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Friday, October 07, 2016

Tulip international blog tour - day 5

We have come to the last day of the Tulip international blog tour but the super talented seamstresses from Portugal, Australia and France I'm presenting today are certainly not the least!

Sara (Made by Sara) sewed a Tulip top in size 7 for her big girlie. Isn't the purple color matching perfectly with her hair? I also love how she replaced the piping with a piece of lace ribbing. Paired with a pair of jeggings this top is both sweet ànd cool! More pictures on her blog!

The cutest Tulip on the tour was definitely sewn by Jenya (While she was sleeping). Jenya has been so kind in her e-mails and I was really happy to have her in our test team. Baby L looks tremendously sweet in her vintage floral Tulip top, don't you think? Hop over to Jenya's blog for more flowery pictures!

The last Tulip of the tour is sewn by Isa (Le LabO* d'Isa). She only speaks French so her post is in French too, but I bet you will be blown away by her pictures anyway! Her style is so special and unique that we really wanted to have her on the tour. She added a flutter sleeve to the pattern and combined the dress with a grey tee and stockings. Little Lucie is all ready for winter now! Definitely take a look at Isa's blog for more pictures, since every single one of them is stunning!

After 5 days of touring around the world, Tulip has already gained ground in 14 countries on 6 continents. Not bad, right? Did you sew a Tulip in a country that is not yet on the list? Please let us know so we can add it to the map!


In case you have missed some of the tour contributions: here is an overview of all the stunning Tulips blogged last week! I can tell you: reading the posts and scrolling through the pictures is totally worth it!
Are you looking for even more Tulip inspiration? I collected all Tulips that have been blogged or shared on Instagram in one Pinterest board. Please keep on sharing your Tulips with the hashtag #tulipdressandtop so I can find them and add them to the board!

Did the tour inspire you to sew your own Tulip? The English pattern and instructions are now for sale in the shop for 8€ (app. 9$), but the code HAPPYTULIP (in capitals) gives you a 10% discount until tomorrow. Buy it here!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Tulip international blog tour - day 4

Once again I have the honor to present you two sewing authorities in our Tulip international blog tour. One of them has her own pattern shop, the other one is a Petit à Petit family member.  Pretty great, huh? Every time I received a reply to my "do you want to participate?"-email, I felt so honored that these great ladies were willing to put their time into answering me ;-)

Emi was the first one to reply to my question. I discovered her blog through one of StraightGrains pattern tours and since then I've followed her sewing with great admiration. Her Instagram account is such fun to follow too; her daughters just make the craziest combinations with their mama-made clothes and they always make me laugh. In her answer, Emi said that she'd loved to participate in the tour but that she thought her blog wasn't "famous" enough for that. Uh, what?! You must know she was on top of our sewing bloggers wishlist and I'm so happy she eventually said yes. Head to her blog for more about her Tulip dress, and don't forget to leave a sweet comment. She really deserves it!

Suz of Sewpony is presenting the second Tulip for today. She is an indie designer herself and when she replied she was working on a new pattern so she probably wouldn't have time to sew ours, I completely understood that. Great was my surprise when I discovered she had added her name to the blog tour calendar! Suz sewed a colorful Tulip top and combined it with skinny jeans. I really love the combination of the fluttery top with the slim fit pants! More about her gorgeous Tulip here!

Tomorrow is already the last day of our Tulip blog tour, but the sneak peeks I've seen so far are very very promising!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Tulip international blog tour - day 3

Day 3, and I've got three Tulips to show you today! Isn't that a perfect coincidence? :)

Yesterday we had a very international Tulip bouquet, today we stay a little closer to home. Moreover, I know two of the little models in person!

First up is Mieke, blogging at Sisko by Mieke, who lives only an hour drive from my home. We met at a blog meet three years ago and kept in touch since then. Last year she even helped me out with one of my university assignments. At that time I also met her daughter Janne, a five-year-old with the cutest smile in town. A five-year-old with lots of energy too, so it didn't quite surprise me when Mieke e-mailed me to ask whether the armholes of our pattern would be big enough to get a plaster cast through. Janne broke her elbow but she still manages to model her Tulip top with a natural flair! More pictures at Sisko by Mieke!

Another blogger child that has a little place in my heart is Liv. Her mom Riet is the most creative pattern designer I know: all of her patterns (like the One to Hug baby jacket, the Mix 'n Match satchel or the Just Knot It dress) are so refined and unique. One of her sewing books has even been translated to English now, and it's full of cute little sewing projects! You should definitely take a look at Sew Snappy if you hadn't heard of it before. But before that you should take a look at the Tulip top she made for the tour!

Last up for today is one of my favorite international bloggers: Olga from Coffee + Thread. I have to admit I was a little scared when emailing her with my invitation for the tour, since she is such an authority in the blogging and pattern designing community that I felt too humble to contact her ;) But Olga was so friendly and she gave us some really useful tips for the fit of Tulip and future patterns. And the Tulip she made is just amazing! She used a very special fabric for the tulip petals and a plain blue one for the skirt, which gives the dress an artistic touch. As always, her pictures are real artworks too. Hop over to Coffee + Thread for more!

