Meet the maker – five fun facts

Meet the maker – five fun facts

Hi there, nice to meet you! While you might have read some of my blogs, I figured that I have never properly introduced myself, oops! To change that I came up with this post. I listed 5 fun facts about myself, so you get a better idea whose blog you are reading! 1. I work full time in a laboratory. There I’m researching the interaction of bacteriophages (those are viruses that kill only specific bacteria) and bacteria used in the dairy industry. 2. I sew rather slow. Wanting to double check my every single stitch. On top of that I’m also better at starting a project than to finish them….

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Ginger Jeans = finished!

Ginger Jeans = finished!

My jeans are finisheedd!! After 6 months of doubting, procrastinating, pushing through, topstitching, seam ripping and a lot of other projects, it’s finally done! And the result is not just a pair of pants, no, it’s a high waisted jeans made to MY measurements! While the result was worth all the effort, I’m also relieved that it’s behind me now. So without using too many words, I’d just like to extensively show it to you guys! If you want to read more about the whole sewing process, just check this blog. I’m proud of what I accomplished, because I reached my goal: I can say that I am able to…

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Fake jumpsuit gone wrong

Fake jumpsuit gone wrong

  Imagine… At the moment I’m writing this I’m at a campsite in France, using my phone with a keyboard attached to it. I’m wearing my newest handmade item: this blushing cross-over top. Today we went sightseeing in a small town nearby, and meanwhile took some pictures of my top. This top was actually meant to be half of a fake (two part) jumpsuit. It still is, but I don’t think I’ll ever wear it as a jumpsuit, haha. Here’s why. It all started with me liking jumpsuits. I’ve always liked jumpsuits, they are often super cute and I like the look. But to me they are just not practical…

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Working on it – Ginger Jeans

Working on it – Ginger Jeans

Hii there! Are there any sewists out here that never had a fear of sewing jeans? Is it just me or are we all a little scared of making pants? I was wondering where that fear may come from. For me it might be caused by my first pants making experience. When I just started sewing I made myself some shorts using a free Pinterest pattern. Back then I did not know how to adjust the fitting or where to find the right resources for help (found out that you can just google ‘pants fitting‘, duh…) so that was not really much of a success… So ever since that day…

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Sewingridd and the 7 gowns

Sewingridd and the 7 gowns

From the moment I started sewing my very first T-shirt, the item at the top of my ”to sew” list was an evening dress. Because isn’t it a huge treat to stride in such a beautiful garment?! And when you have made it yourself, it’s even more special and personal. Plus, you will get more bang for your buck because you can also enjoy the sewing process. No wonder my first evening dress soon followed my first seams. At the end of 2014, this purple A-line dress rolled from under the sewing machine. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but still a personal milestone. I had largely drawn the pattern myself, based…

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Sequin evening gown (B6146)

Sequin evening gown (B6146)

Occasionally I love special events on which you are expected to dress all up. While it’s nothing like what I’m wearing on a daily basis, you can probably agree that it is almost every girls dream to wear a glorious evening gown from time to time! I was blessed to have such an occasion once every year while celebrating the birthday of the students association I was part of. And even though I am no longer a member, this year I was invited to join the party once more. The perfect chance to make myself another evening gown of course, as every sewist would understand! I had some trouble thinking…

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Tutorial – How to apply woven ribbon to a stretch garment

Tutorial – How to apply woven ribbon to a stretch garment

Currently there’s a huge trend going on with stripes. You have probably noticed, ‘cause in every shop and every street you see clothes that have those sports stripes, striped elastic, striped ribbons on the sides, or striped cuffs. So when I was thinking of a way to brighten up my simple new summer dress (from last blog), this was the way to go. I decided to attach such a striped ribbon to the side & shoulder seams. The dress itself was namely a little too plain and boring to me. Adding such detail totally turned it into something modern and interesting! When I had bought the ribbon I thought it…

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One day dress

One day dress

It was the first beautiful day of the year. I was going out for dinner with some friends that night. While thinking about what I wanted to wear that evening, I came to the conclusion that I did not have a nice and easy to wear short dress! While preparing myself some breakfast, the idea of wearing a summer dress kept racing through my mind… I had the day off, nothing planned, a freshly bought fabric staring at me, and a pattern ready to use! Understand this, I suddenly had to make a dress that day! I used the same pattern as for my third Knipster outfit: the romantic navy…

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Sweet Romance – Trowback Knipster Competition & winner Catalina Dress pattern

Sweet Romance – Trowback Knipster Competition & winner Catalina Dress pattern

Last year I competed in a Dutch sewing competition called ”Knipster”. In my Knipster era I dedicated a lot of time sewing, created a lot of clothes, acquired a lot of experience, and obtained a bunch of nice pictures. Therefore I feel like this part of my sewing life should not miss on the blog. In this blog series we’ll look back on Knipster time and I’ll tell you how I feel about my outfits now, one year later! The third assignment we got was to make an outfit on the theme Sweet Romance. I had a lot of ideas for this theme. In first instance I wanted to make a…

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Catalina – A Summery Maxi Dress

Catalina – A Summery Maxi Dress

Read all the way down this blog to find out how you can win this pattern! In summertime we need dresses right?! Dresses that suit several different occasions all at the same time. Well, recently I came to the conclusion that for myself I particularly like the kind of dresses that are flowy, fun and flattering but not too sexy or revealing, just feminine. I’m getting older I guess…;) In my daily life I don’t often wear dresses, since they are not practical on my job (need to cover my legs in the laboratory). For me to wear a dress on the few occasions I can, a dress should check…

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