20.12.2016 - casualwear , Dresses , Finished , Inspiration

Anneli's Talvikki Dress

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For two months we had Anneli here working with us, helping with day-to-day tasks at our office. Sadly, now Anneli has already moved on to other things, but while she was here, she made herself this awesome Talvikki dress hack!

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For her dress, she simply added a little length to the hem to achieve the knee-length, and omitted the uneven split hem and sewed the side seams all the way down, with an even hemline.

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She also added simple in-seam side pockets, which are a handy detail on such a casual, oversized dress!

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The result is super cute and relaxed, perfect for the Finnish cold winters! She used a blueberry-colored boiled wool from Eurokangas. The fabric had a little less stretch than required, so she also added an invisible zipper to the back.

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Isn’t her Talvikki absolutely amazing?

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Today and tomorrow (december 14th & 15th), the Talvikki pdf pattern is only 6 € (from 10), with this code:

TALVIKKI6

Happy sewing!
Saara, Laura & Anneli

Pattern: Talvikki Sweater
Fabric: Boiled wool from Eurokangas
Model: Anneli
Images: Laura

 

2.12.2016 - Dresses , Scraps , Tips & Tutorials

Inari Collar & Long Sleeve Tutorial

Take a look at the Inari blog post that we released yesterday! You can download the free add-on pattern here, and read the instructions below. Remember also our Inari discount: the pdf pattern is now 10 €, and the discount is valid ONLY today, with this code:

INARI10

The free add-on pattern includes both the collar, and the long sleeve variation. The collar is ideal to be made in a woven (or well-interfaced knit) fabric, preferably something in the semi light- to medium-weight end. The sleeves are a little more relaxed than the original Inari sleeve, with more ease, so they are perfect for using soft and relaxed fabrics such as sweatshirt jersey.

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First, cut out the dress/tee and collar pieces. Cut out 4 collar pieces, and make sure you have 2 for the right collar and 2 for the left. Cut also 2 interfacings for the collar.

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Before removing your pattern pieces, snip an additional notch on the front neckline, 1,5 cm apart from the center front – this is the spot where you will match the collar at front. Interface the upper collar pieces, as well as the facings.

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Sew the shoulder seams of the dress and it’s facing, as instructed in the Inari instructions. Serge the bottom edge of the facing to neaten it up.

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Sew the upper (interfaced) collar pieces to the under ones (un-interfaced). Make 1 or 2 diagonal stitches at the corners, this way they will become sharp. Clip the seam allowances at the corners, and at the curved edges.

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Turn the collars right side out and press carefully. Pin them to the neckline, interfaced side up and so that you match the collar to the notches at front (1,5 cm from the CF notch), and to the CB notch at the back neckline.

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Pin the facing on top of the collar, right side against the collar and sew through all 4 layers.

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Clip the seam allowances around the shoulder seams and at the curves. Press the seam allowances towards the facing and understitch. Press the facing to the wrong side and pin it to the dress/tee. Stitch along the facing edge to fasten it inside the garment. Make sure not to stitch very close to the CF and CB, as the stitches will show on the outside of the garment.

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Your collar is ready! Continue to sewing the sleeve: Sew the sleeves to the armholes, right sides together and matching single and double notches. Serge the seam allowances together and press them towards the dress. Serge the sleeve openings.

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Serge the raw sleeve and side edges. Sew the sleeve seam and the side seam in one continuous seam, finishing at the vent notch. Press the seam allowances open.

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Fold 3 cm to the wrong side at the sleeve openings, press and stitch in place. Sew the vents, bottom edge and sleeve openings as instructed in the Inari instructions.

All done! Our special thanks go to our intern Anneli who sewed this Inari dress <3

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Pattern: Inari Tee Dress & Free Inari sleeve & collar add-on
Collar fabric: Poly Crepe de Chine from Spoonflower
Dress fabric: Stretch Bouclé from Eurokangas
Photos: Laura

30.11.2016 - Dresses , Finished , Inspiration , Scraps , Uncategorized

Window one: The new Inari!

Our Xmas calendar starts today! From today until the 24th we will open a new window every day, revealing an interesting discount/offer/tip/other holiday-related thing! The discounts and offers are usually valid for only a day or two, so don’t forget to visit our Facebook page or Instagram daily!

This year we’ll start big with a brand new, FREE add-on pattern for the Inari Dress / Tee! The pattern includes a Peter Pan collar, and a long sleeve variation for the Inari, and you can download it for free here. Note that the pdf includes only the pattern, and the sewing instructions will be posted on our blog tomorrow.

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Don’t you just hate it when you end up with a bunch of leftover scraps after every sewing project? We never dare to just throw them away, and therefore end up having a ton of little scarp pieces in our closets. It’s especially hard to let go of fabrics that are very special – it’s natural that you want to use them to the very last bit, just to make the most out of them! This is what happened to our Sprout Kielo leftovers (You can see the original Kielo post here). We already used some of the scraps around the pattern pieces to make the Kielo facing, but we still ended up with some bits and pieces that we just didn’t want to throw away.

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The leftover pieces were too small for an entire garment, but they were big enough to be used for a small accessory, or a detail on another garment. Things like collars, pockets and cuffs are always great for using your leftover fabrics. Depending on the fabric and the desired effect, you can also use the scraps for things like pocket bags, facings and linings on smaller projects. We settled for a collar, because it’s just the perfect spot for displaying such a nice fabric, and chose to sew it on the Inari dress. Our trainee Anneli actually made the pattern for this big Peter Pan collar. She also made a brand new pattern for the long sleeve, which is great news to all of you living in the northern hemisphere at this time of the year!

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Somehow large Peter Pan collars like this look very “Christmassy”, so it will make a great Xmas party dress. Inari also has quite a lot of space around the waist, which makes it ideal for Xmas dinner…

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The collar and the sleeve are very easy to apply to Inari, without any alterations to the original pattern. Make sure to pop by our blog tomorrow, as we release another blog post for sewing the collar and the sleeve!

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As the first offer of our Xmas calendar, the Inari pdf pattern is now only 10 € (from 13)! The discount is valid today and tomorrow, with this code:

INARI10

XXX Saara & Laura

Pattern: Inari Tee Dress & Free Inari sleeve & collar add-on
Collar fabric: Poly Crepe de Chine from Spoonflower
Dress fabric: Stretch Bouclé from Eurokangas
Photos: Saara

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