Tag: dress

New challenges for 2019

The first day of 2019 is almost gone. After a quit New Years Eve we met each other at our annual social New Years Day neighbourhood party. I wore one of my LBD and made a plate filled with pigs in a blanket. (an idea of eldest daughter).
Besides ideas, plans and challenges for my homemade wardrobe I’m everyday working on 10k steps/day challenge.

Nieuwe uitdagingen voor 2019
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Zelfgemaakte kleding Top 5 2018

Gillian startte in 2012 met de Sewing Top Five serie. Deze Sewing Top Five heeft 5 categorieën: hits, missers, highlights, terugblik en goals en elke categorie krijgt een apart blogbericht.
Ik vind het een leuk idee maar besloot om deze 5 categorieën samen te voegen in één serie. Waarom? Omdat ik niet zoveel missers heb (niets werd verpest tijdens een wasbeurt, nooit gedragen of als het niet naar mijn zien was: vertimmerd tot iets draagbaars). En omdat ik geen voorkeur heb is dit een overzicht in willekeurige volgorde.

Sewing Top Five 2018
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Sewing Top Five 2018

Gillian started in 2012 the Sewing Top Five serie. The Sewing Top Five has 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. She writes individual blogposts with each categorie as subject.
I liked the idea but decided to make a mixture of all these categories in just one block of five. Why? Because I didn’t had many misses (no selfmade project was destroyed in the wash, never worn or when it failed it was unpicked and got another look). So here we go in no particular order.

Sewing Top Five 2018
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Chique Homemade basis herfstjurk

Jongste dochter en ik belandden weer een keer bij het Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. Ik ging een patroon testen voor Elle Puls en was op zoek naar een geschikte stof. De couponbak slaan we nooit over en jongste dochter viste er een coupon uit. Rekbare stof met een wybert ruitje in ecru, zwart en goud. Zij was zeer tevreden met haar zomerse Homemade basic T-shirt jurk. Maar met de naderde herfst vroeg zij of de coupon genoeg was voor nog zo’n type jurk. Dat was het zeker en samen met de stof voor de patroon test rekende we ook de coupon af.

Chique Homemade basis herfstjurk

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Chique Homemade basic Autumn dress

Youngest daughter and I went again to Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. I had a Elle Puls pattern that needed to be tested and had to buy suitable fabric. We always take a look in the remnant bin and youngest daughter found a piece of fabric with wybert pattern in ecru, black and gold. She’s very pleased with her Homemade basic T-shirt dress and asked me if the piece of fabric was enough to make another one. Lucky for her it was just enough. So now we had both a suitable fabric and after paying we went back home.

Chique Homemade basic Autumn dress

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Zomerse Homemade basic T-shirt jurk

Jongste dochter en ik belandde enige tijd geleden bij het Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. Ik was op zoek naar voering voor mijn Fashion Style blazer. De voering vond ik er niet maar de jongste dochter vond er wel een coupon van 1.40 meter. Zij zag hierin een mooie zomerse Homemade basic T-shirt jurk met een leuke contrasterende rits op de rug. Zij heeft een paar van dit soort RTW T-shirt jurkjes in haar kast hangen en vroeg of ik er tijd voor had om er één te maken. Ik kon niet weigeren en zij rekende de coupon af.

Zomerse Homemade basic T-shirt jurk

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Easy Sewing Homemade Basic T-shirt dress 

Our youngest daughter and I went a while ago to Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. I was looking for lining for my Fashion Style blazer. They hadn’t the lining I was looking for but our daughter found a coupon that was 1.40 meter long that she liked. She asked me if I could make a Summer  Homemade basic T-shirt dress out of it with an exposed zipper.  She has a few of this dress types in het wardrobe that she loves to wear.  Who can refuse such a request? Not me so after paying the coupon it was in her bag.

Easy Sewing Homemade Basic T-shirt dress 

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één patroon twee jurken Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018

Evenals vorig jaar gebruikte ik uiteindelijk één patroon voor mijn twee Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 jurken. Ik lichtte twee keer een klein tipje van de sluier op. Je kon op Instagram een schetsje zien van beide jurken en de stof voor de coffee date jurk en ook in dit Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze blogbericht volgde nog wat meer. Mijn patroon kwam uiteindelijk van een zelfgetekend T-shirt patroon dat met wat aanpassingen een jurk patroon werd. Je ziet momenteel bij diverse designers een asymmetrische look en zoals al in de schetsjes zag is deze look in beide jurken verwerkt. De tijd is nu gekomen om het eindresultaat te laten zien.

