First Dutch Patrones fashion magazine

First Dutch Patrones fashion magazine – the magazine

First Dutch Patrones sewing magazine was brought under my attention by Camelia. It’s the Dutch version of the Spanish Patrones sewing magazine. On some blogs I see sometimes clothes made from Patrones patterns. The clothes always look very stylish and I was looking in big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague if I could buy the magazine. I’ve never was lucky and now it’s translated in Dutch and available in magazine shops and supermarkets. Even in my little village there’s a magazine shop selling this magazine. It’s cheaper then KNIPmode and Burda. I had to pay € 6,00.

First Dutch Patrones fashion magazine

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Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy

Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy – the pattern

Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy is made of a pattern from Jeanine Thomlinson of StitchART. I follow her on IG and a couple of days ago she did a call for pattern testers for her new pattern especially the boy version. Making a kind of rag doll was still on my wish list so this was a good encouragement to make one. At that moment I was working on my chino. The fabrics on the table inspired me to make a boy version based on the picture I saw on IG. I started making plans how I wanted the boy to look like. I made a sketch in my notebook and I started copying the pattern pieces. Wilding Dolly is made while I was sewing my chino as well. Both projects use the same yarn colours and therefor it was easy to do it at the same time.

Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy

Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy – the make

This rag doll pattern asks for a free sewing motion feet to make the eyes, cheeks and mouth. I don’t have a free motion feet on my machine so I made the eyes and cheeks from fabric, stabilised them with fusible interfacing and using a small zigzag to sew them on the face. The mouth is made with the three way stitch that comes with my sewing machine. The boy had a long sleeved shirt and therefore I gave him hands using the same fabric that was used for the face. His boots are made of black cotton velvet. The crown is made of some leftover yellow fabric. I decided to leave the crown open on the top so one can see the beautiful lining. The eyepatch is sewing on the crown between the top fabric and the lining. The red belt is made of a piece of lining silk.

Wilding Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy

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Pumpkin Apple Cake

Pumpkin Apple Cake – the recipe

Pumpkin Apple Cake is made of a recipe I found in a free magazine from a supermarket. In this post I was telling about the recipe and the make of it last weekend. The cake was big enough to enjoy it for two days. I also gave my lovely neighbour a generous piece of the cake. How did the cake taste. I’ll have to say in my opinion that when we were eating it last night I liked it more then on Sunday evening. It seamed liked the flavours have been blending and that was a good development. The only thing I’ve changed is that I used rhubarb compote instead of apricot jam. I also used a golden reinette apple instead of an Elstar or Jona Gold. I had some pumpkin left and I decided to use that for the Monday evening meal.

Pumpkin Apple Cake Pumpkin Apple Cake

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Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 – the T-shirts

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 starts with my husbands white T-shirts. Almost a year ago I offered my husband to make his T-shirts. The T-shirts he bought were always to short. I just finished making version 4 and still there are some points of improvement in his opinion. He is happy with the finished neckline. I finished the neckline this time the same as I did with my last five top sewings. I also sewed at the hem V4 on both T-shirts. It’s hard to see the difference between all the versions and this way I can tell the versions apart. I’ve already bought some new white jersey at Stoffenspektakel recently to sew version 5. After pre-washing and finishing other projects I’ll start making them.

Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1 Sewing More Mens Wear Part 1

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Roasted sweet potato dish

Roasted sweet potato dish – the recipe

Roasted sweet potato dish is a mixture of vegetables and potato. A while ago I made this dish. We love sweet potato and I decided to use it this time in combination with cauliflower. You need one cauliflower, 500 grams sweet potato, 2 large carrots, 250 grams (frozen) green peas and 6 medium sizes potatoes. Clean all the vegetables and potatoes. Sometimes I prefer to leave the skin on the carrots and potatoes but this time I peeled them with the sweet potato. Cut the vegetables into equal sizes, besides the green peas. Transfer the vegetables (the green peas are added later) and potatoes on a baking sheet. Add fresh ground pepper and cumin. Drizzle olive oil over the mixture and mix. Put into a preheated oven (180-200℃) for about 30 to 35 minutes. Add the green peas after about 15 to 20 minutes to the dish.

Roasted sweet potato dish

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Het einde van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

Het einde van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt – het boek

Het einde van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is het verslag tijdens de opsluiting van Van Oldenbarnevelt geschreven door Jan Francken en hertaald door Thomas Rosenboom. Jan Francken was de knecht van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Hij stond hem bij tijdens zijn gevangenschap in 1619 op het Binnenhof te Den Haag. Van Oldenbarnevelt vraagt Jan Francken bij hem te blijven tot het bittere einde. Francken bleef bij hem tot zijn dood door middel van de guillotine.

