft my own pattern, and found some old material published in French, which included the measurements to use in order to draft a size 38 skirt pattern. This saved me the pain of taking my own measurements, and this is what the pattern looked like after I traced it on paper. (You can see that I awkwardly taped A4 sheets of paper together in order to create the pattern. As this is a time consuming and frustrating task, I would recommend to invest into pattern patter !).


La meg fortelle deg om tilblivelsen av skjørtet. Dette lille syeventyret startet med et besøk til en billig stoffbutikk som jeg besøker regelmessig, som kalles Toto Tissus og ligger i Sentier-området i Paris.

I tillegg til stoffer som selges per meter, kan man også kjøpe stoffbunker til meget lave priser. Selv om kvaliteten på stoffene som tilbys kan variere mye, liker jeg å rote gjennom haugene av stoffbitter, ivrig etter å oppdage en eller to små skatter gjemt i rotet! I denne sammenheng, siden jeg er ny i å sy, har jeg en tendens til å holde meg til relativt billige tekstiler for nå, fordi jeg ville føle meg det som veldig bortkastet om jeg skulle ødelegge dyre stoffer. Dette vil forhåpentligvis endre seg hvis/når mine syferdigheter forbedres (kan godt være ønsketenkning, men jeg antar at det ville være vanskelig for meg å bli verre siden nivået mitt er så fryktelig lavt!).

Da jeg så dette stykke bomullsstoff, falt jeg for de livlige fargene og trykket (setningen får det til å høres mer romantisk ut enn det faktisk er, vi bare snakker om meg som kjøpte et stykke billig stoff her, men mener ikke at dette stoffeter romantisk ordlyden ?), kjøpte den, tok den med meg hjem og bestemte meg for å lage et blyantskjørt ut av det. Yeepee !

Siden jeg ikke hadde noe symønster som kunne brukes til dette prosjektet, og heller ikke haddelyst til til å kjøpe en, bladde jeg på internett etternoen instruksjoner om hvordan man kunne lag sitt eget symønster. Jeg fant noen gamle dokumenter publisert på fransk, som inkluderte målinger til bruke for å lage mønster til et vanlig 38-størrelse skjørt. Dette sparte meg smerten ved å ta mine egne mål.Det er slik dette mønsteret så ut etter at jeg kopierte det over på papir . (Dere kan se at jeg klønete teipet A4-ark sammen for å lage mønsteret . Siden dette er et en svært tidkrevende og frustrerende oppgave, vil jeg anbefale å investere i mønsterpapir !) .


As you can see, the pattern is rather, not to say extremely straightforward. In addition to the piece pictured above, which is the body of the skirt, I only needed to cut one additional another piece of fabric for the waistband. The next steps consisted in (i) sewing some waist darts, (ii) attaching the waistband to the body of the skirt, (iii) adding an invisible zipper at the back, (iv) hemming the skirt, and (v) attaching the ends of the waistband together. However simple, this looked like a fairly challenging process for the beginner seamstress I am but I bravely went for it.

I should point out that this pattern turned out to be a poor choice as I found out afterwards that pencil skirt patterns made of a single piece (as opposed to those made of two panels, i.e. one for the front of the skirt and one for the back of the skirt) are more suited to knitted fabrics such as jersey. The reason for this is that knitted fabrics, unlike woven ones, are somewhat elastic and will therefore stretch and adapt to the body’s curves, especially around the hips.

For those of you who do not know the difference between woven and knits (I was myself totally ignorant of it until a few weeks ago), here is a short summary of the difference:

  • Woven fabric is a textile formed by weaving. It is produced on a loom, and made of many threads woven on a warp and a weft (Source : wikipedia).
  • Knitted fabric is a textile formed by one continuous yarn looped repeatedly to create what looks like tiny rows of braids (Source: threads magazine).


Som dere kan se, er symønsteret jeg brukte veldig enkelt. I tillegg til stykket avbildet ovenfor, som er hoveddelen av skjørtet, trengte jeg bare å skjære et stoffstykke til for linningen. De neste trinnene besto i (i) å sy to innsnit i bakstykket, (ii) å feste linningen til skjørtet, (iii) å sy en usynlig glidelås i baksømmen, (iv) å sy en kant, og (v) å feste endene av linningen sammen. Til tross for at dette så ut som en ganske krevende prosess for den nybegynnersyerske jeg er, men jeg gikk tappert i gang med oppgaven.