één patroon twee jurken Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018

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Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze

Ik vertelde in mijn Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 bericht over een patroon dat mijn coffee date jurk zou gaan worden. Helaas de toile was een nachtmerrie. Of het nu het patroon is of de stof of een combinatie van deze twee of gewoon niet mijn stijl: ik weet het niet. Het werkte gewoon niet. De tijd begon ondertussen wel een beetje te dringen en misschien zou het helpen als in ieder geval één andere keuze werd gemaakt namelijk mijn Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze. Stap 2 dus. Een stofje zoeken. De stof voor de coffee date jurk komt uit mijn als inmiddels als maar slinkende voorraad. Ik maakte afgelopen vrijdag een schetste met het idee van de ‘twee verschillende kanten van stof’ thema in mijn achterhoofd. Het schetsje zag er zo uit. Een horizontale en verticale lijnenspel met een asymmetrische look.

Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze

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Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric

I told in my Day&Night Dress challenge 2018 post about having a pattern for my coffee date dress. Sadly the toile was a nightmare. Wrong pattern, no suitable fabric, a combination of both or just not my pattern? I’ve no idea. Time was not on my sight so perhaps making a Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric choice for my toffe date dress would be an idea to help me out. The fabric for my coffee date dress came from stash. I made a sketch last Friday according to my ‘the different sides of a fabric’ theme. This is the rough sketch. Horizontal and vertical lines are dividing the dress into two parts and giving the dress an asymmetrical look.

Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric

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Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018

Dresses are a major challenge for me. You only have to take a look at my Christmas party outfit for the ‘Designin December 2017’ entry to see that it’s far from looking like a dress. Casual and comfortabel to wear during Boxing day and the following days between Christmas and New Year. And yet I decided to take be one of the crew members again for the second time Day&Night Dress Challenge run by Elizabeth. I wear dresses on occasions like dinner parties, receptions, birthday parties or weddings. Two new dresses at the beginning of 2018 doesn’t sound that bad and I’ve two more to choose from. This year dress theme is coffee&cocktail.

Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018

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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

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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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

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes – the dresses

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes is my contribution for the the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour run by Elizabeth. I decided to use the LBD as the starting point of my pattern choice. A LBD is a stylish and timeless dress design that can be worn on my occasions. A well chosen simple designed dress combined with only one jewellery is the key to have a fabulous outfit. I decided to use the RDC Ludivine robe pattern for this challenge because this pattern has a strong stylish and timeless design. Both dresses have size 38 for the bust and size 36 for the hips.

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

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RDC Ludivine dress pattern

RDC Ludivine dress pattern – the day and night dress challenge

I decided to use the RDC Ludivine dress pattern for both versions of the day and night dress challenge run by Elizabeth. The pattern is easy to sew together and the clever use of the bust dart in the side front panel gives the dress a crisp and neat finish. I used the pattern as it is for the day dress and for my night LBD look I made fitting changes in the side seams but also in the seams of the center front panel, center back panel and side front panels. The day dress version is made of sweater fabric and the LBD version of Punte di Roma.

RDC Ludivine dress pattern

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Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview – the start

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview is where I’m showing the progress in my makes for the Day and Night Dress Challenge. The Day and Night Dress Challenge started when I received an invitation from Elizabeth from the blog Elizabeth made this. She asked me to become a participant in the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour. I accepted the invitation and started with looking for a pattern that I wanted to use and also the fabrics. The night dress has to black and because I love LBD therefore the night dress was no problem for me. A day dress however is something I rarely wear. First challenge was to find an usable pattern.

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview

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Day and Night Dress Challenge

Day and Night Dress Challenge – the invitation

Day and Night Dress Challenge is an initiative of the lovely Elizabeth from the blog Elizabeth made this. She asked me if I wanted to be a participant in the Day and Night Dress Challenge blogt our. I felt honoured and decided to join the challenge.

