Tag: leftover fabric

Eline Pellinkhof Lappenpoes patroon

Een vriendin van mij stuurde ruim een jaar geleden een foto op van een lappenpoes. Zij weet dat ik zo nu dan knuffels maak en deze poes leek haar wel iets voor mij. Deze lappenpoes staat in een boek van Eline Pellinkhof: Eline’s Buitenhuis. De bibliotheek in mijn woonplaats bleek over een exemplaar te beschikken. Ik nam het boek mee naar huis en trok de diverse patroondelen over. Ik had nog een restant sweater stof liggen van de Crafty Kooka luiaard en besloot dit voor deze lappenpoes te gebruiken. 

Eline Pellinkhof Lappenpoes patroon

A friend attended me on a rag doll cat. It can be found in a book called Eline’s Buitenhuis written by Eline Pellinkhof. I used a piece of leftover sweater fabric that was also used for the Crafty Kooka sloth.

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Youngest daughter wears Orageuse Paris Top

Last year I made this two piece combination: a pleated skirt and the Orageuse Paris Top. Our youngest daughter really liked the look of the Paris Top and asked me if I could make her one too.
She was very lucky. There was just enough fabric left to make her one but also some of the black lace that I had used for the triangle shaped yokes.
But then after our Holiday Autumn came, turned into Winter but the request wasn’t forgotten. Spring brought some sunny days so time to make my daughters Paris Top.

Youngest daughter wears Orageuse Paris Top
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JLH Gable Top pink version

A while ago I across a remnant that already has turned into the Blackwood cardigan. My version of the Blackwood cardigan is made of bouclé fabric that has all kinds of pale colours like pink, light blue, green and yellow.
I wanted to make a matching T-shirt because I’ve a lot of grey and black T-shirts but no pink or light blue. My fabric stash isn’t that huge but between my leftovers I found a piece of suitable pink jersey that really matched beautiful with the bouclé fabric.
I decided to make JLH Gable Top pink version.

JLH Gable Top pink version
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Christmas stocking zipper pouch

This is my final homemade sewing project for Christmas. I ended up having small scarps of fabric lying on the table after making my five other Christmas makes.
I decided to see if I could find a small project for fabric scraps to make another Christmas item. Sewing4Free has all kind of useful ideas and this Christmas stocking zipper pouch is one of them. A cute looking small stocking that has just the right size for gift card.

Christmas stocking zipper pouch
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Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks

You probably read it in one of my previous Nikolaus Tasche that I wanted to make a gnoom using discarded socks. A gnoom is part of the Scandinavian history and culture. He also has a place in their Christmas tradition as well. Time to make one. One can easily find enough patterns to make one out of fabrics but not out of socks. I made a kind of sketch and a proof model using pins. When I had something looking like a gnoom I made a paper pattern using the model as a guide line.
After the pattern was made, the body was cut and sewn together. My gnoom also has a base in the form of a circle.

Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks
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Father Christmas brings surprises

Sinterklaas has almost arrived in our part of the world but Christmas isn’t far away either. Time to start thinking about what to make for Christmas. Last year I shared some ideas for homemade gifts but also two lucky pigs. These pigs both had a zipper with a kind pocket for a small gift or money. This year I made a Father Christmas brings surprises. A great idea for kids to hide a small gift for them inside. I came across this pattern at Pinterest when I was looking for ideas to make for Christmas besides my wrath. But this Nikolaus Tasche looked so cute that I decided to make this one first.

Father Christmas brings surprises

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SpoOctober Batty Bat

After making the Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater some small pieces of fabric were left. What can one do with these small pieces? Now Halloween is almost there I receive emails with lots of creative ideas to make for this event. In the Netherlands Halloween isn’t very populair but when I saw a few bats I decided to turn the leftover pieces into one. Time to start looking for a suitable pattern.

SpoOctober Batty Bat

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JLH Gable Top two all weather versions

Although it’s more than a month Autumn in the Northern hemisphere we still had days with sunshine and high temperatures but also dark days with clouds and rain. My just made two all weather wear Gable Tops are reflecting exactly both weather conditions.
I used an olive green sweater fabric for the short sleeved version and a dark grey T-shirt fabric for a long sleeved version. I also wanted to use my overlocker as much as possible for both makes.

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Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination

I sew so now and then baby clothes for a charity organisation. This time patterns come form Belgian sewing magazine. Fibre Mood released in their first edition Blake, a cute pair of skinny baby trousers. Perfect choice for trying my second Fibre Mood pattern. The pattern for the romper was found in an old LMV magazine. 
This Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination is suitable for a baby girl and made in pink and grey light weighted fabrics. 

Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination

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Sew Magazine Clementine Cat well-dressed

I’ve a few new sewing projects but also some sewing techniques on a ‘I want to make/do list’. So now and then I sew soft toys like a sloth, pig, fox and a rag doll.
Until now all these soft toys weren’t able to move their arms or legs. So on my sewing techniques list was exploring how this can be done. 
A while ago I saw this Sew Magazine Clementine Cat. This cat has visible buttons joints for arms and legs. Perfect item for my technique project.

Sew Magazine Clementine Cat well-dressed

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Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8

This Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8 is for my mother. Recently Style Arc had a 25% discount on their patterns. The Blaire Shirt had caught my eye and with 25% discount it was a very good deal. When you order a Style Arc patterns you get three sizes. I wanted size 4 so with my order size 6 and 8 were included. I want to use this pattern for the Let’s Sti(c)k Together September theme but need to work out some more details. In the meantime I started testing a new Elle Puls pattern. You can see this Thursday what it will be. A generous piece of the fabric was left after testing and was just enough to make a Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8 for my mother.

Style Arc Blaire Shirt size 8

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Two homemade babyshower gifts

Our youngest daughter asked me a while ago if I could make a gift for het sister in law who was expecting her second child. Her sister in law is always admiring the clothes I made for my daughter. Flattered by this words so obviously I couldn’t refuse her request. The parents already knew it was going to be a boy again. Our youngest daughter had no suggestions so I started looking for inspiration. And then I saw this giant sloth on Instagram tegen een luiaard aan in de vorm van een knuffeldoek. I already had this pattern because I came across it while I was looking for patterns to make a soft toy sloth. After printing and finding fabrics I could start making it. Finally I ended making Two homemade babyshower gifts.

