Categorie: homemade clothes

zelfgemaakte lichtgrijze jeans

Deze zelfgemaakte lichtgrijze jeans is een prachtige aanvulling voor mijn kledingkast. De jeans vult een gat op die ontstaan is na het uitzoeken van mijn kledingstukken. De lichtgrijze jeansstof heeft een klein beetje stretch. Stretch zorgt voor iets meer draagcomfort maar ook dat je de jeans net iets strakker kunt maken. Tip van mijn kant: Trek voordat je de jeans gaat knippen eerst aan de stof zodat je de hoeveelheid rek kunt inschatten.

This light grey jeans is a new basic for my wardrobe after the recent clearing out. The jeans fabric has some stretch for a more comfortable wear.

zelfgemaakte lichtgrijze jeans
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Zonen09 Theo meets LMV Bernie

Kleding is zo af en toe aan vervanging toe. Manlief zocht ook zo’n kleding uit en bij hem hadden een aantal kledingstukken betere dagen gekend. Zo ook zijn overhemden. De Sti(c)k Belgique uitdaging van Let’s Sti(c)k together was een mooi moment om twee Belgische patronen te combineren. Het inmiddels tiende overhemd voor manlief is een Zonen09 Theo meets LMV Bernie geworden.

Husband also has cleared out his wardrobe. Some of his shirts had seen better days. Autumn is already one month old and although we still have nice temperatures mornings and evenings are getting colder. Perfect time to make this time a long sleeved shirt for him.

zelfgemaakt overhemd met trui
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Sinclair patterns Harper cardigan

 Bij het uitruimen van mijn kledingkast had ik ook afscheid genomen van mijn geliefde Benetton vestjes. Na het Blackwood boucle vestje en de rose jOne diende zich het gratis Sinclair patterns Harper cardigan van aan. Deze grijze stof met wafelpatroon komt bij Sikkes vandaan. 

Clearing out my wardrobe also meant saying goodbye to my all my favourite Benetton cardigans. This free Sinclair patterns Harper cardigan is my third cardigan pattern I’ve been using after the Blackwood and jOne.

Sinclair patterns Harper cardigan
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Misty’s Whimsies Gender Neutral Oakley Doll

Misty Richardson is a great designer when you’re looking for a soft toy. Her animal figures and a doll all have a characteristic look like a relatively big head in relation to the body. She did a give-away by the end of August due to fact kids had to return to school. My choice was the doll and turn this into a Misty’s Whimsies Gender Neutral Oakley Doll version. Misty seemed to like this idea so I became one of the lucky free pattern winners.

genderneutrale pop met scotty dog
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Homemade Boys Winter Set

This four piece Homemade Boys Winter Set is my entry for the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour. Melissa Evans of mahlicadesigns is the host of this blog tour. We had some hot sunny days at the end of August so this weather didn’t inspired me to think about Autumn and Winter clothes. I started knitting a cardigan for a little boy this Spring. I’m not a confident and fast knitter so it took until the beginning of August to finish it. I already had plans to make also matching pants, a beanie and a tee so this idea sounded perfect for this blog tour.

Sew Long Summer Blog Tour 2019
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Faux leather Misusu Doris skirt

Youngest daughter and I really liked the Misusu Patterns Doris skirt as soon as we both saw it on the Instagram.
Youngest daughter and I also go so now and then on a fabric hunt. She found some faux leather at Holland Stoffenhuis best to be described as a petrol colour. The fabric has some stretch. She asked me if it was suitable enough for a pencil skirt.
The pencil skirt wasn’t made so she asked me if it could be used for a Faux leather Misusu Doris skirt version.

Faux leather Misusu Doris skirt
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Men’s Cargo Shorts by Wardrobe By Me

So here is the matching garment for the Farbenmix FÖHR Herren Shirt: the Men’s Cargo Shorts by Wardrobe By Me.
A pair of shorts is great item in men’s Summer wardrobe. My husband is no exception. He likes wearing Cargo shorts. The patch pockets on the side of the legs are great to have while cycling or walking for his mobile phone and credit cards.
Time to tell about my first Cargo shorts experience.

Wardrobe By Me Men’s Cargo Shorts
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Farbenmix FÖHR Herren Shirt

Ik maakte onlangs voor manlief een poloshirt. Hij was er niet helemaal 100% tevreden over en gaf aan dat de volgende keer een kledingstuk van een lichtere kleur te willen en zonder borstzak. Stoffen voor herenkleding vinden is niet zo eenvoudig maar soms heb je geluk.
Jongste dochter en ik bezochten Tweede Pinksterdag het Stoffencircus in Leiden. We kochten twee lapjes en deze gestreepte Megan Blue oud groene jersey was er één van. 

Farbenmix FÖHR Herren Shirt
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5 tips for successful RTW refashions

My mother said goodbye to a Marimekko T-shirt af. It had some stains but I really liked the floral design. I rubbed some fabric stain remover on the stains and let it soak in cold water for one night before washing. Result? The stains were gone.
I like doing refashions. One can make clothes, soft toys or useful objects like this Elle Puls Anja bag from my previous blogpost out of discarded clothes. Re-using discarded clothes is environment friendly, sustainable and a pleasure to do. You want to know more about my refashion preparations? These are my 5 tips for successful RTW refashions.

5 tips for successful RTW refashions
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Three Izzy Top legging combinations

I make so now and then children clothes for Stichting Creatief voor Babyspulletjes.
This time three Izzy Top legging combinations. The Izzy Top is a free pattern available in girls sizes 18 months – 5 year.
I used the FibreMood Blake pattern for the matching leggings and gave it a more fitted look by making the crotch seam a little bit deeper. All three leggings are made of light weighted jersey and have a flatlock finishing.

Izzy Top and Fibre Mood Blake legging
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Seen&Sewn Together blog tour

Arielle from Seen&Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.
A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together in the Seen&Sewn Together blog tour to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen&Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.

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Seen&Sewn pattern Tracy Bee Top

Mahlica designs is the organisator of the Seen&Sewn Patterns blog tour. Arielle Bergmann who lives in Denver Colorado designs the Seen&Sewn patterns.
We all picked one of her patterns and choice the Tracy Bee Top. This Top has a V-shaped neckline at the back so perfect to combine with my Misusu Doris skirt that has a V-shape ate the front. We were free to hacks and modify the patterns in a creative way.

Tracy Bee Top
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Megan Blue Fabrics Male Poloshirt

Husband cleared out his wardrobe three weeks ago and decided to let some of his well worn poloshirts go. They had seen better days. So time for me to make some new. Suitable fabric for men isn’t easy to find.
I saw a while ago on the Sikkes IG-account a few striped jersey fabrics. One looked perfect to use for a new poloshirt. I hopped on my bike two weeks ago to take a look in the shop.

Zonen09 polos with shoes and jeans
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Perkins Shirt Ensemble Patterns

I decided not to buy any new patterns or sewing magazines this year. I’ve plenty PDF patterns and the Perkins Shirt Ensemble Patterns is one of them. The Perkins pattern is an oversized model that can be made as a shirt or dress. The shirt version has one of my favourite details: a high/low seam. It can be made in two length: cropped or hip length. I still had a piece of fabric bought in Rouen three years ago. The piece was 1.30m long but with a little bit of playing with the pattern pieces it could be used for the Perkins shirt.

side view Perkins shirt
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Misusu Doris Skirt Ladies version

It all started with a pattern testing request. I showed the Misusu Patterns Doris skirt to our youngest daughter and she really liked the design. She likes wearing skirts.
This Misusu Doris Skirt Ladies version was immediately purchased has soon as it was introduced. I made first a version for myself using a remnant bought at Holland Stoffenhuis. This fabric has the right amount of stretch for this skirt.

Klik op de link om de Nederlandse versie van de Misusu Doris ladies skirt te lezen

Misusu patterns Doris skirt ladies
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Musthave Pruella Cardigan jOne

Everyone has basic clothes in his wardrobe. The daily basic pieces you always rely on and in your preferred colour scheme. Which garments that can be vary from person to person. My personal basic pieces are jeans, T-shirts, Chanel-style jackets and LBD.
My decision to make my own clothes made that I also had to sew cardigans. The most of my RTW bought cardigans are worn-out. I made the Blackwood cardigan a while ago and a Pruella Cardigan jOne for my mother. This cardigan was still on my list.
I came across some stashed fabrics and one of them was a jersey. One meter Eco friendly light pink with small grey stripes. This was perfect for a new basic T-shirt.

Stenzo Eco friendly light pink jersey T-shirt
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Making five year my own clothes

It must have been somewhere at the beginning of April 2014 when I went to the shops to buy some new clothes. I went back home without any new piece of clothing and while cycling home I decided to make own clothes. The next day I went back on my bike and bought two pieces of remnants at Jan Sikkes in Haarlem. One for a Top and one for a jacket. I found the Sorbetto Top for free on the internet. The pattern for the jacket came from a Burda. 

