Monthly Archives: September 2012

THE BIG LEAP

I have done it.

{Today I am taking a Big Leap into my new life. Picture is from this summer, but fitted well, I thought}

I have taken the big leap into a completely new career. Yesterday was my last day teaching at the elementary school. I guess it was what you’d call a bitter sweet day. I am so thrilled to be able to focus on my shop and drafting my patterns, but I was also really really sad to say goodbye to my colleagues and students.

{Jump Jump Jump}

It was a nice day. I taught first graders all morning and got to say goodbye to them (I had brought them chocolate and the class had made me a card and also gave me a basket with gourmet coffee and chocolate), then I had my 6 graders in the afternoon and they had tons of gifts and cards for me – and a mug with a picture of the entire class. And there were a bit of hugging and more chocolate and then I proceeded to the staff room where we had a small reception (I had arranged for husband to pick me up, so that I was able to have a few glasses of wine – and some of my co-workers had done the same, so we were in for a great farewell party!) with more gifts (I got some very lovely yarn form the school and my colleagues gave me a wonderful silk/wool scarf that I have been wishing for for ages, but have been too cheap to actually buy. I love it!) and having a great time.

So this is it. I am so excited! And I’m so scared! Well, I guess it comes with the territory of taking a big leap. And I’m mostly excited. Besides working for my own, drafting and selling patterns, I’ll also have a part time job in a very big fabric store, which I’m also really thrilled about. Imagine actually working there!!! (hmm.. wonder if there will be a employer’s discount….)

{Absolutely thrilled!!}

 

 

MORE YASMIN

Thank you for the warm welcome my newest pattern (The Yasmin Yoke Skirt) has received.

You can find it for sale at Craftsy, ShopONION and at Patternreview.

I am very proud of the pattern – and especially the instructions which – IMHO – are very clear and well thought out :-)

I already showed you the pictures from the pattern, but I also want to show you what Meg from Meg the Grand made. When she asked for ideas on what to make with this really great cartoon fabric, I immediately thought of Yasmin – being that simple it’s great for showcasing special fabrics.

Don’t you just love this? It’s so much fun! I especially like how she accented the cartoon theme by making the yoke and the hem in a black fabric:

 

Cartoon Styled MariaDenmark Yasmin Yoke Skirt

{Meg’s Cartoon Yasmin Skirt. Loving how the colours of the sky and the building make it all even more cartoon-y!}

 

Meg also made a more office appropriate version – in a burgundy pinstripe which would fit in perfectly in my dream autumn wardrobe!

{The office version. Pinstripes. Burgundy. What’s not to absolutely adore! Also – The View!!}

 

I am still not done with my plaid version. I have so much to do before stopping at the school, and with the school trip all last week I am way behind on everything. I hope to get some sewing done tomorrow though !

What kind of fabric would you make your Yasmin Skirt in?

HELLO FROM THE PAST

I am so very tired. Way too tired to blog anything sensible or merely interesting – not less entertaining. I am currently on a school camp trip with my 6 graders. We are visiting Århus (the second largest city in Denmark) and are staying here until Friday.

It’s very nice, and I’m thrilled that I got to go on the trip as one of my last assignments before stopping teaching.

Today we went to Den Gamle By (The old Town). It’s an open air museum where they reenact the typical life of a town in Denmark in 1864.

The kids where dressed in periodic clothing and were acting being servants and also going to school. Here they are in school:

{The 6 graders in 1864}

Anyway. I’ll be back with more sewing related blogging soon….

YASMIN YOKE SKIRT!

It is done!

I am finally ready – and very proud – to introduce you to

 

{The picture Collage I’ve used for the front page of the pattern. I promise the skirts really fit well. But the fabric wrinkles like crazy!}

MariaDenmark 201 – Yasmin Yoke Skirt !

The Yasmin Yoke Skirt is a cute A-line shaped yoke skirt in two lengths, with curved front pockets. Perfect for everyday wear.
The skirt is designed to sit at the belly button and the yoke keeps any tummy fluff in.