Enjoy today's inspiration, and come back tomorrow for more!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Tulip international blog tour - day 2

Yesterday our Tulip pattern started its journey around the world, today it travels to the UK and to Israel. Two countries I have never been myself, so it felt a little special to send my pattern baby there :-) But see what Maria and Maarika have done with it! Both of their dresses are gorgeous!

Maria blogs at Fairies, Bubbles & Co. She is a Portuguese lady living in the UK right now, but I think her style still can be called "Portuguese". She sews lots of classic style dresses and blouses for her daughters, often playing with collars, ruffles and floral fabrics. She chose a Nani Iro double gauze for her Tulip dress and what's not to love about that choice. Double gauze is perfect for this pattern! Hop over to her blog for more pictures of this beautiful ice blue dress!

Next up is Maarika, a German lady currently living in Jerusalem. Our Tulip bloggers for today are quite international, aren't they? 😀Although autumn is coming in Jerusalem, Maarika tried to hold on to summer a little more with her choice for this colorful floral fabric. However, the kneesocks and brown boots make it perfectly adapted for fall! All about this cute little girl and her Tulip in both German and English at Liivi & Liivi

Portugal, England, Germany and Israel. Four more countries to add to our Tulip world map!


I want to finish today's post with two Tulips that aren't on the tour, but just too nice not to show you! Belgian bloggers An and Annick let their magic work on our pattern and I'm totally amazed by the results. 

An is mom to two boys so she doesn't do a lot of dress sewing, but as a part of Kids On Tour (some sort of Secret Santa swap project between a bunch of Belgian sewing bloggers) she sewed this super cute Tulip for Dorothee's daughter Noortje!

Annick was one of our pattern testers back in August and we were very lucky to have her beautiful daughter Eloise as a model for the Tulip photoshoot. After her first tester Tulip she sewed three more and I love each of them just as much. Yesterday she posted her latest dress, in a very special Owl fabric by Bambiblauw. I just couldn't resist showing you this gem!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Here it is: our Tulip pattern!

Today is a very special day to me. Our Tulip pattern has finally been launched in English! Katrien and I designed the pattern for this dress last summer and the Dutch version has been for sale since August. As the first Tulips appeared on blogs, and especially after this stunning one was featured on the KCW blog, we repeatedly got the question if and when the pattern would become available in English. Well, here it is!
1DSC_0296 (1)First some more about the pattern itself! Tulip is a pattern that stands out because of its special design: two tulip-shaped petals that overlap on the chest and a gathered skirt that peeps from underneath them. The pattern gives you the option to choose between a top or a dress version and a closure with a hidden zipper or buttons. It comes in sizes 1 YO to 10 YO. Detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures guide both beginners and experienced seamstresses smoothly through the sewing process. The pattern and instructions can be bought for 8€ (approximately 9$ or 7£) here. After purchasing you will receive an e-mail with a download link that allows you to download the pdf files with instructions and pattern in sizes A4, A0 and Letter.
1DSC_0561All pictures were taken by me during a photoshoot we held especially for the pattern launch in August. Five little girls did a great job modeling the dresses and tops we made for them. It was still summer here so the girls all wear summer Tulips, but I hope the blog tour will convince you that winter Tulips can be just as beautiful.
1DSC_01621DSC_0179 (1)Have a look at StraightGrain's, for example. She sewed a dress for her eldest daughter Norah and I think Tulip looks super cute with tights and boots! Katrien and I owe so much to An. Not only is she one of Belgium's greatest pattern designers (see for example the Tinny dresses, Jaanu dresses or Berlin coat I made using her patterns), she is also a very friendly woman who unselfishly answered all our questions about pattern design and webshop stuff. Thank you so so much An! For participating in the tour, for your proofreading, for your kind words, but also for all of your help in the past few months! We love you! 😘
Let me just include another picture of An's dress, since it is absolutely gorgeous. I love the autumn colors and the simplicity of the fabric. Most Tulips I saw and sewed myself were made in printed fabrics but I have to admit that plain fabrics pull even more attention to the design of the dress. Something to try in the near future!
The second blogtour participant of today is Masha, aka The Itinerant Seamstress. Masha has been following my blog for a while now and she always left such sweet comments that I couldn't resist asking her for our tour. Although her sewing agenda is really busy these days she was willing to participate, which I thought was really kind of her! She sewed a dress with a hidden zipper (her first one!) for her little niece. Hop over to her blog to read the extensive description of her sewing process and her honest opinions about our pattern!
More Tulip inspiration is to follow in the next few days, when these tremendously talented seamstresses will show you their versions!
3/10StraightGrain ▲ The Itinerant Seamstress
4/10Fairies, Bubbles & Co. ▲ Liivi & Liivi5/10Leven met Liv ▲ Coffee + Thread ▲ Sisko by Mieke6/10Just Add Fabric ▲ Sewpony7/10While she was sleeping ▲ Made by Sara ▲ Le labo d'IsaWould you like to order the Tulip pattern yourself? It costs 8€ (approximately 9$ or 7£) and is for sale here! As a thanks for your enthusiasm and support on my Instagram, Facebook and blog, I'm offering you all a 10% discount on the pattern with the code HAPPYTULIP (expires October 9).
1DSC_0528 The English pattern is alongside the Dutch one in the shop, so when you order make sure to choose the right one. The difference can easily be told since the English version will cost 1€ more than the Dutch one. This price difference is entirely caused by international taxes, not by us wishing to earn more money 😉
1DSC_0844I really hope you like our pattern, so it can start its journey around the world!
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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Launching tomorrow: the Tulip Dress and Top in English!

