Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Lately I feel a growing urge to sew something more complicated, like a jacket or a blouse with special details. But until now I haven't been able to bring myself to actually start such a project. To fill in the sewing-gap I sticked to simple sewing. And what is more simple than a plain t-shirt? When I took a trip to Antwerp last spring, I bought a few pieces of knits with the intention to make t-shirts out of them. So it was just the right time to cut them up.

(Freaky! I seem to have posed EXACTLY the same for these two pictures. Just look at my hands..even the plant behind my back sticks out exactly the same!..)

I've used this TNT-pattern  quite a lot and made it with short and 3/4 length arms.
The only thing I've changed recently is using a binding to finish the neckline instead of facings. I once read somewhere: "Once you use a binding to finish edges, you never look back". This might be very true. It's such a neat finish and quite easy to do. I don't even measure the length of the binding, just make sure there's enough of it and then ease in the neckline, and stretch the binding a bit while attaching it. (I do pin and baste before sewing). It never failed me so far.

I didn't really 'need' these shirts but I dó need a white one. I've been looking for one for quite some time but can't find anything to my liking.  So last week I found a great white knit that will just be perfect for this purpose. The only thing I will change is making shorter sleeves.
So that's gonna be my next project but I won't blog about it as it's just more of the same, but without the colour. 

Happy sewing times everyone!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm blue, da ba dee da ba da

Again, a very quick project. Let's call this the 'blue patchworkdress'.
This knitdress was very simple to sew. It was the first time I tried a pattern from Diana Mode and it does not disappoint at all. I used my normal alterations and it fits perfectly.
The fabric looks like patchwork but is actually printed that way.

I needed a simple pattern to let the fabric speak for itself and somewhat straight lines on the sides to match with the vertical lines in the pattern. I think this one just ticks all the boxes.

I'm gonna wear this with a narrow blue belt (which I still have to buy..) as I want to emphasize the waist a bit more and break the vertical lines which probably make me look longer than I already am.

I made sure the prints matched at the sideseams. As the sideseams are not completely straight it is unavoidable to have a wedge-like part there. But this way it doesn't bother me.

                     The neckline drapes beautifully:


Yep..I'm very content with this.

What I'm not so thrilled about is the august-issue of KnipMode. It just doesn't do anything for me. There's a new lady in charge and I hope this has nothing to do with it (because she'll be there probably for quite some time).

Ah well, let's not jump to conclusions too soon.

Happy sewing everyone!


Friday, July 15, 2011

About sharp scissors and unwanted holes

The title says it all, doesn't it?  This afternoon I experienced the (almost) ultimate disaster you can have while sewing: cutting a hole in your fabric where it shouldn't be.

What happened was: I just finished the first armscye of my knit dress with a binding and was very happy with the result. I wanted to cut of the pieces of thread but I guess in my excitement I didn't pay attention and cut of/out more than I had planned.

What you see in this picture is the situation after I repaired my little accident.(Click twice on the picture to take a closer look). It is little, really, as it's about 1cm by 0,5cm.  But it's still a hole.

This is what I did (no pictures of the process unfortunately, I forgot to make them):
I sewed two little pieces of fusable interfacing against each other, with the fusable sides on the outside, using a few rows of stitches to make sure they were firmly attached and cut out a hole of the same size as the one in the fabric. Then placed it under the fabric. Under that,  I placed a little piece of fabric to fill up the hole. With a few handstitches I attached the three layers to each other so nothing could move.
And then finally fused it all together.

It is in the front of the dress but considering it's about 5cm under the armscye and about 8cm from the sideseam, ít's pretty much hidden.

I don't know how it's gonna behave when I actually start wearing and washing it, but it should do for now. I guess it won't hurt to use some (invisible) handstitches on the edges for extra security.

Next post will show the finished dress (I plan on posting tomorrow) so stay tuned for more!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sometimes, simple is all you need

Dear o dear, this spring/summer has been not very productive for me sewing-wise. Neither have I been a 'good' blogger lately.
The fact is that I've had quite a busy and not so pleasant time at work (thank God that is slowing down lately/getting better) Combine that with the fact that I am an emo-eater, et voilá, you gain a lot of kilo's before you know it. In fact, a few weeks ago I was at the heaviest weight I have EVER been in my life. Time to take action I thought and now I'm trying to eat healthier and less. But it's a slóóów proces.

All this of course has effect on the fitting of your clothes. I'm sad to say that about 75% of my summerclothes has become too small. And that's very annoying, I can tell you. All the lovely skirts I made last year, and some of the blouses, almost all my trousers: TOO SMALL!
And that's where the sewing-mojo-killer comes in: I don't feel like making anything because I feel it doesn't look good on me. My waist has almost disappeared and that has always been the thing that kept everything in proportion, even in times when I weighed a bit more. (That's an age-thing right?)

Anywayz, enough of that. I just wanted to explain why there has been so little action on my blog lately.

Not that I'm not busy making plans. I'm even looking forward to fall sewing already. I've read somewhere that big, wide clothes will be a 'new' trend this fall/winter. Haha, how did they know about my 'condition' I wonder...
No, serious, I always believe that fall/winter fashion is more stylish than spring/summer fashion and I can't wait to dive in. But first I'll have to get my waist back.....

Now, for the title of this post.
A few weeks ago, while doing my shopping in the supermarket, I saw this magazine:


I had never seen it before. Is anyone familiar with this magazine? It is in Dutch.I think it's great. It has a lot of lovely patterns and I was amazed at the fact how I suddenly drooled over these fairly simple, clean-lined garments. Yesterday I picked up another magazine in the supermarket.

'Diana Mode' has been for sale for as long as I can remember but I never looked in it as I thought the garments were too plain. And guess what?? I can't stop flickering through it. Big chance my next projects will be made from one of these magazines.

It's taking forever for the KnipMode august-issue to arrive. Normally they're sent to you in the beginning of the month, now I'll have to wait untill the 15th of July. Another 5 days...sigh. 

Well, it's time for action. I'll have the rest of this sunday to pick something I like and start a new project. I'm ready to fight this mojo-killer with my bare-hands!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!