Day and Night Dress Challenge – my contribution

What will I make? That will be a secret for a while. One thing I can tell you already. I will be using one pattern to make both dresses. I’ve a few patterns that would be very useful for this challenge and I love making alterations to patterns to turn a garment into my style. The day dress is a real challenge for me because I hardly wear them. The night dress has to be a LBD and lucky me: LBD are my favourites. Elizabeth on the other hand has no LBD but want one when  because she wants to get back into performing with her violin.

Day and Night Dress Challenge

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Pink Gingham Dress

Pink Gingham Dress – The seamstress tag

Pink Gingham Dress and the seamstress tag what have they in common? The seamstress tag was started by Hollie from Hollie Sews. The seamstress tag has twelve questions to answer. Two of them are When & why did you start sewing and What is your favourite or proudest make? After reading a few blogs and watching a couple of vlogs I decided to do something with these two questions. I can’t remember when I started sewing even my mother couldn’t tell when I asked her a couple of weeks ago. The second part of the question the why is because I enjoy it and it’s a good way to relax. My favourite or proudest make? Every sewing item is carefully planned and I’m proud of every make. This Pink Gingham Dress is the oldest proof of my sewing activities. So here is the story behind the Pink Gingham Dress.

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LMV Martini Dress

LMV Martini Dress – the pattern

LMV Martini Dress is made of a La Maison Victor pattern. I bought the pattern while we were buying fabric for the two male chino’s at Textielstad. The Martini Dress is a pattern from the first LMV magazine. The dress has a symmetrical look created by the V-shaped neckline placed at the left front and the different shapes of the front panels. At the time this first edition was released I hadn’t made the decision to sew all my clothes so buying sewing magazines wasn’t one of my interests. Half a year later I started making my clothes and while I was looking on the internet for inspiration I came across the Marini Dress. Although I’m not a frequently dress wearer I love LBD. I’ve made this one almost a year ago. A LBD is a type of dress that is perfect for dinner party’s, social drinks and other occasions.

LMV Martini Dress LMV Martini Dress

LMV Martini Dress – something about La Maison Victor

La Maison Victor is a sewing magazine based in Belgium and the patterns are designed by Belgian designers. It’s described as a contemporary magazine with stylish but easy to make patterns. All patterns are designed for size 34 to 54 and comes with good sewing instructions combined with illustrations. They also have online video’s. All pattern are marked with the level of difficulty by using houses as symbol. The magazine hasn’t only sewing patterns but also things to knit or crochet, refashion ideas, home furnishings and jewellery.

LMV Martini Dress LMV Martini Dress

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Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016 – the challenge

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016 is the end story of wearing only homemade clothes during the month May. I really liked taking part in this challenge and sharing my makes on Instagram and Pinterest. Did I wear all my homemade clothes? Now there are still a few pieces that did’t came out of the closet. I haven’t been wearing some of my clothes made for the KNIPster 2016-sewing award and for the SSW1-challenge. In one of my next posts I will write something about the SSW1-challenge, sharing photo’s of my makes and will tell something about the pieces I made and how I made them.

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016

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Red Cocktail Dress

A Red Cocktail Dress is my final make to become KNIPster 2016. More details for this final make can be found here. The only suitable fabric that was left was red and hearing this song in my head I had to make a red dress.

Een Red Cocktail Dress is mijn laatste bijdrage voor de KNIPster 2016 naaiwedstrijd. Meer details voor deze laatste bijdrage zijn hier te lezen. De enige bruikbare stof die ik nog had was rood en met dit liedje in mijn hoofd besloot ik een rode jurk te maken.

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KNIPster 2016 Final

KNIPster 2016 FinalKNIPster 2016 Final will be held tomorrow at ‘Stoffenspektakel’ at Den Bosch. We had to make ‘the ultimate partydress’ inspired by what a ‘Dutch Celebrity’ would wear walking over the red carpet. I decided to look further and was inspired by the dress Gwyneth Paltrow was wearing in 2012 on the variety show El Hormiguero in Spain.

KNIPster 2016 Finale Is morgen tijdens ‘Stoffenspektakel’ in Den Bosch. De opdracht was om de ‘de ultieme feestjurk’ te maken geïnspireerd op de rode loper jurken van ‘Bekende Nederlanders’. Ik besloot ook over de grens te kijken en vond deze rode jurk die Gwyneth Paltrow droeg in 2012 tijdens de El Hormiguero show in Spanje.