Making five year my own clothes
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Striped LMV Cliff hemd

Husband asked very kindly if I could make a new dress shirt for him. He wanted something else than blue or grey. We went shopping at the Stoffenloods in Heemskerk where he saw a red striped fabric that he really liked.
One can do a lot with stripes and created nice looking details. The LMV Cliff hemd has an eye catching shoulder yoke that’s perfect for some stripe playing. I started with making some sketches before starting to cut the striped LMV Cliff hemd version.

Striped LMV Cliff hemd
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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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Homemade Multicolour basic T-shirt

I bought this multicolour print last year in Haarlem during the Stoffenbeurs Spring event. I wanted to use it for a short sleeved Summer T-shirt but it turned into stash when Autumn arrived.
My wardrobe was cleared out at the beginning of Spring and some of my most worn T-shirts had to go.
Going through my stash looking for fabrics to make some new ones this multicolour print popped up too. It took some carefully playing around with my pattern pieces but it was doable to make a long sleeved T-shirt.

Homemade Multicolour basic T-shirt
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Two basic blue T-shirts

I cleared out my wardrobe and some of my well worn T-shirts had seen better days. My fabric stash is slowly decreasing but lucky me I found a small amount of light blue jersey bought at Sikkes for the first make.
My second fabric was found in the discarded clothes stash. A never worn dark blue Tank dress that was given to me. Time to start cutting my two basic blue T-shirts.

Two basic blue T-shirts
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Homemade Chanel style jacket

I bought this fabric at Stoffenspektakel. Stoffenspektakel is one of the great fabric markets that’s held twice in a year: a Spring and Autumn Tour. One can visits these events on many locations in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and France.
I wanted to use this fabric for a short coat but sadly they gave me less then I asked for and not only that it was also not cut straight. The alternative came when I had to say goodbye to two jackets: I decided to make a new Chanel style jacket.

Homemade Chanel style jacket
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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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Stretch structure fabric Homemade pencil skirt

Youngest daughter loves pencil skirts and specially when they are homemade. Last time I made two out of Ponta di Roma. This one is made of stretch structure fabric in black. light blue and ecru. This fabric was also bought at Holland Stoffenhuis and was found and their remnant bin.
This new pencil skirt is also made of this TNT pencil skirt pattern. Everyone can draft a pencil skirt and I can highly recommend to do it. A commercial pattern is made for an average size and always asks fr alterations. With the same effort you can easy draft your own pattern.

Stretch structure fabric Homemade pencil skirt
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Sewing Top Five 2018

Gillian started in 2012 the Sewing Top Five serie. The Sewing Top Five has 5 categories: hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. She writes individual blogposts with each categorie as subject.
I liked the idea but decided to make a mixture of all these categories in just one block of five. Why? Because I didn’t had many misses (no selfmade project was destroyed in the wash, never worn or when it failed it was unpicked and got another look). So here we go in no particular order.

Sewing Top Five 2018
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My Ensemble Patterns Sunday Everyday Sweater

Christmas is over and it’s almost New Year. I’ve been wearing a dress on the first Christmas Day but the second day I wore my version of the Ensemble Patterns Sunday Everyday Sweater. It’s an oversized model. Something to wear while reading a book or cleaning the house after the Christmas meal.
I made my cropped version using a jeans coloured sweater fabric that was bought at the beginning of this year.

My Ensemble Patterns Sunday Everyday Sweater
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Cardigan jOne from Pruella

When I visited the Stoffenspektakel I was also looking for some fabrics for my mother. She wanted a new cardigan and sweater. It’s always a bit tricky buying fabric for someone else with a few indications. She wanted no back or grey but red, mustard yellow or green.
My first purchase for her was a kind of jeans coloured fabric with a with a low relief bubble texture. Perfect for the cardigan. I also started looking for possible patterns in sewing magazines but also did a search on the internet.
The Pruella Cardigan jOne looked something my mother would like and after looking at all the patterns she decided to go for the jOne.

Cardigan jOne from Pruella
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Wellness Fleece Morning Robe

A new morning robe was on my to-do-list for almost a year. My old bathrobe had seen better days and although I hardly wear a morning robe there can be occasions that you need one. My old one was made of cotton terry but this time I wanted something more soft and warm. I bought some wellness fleece fabric during a short in Antwerp. The Slouchy Cardi, a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine, is used to make my morning robe.

Wellness Fleece Morning Robe

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Seven House Toaster Sweater Version 2

 Slowly it’s getting colder especially in the early of the morning. Time to wear sweaters and cardigans. I also wanted to add some colour into my wardrobe to wear with my back and dark blue garments. The Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater is the first colour step. In the shop windows one can see green, In de etalages zie je veel kleur zoals groen, royal blue, red but also mustard yellow. All these colours aren’t in my fabric stash so time to go fabric hunting.

Seven House Toaster Sweater Version 2

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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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Elastic Tie Sweater from Assembly Line

Assembly Line is a new Swedish Indie pattern designer. Their designs have that famous stylish Scandinavian and minimalistic look. This Elastic Tie Sweater is a perfect example of this type of design. The pleated col is held together with an elastic cord. These pleats have the function of darts. Fabric suggestions for this Elastic Tie Sweater: jeans, wool en canvas. I bought this pattern at Stik&Stof. This shop just started selling a few Assembly Line pattern and lucky for me the Elastic Tie Sweater is one of them.

Elastic Tie Sweater from Assembly Line

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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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Chique Homemade basic Autumn dress

Youngest daughter and I went again to Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. I had a Elle Puls pattern that needed to be tested and had to buy suitable fabric. We always take a look in the remnant bin and youngest daughter found a piece of fabric with wybert pattern in ecru, black and gold. She’s very pleased with her Homemade basic T-shirt dress and asked me if the piece of fabric was enough to make another one. Lucky for her it was just enough. So now we had both a suitable fabric and after paying we went back home.

Chique Homemade basic Autumn dress

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Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version

After a long and sometimes hot summer Autumn is peeping around the corner. Now the Summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere and days are slowly getting shorter so evening and nights are slowly getting longer. Sometimes September but also October can bring some nice, warm days. So I made a Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version for the ‘Sew Long Summer 2018’ Blog Tour.

Zonen09 Theo overhemd poloshirt version

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Royal de Luxe Reuzen in Leeuwarden en Vegan Bounty taart

Manlief en ik maken zo nu en dan een uitstapje in eigen land. Dit kan een dagtripje zijn maar ook voor een paar dagen. Zo hebben we al enige tijd een bezoek aan het Fries Museum staan voor de Escher tentoonstelling. Enige weken geleden waren we inderdaad een tijdstip aan het plannen voor het bezoek aan Escher waarbij mijn oog viel op een bezoek van Royal de Luxe aan Leeuwarden. Deze Franse theatergroep maakt straattheater met reusachtige mechanische marionetten die met behulp van lilliputians wandelen. Elk voorstelling van het gezelschap kent een verhaal. Het was hun eerste bezoek aan Nederland en ik wilde deze kans niet missen.

Royal de Luxe Giants

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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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Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern

Today a new sewing magazine has been released: Fibre Mood. It’s has his roots in Belgium and to get into the Fibre Mood one can download the te Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern. The Frances Top is an oversized top made from a lightweight woven fabric. It has short, loose gathered sleeves. The neckline is wide, round and at the back slightly deeper then the front. And the back hem has a slightly round finish. Sizes run between XS (size 32-34) until XXXL (size 56-58-60). Pattern are marked with stars to show the difficulty of the sewing involved (one for beginner until five for expert). This Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern has one star.

Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern

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WardrobebyMe Summer Tulip Top floral print version

Clothes with floral prints can be seen each year on the catwalk. A floral print can give a plane looking skirt, jeans or plane looking blouse a complete different look. This floral print came from my stash. I bought this fabric more then four years ago soon when I started making my own clothes. This remand was about one meter, a soft and light cotton with a little shine. This fabric came several times on the table but I never found a suitable pattern for it. A few weeks ago Wardrobe by Me offered several of their patterns with 20% discount. I had spotted the Summer Tulip Top and decided to make it from floral print fabric.

WardrobebyMe Summer Tulip Top floral print version

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Grainline Scout Tee two fabric version

If one does a search on the internet can see many different versions of the Grainline Scout Tee. Scout Tees made of the suggested woven fabrics but also a few made of jersey fabric as well. Besides changing the fabric you also can see altered necklines, Peter Pan collars and Tunic versions. I’ve even seen versions with a breast pocket. I couldn’t resist to do some alterations as well. My Grainline Scout Tee two fabric version is made of woven and jersey fabric. Crepe for the front and sleeves and jersey for the back.

Grainline Scout Tee two fabric version

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BurdaStyle May 2012 skirt 118

After making three pleated skirts without a pattern I decided to go searching for a pattern with some interesting details.

