After my last blog post, I figured I’d post the drawings and the clothes next to each other too 🙂
I’m really happy with how it turned out 🙂
It was so much fun to take photos of my new skirts and the blouse today!
For those of you that hasn’t visited my blog before, welcome! Also, I have not made clothes for myself before. I accidentally made a top a while back (yes, accidentally, I was supposed to make a body suit, but had no buttons). That top is what I have sewn before 🙂
I did sew a bit in school, about 20 years ago, and my grandmother taught me some, ealrier than that.
When I decided to make a skirt and a top in chiffon, I had no experience at all 🙂
Here is what I did:
I had found the fabrics at Stoff & Stil, and bought them. Then I sat down to draw what I wanted to make. As you can see, it is the same shirt with both skirts. I thought I only had enough fabric for one shirt, so that’s why.
The skirts are both, so called, box pleated skirts, and they are super easy to make.
For the skirts, patterns aren’t needed, it’s just straight lines that you sew together (I have one more to do, so I can show you guys later on my Instagram – @nerdylicious_jea – if you want.)
For the shirt, a pattern is needed, but I didn’t have one, so I went ahead and made it, like this:
When I had the drawings of the shirt I wanted to make, I drew it in a notebook to get the measurements, the difficult thing here was the arms… Goodness me that took TIME!
I cut up a sheet from IKEA (it was about 75% cheaper than buying fabric soooo), then I pinned it at the shoulders and started drawing lines on it (and quite a few on myself…).
Here’s what you should remember – use safety pins, not regular ones! These hurt 😛 I didn’t have enough safety pins, so I used these anyways, it worked fine! I spent hours on this part, getting everything just right, and exactly as I wanted it! It was difficult, but so worth it!
And then, the pattern was created:
When making the shirt/blouse, I kept looking in the mirror, to make sure everything was right. At this point I was a bit unsure, because it looked kind of weird.
I wanted a loose fit, because I am a bigger size over my stomach, but I didn’t want it to just hang, hence the bow that you, sort of, saw in the drawing.
Now, here it is 🙂
I wanted to really show of the blue skirt, and I think that went well 🙂
When I saw the photos, I couldn’t figure out why the blue dress looked longer in the front than the back, but then I remembered tugging at the front when I tucked in the shirt a bit. I must have pulled the waistband down while doing that 🙂
When I got out, I also saw that the black at the neckline moved a bit too much, but that’s easily fixed with a few stitches, so never mind.
One of the sleeves:
This is a pretty neat trick. The left is the part of the hem that you can see, the right is on the inside. To get the hem to look as nice as possible, fold the fabric in once, then sew a straight line all around. PRESS it, then fold it in again, and sew another straight line. This is how it will look, and as you can see, that hem is pretty sweet 🙂
The waistbands of the skirts:
This is the first zipper I’ve ever done on clothes, obviously, so I did mess up a bit as you can see in the second photo, but it’s so small that I’m not too bothered about it.
The hem of the skirts were made the same way as the shirt:
All in all, I’m REALLY happy with how they turned out!!!
When we were taking the photos and I was about to change from the black skirt to the blue, I looked around and there was no one there. I could hear voices but figured it was from the football stadium.
Nope… Just as I pulled up the blue skirt 2 women and a kid in a stroller showed up XD I laughed and they saw the camera so at least they didn’t think I was peeing right there for everyone to see, haha XD
Keep looking up ❤
So, this is so much fun!!
So, I’ve made the darts on the side, I will lower them a bit though. I think, I’m gonna have another look before I decide anything. I have also added some fabric to the sides, they were far too narrow.
The lines in orange is what I will keep, the ones in yellow are my “first thoughts”, so to speak.
I think I will be done with this today, then I will start on the actual top tomorrow!
Keep looking up ❤
* See previous post for IKEA reference.
I have made both skirts now, voscose and chiffon (in that order). I’m not going to show them just yet, I want to make the top/blouse first.
It was a lot easier to make the skirts than I thought. The one on the left turned out a bit shorter than I wanted, but I still love it! The one on the right turned out perfect, exactly as I wanted it!
Currently, I am working on the top, making a pattern.