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Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1251 dress LBD styled

Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1251 dress LBD styled is my third make for the KNIPster 2016 sewing award run by KNIPmode. Voting for this theme is opened just now and can be done here until Wednesday 12.00h C.E.T. We had to make something in the style of the Dutch Queen Maxima. Queen Maxima has an elegant look combined with a classic way of dressing.

Rebecca Taylor Vogue 1251 dress LBD styled is mijn creatie voor de derde opdracht voor KNIPster 2016 van KNIPmode. Stemmen kan vanaf nu tot woensdag 12.00h.  Onze opdracht was maak een creatie in de stijl van koningin Maxima. Koningin Maxima draagt elegante kleding met een klassieke uitstraling.

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RTW versus Handmade and Investment versus Stash

sewing magazine handmade stashIn this post I share with you my thoughts about RTW versus Handmade and my fabric stash. Two years ago I decided not to buy RTW clothes any more and make them instead. Until that moment my closet was a mixture of RTW and handmade.

Twee jaar geleden heb ik besloten om zelf kleding te maken in plaats van kopen. Tot dat moment was mijn kledingkast een mix van RTW en zelfgemaakte kleding.

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Zircon Cocktail Dress or LBD

xjurk voor_10282016 sewings starts with a new dress. One of the garments which is still missing from my closet is a LBD. A LBD (Little black dress) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. On the 8th of December in the last year Paprika Patterns released  a new sewing pattern: the Zircon dress and I had the change to write a review for this dress.

2016 open ik met een nieuwe jurk. Een van de kledingstukken die nog steeds ontbrak aan mijn kledingkast was een LBD. Een LBD (Little Black Dress) is een zwart cocktail jurkje eenvoudig van snit en vaak kort van lengte. Paprika Patterns kwam vorig jaar op 8 december met een nieuw patroon: de Zircon Dress en ik werd gevraagd om een recensie voor deze jurk te schrijven.

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New year and good intentions

Just like many others I always start each new year with some good intentions. Last year I wrote my intentions down on a bucket list. It had ten items and four of them are done. Starting my website/blog was one of them, another one was sewing a Chanel jacket.

Ieder jaar begint met goede voornemens. Vorig jaar heb ik tien voornemens op een bucket list geschreven. Een website/blog starten was er een en een ander was een Chanel jacket maken.

The bucket list

Seven goals were scored. Two 2015-items are now on the list for this year. How to deal with my stash fabrics is one of the eight new items. Another thing I want to tackle this year are my never used sewing magazines and sewing patterns. This year I will try to use only patterns that I already have or drafted by myself.

Uiteindelijk heb ik er zeven weg kunnen strepen. Twee staan er nu op de lijst voor dit jaar zo ook hoe ga ik om met mijn stoffen voorraad. Daarnaast ga ik kleding maken uit mijn nooit gebruikte naaitijdschriften en patronen.

My fabric stash

Last year I joined a stash-busting-group and also a stash-busting-SAL-group on Facebook. When I joined the first group I had about 35m of fabric in my closet. Now with start of 2016 there’s exactly 32.75m of fabric in my closet. There is also one large supermarket shopping bag with pieces of leftover fabric and one shelf of discarded clothes. One can say: ‘I’ve lost 2.25m fabric’. My sewings tells another story. Some of my stash fabric turned into clothes, but I also added some new fabrics to my stash.

Vorig jaar ben ik lid geworden van een stash-busting-groep en ook van een stash-busting-SAL-groep op Facebook. Bij de start had ik 35m in mijn kast. Nu bij het begin van 2016 heb ik precies 32.75m aan stof in mijn kast. Daarnaast heb ik nog een grote supermarkt tas vol met restanten en een plank vol met afgedankte kleding. Je zou kunnen zeggen er is 2.25m minder op de plank. Mijn gemaakte kleding vertelt iets anders. Sommige stoffen uit mijn voorraad is kleding geworden, maar er is ook nieuwe voorraad bijgekomen.

How can I avoid a fabric stash?

Where to start. How can I avoid that there’s more fabric coming in then going out in 2016. Pin photo’s on the closet door to remind me of what’s already there? Staying away from fabric shops and fabric markets? When I started sewing my Sinterklaas gifts I also started sorting out my stash fabrics and made arrangements with them. Then I took photo’s and made sewing plans in the following weeks. The keyword was Wardrobe planning. What are my plans. Here we go.