BurdaStyle May 2012 skirt 118

And lucky me I came across #greatbigpatternswap on IG. Someone was offering a BurdaSyle. She was offering the May 2012 and showed the content of the magazine. Skirt 118 looked very attractive, showed my interest, gave my address and a few day laters I was the lucky owner of this BurdaStyle magazine. There was a little note on the magazine wishing me lots of pleasure with the magazine. The next step was finding suitable fabric for my next skirt. 

BurdaStyle Mei 2012 rok 118 BurdaStyle May 2012 skirt 118

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Orgaeuse Paris Top Hello Sunshine combination

We already had some hot sunny days and in the meantime my summer wardrobe also started growing. I’ve to admit wearing a skirt is far better then a jeans. This Orgaeuse Paris Top Hello Sunshine combination is my contribution for the ‘Lets Sti(c)k Together July challenge. The theme was this time ‘holiday’. You want to know how this combination fills the theme? This combination will be in my suitcase of course but fabric and pattern choose are also part of the this July theme.

Orgaeuse Paris Top Hello Sunshine combination

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Green Greener almost Greenest Garment Combination

I’ve been thinking for a while what to make from this fabric. I had spotted the Closet Case Charlie caftan a while ago and wanted to use it for this pattern. Closet Case has some great designs. The Kalle shirt is a perfect example of a Closet Case pattern that I’ve used already twice in a hack. I decided to make a toile first. The fit wasn’t what I was looking for and I didn’t had any idea what I had to change for a better look. In the meantime I made this two-piece refashion combination and wrote a blogpost about plastic free sewing. One thing let to another and this two piece Green Greener almost Greenest Garment Combination is the result.

Green Greener almost Greenest Garment Combination

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Two discarded clothes turned into new two piece summer set

Our youngest daughter told me several times I should wear something else then a jeans during hot summer days. My last summer skirt has left my wardrobe a while ago. When it’s hot I usually wear my refitted GBSB Drapey Knit dress but that’s only for one day. The next day I want some fresh clothes.
So I was thinking for a while what to make for those tropical sunny days? What to wear instead of jeans that is comfortable when it’s hot. While I was re-organizing my discarded clothes stash I found this dress. I made this dress for our youngest daughter about 10 years ago. I also found a Top that belonged to our eldest daughter. The re-fashionist in me woke-up: Two discarded clothes turned into new two piece summer set.

Two discarded clothes turned into new two piece summer set

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Making plastic free clothes possible?

Rag bags and Glad rags started a challenge to sew plastic free during the month June. If you start thinking about this ‘Sew Plastic Free Challenge’ and take a look around one will probably see a lot of plastic items around. I decided to see what was passing along when I made this Burda style blouse for my mother (tomorrow you can see the result). This blouse is made of 100% cotton (also a not so environment friendly type of fabric but 100% plastic free) so perfect for my interpretation of the ‘Making plastic free clothes possible’ challenge?

Making plastic free clothes possible?

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Burdastyle 2018-02 #128 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

This Burdastyle 2018-02 #128 3/4 Sleeve Blouse is made of a pattern from the Burda Plus Size collection. This pattern was also released in the February edition of the Burda Style magazine. I bought this magazine to make this blouse for my mother. My mother had asked me to make a relax fitted blouse out of striped fabric. Sadly enough my previous bought fabric had a higher shrinkage percentage then I expected. New fabric was found at A.Boeken in Amsterdam where I also bought the fabric to make the LMV Aspen poloshirt. This is a 100% cotton striped fabric. 

Burdastyle 2018-02 #128 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

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Elle Puls ShirtBOX pattern

Elle Puls is a German independent pattern designer. I made a few of her patterns and also did some testing for her. Elle Puls also has designed some pattern for taller women. This is great news if you’re taller then average. The side seam/hem construction from the Tunika Elle was already used twice in a pattern hack. The first time for the Closet Case Kalle shirt and the second time for the refashion of the LMV Carrie jurk. This time I’me testing a pattern for her: the Elle Puls ShirtBOX pattern.

Elle Puls ShirtBOX pattern

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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 Carrie jurk meets Elle Puls Tunika Elle

We start at the begin. Last year I was one of the participants in the make a shirt dress challenge. I made my version of the LMV Carrie Jurk. And here comes my confession: I only wore this dress twice. The first time was for the photo shoot and the second time to a birthday party. This LMV Carrie jurk wasn’t my dress just like many other dresses. This year the  Sew Together For Summer dress challenge is back with a wrap dress. I was tempted but decided to be wise and let this challenge pass. Instead I decided to do something with my LMV Carrie jurk. A blouse was the best option and came up with the LMV Carrie jurk meets Elle Puls Tunika Elle idea.

LMV Carrie jurk meets Elle Puls Tunika Elle

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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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MeMadeMay 2018 showing homemade clothes

During the previous month you could follow on a daily base what I was wearing on IG. In April 2014 I decided  to make all my own clothes. Every time when I’ve to say goodbye to a RTW garment it’s replaced by a new homemade item. About 75% of my wardrobe is already handmade. This is third time that I’ve joined this IG MeMadeMay happening. I even managed to wear complete 100% outfits in 2015. So how was I doing this year? Time for a small review of my MeMadeMay 2018 showing homemade clothes. 

MeMadeMay 2018 showing homemade clothes

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Easy Sewing Homemade Basic T-shirt dress 

Our youngest daughter and I went a while ago to Holland Stoffenhuis in Leiden. I was looking for lining for my Fashion Style blazer. They hadn’t the lining I was looking for but our daughter found a coupon that was 1.40 meter long that she liked. She asked me if I could make a Summer  Homemade basic T-shirt dress out of it with an exposed zipper.  She has a few of this dress types in het wardrobe that she loves to wear.  Who can refuse such a request? Not me so after paying the coupon it was in her bag.

Easy Sewing Homemade Basic T-shirt dress 

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Made to measure T-shirt for my mother

After making the Easy to Sew Vogue 9080 blouse this time a T-shirt for my mother. This fabrics is also bought while I visited the Stoffenspektakel in February. This time I carefully measured the sizes of my mother after the failure that I had with the Vogue blouse. I had to do some pattern alterations like a rounded back alterations. I decided to draft a pattern instead of doing the alterations on a commercial sewing pattern. It would probably take the same amount of time.

Made to measure T-shirt for my mother

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Homemade baby boy outfit size 50

I’m a member of two Facebook groups who sew for men and boys. One is an English group called ‘Sewing Blue’ and the other one is Dutch called ‘Naaien voor Heren’. When I decided about four years ago to make all my own clothes I didn’t had the intention to sew for my husband as well. My husband is tall and has always difficulties to find T-shirts and dress shirts that are long enough. On one fine day I offered to sew a few white T-shirts for him and one thing let to another. The English group has a monthly blog tour and I decided to participate in the Sewing Blue Blog Tour ‘Boys in Summer’ theme. I decided to make something for Stitching Creatief voor Babyspulletjes and this Homemade baby boy outfit size 50 with a maritime look is the result.

Homemade baby boy outfit size 50

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Vogue 9080 1980s dropped shoulder blouse

This May month is reserved for unselfish sewings. Making something for my mother because Sunday will be Mother’s day. This fabric was bought In February at Stoffenspektakel. I also found a design that I wanted to make for her. Although I had bought enough fabric after pre-washing there wasn’t enough. Next step was trying to find a suitable sewing pattern. I found in my pattern stash a pattern that I bought in the 80s but never used it. The envelope was damaged due to several relocations so over the years. Perfect for my UWYH project and I started making Vogue 9080 1980s dropped shoulder blouse for my mother.

Vogue 9080 1980s dropped shoulder blouse

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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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LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version

How many different sewing patterns can be made of a dress shirt? I bought the March/April 2018 La Maison Victor magazine while I was waiting for a connecting train to go home. The pattern of the LMV Bernie Hemd seemed to be perfect for my husband to make it out of some light fabric that I bought last year at Les Tissus du Chien Vert during a short stay in Brussels. I can highly recommended this fabric shop if you ever visit Brussels. As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it was perfect to make a short sleeve for my husband so I bought 1.25 meter. The only question was had I bought enough to make a LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version van te maken? The pattern suggested 1.60 meter for all sizes. 

LMV Bernie Hemd light blue version

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JLH Gable Top becomes Breton Style Top

A discarded dress was already waiting for a while to turn it into a new fashionable garment. The Sewcialists Love Me-Made May appeal came along and this appeal was the beginning of a new make.  I already wanted to turn the dress into a T-shirt in a nautical style. I als wanted to use a sewing pattern that easy to purchased for everyone because Sewcialists is an international sewing community. Not everyone has access La Maison Victor and KNIPmode or wants to copy a pattern from a pattern sheet or adding sewing allowances. Here is the story behind the JLH Gable Top becomes Breton Style Top project.

