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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Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt

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.

First step

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.

Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt Leisure Time Two Coloured Mens T-shirt

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Gudrun Grenz Top remake

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.

Gudrun Grenz Top remake Gudrun Grenz Top remake

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Schone Kleren Campagne vraagt Sweatshop medewerkers

Schone Kleren Campagne vraagt Sweatshop medewerkers? Is dat een sollicitatie waard? Wel als je aandacht wilt vragen voor de werkomstandigheden van arbeiders in lagelonenlanden die soms voor een paar centen kleding in elkaar zetten. Sinds een paar jaar doe mee aan Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolution vraagt elk jaar aandacht voor de ramp op 24 april van de Rana Plaza ramp in Bangladesh. Ik solliciteerde en werd aangenomen. Ik zou gaan ervaren wat het is om in een ‘heuse’ sweatshop te werken. Mijn werk zou bestaan uit het meehelpen om stropdassen in elkaar te zetten. De organisatie koos voor de stropdas omdat deze bij uitstek symbool staat voor status en macht. Mannen maken de dienst uit in de zakenwereld maar het zijn de vrouwen die werkzaam zijn in fabrieken. Maar het zijn ook de vrouwen die vaak de kleding kopen, zowel voor henzelf als voor hun man en kinderen.

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Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

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.

Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

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.

Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top Striped Maxi Tank Dress becomes Breton Top

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Elle Puls Tunika Elle

Elle Puls Tunika Elle is a blouse sewing pattern which is just been released. I was so fortuned to test this beautiful Elle Puls Tunika Elle sewing pattern. Elke Puls is the designer of the Tunika Elle. She is a German pattern designer and has already designed some great patterns. You can also find a few free patterns on her webpage as well.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle sewing pattern

Tunika Elle is a great versatile pattern. Elke describes Tunika Elle as ‘a tunic I could live in’ and I second that. Tunika Elle has some beautiful details. The Elle Puls Tunika Elle pattern is also a slow sewing project. The style is timeless and classic but has a contemporary feel. This tunic has two beautiful side seams that are running into the hem construction. A hidden button placket, a separate back and front shoulder yoke, a breast pocket, two sleeve length options and a fitted center back seam are the other details of the Tunika Elle. Elle Puls Tunika Elle is available from size 34 to 48 and for normal and long body length. You can print this pattern in any size you want due to the layered pattern tiles. The pattern has besides the added seam allowances also the stitching lines indicated at the pattern pieces.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle Elle Puls Tunika Elle

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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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