Two homemade babyshower gifts

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LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt

My husband is this time the subject of my sewing projects. I made for him a striped version of the LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt. The LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt is the third time that I’m using the LMV May/June2018 edition. It doesn’t happen often that I use a sewing magazine three times but this edition really had some great designs I could use. My LMV Malmö broek was worn at least once a week since I made it and also once in combination with the LMV Oslo blouse. A while ago I also made a poloshirt for my husband that he likes to wear. I decided not to use that pattern again but make this LMV version because my husband like the fit of his LMV Cliff hemd and LMV Bernie hemd.

LaMaisonVictor Aspen poloshirt

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LMV Oslo Blouse French Terry version

This LMV Oslo Blouse French Terry version also comes from the LMV May/June 2018-edition. The Top is named after another Scandinavian city namely the capitol city of Norway. The LMV Oslo Blouse is a cropped Top with long sleeves. LMV made in a denim version. The same fabric is also used for the LMV Malmö broek. You end up with a beautiful one colour two piece outfit. The pictures shows a pretty looking outfit but for my taste it was to much denim. I prefer a two colour outfit and decided to use a large piece of leftover fabric.

LMV Oslo Blouse jersey versie

This odd shaped piece was leftover after making the DPStudio Le002 Pull. It would take me some time but I had the feeling it was doable to make the LMV Oslo Blouse French Terry version  out of the leftover fabric.

LMV Oslo Blouse French Terry version

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LMV Malmö Broek jeans-style

The May/June 2018 edition of the Belgium La Maison Victor is filled with sewing patterns that have names of cities from all over the world. This LMV Malmö Broek is one of them. Its’s a trouser in jeans-style. Jeans are classic, a must have. Something to have in your wardrobe. I decided to give this LMV Malmö Broek pattern a go instead of my TNT self drafted jeans pattern. My LMV Malmö Broek jeansstyle is also made of jeans fabric with a small amount of the stretch just like the magazine suggested. This fabric comes form my stash.

LMV Malmö Broek jeans-style

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Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version

The April challenge of The Monthly Stitch is under the supervision of Miss Bossy. She told us to dig in our stash. Fabrics and patterns needed to be dusted off and showed. Let others decide what you’re going to make. My three suggestions came from my notebook. I try to use only fabrics from my stash and sewing patterns that have already purchased as well. This challenge was perfect to make a start with my Summer sewings. I choose three UWYH projects with sewing pattern suggestions. Although it’s always a little frightening to let other people decide what you will make but I had done this once before. And the winner: fabric one. Here is the result: the Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version.

Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version

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asymmetrische zalmkleurig T-shirtje

Soms vraag je je zelf wel eens af: ontbreekt er nog iets in mijn garderobe? Zo was ik op zoek naar een T-shirtje dat ik kon combineren met mijn bloemenprint jeans. Elizabeth liet op haar Elizabethmadethis Instagram account twee keer achter elkaar een roze combinatie zien. Geïnspireerd geraakt door deze twee combinaties besloot ik iets te gaan met de restanten zalmroze jersey stof. Ik schreef er over in mijn bloemenprint jeans bericht. De behoefte aan een basis T-shirtje was er niet. Zeker als het warmer is jasjes en vestjes niet gedragen worden is het wel zo plezierig als een topje een blikvanger kan zijn. Ik maakte eerst een schetsje van het idee om het daarna uit te werken.

asymmetrische zalmkleurig T-shirtje

Ik gebruikte het zelfgetekend T-shirt patroon van de vier basis T-shirtjes die ik onlangs maakte. Na wat tekenwerk had ik een patroon voor een asymmetrische zalmkleurig T-shirtje.

asymmetrische zalmkleurig T-shirtje

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asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

There are times when you’re asking yourself the question: is there anything I don’t have in my wardrobe? I was looking for something different to wear with my new floral 5-pocket jeans. Elizabeth showed on her Elizabethmadethis Instagram account two pink combinations. I was inspired by her makes and decided to dig in my leftover stash looking for some pink fabric. Two odd shaped pink jersey fabric were found. You’ve probably read my blogpost about my floral 5-pocket jeans. In this blogpost I was already playing with some designs to make something different then the usual basic T-shirt.

asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

I made a sketch and worked from there. I used my self drafted T-shirt pattern that was used for these four basic T-shirts. After some attempts I had almost a sewing pattern for my asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt idea.

asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

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Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

You mostly see all kinds monochrome garments like black/white but also grey and sometimes blue. This time something completely different. Probably due the sunny weather we had the last a few days or my daily view on the bulb fields while travelling with the train.

Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

I made a while ago a Flower Power outfit. The fabric I used for my Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans is from the same KNIPster sewing award 2016 period. I wanted to use it for the Maxima theme. But I made something complete different after listening to advise that Maxima never wears trousers when she’s going on a public visit. I then made a dress using a Vogue pattern designed by Rebecca Taylor. This fabric was put on my shelf and I decided that time has come to use it for a Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans version.

Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

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homemade Flosstyle Babies First Toys

Melissa Evans is the host of the Breaking Ground Tour. The rules are simple. You’ll be Breaking Ground by sewing a pattern from a new to you pattern designer/company, a lesser known pattern company. That can be preferably an Indie pattern, but if you’ve never sewn from one of the big four this is good choice as well. My first contribution was made from a Kwik Sew pattern but for my second contribution I used a Flosstyle pattern. Flosstyle offered free patterns for Breaking Ground Tour participants. I decided to accept the offer and took a look at the Flosstyle website. The Flosstyle Babies First Toys looked so cute and making a few would be my second entry. You can see below all my homemade Flosstyle Babies First Toys.

homemade Flosstyle Babies First Toyshomemade Flosstyle Babies First Toyshomemade Flosstyle Babies First Toys

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Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

My Let’s Sti(c)k Together March challenge was making a poloshirt for my husband. I’m also a participant in the Breaking Ground Tour and decided to combine both challenges. First step: finding a suitable pattern for this make. I did a search on the internet with ‘poloshirt male sewing pattern’. The result was a bit disappointing and one of the suggestions was a Kwik Sew pattern.

Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

I’ve never heard of Kwik Sew but this company seems to be founded in 1967. They design patterns for ‘real people’ and easy-to-follow sewing instructions. Kwik Sew 3484 is a dress shirt but I decided to challenge myself and turn the pattern into a pattern suitable to make poloshirt. The back body needed no alteration and the center front body pattern was also drafted on the pattern. Time for the Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack. I only made button plackets.

Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack

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Wearable Studio Franki Top pattern

Have you already heard of the Wearable Studio? The Wearable Studio is a new independent patternmaker based in Australia. I was privileged to be a pattern tester for their first pattern. It’s called the Franki Top. This Wearable Studio Franki Top pattern can be made in a causal version but also in an chique and elegant version. The Top can be finished with a flirty ruffle hem and three-quarter sleeves with pretty ties or with short sleeves. Both Tops have a high-low hem. You can make a drapey version by choosing leightwoven fabrics such as rayon, viscose, voile or silk. Looking for a more boxy-look? Cotton or linnen is perfect.

Wearable Studio Franki Top pattern
The Franki Top is perfect for the Summer. I used a non glimmen artificial silk with a flower pattern in beautiful old pink, with bordeaux red and ecru. The fabric is leightwoven and has a beautiful drape. This floral choice is something different them my usual monochrome fabric.

Wearable Studio Franki Top pattern

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homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel 

My February item for the Let’s Stick Together monthly challenge are potholders. We painted the kitchen during our Christmas holidays so a new set of potholders would be very welcome. I never made potholders. The potholders aren’t the only kitchen textiel items that came from under my sewing machine. I started looking for leftover fabrics to make them and found a large piece of red/white gingham. We have a red roller blind in our kitchen and this red/white gingham was the perfect match. You want to know what I made besides the red/white gingham pot

holders? Keep reading and find you more about my homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel items.

homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel 

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Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze

Ik vertelde in mijn Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 bericht over een patroon dat mijn coffee date jurk zou gaan worden. Helaas de toile was een nachtmerrie. Of het nu het patroon is of de stof of een combinatie van deze twee of gewoon niet mijn stijl: ik weet het niet. Het werkte gewoon niet. De tijd begon ondertussen wel een beetje te dringen en misschien zou het helpen als in ieder geval één andere keuze werd gemaakt namelijk mijn Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze. Stap 2 dus. Een stofje zoeken. De stof voor de coffee date jurk komt uit mijn als inmiddels als maar slinkende voorraad. Ik maakte afgelopen vrijdag een schetste met het idee van de ‘twee verschillende kanten van stof’ thema in mijn achterhoofd. Het schetsje zag er zo uit. Een horizontale en verticale lijnenspel met een asymmetrische look.

Day&Night Dress uitdaging 2018 stofkeuze

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monthly sewing plans 2018

I wrote in my Round-up Bucket list 2017 that I was looking for another challenging bucket list 2018. On Instagram some sewists shared their #2018makenine sewing plans. I decided not to take part in this challenge because I find it hard to make at the beginning of a year sewing plans with patterns to use them throughout a year. Flaflinko came up with an idea that suited me more. She suggested to have a monthly sewing or blog related intention. My first idea was to let my monthly intention start with the first letter of that month.

maandelijkse zelfmaak voornemens 2018

The list looked like this but I decided to make some changes. The blogpost about the price ticket for homemade clothes and the given comments gave me some new ideas for my monthly sewing plans 2018. (meer…)

price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes

Is it possible to make a price ticket for homemade clothes? This question came up after several remarks that probably my homemade clothes were cheaper then RTW clothes. Are homemade really cheaper then RTW clothes. Time to answer the price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes question.

prijskaartje zelfgemaakte kleding bepalen

price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes where to begin

One of the advantages of a sewing blog is an overview of what has keeping you busy. You can see the finished garment and also read how much time it took me to make it but aso how much I spend. I started with making an overview of the time and costs of all the garments I made this year and try to find a answer for the question: price ticket homemade clothes versus RTW clothes

prijskaartje zelfgemaakte kleding bepalen

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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

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Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit

The announcement of this edition of the ‘Designin December’ challenge was done a few weeks ago. ‘Designin December’ is all about finding a designer original garment and make your designer me-made copy. I decided to make a two-piece part outfit suitable for Boxing Day and the days towards New Year. So here is my Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit story.

Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit

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Black-White boucle short cardigan

Christmas is less then two weeks away and many of you are already making their party outfits or probably have finished it. I usually wear a jeans with a cardigan or jacket because someone has to to he cooking. I’ve my party outfit already finished but it’s part of the Let’s Sti(c)k Together blogtour. This blogtour is scheduled for next week and therefore I show my Black-White boucle short cardigan today. This cardigan was a lucky found and also a perfect match with my party outfit.

Black-White boucle short cardigan

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Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Ik kwam tijdens mijn zoektocht naar zelfgemaakte nekkussens op internet dit gratis vos naaipatroon tegen. Misty Richardson is de ontwerpster van dit geweldige patroon. Ik maakte mijn Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry van een oude sweater en wat andere restjes stof.

Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Patroon voor de Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Het Misty Whimsie Fox patroon heeft toegevoegde naadwaarden. Dit patroon komt met een uitgebreide instructie maar ook goede illustraties voor als je meer van plaatjes houdt. Ik maakte slechts een kleine aanpassing op het patroon van de neus. Mijn neus is onderdeel de kop en kan daardoor niet loskomen van de kop. Ik denk dat het daardoor iets veiliger is in de handen van kleine kinderen.