Jeg skal påpeke at dette mønsteret viste seg å være et dårlig valg. Blyantskjørtmønster laget av et enkelt stykke (i motsetning til de som er laget av to deler, det vil si en for den fremre del av skjørtet og en for baksiden av skjørtet ) er mer egnet til strikkede stoff som for eksempel jersey. Grunnen til dette er at strikkede stoff , i motsetning til vevd stoff, er noe elastisk og vil derfor strekke seg for tilpasse seg kroppens kurver, spesielt rundt hoftene.

For de av dere som ikke vet forskjellen mellom vevde og strikkede stoffer ( jeg var selv helt uvitende om det inntil et par uker siden), her er en kort oppsummering av forskjellen :

Vevet tekstil er et tekstil dannet ved veving. Den er produsert på en vevstol, og laget av mange tråder vevd på et varp og veft ( Kilde : wikipedia, oversatt fra engelsk).

Strikket stoff er en tekstil dannet av en sammenhengende garn loopet gjentatte ganger for å skape det som ser ut som små rader med flettene (Kilde : threadsmagazine, oversatt fra engelsk)


So, despite having chosen a pattern which was not suited to the woven cotton fabric I had purchased, I did go on and completed my skirt. Regarding the various steps required in order to complete this skirt, below is a recap of  the main steps of the process :

Så , til tross for at jeg valgte et symønster som ikke var egnet til vevet bomullsstoff, som jeg skulle bruke det til, bestemte jeg meg for å fullføre prosjektet uansett. Når det gjelder de ulike trinnene som kreves for å fullføre dette skjørtet, er her en oppsummering av de viktigste trinnene i prosessen:

1.    I put some interfacing on the waistband : interfacing is a textile used on the or “wrong” side of a fabric to stiffen it. The one I purchased was heat activated (called fusible, interfacing), meaning I only had to iron it onto the fabric and it would adhere to it.1.

Jeg satte noen strykeinlegg oppa vrangsiden av linningen. Strykeinlegg er et tekstil som brukes på vrangsiden av et stoff for å stive av, eller forsterke stoffet. Den jeg kjøpte var varmeaktivert, noe som betyr at man bare trengerå stryke det på stoffet, og det vil feste seg til det.

2.    I sewed the waist darts, applying the tricks I learnt by reading Coletteries’ very informative tutorial : I learnt therefrom that the key to sewing darts is to leave a long thread tail after sewing off the fabric, and then knot the tail close to the edge, taking care not to make it too tight.

Jeg sydde to bakinnsnitt ved hjelp av triksene jeg har lært ved å lese Coletteries’ meget informative anvisning: Jeg lærte derfra at nøkkelen til å sy innsnitt er å la en lang trådhale etter sying av stoffet , og deretter å slå en knute på halen nær kanten, men ikke å gjøre det for stramt .




3.  I stitched the waistband to the body of the skirt and the lining along the top edge.  Adding lining was a decision I took as I thought that it would give the skirt a more luxurious feel and I do not regret having done so as it complements the skirt nicely.

Jeg sydde linningen til skjørtet og fôr langs den øvre kanten. Jeg bestemte meg for å bruke fôr siden jeg tenkte at det ville gi skjørtet en mer luksuriøs følelse, og jeg angrer ikke for å ha gjort det, siden det utfylte skjørtet bra.


4.      I sewed an invisible zipper at the back seam : this proved to be a bit of a struggle, especially since I do not own an invisible zipper foot. However, I did somehow manage to sew it onto the fabric by watching this tutorial:

As you can see below, I made no attempts at matching the fabric patterns when sewing the back seam, but will keep this on my list of things to learn for the future.


Jeg sydde en usynlig glidelås inni baksømmen : dette viste seg å være veldig utfordrende, spesielt siden jeg ikke har noe usynlig-glidelåsfot. Men jeg klarte på en eller annen måte å gjøre det ved å se på denne videoen på Youtube:

Som dere kan se nedenfor, gjorde jeg ingen forsøk på å matche stoffmønstre da jeg sydde baksømmen. Men dette er noe som skal settes på min liste av ting som må laeres i fremtiden .


