Thursday, July 21, 2016

A tiger in the jungle


 
I spotted a tiger in the jungle....
(After earlier sightings of panthers in the woods)
Prawling through the tall grass...
Wild and gracious
With fierce and focused eyes....
and soft and sensitive ears...
Glowing in the late sunlight

Pattern: Adapted Bethioua mini from Ellepuls (free pattern)
Fabric: jersey from local fabric market

A tiger in the jungle


 
I spotted a tiger in the jungle....
(After earlier sightings of panthers in the woods)
Prawling through the tall grass...
Wild and gracious
With fierce and focused eyes....
and soft and sensitive ears...
Glowing in the late sunlight

Pattern: Adapted Bethioua mini from Ellepuls (free pattern)
Fabric: jersey from local fabric market

Monday, July 4, 2016

Boy Sewing Week - raccoon tee

Hi all, you can find me over at Our Chez Nous, where I'm guest posting for Boy Sewing Week
If you're curious about the creation of this tee, or want to get inspired about boy sewing, hop on over to Our Chez Nous...  






Pattern: Hacked Bethioua Mini (free pattern)
Fabric: Heathered knit from local fabric market
Raccoon painted with fabric paint

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A striped bethioua

Ouch... it's June already and this is my second post of 2016. At this rate, I'll have four posts up by the end of this year.
The past months have been extremely busy with other activities and my sewing machine was left untouched the whole time. But last week, I suddenly felt the urge to create something again.
 Since I was feeling a bit rusty, I started with a simple shirt; the free bethioua mini from the German pattern designer Ellepuls. This is the free version (size 86-98) of a pattern that's also available as a  kids' and women's pattern. 
It's a really fun pattern: the front looks like a regular raglan...
 But at the back the sleeves continue to form a curved yoke. A fun detail that allows for many variations: stripe matching, adding piping.
It's always fun to play with stripes.... 
 So I used two matching striped knits from my stash, found at the local fabric market years ago. To add some color, I used red ribbing for the neckline and cuffs.
Fast, simple and fun. The best way to get back into it. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Welcome to the circus

Hi everyone! Welcome to 2016!!! I just realized that this is my first blogpost of the year... Hmm.
Life has been extremely busy lately, and I have hardly had the time and energy to sew. But when my son announced that they would have a circus week at school, I couldn't resist...
I've been wanting to sew such a jacket ever since seeing Max California's winning boy outfit for the Project Run and Play Season 6 (back in 2013...). Of course, I was also inspired by the famous Stella McCartney military jackets, and by this jacket from Petit a Petit & Family.
The outside is made of blue velvet and the red lining is made of an old curtain, both from my stash.
 
The pattern is self-drafted, by combining Sofilantjes' ADV tee with a pattern of a cropped jacket that I found in an old Knippie (a Dutch pattern journal). The jacket is slightly cropped at the back, while the front is angled down a bit.
As my everyday style is getting more basic and less colourful, it was really fun to go all overboard with the gold trims and buttons. 

I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I think he loves it too. A fun colourful jacket for my bright and colourful boy!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

critter sweater

Hi guys, here's a quick post about the new favorite sweater I made for my critter-loving girl.

This sweater has everything she loves:
A comfortable hood,
drawstrings,
soft furry sleeves
and cute animal faces...
The pattern is the Otium sweater from the Dutch pattern designer Sofilantjes. It's a great pattern with a fun overlapping hood.
The furry sleeves were copied from a fun squirrel sweater by Emma en Mona.
The critter fabric is Menagerie Onyx by Sarah Watson (Art Gallery), bought at Petite Couture.

Merry Christmas to you all!