Today I got mail!! I did a private swap with my friend Wusi. I know her from the Nähkromanten sewing forum. She is a very talented felter and made gorgeus leaves and flowers for me out of felt. The beautiful pearls she sewed on add special shine!
The leaves and flowers are hair accessories. Today I immediately had to wear one of the heartshapped leaves. (The pictures are up on my IG amyinmyheart they were quite dark before adding filters and somehow you can’t use pictures you’ve edited via insta on tumblr or I would post them here.)
My part of the swap hasn’t reached my friend yet. I will share that once she’s got them. Hint: it’s also hair accessories!
My goal for this autumn is to add some more uni coloured maxi skirts to my wardrobe. The white skirt from my last post already counted towards that.
This pale green one with gorgeus machine embroidery is another candidate. The fabric had the embroidery on both borders, so I decided on two wide tiers to include all the embroidery. The second tier has more seams in the back as I pieced the fabric together there. Obviously I included pockets too!
In full body shots the embroidery is lost sadly but that’s to be expected. It’s a beautiful detail once your close to me.
I wanted a long white skirt for layering purposes and remembered the white skirt I bought as a teenager and didn’t give away yet because.. reasons. It’s 100% cotton and a kind of muslin fabric. The “it’s late at night but I want a before picture” shows that it still fit me but wasn’t really flattering. Plus I tend to go for even more voluminous skirts nowadays. So I decided to add a decorative front lace panel to resize/upsize the skirt and give it some extra flair and volume at the same time. Arranging all the lace was fun!! I also cut out the old underskirt and added a more voluminous one instead (yes there’s a theme here).
Now I have a gorgeus long white skirt for layering that I didn’t have to start from scratch and gave an old skirt new life. I might add placket pockets later on.
For the first wear I went with a simple coord to let the skirt shine. It pairs well with my white flower vest!
I really like gilets, but still they’re sadly not very prevalent in my wardrobe. Yet.
A couple of years ago I used this simplicity pattern to make myself a gilet for a wedding with a traditional dress code. I had to alter the pattern a lot so it fit me, but it ended up being too loose in the process. I rarely wear that first gilet for that reason, even though I used beautiful fabric.
Years later I was considering an outfit for a j- fashion meetup and wanted to wear my mint green skirt (with beautiful eyelet lace embroidery!) together with this gilet made from grape themed fabric. Then I realised “oh wait that gilet only exists in my head and is only fabric so far”. Time to make it a reality!
This time around the pattern alterations went way smoother. I guess I skilled up in the meantime. I did a white cotton mockup to do my alterations on and reused it as a lining for my grape themed fabric.
The matching pastel green lace came from a decoration store for 50 cent (was heavily discounted because the holder was broken). The yellow creme lace came from the one and only Textil Müller! (Notorious fabric shop here. Btw the mint green eyelet embroidery fabric was also bought at Textil Müller.)
I’m so happy with my new gilet & can’t wait to sew many more!! I also plan to switch up the pattern a bit & draft some collars to go with it. I think my next sewing project will be a skirt though - probably.
I sewed this bolero jacket from black linen for my client (/friend) in order to get a feel for the pattern. I’ll sew it a second time from silk now.
I’m not sure I like the “duck tail” that is created at the back (at the bottom of the shirring panel). At the hemline the pattern tells you to gather the excess, but not at the seam. While I’m waiting for my friend to pick up the jacket I’m pondering if I should seam rip that part and change that because it keeps bothering me.
Some years ago I thrifted the original purple gilet (middle pic) and absolutely adored it from day one. I’m often cold on my back and extra layers like this are key! Plus, it just looks so stylish and whimsical. I love it!!
Obviously I wanted it in more colours and had decided to clone it for quite some time already. This summer I finally got around to tracing the pattern and making my first clone, the cream one (which was quickly followed by the white version).
I’m already dreaming of a rainbow of gilets. I need to see what else my stash has in store. The gilet is a bit complicated in needing a matching knit/elastic fabric and a lightweight woven one (like cotton). And some lace to decorate with obviously. But it’s fun to mix and match and I think my stash should yield something before I buy new fabric.
Third times’ the charm (hopefully). Tumblr kept eating this post. I think it was the picture and I’ve got another one now.
Old clothes no longer fit you/suit you? Congrats, you unlocked free fabric you’ve got already laying around the house! The jacket used to be multiple (band-)shirts that I played around with to give them new life in this patchwork jacket. It’s lined with fleece fabric for warmth.