The zipper is not as invisible as it should be, but it seemed decent enough. However, that was only the commencement of my zipper struggle as it then took me hours to figure out a method to sandwich the zipper between the fabric and the lining to give it a nicer look without the seams showing on the inside of the lining. I somehow seem to have managed it  but would be absolutely unable to explain how (this is helpful, right ?):-)

Glidelåsen er ikke like usynlig som den egentlig bør være, men jeg bestemte at den var grei nok. Men dette var bare begynnelsen på min kamp mot glidelåsen, siden jeg etterpå brukte flere timer på å finne ut en metode for at glidelåsen skulle bli mellom stoffet og fôret. Jeg ville dermed gi den et bedre utseende uten at sømmene vises på innsiden av skjørtet. Jeg ser på en måte ut til å ha klart det, men jeg er helt ute av stand til å forklare hvordan (dette er nyttig, ikke sant ?).



5.   I hemmed the bottom of the skirt by hand, which proved extremely boring, but am glad I did as the hem is almost invisible, albeit irregular yeepee !

Jeg sydde kanten av skjørtet for hånd, noe som viste seg å være ekstremt kjedelig , men er glad jeg gjorde det sånn det siden kanten er nesten usynlig, om enn ujevn, yeepee !


6.     After folding the waistband over to the inside of the skirt, I attached it to the inside the body of the skirt and lining by topstitching. I am unsatisfied with this but could not find a way to close the without the topstitiching. Any ideas on how to achieve a nicer finish for future projects?

Etter bretting av linningen over til innsiden av skjørtet, festet jeg den til innsiden av skjørtet, og fôret ved oversying langs den innerste kanten av linningen. Jeg er misfornøyd med dette, men kunne ikke finne en måte å lukke den uten oversying. Har dere noen ideer om hvordan man kan oppnå en bedre finish for fremtidige prosjekter ?


7.          For the closure, I opted to sew velcro strips on both ends of the waistband. This was not the option I had initially favoured but that was the only fastening method that I came up with after being unsatisfied with the bulky aspect of the of the hook and eye solution. I will need to explore other options and go through some tutorials for future projects as I would like to achieve a flawless finish.

For å feste linningen, valgte jeg å sy borrelås på begge ender av linningen. Dette var ikke det alternativet jeg hadde i utgangspunktet planlagt, men det var den eneste festemetode jeg kom opp med, etter å ha blitt misfornøyd med det ujevne aspektet av kroken og øye løsningen. I fremtiden må jeg utforske andre alternativer og gå gjennom noen tutorialer siden jeg ønsker å oppnå et feilfritt resultat for fremtidige prosjekter.


And voici le résultat ! This is what the skirt actually looks like on me. {Insert self satifactory grin here} I’ve worn it twice already and was not even worried that it would fall apart, just admittedly more self-conscious than I am when wearing my usual high street purchased garments !

Og voici le résultat ! Dette er hvordan skjørtet faktisk ser ut på meg. {Sett in selvfornøyd smil her} Jeg har hatt det på to ganger allerede, og var ikke engang bekymret for at det ville falle fra hverandre, bare riktignok litt mer forsiktig en vanlig.



Taking a closer look, I am wondering whether it might be too tight as some wringles appear on the thigh area. It does not feel tight, but may still be ?

Overall, I think I must have spent some 25 hours on sewing this skirt over a 3 week period which I am aware absolutely insane ! I am not sure how I managed to be so slow, this seems like a major underachievement but I must be a bit of a masochist as I still think this was worthwhile. I really like this skirt, and this project taught me many things which I will definitely use for other sewing adventures.

To wrap up this post, I thought I would add a short recap below. This is some sort of  “live and learn philosophy”  applied to my sewing adventures 😉


Når jeg ser naermere på skjørtet, lurer jeg på om det kan være for stramt, siden det er noen skrukker på midt på, foran. Det føles ikke stramt, men det kan kanskje hende at det er det likevel?

Totalt sett, tror jeg at jeg må ha brukt rundt 25 timer på å sy dette skjørtet over en tre ukers periode og jeg er klar over at dette er sinnsykt ! Jeg er litt usikker på hvordan jeg klarte å være så treg, det virker nok som en skikkelig underachievement men jeg må nok være litt av en masochist siden jeg synes at det var verdt det. Jeg liker skjørtet, og er glad for at jeg fikk laere noen teknikker i loepet av prosjketet, som jeg kommer sikkert til å få bruk for i andre prosjeketer.



Fabric : Floral print fabric cotton and aubergine coloured polyester for the lining.

Notions : Invisible zipper, velcro tape for the waistband.

Overall budget : Probably around 7 euros (fabric : 2.45 euros, lining : 3.00 euros , invisible zipper : 2.75 euros). Does not include the cost of thread.