The shorter length, which ends just above the knees (47 cm in size 38), is designed to look great to wear with flat shoes, such as ballet flats or boots – great for a day at the market, for shopping or for chasing the kids around.
The longer length that ends just below the knees (54 cm in size 38) looks great with heels. It’s a true stable for a day at the office or for going out for lunch!

The skirt closes at centre back with an invisible zipper.

This pattern is a downloadable pdf pattern (requires the free Adobe Reader) in English with detailed instructions including step-by-step pictures, making this pattern perfect even for a beginning seamstress.

I have decided to launch the Yasmin Yoke Skirt with a great introductory price  for the first week (until Sunday September 23rd 2012)!

I have tons of more pictures I’d like to show you (including a few goofy ones:-)), but I still need to add the pattern to the Craftsy and the Patternreview shops, I need to pack up this week-end’s orders and also pack my bags for the school trip I’m leaving for tomorrow… so I’ll just leave you with this sketch, and assure you – I will be back soon ;-)

 

{Sketch front and back of the Yasmin Yoke skirt. The skirt was named after one of my students}

P.S. Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored my 5K run to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The run was today, and I am very happy to tell you that I was the one runner (out of about 3500!) who raised the most money!

I was also satisfied with my time – I ran the 5K in 30 min 56 sec. It’s okay, but in the spring I want to do it in less than 30 minutes!

WARDROBE SEWING INSPIRATION AUTUMN 2012

So it’s new season time again. I have of course already thought a great deal about what I want to make (what else is there to think about while I do my running in the beautiful forest…) but I thought I’d share my trend ideas with you too.

So here are my inspirations and the trends I’m going to sew and wear  this season – I might link to ONION (and MariaDenmark) patterns where appropriate…

Autumn 2012 inspiration

 

The Colours, Materials and Prints:
‘Tis the season for burgundy and purple tones. I really really like the burgundy, and might already have gone a bit overboard in purchasing fabric with that trend in mind:-) The other big trend colour is going to be my all time favourite: The Greenish Teal. What’s not to love.

Plaid is still great for autumn – and the best way to wear it is in a skirt (a-line or full), just over or at the knee length. I’ll pair with cute boots and tights and a neutral coloured t-shirt, and have instant everyday wear style (that’s the plan, anyway:-)!

I already cut a new a-line skirt (from my soon-to-be-released yoke skirt pattern) in a burgundy plaid. It’s still sitting on my pressing table, though, we have had a few days of indian summer, and I’ve spend my sewing time outside gardening…

I also really like all the (more or less faux) leather pants and skirts. I got some brown faux stretch leather that is going to be a perfect pair of stretch leather pants. If you’d like to make the same, you could use a really easy pattern like the Onion 0005 leggings  for a quick result, but you could also make the skinny trousers of Onion 4011.

If I had the lifestyle for it, I would totally make and wear a leather pencil skirt. I might make one anyway – and wear it when going out. I actually might just have bought a really cool dark brown pleated faux leather. It was expensive. I have to make that skirt now…

{Leather-look fabric I might just have bought a meter of. For a pencil skirt. Which is not really practical for my lifestyle. I’ll make it anyway:-)}

 

Style lines and silhouettes:
The simple 1960′s style lines are still looking great. Both for dresses  (such as Onion 2036 and 2040) and tops.
An easy way to achieve the look would be to make the 3/4 length bell sleeves from the Birgitte Basic Tee on a U-neck or boatneck tee. (In a Breton style or a plain colour to wear with the plaid skirt.)
I’m going to make at least 5 of those. Burgundy (of course) and off-white versions are decided and fabric is ready… rest I don’t know yet.

The peplum style is a very big trend this season – but I don’t see myself wearing that style (all though I might try it on a t-shirt, just for fun).

I am really excited about the wide legged trousers that are coming back. I love the relaxed men’s wear inspired look for winter (I’d wear them with a t-shirt instead of a button up shirt, to keep the look relaxed. But I’d definitely wear heels!). I have drafted a pattern and am working on muslins. Would also just be a great basic pattern.

 

The cropped style (skinny) pants are also a really cute look. It’s not going to work for me during the winter, though. I’d be getting too cold. As I mentioned earlier, I will try to make my some skinny leather pants. But they will not be cropped.