Het einde van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

Het einde van Johan van Oldenbarnevelt – de opsluiting

Van Oldenbarnevelt wordt op 29 augustus 1618 bij prins Maurits ontboden. Hij weet dan ook niet wat hem overkomt als hij wordt opgesloten. Grotius en Hogerbeets zijn ook opgesloten. Het duurt enige tijd voor hij voor de eerste keer gehoord wordt. De periodes tussen de volgende verhoren zijn ook lang. Van Oldenbarnevelt kent de rede van zijn opsluiting niet. Hij meent dat hij in zijn rol als landsadvocaat van de Republiek altijd het land naar eer en geweten heeft gediend. De opsluiting valt hem zwaar. Van Oldenbarnevelt is op het moment van opsluiting 71 jaar. Tijdens zijn opsluiting weet Van Oldenbarnevelt via diverse kanalen op de hoogte te blijven van het wel een wee van zijn gezin. Veel wordt onderschept. Ook de verborgen correspondentie wordt na de terechtstelling gevonden. Behalve het verslag van Jan Francken is er waarschijnlijk niets bewaard gebleven van de opsluiting van Van Oldenbarnevelt.

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Silky Mamma Spider

Silky Mamma Spider – the pattern

Silky Mamma Spider is made of the new pattern from The Sweetbriar Sisters, the Spooky Spider. Jessica is a talented designer of wonderful toy patterns that makes great softies for kids. I had the pleasure of testing their newest pattern after testing Tully the Turtle. A spider this time and therefore a perfect sewing make for Halloween. The pattern comes in full-size and seam allowance are included. You’ve the wonderful option to make a Mamma Spider or a Baby Spider or perhaps make both. On every piece is written how many times to cut and out which fabric. Matching notches are drafted on the pattern pieces too. The instructions are well written and with clear pictures for the more visual sewer to help you from step one until you’ve finished the spider.

Silky Mamma Spider

Silky Mamma Spider – my version

Silky Mamma Spider is made of silk fabric. I decided to give her contrasting legs. I made my legs of black heavy lining fabric. The white of the eyes is made of white cotton fabric and sewn on the body with a small narrow zigzag stitch. I ironed some fusible interfacing on the back of the cotton to give it some firmness. I did the same also on the back of the front body but not only on the position of white eye but also on the place of the month. Instead of safety eyes I used a button with a concave shape and a little white pearl bead. Both are sewn on carefully and well attached so they won’t come loose when the spider is given to a child. The month is done with a decorative stitch from my sewing machine using a slight thicker yarn.

Silky Mamma Spider

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Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane

Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane – The idea

Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane started when the back pockets of the second discarded jeans were lying on the table. I had some difficulty to threw them away and also what was left of the jeans trying to make the most out of her well beloved jeans. These pockets had a lovely topstitch design. I was wondering if I could use them in a project. A while ago I came across this airplane and I immediately imaged that both pockets would be wonderful to use for the wings. This airplane doesn’t take a lot of fabric to make it. I copied the pattern and start playing with the leftover parts of the jeans to make the airplane.

Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane Jeanius Refashioners 2016 Airplane

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Dertig Dagen

Dertig Dagen – het boek

Dertig dagen is geschreven door Annelies Verbeke. In de dertig hoofdstukken die dit boek heeft, beschrijft zij dertig op een volgende dagen uit het leven van Alphonse beschrijft. Het boek begint met 30 en telt af naar 1. In hoofdstuk 30 maken we kennis met Alphonse. Alphonse is afkomstig uit Senegal en woont met zijn partner op het Vlaamse platteland van West-Vlaanderen. Hij is schilder, stukadoor en behanger. Hij geeft zijn klanten kleuradvies en terwijl hij zijn werk doet luistert hij naar hun verhalen. Zo probeert hij twee ruziënde buren weer tot elkaar te brengen en helpt hij een oudere dame van de geest van haar overleden broer af.

Dertig dagen

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Jeanius Denim Softy Pig

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig – The start

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig is made of the butt section of the jeans donated by our youngest daughter. She loved this jeans and was sad to let it go. After making the jeanius sewing notions bag the upper part of the jeans was leftover. The only suitable fabric I could use was the butt section. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. I decided to make something for her using elements of this well beloved jeans. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. In this post I also said I wanted to do something with the instant jeans button and the rivets.

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig

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