Amount of time I spent on the project : I would reckon that this took me about… 25 hours ! Admittedly insane but I spent a lot of time (i) redesigning the initial pattern and adjusting the length of the waist darts in order to get a nicer fit (or at least what I thought would be a nicer fit) (ii) ripping off seams which I had not made correctly, (iii) figuring out how to get the invisible zipper to be sandwiched between the fabric and the lining for a neat finish, (iv) tryring out different options to close the waistband etc…. I still can’t get my head around why this so long. I cruelly need to work on improving my sewing efficiency !

What I learnt from this project : How to sew an invisible zipper with a regular presser foot, how to line a skirt (thought my method might be unorthodox).

What I am satisfied with : The fabric was a good choice, it is really nice and is an excellent choice for the coming summer season. I am also glad that I was brave enought to try to add lining as it provides a very clean finish to this skirt and makes it feel more luxurious. And my main cause for satisfaction is that I COMPLETED this project instead of tossing it aside after encountering a few obstacles !

What I am unsatisfied with : The lining is slighly too short, and I did not manage to attach it to the hem. The velcro tape and the topstitching ruin the outside aspect of the waistband, so I will have to come up with a better solution next time. Overall, the finishes of the skirt could be greatly improved.

Will I wear it ? Absolutely, I have worn it twice already !



Stoff : Blomstrete bomullstoff og polyester for fôret

Sytilbehør : Usynlig glidelås og borrelås (for å feste endene av linningen sammen)

Budsjet : Sannsynligvis rundt 7 euro ( stoff : € 2,45 , fôr : € 3,00 , usynlig glidelås : € 2,75 ). Omfatter ikke kostnadene for tråden.

Hvor mye tid jeg brukte : Jeg ville regne med at dette tok meg omtrent… 25 timer! Riktignok vanvittig mye tid, men jeg brukte mye tid til å (i) omstruktere det innledende mønster og justere lengden på insnitt for å få til en bedre passform (eller i det minste det jeg trodde ville være en bedre passform), (ii) å sprette opp sømmene som ikke ble sydd på riktig måte, (iii) å finne ut hvordan å klare å få den usynlige glidelåsen å bli klemt mellom stoff og fôr for en pen finish, (iv) å utprøve forskjellige alternativer for å lukke linning etc …. Jeg har fortsatt ikke peiling på hvordan det kan ha tatt så lang tid. Jeg må absolutt jobbe med å forbedre syfarten min!

Det jeg er fornøyd med : Stoffet er veldig fint, og er et utmerket valg for den kommende sommersesongen. Jeg er også glad for at jeg var modig nok til å prøve å legge inn fôr, siden fôret gir et fint preg til innsiden av skjørtet, og gjør at det føles mer luksuriøst. Og min viktigste grunn til tilfredshet er at jeg fullførte dette prosjektet i stedet for å kaste den til side etter å ha møtt på hindringer underveis !

Det jeg er misfornøyd med : Fôret er litt for kort, og jeg klarte ikke å feste den til kanten. Borrelåstapen og stikningene ødelagte utenfor selve linningen, så jeg er nødt til å komme opp med en bedre løsning neste gang. Totalt sett, kunne de aspektene av skjørtet bli kraftig forbedret.

Kommer jeg til å bruke det? Absolutt, jeg har allerede hatt det på to ganger !





Thanks for reading ! If you’ve made it this far, you deserve a big thank you !

I’d be be interested to hear any comments you may have, especially any suggestions for solutions on how to get a clean finish on the waistband without topsticthing, so feel free to post a comment below or send me an e-mail.

Until next post, good bye and happy sewing 😉

The Eclectic Seamstress

PS: Apologies for the poor quality of some of the pictures, I will ensure that the quality is improved for future posts.



Takk for lesing av innlegget! Om dere har kommet så langt, så fortjener dere en stor takk for dette inlegget var kjempelangt !

Jeg ville være interessert å få tilbakemelding fra dere og høre kommentarer dere måtte ha, særlig om dere har noen forslag til løsninger på hvordan man kanfå til en ren finish på linningen uten oversying?, så legge gjerne inn en kommentar nedenfor, eller send meg en e-post om dere vet hvordan dette kan oppnås.

Inntil neste innlegg, farvel og god sying 😉

The Eclectic Seamstress

PS : Beklager den dårlige kvaliteten på noen av bildene , jeg skal sørge for at kvaliteten er forbedret til fremtidige innlegg.



