My Maternity-Weddingdress

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It`s nearly two months ago since our wedding. It was a very nice and positive day. As you can clearly see, i`m 38 weeks pregnant here. I didn`t have enough energy left for a big party at this time. We decided, to have a big party next year and enjoyed a very relaxed evening with our families in a good restaurant. It was just perfect. We loved it a lot!

In the last months of pregnancy I was so tired, i nearly bought a dress. Then i told a good friend about and she just told me what i needed to hear. “No, you can`t.” She said, “i`m sorry but of course you have to sew your own dress.” That was the hint, that got me back to my sewing machine. It felt like meeting a long missed friend. In the end, it was a big project and a lot of hours i spent sewing on this dress, but so worth it. Wearing my own dress on this special day, was necessary for me.

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I used the gorgeous book Oui, Robes de mariée by Yukinori Morinaga. I received this book as a sponsorship for the Paris sew social in April 15. It`s from the beautiful shop La Teleria. She still has it in stock! Maria is a very sweet person and a very inspiring sewist you should check out her blog if you don`t already follow her!

Back to the book. I felt in love with the stunning pictures, which really highlight the designs. It`s for sure, the most beautiful sewing book I know! It didn`t even bother me that it`s writen in French. I knew if i`ll need a wedding dress once, it will be a dress out of this book!

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I choose the basic dress nr. 2. It`s a empire style dress with a little tail. It`s easy to alter the pattern to a maternity version. I just needed some gathers and more fabric for the front skirt. A lot more fabric, my belly was impressive!

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Of course a dress like that you don`t sew with a single layer of fabric. The bodice is boned (so I could wear it without a bra) and made of 4 layers (lining, silk organza, a heavier toile and silk). The Skirt is made out of 3 layers (lining i used a very nice silk cotton, a havier in between fabric to give it some weight and structure and the pretty grey silk i got in Paris). I nearly got crazy while hand-stitching the rolledhem of the silk skirt! Maybe it would have been a relaxing thing to do, but it was the evening before my wedding day. There really was no passion left for hours of hand-stitching. The dress includes a lot of hand-stitching actually, I wanted to do it the proper way.

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To give the bodice a special touch, I added a golden lace fabric to go with it. That was probably the most expensive fabric i bought in my whole life. But, is there a better option to buy expensive fabric? I hand stitched the whole lace with golden tread so the seams become invisible. I haven`t done something like that before. You`ll have to be patient but it feels like you’re doing some haute couture. The wonderful mohair cardigan is knitted by my mum and it was the most beloved gift i got on this day! She spent a lot of hours knitting. That means a lot to me! Thank you mummy!

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And here he is the love of my life. You mean everything to me!

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Photos by Manuela Jans

 

 

Lila Dress Blogtour

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Sylvia of Lily and Woody and Marte of Compagnie M released a new pattern in cooperation. The pattern is designed for knits. As always you`ll find a lot of options to personalize your Lila. Even an option to sew a reversible dress in a woven fabric (I sewed a test version of this dress, and I promise i`ll blog about it soon). And of course the jumpsuit option suitable for boys and girls.  You could sew a whole baby wardrobe. It`s fast to sew, you`ll probably finish this dress within an hour. You can  adjust the pattern to be a t-shirt or a tunic, maybe add sleeves or pockets. A real staple pattern!

There is a nice overview of all the options here.

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I used the only knit Nani Iro, I had in my stash for years. It`s so cozy and soft I once made an infinityscarf for myself out of it. But as soft and beautiful it is, it just wasn`t my color. So I decided, the time has come to use it for a project that will get worn a lot. I think this fabric just waited for the Lila Pattern to come.

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I sewed the basic dress version in a size 92 without the box-pleat, but with a real pocket instead of the faux one.

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I guess, a pink button should be on all me dresses from now on. I think it`s the main reason, why she loves the dress so much. I really ask myself sometimes where her strong liking for pink comes from. I never ever pushed her in this direction.

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So hurry up and get your copies, until tomorrow 11.59pm (CET +1 timezone) the discount code LILA10 is valid. And there is a nice fabric give-away going on.

 

A stitch back in time

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For me it`s the second round in the Battle of the Stitches. See my first Battle here. It`s a nice competition without any fight factor. It`s just about pushing each other, to sew something special, within the same theme. My fellow competitors are:

Olu of Needle and Ted

Toya of Made with Toya

and Sara of Made by Sara

It`s a pleasure ladies! I can`t wait to see what they all did! Be sure to check it out!

We all love vintage patterns and designs. So this battle is all about the bygone times. A stitch back in time we call it.

