Jaanu Blog Tour

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Today i`m part of the Jaanu Blog Tour. You`ve surely already seen the new pattern, An of Straight Grain just released. Actually, it`s a two in one pattern and a collaboration between Twee Emmerkes Water and Straight Grain.

The first version the Elena is a A line dress with 4 box pleats and the Norah which is more a party dress with 6 box pleats.

Have a look at the funny little video!

I`ll present you my version of the Norah dress which I sewed during the pattern-test.

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You probably ask yourself, why I did`t iron before the photo shoot. I can tell you, I really made desperate efforts! What you see is the best result I could achieve. The fabric seems to crease really easily. Fabrics are cotton solids from Micheal Miller bought at Petit Couture. The striped one is from Petit Pan found at Petit Pan in Antwerpen.

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I sewed a size 18 Months without adjusting anything. The fit is perfect. To get the striped look, I just cut the pattern apart exactly on the lines who indicate the box pleats and sewed everything back together (be sure to add seam allowance!). A bit of work but a fun result.

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Wanna know why she standing still for a few seconds?

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Yes, chocolates. Now chance to get pictures of this little princess without a sweetener.

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Paris Sew Social Blogtour and Giveaway

Louisa_002 Sewing was always something, I did alone in my sewing room. Spending time just for myself, surrounded by beautiful and inspiring stuff, doing something that`s exciting and relaxing at the same time. I do not speak about my hobby that much. Even closer friends do maybe know that I like to sew, but do not notice the handmade clothes and I`ve probably never mentioned my blog. With the Paris sew social meeting back in April this habit changed. I found like-minded people who share my passion. And i actually love to talk about fabric, patterns, clothes, scissors, sewing machines and big dreams. Louisa_001 I sometimes writes e-mails in the middle of the night, just to say hello to someone living miles away. Knowing the one will be still awake as well. Friends that I found through my blog. That`s amazing! Louisa_2__007

Today I`ll share two Louisa dresses by Compagnie M, I received the pattern as a sponsoring for Paris sew social. Marte, who`s the designer of this beautiful little A-line dress named Louisa (you surely all know it by heart), even hosted my family for a few days at her home. We got friends during the weekend in Paris. I never thought of things like that could happen, when I started this little blog. We had the best time!

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The one with the red dots, is made from a Nani Iro, I`ve choosen at Atelier Brunette in Paris. This fabric was kindly sponsored by Bernina. The only change I made to the pattern was adding  tulip sleeves instead of the regular ones.

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The second one is made with a little piece of fabric I had in my stash for a long time (bought at Miss Matatabi). I was inspired by this Louisa from Marte. I added the cap-sleeves of the Lotta dress.

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Today we`ll give a big thank you to all our sponsors, everybody sewed something with a Pattern or a fabric received in Paris. Check out all the other creations. There is a giveaway on every single blog!

      So if you would like to be the lucky winner, of a free copy of the Louisa dress, just leave a nice comment on my blog (tell me if you like to win) and visit Compagnie M to give Marte some love.
      Giveaway winner will be announced 10/07/2015
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    La dolce vita

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    We spent a few days in bella Italia. In Lucca, I found the casa del tessuti by F. Casini. A small fabric shop, with a nice selection of fine Italian fabrics. I bought this gorgeous wool. Finest merinowool fabricated in Italy. Lightweight with a nice drape, perfect for a summer dress.

    Perfect for an other Inari (See my first version here).

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    I wore this dress for the whole day, before I managed to take a few pictures. It doesn`t crinkle! The quality is just amazing!

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    This necklace is handmade by an artist in Florence. I bought it in a small studio, where she sold her work. I would love to give her credit and mention her name. But unfortunately, I totally forgot to take her business card. I`m so in love with this collar. Grey with yellow. It`s like made for me.

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    I embroidered the dress with a few running-stitches. Just because the special fabric deserves this little effort.

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    Beautiful days always fly by.

    Precious

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    Today you`ll get to know the man in my life. He`s everything I ever wished for, my best friend, my love.

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    He`s funny and caring. He`s always there, trying to make me happy. It means the world to me to have him on my side!

