Burdastyle baby/toddler ruffle blouse

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While I do not post every single item of clothing I make for my daughter (it probably takes longer to photograph and write about baby leggings than actually make them), I still feel a bit guilty that I don’t sew her things more often, especially because there is no lack of suitable fabric scaps in my stash. The fabric of… Read more »

More plans for 2016: Vintage Pattern Pledge

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Sewing has been a bit slow for the past few weeks, due to my daughter’s birthday, visitors coming over and the colds and general fatigue that I can’t seem to avoid this time of the year. Instead I have been plotting some future projects. As I want to make better use of my small collection of vintage patterns I couldn’t… Read more »

Conquering UFOs: another black skirt completed!

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Many of the garments that take me ages to finish are entirely black or other dark-coloured solids. Perhaps the idea of walking around in colourful prints motivates me to complete garmens in a timely manner. In daily life, however, I wear black just as often, which is also one of the reasons why I chose to make the skirt that… Read more »

A knitted keyhole scarf from 1948

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Despite its modest size, the scarf of today’s post is quite a big milestone, as it is the first knitted item I completed for myself in many many years. As far as I remember, the last time I actually wore a garment I knitted myself was in secondary school when I made a couple of grungy sweaters using the thickest… Read more »

Classic Burda: twist top

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Although I only buy Burdastyle a couple of times per year at the most, I have accumulated quite a stack of magazines. Most editions that I picked up myself date from 2004 to the present and while I don’t remember why I bought some issues to begin with in others I keep discovering patterns I would like to try out…. Read more »

New Year’s resolutions mixed with Dutch wax

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Happy New Year, dear readers, I hope it’s a good one! I spent the last week of 2015 in the Netherlands. It was the first time in three years that I celebrated Christmas Day with my parents, sister, brother and partners/children. Last year we were too exhausted from moving and the previous year I was too pregnant. Luckily, I managed… Read more »

A trench-style skirt for winter

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With the end of the year drawing near I figured it was about time I’d finish this skirt that I almost completed in January already. I know I’m not the only who prefers to sewing garments in fancy prints while neglecting basics in solid colours. However, as I tend to have trouble finding affordable black skirts that go with everything… Read more »

More Silver Scissors!

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While I am waiting for an opportunity to take pictures of my latest completed garment – a black skirt that does not photograph well during these dark and cloudy days – I thought I might as well write a post about the Silver Scissors ring binder I found on Tradera last month. I first came across the Silver Scissors pattern… Read more »

Three little hats

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I am not a very prolific knitter. Although I usually have one of more ongoing projects lying around somewhere, I have only managed to complete about a dozen during my lifetime. Not much variation in my output can be seen either, as three of these finished projects are baby/toddler hats based on the same pattern. This pattern, the “Alladin” hat… Read more »

Experiments with Silver Scissors: Single Seam Skirt

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Back in July I devoted a post to the Silver Scissors pattern system. So far, I have made muslins for a fitted bodice and a skirt and hopefully I will soon be able to create a real wearable item using this system. Today’s post documents my recent experience with drafting a simple skirt based on one of the miniature patterns… Read more »