The skirt I bought with my former best friend when I was 15-16 years old (for reference: I’m 33 this year). When it became too small for me I passed it along to a friend (swapping/gifting clothes is great!) who gave it back to me after some years when the zipper broke, so I could use the fabric for something. The skirt spent some more years at the back of my storage closet until I needed a simple yet elegant black skirt for a funeral now. I remembered my formerly floor length velvet skirt and brought it out. It was an easy fix to make it fit me again - I chopped off the top part & made an elastic waistband casing from the chopped off fabric. Yes I had to sacrifice some length in order to do this but I was quite please to give this old skirt new life and that I didn’t need to buy anything new in a rush for this funeral.
After stitching the buttonholes and finally deciding on a pair of buttons & sewing them on the gilet vest was finally finished!! I ultimately chose buttons that look quite similar in two sizes from my stash.
Everything was ready for the long awaited meetup on Sunday - finally I would see my friends from my local J-fashion community again! The days before were already scorching hot though and so I decided the night before that I needed to wear a hat for some portable shade. I was aiming somewhat for shiro lolita (usually all white - I obviously already broke that with my floral fabric & my outfit here is really a mashup of lolita fashion and mori kei anyway) and thus wanted my hat to match too. I got out different lace and some hair flowers and bows from my collection and went to town! I have a hard time finding hats around here, so I made the hat modifications all reversible.
I’m so happy with my new gilet. Now I have the original purple one, the cream coloured one and this white one. I think it’s very fitting that both the white & cream gilet also incorporated floral fabric as I absolutely love them.
Oh and if you want to know the perfect song to go with this look: Ghost of a Rose by Blackmore’s Night.
The pattern for this bolero jacket called for about 2 meters handmade biastape. Unfortunately the fabric wasn’t pleasant to iron at all and prone to fraying and warping. I nixed the call for handmade biastape fast and really like the sleek black edges the one I used instead created. The pattern didn’t include a lining originally but the fabric is very scratchy inside (from the beautiful glittery embroidery) and thus a lining was a must. I enjoyed hand stitching the lining down along the inner collar, so there’s no stitches visible outside. Might add a loop & button closure to this bolero jacket still (and accounted for that) but have to discuss that with the client first. The side slits were a wished for pattern alteration too.
I had enough fabric left over to add a matching bag to the commission now! Musts: must fit a book and water bottle easily (and a couple other odds and ends). Sounds reasonable and absolutely does fit for sure! There’s also an inside pouch with a zipper for keys and such and the strap is adjustable.
I’m currently busy working on a big sewing commission. It includes 3 skirts and 3 bolero jackets, plus a bag matching to one of the boleros. (Also a couple little accessories like hair bows and the like I’m making from the fabric scraps and throwing in as freebies.) I’m so excited to create one-of-a-kind pieces for my friend for her mortician wardrobe!!
My friend who commissioned me suggested herself we should do a photoshoot once I’m finished with everything so I can post about it on my blog! ☺
Until then I’m taking a couple progress and “yay finished!” pictures.
Today we visited relatives and did such good time we’d arrive way too early. So we stopped for a while by this beautiful stretch of woods and you know I had to take pictures!! The trees are so beautiful!
Almost too good to serve for a backdrop buuuut yeah 🌿I love this dress & fabric so much and thank you trees for making me shine!
I also have it in green with reddish-purple embroidery and I really need to transform that fabric into something wearable too!
First off all, I bought the fabric ages ago because I love the butterfly wing pattern a lot. I wondered whether or not I should turn the fabric into some kind of summer poncho - but ultimately that felt too boring. Last year, on a late summer day I settled onto a dress and started on it. I almost finished it too! I’ve decided to do something a bit drapey and wing-like on top of a white jersey under layer. I didn’t have enough fabric for a full skirt part, so I decided for open butterfly wing panels and that the dress needed an underskirt.
I really didn’t like the original underskirt I added, plus the weather flipped to cold autumn and I didn’t feel like finishing this summer dress anymore.
This year I picked it up again in time for my birthday! Going right along with the chaotic good energy of the dress the fabric I selected for the second run of the underskirt disappeared on me. Vanished into thin air. No idea where it went after holding it in my hands a couple days ago. It was 2 days before my birthday party and I was set on wearing my new dress!! So I surveyed my fabric stash and turned up a fabric that has patiently been waiting for it’s time to shine for over 10 years. I held it to the rest of ye dress to see how I liked them together and really liked the random draping that achieved. So I cleared that up a bit and sewed the fabric onto the dress. Voilà, a fancy underskirt! It reminds me of the fuzzy bodies of butterflies and moths. The cocoons they emerge from to fly free. Silk and finely woven dreams.