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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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RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

This RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version is also made for a sewing challenge. You could read it in my Crafty Kooka sloth blogpost that the next make would also be made of a PDF-pattern from my stash. Blogrevolution and I are a duo for this challenge. She gave me the following three criteria:
– use a fabric from your stash
– a never used coat pattern
– use a zipper

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

The RDC Manteau Gerard pattern was a Sinterklaas 2015 gift. This wollen fabric was bought about four years ago. I bought this fabric to make a Spring coat. By choosing both two criteria were already filled in.
A Spring coat is perfect solution for the erratic Dutch weather during the Spring and Autumn. The Spring coat has a light weighted lining and can be made of a light weighted wollen fabric.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

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Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018 giveaway

You have a sewing block and don’t know what to make? You’re looking for inspiration? This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. Some of them pushed  themselves a little bit more and share to inspirations with you. Here is the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018 giveaway.

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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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Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018

Last week two big fabric markets were held in my neighbourhood. The Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer and the Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem. Both fabric markets are held twice a year and visit all kinds of places in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and France. I always attend both markets because a few fabric shop owners are present at both markets. This time I wanted to buy some fabric for my mother and husband because I’ve planned for both them projects in my Let’s Stick Together Monthly Challenge. In this blogpost I give you an impression of both markets but I also show the fabrics I bought during my Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018.

Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018

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Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric

I told in my Day&Night Dress challenge 2018 post about having a pattern for my coffee date dress. Sadly the toile was a nightmare. Wrong pattern, no suitable fabric, a combination of both or just not my pattern? I’ve no idea. Time was not on my sight so perhaps making a Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric choice for my toffe date dress would be an idea to help me out. The fabric for my coffee date dress came from stash. I made a sketch last Friday according to my ‘the different sides of a fabric’ theme. This is the rough sketch. Horizontal and vertical lines are dividing the dress into two parts and giving the dress an asymmetrical look.

Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric

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Seven House Toaster Sweater #2

I started with my version of the Seven House Toaster Sweater #2 after having contact with Ann. We both had the same reaction when we almost simultaneously published a blogpost about our last finished sweaters. Ann made a version of the Seven House Toaster Sweater #2 and I the Named Talvikki sweater. We saw each other sweaters and were wondering how bog the difference is between both designs. Ann and I wrote to each other and we decided to make the other design as well and write a blogpost about the other make as well to share our experiences and thoughts about the other design.

Seven House Toaster Sweater #2

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Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018

Dresses are a major challenge for me. You only have to take a look at my Christmas party outfit for the ‘Designin December 2017’ entry to see that it’s far from looking like a dress. Casual and comfortabel to wear during Boxing day and the following days between Christmas and New Year. And yet I decided to take be one of the crew members again for the second time Day&Night Dress Challenge run by Elizabeth. I wear dresses on occasions like dinner parties, receptions, birthday parties or weddings. Two new dresses at the beginning of 2018 doesn’t sound that bad and I’ve two more to choose from. This year dress theme is coffee&cocktail.

Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018

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overview homemade items 2017

A few days ago I was reading a SewingwithD blogpost about 100 Item Sewing Challenge 2017.  She found on Facebook a group called 100 Item Sewing Challenge. There are prizes to win and there are a few rules. You have to make at least 100 items in one year and also at least 8 items each month. Some of the other rules were smaller items like underwear counts 0.5, items sewn to sell don’t count and 50% has to be selfish sewing. She had an impressive list of 125 items. I was wondering how many items I made. Here is my overview homemade items 2017.

overview homemade items 2017

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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

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three hours fabric shopping Antwerp

My mother saw my Named Talvikki sweater and she asked me if I could make one for her. She first wanted a black one but when she saw my second version of the Talvikki sweater she told me she preferred a grey grey melee one too. I visited Belgium this week and Antwerp was on my list as well and had about three hours left to do something else. I decided to use it for fabric shopping and I found some addresses on the internet. The Belgium Let(s) Stick Together Facebook group gave me some advices too.

drie uur stoffen shoppen Antwerpen

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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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Two new homemade basic T-shirts

I’m a big fan of T-shirts. Comfortable to wear under a sweater but also in combination with a jacket or cardigan. I love wearing them because T-shirts are made of jersey fabric and stretch unlike blouses. You must’t think I’ve a lot T-shirts on my shelves. I’ve ten and some are bought and some are homemade. Sadly some of them were worn and faded. Time to replace them. I first looked in my stash to find some fabric and found some beautiful soft light grey jersey. I bought the second fabric in Leiden so I was ready to start maken my two new homemade basic T-shirts.

Two new homemade basic T-shirts

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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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Zelfgemaakte portemonnee

De afgelopen twee jaar heb ik voor de familie van alles gemaakt voor Sinterklaas maar dit jaar schiet het er helaas bij in. Dergelijke presentjes maken kost veel voorbereiding. Het Kerstproject van afgelopen oktober erg leuk was om te doen maar nam veel tijd in beslag. Ondertussen is het december geworden en ben ik bezig om diverse zaken af te ronden. Eén daarvan is ‘verzoekjes en beloften’. Deze zelfgemaakte portemonnee is een vervolg op de Back2School Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui. Ik deed een soort van belofte/toezegging aan iemand die een commentaar achterliet bij de etui. Ik vertelde dat de kat nog een keer in een andere versie te zien zou zijn als cadeau voor Sint of Kerst. Sinterklaas nadert. Ben je nog op zoek naar een leuk idee om een kattenliefhebber te verrassen dan is deze zelfgemaakte portemonnee misschien wel een idee. Je maakt deze portemonnee in één avond.

Zelfgemaakte portemonnee

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Named Talvikki sweater versie 2

Het weer is ondertussen veranderd sinds dit T-shirt. Het is kouder, het regent en soms is er ook hagel. Sweater weather tijd dus. Ik haalde een lap wollen gebreide stof uit mijn voorraad die ik meer dan twee jaar geleden op een stoffenmarkt kocht. Deze zou 1.50 meter breed zijn maar bleek bij thuiskomst slechts 1.25 meter breed. Ik had een vierkante lap voor mij liggen waar ik mee aan de slag ging en koos de Named Talvikki sweater als patroon voor mijn Named Talvikki sweater versie 2. De Named Talvikki sweater patroon is onderdeel van de Named Evolution Theory collectie.

Named Talvikki sweater versie 2

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Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

Fashion Style is de Nederlandstalige versie van het Spaanse naaitijdschrift Patrones. Ik maakte al eerder het Massimo Dutti overhemd uit het eerste Nederlandstalige nummer. Meer dan een jaar geleden vertelde ik dat ik deze blazer zou gaan maken. Ik maakte inderdaad een start met mijn Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer al was het maar omdat ik nog een sewing dare uit had staan waarin uitgedaagd werd ‘to make some kind of jacket’.

Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

Een jaar werken aan de Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

Ik begon met een toile en deed een paar aanpassingen. De blazer werd geknipt en voor een eerste pas in elkaar gezet. Een complete verrassing toen de blazer meer dan een maat te groot bleek te zijn. Ik spelde de naden van de diverse panden in tot ik tevreden was met pasvorm. Het patroon werd aangepast en de veranderingen overgebracht op de stof van de blazer. Zo ging er een jaar voorbij waarin er met tussenpozen aan de blazer werd gewerkt. Mijn paspop bleek ondertussen een prima parkeerplek voor de blazer ook al omdat de lente ondertussen zomer was geworden. De herfst deed zijn intrede en ik besloot de draad weer op te pakken.

Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

Fashion Style nummer 1 lange blazer

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Zo geknipt 2 Tipsy bag

Woohoobydavina organiseert met enige regelmaat Blogmeets en Sewing challenges. Ik ken Woohoodavina vanuit de Lets Sti(c)k Together facebook groep. Van het een komt het ander en zo besloot ik mij aan te sluiten bij haar Blogmeet en Sewing challenge groepje en bij de eerste beste uitdaging in het diepe te springen. De volgende Sew Challenge zou een swap zijn en het is best wel een uitdaging om zomaar iets te maken voor een ander. Ik kreeg Hutsepruts als swapmaatje. We overlegden samen en nog geheel in de ban van de ‘Stik Belgique’ uitdaging kwamen we samen op de toilettas versie van de Zo geknipt 2 Tipsy bag. De Tipsy bag komt uit het boek Zo geknipt 2 en is geschreven door twee Belgische dames, Riet Van de Walle en Lies Botterman.

Zo geknipt 2 Tipsy bag

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Belgische onafhankelijke patroonontwerpers

Afgelopen maand deed ik wederom mee aan de ‘Stik Belgique’ uitdaging. Best wel een uitdaging voor een Nederlandse maar ook superleuk om te doen. LMV, Veritas magazine zijn voor mij bekende Belgische tijdschriften. De enige Belgische onafhankelijke patroonontwerper die ik ken is Zonen09, maar geen idee wie die andere Belgische onafhankelijke patroonontwerpers zouden zijn. Flaflinko hielp gelukkig een handje. Zij maakte een lijstje van Belgische onafhankelijke patroonontwerpers en stoffenontwerpers maar ook stoffenleveranciers en ik ging op ontdekkingstocht.