My first post


Welcome to my blog ! I’m Charlotte, a French girl, dividing my time between France and Norway.

I am learning how to sew, enjoying every minute of it and now eager to blog about it!

As a young girl, I did perceive sewing as a rather old-fashioned hobby. However as I grew up, I realized that sewing things could also be a cool activity and started to contemplate sewing as a potential hobby as I was getting more and more interested in fashion and crafting. It did however take an outside intervention to get me really started as I only started sewing after receiving a sewing machine as a Christmas present from my boyfriend.

I will admit that it took me six months to figure out how to get the machine to stitch anything as I could not even manage to thread it or insert the bobbin. However, with some patience, I eventually managed to sew my first stitches, and then decided to join a sewing class in Paris, where I meet up with other ladies and attempt to make some small things like purses and learn the basic sewing skills.

A few months later, (i) my skills are still frighteningly limited, (ii) the seam ripper is my best friend, (iii) it takes me 5 hours to sew a basic purse, but oddly enough, sewing now ranks as my favourite pastime (although salsa dancing runs a close second) !

Because sewing has become such a great hobby to me, I decided to start a blog, which is intended to be a little diary of my makes, and will hopefully help me track my sewing progress… An avid reader of numerous sewing and diy blogs, I also thought that starting my own blog would be a nice way to interact with the sewing blogosphere.

This blog is entitled « The Eclectic Seamstress » because I love sewing very different things, and also have numerous interests beside sewing which I will most probably post about, such as DIYing, travelling, attending cultural exhibitions etc…

I hope you enjoy this blog. I would be happy to hear from my readers, so please feel free to comment my posts and/or e-mail me. If you do have a blog, do not forget to include your url as I am a blog enthusiast and will definitely take a peek at your blog !

Happy sewing 😉

The Eclectic Seamstress



Velkommen til bloggen min ! Jeg er Charlotte, en fransk jente, som deler sin tid mellom å være i Frankrike og Norge.

Jeg lærer å sy, nyter hvert minutt av det, og er nå ivrig etter å blogge om det !

Som en ung jente, oppfattet jeg sying som en gammeldags hobby. Men da jeg vokste opp, skjønte jeg at sy ting kan også være en kul aktivitet og begynte å tenke på å sy som en potensiell hobby, etter hvert som jeg ble mer og mer interessert i mote og design. Det krevde imidlertid hjelp av en utenfra å få meg i gang, siden jeg først begynte å sy etter å ha fått en symaskin i julegave fra kjæresten min.

Jeg må i tillegg innrømme at det tok meg seks måneder å finne ut hvordan man kunne få maskinen til å sy noe, jeg kunne nemlig ikke engang å skru den på eller sette spolen inni undertrådspolen. Men ettter en del prøving og feiling, klarte jeg til slutt å sette maskinen i gang. Etter det meldte jeg meg pa sykurs i Paris, som jeg deltar i fortsatt, og der jeg møter opp med andre jenter og forsøker å sy noen små ting som vesker samt å lære grunnleggende syferdigheter.

Noen måneder senere  (i) er mine ferdigheter fortsatt skremmende begrenset, ( ii ) sprettekniven er min beste venn, ( iii ) det tar meg minst fem timer å sy en veldig enkel pose. Men merkelig nok, nå rangerer jeg nå sying som min favoritthobby (selv om salsadans er på en god andreplass) !

Siden å sy har blitt en så stor hobby for meg, har jeg bestemt meg for å starte en blogg, som er ment å være en liten dagbok for mine kreasjonener, og som forhåpentligvis vil hjelpe meg med å dokumentere en fremgang i mine syferdigheter… Siden jeg er en ivrig leser av mange sy og gjør-det-selv blogger, regnet jeg med at det å starte min egen blogg ville være en fin måte å komme i kontakt med bloggere som deler min interesse for sying.

Denne bloggen skal hete « The Eclectic Seamstress » fordi jeg elsker å sy veldig forskjellige ting, og også har mange interesser ved siden av det som jeg vil mest sannsynlig skrive om, som for eksempel gjør-det-selv ting , reiser, går på utstillinger osv …

Jeg håper dere liker denne bloggen. Jeg ville vært glad for å få feed-back fra lesere, så legg gjerne igjen en kommentar eller send meg en e-post. Hvis du har en blogg, ikke glem å skrive ned url adressen, slik at jeg kan ta en titt på bloggen din!

God sying 😉

The Eclectic Seamstress



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