Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Buzy Bee

After I left my sewing machine for a big clean at the shop - somewhere at the end of november - all of my projects have been just lying around. My recently finished dress was one of those projects: it only needed a zipper and seeming. Life literally got in my way: friends started to have a family and of course I needed to make something personal for them. So I began crocheting baby blankets. 

My first blanket was one big Granny Square. I made it in november for one of my best friends and fell in love with it. It was warm and cosy and the perfect size to warm my feet. :-)

Not long after my friend gave birth, my babysit (a.i. the family where I went babysitting) had a little baby girl. So I made another baby blanket. This time a made a smaller Granny Square and attached 2 rows of little Granny Squares to it. I used some wool I had lying around because of a miscalculation for a sweater. This miscalculation resulted in twice the amount of needed wool. 

After almost 3 months of crocheting, the time had finally arrived to sew again. The dress that had been lying around since november, was finally getting finished. For the very first time I used a propper blind zipper foot - a gift for my birthday. 'Till than I used a universal blind zipper foot, wich was crap. My new foot does the trick 1000x faster, smoother and with far better results. 

I chose Butterick 5520 for this dress because I wanted something I could wear to work that would look good with the vests I always wear. I made version A and made little adjustments: shortened the waist 3cm and the skirt 5cm around the hips. Those are my usual adjustments because I'm a petite. I did give it an extra 3cm of ease from the widest point of the hips down. The size I cut fitted a bit too much like a glove. Next time, I would give it another cm because it's still a wee bit snug, but wearable. At least I can sit down now :-) I didn't adjust the buste. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Years's Resolutions

Every year in January people make their resolutions for the coming year. Every year around February, those resolutions have mosyly been thrown away. The key to succes with your New Year Resolitions is not to over do it. Keep it simple enough so you can hang on to it, but hard enough so it's still a challange. When you've found this, you'll notice that it'll be easier to pass your very own test. 

This year I set 2 goals for myself. The first one was already decided and isn't as much of a resolution as it is a lifestyle change, the second one I decided on a whim a few hours ago. This last year I've been busy with eating healthy: lesser portions, no potatoes or rice woth meat (bad for your digestion), etc. This year I want to keep on doing that and keep doung my workouts regularly, especially on those busy weeks. After the holidays I noticed that I had lost a little progress I made, and I simply worked too hard to let it slide!

My impulsive resolution for 2015 is much more fun than just eating haelthy and working out. When I was browsing thru my bloglovin' feed, I came across 'this' challenge. Even thiuh I still have to make a lidt of my previous challenge (one garment a month), I decided that these two were perfect to do at the same time. It's concept is simple: you set your goal for 2015 regarding vintage patterns (owning or making). How you decide to fulfil the challenge is up to you. You may choose to make any number of vintage clothing or just a specific one. More information on A Stitching Odyssee's website!

I'm in, how 'bout you? My resolution is to make at least 3 vintage or re-issued vintage patterns. #vintagepledge


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Laptop Sleeve

This is another post from february 2014. 

It's been a really long time since I posted something. There are a million excuses I could make, but it's plain and simple: I don't feel like taking out the laptop late at night. Honestly, I don't know how all those moms make it happen: working, caring for the family, caring for the house, sewing and finding the time to blog about it. We don't have any kids (yet) and I find myself struggling at times to incorporate everything. Changing jobs has been a big part in the struggle. But life is a learning experience and I'll sure I'll get the hang of it. 

Today however, was different. I really felt like making a quick and simple project. So I proudly present you my very first Laptop Sleeve!

To make this sleeve, I followed Sew Creative Blog's turorial. It was an easy project that could've been finished in an hour, as long as you're not fumbling around like I was. Eventually it took me 2 hours to make because I installed the closure wrong and it took me nearly 15 minutes to pry it loose. The second mistake I made was not reading the instructions thoroughly and sewing the while thing shut, instead of leaving the top open. So I lost some more tume unpicjing en resewing everything.  

Now, about the pattern: it's very straight forward and I didn't make any changes. Instead of usung cotton fused with fleece, I used a sturdy cotton upholstery fabric with a thick interfacing. For the lining I used some leftover fabric. 

Aside from this quick project, I'm sewing my vert first pants. As soon as it's finished, I'll post some pictures. I'm also knitting my third pair of socks in a row and a new cardigan. 

A new hobby

I've been neglecting to translate my other posts far too long. So let's change that! This one's from february 2014.

