Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two first times at once, the Maritime shorts...

With summer (very) slowly approaching in The Netherlands I figured my closet could use some shorts. When I saw the Maritime shorts from Grainline Studio, I knew these would be the ones I was going to make.
I also made this shirt, very comfy cotton from Mood!

This was my first time sewing shorts (apart from my Madeleine mini bloomers) and my first time usinga Grainline Studio pattern. I didn't use the instructions at all, but I followed the sewing tutorial, which has photos of every step.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WIP: Wiggle in process..

After the love story that was my last wiggle dress I've decided to make another one.

This time I wanted to make one that was more suited for summer so I choose a silk from my stash that's dark blue with red polka dots.. 

It was a coupon which cost me 2.50 euro, not bad for enough silk to make a short sleeved wiggle dress out of right?

I can almost make it without the instructions, but just to be sure..

At the same time I cut out my Maritime shorts pattern, this will be the first Grainline Studio pattern that I'm going to make, as well as my first pair of shorts ever, so I'm quite excited!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spotted pyjama party

Good morning everyone!
How was your weekend? I spent mine partying with my friends, doggies and family.. And today with all the lovely bloggers at Karen's Pyjama Party!

I finished my second pair of Madeleine mini bloomers from Colette Patterns on saturday morning.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two pyjama parties in one weekend, time for some preparations!

This weekend I'm actually going to have two pyjama parties, can you believe that?

On saturday my grandma is turning 75 and is throwing a big party (I still have to make some changes to my finished Drape Drape dress, which I will blog about later, lot's of sewing to be done first!).

Nr. 1
After which we will be camping in their garden, together with my niece and nephews! And on sunday Karen, from the awesome blog Did You Make That?, is hosting her second pyjama party!

Nr. 2
So offcourse I'm sewing along, wouldn't want to miss a good party! Or two actually!
And since two pyjama parties means to nights, I'm making two pyjamas!

These buttonholes turned out way better than the first ones..
I'm using the Colette Patterns Madeleine mini bloomers pattern and it's for free! Karen is using the Tofino pattern from Sewaholic, but I was too late to order it in time for the sew-a-long, so I'm using another one and I'm saving all the sew-a-long details for another time.

More details later, just some pics for now!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Art and the Datura blouse

Last sunday we had an art opening at our friends house and studio, it is an amazing place, where a lot of artists live together and they have some very cool art there! I decided it would be the perfect event for me to wear something which I made with my dyed fabric.
It was a very sunny day, which was awesome, but makes it difficult to photograph the white fabric..

These are his paintings, Thanks Ted Parker for letting me use them as a background!

So on sunday morning I sewed my first Deer and Doe pattern ever, yay! I've been keeping an eye on them ever since they first came out. In my mind I  had to sew other patterns first before I was allowed to purchase more patterns..  So after finishing a couple of patterns from Victory Patterns I put in my order and was super excited when they arrived in the mail.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lovely suprises from the mailman

Look what I found in my mailbox after two days (and one night) at work?

I had ordered three patterns from Deer and Doe, the Airelle blouse, the Datura blouse, and the Chardon skirt. I am really excited to try out the lovely patterns from Deer and Doe. I already have some fabric cut out for the Datura blouse, it is the cotton fabric that I painted last week while making the napkins-gone-wrong.. Luckily the fabric came out better looking than the napkins!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Itajime gone wrong

While I was in New York I took an Itajime class at the Textile arts center in Brooklyn with Shabd Simon-Alexander which I will blog about later.
The napkins I made there turned out really nice and so I wanted to dye another set of napkins to give as a present. 
The fabric spent 24 hours in these bags, soaking up all the dye

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Roxanne will you be my bff?

For my birthday my sister (thank you again!) gave me all of the Victory Patterns, definitely an awesome present! First on my list to make was the Roxanne pattern, and I knew exactly which fabric I wanted to use.

These pictures were taken at the awesome old farmhouse  (built around 1700) where my grandparents live

The patterns are designed very well and the instructions are awesome! The only thing that baffled me at first was the sizing square, which was a different size than the description said.. I decided to follow the sizing on the printed pages, which is the right way I think. There are some tucks at the back, which I pressed nicely, only to discover that I had folded them the to the wrong side, so I redid those, luckily I found out before sewing them!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Gertie’s wiggle dress, or how I almost ruined my parents dining room table..

This is actually the second wiggle dress I made, the first one quickly became one of my favorite dresses for going out, so I decided to make another one in wool.

The smug face after an averted disaster

Apart from the changes I made to the pattern for the first one (take it in at the hips) I also had to lenghten the darts in the back, because my first wiggle dress was showing some fabric bulges. At first I thought it needed a swayback adjustment, but after I lenghtened the darts the problem was solved! Easy peasy. I also changed the neckline a bit, I really like the shape of this neckline..

Burning Man, sequins and faux fur!

Dust tornado

Last August we went to the Burning Man festival  (amazing experience!).

One of the principles of the festival is gifting. Which made me think, what can I contribute to the festival that is unique and is something I really want to share with other people?

Hello, my name is Kim and I'm a sewaholic..

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog!

I've been meaning to start a blog for a while now, but when I was in New York and met all the wonderfull sewists and bloggers at Lladybirds meet-up I decided that it was time to start blogging as well!

Just a quick introduction..
So I'm Kim, from the land of tulips and windmills, The Netherlands. I work as a small animal vet and I love our 2 dogs, Milo and Shane. I really like to travel and explore new countries and cultures. Since I started sewing again my main souvenirs have been fabric/sewing related!

The doggies chillin' on the cushions I made last year