Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to school and a givaway

Finally! After a long and busy summer during which I never touched my sewing machine, I finally found some time to sew again. Although a high pile of to-be-mended items was waiting, I decided to start off with something fun instead. The idea for this owl sweater had been in my head for quite some time, and it felt so good to finally realize it. The result was even better than I envisioned!
The owl applique is from Van Ikke, my favorite webshop. I love their funky, retro prints. The appliques are really high quality and stay on forever!
I went through my stash and found the perfect combination of fabrics for a fall sweater: dark brown, beige and mustard yellow, lined with an old shirt of mine.
The pattern is the Charlie sweater from Zonen 09. A great pattern. It's as easy to sew as simple tee, but the collar and lining make for a very finished look.
My favorite detail!

Did I already say that I love this color combo? I do! It's perfect for my brown-eyed, dark-haired boy.
You'll have to believe me on that, because I haven't had the chance to take photos of him wearing his new sweater. As soon as the weather turns a bit colder, I'll drag him outside for a fall photoshoot!

To celebrate my return I have a small giveaway! Two lucky winners will get a full colour applique (of their own choice) from Van Ikke. Leave a comment below in which you indicate which applique you would like to win. Post your comment before Sept 12, 8 PM CET. After that I'll randomly select two winners!


  1. Ha, what about we just exchange our prices? I would love to win an applique from that shop. This owl pullover is another amazing thing! Just love your work... i would probably choose one of the car appliques as my son is just CRAZY about cars and wants to wear something with cars on it on a daily basis...

    1. Haha indeed. Let's both 'randomly' pick nr 1 then!

  2. Beautifull sweater you started with. Looking forward to your next projects!!
    I also would like to win an applique. I would choose the owl or giraffe, but I think my son would love the firetruck!

  3. I love this! Especially the yellow peeping out!
    And the impressive owl, of course.
    I'm a big fan of animal prints, so I would probably choose this owl, a fox, deer or giraffe.

  4. Thanks for the tip, the shop 'van ikke' is really great. I would go for the paper boat, or maybe the 'koekje'.

  5. I love the one of the three dino postage stamps! They have lots of really neat ones.
    The sweater looks great - love the colors and the owl!
    Crystal S.
    jcsandberg04 (at)

  6. Man, wat een mooie applicaties, echt heel moeilijk kiezen ... Ik ga voor de robot (of toch maar het aapje, ah nee, weg van het bootje, en die uil is natuurlijk super op die bruine trui, ...) Aaarch, help mij ;-)

  7. That is a great combo of sewing pattern, fabrics, and applique! Love it. Seriously.

    Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursday!

  8. Vreselijk! Vreselijk moeilijk om te kiezen.
    Zoveel leuke applicaties,... De robot is zo leuk, maar het circus ook, en het bootje, fototoestel,... Pfjieuw!

  9. Mooi geworden zeg!

    Ben zelf helemaal flieft op de flamingo met rolschaatsen