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LMV Odette T-shirt meets Veritas Hannelore Top

Ik toer nog even verder door Belgisch naaipatronenland voor ‘Stik Belgique’. Iedereen die zelf kleding maakt kent vermoedelijk het Belgische tijdschrift LMV. LMV is verkrijgbaar in België en Nederland maar sinds kort ook in Engeland en Amerika. Wie deze blogpost heeft gelezen weet dat ik samen met man en dochter enige tijd geleden in België ben geweest. We bezochten toen ook een stoffenwinkel waar ik stof kocht om een Top voor mijn moeder te maken. Ik schafte daarnaast een Veritas magazine aan. De resten van de Top van mijn moeder lagen nog steeds te wachten maar met het Veritas magazine en deze LMV kwam ik op het LMV Odette T-shirt meets Veritas Hannelore Top idee.

LMV Odette T-shirt meets Veritas Hannelore Top

There is also an English version. Please scroll to the end of the Dutch version.

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LMV Aster Trui Winter versie

Mijn derde bijdrage voor ‘Stik Belgique’ is de LMV Aster Trui Winter versie. Wie kent dit patroon niet. Sommige hebben meerdere versies van de LMV Aster Trui in de kast hangen. Ik maakte al eens een T-shirt versie van dit patroon. Ik gaf al in het blog bericht van mijn T-shirt versie aan dat ik waarschijnlijk in de toekomst een trui versie zou gaan maken. Het kostte bijna een jaar en de ‘Stik Belgique’ uitdaging maar hier is dan mijn winter versie.

LMV Aster Trui Winter versie

There is also an English version. Please scroll to the end of the Dutch version.

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Fox Travel Neck Pillow

I decided to make a car neck pillow in week 3 of this Oktober Homemade Christmas ideas. Most people will visit family and friends during these holidays and travel by car, airplane or train. Some like and can sleep during these hours and love to have a comfortable travel neck cushion but the neck pillow is also comfortable while reading. I had some off white teddy in my stash and wondering how to use that for a neck pillow. In my childhood time lots of elderly women were wearing small fur neck warmers. They were made of mink, weasel or a small fox. This gave me an idea to make an animal neck pillow. A fox caught my eye and the dark red fleece came form the leftover fabric stash. Now it was time to think about a pattern to make a Fox Travel Neck Pillow.

Fox Travel Neck Pillow

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Homemade Activity Teaching toys

We now will make some Homemade Activity Teaching toys. I wanted to make a rag doll for a girl and a fabric car set for a boy. Our eldest daughter advised me to make gender neutral toys. Gender neutral is a hot item and some warehouses are now advertising with gender neutral marketing. Time to let my first idea go and after a while I came up with the idea of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. When our daughters were small they both had a plastic bag that was filled we all kinds of games, books and toys to keep them busy while we were traveling. I made three of this type of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. Two they can play on their own and one to play together.

Homemade Activity Teaching toys

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Christmas is only 84 sleeps away. Time to think about gift ideas, stocking fillers, Christmas stockings to put them in, decorations and other fun homemade items. I show this month some homemade Christmas ideas and I start with a Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking. I’m not only making Christmas ideas. Sue Stoney will also show and share some lovely decoration.

Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Autumn 2017 sewing plans

You can see in another todays bog post my version of the Mondsee scarf. September 1th is the beginning of the meteorological Autumn. There’s a gap of three weeks between the meteorological Autumn and the astronomical Autumn. At the beginning of this week we still had Summer weather. Lots of sunshine and high temperatures. But the weather changed dramatically on Wednesday. It was raining almost the whole day and temperatures dropped. The next day was also grey and cold. It felt like we had a taste of Autumn already. I decided to start thinking about clothes to make for the upcoming astronomical Autumn while wearing my Mondsee scraf. I now share some of my Autumn 2017 sewing plans.

Autumn 2017 sewing plans

Autumn 2017 sewing plans – my patterns

I decided to take a look at patterns I all ready have due to my ‘Use What You Have’ mission. I’ve found at least two patterns I want to use. This jeans from a recent KNIPmode magazine and the RDC Gerard manteau. I’m still looking in my pattern stash for sewing patterns suitable for a cardigan, a sweater and a pattern to knit another scarf.

Autumn 2017 sewing plans

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Grey White graphic design Leisure wear male T-shirt

Almost a week ago I showed this make for my husband and wrote that he wanted the next one in a more lighter colour. I was about to plan a trip together to visit some fabric stores when I came across this fabric. This Grey White graphic design fabric is from the Fabric collection of La Maison Victor by Editex. I bought it at Stik’nStof in Leiden. Leiden has a market in Wednesday and during lunchtime I decided to do a walk and visit the market. There’s always at least one fabric stall and a couple of weeks ago I bought here some fabric to make a dress for our youngest daughter because she had to attend a wedding. On my way back I came across Stik’nStof and I decided to take a look there as well. They have a beautiful fabric collection and this fabric is one of them.

Grey White graphic design Leisure wear male T-shirt

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top

Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top sounds like a mouthful but there’s no better way to describe this ingenious designed Top. This pattern was in my stash for a while now. I also had some leftover black/white stripped fabric from this make. Put this two together and you have my version of the Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top. Sounds easy. It only takes some sewing time. So here we go and read more about my experience with this pattern.

Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top

The design of the Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top

This top is designed for knitted fabrics like French Terry, Jersey and Sweater Knit. It has a long-sleeved raglan at the front and a curved back yoke with a center back seam. All this elements give you all kinds of possibilities to play with stripes, mixing different fabrics or colours. The hem is slightly lower at the back and the top has a scoop neck. Elke Puls made some different sleeve lengths. The tutorial can be found here. There’s also a dress version and a tutorial to make a bell sleeved version. The pattern comes in size 34 – 54. You can find two measurements in the sewing instructions: one to choice the size and one for the actual finished size.

