Tag: self drafted/own pattern

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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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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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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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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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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Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks

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

Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks
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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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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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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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asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

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

asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

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

asymmetrical pink cropped T-shirt

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Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

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

Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

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

Floral printed Slim Fit 5-pocket Jeans

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homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel 

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

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

homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel 

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Day&Night Dress 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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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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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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Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

Everyone probably had a piggy bank as a child. I had a small one but sadly enough I can’t find it bag. My piggy bank had a rubber plug. The rubber plug was replaced by a cork because after a few years the rubber plug was broken. I came up with the idea of making Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs after reading about the Swedish love for pigs at Christmas. For centuries pigs were held to preserve their flesh in the form of ham and sausage so families had meat during the Winter. This preserved meat was also served at Christmas and made the centrepiece of Christmas dinners.

Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

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

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Fox Travel Neck Pillow

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

Fox Travel Neck Pillow

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Homemade Activity Teaching toys

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

Homemade Activity Teaching toys

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Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

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

Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

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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

Back2School Homemade Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui

Let’s Sti(c)k together heeft deze keer Gepakt&Gezakt en Terug naar School als themas’s. Ik besloot beide te combineren. En zie hier: Back2School Homemade Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui. Back2School Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui maak je van de favoriete, te klein geworden jeans van de kinderen. Wie kent het niet? Denk eens terug aan je eigen schoolperiode. Na een super zomervakantie van 6 weken blijkt ineens dat je een paar centimeter langer en wat breder bent geworden. Je paste je kleren aan samen met je moeder en kreeg te horen dat die jurk en broek nu toch echt te klein waren geworden. Misschien zag je je kleinere zusje dan ineens in jouw lievelingsjurk rondlopen. De tranen prikte achter je ogen. Maar wat als je moeder nu eens voor je achter de naaimachine ging zitten en er iets van maakte dat jij kon gebruiken tijdens je nieuwe schooljaar.

Back2School Homemade Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui

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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

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

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

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

Let’s Stick Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema

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

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

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Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

You probably saw this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top for a long time in my work in progress item. It’s finally finished. I used the same fabric for this Back Buttoned Polkadot Top as I did for this one. A piece of fabric was left which was just enough to make a short sleeved Top. The Top would have a seam at the center front or center back. This fabric was a gift from Nooteboom textiles during my participation in the KNIPmode 2016 sewing award. Named, an Indie pattern designer, has the Quinn blouse in his collection. I decided to use the idea of button plackets that are a little bit shorter then the actual blouse and do a twist by placing it at the back.

From idea to pattern

Having an idea is one thing but the key is how to to turn the idea into a good sewing pattern. I started with drafting a pattern that looked more like a blouse then a T-shirt. I decided to add a Peter Pan collar, a button placket and make a slightly high/low seam as well. The last step was choosing contrast fabric to make the collar and button placket.

Back Buttoned Polkadot Top

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style – the idea

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

Homemade Roll Pillow Cover Candy Style

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Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt – the history

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

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

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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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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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Jeanius Urbanears Cover refashion

Jeanius Urbanears Cover refashion – the story

Jeanius Urbanears Cover refashion is my second make for Refashioners 2016. I made the Jeanius Urbanears Cover refashion for our eldest daughter. When I started unpicking a jeans for the Jeanius refashion relaxing neck pillow our eldest daughter asked me if I could to do some alterations on one of her coats. I said I could but in return she had to do the unpicking of the jeans. She agreed and while I was fishing the Jeanius refashion relaxing neck pillow she saw what was left of the jeans. She asked me if I could make a cover for her just bought Urbanears out of it. I had also some long terry fabric on the table that came from a discarded hoodie. The same hoodie were I got the red ribbon from. She wanted the long terry fabric to be used for the inside.

Jeanius Urbanears Cover refashion

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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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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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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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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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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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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 de uitdaging.

Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater Soft Slouchy Summer Sweater

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dress shirt feminine styled with DPC

This feminine styled dress shirt is made during the January SAL hosted by DPC (David Page Coffin). During this SAL I used his book, the Shirtmaking Workbook, as a guideline and used some of the designs and constructions that are described in the book. The pattern of this dress shirt is self drafted using one of my blocks patterns. A good fitted dress shirt has to be comfortable and helps you look for the best. A classic quality styled dress shirt has all kinds of features and some of them are used for my feminine version of the dress shirt.

dress shirt feminine styled

Deze vrouwelijke versie van een dress shirt (overhemd) is gemaakt tijdens de januari SAL van DPC (David Pagina Coffin). Tijdens deze SAL gebruikten we zijn boek, het Shirtmaking Workbook, als leidraad en gebruikte ik een aantal van de ontwerpen en constructies die worden beschreven in het boek. Het patroon van deze dress shirt is zelf getekend met behulp van één van mijn basis patronen. Een goed dress shirt hoort perfect te zitten. Een klassiek dress shirt heeft allerlei details en sommige van deze zijn gebruikt voor mijn vrouwelijke versie van de dress shirt.

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Big Bold Beauty

x Schermafbeelding 2016-01-06 om 16.29.26The Big Bold Beauty is a triangle shaped scarf special made for our eldest daughter. After seeing lots of big bold triangle shaped shawls in the shops our eldest daughter asked me if I could knit a x IMAG0205 half zij omsimilar scarf for her.

De Big Bold Beauty is een driehoekige sjaal die ik gebreid heb voor onze oudste dochter. Na het zien van grote driehoekige shawls in de winkels vroeg onze oudste dochter aan mij of ik zoiets voor haar kon breien.

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Sinterklaas gifts part 3

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

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

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Just another Jeans

IMG_0928 voorThese two toned black and grey jeans are the second garment I’ve finished for the November challenge of the Monthly Stitch. Both clothes are made from my stash. The color of the mannish coat matches beautiful with the jeans and also with a sweater and infinity scarf that I made earlier. The fabric of the jeans is stretch denim: 97% denim with 3% spandex. This type of fabric just give a little bit of stretch for more wearable comfort, but not to much to make the jeans baggy within two hours while wearing. 

Deze zwart-grijze jeans is het tweede kledingstuk dat gemaakt is voor de November bijdrage aan the Monthly Stitch. Beide kledingstukken zijn gemaakt uit mijn stoffenvoorraad. De kleur van de oversized coat en jeans passen goed bij elkaar, maar ook bij een trui en sjaal die eerder gemaakt zijn. De jeans is gemaakt van rekbare denimstof: 97% denim with 3% spandex. Dit geeft de jeans net genoeg rek voor draagcomfort, maar maakt de broek na 2 uur dragen niet lubberig.

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Striped pencil skirt

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

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

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A galaxy T-shirt 

voor armen xA couple of months ago I visited to the annual fabric market in Haarlem and saw this fabric. It has a 4-way stretch and I bought it for another twisted top from the Pattern Magic I book. It’s an amazing construction: only one piece and a few seams.

Een paar maanden geleden ging ik naar de jaarlijkse stoffenmarkt in Haarlem waar ik deze 4-way stretch stof zag, die ik besloot te kopen voor een nieuwe versie van de twisted top uit het Pattern Magic I boek.

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The end of a tradition, aan alles komt een eind

Yesterday my eldest daughter and I went to de Bijenkorf in the Hague for the last time to visit De Drie Dwaze Dagen, the Three Crazy Days. These are the famous Sale Days of this department store. Although I haven’t been a regular visiter in the past of these Sale Days I’ve intended them occasionally when I was near one of the shops of the Bijenkorf. During the De Drie Dwaze Dagen, you can find all kinds of bargains and special offers from various brands. The first one was kept in 1984 and started at the time of a recession.

Gisteren ben ik met mijn oudste dochter naar de Bijenkorf geweest in den Haag om voor de laatste keer de Drie Dwaze Dagen, de uitverkoopdagen van het warenhuis, te bezoeken. Nu ben ik daar in het verleden meer naar toegegaan, maar dan gebeurde dit altijd omdat ik toch in de buurt was een van de vestigingen van de Bijenkorf. Tijdens de Drie Dwaze Dagen kun je allerlei koopjes en speciale acties vinden van diverse merken. De eerste werd gehouden in 1984 en startte op het moment van een recessie.

