Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt

Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt is a so called Hack. You often find pattern hacking term on sewing blogs. It’s a bit of mixing and matching with a pattern or patterns. The cropped and boxy look of the Kalle shirt are todays style features. I decided to mix the Tunika Elle with the Kalle shirt. The cropped version of the Kalle shirt has just like the Tunika Elle a wide faced hem. Both patterns have a hidden button placket, an optional breast pocket and band collar. After a night sleep I had some idea of how I would be mixing both patterns. I also had a test model of a welt pocket that I made more then two years ago on a shelf. This pocket was the perfect detail for my hack.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt

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Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse pattern was in my pattern stash for about three years. I purchased this pattern shortly after my decision to make all my clothes. Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse has two versions. On the internet  I had seen some beautiful versions of this pattern and decided that I wanted a copy too. The Sassy Librarian Blouse is only available at Craftsy and comes with sewing class as well. The price of this package is $29.99 which is € 27,80.

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse – my version

I used leftover fabric coming from this make. The leftover piece was about 90 centimeters long and I made a toile first. My toile version was a nightmare. The fit at the front was terrible, the neckline to wide at the back and the sleeves didn’t fit. I redrafted the front and the neckline, made darts instead of pleats and puffed sleeves with a cuff. I used some leftover white cotton to make the collar and bought these beautiful (bit expensieve) blue pearl shaped buttons.

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse

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Anna Levander’s politieke thriller trilogie Morten

Anna Levander’s politieke thriller trilogie Morten is een mondvol maar dat past ook wel bij deze recensie. Het gaat hier om drie boeken die het de opkomst en neergang beschrijven van de ambitieuze politicus Morten Mathijsen. Ik heb de drie boeken al enige tijd uit, maar nog niet aan de recensie toegekomen. Het eerste deel van deze trilogie werd weggeven door de openbare bibliotheken van Nederland tijdens ‘Nederland Leest’ 2016 campagne. In het verleden werd voor een specifiek boek gekozen maar vanaf dit jaar zal het een thema zijn. Voor 2016 was dit politiek. Naast ‘Morten’ was er ook nog ‘Heer van de Vliegen’ van William Golding en ‘Liefde en Schaduw’ van Isabel Allende.

Anna Levander’s politieke thriller trilogie Morten

Wie is Anna Levander

Anna Levander is het pseudoniem van journalistenduo Annet de Jong, journaliste bij De Telegraaf en Dominique van der Heyde, politiek verslaggeefster bij NOS/Nieuwsuur. Beide dames weten dus wel het een en ander van schrijven en de ins en outs van de Haagse politiek.

Anna Levander’s politieke thriller trilogie Morten

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Four Homemade white suits

Four Homemade white suits is a request sewing project. Our youngest daughter used to be member of The Royal Student Rowing Club “Njord” in Leiden when she was a student. After rowing a couple of years at the annual NSRF last rowing races of the season she now is a member of the organisation committee. The championships are held at the Bosbaan in Amstelveen. Members of the organisation committee wear white suits. Six weeks before the championships our youngest daughter asked me if I could make her a white suit and for two of her fellow members. Although they originally wanted a suit jacket they decided to have a jacket like the one I had made a while ago. The jackets have a dark blue lining in the jacket and piping. I also made a mens jacket for one of the male fellow members.

Four Homemade white suits

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Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

Ik liep toevallig enige tijd geleden op een Nederlandstalige naai-uitdaging die loopt bij de zuiderburen. Marjolein van Flaflinko is bedenker van Let’s Sti(c)k Together, geïnspireerd door de sew challenge van Davina. Ik besloot te reageren of ik als noorderbuur mocht aanhaken en werd van harte verwelkomt en zo doe ik mee aan Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema.

Let’s Stick Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema

Ik besloot een tas te maken van een lap zonnige gele reststof en bestelde het een en ander aan materialen. Helaas ging er het een en ander mis dus plan B. Plan B moest nog wel even bedacht worden. Ik dacht terug aan dit bezoek aan het strand en zo ontstond het nieuwe idee. Zon, Zee, Strand, walvis kijken, ijsje eten.

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Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

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Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

You probably saw this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top for a long time in my work in progress item. It’s finally finished. I used the same fabric for this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top as I did for this one. A piece of fabric was left which was just enough to make a short sleeved Top. The Top would have a seam at the center front or center back. This fabric was a gift from Nooteboom textiles during my participation in the KNIPmode 2016 sewing award. Named, an Indie pattern designer, has the Quinn blouse in his collection. I decided to use the idea of button plackets that are a little bit shorter then the actual blouse and do a twist by placing it at the back.

From idea to pattern

Having an idea is one thing but the key is how to to turn the idea into a good sewing pattern. I started with drafting a pattern that looked more like a blouse then a T-shirt. I decided to add a Peter Pan collar, a button placket and make a slightly high/low seam as well. The last step was choosing contrast fabric to make the collar and button placket.

Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

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GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted

You find a pattern you really like. Everything looks perfect: beautiful details and style features and when it’s finished you aren’t entirely happy with the result. I made the GBSB Drapey Knit dress almost two years ago and although there’s nothing wrong with my make I wore it only a few times and last year it didn’t came out of my closet. The used fabric was letting it down. I used a light weight knitted fabric suitable to make Tops but not for this dress. While I was writing this post I came across this blogpost. Sarah made a dress but wasn’t entirely happy with the result. Just like me she was thinking about a solution how to turn it into a dress that made her happy. GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted is my refitting story of this dress.

GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted

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Homemade classic shirt dress

Shirt dresses are great to wear and can easily be transformed from a work outfit with a belt into a more casual wear just by changing your shoes and no belt. Shirt dresses look great with the button front, collar or collarless, front pocket, high/low hem. There are so many great styles around. I used a medium weight grey cotton to make my Homemade classic shirt dress. A mens dress shirt is most likely to be made a of this type of fabric. I had some ideas and details in my head that I wanted to use for my Homemade classic shirt dress. A classic mens dress shirt would be the base of my dress.

Homemade classic shirt dress Homemade classic shirt dress

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Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans

It’s time to say Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 and say welcome to my sewing plans for the rest of this year. Fashion trends are changing fast, faster then I can sew. I’ve already shared a couple of times that I love to wear classic, casual and comfortable clothes. I call it my C3 wardrobe. My C3 wardrobe has Chanel styled jackets, jeans and jeans styled pants, tops, blouses, sweaters, three LBD’s and cardigans. So Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans is about what I’ve learned this year from my May showcase and what my June sewing plans will be.

Goodbye MeMadeMay2017 welcome June sewing plans
jackets

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KNIPmode kokerrok augustus 2016 model 13

Our youngest daughter wanted a new pencil skirt. She wears pencil skirts at work. I made this one for her and also this one but this time she wanted a more stylish looking skirt. KNIPmode showt this model in augustus 2016 edition. This pencil skirt has two triangel shaped panels. Both triangel shaped panels give the pencil skirt an asymmetrical look. The figure darts in the front are moved to these triangel shaped panels. The figure darts of the back pattern are moved to the side seams. This pencil skirt comes with a slit at the back. I bought some beautiful dark grey light weight Ponti di Rome to make this KNIPmode kokerrok augustus 2016 model 13. This type of fabric has just enough stretch to give this skirt a comfortable fit and makes it easy two wear.

KNIPmode kokerrok augustus 2016 model 13 KNIPmode kokerrok augustus 2016 model 13

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