Last summer I spent hours and hours behind my computer and behind my sewing machine, alone or with my companion Katrien. On the 3rd of August we could finally share the result of our hard work with the world: we launched our first sewing pattern! The Tulip Dress and Top is a pdf sewing pattern  in sizes 1 YO to 10 YO.  It was a great success in Belgium and soon we got the question whether the pattern would be released in English too. Today I've got the exciting task to tell you it is! 

I attended an international school for several years so I feel quite comfortable reading and writing in English, but I hadn't expected "sewing English" to be so difficult! It took me lots of time and effort to figure everything out, but after the last proofreading I can say that I'm happy with the result!

Zebra Tulip

This result could have never been achieved without the help of our great proofreading team. Thank you so much Emi, An, Olga, Jenya, Sara, Maria, Suz and Maria! Your feedback was so helpful!

Zebra Tulip

Tulip is a pattern that stands out because of its special design: two tulip-shaped petals that overlap on the chest and a gathered skirt that peeps from underneath them. The pattern gives you the option to choose between a top or a dress version and a closure with a hidden zipper or buttons. It comes in sizes 1 YO to 10 YO. Detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures guide both beginners and experienced seamstresses smoothly through the sewing process.  

Zebra Tulip

The Tulip I'm showing today is actually the first Tulip I ever sewed. I sewed it up in June when Katrien and I were still working on the fit of the pattern. The fabric is very lightweight and roughly woven, with a feel somewhere between linen and crepe. This is the size 10 for Mila who turned 10 in January. At first the dress was too long, and while shortening it I suddenly decided to make a high-low-hem out of it. I love the way this turned out. It is not an option included in the pattern, but not that hard to add yourself ;-) One of our international testers was planning to do the same, I'm very curious to see what she did with it!

Zebra Tulip


What can you expect when buying the Tulip pattern?
- a pdf file, to be printed in A4 / A0 / letter size
- the pattern in 12 sizes, from 1 YO to 10 YO
- option to only print the desired size
- detailed instructions with clear pictures, both for the zippered and the buttoned version
- basic sewing techniques like stitching piping or adding a hidden zipper are explained, so the instructions are easy to follow for beginners
- short instructions for experienced seamstresses

Zebra Tulip

Tomorrow at 10 am GMT the pattern will be launched in the Kaatjenaaisels-shop! The launch of the pattern also marks the start of the blog tour. A team of international seamstresses will show you their interpretations of our Tulip pattern. At first I felt a little uncomfortable to contact them, since most of them are ladies I secretly admire. But they were all so kind and helpful! The coming days you'll find Tulips on the blogs of these talented ladies:


Katrien and I will provide an overview of the participants on our blogs each day to make sure you won't miss any of their beautiful Tulips. One more night until we start, I'm so excited! Mila and I are already looking forward to the tour and to your reactions :-)

Zebra Tulip

Friday, September 30, 2016

My first pair of ladies pants

Being busy launching my Tulip pattern, first in Dutch and in a few days in English as well, I somehow neglected Project Sew It. The challenge I set for myself was sewing one garment with a self drafted or modified pattern each month. My last entries can be found here. Since June I've added nothing new to the list, except of course my own Tulip Dress & Top pattern, but now I'm starting again!

My contribution for today is a special one, since I've feared sewing pants over over 6 years now. But when I received this extremely soft chambray from Georgette, I wanted to cover as much of my body  as possible with it. My eye fell on this high waisted trousers pattern from Burda 04/15 (model 129).

I didn't make any adjustments to the fit of the pattern, I just added details. I like the overall fit of the pattern although next time I'd make some changes to the back since there is a little too much fabric there.

Concering details, I added a strip of leather on the side of one leg.

Also I made piped pockets. One for real...

And one fake one! I added a scrap of the leather behind it for a special touch.

The waistband, not foreseen in the pattern, consists out of different tunnel parts with a piece of glitter elastic that runs through them. The elastic I bought is not from great quality, so I only attached it to the fabric at the zipper part. This way I can easily replace it when it stretches out. Although I hope it won't because the color is just perfect!

This make is actually a guest post for the Belgian fabric shop Georgette. She sells this extremely soft chambray by Les Trouvailles d'Amandine, alongside with lots of other GOTS-certified biological fabrics. So if you'd like more pictures, hop over to the Georgette-blog! The guest post is only in Dutch, that's why I wanted to do some translation here, but I'm sure the pics will speak for themselves. Go see them here!

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