Elle Puls Bethioua Back Yoke Raglan Top

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt

Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt is a so called Hack. You often find pattern hacking term on sewing blogs. It’s a bit of mixing and matching with a pattern or patterns. The cropped and boxy look of the Kalle shirt are todays style features. I decided to mix the Tunika Elle with the Kalle shirt. The cropped version of the Kalle shirt has just like the Tunika Elle a wide faced hem. Both patterns have a hidden button placket, an optional breast pocket and band collar. After a night sleep I had some idea of how I would be mixing both patterns. I also had a test model of a welt pocket that I made more then two years ago on a shelf. This pocket was the perfect detail for my hack.

Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse pattern was in my pattern stash for about three years. I purchased this pattern shortly after my decision to make all my clothes. Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse has two versions. On the internet  I had seen some beautiful versions of this pattern and decided that I wanted a copy too. The Sassy Librarian Blouse is only available at Craftsy and comes with sewing class as well. The price of this package is $29.99 which is € 27,80.

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse – my version

I used leftover fabric coming from this make. The leftover piece was about 90 centimeters long and I made a toile first. My toile version was a nightmare. The fit at the front was terrible, the neckline to wide at the back and the sleeves didn’t fit. I redrafted the front and the neckline, made darts instead of pleats and puffed sleeves with a cuff. I used some leftover white cotton to make the collar and bought these beautiful (bit expensieve) blue pearl shaped buttons.

Christine Haynes Sassy Librarian Blouse

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

Ik liep toevallig enige tijd geleden op een Nederlandstalige naai-uitdaging die loopt bij de zuiderburen. Marjolein van Flaflinko is bedenker van Let’s Sti(c)k Together, geïnspireerd door de sew challenge van Davina. Ik besloot te reageren of ik als noorderbuur mocht aanhaken en werd van harte verwelkomt en zo doe ik mee aan Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema.

Let’s Stick Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema

Ik besloot een tas te maken van een lap zonnige gele reststof en bestelde het een en ander aan materialen. Helaas ging er het een en ander mis dus plan B. Plan B moest nog wel even bedacht worden. Ik dacht terug aan dit bezoek aan het strand en zo ontstond het nieuwe idee. Zon, Zee, Strand, walvis kijken, ijsje eten.

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Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

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Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

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.

Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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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

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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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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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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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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Early 60s styled High-necked Top

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

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.

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Sweetbriar Sisters Penguin Hatchling

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.

Sweetbriar Sisters Penguin Hatchling Sweetbriar Sisters Penguin Hatchling

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10 afgeronde naaiprojecten voor 1 januari 2017

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.

10 afgeronde naaiprojecten voor 1 januari 2017

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Personalised College Scarf

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.

Personalised College Scarf Personalised College Scarf

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10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 – een uitdaging

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 ik las erover op dit blog. Het idee komt van Nicole van Collie-Collie. Dit hele jaar heb ik al aardig wat van mijn stoffenvoorraad omgezet in kleding door dikwijls aan te sluiten bij uitdagingen met een thema. Uitdagingen met een thema hebben als voordeel dat er een focus kan ontstaan. Zo speelt ook zwart vaak een rol in mijn thema’s. Welke kant ik met deze uitdaging uit wilde gaan wist ik niet maar ik besloot mee te doen aan deze uitdaging. Met Sinterklaas in het vooruitzicht en uitstaande beloften ging ik aan de slag.

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 – de uitdaging van MaMarieke

Marieke besloot de uitdaging een extra dimensie te geven: 10 kledingstukken/andere serieuze naaisels werd haar uitdaging. Zij besloot er een prijs aan te verbinden. Iedereen die het lukt om 10 compleet genaaide kledingstukken of andere serieuze naaisels af te hebben voor 1 januari 2017 dingt mee in de verloting van een leuke lap stof.

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 – mijn uitdaging

Wat zijn serieuze naaisels en wat zijn lappen stof? Voor mij zijn ook afgedankte kledingstukken lappen stof. Ik heb ondertussen aardig wat afgedankte kledingstukken verzameld en aardig wat refashions gedaan. Hoe zorgvuldig ik ook probeer stof te kopen restjes heb je altijd. Ik vind het een uitdaging om ook met restjes stof hoe groot of klein iets te maken. Ook met een klein stukje is altijd wel iets te maken. Afsnijsels van de locker weggooien? Ik gebruik ze als vulmateriaal in kussens en knuffels.

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 – hoever ben ik

Ondertussen heb ik zes creaties af: de Aster T-shirt, T-shirt voor mijn echtgenoot, Burdastyle crewneck sweater, Sinterklaas cadeautjes, Massimo Dutti overhemd en nu dan de Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style.

10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017 – nog vier te gaan

Nieuwsgierig naar het volgende? Ik zit ondertussen al weer achter de naaimachine. Het wordt deze keer geen kledingstuk maar wel iets voor mijzelf. Vind je het leuk om snel een overzicht te hebben van mijn invulling van ‘10 lappen verwerken voor 1 januari 2017’. Je kunt in ‘work in progress’ steeds een foto vinden van een afgerond werkstuk.

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style – the idea

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style is made as a storage unit for a duvet. Our youngest daughter has this duvet as a spare one. She only use it when it’s very cold. I visited her last week while she was clearing out her appartement. The duvet was lying on a small table because she didn’t know were to put it. I offered her to make a Roll Pillow with the duvet as stuffing so she could lay it on her bed. She loved the idea and when I was at home I went trough the leftover fabrics to find some suitable fabric.

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style

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Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt – the history

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt is made during a sewing challenge. I decided to make a monochroom black-white outfit. There was some fabric left from this make but I hadn’t enough wide left to make the seam allowances for the skirt. I decided to add some faux black leather fabric bought for this make that also has some stretch. The faux leather stripes are 4 cm wide. This size gives the best outcome in balance between the skirt and the faux leather detail. When I showed the pencil skirt to the other contestants I had requests to share how I made it. Recently I wore the pencil skirt with my crewneck top. A few were interested if I had made the skirt and also wanted if so how it’s done. So here we go.

