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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Project Sew it! - March

My March contribution to Project Sew It was to be a sweater for my brother, or a dress for myself, or even a jacket. But it turned out to be a blouse. My goal for the project was to sew one garment of a self-drafted pattern a month and I hadn't planned to draft a blouse pattern at all. Actually, I had planned this blouse as a quick project. But it turned out a little different.

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I flipped through my collection of pattern magazines and chose a blouse pattern in Knipmode's June 2012 edition. According to my measurements I had to cut a size 36 so that's what I did. I sewed it up rather quickly, but it didn't fit at all! It was too big one me, the darts were in the wrong place, and I had chosen the wrong fabric for the collar. As you might have seen on Instagram: a big fiasco! So I tore al pieces apart again and drafted my own blouse pattern. Here it is!

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The blouse has bust darts and vertical waist darts to make it fit perfectly. I drew an open Peter Pan collar and added golden piping to it. The puff sleeves are made of an elastic lycra which is a little shine through. I finished them with some elastic bias tape.

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The blouse matches perfectly with my new blazer, bought during sales at Hilfiger!

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The original blouse was sewn in the beginning of February, but it took me a little time to find the courage to start over again. I finished my final version two weeks ago and had it photographed last weekend, so it was ready for blogging on Tuesday. That day Brussels got hit by two ISIS bombs and the whole country was mourning for a few days. It didn't feel right to publish a blog post then, that's why I'm posting it with a little delay.

Gouden Vogels

I am so lucky that all my friends and family are allright, although some of them were near the airport when the explosions happened. We pray for the families who lost someone, we light candles for peace, we lay flowers, and we keep smiling, because love always wins.

Gouden Vogels

Bird fabric: Atori Black - Echino - @ De Stoffenkamer
Pattern: self drafted, based on model 22 - Knipmode June 2012 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Susanne Cardigan

My most read post last year, on the Dutch as well as on the English blog, was the one with my entry for the Compagnie M.-contest. I sewed a dress for myself which was a mix up of the Louisa dress, the Lotta dress and the Ileana dress, and a matching cape with it. Sadly, I haven't worn the dress a lot, since the Belgian weather was too cold and I didn't have a matching cardigan to wear with it. Until now! Compagnie M launched a cardigan pattern for kids, teens and women and I was lucky to be one of her testers! 
Susanne Cardigan
All testers were invited at Marte's house to sew the cardigan together. I almost* managed to finish the cardigan in just one evening! The Susanne cardigan is a very fast project. 
Susanne Cardigan
*Note: I would have finished it in one evening if I hadn't decided to redo all the seams by hand, of course after I had already sewn them with the twin needle. And perhaps I would have finished the hand sewing as well, if I hadn't tattered so much while sewing ;-)
Susanne Cardigan
I used a grey knit fabric with a golden touch, bought at a sale in Antwerp last year.  I chose for the option with a doubled front panel and piping, which Marte generously gifted to me.
Susanne CardiganThe only change I made (haha, I always have to make at least one change to a pattern!) was lengthening the cardigan. I am more than six feet tall so even the long version would have been quite short on me. So I cut the pattern through at the waist and added 12cm to make sure the cardigan had exactly the same length as the dress I was pairing it with.
Susanne Cardigan
The grey and gold match nicely with the dress colors, but what I like even more are the pocket lines from the cardigan and the dress. They accord perfectly!
Susanne Cardigan
In the meanwhile I have sewn a second version for my mom. Hers is black and red, completely different from mine! That's why I'm saving it for a next blog post. I wouldn't want you to get a headache from the color combination :-)
Susanne Cardigan
The Susanne cardigan pattern for kids, teens and women is for sale here. The voucher code SUSANNE10 gives you 10% off until March 20.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Sister twinning

You've got lovers and you've got haters. Some people always dress their kids in matching outfits, others never do. I'm not a tremendous fan of twinning, but I made an exception for my little sister!
Sister twinning

My little sister celebrated her 16th birthday (Huh? 16 already? When did that happen?) She is the sweetest sister I can imagine, check the Christmas present she gave me! So lovely! As a birthday present I wanted to sew her a sweater since she wears sweaters all the time.
Sister twinning

After cutting all pattern pieces for one sweater I realized I had just enough fabric left to sew to! Sister twinning it would be!
Sister twinning

The pattern is self drafted, based on a sweater hanging in my closet. Very simple: a square piece for the bodice, two sleeves and some cuffs. Most teenagers wear sweaters with quotes on them so I adde two quotes that fit us!

Sister twinning

"She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes". Perfect for my little sister who can make everyone laugh just by being their. To add a little more sparkle to the sparkle, I cut this one word out of glitter flex foil. The other words are cut out of flock foil.

Sister twinning

For myself I chose a quote from the Annie-movie. "Never fully dressed without a smile". Have you seen the video clip of the song? It always makes me smile!

Sister twinning

The word "smile" also has glitters on it. With a little imagination you can see that the last two letters form a wink-emoticon!

Sister twinning

We took pictures on a rainy day, but at least the sun shone on our faces!

Sister twinning
Two sweaters, alike yet different. Two sisters, alike yet different. Happy birthday, my sweet little sissie!

Sister twinning

Fabric: striped sweater fabric bought from her
Pattern: self drafted
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