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Finding time in today’s busy schedules to create is hard. We all know the struggle… Here are 5 advices to help you craft a moment to do more of what you love.

Raise your hand if you’re having the same problem!

Today, everyone has a busy life. Whether you have kids, a demanding job, a very active social life or all of the above, finding time to do the things you love can be hard.
Lately, I’ve struggled to find time and motivation to do what I love. Blame it on the hot summery weather and the need to have a little down time to just enjoy life. But I’m determined to get my mojo back and make this mostly-handmade closet a reality.

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I find that having time for yourself and what you love to do is really important. In my book, if sewing, knitting, creating and making means unwinding, you should definitely find ways to do it. They can be such powerful hobbies that can seriously make your life happier and help you become a better more calm person. But how to find time?
Here’s a small list of advice I found through trial and errors and helped me become more productive, let’s dive right in!

Here, in Switzerland, finding fabric is not that easy.

It’s possible to find a few specialised shops and they usually carry a nice, but most of the time, small selection of prints. The major drawback are the prices though, they are incredibly high! And while I’m a big advocate of buying local and helping the small business, I don’t get to buy their product that often because otherwise I would only be able to make a garment every six month…

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To give you an idea, you can find a nice selection of stretch knits for the price of a meter of printed jersey at Spoonflower. In my opinion, it’s a decent price for a custom printed fabric but way too expensive for a plain solid colour knit.

I’ve been wanting to learn how to use the rolled hem (or narrow hem) foot properly for quite some time now.
Included with my sewing machine, I’ve always found the idea of an accessory that rolls and stitches a hem at the same time very alluring. In fact, when you think about it, it seems like it could be one of your most used foot!

However, until now I’ve never managed to make it work.

Most of the time the fabric didn’t feed correctly into it or it stitched the hem but without folding it over. How frustrating!
But I was determined to master this technique because once your have the fabric in the right position and feeding correctly, then it’s like magic, creating a perfect, even hem on its own.

Want to the learn the tips and tricks I’ve developed to help make this technique fool proof? Then, read on…

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Like any other techniques, I can’t stress enough the need for testing before actually using it on a project. Practice the following steps on small scraps of fabric and this foot will become your best friend in no time!

But first let’s start by getting to know better this accessory.

Beating the heat: Angelia shorts

By Coralie, in Sewing0 comments

How I worship my latest pair of Angelia shorts at the moment! 🙂

Back in May, I’ve signed up once again to be a tester on Kennis from Itch to Stitch latest pattern, a pair of shorts.

Having been on my to-make list for quite some time, I desperately needed a new pair of shorts for this summer so you can imagine how glad I was to have been chosen to test… I’ve come to really love the testing process as you feel useful because it helps the designer and it’s a very good motivation for the tester to make and finish a garment in a limited of amount time! 😉

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And with this epic heat wave we’re having at the moment, I want to live in them!

Creating fashion: The Summer blouse

By Coralie, in Sewing0 comments

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just dream up anything and have the freedom to draft it yourself? To have the possibility to be in charge of your own style? Yes, I think so too! 🙂

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That’s the reason behind my decision to seriously learn how to draft a pattern. A few weeks back, I’ve eased into the process by making a Kimono Jacket. Not drafted per say, as I used rectangular panels but at least I started somewhere.

Because only watching or reading about the subject is very cool and you learn a lot but it doesn’t make you learn as well as by doing the real thing and making mistakes. At least that’s my new motto! 😉

With the warm weather already here, it’s the perfect opportunity to wear a stylish Kimono Jacket. Very versatile and so quick and easy to make, I’ve been wearing the ones I’ve recently finished a lot. Easy to pack, it will also serve beautifully as a beach cover up on your next holidays.

So why not sew one for yourself this week-end?

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To get the best out of this style, be careful to select a light weight fabric with a lot of drape. And if it’s not something that’s already in your stash, don’t be afraid to cut into an old summer scarf. That’s what I did with the latest model I’ve made and it turned out great! 🙂

The Kimono Jacket story

By Coralie, in Sewing0 comments

Kimonos are all the rage right now. I don’t know if it’s the instant effortless style it brings to an outfit or simply the comfort and warmth of a pretty layering piece but everyone wants to have one in their closet.
Two weeks ago (wow, has it been that long already!), I decided to join the Kimono addicts but in true handmade style: if I wanted one, I would make one myself.

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So I started to gather inspiration and informations on this piece of clothing: What looks, length, style would be flattering? How is it typically constructed? Can I wing it with rectangular panels of fabric or do I have to make a pattern for it? And to make it official, I’ve even sketched my goal! 🙂
These were a few of the questions I was asking myself before starting. Even though this can sometimes lead to feeling a little overwhelmed, it’s good to know exactly what you are getting yourself into. You see, I’ve been sewing for some time now and I think I have reached the point where I want to learn how to be able to take a drawing, an idea I have, and create it myself for real. There’s a huge sense of freedom when doing this, you can virtually create anything, make it fit your exact needs. But the alternative is that it comes with a bucket full of questions and doubts that can be frightening to confront.