One day before the party I did a last try on and figured the straps were a bit too short and digging into my arm pits. Having no more butterfly fabric on hand I added length with white jersey and some decorative lace fabric (must make the practical alterations pretty!!). The white shoulder caps made the perfect place to tie on the pointy fabric wings I made from the last scraps of the butterfly fabric. I didn’t want to sew them on permanently (for more variation options).
For my birthday party I accessoriesed with a flower crown and fabric flower brooch (and a couple of handmade bracelets). And ribbons in my hair. The dress turned out so beautiful and also very comfortable! I was the prettiest birthday fairy and my friends showered me with love & compliments. Love all those girls!!
PS: All the bunting is also made by me. We were sitting under the tree and then:
Friend 1: you really thought of everything! Now we only need something for the tree [jokingly]
Usually I only share recently finished craft projects (most often sewing but whatever I’m up to at the moment). I’ve noticed that you guys seem to enjoy my mori kei outfits though, so I figured I’d share some of those too.
Temperature: 23° Celsius (and finally not humid!)
Handmade counter: dress & both skirts made by me. (I’m also wearing handmade bloomers.)
Another appreciation post for my new mori kei gilet!
With this outfit I matched the flowers on the side panel with this double layered circle skirt (which looks kinda like flower petals to me too because I played around with length). The skirt is an old sewing project from several years ago. I’m already thinking in what colours I could make the gilet next - though first I want to finish a dress for my upcoming birthday party (outdoor, 5 guests and all vaccinated) and I need some new bloomers. Plus I got some sewing for money to do too.
I wish this 100% linen jacket fit me but alas it doesn’t. Also is too tight in the arms for my mum, so she wanted to find it a new home but had a hard time letting it go as it’s so nice.
A close friend of mine needs business casual clothes for her semi-new (started in spring) work as a mortician and was very happy to receive this jacket. Now that mum knows it goes to someone who can wear & enjoy the jacket she had an easier time giving it away.
I took the waist in a bit for my friend, we selected buttons from my stash & I hand sewed the button holes. My machine has an attachment for that but I usually prefer to do it by hand anyway.
I think the read more break kept literally breaking my post, so let’s try again. Sorry for the long post! Tumblr is being stupid.
Some years ago I thrifted a purple gilet. It’s amazing, has pointy bits and ruffles and instantly elevates any outfit. (I have a seperate post with the original gilet because I can’t add more pictures to this post. )
I love it very much and have been thinking for some time that I would like to clone it: trace the pattern and make it in other colours. I saved some fabric scraps with beautiful eyelet embroidery for a mori kei version of the gilet and paired those with a creme coloured jersey fabric with machine embroidered roses on it. (Was also used in the dress the eyelet embroidery scraps are from.)
The pointy side panels, as well as the bias tape, are made out of a semi-transparent floral fabric with an off-white striped background. The original gilet has button holes IN the bias tape, but I decided to add elastic loops instead. The button choice wasn’t easy, but I ended up with two mismatched ones from a stash I got from my grandma.
For my first wear today I paired the gilet with the dress it shares fabric with but I’m already excited to play around and find many more outfit options!
It all started with an invite to a friend’s birthday party. She always has a costume party with a (broad) theme.
This year’s theme was recreating a costume you wore as a child. I decided to re-create my Pippi Longstocking outfit. I found a striped longsleeved skirt on clearance and sewed the orange dress myself. The red checkered pockets are made from remnants of the fabric that were used for the pockets on the costume I wore as a child! A very neat detail imo and I was amazed that this fabric scrap survived for so long.
The longsleeve I’m wearing for my Pippi Longstocking outfit has since been dyed purple (as I wasn’t really wearing it in the original blue/white even though I thought I might). I plan to dye the orange dress also. A dye test with the purple (on a scrap) went well but I think I want to dye the dress dark green. I’m currently looking for dye for that!
I thought the pattern had potential so I made another dress from a turquoise patterned cotton fabric. I didn’t have enough of that fabric though and had to pattern mix.
For the following dresses this became an intentional design feature.
Version 3 is a J-fashion inspired dress. I wanted to use a fabric that could be used for a lolita fashion dress but make it more generally kawaii. Like some colourful Natural Kei or Otome Kei dress.
The last one to join the family is the purple & green dress. It’s the first with ruffles, which adds a very cheerful look imo. I deliberately gave each dress unique applicated pockets. The one’s on the purple & green dress gap open too much though and I’m currently adding buttons and an elastic loop to keep them closed. Otherwise I can’t really use them safely to store stuff.
And yes, I foresee more members joining this dress family in the future! The dresses are perfect for hot summer days but also good for layering.