It happens every year. The days grow shorter, the warmth of the summer dissappears slowly. With those colder days my hands start itching for something else than sewing: knitting. As of last wednesday another hobby made it's appearences: crochet. Those Granny Squares got my attention a little while ago. 

Crochet was something I never thought I would one day practice. Always wanted to try, but I was too scared, thought of it as 'very hard to do'. Nothing is ever hard when you set your mind to it! The perfect opportunity presented itself when the news came my niece was pregnant. What's more adorable than a wee baby in a little handmade blanket?!

It's not much: just a little blanket in orange and brown, so it doesn't matter what gender the baby is, that's what I was thinking about when choosing those colours. It wasn't untill my sigificant other mentioned it, that I realised what I was crocheting: a baby blanket for Halloween!

So far I finished 25 granny squares for the blanket. I'll need a lot more bedore I can finish it, since I don't want the little cutie too grow out of it immediatly. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Finished project: the white dress

It's time to reveal my second, third and fourth project that I sewed this summer. 3 at a time because they are the same dress, made multiple times. The pattern was a simple, but elegant, free burda-pattern: Danielle 9306

There are 2 reasons why I made this dress three times. The first time I made it, it was simply perfect. Untill I decided I wanted to paint the chaircushions red. I immediatly started to work on them, whilst wearing the dress. After I'd opened the paint and was ready to paint the first cushion, I thought to myself: Better to get out of the dress so I don't spoil it. So I went and put something different on. Alas, the damage was already done. When pulling out the dress, I haden't noticed that there was paint on my fingers... I'd just ruined my favorite dress! So I had to make another one. That dress is still in my possession, as perfect as in the beginning!

The third version was made for a very good friend of mine. She saw the dress and asked if she could have one to. Normally I don't sew for friends - I'm afraid I don't sew well enough for that - but it was an easy project and she deserved it, so I made the dress for her. The fabric I used was similar to mine, but I wanted both dresses to look similar and yet be unique. :-)

Now, let's talk about the changes I made. The bust was perfect from the first try. I didn't have to alter anything, wich doesn't happen very often; I didn't even have to move the points of the darts! The changes I did make, were to shorten the skirt by about 10cm (4"), to get to a flattering length. I also decided to alter the sleeves. I wanted a capsleeve instead of the original puffy sleeves. All the edges where finished - except for the hemline - with matching biaistape. 

The results? A dress I plan to make at least one more time, but probably will end up sewing a couple of times! 

Ps: ofcourse there is an 'underdress' ;-)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finished Project: Circle Skirt

It's finally happening! After 2 months, I was able to shoot some quick shots of my finished projects. First up is a circle skirt. 

 My very first, selfmade pattern! With the help of Gerties explanation in her book 'Gerties New Book for Better Sewing', easy step-by-step guidence, I was able to create this lovely skirt, already one of my wardrobe favorites! There's only one thing I would change next time: the waistband. Gertie advises to use a rectangle, but after sewing everything, I noticed that the waistband was gaping at the waist. So I had to put the buttons on a bit crooked so it would fit nice and snug.

That being said, I'm really, really happy with this skirt and have worn it several times since. Have you ever sewn something wich is actually very simple, but immediatly became a wardrobe favorite?

Friday, September 6, 2013


I've said it before and I'll say it again: life really can be a pain in the ass. Or perhaps arm is more suited in my situation! During my vacation leave, I was able to catch up with my sewing. I sewed 3 clothingpieces with a 4th already cut and ready to sew. Alas, I haven't been able to blog about it yet. Just think of all the post and pictures I'll need to take when I feel like it: you'll have a ball reading those posts :-)

2 weeks ago, I went geocaching by bike with my Other Half. The sun was shining and we had a wonderful day. Until - on our way back home - I didn't see a small roadblock in time and crashed into it, resulting in a broken arm and several bruises. There definitly is a first for everything - untill then I hadn't broken any bones - although I would rather go without that experience.

Besides being pampered (like not cooking, ironing, getting everything done without lifting a finger) it does has it's downsides: I'm not able to sew! Not one little stitch! I can't even draw patterns or cut fabric! And I was on a roll with the third dress and plans to make my very first pair of pants! Alas, that'll be something for when the plaster comes of. Untill then there won't be a lot of sewing or blogposts, because I have to do everything with my left hand.

So, that's it for today. I'll make sure I'll heal fast and perhaps I'll be able to finally post those blogposts with my recent sewing creations!