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

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BFL 2016 Zorgenvriendje

BFL 2016 Zorgenvriendje – tweede versie

BFL 2016 Zorgenvriendje is mijn tweede bijdrage voor zieke kinderen op de kinderoncologie afdeling van het UZ in Gent. Bij BFL 2016 Vreetz’oppers schreef ik al dat ik er ook een voor een jongen wilde maken. Ik gaf hem een naam terwijl ik eraan werkte. Billy Blue vond ik op de een of andere manier wel toepasselijk. Billy Blue is een stoerdere versie van de eerste versie. Ook voor deze versie werden de reststofjes aangesproken en ook de rits kwam uit de voorraad.

BFL 2016 Zorgenvriendje

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BFL 2016 Vreetz’oppers

BFL 2016 Vreetz’oppers – het idee

BFL 2016 Vreetz’oppers kwam ik tegen op bloglovin in mijn dagelijkse mail. Ik las het artikel om te kijken wat het verhaal hierachter was. De Vreetz’oppers zijn bedoeld als zorgenvriendjes. De Vreetz’oppers nemen de ziekte niet weg en lossen ook de problemen niet op. De Vreetz’oppers zijn bedoeld om de kinderen de ruimte te geven om hun gedachten en zorgen te tekenen of op te schrijven. Het briefje gaat daarna in de mond van het zorgenvriendje en de rits zorgt ervoor dat ze geparkeerd en veilig opgeborgen zijn. Ik besloot ook een bijdrage te leveren. Genoeg reststofjes in huis om zo’n zorgenvriendje te maken voor een kind op de kinderoncologie afdeling van het UZ in Gent. Wil je meer weten over deze actie? Hier vind je het verhaal.

BFL 2016 Vreetz’oppers

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Wildling Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy

Wildling 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. Wildling 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

Making the Wildling Dolly becomes Pirate King Boy

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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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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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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Jeanius sewing notions bag

His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf

His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf are both made of leftover fabric. The main fabric for the tunnel scarf came from the ethnic print cut in sleeve top. The boxershort is made entirely made of the main fabric. My husband still wasn’t happy with the finishing of the waistband. After cutting the top I had enough length left to sew a boxershort for my husband. Perfect to make a third version. The off cuts of the main fabric were used to make an other tunnel scarf. I also found some scraps left of the black yoke top and my red cocktail dress. Both matched really beautiful with the main fabric and therefore could be used too.

His Boxershort versus her Tunnel Scarf

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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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Two Scrap fabric sewings

Two Scrap fabric sewings was done while other fabrics were pre-washed and drying. I decided to look for some sewing projects that could be made from scrap fabrics and therefore reducing my scrap fabrics. Two bags of fabrics are standing under my desk. One bag is filled with leftover fabrics and the other basis filled with scarps fabrics. I always try to find good use for both of them. My previous project was made using leftover fabric. I used scarps of discarded dress shirts for this project. Discarded dress shirts are often used to make the inner pockets in jeans and as a result of that fabric scraps.

using fabric scraps

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Black yoke lace insert Top

The Black yoke lace insert Top is made of the top of a discarded dress and some leftover knitted fabric. I was inspired by the yoke when I saw one of my husbands dress shirts. This dress shirt has a yoke with a slightly curved effect. I really liked the shape and decided to copy this in my self drafted Top pattern. I decided to draft my own Top pattern because I had to draft the yoke anyway. One can easily find all kinds of instructions on the internet to do so. I also could make it suitable for my personal fit because I wanted a comfortable look.

Black yoke lace insert 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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Pentagonal Star Decorated Clutch

Pentagonal Star Decorated ClutchI made a Pentagonal Star Decorated Clutch for the final of the KNIPster 2016 sewing award. I wanted a matching clutch to go with the red cocktail dress. A while ago I saw this fabric shadow folding on the internet and I decided to use it as detail on my clutch. First I tried the shadow folding technique. After my first attempt the sample was looking great. The next step was making a sample of the clutch that I had on my mind.

Pentagonal Star Decorated Clutch is gemaakt voor de finale van de KNIPster 2016 naaiwedstrijd. Ik wilde een clutch passend bij mijn rode cocktailjurkje. Een tijdje terug zag ik fabric shadow folding technique op internet en ik besloot om het te gebruiken als detail op de klep van mijn clutch. Eerst begon ik met het uit proberen van shadow folding techniek. Het proefexemplaar slaagde in één keer. De volgende stap was het maken van een proefmodel van de clutch die ik in gedachte had.

Pentagonal Star Decorated Clutch

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Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016 – the challenge

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016 is the end story of wearing only homemade clothes during the month May. I really liked taking part in this challenge and sharing my makes on Instagram and Pinterest. Did I wear all my homemade clothes? Now there are still a few pieces that did’t came out of the closet. I haven’t been wearing some of my clothes made for the KNIPster 2016-sewing award and for the SSW1-challenge. In one of my next posts I will write something about the SSW1-challenge, sharing photo’s of my makes and will tell something about the pieces I made and how I made them.

Roundup Homemade May wearings 2016

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May wearings fifth week

May wearings fifth week- day to day

May wearings fifth week has only three days. Sunday was the monthly 10.000 steps walking day. This 10.000 steps walking day is every last Sunday of the month to encourage people to do move more. It was a beautiful day with sunshine and a good walking temperature. The weather for the following two days was also great with sunshine and a pleasant temperature.

May wearings fifth week

May wearings fifth week bestaat uit slechts drie dagen. Zondag was de maandelijkse 10.000 stappen wandeldag. Deze10.000 stappen wandeldag wordt iedere maand gehouden op de laatset zondag en is bedoeld om mensen aan te moedigen meer te bewegen. Het was een prachtige, zonnige dag met een aangename wandel temperatuur. Ook de twee volgende dagen waren aangenaam met zonneschijn en prettige temperatuur.

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May wearings third week

May wearings third week – day to day

May wearings third week was the third week I was trying to wear only selfmade clothes. After the first two weeks I found it was still easy to find new wearable combinations. The weather this week was a factor to consider about. One day it was warm and sunny and the next day it was cold and rain. Sometimes going away from home it was and cold and when it was about lunchtime the weather had changed and the temperature was about 22 °C.

