Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Thank you for the nice comments on my posts! I'm having trouble commenting on blogger, even on my own blog at the moment, so therefor a general thank you and no reaction in the comment section itself. Hope I can find the problem and solve this, as apart from posting myself again, I also started to read other blogs again and would like to be able to comment.
My most recent make is this Burda blouse from the October 2022 issue. Being a lover of special necklines, this immediately got my attention and ended high on my "to sew" list.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
I realised that I have not published anything of what I've sewn in my sewing week in October. The coat plan was abandoned because I was so unsure of the pattern and didn't want to spend that precious sewing week and ending with a garment that I was not happy about. Well, we can always change our minds😀
So I worked on a suit instead. Burgundy red, quite uncommon for me but I have decided that this winter I would not only sew black ;). My winter wardrobe was getting a bit boring!
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
This is a shawl I finished recently, the Iney shawl. The pattern is published inthe book 52 weeks of Shawls. Well, for me there is not enough time to knit a shawl in a week, certainly not this one. It took me almost a year, though I admit there were periods of weeks that I didn't work on it.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
The sewing week with my friends was everything I expected it to be and much more! As one of us said after we returned home: still glowing. We filled the space with chatting, laughing, cooking, pattern tracing, sewing and a bit of knitting too. Add some walks, visit to an English seaside town and a meeting in real life with someone I know through Instagram. It’s been wonderful!
What did I make? Not the coat I wrote about in my previous post. It felt like an uncertain project and In the end I preferred to work with patterns I was sure about. I made a suit (pair of trousers and a jacket) and worked on a pair of jeans.
All from patterns I used before. Not completely finished but very close. I forgot to bring shoulder pads for the jacket so got stuck in the last phase. The jeans still need the waistband and hemming. Some backlog with work to do now, hope to have them finished next weekend.
Let me share a few photos from my sewing week. A couple of my friends made the Debut skirt pattern that I published last month (they were my testers, thank you again!) and we all wore the skirt for photos😃. It was so very special to see them together and in all those different fabrics.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
October again, for me that means that I will travel to the UK for a sewing week with my friends. I'm so excited, as this is the first time since 2019 that we can do this (for the obvious reason that the pandemic prevented us from doing this in 2020 and 2021). We have been doing this since 2012 and I really missed it.
Next week we will be in Kent again. At the moment I'm deciding what to take and make during the week. One thing I want to do is make a coat. Not a very complicated one, using fabric that's been in my stash for a while now. I want to prepare cutting and marking before leaving.
Sunday, September 18, 2022
I wrote about my fear of cutting the fabric for this dress and of course I did cut it. I left it on the floor for a night before taking my scissors and do it. In the meantime, the dress is finished and the wedding of my daughters’ friend was last Friday.
We both were happy with the result and she felt very good wearing it. It was not the easiest of fabrics to work with, it had been a long time since I had sewn with pure silk. I didn’t want visible topstitching and after seeking the advice from a friend I used a prickstitch. Being very critical myself there are a few points where I could have done this better, but it’s okay😊. With my daughters’ permission photos of her wearing the dress.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Today I published my first pattern on Etsy 😃, the Debut skirt. A milestone for me. It's been so much work. I had thought it would involve a lot of time, but it took even more time than I thought. Those last steps, when each time you think you're nearly there! If I had known in advance, I would probably not have done it 😁.
The pattern comes in A4, US letter and A0 (copyshop) size and illustrated instructions.
Without further ado, here is the link to my Etsy shop.
You will find 2 patterns for the same skirt. The difference is that there is a regular (green background) and an hourglass (red background) version.
For my Dutch readers: Dutch instructions are included as a separate file!
Let me know what you think. I'm open to constructive criticism. And when the pattern/style is not for you, that's perfectly fine.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Do you have fear of cutting fabric? Even after so many years of sewing I have that fear occassionally. Like with the project I’m currently working on.
My daughter will attend a wedding in a few weeks and asked me to make her dress. She had found a photo on Pinterest of the dress she would like. My daughter, like me, likes non-fussy garments, so the lines of this dress are not complicated. Easy-peasy you might think but simple lines require precision. The fabric is a lovely silk in an unconventional width.
The inspiration photo
You get the general idea, but details are to be decided upon by yourself😊.
I decided on princess seams and made a pattern, based on very old Burda pattern.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
It's a special experience to see a pattern that I drafted made by others. In this case my Debut skirt.
I'm grateful for having such wonderful sewing friends. In the video you see me wearing my own versions and three others, made by a friend living close. She was so enthusiastic about it that she made three in a row :). Lucky me that I could wear them for photos as she has a size close to mine. Another friend made a muslin and informed me that the fit was spot on. The instructions are being proof read and cheering along the way made me get this far.
Waiting for a few more test results, then the pattern will be published officially!