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#OOTD: sew & style! + give-away

By 18/05/2016Blog

Angela Lan’s debut book, #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Sew & Style was send to me to test and review! An opportunity that I definitely didn’t want to turn down. The book is full of basic patterns that you can use to learn how to sew or in my case: to hack!

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I wanted to sew myself some basic tank tops (in woven fabrics) so from the moment I spotted this basic pattern in the book I wanted to give it a try! A basic pattern asks for a beautiful fabric. That’s my opinion anyway… So I selected one of my favourite Nani Iro fabrics for this project. A risk, because I didn’t want to sew a muslin.

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After a first try, I noticed that the arm pits were too high for me. The rest was perfect! So I ended up cutting away 1cm for the top. I love my new top a lot. Especially the curved hem. It makes a basic tank to a tad more special. Just how I like it!

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So part two was the hack: after lowering the arm pit with another centimeter and taking away a bit of fabric at the front armhole, it was perfect.

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I cut the top pattern horizontally in two (there’s a line on the pattern to help you) and added 37cm to end up with a dress with the same length as the Louisa.

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I adjusted the side seams to have a ‘balloon’ effect. This way I ended up with a super comfy dress. A ‘bag‘ as Bjorn defines it.

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So after holding the side seams a bit backwards (you know how it goes when you stand in front of the mirror), I decided to add some buttons and buttons loops. This way I can wear the dress in two ways. The baggy way or the more refined way. PS/ please don’t play attention to the crease on the picture above. I just wanted to show the beautiful bias binding… ;)

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The fabric I used is a super comfy linnen / cotton mix from Robert Kaufman. Finished with some Liberty bias binding. (This is the only good way in my opinion to finish the hem.) A perfect match! Both from Julija’s shop in Antwerp.

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At the bottom I kept the curved hem, but you don’t see this on the pictures…

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Here you can see an interview with the author. She’s only 14 years old! I’m impressed. On her blog you can find more details on the book. One I can recommend for beginners or seamstresses in need of a good basic patterns sewing book.  And guess what: I can give-away a digital copy of the book to one of my readers! You can participate HERE till Sunday 9pm (CET + 1 timezone).

I would like to thank C&T publishing for the blogtour invitation! It’s been a great sewing adventure.

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