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Nine best 2017 projects

You can see at the end of each year all kind of overviews. Lots of subjects but also elections like the best sportswoman, sportsman and sports team of the year. The best book, the best watched movie: the queu can be endless. This one comes from IG. You can find there for example these hashtags: #bestnine2017, #ninebestof2017, #2017bestnine en #hetbestevan2017. I joined this IG challenge last year and decided to take join this year as well and make an overview of nine special projects. Below you can read something about this selection of Nine best 2017 projects.

Negen beste 2017 projecten


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.


Ethnic print Cut-on sleeve Top

Ethnic print Cut-on sleeve Top – the start

I wanted to use this ethnic print for the Japanese Top that can be found in the GBSB book ‘Form Stitch to Style’. The fabric was pre-washed but unfortunately it had a shrinking percentage that was more than I had counted on. Therefore the amount of fabric wasn’t enough to make the Japanese Top. I had to find an alternative for the fabric. This isn’t the first time I have to deal with shrinking that’s more than the average. How did I came from this The Japanese Top to the Ethnic print Cut-on sleeve Top.

Ethnic print Cut-on sleeve Top Ethnic print Cut-on sleeve Top

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Color blocked Top Jeans outfit

Color blocked Top Jeans outfit is made of the colors black and camel. Wear them individual the colors will give you a smart and stylish outfit, but make a combination of black and camel and you will have a special and classic outfit. I used fabrics from my stash. I haven’t been sewing a lot from my stash due to the my participation in the KNIPster 2016 sewing award. A while ago I had to let three trousers go because they were worn down and therefore there was need for new ones. I wanted to make a classic fitted pair of jeans using the the black/camel fabric. In an episode of the GBSB 2016 the contestants had to make a dress in the style of the famous Mondrian dress designed in 1965 by Yves Saint Laurent. I decided to make a matching Color blocked T-shirt as a result of this challenge.

Color blocked Top Jeans outfit Color blocked Top Jeans outfit

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Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee is back at BBC2. Claudia Winkelman is still the host and Patrick Grant one of the judges and May Martin is replaced by Esme Young. Each serie has a book and this year the title is ‘From Stitch to Style’. From the book belonging to third serie I made the Drapey Knit Dress. I’ve watched the trailer and I’m looking forward to see this serie too. Yesterday started the first episode with ten contestants and three of them are male. Sadly at the end of this first round after showing their skills on basic garment construction one of the guys had to go.

The Great British Sewing Bee

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Drapey Knit Dress with Obi Belt or A wearable Japanese Combo


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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