Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Clever links: November 28, 2012

The holidays are right around the corner, so there's no time to lose to share a couple of links with ideas for the holidays!

The Peter Pan-collar is the accessory for this season. I bet you've got a mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, ... who'ld like to have tops and blouses with this collar, but don't want to spent all that money on a new one. It's nog because the 'old' ones aren't fashionable anymore, that you can't make them fashionable! Or perhaps you just adore the Peter Pan-collar and want to wear a different one every day. Then I've got good news for you: this tutorial from Grosgrain is so simple and fun that you'll sew a whole wardrobe of collars in no-time!

Or what about leather straps for your shoes? Give your boots an instant-beauty treatment with the tutorial from Cotton & Curls. Oh, and you don't have to make them just for shoes. Handbags or suitcases would work as well! Just let your imagination run free! (Perhaps you could even attach them to your jacket!)
Peter Pan-collar
Leather straps

The holidays aren't only about gifts. Food is also a big part of it. Appetizers, different courses, desserts, ... Every family no doubt has his traditions for the holidays. Not that long ago, I came across a recipe to make cookies from war-times long gone. Cookies that are supposed to be healthier than the plain original cookies. Perhaps these'll make a nice addition to your holiday-table! Curious? Check Tuppance Ha'Penny's recipe.

Last but not least I've got another tutorial from Grosgrain lined up for you: how to alter an ordinary bra to a low back bra within 5 minutes. Perfect for your holidaydress!
Cookie recipe
Low Cut Back

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sewing Machine

YES!!!! Finally I've got my very own sewing machine! After sewing on my mother's sewing machine for the last two years, I decided it was about time that I purchased my own. This is something that I've wanted for a long time, but I just didn't think I had the right motivation to buy one: too expensive, I still live at home and I could use my mother's. But something changed: My other half and I are planning to move in together, so I thought it was time to have my own sewing machine!

No more arguiing with the machine (it always works when my mother's sewing, but never when I take over. Then it desides that it has had enough off those nice stitchinglines and wants to do something totally different!), just a sewing machine that's mine and no one else's. And you know the most important thing? This sewing machine listens to me! After our first awkward meeting, we get along quite nicely. I even managed to sew a top, i just need to add the sleeves and turn the seam allowence under. And I still have to show you that other top I made a week or so ago!

Oooh, and I've got all this inspiration to sew! Not that it wasn't there before, on the contrary. But the finishing touches weren't always as good, so sometimes I didn't really feel like creating something, despite all my ideas. I've got a feeling that won't be a problem with this sewing machine! There are already a dress, gifts for someone who's about to be born, another top and a sweater on my list to sew next. I'm also playing with the thought of sewing my very first real vintage pattern. But how that all turns out, you'll just have to wait and read. :)

The Cordova Pattern

Do you remember this post? I'm finally allowed to blog about 'my' secret! It's been hard not to tell you guys, but I managed not mentioning anything in the last few posts even though I'm super-excited about this one! So without further adieu:

In october I got the chance to do something marvelous and new (to me): Pattern Testing for this nice lady! She's made numerous patterns (9 this year!) in the short time her patternbussiness excists and I've been craving to be one of her pattern testers. No doubt you know her, because I've blogged about it on occasion (just look here).

Pattern testing was a new experience for me. I was honored and flattered to get selected for the testing: I've never sewn a jacket before, nor do I think of myself as a very experienced seamstress. So, with a lot of courage and a bit of nerves, I started sewing. ANd i have to admit: The Cordova Pattern doesn't dissappoint!

It's simple, beautiful and easy to sew if you've never sewn a jacket before. Although I have to admit that at some point, I was at a loss. I couldn't figure out what to do even with the illustrations and the text. But that's why it's called pattern testing, isn't it? So the designer knows what could be better and where she might have to make some changes in her illustrations or explanations. The problem was purely a translating problem: The sewing terms in English aren't the same as the ones in Dutch. Mostly, this isn't a problem for me, because I'm used to sewing with English sewingterms. But if you come across a term you've never heard of before and try to make the best of it with the illustrations, sometimes it just doesn't work out. As was the case with this one. Luckily, I was able to detect my fault and correct it. Eventually everything ended up as it should've.