Outfit 1 has the purple dyed longsleeve shirt that was originally bought for the Pippi Longstocking costume. (Dress & skirt colour matched better in RL). Outfit 2 includes the turquoise & brown skirt and outfit 3 is a late summer night version with the j- fashion inspired dress. And finally outfit 4 has the turquoise & brown dress again as a simple summer look.
This year during pride month I had the idea to create the general pride flag (plus any other I could, like the trans pride flag) from the sights I can find around my neighbourhood. Colourful walls and details on houses always make me smile and I think the colour you can find in the otherwise grey & beige monotony of houses represents the LGTBQIA+ community well!
I managed two flags on my first try, maybe next year I will add on to this.
It’s way too hot here still even though its almost 3am. The temperature outside has cooled to 23° Celsius but inside my apartment it is so hot even with all the windows wide open. I have no idea when I’ll be able to sleep, so what is a girl to do? A bought of late night sewing of course!!
I just finished this little tank top and wanted to show it off immediately. I modified a pattern I traced from another tank top I own. For that I shortened my traced pattern & made it flare out. I wanted something flowy and billowy. Last year I bought two fabrics from the scrap bin at a local fabric store and I planed to make some cute summer tops out of them. This is top 1 now! I gave it a ruffly narrow hem, folded over and hemmed the arm scyes (I think that’s what you call it in English??) and made bias tape to hem the head opening. I didn’t have enough fabric to make bias tape for the arms as well but I think this still looks really good (maybe even better because now the bias tape that is there is extra special).
I wasn’t quite sure how the modified top would turn out & if it would suit me but like… this is so cute!! It fucking slaps!! I but it on and was immediately so happy with it. 💖
I paired the top with a couple different skirts and shorts and depending on the bottoms you can see like a sliver of my belly (that’s about what I’m comfortable with showing so yeah for that!!) and I’m like it’s so summery & cute!! I’m really happy with it! 💕
As I just recently finished dress number 5 using (a variant) of the same pattern I decided to show them all of in one post.
The family legacy started a couple of years ago with the dark red dress (like dried blood almost but not as brown).
It’s linen with a golden glitter thread woven into it. You can cinch in the shoulder part for a sleeveless fit or leave o
It unruffled for a semblance of sleeves.
Imade it to attend a dear friend’s graduation ceremony from film school. It’s an overdress, with a corresponding underdress to go with it. You have to wear something underneath as it just has a slit going down the entire skirt front. I often wear a coordinating skirt with it instead of the underdress nowadays, so I can change it up.
2018 I used version B of the bodice to make myself a birthday dress. This version doesn’t have the shoulder straps for gathering. The bodice has a beautiful sakura print and I made layered circle skirts for the bottom part (which are also longer in the back). I got the fabric for the skirts from a relative.
Last year I made another dress using version A (like the original dark red dress) from a beautifully machine embroidered white linen. It’s thicker than the dark red linen, so that contributes to a slightly different look. I added a permanent underskirt panel in a golden sand colour. The waistband is also made from the golden sand coloured linen.
This year I created the green patchwork dress using version B. The skirt of that dress is printed fabric that only looks like patchwork and I did actual patchwork on the bodice from the fabric scraps, as I’ve retroactively decided to not only do a (fake) patchwork skirt but an actual patchwork dress ! The skirt part has side gadots for a bit of added interest and lace, because obviously. I also changed up the waistband of the green dress and used another method to create it, just to see the difference.
The purple & pink dress was also made in 2021, from pink linen (with golden glitter thread) and purple linen (with silver glitter thread) and a purple cotton for the underskirt. That’s the same kind of linen I’ve used for the original red dress. This dress also started out life as a skirt (a pointy circle skirt) but I upgraded it this year into a dress. Why not change up your clothes by transforming them into something else?
And the legacy is likely to continue in the future…
~Fast wie Magie~ means “Almost like Magic” in German, which is my mother tongue (I’m from Austria).
For me it describes the process of taking some fabric, or yarn (or other raw material) and transforming it into something beautiful and wearable that mystifies others. “How did she do that??” “Seems like Magic. ”
I started this blog in German, later posted bilingual and then switched to English completely because it gives more people access to what I want to share. I will stick with the original title though 💜
It was lots of fun embroidering the blog name and styling the embroidery to create my banner art! For that alone the name will stay.
I love to react to & thank people for their great tags, but usually that will happen from my main [@amyinmyheart] as tumblr reroutes to main even though I’m looking at my sideblog.
Oh, and in case you’ll ever want to find even more outfit photos of my clothes I share on my blog here, check out my instagram @amyinmyheart 💜 I use that platform to document my daily outfits (when I’m happy with them).