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A grey pencil skirt

voor xLast year our youngest daughter made herself a pencil skirt from a pattern I had drawn for her. She really wanted a new one, but she is in lack of time because she is about to finish her study and doing her last internship at this moment. She asked me to if I could make one for her. The brief was a skirt made out of light grey stretchy fabric. 

Vorig jaar heeft onze jongste dochter een kokerrok genaaid van een patroon dat ik voor haar had getekend. Zij wilde er graag nog een, maar heeft zelf niet echt de tijd ervoor, omdat zij bezig is haar studie af te ronden.  Zij vroeg of ik tijd had en dat haar voorkeur uitging naar licht grijze stretch stof.

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Stylish accessories

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

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

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Black pair of pants 

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

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

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Ankle boots and the change of season

bootsAutumn has arrived. The past couple of days we had typical Dutch weather: rain, wind and cold. It’s time to clear out my closet. Spring and Summer clothes I haven’t been wearing are going into bags. Other clothes are washed for the last time and after washing checked on loose buttons, holes, tears and I’ve to make a decision if I’m going to wear it next year. After that they are going into sealed bags. My shoes will have the same routine. Before going into boxes I’m checking if the need to be repaired and polish them. Some shoes will stay in the closet. That are the ones to wear with a dress or skirt when going to appointments or dinner parties. 

Herfst is in het land met typisch Nederlands weer: regen, wind en kou. Het is weer tijd om mijn klerenkast uit te ruimen en kleding weg te doen naar de tweedehandswinkels die ik niet gedragen heb of niet meer zal gaan dragen. Andere kleding wordt gewassen en gerepareerd voordat ze in de afsluitbare zakken gaan. Voor mijn schoenen geldt dezelfde routine: wel of geen nieuwe zolen en hakken, stikwerk. Na een laatste poetsbeurt gaan ze in dozen. Enkele schoenen blijven in de kast om te dragen bij een jurk of rok als dit gedragen wordt bij een afspraak of etentje.

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Blouse with contrast

zij blouse x1After making the tartan skirt with contrast I decided that I wanted to make a blouse with some contrast fabric too. In my stash I found this lovely light camel 2-way stretch jersey fabric that would be perfect to make a blouse out off it. Looking further in the stash I found some leftover black also 2-way stretch jersey fabric. Those would go perfect with my skirt and the pair of jeans that I already have in mind.

Na het maken van de schotse ruit rok besloot ik bij de bijpassende blouse ook met contrasterende stof te werken. In mijn voorraad vond ik lichte camelkleurige stof met wat stretch voor de blouse. Terwijl ik nog even verder keek kwam ik een rest overgebleven zwarte jersey tegen. Beide zouden prima passen bij de rok maar ook bij de broek die ik al gepland had.

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A tartan skirt with contrasts

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

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

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Discarded becomes wearable or Two make One

front 2 WOne of my FB-friends in one of my FB-groups send us a link to this Refashioners challenge. I really like making refashions. Sometimes I turn a dress shirt into a blouse, two T-shirt into a scarf, a pair of pants and T-shirt into a new T-shirt and scarf or a faded T-shirt into a new fresh T-shirt. My latest refashion was an oversized cardigan into a more fitted cardigan.

Een van mijn FB-vrienden stuurde onze een link naar deze Refashioners challenge. Ik vind het leuk om refashions te doen: een overhemd wordt blouse, 2 T-shirts een sjaal, een joggingbroek een T-shirt en sjaal en een verwassen T-shirt een fris nieuw T-shirt. Mijn laatste refashion was een groot vest in een passend vest.

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A coat for a faithful companion

zijOne of my friends send me a photo of her dog. Her dog was wearing a coat and she asked me if I could make a similar one for dog. Her dog is getting older and she told me that when dogs are getting older they have some difficulty to keep themselves warm. After some discussion with her we decided to make it from fleece instead of terry.

Eén van mijn vriendinnen stuurde mij een foto van haar hond met een jas aan. Zij vroeg mij of ik zoiets voor haar hond kon maken, omdat nu zij een dagje ouder wordt soms moeite heeft om warm te blijven.