Making a box pleated skirt without a pattern is super easy, it’s just one big rectangle. But the top… goodness me, I don’t really know what I’m doing, I have never done one before, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
I first put all my measurements on paper, then, on fabric and cut it out. As you can see, I have pinned the shoulders, then I adjust eeeeverything, until I get the result I’m after. Here, I have added a pin on one shoulder, on my chest, on the bottom of the fabric, and on the side.
These are the places where I will make the first adjustments. After that, I will try it on again, and see what I will adjust next. I will make it a bit wider over the bust, I don’t want it to be too tight.
When I think I have done all the adjustments I need, I will sew it together, to try it on to see. When I am satisfied, I will transfer the pattern to actual pattern paper, it will take up less room 🙂
So yeah, this is fun!! I’m going to buy some needles for my sewing machine tomorrow, and I will have a look at some more fabrics, see if I can afford any (it sucks to be unemployed, on so many levels…).
Oh, any guesses on the fabric I’m using?
Well, buying muslin or something would cost sooo much, but… sheets from IKEA are extremely cheap, and work just as well!
Keep looking up!
The skirt is done, but I won’t show all of it until the blouse is done as well 🙂 But how can I not show a little bit of it?
It’s the first time I’m working with anything but cotton. This is viscose, and well… it moves… a lot! It was giving me such a headache at times!
I cut it in a very straight line, that turned out to not even be close to straight at all. And I needed to cut of about 10cm (4 inches roughly?). At first it really annoyed me, but then the length of the skirt turned out oerfect, so you know, yay!!
Since I’ve never worked with viscose before, and it is such a light weight fabric, I used a bit of scrap fabric to test sew on. If you’re new at sewing, always do so! And look up what needle to use! Using the right needle is everything 🙂
I was supposed to make the skirt and then start the blouse yesterday, but I got completely sidetracked. Before I made the skirt I fixed a jumper, and then I made 3 pillowcases. So it was a bit late when the skirt was done. (I didn’t start until about 15.30 or so.)
I managed to drop 4 pins, I only found 1… I fully expect my feet to find them soon enough 😛 I need one of those magnets on a stick like we had in school!! And yes, I will make one! The problem is, since I don’t have a sewing room or anything, I’m in my living room. So there could be pins anywhere in the room, I’m almost afraid of walking on my carpet 🙂
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna have pancakes on my balcony with my mum.
Who doesn’t love things on sale?
Like these fabrics:
First row – chiffon, chiffon.
Second row – woven viscose, chiffon.
Third row – cotton.
The space fabric wasn’t on sale, but it was a gift, so yay on that ;P
The space fabric will be a totebag and then something undecided.
The fabrics on row one will be a dress or a skirt of the first one, and a skirt of the second. The ones on row two will be a skirt and a blouse.
Here’s what I have in mind:
The skirts will be box pleated with an invisible zipper on one side.
The blouse will have an extra bit of fabric on the side, as you can see, to make a bow. Since I have some problems with my stomach (still don’t know what), and I sweel up easily and things hurt, the bow can then be loosened a bit when that happens and the blouse won’t look super tight either. But if I should want it tighter, I just tie it a bit harder 🙂
I’m not very good at drawing these things (thank you all who draw up templates of the body and give away as free downloads!!), but these are just representations of how I want things to look. I even drew my newest wedges to get an idea of how it would look together 🙂
I know how to make the skirts, super easy (yay for tutorials on YouTube!), but I’m still trying to figure things out about the blouse/shirt.
Keep your fingers crossed, and we’ll see what happens 🙂
Keep looking up ❤
Goodness me, I’m tired these days… The heat is really doing a number on my body. There aren’t enough cooler days to help me either. Oh well 🙂
Yesterday I went, by bus, to Kristianstad, just because. Maybe a fika there, and then home again. But then there was an add for Åhus on the bus. Åhus is famous for their ice cream. So why not another bus there to have some?
With the return trip, I think we ended up spending about 6.5 hours on a bus yesterday. Bit sore behind today 😉
But the ice cream… Goodnes me…
It’s summer, it’s nice and warm, why not indulge in 3 scoops? I never do, but a nice day out? Yes!
