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Jungle Fever – Trowback Knipster Competition

Jungle Fever – Trowback Knipster Competition

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! Jungle fever: the second theme of the Knipster competition. It took me a while to be inspired by this theme  ’cause panther prints and fake fur do not really suit my…

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Cloud nine (free pattern)

Cloud nine (free pattern)

Fabric markets, you know the phenomenon: a super dangerous place for sewists to go. And still I let myself be seduced to go again and again. Mainly because they often offer better deals than regular fabric stores. So the minute I saw an advertisement for a fabric remnant sale, I knew I had to go there! I was just a poor student, this was the perfect time and place to supplement my fabric stash. The company that organized the sale was Megastoffen which is located in Enschede (The Netherlands). Once every while they sell all their fabric remnants for just €1 each. Of course it is then your own responsibility to check the fabric…

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ABBA kimonos (free patterns)

ABBA kimonos (free patterns)

About one year ago I received a message from a musician I know. She sings in an ABBA tribute band and wondered if I could make them two costumes. I am always in for a good challenge, so I started figuring what they wanted and whether I could make that. Now, more than one year later, my creations finally shined on stage! Time to tell you what I made. The question was if I could make two kimonos that looked like the ones ABBA wore back in the days. The client had a few pictures of what the kimonos should look like, but the original ABBA photo’s were not clear…

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Graphic Art – Throwback Knipster Competition

Graphic Art – Throwback Knipster Competition

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 Knipster Sewing competition kicked off with the theme ”Graphic Art”. This made me think about bold, black and white prints and angular shapes. It was one of the hardest themes…

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Sora Sweater & winners blog launch giveaway

Sora Sweater & winners blog launch giveaway

This week my blog went live, and we opened with not just one but two pattern giveaways! You had the chance of winning the freshly released Skye Joggers and Sora Sweater pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. I have already extensively shown you the Skye Joggers I’ve made, but still owe you all details about the Sora Sweater! That’s what I’ll show you in this blog. But even more importantly I’ll announce the lucky winners of both patterns. The pattern The Sora Sweater is a pattern for a cardigan or pullover style sweater. Both styles feature a lovely shawl collar, side gussets and curved hemline. You can also choose between short…

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I conquered my fears! – Skye Joggers

I conquered my fears! – Skye Joggers

I have some good news today: I conquered one of my biggest fears! The fear of making pants. After two not too well experiences with making pants it was about time for success. Third time’s a charm they say and indeed: it totally worked out just right this time. It all started with Blank Slate Patterns calling for sewing pattern testers. I never tested a pattern before but am always open to new experiences. The pattern to be tested were joggers. A while ago I already concluded that I was in need of new ‘chill pants’ since my current pair are reeaaally emaciated, worn out, and at least 5 years…

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Looking back on my time in the Knipster sewing competition!

Looking back on my time in the Knipster sewing competition!

Hey all! You may have seen that last year I had the opportunity to join a major Dutch online sewing competition. The competition is called ‘Knipster‘ which could be translated to something like cutting star. That title is derived from the name of the host ‘Knipmode’: one of the greatest sewing magazines in The Netherlands. The Knipster sewing competition emerged from a tailoring/sewing competition on TV. It was the second time Knipster was organized. From all the people that signed up, 7 candidates were selected to compete. Including me! Even though all of this happened already one year ago, I still feel I want to blog about this because I devoted 12 weeks…

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Baby onesie (free pattern)

Baby onesie (free pattern)

Every time I walk through a fabric store I see aaall those cute children’s fabrics. ​These are always so cheerful and cuddly! I have a hard time resisting all the sweet motifs, but buying them for myself is a little over my head. I like a nice print, but I’m trying to have a rather mature appearance. That’s why in fabric stores you hear me call ”I want a baby!” quite often! Just to have a valid reason to sew small sweet baby clothes, haha. Well, you might have noticed that I do not (yet?) have kids. So when a friend of mine announced to be pregnant I rushed to Harry, the…

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Austin Tee – Blogging for Blank Slate Patterns: Behind the scènes!

Austin Tee – Blogging for Blank Slate Patterns: Behind the scènes!

You might have seen it already, but I’m happy to tell you again: I am one of the bloggers on the Blank Slate Patterns sewing team this year! So in the coming year I will post 3 (paid) posts on Melly Sews blog.🎉 Super exciting! Blank Slate Patterns is an American pattern company runned by Melly. She designs sewing patterns for women and kids. Every week one of the members of the sewing team shows a creation with one of her patterns on the blog. In the team are all kinds of ensewciastics. Some of them I had never come across, but some others I already followed and admired on Instagram for a while….

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Tea cozies (Free pattern & instructions)

Tea cozies (Free pattern & instructions)

Do you also love cake and pastries? If I had to, I could eat them aaaall day, omnomm! But it’s better if I don’t because they seem to tighten your clothes. And it would be a pity if I would have to throw away all the garments I have made over the past years! Therefore I love the concept of a high tea. You just pick one moment to eat a deadly amount of all the cake, chocolates, sandwiches and pie you can get, and afterwards all you have to do is make sure you don’t feel guilty about it. An older friend of mine had the courage to start…

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