My contribution to The Refashioners 2018

My contribution to The Refashioners 2018

Hi there! This year I’m joining The Refashioners 2018 community challenge! This is an online challenge hosted by Makery. We’re challenged to refashion unloved or thrifted garments into something new, to show and experience ”how cool, creative and ecologically and ethically sound refashioning old garments actually is!” I could not let that opportunity slip (especially after last week’s blog;))! I started out with this pink velvet knitted cardigan I had in my closet. I bought it at the end of last winter’s season. I don’t really know why I bought it, but probably just because it was super soft, one of my favorite colors and only €5, oops… It was…

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Slow Fashion October

Slow Fashion October

It’s the fourth year already Karen Templer is hosting Slow Fashion October. We take a month to make up our minds about our closets, style and shopping behavior. Although I’m not actively participating in #slowfashionoctober, it still made me think and I felt like I needed to share some thoughts. I hope to inspire you with them, but if you completely disagree, you’re welcome to tell me why. (Small disclaimer before we start: first off, I’m in no shape or form an expert in slow fashion and certainly not a great role model. I found the subject very interesting and thought I would take you guys along for the ride…

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Jungleprint Batwing Tee

Jungleprint Batwing Tee

Is it just me, or are your fabric stashes also growing so big that you cannot clearly oversee it all? For that reason I was organizing my fabric stash a while ago, when I bumped into this jungle print tricot. I had bought the fabric recently at www.stoffenbestellen.nl. My expectation was it to be black/white or brown, but in reality it appeared to be more greenish. That’s why I did not really know what to do with it, until seeing it next to this army green fabric while cleaning. This solid tricot I actually bought to make a T-shirt for my boyfriend, but now I first used it for something…

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Tula dress tunic

Tula dress tunic

Today’s blog features a super freshly updated pattern! Although the weather is significantly colder already than in summer time, I made something sleeveless. It’s the Tula dress pattern by Laela Jeyne Patterns which was re-released this week. Huh, but your creation is somewhat short to be called a dress, right!? That’s true, because I made the tunic version. One of the things that’s nice about this pattern is that it looks like a nice and simple sleeveless A-line dress or tunic, but you have plenty of style options! And by plenty, I mean plenty… You can tweak this basic pattern completely to your likings. There’s a dress or tunic length;…

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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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