I think I’m good with outerwear. And the blazer jackets I have are also going to be just fine. I might make a few drape front cardigans (from Onion 6009) if I can find the right fabric, and as a transition outerwear, I’d wouldn’t mind trying a cape (like Onion 6010).

But first things first – before I start cutting and sewing everything up, I need to go through my wardrobe and find out what to keep and what to give away. And then I really should make a prioritized list. We’ll see…. :-)

Have you started sewing for autumn? (Or are you also at the planning stage..)

 

 

 

RUNNING AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Why am I not posting much at the moment? Well, I still have my full time job, am drafting patterns and taking classes – and then I’m training for Sunday.

On Sunday I’ll be running a 5K to raise awareness – and money – to support the fight against Breast Cancer.

You can help out by sponsoring me. All donations go to Breast Cancer Research.

Here’s how you can sponsor me:

Follow this link: https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/startlist/index.php?id=1587

Then under “navn” you have to put my name “Maria Moesby” and click the pink symbol. This will take you to a page where you choose amount (“beløb”) – you can donate from 25 kr. and up.
25 kr. = 3.33 Euro or 4.50 US$.

When you click “Gå videre” you will be taken to the first the choose card page and then the payment page, where you can enter name and e-mail as well as card information.
It’s a tiny bit bothersome that I can’t get a direct link… But please try, anyway, if you’d like to support my run.

I’ve tried to include step-by-step pictures here. Click to enlarge.

{Follow these steps to sponsor my run against Breast Cancer on Sunday}

I’ll be back soon with my plans for my autumn wardrobe update

BIRTHDAY BASH

So it’s now Tuesday – and I am only just getting over the big event that was my birthday *slash* Leaving-my-Dayjob-Celebration (more on that in a moment) party on Friday.

I had a wonderful day – starting out with breakfast at home with my husband and son, having a relaxed time and getting great books and also photo equipment to play with!

{Some photo playthings from my nice husband. 1) A new lens with filter and hood 2) A gorillapod – I think he is hoping that now I wont need him to take pics.. he is wrong, but I love it!}

It was followed up  by the entire school singing for me at morning assembly, then my first graders singing, my coworkers having put out flags (Very important part of Danish birthdays – I think I talked about it in this episode of the podcast) and then gifting me with lovely – very lovely -  Quivit yarn. (and this wasn’t even a big birthday – I’m now 37 -  but I think because I’m leaving soon, they thought they’d do something special)

Back home, I opened more gifts and then got everything ready for the guests to arrive – including (but not limited to) harvesting enormous amounts of mint for making mojitos!

The party was great. There were family and friends, speeches, more gifts, an impromptu concert by my husband and fellow musicians, mojitos, nice food, rosé win and dancing.

{1) Lovely eggplant yarn, 2) Clever presser foot, 3) Cool iron-on studs, 4) Quivit – enough said}

Of craft related gifts I got very nice eggplant Debbie Bliss yarn (what to make, what to make), an elastic guide presser foot for my overlocker (it’s so clever, it almost sews the elastic on by itself!), some great stud prints to iron on to t-shirts (I have to make a bunch and get started. I love all the prints!) and the skein of oh-so-soft-and-warm quivit yarn – imported from Greenland by one of my coworkers.

Now. About the Leaving-my-Dayjob thing.. I have mentioned it in the interviews I did with iMake and Sew Busy Lizzy, but I haven’t really talked about it here: I have decided to leave my full time teaching job (which is never just full time, parents call in the evening, you always have to prepare for lessons etc.) to focus more on my pattern making and my shop.

I have been a elementary school teacher for almost 10 years, and needless to say, this decision has not been easy. But I need to do this for myself now. I will still be working part time for other people – but will finally be able to have my dream job making and selling patterns!

It’s been a while since we had a parting pic. For my party, my father brought me a new rooster (he’s still only a cockerel, actually). The old one (you might remember Hugo) became very territorial and attacked people, so we ate him this spring. Here’s hoping that Hans will last longer…

{Hans (or Hanse-mand) with two of his girls}