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.
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I used the self drafted pattern that is the same as for all the white T-shirts I’ve been making for my husband to make this Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt. The fabric was found at Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem that was held on the last Sunday of March. I was looking for white jersey fabric to make some more new white T-shirts. That fabric wasn’t found but I saw some blue jersey fabric with a black stripe that would be perfect to make a Leisure time T-shirt.
I always pre-wash fabrics so the finished garment will not shrink anymore. Some fabrics can also be treated with starch or other chemicals to give them for example a shine. Pre-washing will also remove this starch and chemicals. This fabric lost 4% of its length and 2% of its width after pre-washing. I ironed the fabric and started cutting.
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Gudrun Grenz Top remake is a sewing project I’ve done for my mother. She bought this Gudrun Grenz Top years ago. The print on the jersey fabric and shape caught her eye and she loved wearing it. My mother and I love asymmetrical designed clothes and we also have a preference for black and white. The jersey fabric unfortunately faded away due to frequently wear and the many washings. I promised her a while ago to make a Top and found the Gudrun Grenz Top on the recycle pile of clothes. One and one makes one. I decided to use the faded Gudrun Grenz Top to make the promised Top.
Drafting a suitable pattern
I unpicked the Gudrun Grenz Top and started drafting a pattern using the unpicked pieces as a guideline. My mother’s figure has changed a bit so I also made some alterations to get a better fit. The original Top also had a triangle shaped piece at one side. This was hanging down but also could be shortened by buttoned it on the inside of the top on the underarm seam. I reshaped this triangle shaped piece into a more asymmetrical piece so it flows more with the other halve of the hem. I made this blue Top last year during the KNIPster sewing competition. My mother loved this blue fabric and I had just enough left in my stash to use for the Gudrun Grenz Top remake.
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Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top is another refashion project. Our eldest daughter bought this Striped Maxi Tank Dress two years ago and never wore it. The price ticket was still on the dress. She asked me if I wanted the dress and I said of course yes although I had not idea what I was going to do with it.
Reuse Recycling Refashions
I love doing refashions. Refashion and upcycling are a great way to repurpose clothes that can be given a new second life. My family and friends are always bringing their discarded clothes to me first before sending them to the charity shop. The Striped Maxi Tank Top Dress was hanging on a clothes hanger for a while waiting for inspiration. I watched a couple of weeks ago Krabbé zoekt Picasso (Krabbé in search of Picasso) on the television. Pablo Picasso is wearing a Breton top in one of the episodes. A Breton top is a classic and timeless sweater. I also see a lot of Breton Tops and striped tops in the shop windows this year so why not use the Striped Maxi Tank Dress to make one.
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Homemade Easter Decorations is a sewing project using leftover fabrics and discarded clothes. I made the last years some Christmas decorations and decided to do the same for Easter. I found a lot of inspirations on Pinterest and decided to make some flowers, a bunny and a fabric egg.
Homemade Easter Decorations – the fabric tulips
Our youngest gave me a couple years back two long glass vases. They are standing a few years on our windowsill. I had already decided that I wanted to make some fabric flowers for them using leftover fabrics. I found some blue fabrics in my leftover stash and used this TNT pattern to make them. All fabrics are a kind of denim so this was a little bit harder to work with then the usual fabric. Two evenings later six tulips were standing in both vases.
Early 60s styled High-necked Top is made of some leftover fabric. This dress is made of the same fabric. I saw in one of the episodes of Endeavour a top with princess seams and a crew boat-ish neckline. Endeavour is a British television detective drama series and is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse. The Endeavour serie is set in Oxford just like the Inspector Morse serie. I really liked the look of this top and decided that I wanted to try to make my version of that top. This top in a shop window looked a bit like the one from the television just like this knitted version found on the internet.
Early 60s styled High-necked Top – the fabric
The piece of leftover fabric was about 80 centimeters and also one odd shaped piece so I was limited by the amount of fabric. I decided to turn the fabric 90° because it is a 4-way stretch. I now had a little bit more fabric to play with but there still wan’t enough to make a full sleeve length. A cuff solved this problem.
Sweetbriar Sisters Penguin Hatchling is one of the eight baby animal patterns from the new Hopeful Hatchlings PDF ebook. The Hopeful Hatchlings PDF ebook has also patterns to make a fried egg, a zipper egg and a Mamma’s nest.
Sweetbriar Sisters Penguin Hatchling – the pattern test
I love making soft toys and everything time Jessica George is looking for pattern testers I apply. She always has lovely designs that are adorable, cute and fun to make. Paddy the Penguin and the zipper egg were a joy to make. The instructions are clear and well written and lot’s of good illustrations to support the written instructions. Both pattern came easy together and the instruction for zipper egg sewing was a very useful.
Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 – the highlights
Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 is a showcase of my nine best of 2016. On IG you can see a lot of people showing their nine best of 2016. Everyone has his own subject that he or she wants to show. Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 in my case are sometimes based on popularity (likes or re-pins), requests or personal preference. In no particular order they are:
- reaching 200 IG-followers
- request to sew two male Chino trousers
- my participation in the KNIPster 2016 sewing award (Looking Like Audrey Hepburn is my personal favourite)
- sewing ‘zorgenvriendjes’ for UZ-Gent
- these new bought shoes
- Jeanius Denim Softy Pig refashion (> 201 re-pins)
- sewing a T-shirt from leftover fabric inspired by the YSL Mondrian dress
- walking an average of 10.000 steps a day and having unexpected views
- cooking with 5 ingredients
10 afgeronde naaiprojecten voor 1 januari 2017 – het begin
10 afgeronde naaiprojecten voor 1 januari 2017 begon voor mij op 20 november. Ik heb een stoffenvoorraad die ook nog aangevuld is met afgedankte kleding. Uitdagingen om beide te verwerken zijn dan ook erg welkom. Het verhaal op dit blog bood mij weer eens een goede motivatie om de laatste 6 weken van 2016 met deze uitdaging te vullen. Sinds een paar jaar maak ik altijd het een en ander voor Sinterklaas. De belofte aan mijn echtgenoot om voor hem weer een paar T-shirts te maken stond ook nog. Ik had dus wel een paar naaiprojecten staan waar ik deze 10 afgeronde naaiprojecten voor 1 januari 2017 uitdaging mee kon invullen.
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Personalised College Scarf – the history
Personalised College Scarf takes me back to my school days. When I went to high school it was fashion to wear a college scarf. Even in those days I loved wearing a classic non fashion style of clothes. I didn’t wear many grey pleated skirts but instead I was wearing jeans combined with beautiful stylish Kerko dress shirts and lovely soft pink and blue cardigans. I even had a dark blue double breasted college coat. A college scarf was perfect to finish this look. These type of scarfs are made of wool and still available. Many years ago I bought a brown-camel version (which you can on the IG-image) for my husband to wear it together with his suede jacket. The one I had is gone.