Belgische onafhankelijke patroonontwerpers

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LMV Bloom sweater

Ik besloot voor mijn vijfde bijdrage aan ‘Stik Belgique’ wederom een LMV patroon te gebruiken. Het is ook mijn laatste bijdrage. Ik vond het wel een grappig idee om er uiteindelijk vijf te maken omdat het mooi aansluit op het vijfjarig blogbestaan van Flaflinko en het vandaag, 5 november, ook de laatste dag is van ‘Stik Belgique’. De LMV Bloom sweater komt uit dit nummer en is een kort truitje met zichtbare ritsen in beide zijnaden. Deze details zijn het eye catching effect van de LMV Bloom sweater.

LMV Bloom sweater

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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

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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

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Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

Flafinko zette vijf jaar geleden de stap om zelf kleding te maken. Zij schafte een naaimachine aan, starte een blog en deelde haar productie. Zij wilde dit vijfjarig blogbestaan niet zomaar ongemerkt voorbij laten gaan en daarom organiseert zij ‘Stik Belgique’. De opdracht is eenvoudig: gebruik een Belgische patroon en indien mogelijk ook Belgische stoffen. Ik deed al twee keer eerder mee met de Let’s Sti(c)k Together blogtour maar niet met kleding. Ik ga deze keer voor kleding. Manlief kon nog wel een overhemd gebruiken en na de eerdere positieve ervaringen werd het het Zonen 09 Theo overhemd patroon. Deze Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie is pas het eerste kledingstuk. Er komt in de loop van oktober nog het een en ander aan.

Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

De details van de Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

De stof komt misschien bekend voor. Het werd al eerder gebruikt in deze versie. Ik besloot deze keer de driehoek details en het borstzakje te laten vervallen. De contrast stof is deze keer effen en werd gebruikt voor de binnenkant van de schouderpas, de manchet, de binnenste kraagstaander, de onderkant van de kraag, inzetstukjes maar ook voor de split.

Zonen 09 Theo overhemd stip versie

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Nanoo Lillian dress inspired refashion Top

Our eldest daughter recently was moving to another apartment and she was clearing out some of her clothes. Among the clothes that weren’t going back in her closet was a big white Top with small black stripes. I always sort these piles of clothes into three. One suitable for refashion. The second for the charity shop and the third one aren’t suitable for a refashion or to be sold. While I was working on this T-shirt for my husband I already had an idea how I wanted to ‘play’ with the stripes and when I saw this pattern both came together and my Nanoo Lillian dress inspired refashion Top was ready to draft. The original Top was unpicked and all fabric pieces were washed. In the meantime I started drafting the pattern.

Nanoo Lillian dress inspired refashion Top

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

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Elle Puls Chobe Bag

The Elle Puls Chobe Bag pattern is original designed to upcycle a discarded jeans. I was already looking for an old jeans when I came across an UFO. TMS announced in November 2014 an outwear challenge and I decided to make a bag. I bought some black upholstery fabric and a coupon curtain fabric after seeing carpet bags on the internet. My version of a carpet bag was never finished and ended in the closet waiting for a moment to be finished.

Elle Puls Chobe Bag

Preparing my Elle Puls Chobe Bag version

I decided to try if I could use the never finished carpet bag for this make. After some careful measuring I found out that I had just enough to make my version of the Elle Puls Chobe Bag when I made some minor changes. A couple of weeks ago I bought some cork fabric after seeing handmade cork bags. I thought about to use it for this version but after a good look I didn’t liked the combination of the cork fabric with black upholstery fabric. Another new type of fabric is SnapPap. This also available in black and when I was about to buy it I found a discarded black bag that used to belong to our youngest daughter. This was perfect because I now even had a handle to carry the bag.

Elle Puls Chobe Bag

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

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Style Arc Cassie Pant

Style Arc Cassie Pant is described as a fashionable pull on ankle length pant with knee patch. Style Arc Cassie Pant looks a bit like a legging but the added details makes this pant less boring. Choosing the right fabric is probably the hardest part when you start making this Style Arc Cassie Pant. I used a very stretchy black fabric that was also used to make this dress.

Style Arc Cassie Pant

Style Arc Cassie Pant – alterations

I made a muslin first because this is the first time I was making a legging type of pants. The first muslin didn’t fit. The legs were to tight. A whole life of swimming, rowing, cycling and running is perfect to keep your body in shape but it also means that upper legs and calves are very muscular. You can find all kinds of alterations on the internet to solve this problem. I’ve given the front upper leg and back under leg more space by adding a kind of diamond shape in both pattern parts. I’ve added a drawing of this method. My second muslin had a perfect fit. I now had a pattern so it was time to start making my version of the Style Arc Cassie Pant.

Style Arc Cassie PantStyle Arc Cassie Pant

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

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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

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Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The Dutch phrase for this Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt would be ‘mijn man heeft een streepje voor’: This time my husband was in my good books. The funny part in the Dutch phrase is ‘streepje’ – ‘stripe’. Sometimes it isn’t possible to write a blog post in two languages and making the ‘playing with words’ happen. I came across this fabric some weeks ago while I was buying haberdashery. I haven’t any suitable fabrics for my husband in my fabric stash so every time I see something suitable for him I buy it. Stripes never loose style and a T-shirt made of this fabric would look casual and smart on his jeans.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The pattern

I used the male underwear TNT T-shirt for this Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt. It was also used to make this T-shirt as well. I started making my husband white underwear T-shirts in December 2015. He still isn’t happy with the fit because he wears them under his dress shirts in his spare time. The leisure wear version are always a bit looser and they always seem to have a perfect fit. I still need to work a little bit on the perfect fit for the underwear version.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The fabric

This fabric can be used on both sides. I decided to play a little bit with the stripes and to make it not to much I used the plane side instead of the one with the small stripes. This fabric was also a little bit heavier then the usual fabric I use for his T-shirt but it still has the same stretch. It looks a bit like a light weight Ponte di Roma but the shop assistant told me it wasn’t. The ticket on the fabric wasn’t of any help either.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The make

Pocket, neckline and sleeves are finished with some plane black jersey. I first used the the other side of the fabric but knowing my husband he would prefer the plane details above the other side of the fabric. I spend a lot of sewing time to let the stripes running perfect. The IDT-syteem on my sewing machine helps to control the fabric so it’s fed evenly from both top and bottom. The fabric doesn’t slip while sewing although a few pins are still needed and some basting helps too. Three sewing evenings later and the Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt was ready to wear.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

The fit of the Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

My husband is pleased with the fit of his new leisure T-shirt. It looks great on his jeans. He already asked me to make another one but this time he wants some more lighter colours. I think we need to spend some time to go to a few fabric stores and see what we can find.

Time and Costs:

Time: cutting 1 hour (this time getting the stripes right is the time consuming part of the cutting process), sewing 8 hours (I basted the T-shirt this time)
Costs: Fabric € 15,00, Yarn € 3,00

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

Mijn man heeft deze keer een streepje voor. Ik probeerde het in het Engels ook over te laten komen maar dat lukte niet. Soms is het onmogelijk een woordspeling in beide talen te laten slagen. Ik kocht deze stof enkele weken terwijl ik op zoek was naar fournituren. Mijn stoffenvoorraad bestaat uit stoffen die voor mij geschikt zijn dus iedere keer als ik iets tegen een stofje aanloop dat geschikt is voor hem dan koop ik het. Strepen zijn tijdloos en een T-shirt van deze stof zou het goed doen op een zijn jeans.

Het patroon

Ik gebruikte het witte TNT T-shirt patroon voor deze Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt. Dit patroon is ook gebruikt  voor dit T-shirt. Ik begon met het maken van zijn witte T-shirts in december 2015. Hij is nog steeds niet tevreden over de fit omdat de T-shirts onder zijn overhemden worden gedragen. Vrije tijd T-shirts zitten altijd wat losser en lijken wel de perfecte pasvorm te hebben. Ik zal dus nog wat tijd moeten steken in de witte versie om de perfecte pasvorm te krijgen.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

De stof

Deze stof kan aan twee kanten gebruikt worden. Ik besloot wat te spelen met de strepen en gebruikte de kant met de gewone strepen en niet de kant met de smalle streepjes. Deze stof is iets dikker dan de gebruikelijke T-shirt stof die ik normaak gebruik maar het heeft wel dezelfde rek. Het lijkt een beetje op een lichte kwaliteit Ponte di Roma maar de verkoopster verzekerde mij dat het geen Ponte di Roma  is. Het label aan de stof zelf gaf niet veel informatie.

Maakproces

Het borstzakje, de hals en mouwen zijn afgewerkt met effen zwarte jersey stof. Ik wilde hiervoor de andere kant van de stof ervoor gebruiken maar mijn echtgenoot kennende gaat hij eerder voor een ‘rustig’ ogende afwerking. Ik stak veel tijd in het perfect laten doorlopen van de strepen. Het IDT-syteem van mijn naaimachine zorgt ervoor dat de stoflagen zowel onder als boven gelijkmatig worden getransporteerd. De stof verschuift hierdoor niet al zijn een paar spelden en rijgen geen overbodige luxe. Drie avonden later was de Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt klaar.

Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

De pasvorm van de Jeans Blue/Black vertical stripes Mens T-shirt

Mijn echtgenoot is ook deze keer weer tevreden met zijn nieuwe vrije tijd T-shirt. Het T-shirt staat geweldig op zijn jeans. Hij heeft alweer gevraagd om iets nieuws te maken maar deze versie wil hij in een lichtere kleurstelling hebben. Ik denk dat we samen maar eens wat tijd moeten gaan steken aan een zoektocht in een paar stoffenwinkels.

Tijd en Kosten:

Tijd: knippen 1 uur (het goed laten doorlopen van de strepen heeft wat aandacht nodig), naaien 8 uur (ik rijde deze keer het T-shirt)
Kosten: Stof € 15,00, Garen € 3,00

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

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Homemade Black White striped asymmetric cut Top

Homemade Black White striped asymmetric cut Top is designed for my mother. She wanted another Top after I made this one for her. She told me she wanted a Black White stripe fabric or Blue White stripe. I asked her if she liked an asymmetrical look and made a sketch to show her what I had in mind. My mother loved the idee so I took the sketch with back home.

Homemade Black White striped asymmetric cut Top

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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

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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

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Four Homemade white suits

Four Homemade white suits is a request sewing project. Our youngest daughter used to be member of The Royal Student Rowing Club “Njord” in Leiden when she was a student. After rowing a couple of years at the annual NSRF last rowing races of the season she now is a member of the organisation committee. The championships are held at the Bosbaan in Amstelveen. Members of the organisation committee wear white suits. Six weeks before the championships our youngest daughter asked me if I could make her a white suit and for two of her fellow members. Although they originally wanted a suit jacket they decided to have a jacket like the one I had made a while ago. The jackets have a dark blue lining in the jacket and piping. I also made a mens jacket for one of the male fellow members.

Four Homemade white suits

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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

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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

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Homemade classic shirt dress

Shirt dresses are great to wear and can easily be transformed from a work outfit with a belt into a more casual wear just by changing your shoes and no belt. Shirt dresses look great with the button front, collar or collarless, front pocket, high/low hem. There are so many great styles around. I used a medium weight grey cotton to make my Homemade classic shirt dress. A mens dress shirt is most likely to be made a of this type of fabric. I had some ideas and details in my head that I wanted to use for my Homemade classic shirt dress. A classic mens dress shirt would be the base of my dress.

Homemade classic shirt dress Homemade classic shirt dress

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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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Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top

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

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

Oversized Top becomes wearable V-neck Top – the make

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

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Homemade Easter Decorations

Homemade Easter Decorations is a sewing project using leftover fabrics and discarded clothes. I made the last years some Christmas decorations and decided to do the same for Easter. I found a lot of inspirations on Pinterest and decided to make some flowers, a bunny and a fabric egg.

Homemade Easter Decorations – the fabric tulips

Our youngest gave me a couple years back two long glass vases. They are standing a few years on our windowsill. I had already decided that I wanted to make some fabric flowers for them using leftover fabrics. I found some blue fabrics in my leftover stash and used this TNT pattern to make them. All fabrics are a kind of denim so this was a little bit harder to work with then the usual fabric. Two evenings later six tulips were standing in both vases.

Homemade Easter Decorations

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Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

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

Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie Theo overhemd korte mouwen versie

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Theo overhemd klassieke versie

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

Theo overhemd klassieke versie – the alterations

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

Theo overhemd klassieke versie Theo overhemd klassieke versie

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Theo overhemd weekend versie

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

Theo overhemd weekend versie

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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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Februari roundup bucket list 2017

Februari roundup bucket list 2017 is about what I did during the second month of 2017 with my fifteen items on my 2017 bucket list. I’ve been sewing, started knitting and the daily cooking but also kept walking and we’ve visited two museums.

Februari roundup bucket list 2017 – cooking

I’ve used some of the recipes that came from the magazine I showed last month. The leek clafoutis was made twice because everyone loved it. I also started baking something sweet each week. The ‘Boer zoekt Vrouw’ show started two weeks ago and just like last year I make something sweet. All recipes are chosen from the countries were the farmers are living. You can read about all my makes when the farmers have chosen the one they will hopefully share the rest of their life with.

Februari roundup bucket list 2017

Februari roundup bucket list 2017 – The knitting

One of the bucket list items is to knit at least one item using yarn from my stash. I started almost three weeks ago and I’m using this pattern. The shawl will be rectangle but without the triangulair beginning and end. This shawl has short rows sections. Knitting short rows is something I’ve done only once so this a real challenge for me.

Februari roundup bucket list 2017

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Rabbit Fabric Morning Robe 

Rabbit Fabric Morning Robe is made for our youngest daughter. She loves rabbits and a while ago I made two sleep shirts for her using rabbit fabric. I also made this crazy apron and this lovely cushion for her. She was in need for a new morning robe. I found some lovely blue rabbit fabric that felt soft and warm last year and seems to be perfect to make a new morning robe. Cotton and polyester is the base of this fabric combined with 4% Elasthan. The inside has fine soft alpine fleece. I finally had time to draft a pattern and started sewing.

Rabbit Fabric Morning Robe  Rabbit Fabric Morning Robe 

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Home printing PDF sewing patterns Costs

Home printing PDF sewing patterns Costs is about the price of printing a PDF sewing pattern at home on your home printer. I never bothered about the costs until I printed a new PDF sewing pattern that I wanted to use. This pattern was 40 pages so it was a large package of paper. When I was holding all this paper sheets in my hand I started thinking about costs.

Home printing PDF sewing patterns Costs – the print price

I always end a sewing post with the costs of a project. I never thought including printing costs so with this just printed pattern I started a little research on the internet. Printing costs starts with the type of printer. The cheapest printer is a laser printer. A PDF-print of a sewing patterns doesn’t take many inkt so the paper costs are the highest. We have a laser printer so after some calculation one printed paper sheet would costs probably something like € 0,05.

Home printing PDF sewing patterns Costs Home printing PDF sewing patterns Costs

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Chambray Japanese cross back apron

Chambray Japanese cross back apron is made for a dear friend of mine. She came to me more then a year ago and told me about an apron she had seen in a shop. The apron had a cross back, no ties and was easy to put on and take off over the head. She asked me if there would be a pattern available to make one. We did some search on the internet and when I showed her the Japanese cross back apron she told me that was what she was looking for. I also found a free pattern to make one and gave her the link.

Chambray Japanese cross back apron

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Sewing male underwear part 2

Sewing male underwear part 2 is my search to draft the ultimate sewing pattern for a round neck T-shirt and boxershort for my husband. I started sewing T-shirts and boxershorts for my husband almost a year ago and still he isn’t 100% satisfied with the result. He wanted another T-shirt length, some neckline changes and also some minor changes on the fit of the boxershorts. I drafted two new patterns and started cutting and sewing.

Sewing male underwear part 2 Sewing male underwear part 2

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Day and Night Dress Challenge your makes

Day and Night Dress Challenge your makes – the challenge

Day and Night Dress Challenge your makes runs until Saturday January 28th. Some of you may already have started sewing. Others are perhaps still thinking about if they want to take part. The rules to enter this challenge are very simple. You sew two dresses. These dresses must be for yourself. One dress with a day look. The second dress is the night look and has to be black.

Day and Night Dress Challenge your makes – inspiration

You are perhaps looking for inspiration?. This Pinterest board shows some beautiful dresses to make night look. This Pinterest board gives lots of inspiration for the day look. The seamstresses of the blog tour all have there unique dress style. They can give you perhaps some inspiration too. Some of them used two patterns, others one pattern to make both dresses or they’e drafted their one patterns. You haven’t seen all the makes yet or want to see them again? One click on their names in the next subject and you’ll see a beautiful dress show.

Day and Night Dress Challenge your makes

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Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes – the dresses

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes is my contribution for the the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour run by Elizabeth. I decided to use the LBD as the starting point of my pattern choice. A LBD is a stylish and timeless dress design that can be worn on my occasions. A well chosen simple designed dress combined with only one jewellery is the key to have a fabulous outfit. I decided to use the RDC Ludivine robe pattern for this challenge because this pattern has a strong stylish and timeless design. Both dresses have size 38 for the bust and size 36 for the hips.

Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes Sewing Two RDC Ludivine robes

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RDC Ludivine dress pattern

RDC Ludivine dress pattern – the day and night dress challenge

I decided to use the RDC Ludivine dress pattern for both versions of the day and night dress challenge run by Elizabeth. The pattern is easy to sew together and the clever use of the bust dart in the side front panel gives the dress a crisp and neat finish. I used the pattern as it is for the day dress and for my night LBD look I made fitting changes in the side seams but also in the seams of the center front panel, center back panel and side front panels. The day dress version is made of sweater fabric and the LBD version of Punte di Roma.

