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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Eva's unicorns

Most unicorn fabrics are over the top girlish, with glitters and pink everywhere. If you have followed here for a while, you might have noticed that this type of fabrics is not quite my style. But for the first time in history I saw a unicorn fabric that I actually LIKED. 
Eva's unicorns

It's called Eva unicorns, a sweater knit fabric by illustrator Eva Mouton for About Blue Fabrics/Bambiblauw. Of course I had to make a sweater out of them. 
Eva's unicorns

The lucky unicorn girl is Mila, Livs bigger sister and another one of my favourite girls to babysit. She is 10 so I didn't want the sweater to be to baby-ish. Therefore I opted for black instead of pink as coordinating color.
Eva's unicorns
Eva's unicorns

And I added some 'cool' details like leather shoulder pads and glittery frills at the shoulders (I used the frill pattern piece of the Cocoon Dress for them). 
Eva's unicorns
Eva's unicorns

The fabric is so soft that she insisted on wearing the sweater without a T-shirt underneath. 
Eva's unicorns

Hop over to MinnieMie, Lily & Woody, MeToezie and Emma&Mona for some more unicorn inspiration! Bambiblauw ships worldwide now so no more excuse for not buying these cute fabrics :-) 
Eva's unicorns

Pattern: Leather Sweater (La Maison Victor), size 134
Fabric: Eva's unicorns, Bambiblauw, 1m

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Barbarums birthday and a small give away

Babarum is a Belgian online fabric shop. To celebrate its 2nd birthday, owner Jelle invited five bloggers to choose some fabric from her shop to sew with. Since my aunt had just celebrated her birthday too and since she had hinted me that she'd like some cushions for her new couch, I let her choose the fabric and sewed pillowcases.
Kussens
Kussens

For the first two pillowcases I used quilting cotton, piping and a blind zipper. 
Kussens
Kussens
For the next two I used knits. My aunt had gifted me a Ferm Living cushion for Christmas which had one side in knit fabric and I just love the softness of it. I ironed some edge tape onto the edges to prevent the fabric from stretching while sewing.
Kussens
The last one is a combination of both: one side in knits, one side in cotton.  Combining the two fabric types went surprisingly well and I think I will do this again in the future! 
Kussens
The fifth pillow wasn't sewn by me but by my cousin. A few years ago he sewed a skirt for his moms birthday (blogged in Dutch here). When he heard about my sewing plans for her birthday this year, he wanted to help. No blind zipper or piping for this one, but he did all the cutting and sewing all by himself and he was so proud! He insisted on showing it here ;)
Kussens

When I see her beautiful new couch with its colorful pillows, I'm a little jealous ;) Enjoy the softness, Sylvie!
Kussens Kussens

Babarum celebrates its birthday and gives away lots of presents. The code "BabaRumFeest" gives you 15% off in the Babarum-shop until September 15, and one lucky readers receives a free metre of fabric on top of that! Enter the Rafflecopter to participate.

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More Babarum birthday creations can be found at Querida, A Naais ID, Miss Wobie, Khadetjes and Liesellove!

Oranje driehoekjeskussen: Morning Walk Mojave Sand katoen (ArtGallery bij Babarum) + donkerblauwe paspel (Babarum)
Mosterdgeel kussen: Net Mustard (Dear Stella bij Babarum) + zalmroze paspel (De Stoffenstraat)
Lichtblauw driehoekjeskussen: Morning Walk Mojave Aloe tricot (ArtGallery bij Babarum) + gele paspel (Hexagoon)
Donkerblauw driehoekjeskussen: Kona Cotton Bahama + Kona Cotton Teal (beide Bambiblauw) + Ahoy Matey Navy (Michael Miller, overgekocht via facebook)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mix 'n Match satchel

Oh. my. God. I've just finished the most perfect thing I've ever sewn. I don't think I could be more proud of myself ;-)
Mix 'n Match

I prefer sewing clothing over sewing bags, but for this beautiful pattern I made an exception. The pattern is called Mix 'n Match and it is designed as a satchel for primary school children or preschoolers (Mix 'n Match Mini). Since I don't belong to either of both categories anymore, its designer Riet was so kind to re-scale the pattern for me until it had the perfect size for a college satchel for students!

Mix 'n Match

Speaking fabrics, I chose an imitation leather (Nemesa by Lotte Martens) for the center front panels, and combined it with mint cork leather for the side panels and gold-bamboo cork leather for all other panels. The lining is an organic cotton by Birch, won here. I ironed two layers of Decovil light against all pattern pieces, with 3 broken and bent needles as a result. But it was worth it!

Mix 'n Match
Mix 'n Match

The original Mix 'n Match design has two backstraps to wear it on your back, but as I wanted my version to be appropriate for university instead of for primary school, I added a leather shoulder strap.

