sewing my own clothes

Sewing my own clothes was a decision I made three years ago. I wasn’t happy anymore when I was buying RTW clothes. The fit, the poor make and the quality of the fabrics: it was time for a change. A search on the internet brought me to sewing bloggers from all over the world. The first thing I made is probably this version of the Sorbetto top. This pattern has just been updated and comes with a few more options then the first version.

sewing my own clothes

Makers for Fashion Revolution

Last week In the Folds started Fashion Revolution week. This blogger started an Instagram photo challenge with each day another subject. I decided to take part and use the subjects to show some of my reasons why I sew my own clothes. As seamstress I consider myself as a maker of clothes. I sew my own clothes because I want reliable clothes. Clothes that have a proper fit, buttons that don’t fell off, seams that don’t loosen or zippers that tear while I’m at work.

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Waar komen mijn patronen vandaan #mijnfavorietepatronen

Waar komen mijn patronen vandaan #mijnfavorietepatronen is een blogbericht over patronen die ik zoal gebruik om van stoffen en afgedankte kleding van alles te maken. Elk werkstuk begint met een idee wat ik in mijn hoofd heb. Ik ga vervolgens op zoek naar een passende stof en patroon. Iedereen heeft zo zijn voorkeur voor patroontypes en naaitijdschriften. Jij hebt misschien wel een patroon dat je altijd maakt. Dit bericht gaat over mijn voorkeuren. Ik geef het stokje door aan Joke van Needle of Choice zodat ook zij kan vertellen over haar ‘Waar komen mijn patronen vandaan #mijnfavorietepatronen’.

Waar komen mijn patronen vandaan #mijnfavorietepatronen

Welke patronen gebruik ik het liefst?

Ik heb eigenlijk niet een voorkeur voor een bepaald patroon. Mijn keuze hangt vooral af van wat ik wil gaan maken. Kant-en-klaar gekochte papieren patronen, patroonbladen uit een naaitijdschrift en PDF’s zijn allemaal gebruikt in de loop der tijd. Ik heb Zonen09 Theo overhemd ondertussen al drie keer gemaakt. Je zou dus kunnen zeggen dat dit wel een favoriet is. Mijn favoriet uit het boek Drape Drape 2 is de One Piece Scoop Neck Asymmetric Top. Een prachtig voorbeeld van een T-shirt met slechts een patroondeel en als resultaat een geweldig T-shirt. Een ander voorbeeld is deze Le002 Pull. Dit is nu een voorbeeld van een anders dan anders patroon waar ik op val. Een voorkeur is er wel: ik heb het liefst patronen zonder naadtoeslagen.

Waar komen mijn patronen vandaan #mijnfavorietepatronen

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DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 is a pattern from DP Sudio Fashion, a French pattern designer brand. I came this pattern company when I saw this make on Kollabora. The Pull asymétrique has a twist that looks a bit like this Pattern Magic Top. I really liked the look and decided to purchase the pattern.

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 – the pattern

The pattern arrived four days later and comes in a beautiful box. Two pattern sheets and sewing instructions with illustrations in French and English are inside the box. I decided to trace size 38 (hips 94cm) based on my hip measurements (90 cm). The Pull asymétrique is described as a sweater with a contemporary style and easy to make. This Pull calls for a knit fabric that is not too stretchy.

DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002 DP Studio Fashion Pull Asymétrique Maille LE 002

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Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top is a refashion project. This wearable V-neck Top is made of a XL H&M Top. Our eldest daughter gave this top together with some other discarded clothes. I tried it on and really liked the shape of the V-neckline. I decided to use the V-neckline as a starting point for my refashion top. The original top also had a beautiful hem shape that I wanted to use as well.

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top – the make

A successful executed refashion starts with a sketch. I used my self drafted TNT Top pattern to make this refashion. I unpicked the original top, laid each piece flat on the table and folded the front and back piece double. The first step is making the front and then the back. The back has a pleat and when this was finished I sewed in my usual manner.

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Hun beloofde land

Hun beloofde land is het verhaal van Ian Buruma’s grootouders Bernard Schlesinger en Winifred Regensburg. Beide groothouders zijn in Londen geboren. Zij waren de kinderen van Duits-Joodse immigranten die aan het eind van de negentiende eeuw naar Engeland emigreerden om carrière te maken als beurshandelaren in Londen-City. Het boek verhaalt over de belevenissen van beide grootouders tijdens de twee wereldoorlogen. Ian Buruma heeft hiervoor de briefwisseling gebruikt van zijn grootouders. Zijn grootouders schrijven elkaar vrijwel elke dag als zij door twee wereldoorlogen voor lange tijd van elkaar gescheiden zijn.

Hun beloofde land Hun beloofde land

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March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is all about my two visits in March to this museum. Paying a monthly visit to a museum and using my Museumkaart is part of my Bucket List 2017 goals. I went to the Hague Gemeentemuseum to see Givenchy and De Stijl. I visited Givenchy with a friend and De Stijl with my husband.

March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag – the museum

The Dutch architect Hendrik Berlage designed the Hague Gemeentemuseum. He also designed the Amsterdam Commodities Exchange. This building is an example of his early Neo-Romanesque brickwork combined with Jugendstil. Hendrik Berlage visited the United States of America in 1911 and was acquainted with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Hague Gemeentemuseum is an example of his modern architecture work. This museum has a permanent exhibition of Mondriaan’s work including his last piece the famous not finished Victory Boogie Woogie.

March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag March Visitings Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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Homemade Easter Decorations

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.

Homemade Easter Decorations

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Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie is also one of the versions that can be found on the Theo overhemd pattern. The fabric came from the Stoffenspektakel. I visited it on Sunday February 19th to buy fabric for the short sleeved version and I found some beautiful dark blue fabric with small grey dots. There was just enough left to make a short sleeve version so I considered myself to be a very lucky person. The stall also had matching grey fabric with dark blue dots. I decided to use that for my contrast fabric and also buy enough to make a fourth version of the Theo overhemd later this year.

Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

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Theo overhemd klassieke versie

Theo overhemd klassieke versie is made of beautiful light blue cotton. This fabric was also bought at the Stoffenloods just like I did for this make. The fabric is a woven fabric with a beautiful diamond shaped design. I choose to make a classic look due to the beautiful light blue classic colour and the classic design of the fabric.

Theo overhemd klassieke versie – the alterations

I already told you about the minor changes I wanted to make. The yoke was redrafted by shifting the outer shoulder point for 0.5 centimeters to the font. My husband also wanted his armhole a little bit lower. I also changed the shape of the tail hem and added a triangle gusset. This version has two back pleats to give this version a little bit more space to move the arms while he’s working at the office. He also wanted the sleeves a little bit narrower because this would give a better fit under his suits.

Theo overhemd klassieke versie Theo overhemd klassieke versie

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Theo overhemd weekend versie

Theo overhemd weekend versie is the first version in a serie of three makes. Zonen09 is a Belgium brand. They design patterns for men and boys. Melissa Evans is the host of the Breaking Ground project blog tour. She has hosted this one as well. I had no idea what I wanted to make for the blog tour but after a while I decided to make menswear for this blog tour. I’ve made some menswear before like these T-shirts, boxershorts and chino’s. This weekend versie was also a kind of test version but the fit is almost perfect so it turned out as a very wearable make.

Theo overhemd weekend versie

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