RDC Ludivine dress pattern

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Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview – the start

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview is where I’m showing the progress in my makes for the Day and Night Dress Challenge. The Day and Night Dress Challenge started when I received an invitation from Elizabeth from the blog Elizabeth made this. She asked me to become a participant in the Day and Night Dress Challenge blog tour. I accepted the invitation and started with looking for a pattern that I wanted to use and also the fabrics. The night dress has to black and because I love LBD therefore the night dress was no problem for me. A day dress however is something I rarely wear. First challenge was to find an usable pattern.

Day and Night Dress Challenge Preview

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Bucket list 2017 goal settings

Bucket list 2017 goal settings – why

Bucket list 2017 goal settings are my personal goal settings for 2017. In 2015 I made a bucket list too. I had 10 items on my bucket list and at the end of 2015 I had done 5 of them. One of them was starting my blog. Last December I decided to make a bucket list for 2017. During 2016 I had some personal ambitions that were still unfulfilled and I decided that I wanted to assign this open-ended goal settings.

Bucket list 2017 goal settings

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Overview 2016 #ninebest2016

Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 – the highlights

Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 is a showcase of my nine best of 2016. On IG you can see a lot of people showing their nine best of 2016. Everyone has his own subject that he or she wants to show. Overview 2016 #ninebest2016 in my case are sometimes based on popularity (likes or re-pins), requests or personal preference. In no particular order they are:

  • reaching 200 IG-followers
  • request to sew two male Chino trousers
  • my participation in the KNIPster 2016 sewing award (Looking Like Audrey Hepburn is my personal favourite)
  • sewing ‘zorgenvriendjes’ for UZ-Gent
  • these new bought shoes
  • Jeanius Denim Softy Pig refashion (> 201 re-pins)
  • sewing a T-shirt from leftover fabric inspired by the YSL Mondrian dress
  • walking an average of 10.000 steps a day and having unexpected views
  • cooking with 5 ingredients

Overview 2016 #ninebest2016

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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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Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts – the following versies

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts is all about sewing the perfect White Round Neck Male T-shirt for my husband. After the last make he still had some issues that he wanted to be changed. First was the length of the T-shirts and secondly the shape and the finishing of the neckline. The length was the easiest to alter but the shape and the finishing of the neckline is a challenge to find out what he (really) wants.

Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts Sewing White Round Neck Male T-Shirts

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Sweetbriar Sisters three little lovies

Sweetbriar Sisters three little lovies – the elephant lovey

Sweetbriar Sisters three little lovies is a pattern that comes with three different animal options. You can choose between a giraffe, a cow and an elephant. A while ago I received the test version of the pattern of these three little lovies. I have enough grey and pink fabric at home and decided to make the elephant lovey.

Sweetbriar Sisters three little lovies

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Sewing Happy X-mouse

Sewing Happy X-mouse – Christmas decoration

Sewing Happy X-mouse is made for Christmas. I love sewing Christmas decoration. These three dolls are hanging since a few years for our window. Last year I made Chris Moose. A couple of days ago I was looking for inspiration for the Christmas Wreath I had planned to make. Then I came across a mouse dressed for Christmas and as a follow up on the word Chris Moose I found X-mouse a nice and funny idea. I went looking for a pattern that looked a bit like a rag doll.

Sewing Happy X-mouse

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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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Sewing Massimo Dutti Overhemd

Sewing Massimo Dutti Overhemd – the pattern

Sewing Massimo Dutti Overhemd is made of a pattern that can be found in the first Dutch edition of the Spanish Patrones. It’s called Fashion Style and I showed it a while ago in this blogpost. The overhemd is described as a Japanese Styled dress shirt with dropped shoulder line, batwing short sleeves, added sleeves to make long sleeves and a Mao collar. I’ve made one alteration. The pattern has a straight front placket which seemed to be a bit odd in my opinion because the finished version has a kind of V-shaped neckline. I drafted a front placket that follows that shape. It was added to the front pattern while cutting and also cut twice to make the front placket for the buttonholes on the right side and for the buttons on the left side. My version of the Massimo Dutti Overhemd is made in size 38.

Sewing Massimo Dutti Overhemd Sewing Massimo Dutti Overhemd

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Day and Night Dress Challenge

Day and Night Dress Challenge – the invitation

Day and Night Dress Challenge is an initiative of the lovely Elizabeth from the blog Elizabeth made this. She asked me if I wanted to be a participant in the Day and Night Dress Challenge blogt our. I felt honoured and decided to join the challenge.

Day and Night Dress Challenge – my contribution

What will I make? That will be a secret for a while. One thing I can tell you already. I will be using one pattern to make both dresses. I’ve a few patterns that would be very useful for this challenge and I love making alterations to patterns to turn a garment into my style. The day dress is a real challenge for me because I hardly wear them. The night dress has to be a LBD and lucky me: LBD are my favourites. Elizabeth on the other hand has no LBD but want one when  because she wants to get back into performing with her violin.

Day and Night Dress Challenge

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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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Jeanius Laptop Cover

Jeanius Laptop Cover – the idea

Jeanius Laptop Cover is made for our youngest daughter. She recently bought a new laptop that was a little bit smaller then her previous one. Time for a new laptop cover. I already told in this post that I want to reuse discarded clothes to make the homemade Sinterklaas gifts. I still had some parts left of a jeans that used to be worn by her. After some careful planning I had an idea how to cut it but also how I could use some other parts of the jeans like the coin pocket and belt loops.

Jeanius Laptop Cover

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Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 – the crewneck sweater

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 is made of black fabric with velvet polkadots from my stash. I bought this fabric last year while I was in The Hague together with our eldest daughter. It will be Christmas within four weeks and I wanted to make something to wear on Boxing day. The dress for the first Christmas day is already hanging in my closet. Boxing day asks for a more comfortable wear and I decided that I wanted to make a top that I could wear with the trousers I had made at the beginning of this year. I also made a skirt of the same fabric so I can choose that day if I want to wear trousers or a skirt.

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112
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LMV Aster Trui

LMV Aster Trui – the pattern

LMV Aster Trui is a pattern from LMV 3-2016. A while ago I made the LMV Martini dress. One of the most popular patterns if not the most popular is the Aster Trui. LMV Aster Trui is a comfortable sweater that is easy peasy to sew. A great pattern for a beginner. The neckline with the collar is the interesting part of this pattern and the eyecatcher of the LMV Aster Trui. For that reason I decided to make one. The finishing of the neckline is the stumbling block of this pattern. There’s much written about the finishing of the neckline and what could be the best way to make it. In addition there’s also to the limited length of the body and the sleeves. Most sewers have lengthen the body. I decided to play with the pattern.

LMV Aster Trui LMV Aster Trui

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Pink Gingham Dress

Pink Gingham Dress – The seamstress tag

Pink Gingham Dress and the seamstress tag what have they in common? The seamstress tag was started by Hollie from Hollie Sews. The seamstress tag has twelve questions to answer. Two of them are When & why did you start sewing and What is your favourite or proudest make? After reading a few blogs and watching a couple of vlogs I decided to do something with these two questions. I can’t remember when I started sewing even my mother couldn’t tell when I asked her a couple of weeks ago. The second part of the question the why is because I enjoy it and it’s a good way to relax. My favourite or proudest make? Every sewing item is carefully planned and I’m proud of every make. This Pink Gingham Dress is the oldest proof of my sewing activities. So here is the story behind the Pink Gingham Dress.

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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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LMV Martini Dress

LMV Martini Dress – the pattern

LMV Martini Dress is made of a La Maison Victor pattern. I bought the pattern while we were buying fabric for the two male chino’s at Textielstad. The Martini Dress is a pattern from the first LMV magazine. The dress has a symmetrical look created by the V-shaped neckline placed at the left front and the different shapes of the front panels. At the time this first edition was released I hadn’t made the decision to sew all my clothes so buying sewing magazines wasn’t one of my interests. Half a year later I started making my clothes and while I was looking on the internet for inspiration I came across the Marini Dress. Although I’m not a frequently dress wearer I love LBD. I’ve made this one almost a year ago. A LBD is a type of dress that is perfect for dinner party’s, social drinks and other occasions.

LMV Martini Dress LMV Martini Dress

LMV Martini Dress – something about La Maison Victor

La Maison Victor is a sewing magazine based in Belgium and the patterns are designed by Belgian designers. It’s described as a contemporary magazine with stylish but easy to make patterns. All patterns are designed for size 34 to 54 and comes with good sewing instructions combined with illustrations. They also have online video’s. All pattern are marked with the level of difficulty by using houses as symbol. The magazine hasn’t only sewing patterns but also things to knit or crochet, refashion ideas, home furnishings and jewellery.