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    We first met when I was 18 years old. Since then I can`t remember a lot of days we did`t see each other. Three years ago we travelled together for a whole year, we never did something separately. He is the one and only person on this earth I could share so much time, somewhere your travelling buddy is the only one speaking your language. I still miss him like crazy when is away for just a few days. Life is short, you can`t share too much time!

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    He`s the secret behind the beautiful pictures on my blog. He`s a professional photographer and he does most of the photo-shootings for me. If I shoot the pictures, he`s the one who`ll edit them! Thank you so much for putting my work in such an inspiring light!

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    We love you to the moon and back!

    Nina and the little Bean

    Pattern: CUT Nr 12 01/15 Jacke Man-chester

    Fabric: Wool bought locally, lining fabric form Miss Matatabi

    Nina Culottes Pattern Tour

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    Marte of Compagnie M just released her newest pattern for women and teens. It`s a two in one pattern with a basic A-line skirt and a culotte option. I never ever thought of wearing a pair of culottes before, I can remember that I owned a pair as a child but that doesn`t count. It`s a totally new type of garment in my closet. I really wasn`t sure about it when I started to sew. Can you imagine a pair of pants that looks like a skirt? I couldn`t. But after all, Martes pattern are always great and the culottes are called Nina (kind of named after me).

    And look at them, they`re stylish, airy and functional in one. Perfect.

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    I sewed a muslin first and I was happy that I did so (I seem to be able to learn from my faults!). A pair of pants is something done to personal taste. The muslin fitted perfectly well. But there were a few things I didn`t like. As a girl who wears low waist skinny jeans all the time, I was not used to the high waist. I took away a few cm of the waistband.

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    And I added pleats to the front. That`s something you can do really easily without changing the shape of the garment.

    I sewed a size XS with the length of size 12 y.

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    The fabric is from a local store. Tiny little dots all over. The waistband is finished with hand-stiching on the inside. So worth to take the time, the result is really neat.

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    Marte`s pattern comes with a lot of options and very detailed instructions. From the beginning seamstress, who`ll try her hands on the very first skirt, to the skilled sewists, who will sew a pair of culottes with welt pockets and zip fly. It`s something there for everyone.

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    A comfy new pair of pants for my summer-wardrobe. How great is that!

    If you wanna try one`s luck enter the giveaway to win a copy of the new Compagnie M Pattern.

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    for all of you who can`t wait you can get your copy straightaway here.

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    Ishi Blogtour

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    I was a happy one who had the honor to test the new Pattern by Straight-grain. The Ishi is a simple A-line dress, with princess seams and big pockets. Easy to sew, comfy to wear and endless options to explore. This is going to be a favorite staple dress.

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    This is a size 18 Months, it fits her perfectly.

    I also sewed a size 2 Y for her, there is a bit more room to grow. Do you see what I mean? It was my fault. She`s just between the two sizes, i don`t now what i had in mind while choosing the size. Doesn`t matter. I`ll sew a few more Ishis for sure.

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    The pattern comes with beautiful and easy to follow graphics. If you`re a beginning seamstress don`t worry with the tips and tricks An provides, you`ll be able to sew this dress! If you`re a more experienced sewer, you`ll stich it up in like no time.

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    Pockets, yes big pockets. You can imagine what you`ll find in them every evening. The treasures of the day, always a nice surprise!

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    A few chances were made to the pattern. I added a rolled-up effect to the short sleeves and I sewed in a visible zipper instead of an invisible (they always bite the dust so fast).

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    Fabrics: Side Panel: Naniiro (Mondaysmilk), Front Panel: Soft cactus (locally) Pockets: Silver linen (locally)

    The pattern is sold in the Straight-grain shop for $10, use the code LAUNCH15 for a 15% off (expires May 22).

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    Golden Rain

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    It`s already a few weeks ago, since I sewed this little dress. A fast project, that I squeezed in between a few larger ones in my sewing queue. Just because I stumbled over this beautiful fabric, I bought once locally. I love the colors. That happens to me sometimes.

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    The dress is self-drafted and it`s not perfect. I just gave it a go.

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    Some pleats, some piping and an asymmetrical shape. She looks quite cute in it.

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    A fast closure.

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    And of course pockets. Yes, that`s something she just discovered. For me it`s amazing to see what treasures she found to be important enough to carry. Always a surprise. That`s it, a perfect little in-between dress.