May wearings third week

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May wearings second week

May wearings second week was my second effort trying to wear only selfmade clothes. After the first week I was wondering if I was able to find new combinations I hadn’t been wearing during the first week. Surprisingly there wasn’t any problem. The weather was with me so the T-shirts that I had been sewing last year and now it was 18 °C and more there wasn’t any problem to find a lot of combinations.

May wearings second week

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May wearings first week

May wearings first week was my first effort trying to wear only selfmade clothes.  When I decided to enter the MMM-challenge I had no idea how many of my clothes are selfmade. Well I could have made an educated guess, but I decided to count all my clothes and categorize them into RTW and selfmade. I really was surprised when it was 40selfmade/60RTW. Most of my selfmade clothes are T-shirts for the summer. When the week started with cold weather I thought it was going to be tough but suddenly on Thursday the weather changed and it was 18 °C.

May wearings first week

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Red Cocktail Dress

A Red Cocktail Dress is my final make to become KNIPster 2016. More details for this final make can be found here. The only suitable fabric that was left was red and hearing this song in my head I had to make a red dress.

Een Red Cocktail Dress is mijn laatste bijdrage voor de KNIPster 2016 naaiwedstrijd. Meer details voor deze laatste bijdrage zijn hier te lezen. De enige bruikbare stof die ik nog had was rood en met dit liedje in mijn hoofd besloot ik een rode jurk te maken.

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Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is an organization that believes that fashion (clothes) and accessoires can be made in safety environment. Today it’s 3 years ago that more then 1000 people were killed and more 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed.

Fashion Revolution is een organisatie die gelooft dat mode (kleding) en accessories gemaakt kunnen worden onder veilige arbeidsomstandigheden. Vandaag is het 3 jaar geleden dat meer dan 1000 mensen gedood werden en  meer dan 2500 gewond raakte toen Rana Plaza Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh in stortte.

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Boho Chic Flare

Boho Chic FlareBoho Chic Flare is my interpretation of Boho Chic. It’s a fashion style started by artists in the ‘60s and can be described as a style for free and artistic people. It’s also a ‘festival’ clothing type that can be seen in pictures of the famous Woodstock festival in 1969.

Boho Chic Flare is mijn interpretatie van Boho Chic. Het is een mode-stijl die veel gedragen werd door kunstenaars en artiesten in de jaren zestig van de vorige eeuw. Het is een soort ‘festival’ kleding die je veel ziet op foto’s van het beroemde Woodstock festival in 1969.

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Sweet Valentine sewings

The idea for the Sweet Valentine sewings started when one of my FB-groups started a group to sew something for Valentine. The color pink was set in the spotlights and the name for the group: Tickled Pink. The Sweet Valentine sewings are made to give away to some of my dear friends.

sweet valentine sewings

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Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand are made to go to New-Zealand. A few Dutch who are going to New-Zealand would like to give their hosts something typical Dutch. They were looking for something durable and that would endure the flight.

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand zijn gemaakt van stof en gaan naar Nieuw-Zeeland. Een paar Nederlanders die naar Nieuw-Zeeland gaan willen hun gastheren graag iets typisch Nederlands geven. Zij waren op zoek naar iets wat de vliegreis zou overleven.

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand

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Over the cast customized pants

IMAG0193 aanThis pants are customized to go over the cast for our eldest daughter. A couple of weeks she has been operated a and has two legs in cast. Most of the times she wears a pair of jogging trousers, but she wanted a pair suitable pants to wear outside the house.

Deze broek is onze oudste dochter aangepast. Eee paar weken terug is zij geopereerd aan beide benen en die zitten nu in het gips. Meestal draagt zij een joggingbroek, maar van buitenhuis wilde zij graag een nette broek.

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Happy Chris Moose

5 stoelOn FoldLine someone showed Chris Moose and I decided to make it too. Chris Moose is a pattern from Sew Magazine. In my bag with leftover fabric I found some tweed fabric for the body parts, a piece of knitted fabric for the tail and ears, a piece of pink fleece for the inner ears and tartan fabric for the antlers and hoofs. The eyes are two brown horn buttons from my button box. 

Op FoldLine liet iemand Chris Moose zien en ik besloot er ook een te maken. Chris Moose is een patroon van Sew Magazine. In een tas met reststoffen vond ik tweed voor het lijf, een stuk gebreide stof voor de staart en oren, een stukje rose fleece voor de binnenkant van het oor en tartan voor het gewei en hoeven.

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Sinterklaas gifts part 3

IMG_3087xxgsFor our eldest daughter I’ve knitted two extra pair of socks: the non felted slippers and the simple garter stitch slippers. In this how to keep toes warm post I told about her operations. Within two weeks the second operation will take place on her other leg.

Voor onze oudste dochter heb ik twee paar extra sokken gebreid. De non felted slippers en the simple garter stitch slippers. In dit bericht vertelde ik al over haar beide beenoperaties en binnen twee weken wordt het andere been geopereerd.

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Sinterklaas gifts part 1

IMG_2970 1The next two weeks I will be sewing all kinds of small gifts for Sinterklaas. First I made the Japanese knot bag. It’s also my November contribution to the SAL of a stash busting group. In another post I’ve shared my stylish accessories contribution at this group with you.

De komende twee weken zal ik besteden aan het naaien van kleine cadeautjes voor Sinterklaas. Als eerste heb ik een een Japanse knooptas gemaakt. Het is tevens mijn november bijdrage voor de SAL (SewingALong) van een ‘ruim je voorraad op-groep’, waar ik al eerder deze accessoires voor maakte.

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surprise surprise surprise

IMG_2885Next time I will show you what’s made out these four pieces of leftover fabric. What will it be? Something to wear? A bag?  Accessoires? Holiday gift?

Volgende week onthul ik wat er met deze vier reststofjes is gedaan. Iets om te dragen? Tas? Accessoire? Presentje?

Striped pencil skirt

voor 5 xA couple of days ago I was searching for some fabric in my leftovers for a project when our youngest daughter came into the room. She saw a piece of leftover fabric from this jacket that I made a while ago for our eldest daughter. It was my first entry for the Monthly Stitch.