Mix 'n Match
Mix 'n Match
Mix 'n Match

Even the back of it is beautiful. Oh look at this!

Mix 'n Match

On the inside I added some handy features. Like pockets for my cell phone, my train card and a pen.

Mix 'n Match

A strap with a carabiner to prevent losing my keys a hundred times or more. The black-and-white part is elastic, so I can easily stretch my keys towards the door without detaching them from the carabiner.

Mix 'n Match
Mix 'n Match

The inside has three main compartments. The middle one has exactly the right size for my laptop so I added a little strap to make sure it won't fall out.

Mix 'n Match

It took 15 hours to sew the satchel and I bet it was the hardest sewing project I ever did. All the layers of leather and Decovil weren't easy to sew for my machine, but the result is just perfect. I'm so so in love.
Mix 'n Match
Mix 'n MatchMix 'n Match

I sewed the bag together with its designer and my sewing friend Riet. She made a satchel for her youngest daughter who will be starting primary school in two days. Have a look at her beautiful version here!

The two of us weren't alone while sewing. We had a camera crew filming the sewing process for the Belgian Tendens TV. It is Dutch spoken and not subtitled but it gives you an impression of the satchel sewing! (and an impression of the way I move and talk. I always find it exciting to see  other bloggers in front of the camera, for example in this little movie. It really surprised me to see what my favourite bloggers looked and talked like!)

Patroon: Mix 'n Match Mini vergroot tot 115% - Mind the Whale
Mint kurkleer: K-bas
Naturel-goud kurkleer: Madeline de Stoffenmadam (tijdelijk uitverkocht, maar wel nog te krijgen bij K-bas!)
Mint met gouden imitatieleer: Nemesa - Lotte Martens (limited edition, te koop per 60cm of in linten van 10cm)
Voeringstof: Feathers Mineral - Charley Harper's Nurture collection voor Birch - gewonnen in de Compagnie M.-wedstrijd
Fournituren en versteviging: K-bas en de Khadetjesvoorraad
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Just knot it

Almost together with our Tulip dress, another beautiful Belgian dress pattern was released. Riet is a sewing friend of mine and every pattern she designs is just spot on. So is Just Knot It, her newest dress!

Just Knot It

Eyecatcher is the back. No zippers or button plackets, the dress closes with a little 'knot'.
Just Knot It

And yes, I did add a button placket. Autumn is approaching and I wanted the dress to be worn on cooler days as well. The button placket is an extra option that comes with the pattern.

Just Knot It

Second eyecatcher are the side seams. They don't close like 'normal' dresses do (although Riet offers the option of closed side seams too) but overlap under the armpits.

Just Knot It
Just Knot It

Third eyecatcher (oh yes! This pattern is so amazing and unique!) is the pleated front. Again, the pattern offers a plain and simple option too, but I'm so in love with the details that I wanted to add them all!

Just Knot It

Since there are so many pattern pieces, the dress almost asks for color blocking. So that's what I did! I used 6 different fabrics: Kona cotton in  Canary, Woodrose, Bahama Blue, Lime and Papaya (bought at Bambiblauw), combined with Robert Kaufmans Geo Pop Sorbet.

Just Knot It


The result is a dress that suits my little friend Loes perfectly. The lively colors are beautiful against her toned skin and at the same time they fit her character. She is playful, mischievous and always happy, just like her dress!

Just Knot It

Loes and I, we both love Just Knot It
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Tulip blog tour - day 5

This is already the last day of the Tulip blog tour! Time flies when you're having fun!

Our first contributor of the day is Griet from the Emma&Mona-blog (previous Project Run&Play-winner and author of two sewing books). She sewed this super cool dress in size 116!

Annelies (Liezewiezewoes)  thought she wouldn't have time to participate, but she even managed to sew two! A top in size 122 and a dress in size 110 voor kleine Nena. To see both, hop over to her blog ;-) 

Aukje doesn't have a blog, but she's guestblogging at Katrien's today. Don't you think her daughter looks like a little gnome wearing her top in size 98 ?

Last but not least, Laurence (Blanche) is showing you her dress in size 98 here!

This means we've come to the end of the testers tour. Tomorrow, Katrien and I will be showing some of the pretest versions!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tulip blog tour - day 3

Day 3 of the Tulip blog tour and yet again I'm lucky to show you some beautiful creations by very talented ladies!

Sylvia (Lily & Woody) made this watermelon-Tulip-top in size 98 (3yo) for her daughter Lila.

Davina (Woohoo by Davina) made her daughter Sam a princess dress in size 104 (4yo), to be seen  here !

Brit works for Bambiblauw, one of Belgium's greatest online fabric shops. They even make their own fabric collections! She made her daughter this cute little dress in size 86 (18 months) in one of their self designed fabrics. More pictures on the Bambiblauwblog!

Tomorrow, I will present a very special guest blogger!

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