Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10 Pretty DIY Lace Projects

It' no secret that lace is my material of choice. If I could, I'd add a lace detail to everything. Every time I'm telling Mari Krõõt about a new project, her first question is "Are you going to add lace to it?". And, yes, I'd that predictable. But, I do make an effort to include other materials as well.
Today, I thought I'd list some of my favorite lace projects.

The lace heart tee is one of the most popular projects of all time on Pearls & Scissors, and I'm still using it to date, so it's safe to say it's one of my personal favorites as well.
I've added lace to more than one skirt (like here and here), so this is still my go to method for embellishing a simple pencil skirt.
Sometimes, lace can give an old item a whole new life. This vintage curdoroy vest got a totally new image.
I wore this tee to shreds! For the longest time, it was my very favorite piece of clothing, and all it took to transform a simple t-shirt was a piece of lace fabric.
Lace is also very useful when you want to add length to a garment that's just a tad too short. It's how I fixed this blouse and my summer skirt as well.
The big sister of the lace heart tee is also one of my wardrobe staples. Can't wash it fast enough during the winter months.
One of the simplest lace projects I've ever done, but such a big impact. When in doubt, just add a lace collar.
This romantic lace tee is more of a commitment and needs some sewing skills, but it's so pretty it's worth the time and input.
Then again, if you're not big on refashions or sewing your own clothing, lace can still come in handy. Like when making custom shoelaces...
... or transforming a Pringles package into a pencil holder.

Hope this inspired you to bust out some lace and get creative.

xo. Hanna
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sewn // Men's v-neck pullover for Rein

It seems I've been a pretty selfless seamstress lately. Well, actually, this pullover was finished in the spring already, I just hadn't gotten round to sharing it here on the blog. And, since I love documenting my sewing ventures for future reference, I thought it was high time to share the deets.

I've discovered I love sewing for men. Correction. I love making things for my husband. For one, it means I can make him something pretty, but it also means I can play his stylist (which I totally am anyway, haha). I actually have a stash of fabric with his name on it. I'd love to get a few more sewing projects done before the move, but we'll see about that.
Now, onto this pullover. I used a heavy knit I scored from a thrift store a while back. I think it might be a wool blend, but I can't be sure. I love the color of it. A really deep bright blue, almost electric, but not quite. It's hard to name exactly, but it looks so pretty in real life.

As for the pattern, I used a Burda magazine pattern - Burda 4/2007, mod. 130, which is actually a polo shirt pattern, but I widened and lengthened the sleeves and created a new neckline. I didn't have enough fabric to cut the neckband in one piece, so I had to break it up into 3 parts. I got the neckline inspiration from this pin. The metal buttons are from my vintage button collection. (Which is huge. I think I need some professional help.)
I love finishing sleeves and the hem with a fabric band instead of just a regular folded hem. I think it gives it a more durable, cleaner, and professional look.
The only thing I would change in retrospect is the sizing. I think, given the fabric I could've gone with a more snug fit, and I definitely should've done a narrower shoulder. But, you sew and learn, isn't it?
Even the most patient husband gets tired of posing for "just one more shot"
It's so hard to find decent men's patterns, so I'm definitely going to be using this pattern more than once again. I've actually made a simple v-neck t-shirt using it already, and I'm planning on a short-sleeved henley next.

My word of advice for anyone using a Burda magazine pattern would be to go at least one size down. I cut the smallest size for Rein, although most of his measurements were a size up. And my saga with Mari Krõõt's t-shirt showed the same tendency. Also, I made a muslin of a men's suit-pants pattern and it came out way too big for Rein. So, that's my 2 cents.
The reason I love Burda magazine patterns is that they're so cheap. And, after a couple of years worth of magazines, you'll probably have all the basic pattern you'll need. Also, when you're working with patterns from one company you'll soon know exactly which alterations to make.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo. Hanna

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Words for the Week // No.16 // Change of seasons, a season of change


This is the tree we got married under. I love capturing how certain places change through the seasons.

The change in seasons reflects well on what's going on in my life lately. A lot of change. It's funny how life teaches you lessons. I used to feel overwhelmed by change. I didn't like, I didn't want it. I thought I was set.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Only a few years ago, the change of seasons was exactly that, simply summer turning into fall, then into winter, then to spring, and back to summer. I new where I was going to be in a year's time. I thought I knew how my life would turn out.

Now, every season is a season of change, and I have no idea what will be next. The last year has been full of changes - getting together with Rein, getting engaged, graduation, our wedding, and now, moving to Cologne. And the more I experience change, the more I embrace it. Every change so far has led me to a better place, a more truthful, more fulfilling life, which I'm so grateful for.

Change is good. Life is good. It's not easy, but it's good. And I'm ok with the hard bits. Because I know it's how I get to the even better bits of life.

Is it just a change of seasons for you, or a season of change?

Thanks for letting me ramble!
xo. Hanna

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