Een paar dagen geleden zocht ik in mijn reststoffen voor een naaiproject toen onze jongste dochter de kamer binnen kwam. Zij zag een stuk overgebleven stof van dit jasje dat ik enige tijd geleden voor onze oudste dochter had gemaakt.

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Stylish accessories

foto 2 xToday my fourth and final part of the ‘Sew with Me September challenge’. After the tartan skirt, blouse and pair of pants it was time for the finishing touch. The brief is: sew up any accessory to round out and compliment the coordinates. It could be whatever and from where ever we desire.

Na de geruite rok, blouse en zwarte broek was het de beurt aan de finishing touch. De vierde en laatste opdracht van ‘Sew with Me September challenge’ is: naai een accessoire voor bij je outfit. Het mocht van alles zijn.

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Black pair of pants 

xIMG_0718 v xThis is part 3 of the ‘Sew with Me September challenge’. The brief is: a simple pair of pants. But what is a simple pair of pants. The tartan skirt has a classical design and my coordinating blouse is styled the same. When I was thinking about the pair of pants I decided to use my TNT jeans pattern. It was the easiest option with a great fit.

Dit is het derde deel van de ‘Sew with Me September challenge’. De opdracht was naai een eenvoudige broek. Mijn Schots geruite rok en blouse hebben een klassieke stijl en voor de bijbehorende broek dacht ik direct aan mijn vertrouwde broek patroon.

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A tartan skirt with contrasts

voor xOne of my sewing FB-friends is the september hostess in a sew along to complete a coordinating set at the end of september. It concerns a skirt, a blouse, a pair of pants and an accessory.

Eén van mijn FB-vrienden is de september coordinator voor een sew along om een bij elkaar passend setje kleding, bestaande uit een rok, blouse, broek en accessoire te naaien.

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Leftover T-shirt and a crumb of Cake Tee

IMG_2190x heel voorWhen I was searching for leftover fabrics to make this patchwork sweater I came across a piece of fabric. It’s a leftover from a Cake pattern T-shirt that I made last year. The seller was very generous when the amount of fabric was measured before cutting the demanded fabric.

Terwijl ik op zoek was naar reststof voor deze patchwork trui kwam is een stuk andere reststof tegen. Het is overgebleven nadat ik vorig jaar een Cake pattern T-shirt had gemaakt. De verkoper was gul en knipte ruim af.

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just a Tee or lefT-shirt

IMG_0398X1Last weekend was le Grand Départ of le Tour de France in the Netherlands. It was a very hot weekend and we decided to watch it on television instead of going to Utrecht. While watching television I was working on my new T-shirt. Last week I had to say goodbye to a couple of my beloved and well-worn, but worn-down T-shirt. When I was doing some tidying up of my fabric, rearranging it and making planes for new projects I came across a piece of leftover fabric used for this T-shirtWorking with leftover fabric can be really satisfying.

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Leftover fabric or is there way to avoid it

Working with a piece of leftover fabric is always a challenge. It’s really satisfying to find a project that fits the amount of leftover fabric and ends in a wearable garment or useful object. The question is how do leftover fabric arise and is there a way to avoid them. Although I always try to buy just enough fabric for a project there are always leftovers. Leftovers can be small, but sometimes very large. To avoid that large pieces of leftover fabrics ends in stash I try to find a use for the fabric in a short time. In my opinion there are five main reasons for large pieces of leftover fabric.. 

  1. Buying to much fabric. The fabric yardage needing given by a pattern is sometimes to much. How can one avoid this: Before buying fabric for a project I make a pattern lay-out at home. 
  2. You except a deal when the seller offers you the last piece for a special price. 
  3. You bought fabric for a project, but it never comes to sewing. It becomes stash and then it’s used for a project that needs less fabric.
  4. The garment is unique and has odd shaped pattern pieces that can only lay very on-economically on the fabric. 
  5. Fabrics with a nap and/or repeating design-patterns like tartans and ginghams.

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Fish from the sea or bringing fish to the sea

IMG_1707The ancestors of my husband used to live in Vlaardingen and the men in his family were herring fishermen just like the most of the other men living there. Saturday the 13th of June was Vlaggetjesdag. It ‘s an annual tradition. It involves a fishing boats race, which boat brings the first herring into the harbor, and the auction of the first barrel of herring (the profit will go to an organization, like cancer, children in need or sport for disabled). 

De voorouders van mijn man waren haringvissers die in Vlaardingen leefden. Zaterdag 13 juni was de jaarlijkse Vlaggetjesdag. Naast de race wie het eerste vaatje nieuwe haring aan land brengt, wordt het eerste vaatje geveild voor een goed doel.

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less becomes more or the making of the LBS

Less becomes more or the making of the LBS is made of leftover fabric. After making 2 tops no4 from Drape Drape 2 last year I came across MCalls 6400 on the internet. It seemed an easy pattern and I liked the look. I used it as inspiration and I drafted my own version. I bought 2 m black knit fabric. After making the sweater I was left with leftovers. A rectangle piece of fabric was turned into a tunnel scarf combined with a piece of leftover lining from a jacket that I sewed for my eldest daughter: sewing double. The scarf is made for the let them sew cake challenge from The Monthly Stitch and pants is also from the same challenge.

sewing sweater Na het maken van 2x shirt no4 van Drape Drape 2 vorig jaar kwam ik op internet MCalls 6400 tegen. Op het eerste oog ziet het er eruit als een eenvoudig patroon. Het diende als inspiratie en ik besloot om mijn eigen versie te tekenen. Ik kocht 2 m zwart gebreide stof. Na het maken van de trui had ik nogal wat stof over. Van een recht stuk stof over de volle breedte maakte ik een tunnel sjaal samen met een restje voering van een jasje dat ik naaide voor mijn oudste dochter: sewing double. De sjaal is gemaakt voor let them sew cake thema van The Monthly Stitch, ook de broek die ik bij deze trui draag komt van hetzelfde thema.

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