Thursday, September 3, 2015

2 days, 2 FO's

Thid post is from the beginning of july 2014. 

I've been trying to get this post live twice now. Trying out a new app isn't always easy. Third time's a charm?

One month ago: nice weather, warm temperatures and sunny days. Summer was definitly knocking on the door. I had a weekend where I was alone and had nothing planned. Even though it had been a while since I sewed, I could feel my fingers tingling for some action. A new project that was easy, fast and beautiful is what I wanted, so I browsed the Internet until I found what I was looking for. It didn't take long: as soon as I opened my Craftsy-account, I remembered the pattern I bought recently. One that would take me out of my comfort-zone. 

Cake Patterns is known for it's easy patterns for day-to-day wear. The fact that most all patterns are designed for jersey and the likes, helps with the easy part: barely any darts, shaping is in the side seems. Some patterns do have darts or tucks, but they're not always functional, simply eye candy. Because of this, the patterns from Cake Patterns didn't need a lot of alterations and are perfect for a quick fix project. 

First up is the Riff Tee. A basic t-shirt with a special touch at the sleeves. They're slightly different than I would normally wear and are integrated at the front and back panel. The shaping is all in the side seams. Except for making the shaping a bit more pronounced, I didn't alter the pattern AT ALL. It was my first, but surely not my last. 

It's success gave me courage to start a brand new project. A woman can never have too many dresses in her wardrobe. They're easy to put on, wear and always looks nice. No fussing over wich top goes and which doesn't. With this in mind, the Red Velvet Dress from Cake Patterns came glowing down. Another great staple pattern which is easy to follow with stunning results in no-time. For my secind time sewing with jersey, I didn't do a bad job, even if I do say so myself. The pattern was sewed together unaltered. Next time I make this, I would use a different Jersey. It looked nice, but fits horribly wrong because it's simply too stretchy and doesn't have the support it needed. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Finch Saddle Bag

Nederlandse versie

My newest creation: the Finch Saddle Bag. A simple pattern, but without any additional instructions. The more bags I'm making, the more I'm loving it. I surprised myself by sewing this  without any instructions!

Because I thought it would be nice to have a guide, I decided to take some pictures and notes. This way you'll be able to make this bag without a problem. The only thing I changed was that I fused the shoulderstrap to the body instead of using an iron clasp to join it. The tutorial/sew-along will soon appear on the blog.

Monday, August 24, 2015


A few months ago O. and I decided to take the next step. After 2,5 years of living together in a small apartment, we made the big step and bought a house. Moving does has it's side effects: this little creature couldn't take the thought of us leaving and decided to end it. We gave it a proper burial after photographing it's final beauty.

Back to the real order of the day: a real home with enough rooms, a garage, large living room and kitchen, 2 (!) little terraces ànd ... a garden! We're enjoying our humble little home since Monday. It wasn't long before the two of us became the three of us. On Wednesday this cute little, royal guest joined our beginning little family.

With a lot of pride, I present you Leopold. Named after Leopold II, the second King of Belgium, he's a curious, lovely and truly royal little cat. Very playful and really looking for attention whenever he can, he's sometimes a little handful. A kitten always comes with a bit of a challenge, but so far, so good. I can truly say that I really love that cat, I have no other words for it.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Golden Sunlight Dress

Nederlandse versie

Monday morning I finished working on another version of the Butterick B5520. I made this dress last year and absolutely loved it. Same with this one. After finishing the first version I noticed that I made the dress a tad too short en the hips a tad too small. It still worked, but the dress isn't always comfortable to wear: sitting down is a bit difficult.That's why - for this dress - I altered the hips a bit and sewed a hem of 1,5 cm instead of 3-4 cm.

The invisible zipper is still something I'm having trouble with. It is truly invisible, except for one little place. Even though I do have an invisible zipperfoot, I'm still struggling with where the top and the bottom meet. Practice makes perfect!

Normally the dress is fully lined. Because the fabric is heavy en thick enough , I decided to leave the lining behind. Instead I made my own facings en simply sewed the hemlines.

The fabric has been lying around my closet for a few years. It's a heavy fabric and it's print and feel reminds me of chinese clothes. Since I've had this fabric for ages, I don't remember what kind of fabric it is, although I think it's some kind of Polyester. The dress will be for a handwash and airdry, because it can't stand the heat and I'm afraid it'll fray in the dryer.

I absolutely adore this version, especially in combination with my white vest. I wore this particular version on tuesday morning to the Te Deum in the Cathedral of Antwerp for our national holiday. The Royal Family was present, so this dress is definatly suited for more formal wear.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Red Cherry Camera Bag

Nederlandse versie
Today I finished my very first handmade camera bag! May I introduce you to: the Red Cherry Camera Bag! She and I will have many brave adventures, enjoying the sun and even the rain: She's waterproof! Yep, that's right. I took some ordinary Quilting weight cotton and made it waterproof. Isn't she a beauty?

The pattern is the Camille Camera Bag from Swoon Patterns. The only change I made was to switch the belt buckles for these 'clips'. The pattern was very easy to follow, with easy instructions ans handy diagrams.  The only improvement I would make next time, is to add some velcro to the inside and make at least one adjustable divider. Perhaps even omitting the Lens Compartments and make 3 or 4 dividers to accommodate your camera.

In short: I love this pattern and would gladly make it again!

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