And then we go the ice cream… 3 scoops were more like NINE SCOOPS!!!
I kid you not, my arm was super tired from holding the cone while trying my best to eat it!
I mean, you see the chocolate scoop? THERE WERE 2 MORE OF THAT SIZE UNDER THE WHIPPED CREAM!!! So when I ordered 1 chocolate, 1 strawberry (with strawberry jam) and 1 banana-something, I got 3 of each of THAT SIZE!!
I made it halfway, then I just couldn’t eat anymore… The banana-something was in the bottom, so that was ok because it really wasn’t my thing. But the chocolate… ❤ ❤ ❤
I’ve never had more than 2, smaller, scoops ever, so this was a challenge XD
I really loved it though, and it was really cheap, so that was great. If you ever go to Åhus, go to the beach and have ice cream at Otto & Glassfabriken!!
Keep looking up ❤
That’s what I am…
I am disabled. When that word is being used, people think about someone with a visible disability. Something you can see, something you can understand.
Something we can prove?
Because that’s the thing. If people can’t see it, I have to prove it. It’s not enough that I say “I have this illness, and this is what it does to me”. No, I have to prove that I really am disabled.
I’m not sure how I am supposed to prove myself to people… And I can’t say I understand why I should have to! Why is it, that people always assume that I am lying? Because, if they didn’t, then why would I have to prove anything?
I am being called a liar. Silly. Stupid. And rude even. I am rude for taking it (whatever ‘it’ is) away from those that really “do have a disability”.
Because my illness, my disability, doesn’t show, I do not get any help (other than from my cardiologist), my GP doesn’t care what I say (I have actually been thrown out from the doctors office at my GP!). I am being called a liar and so many other things. I can’t find a job (a real one), and people can’t understand why I don’t think “spending time with the elderly, to keep them from getting bored” is a real job. I am fully capable of working, of doing my job. I’m a brilliant administrator and receptionist, things just take a little longer at times, and I get more tired/fatigued than others. As soon as someone hear that dreadful word, ‘ disabled’, I’m shut out. I’m ignored. I’m no longer wanted for an interview even. The interview that was on it’s way before “that word”.
For many years, friends have said goodbye. Actually, they didn’t say it, they were just gone one day. Then I found out that most people aren’t very interested in getting to know me after they find out that I am disabled. Because my blood pressure and heart rate is affected by my disability, my illness, people assume that I have some dangerous heart problem. Some people believe that I will fall down and die in front of them. It doesn’t matter what I say, how I explain things, they believe what they want.
Since writing the above part, a… situation… happened.
I wrote the first part on thursday, and then two days ago, Midsummer Eve, I went to Denmark with my mum. Something we do that day every year.
We had a really great day, first at the Danish Museum och Technology and Science (amazing!!). Go there!
Then… we went to Statens Naturhistoriske Museum in Copenhagen, located at the Botanical Garden. And I am so angry with them!
I managed to get up the stairs at the entrance without getting my heart rate too high, so yay on that.
Then we got our tickets, we walked inside, saw an introduction film… (They currently have an exhibition about dinosaurs.) But alas, then it was more stairs! So, so many stairs. There is no way I would be able to walk up all of those without making my heart extremely angry. And you know, getting a heart rate of about 200bpm isn’t all that fun. Not very safe either. And really, fainting and falling down the stairs felt like a bad idea.
We couldn’t find a lift (elevator) anywhere. I went back to the entrance/souvenir shop and I. am. Still. Pissed!
Me: excuse me, where is the lift to the exhibition with the dinosaurs?
Her: Take the stairs.
Me: I need to use the lift, I can’t walk up those stairs because of my health.
Her, a bit annoyed: The lift is only for the handicapped!
Me, kind of angry: I AM handicapped!
I ended up having to tell her, really angrily, 3 times (!) that I am handicapped and I need to use the lift!
I was about to demand our money back so we could leave when she agreed to show where the lift was.
Instead of just showing us to the lift… she went to the one from the outside, that I hadn’t even seen. SHE WENT TO LOOK FOR SOMEONE IN A WHEELCHAIR!!!