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Leftover T-shirt and a crumb of Cake Tee

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

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

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Slouchy Summer Sweater

IMG_0479bankjexFor the cold moments in the summer when the sun gets down or is behind the clouds I wanted an easy to wear sweater which I can easy pull over my head. This fabric I found at one of the annual markets form Stoffen Spektakel in april this year.

Voor de koude momenten in de zomer als de zon ondergaat of even achter de wolken zit wilde ik een trui dat ik makkelijk over mijn hoofd kan trekken. Deze stof vond ik op een van de markten die werden gehouden door Stoffen Spektakel in april van dit jaar.

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sewing red pants or part 1 of a combination

IMG_0444XvThese red jeans are the first finished garment of what is be coming a combination. It’s my contribution for the July challenge of The Monthly Stitch. When this challenge was announced I had an idea about how to execute this challenge. When I was buying haberdashery for another project where I was working on I came across this red fabric and thought this would be the perfect match with one of plaids in my stash. The fabric is a cotton-blend with 2% spandex. And my closet was asking for a color splash.

Deze rode broek is gemaakt voor de juli challenge van The Monthly Stitch en is het eerste onderdeel van een combinatie. Deze rode stof tegen kwam terwijl ik fournituren kocht en zag daarin een mooie match met een van de ruit stoffen in mijn voorraad. De stof is een katoenmix met 2% spandex. Daarnaast kan mijn klerenkast wel een kleuren boost gebruiken.

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just a Tee or lefT-shirt

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

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Return to maker or make it up

IMG_0261xOccasionally I make useful things like a tunnel scarf or stuffed toys like this T-shirt bunny of used and discarded clothing. My latest refashion is this T-shirt. In the past my mother put old clothes into a rag bag. On regular times the rag man came along to buy the discarded clothes. My mother also had a spring balance scale and sometimes she weighted the bag to see if there was enough in the bag for the rag man. The spring balance scale now hangs in my kitchen as a remembrance of old times. When my sister and I went to primary school we made each year a new pen wiper from the discarded clothes from the rag bag. Carefully we choose selected the designs we wanted to use and drafted cirkels around a dish and cut them out with a pinking shears. The cut-out cirkels were then stacked on each other and sewed together with thread and a needle and on top came a button. My mother used to have a large box with all kinds of buttons.

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Fish from the sea or bringing fish to the sea

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

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

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2 shades of blue

In January I made this black jeans from my TNT. When I was buying fabric for The Lumpy Space Princess project I came across a blue/white fabric (stretch cotton: 97% cotton and 3% spandex) and decided to buy it for another pair of pants.

sewing jeans

In januari heb ik deze zwarte jeans van mijn TNT gemaakt. Toen ik garen ging kopen voor de stof van het Lumpy Space Princess project kwam ik een blauw/witte stof (stretch katoen: 97% katoen en 3% elasthan) tegen en besloot het te kopen voor een nieuwe broek.

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less becomes more or the making of the LBS

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

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

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slouchy sweater becomes slouchy tee

Slouchy sweater becomes slouchy tee is made of the same pattern that was used for this sweater. I decided to turn this slouchy sweater into the slouchy tee using fabric from an another project which turned into a failure. Lucky for me it was a very boxy project, the front and the left was cut in one piece together with one sleeve. I only had to sew the other sleeve in. Unfortunately the garment was to small. Because the front. left and sleeve were one piece I had a large piece of fabric and together with leftovers I had enough to try this project.

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Triple black Jacket

Triple black Jacket – the story

Tripe Black jacket is finished today. Triple Black jacket was a request from a daughter of one of my dear rowing friends. The jacket is special made for her because she is a student in Wageningen. She joined the Wageningse student association almost 2 years ago.

sewing jacketVandaag heb ik het Triple Black jasje afgemaakt. Het Triple Black was een verzoek van een dochter van één van mijn beste roei vriendinnen. Dit jasje is speciaal voor haar gemaakt, omdat ze een student in Wageningen is. Bijna 2 jaar geleden is zij lid geworden van de Wageningse studenten vereniging.

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