Hoe te beginnen. Hoe kan ik vermijden dat er stof bij komt in 2016. Foto’s van de stoffen voorraad op de kastdeur plakken? Stoffenwinkels en stoffenmarkten vermijden? Toen ik begon met het naaien van de Sinterklaas cadeautjes heb ik ondertussen ook mijn voorraad in kaart gebracht en bedacht wat ik ervan zou gaan maken met in mijn achterhoofd: Wardrobe planning.

Making sewing projects

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from left to right:

  • a pair of trousers
  • a T-shirt with black contrast
  • Dusty-top LMV (from LMV-magazine I bought last year)
  • light coat version 1 for the August stash busting SAL
  • a sparkling sweater
  • a white T-shirt with a twist
  • a pair of trousers

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from left to right:

  • jeans
  • a long summer blouse
  • the Sassy Liberian blouse (a pattern I already have)
  • a light summer blouse
  • shirt fort the January stash busting SAL with David Page Coffin
  • light coat version 2 for the August stash busting SAL
  • blue T-shirt
  • summer dress

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from left to right

  • black and white woven for a blouse
  • black and white woven  for a blouse
  • black and red knitted for a dress
  • black with black dots knitted for a sweater
  • blue-brown-white jersey stripe
  • leftover from the 2015 Christmas dress
  • black and brown for a cardigan coat
  • Chanel fabric for a Chanel jacket
  • Tartan for a jacket
  • dark grey for a light coat

Realistic or not that’s the question

The next question is how realistic are these plans and ideas. What is certainly going to happen. The most likely are the makes mentioned at photo 1 and photo 2. The black and brown in photo 3 for a cardigan sweater coat will match with the pair of trousers the first on the left in photo 1. The shirt-making workbook will be used for the black-white flowery blouse shown in photo 3. The most unlikely sewing will be the Chanel jacket. Last year I made this almost Chanel jacket. A Chanel jacket is one of my favorite items, but sewing this type of jacket is a challenge. If I succeed two-third of my fabric stash will be turned into garments. 2016 has also an extra sewing day: instead of 365 days I’ve 366. Lucky me. 

De volgende vraag is hoe realistisch deze plannen zijn. Wat gaat er zeker gebeuren. Wat zeker gaat lukken is de kleding genoemd bij foto 1 en foto 2. Het zwart met bruin van foto 3 past bij de linker broek van foto 1. De shirt-making workbook zal ook weer gebruikt worden voor de zwart-witte bloemenstof van foto 3. Het minst waarschijnlijk is het Chanel jasje. Vorig jaar maakte ik de almost Chanel jacket. Hoewel het een van mijn favoriete kledingstukken is, blijft het een uitdaging. Als ik slaag dan is ongeveer tweederde van mijn stof voorraad kleding geworden. 2016 heeft ook nog eens een extra dag: 366 in plaats van 365.

A Christmas dress

x voor heel 2The fabric and the pattern for this Christmas dress were bought more then two years ago at Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer. One of the market stalls had a finished dress hanging made out of a pattern from the My Image magazine.

De stof en het patroon voor deze kerstjurk werden meer dan twee jaar geleden gekocht tijdens Stoffenspektakel in de Haarlemmermeer. Aan een van de kramen hing een jurk gemaakt van een patroon uit het MyImage tijdschrift. (meer…)

Drapey Knit Dress with Obi Belt or A wearable Japanese Combo

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A dress is something I hardly sew, but sometimes a dress comes along that stays in your mind. For some time I had the Drapey Knit Dress on my sewing wish-list and with fabric from my stash I decided to give it a go. The dress comes from the book Fashion with Fabric published after the third serie of The Great British Sewing Bee by Claire-Louise Hardie. The book was a gift from a friend of mine. After seeing some other versions made from this pattern on the internet I decided to make the dress with sleeves and leave the pockets out. My fabric isn’t the suggested fabric, but a more thinner version. The pattern in my fabric looks a bit like the origami V-Fold Span and the pattern also follows the way the pleat is folded in the front of the dress. This fabric makes the finished dress more suitable for a cool summer day. 

I did a remake and made myself a new refitted GBSB Drapey Knit Dress

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