Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
These goodies and many more will be posted on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/kajadesign. Write "buying" under each fabric you are interrested in and send me a message on Facebook to buy something. I will calculate the cheapest shipping available.
Also reminding everybody that I am clearing out my shop on Etsy! Here's the link to the sale section! http://www.etsy.com/shop/KajaDesign?section_id=10733811
Monday, 20 May 2013
Yes. I know. I have neglected my blog. I simply can't keep up with full time job, kids, shop, facebook AND blog. So if you want to follow my day-to-day crafting I suggest that you follow med on http://www.facebook.com/kajadesign. I am making a lot of small things at the moment. Panties and briefs mainly. They have been selling really well and by now I even get questions from friends to make them panties. They too have realized that it is much more comfortable to wear these than the storebought ones.
I use cotton jersey, a lot of them are actually certified organic!! Double fabric in the crotch and with foldover elastic as a trim. By now I think I have sewn more than 150 pairs of underwear and I am definitely aspiring on the title "Queen of FOE".
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I work in IT at a big multinational company. Although IT is probably one of the most dress code liberal departments in the office - we still see a lot of dark suits there. (on occasions see wornout jeans, t-shirts and Birkenstock slippers as well...).This is todays outfit. A jacket I bought in Slovenia when I was there skiing in February. A par a black suit pants. My aweome red-black ankle boots from Hispanitas. And my brand new shirt from my own design.
Fabric from Tygaffären. And the pattern is a mix from two patterns. I have a dress that I looove, but that is probably to slim fitting to make a good shirt. And then I had a shirt pattern that had tog big armholes and to wide shoulders to go with my rather petite upper torso. So. I mixed them and got the perfect pattern! Yay!
I am currently sewing some new staples for my wardrobe - so more todays outfit will come
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
I started this afghan during our summer vacation. My intention was to make the Burberry inspired blanket, but then I realized that I had the wrong color of the yarn that I brought, Forntuately I had brought some random yarn that I could use for minor projects if I got tired to make baby blanket. So, I started making squares, not really knowing what to make from them in the end.
I started with the blue-turquoise scale and I was thinking that I was going to make a Mediterranean blanket. But, when I came home I continued with the yellow-red-scale of yarn and the , my son came along and asked if I was making him the rainbow afghan that he had been asking for. Not really - but since it was a good idea I decided to go with it. So. I ended up with 14 colors all in all, with 9 squares each, since that was what I was able to get out of each ball of yarn. This left me with a afghan that is something like 105x160cm. A very generous afghan that easily fits two kids underneath.
I decided to go with the Svarta Fåret "Tilda", and 50-50 Acrylic Cotton mix. It makes a warm afghan that still let air come through so that it is possible to use during summer as well. Also, since it is a cotton/acrylic-mix it is washable, something that could come in handy when you make a blanket for kids.
Most of the time I try to crochet the squares together, but this time I aimed for sewing instead. I still had a million threads to fasten, and I really didn't want any more threads than necessary.
I find making afghans is very rewarding. As I get thrilled about every little square I make I tend to forget that I in the end will have made 120 something squares. This is probably why I made four afghans during the last year.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Our son plays Handball. And he is actually pretty talented on it too. Despite his mums thought about it, he doesn’t have any second thoughts about using brute force trying to get passed any of the opponents. To encourage him I decided to find some special handball items. But, when you look on Etsy.com you find that there really aren’t that many. Soccer, football, basketball and baseball all have plenty of items, but handball… No.
I was a little bit frustrated, but gave it no more thought. And then after a couple of days I asked myself “Am I a crafter or am I not?”. How stupid of me, I hadn’t even considered making him something myself. I found patterns in one of the really old Ottobre magazine (No 2004/3 Models 36 and 31). Against better judgment I might add. I generally don’t like zippers and even considering sewing zippers on a knit fabric … whoa… And the last time I made appliques with letters… hmmm.. it really didn’t turn out very well.
I started with the jacket. The back applique is a picture I googled and then transferred to vliesofix and sewed on to the back. The zipper gave me some problem. Mostly because I didn’t realize that the pattern made the front piece 2 cm longer than the zipper. But since it was 2 cm, it was just perfect to just cut away the old seam at the lower ribbing and add a new one there. And after sewing on the zipper I realized that I could have been more generous with the needles. So I had to rip the seam and then I got it all right. On the pants I skipped the seam allowance on the outer hem. Our son is slim, so I knew that he didn’t need those extra centimeters. I sewed the front and back together and left the side seam open so that I could make the applique and attach the pockets.
This time I used the Sulky “Totally stable” on the back and vliesofix in between and the letters actually got pretty good. Not perfect, I can still see the flaws, but good enough.
I also sewed on the pockets. I used red foldover elastics as trim, and used red thread, just for a little extra decoration.
Our so was thrilled about the outfit and after he tried it on, he didn’t want to wear anything but the outfit for a couple of days. *love*
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Okay, so I might overdid my pattern shopping just a bit... But I got really inspired by a Donna Karan tunic I made for New Year that turned out really well (more info on that one in another post). So. Now I have 12 new patterns. And incidently the year has 12 months. See what I am thinking??
Yes. I am going to challenge myself to make AT LEAST one new pattern per month. I actually did 6 new patterns last month, and have already made one new-ish pattern this month. So, it really ought to be within reach.