At first, I just wanted to sew the version without the double peplum. But while I was sewing my muslin, I decided that I wanted to make the double peplum. It was just too cute to resist! Oh, and I didn't have to alter anything about the pattern. It is a bit wide overall, but it's a jacket, so it has to be wider. I did started sewing a size 10 instead of a size 12. If I based it on my measurements, I should've gone for size 12, but after looking at the finished measurements I decided that size 10 would be more then enough. I can still fit into it while wearing a nice, warm sweater.

Since I've sewn this jacket, I wore it several times untill the weather got to cold over here. But sundaynight I couldn't resist showing off at a family party and just had to wear it! I figured that I wasn't going to spend a lot of time outside (just the walk from the car to the front door and back), so this would be sufficient enough with a nice scarf. And boy, am I glad I did! I got a lot of compliments from the people who saw my jacket! Do you want to make one yourself? Just hop on over to Sewaholic!

PS: This is my garment for the Challenge of October. I wasn't able to blog about it earlier because of all the discretion. :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's that time of year again!

Summer's over and autumn really hit the country. The tide is high to get those thick sweaters and camisole out of their box, because those summer sweaters just don't cut it anymore. That's why I decided to knit a few knew sweaters. Well, not really sweaters, but cardigans. So, aside from my busy sewing-scedule, I've got these cardigans lined up:

For starters, there is this beautiful cardigan. Even though I'm not used to english knitting patterns - in contrast to my sewing patterns, I think it won't be to hard for me. This isn't a real basic pattern, but it definatly isn't too hard either: perfect for a advanced beginner like me. :)

This striped cardigan is definatly worth a look. Another simple pattern, but with the changing of the yarn-color you get an interesting addition to your wardrobe without too much effort. If you look at the workdescription, you'll see it isn't hard, but you'll have to count your stitches.

At the moment, I'm knitting this simple cardigan. No special stitches, no cables, no altering colors. Just a cardigan in it's purest way. Perfect to get reaquainted with your knitting skills after you've - like myself - put them away for the last 3 seasons.

The cardigan I plan to knit afterwards, is the Antonia cardigan. A fun, flattering pattern with interesting details wich aren't too hard to knit. I've got the perfect yarn for it, it's been laying in my closet for over a year now! I'ts about time I get around to using it, don't you agree?

The last pattern I plan to knit is the Alska-pattern. You can easily upholster it with an accessory like a bow, something to iron-on (or even sew-on) or something else. Ideal for whatever you want your cardigan to look like!

That's it for knitting patterns! I don't think I'll be able to knit anything else, except perhaps a few baby socks. Oh, and this week I've got pictures of my latest project from Sewaholic Patterns. Beside that, there'll also be a sneakpeak - or perhaps even a finished project - of what I've been upto lately, it depends on how fast I am. :)

striped cardigan
simple cardigan


Friday, November 16, 2012

Botanical Labels

What do you think of this present I got for our 5th anniversary? There are more gifts, but this one is sooo cute I just had to share it with you! Instagram

The Botanical Labels

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

5 Years

5 Years. That's how long my Other Half and I are together on this very day. 5 thrilling, exiting, wonderful years that have to be celebrated! So today there won't be anything sewing related, just these pictures of us:
My Other Half and me, the first day we met
My OH and me, in august, up in the skies :D

Friday, November 9, 2012

Clever Links: November 9, 2012

Do you remember my project that was slightly too much for me? Because of that, I did some searching on the web and before long I came across this explanation from Pattern Runway and how she made her jacket. Even though it's not the same pattern, this'll no doubt help you along the way if you try to make your very first jacket!

Colleterie has this wonderful tutorial, not for a jacket, but for some cute details on your dress of top. With their 'Basket Wave Inset'-tutorial you'll make your very own special detailed inset for the back or collar of your top or dress. I've seen these kind of detailed dresses before, but never in my budget. So when I came across this tutorial, I immediatly saved it to share with you!

Also from Colleterie is this tutorial for a really cute pocketdetail! this gives your dress/skirt/top/sweater/... that little bit more special and more YOU. Something I definatly want to do in the near future.