LMV Martini Dress LMV Martini Dress

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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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Jennifer Lauren vintage Gable Top

Jennifer Lauren vintage Gable Top – the fabric

Jennifer Lauren vintage Gable Top is made from some lovely fabric from my stash. I bought this Sparkling Grey fabric last year at a fabric market to make a top. I can’t remember which one I had in mind and while time was passing it ended in my closet added to the fabric collection. Currently I’m sewing a three piece combination. The Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino was my first make in this casual clothing combination and the Talvikki sweater was the second. When I was looking in my stash I came across the Sparkling Grey jersey and I thought this would be perfect for the just released Jennifer Lauren Gable Top sewing pattern.

Jennifer Lauren vintage Gable Top

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Ice Blue Coloured Named Talvikki Sweater

Ice Blue Coloured Named Talvikki Sweater – the pattern

Ice Blue Coloured Named Talvikki Sweater is made from the newest Named pattern collection called Evolution Theory. The Talvikki seater has a dropped shoulder line and a turtleneck. Both are the Autumn and Winter season fashion items for 2016/2017. The darts in the neckline are an interesting feature in this design and therefore this pattern looks different then regular sweater patterns. I ordered the PDF version and after receiving the email the pattern was available for download. The pattern is in a layered PDF file which means that all of the sizes are stacked on top of each other on the different layers. I printed 32/34 which is the smallest size. I bought this fabric special for this pattern because I hadn’t any suitable in my stash. This tricot circle fabric has 3% elastan which is enough stretch for the turtleneck. I’ve chosen this lovely ice blue color.

Ice Blue Coloured Named Talvikki Sweater Ice Blue Coloured Named Talvikki Sweater

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Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino

Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino – the pattern

Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino is made of KNIPmode pattern 2016-08-18. In this August edition the magazine had a couple of patterns inspired on men clothes. The pattern collection is called ‘O Boy!’. I’m a great fan of jeans styled trousers and after making the two male chino’s I decided to make this feminien version for myself of this trousers style. I had some light weight denim fabric in my stash that would be perfect for this make. While I was sewing the T-shirts and boxershorts for my husband I saw a man wearing a chino with a coin pocket and I decided to add this my version. I started with size 34. The toile version I made was to big. After some alterations I had a pattern made to my measurements.

Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino Feminien Coin Pocket Jeans Chino

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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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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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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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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 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

Basic Never Failing Top Pattern 

The Basic Never Failing Top Pattern is made of my TNT Top pattern. It’s also my second make for the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour. After sewing version one and two of my own drafted pattern and some fitting alterations I now have a good basic Top sewing pattern that never fails. I think that everybody sewer makes some alterations to patterns to achieve the perfect fit. I’ve drafted this Top pattern after making a block body pattern. You can find some good instructions on internet if you want to try it for yourself too.

Basic Never Failing Top Pattern

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Two male chino trousers 

Two male chino trousers are made for a friend of us. He told me a while ago he couldn’t buy his favorite style chino trousers anymore. He wants them with a pleat in the front and also with an easy fit. So he asked me if I could make for him two new trousers. He gave me the oldest one with holes in the knees. The chino was taken apart and after that I copied all the pieces of the chino trousers. Another point is the color that has to be a kind of natural. I started looking on the internet and found two shops were they had this kind of fabric. I showed my friend both fabrics and they were approved.

Two male chino trousers 

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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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Chanel inspired nautical top

Chanel inspired nautical top is body shaped and has a nautical look. Coco Chanel got inspired during a trip to the coast of France by the striped shirts which were worn by sailors. She launches her nautical collection in 1917 consisting loose fitted pants and sweaters and also jackets made out of jersey.

Chanel inspired nautical top

Chanel inspired nautical top is getailleerd en heeft een nautische look. Coco Chanel raakt tijdens een trip naar de Franse kust geïnspireerd door het gestreepte shirt dat gedragen werd door matrozen. Zij lanceerde in 1917 haar nautische collectie bestaande uit wijde broeken, losse truien en ook jasjes gemaakt van jersey.

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Two Women’s Sleep Shirt

I made these two Women’s Sleep Shirt for our youngest who loves to sleep in a shirt. She also loves rabbits. I made some handcrafted items with a rabbit theme for Sinterklaas and Valentine. She wanted fabric with images of rabbits on it. Finding that kind of fabric wasn’t easy. When I was searching for elastic for the boxer shorts I came across a fabric shop where I saw a couple of fabrics with images of rabbits on it. .

Two Women's Sleep Shirt - the request

Ik maakte deze Two Women’s Sleep Shirt  voor onze jongste dochter die ervan houdt om in een shirt te slapen. Ook vindt zij konijntjes erg leuk. Voor Sinterklaas en Valentijn maakte ik ook al eens wat met konijntjes voor haar. Het vinden van de juiste stof was een uitdaging. Terwijl ik op zoek was naar elastiek voor de boxer shorts liep ik in een stoffenwinkel tegen stof aan met konijnen erop.

Two Women's Sleep ShirtTwo Women's Sleep Shirt

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60s styled lace top

60s styled lace top is a refashion. A couple of weeks our eldest daughter gave me a top made of lace and jersey. She had hardly been wearing it. She asked me if I wanted the top. The top had a lovely lace front and sleeves and a jersey back. It also had lace trims on the front hem and neckline. Blue is one of my favorite colors and I decided to reuse the lace. The original top was made in size L which seems big enough to turn it into something I could wear.

60s styled lace top

60s styled lace top is een refashion. Een paar weken geleden kreeg een topje van onze oudste dochter. Het is gemaakt van kant en jersey en nauwelijks gedragen. De hals en onderkant van het topje zijn afgewerkt met kant. Blauw is een van mijn favoriete kleren en ik besloot om het kant te hergebruiken. Het originele topje was in maat L wat genoeg op moest leveren om er voor mij iets van te maken.

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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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Four Mens Boxer Shorts

Four Mens Boxer Shorts were made after I had been making this sample for my husband. Although he was happy with the sample I decided to make a few changes to the pattern when I saw him wearing the sample. All four are made different (I’m searching for a good way to sew them to get the best fit and outcome), but they are all sewed using a overstitch sewing machine. Two of them have elastic in the waistband using small elastic.

Four Mens Boxer Shorts zijn gemaakt nadat ik dit proefmodel had gemaakt. Ofschoon hij tevreden was met de uitkomst besloot ik toch een paar veranderingen aan te brengen toen ik zag hoe de boxer short zat.

Four Mens Boxer Shorts

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Personalized Rowing Socks

Personalized Rowing Socks – the request

Personalized Rowing Socks are made for ten female students who are also rowing at W.S.R. Argo. One of the members is a daughter of a friend of mine and a while ago I made this jacket for her. Now she asked if I could embroider a couple of socks with the name of the rower on it. The socks are not used as they are intended to be used, but rowers do use socks to carry a water bottle. The sock prevents damage to the thin skin of a rowing boat. During rowing the water bottle will start to roll in the boat over the soft skin. A sock is a good way to avoid this kind of damage. A personalized sock will also help you to find your own water bottle back after rowing.

x vlag en sokken

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Sewing Menswear

Sewing Menswear is about making some T-shirt and boxers for my husband. My husband is very tall and lots of his RTW T-shirt are to short for him. I offered him to make some new T-shirts for him with the desired length. Besides the T-shirts I also offered to make his Boxer-shorts. A while ago he bought some new Boxer-shorts, but when he was wearing them he found the legs to tight. An earlier bought Boxer-short had much wider legs, but sadly these weren’t available anymore. Last week I copied this Boxer-short and in my pile of discarded T-shirts I found one big enough to sew a sample.

Sewing Menswear

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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 fourth week

May wearings fourth week – day to day

May wearings fourth week will be opened telling you what I was wearing for the lunch in a restaurant. Just like last week temperatures were going up and down.  A couple of days with sunshine and then a couple of days with grey, cold and rain. Sunday wasn’t the best day for the lunch. When we arrived it was still dry. The walk in the city and a coffee on the terras were done in dry, a little bit sunny weather. After looking at some shops it was time to find a nice restaurant for a lunch and just when we were sitting down on the terras it started to rain. After the lunch we ran back to the car, but when we passed a forrest we decided to use the umbrellas for a small walk. Under the trees and with the umbrellas it wasn’t as bad as in the city. On Thursday the weather changed and Friday and Saturday was sunny with nice temperatures.

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Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater

Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater – the inspiration

Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater is inspired on this McCall 6400 top and the fact the weather is letting us down in the Netherlands: it’s more autumn then spring. Asymmetrical tops and odd shaped patterns like one piece patterns are things I’m also looking after and the lack off sunshine made me wanting to make something warm and cozy. Mixing these two was my challenge.

Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater is geïnspireerd op deze McCall 6400 top en het feit dat het weer ons een beetje in de steek laat: het is meer herfst dan lente. Asymmetrische tops en ongelijke gevormde patronen zoals kleding uit een patroon zijn altijd dingen waar ik naar op zoek ben. Het gebrek aan zon maakte dat ik op zoek was naar iets behaaglijk en warm. Deze twee dingen samen brengen was d