I told her again, that it was I, ME, that needed the lift, that I was the one that was disabled (again…). She looked super irritated, but she did show us, and we did get to the dinosaurs.
On the way, I made it very, very, clear to her why the stairs are so bad for me. More than once. Ok, I may have nagged her about it all the way. But let’s be honest, she had it coming!
She never said sorry for her disrespectful behaviour… She did look a tiny bit ashamed, but I don’t know.
Later on, as we went back to the entrance, which was also the souvenir shop, and looked around, she kept her back turned to me at all times, no matter where I was standing, then she hurried out.
So yeah, like I said in the beginning. Invisible, that’s what I am.
Keep looking up ❤
(Please don’t use the word handicapped, I did in Denmark since the rude woman did, I didn’t know the correct word in danish so…)
When you have a certain illness, dating can be hard. I can, obviously, only speak for me and myself, so don’t apply my words to others 🙂 (But it can be good to keep in mind.)
As you may know, I have POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), very easily explained, it means that my autonomic nervous system doesn’t work as it should. I will get tired easily, fatigued, unfocused etc. My heart rate can be way up there making me qutie… ill… I may faint, or be be very close to it. And most recently – sweating… like you. would. not. believe! (I will be talking to my doctor about that one!)
What is it, then, that makes it hard to date with POTS?
Let’s put it like this, it’s close to impossible to even get friends to stand being with me…
Let’s say we go somewhere, just a museum or something calm. I use this as an example because it’s a stress free place and somewhere you can really take it easy and relax.
If there is a line at the entrance, I can’t actually just stand there like all others. I will move around, walk a bit. Sometimes I need a bigger space to be able to walk aroudn so I won’t faint, but people doesn’t understand, they will stand much too close, and get angry when I don’t stand still.
Why I need this – if I stand in line, just like everyone else does, my heartrate can go to about 200. Dangerous! My blood pressure will drop. Either of those things will/can make you faint.
Inside, I still can’t “stand still” like everyone else. I need to sit and rest every now and then. I need to drink a lot of water, and so i need to pee quite often too because of that 🙂
At times, I can’t really get the words out properly, I will lose a word or the grammar will be off. I can just sound strange at times. People will laugh. They always laugh 😦
My hearing can start to go away, everything will sound like there are pillows tied to the sides of my head.
I am not able to eat every day. Yes, you read that right! At times, I won’t even know that my body won’t be able to accept any food until I am at the table. So going to dinner or lunch with me can be a pain.
So. Fainting in public. Having to sit down, on the sidewalk if there is nowhere else, to avoid fainting. Odd speach at times. Looking sad/tired/uninterested. Tripping over my own feet. Looking drunk. Etc.
These things are (as I have been told by others):
– Irritating them.
– Annoying them.
– Super embarrasing to them.
– Making them feel uncomfortable.
– Taking up too much of their time.
– Booooooriiiiiiing, because everything is moving too slow.
I would like to ask these people how they think I feel.
I am the one people think is drunk.
I am the one who will fall over.
I am the one who will faint.
I am the one who can’t always talk properly.
I am the one getting yelled at (yes, I WILL take the lift when I am so dizzy I may fall flat on my face! Like hell if I will get on an escalator at that point!!)….
Yet I am not embarrased, I am not uncomfortable, I am not irritated. I am who I am. I just happen to have an illness.
Other than these things. I am just like everyone else. Normal, abnormal, happy, nerdy, fun loving, whatever 🙂
But those things make people not want to have anything to do with me. As friends. Dating is even harder than that…
Imagine having these symptoms (at times more than just these) at a calm and stress free place. Then add a high stress event. Lots and lots of people. Warm weather. Long lines everywhere. And then imagine how I will feel.
Keep looking up ❤
So I did a Marilyn Monroe today… It didn’t get caught on camera (or at least not on my camera;) ) but yeah…
I got a out a bit today, just had something to drink close to the docks. I bought some new dresses a few days ago, and I’m not used to dresses that short, so… yeah, Marilyn Monroe 😉
It was 27*C in the shade, felt closer to 40 in the sun if there was no wind…
Keep looking up ❤