Oh, speaking about details: have you noticed that the Peter Pan-collar is the accessory for this season? One of it's biggest fans? Me! But more about that in a future post. If you have a t-shirt or top that you want to 'pimp' a little but, you have to check this tutorial from So, Zo out. Before you know it, every top in your closet will have it's very own collar.

Basket Wave Inset
Corded Loop Pocket
Peter Pan-collar

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Clever Links: Babystuff

As I've told you before, one of my nieces is pregnant. Even better, she's due in about a month! So now's the time to get crafty and sew something voor the little one. I've been searching the world wide web for those tutorials on babystuff: from a diaper cake to onesies. It's just amazing how much you can find on the internet! The only downside? Most tutorials I've found, are for baby girls. Since I don't know the gender (nor does my niece), it's a bit hard to find something suitable.

But nevertheless, I did found numerous tutorials and some of them are so much fu, that I decided to enlighten you guys. Just so you know where to look when one of your friends, someone from your family - or perhaps even you - is pregnant and you want to give them a fun, original, handmade gift!

First up I've got this super cute shoepattern! The 'Mila Baby Shoe' pattern is delightful and cute. It's a free pattern without instructions, but if you scroll down, you'll see that there is a tutorial written so you can follow it step-by-step.

What is a baby without something to cuddle? The 'Mooshy Belly Bunny' is the ideal pattern for a special gift to a special member of the family! You can even make this one out of old fabric scraps or even recycled material! So nature'll be grateful!

Even babies get cold in winter times. That's why you should check out this easy-to-sew-pattern: the 'Triple Stitched Blanket'!

Perhaps you want to try this one? Little socks that keep the baby occupied with nothing else but his/her feet! The 'Playtime Crinkle Shoes' are sure to keep them content for a while.

Oooooh, and this one is one to remember: make your very own 'Diaper Cake'! (Found this one on Pinterest)

Ofcourse, these aren't the only ones I've found, but there are still more to come!

Mila Baby Shoe

Mooshy Belly Bunny
Top Knot Baby Hat

Triple Stitched Blanket
Play Time Crinkle Shoes

Thursday, November 1, 2012

An explanation

Hey guys! Sorry for dissappearing like that! Two weeks ago, I was in an accident and decided to take it a bit slower until I was feeling better. Just to speed up the heeling process. All in all, I'm fine - just some bruises and sourness. The material damage, however, was a bit more ... well, it was a mess.

Anyway, my decision to take it down a notch really helped. Even though I didn't do as much on the sewing-related stuff as I wanted to, dit did help. I'm up and running again and ready to take on everything that I planned to do these last couple of weeks.

Let's make a trip to my thoughts, just so you know what I'm up to:

  1. One of my nieces is pregnant and due in december. Since november started today, I thought it's about time to think about gifts for the little tyke. Finally I can put all those tutorials for babyshower-gifts to good use! Only one thing left to do: find them again. :P
  2. About that same time, I've got another wedding to attend. Now, my plan is to make something new for this one. The red dress is a bit too - well, frankly, it's a bit too much for this wedding, too red. So, instead I plan to make another dress. I know what pattern I'll be using, what kind of fabric I want and the other embellishments. There's only one problem: I just don't know wich color! I'm thinking about something beige, but a light beige, but still, I'm not sure dyet. I think it's time to pay the fabric store a visit!
  3. Along with the projects stated above, I plan to make a bunch of new tops. All from the same basic pattern, but still: I need them badly! I just love the pattern for this top and it's something that I can definatly wear underneath my pulls that isn't a t-shirt. because, if you must know - I'm not really a t-shirt girl. I just wear them as a necassity under my pulls.
  4. Speaking of pulls - it's about time I started making one (or perhaps some). When perusing thru my closet the other day, I noticed that I seriously lack some good pulls to wear work. Something that doens't say: Yeah, I know it doens't look like anything, but hey! I'm warm!
VoilĂ ! Now you know what I'm planning to do for november - early december. It's going to be a busy month with all those parties and stuff. My birthday is in november, as is my brother's and our (my other half and mine) anniversary. 5 years already! Can you believe it? So: lots and lots to do with limited time to do it!