I was searching for a 60`s style sailor coat pattern, I saw once on Etsy. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find it anymore. Nowhere. I had already fallen in love with the design, I couldn’t think of sewing anything else. I just had to be this kind of coat. My only choice was to draft my own version, in keeping with the 60`s flair.

So I did, I drafted it myself. I sewed a muslin and had to buy some nice wool for it to be just like I imagined.

My Little Bean and I went to the local fabric shop, and found the last meter of a gorgeous wool and a little fabric scrap, just enough for the collar and a bonnet (a vintage coat needs a matching bonnet doesn’t it?). Lucky days!

And here it is…

Fliegfederfreis 60`s inspired Sailor Coat

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The pattern is an A-line style coat with a sailor collar, ranglan sleeves, welt pockets, a box pleat in the back, a button closure with fabric bound buttonholes and a full lining.

The wonderful vintage buttons where a gift from Marte. I hope I won’t loose any, I only have 5 of them. Thank you Marte, I love your buttons!

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The first snowy winter day in Switzerland, a dream to take pictures of a coat.

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The bonnet is reversible, I used the left-overs of the coat. So it`s warm and cosy and thanks to the wool, a bit weatherproof. The pattern and tutorial is from Toya. I hope she doesn’t mind but this is a friendly contest. Thank you Toya your bonnets are just too cute!

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My girl loves her new coat as much as I do. That’s unusual when it comes to handmade stuff those days. She thinks it’s nice and she looks pretty in it. Jackpot!

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I’m thinking about turing my pattern into a pdf for you. Would you be interested? Let me know!

Charles dress – Compagnie M contest

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In honor of Compagnie M, who`s celebrating 2nd Birthday with a big contest, this month. I visited my poor sewing machine who had to spend so many evenings on her own lately. I just loved to sew this little number! Sewing with jeans is just great. I nearly forgot how much I love top-stiching. Or placing buttons by hammer (the only way adding buttons is fun).

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With Marte`s tutorial for the Charles dress, this is really an easy pattern hack! I sewed a size 18 months based on her measurements and it`s a perfect fit.

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You could make it more an A line, but I like the straight cut of the skirt. It makes it stylish without being to cute.

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The cuteness factor is added by the little girl wearing it anyway. Look at this smile she gave me in return to a Smarties. Modeling is work and has to be paid, isn`t it?

That`s my entry to the contest, check out all the other gorgeous creations made with Compagnie M Patterns!

Madeit Fashion Week – Fold2

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It`s Madeit Fashion Week! I couldn`t be more excited about Anna and Olu`s new Patterncollection! It`s just stunning! Those two ladies made kids fashion in a very pure and beautiful way. Clever patterns with clear lines. There is no pink there is no candy, it`s made for real kids. They offer a few pattern for boys, but they`re actually suitable for girls as well.

I picked two patterns out of the Fold2 collection and sewed tree garments. It was a lot of fun and i`m sure,there will be more Madeit sewing in the next weeks. The instructions are clear and you can see that the graphic is made by a pro! It`s easy and straight forward to work with. And Olu`s humor is shinning through from time to time, what made me smile while sewing.

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The skirt is self-drafted, it`s a simple rectangle gathered with an elastic. Fabric found at a market in Italy it`s golden linen. Pretty fancy!

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Fabric of the top, bodice-side bought at Anna Ka Bazaar in Paris. Bodice-front is from Cotton and Steel bought at Petite Couture.

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I can remember sitting in the metro in Paris, while the Paris sew social weekend, back in April. When Olu showed a preview of the Petal Fold Playsuit. I was blown away and since this day, I was waiting for this pattern! As playsuits with back opening isn`t something very practical for a two-year old diaper carrier, I was delighted to find out that there is a supplement with the separates. And because I loved the look of the playsuit I made her a dress inspired by it.

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Fabrics are from Atelier Brunette and Michael Miller bought at Petite Couture. (I totally forgot where the skirt fabric is from)

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The balloon fold dress, which can be worn 3 ways, was my second choice. I just had to try it. It seemed to be genius! And I can tell you it really is. Such a great fit and such a fun and comfy dress. My little bean wore it the whole day after I tried it on. And that`s something really special at the moment! She take it up and down just as she feels like.

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Fabric is from a local store. It`s a very lightweight t-shirt knit.

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It was a little extra challenge to incorporate some Origami into our blog posts. So what do you think about my big dinosaur? By the way all the honor goes to my `husband` who took his time, yesterday evening folding it, while I was working. I love you!

Madeit is offering 20% off during the Fashion Week, take your change!

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But they`re also giving away a Madeit Pattern a day
Here’s how you can win…
all you have to do is correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that Olu of Needle and Ted will post on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection.
And this is how you can win a €50 NOSH voucher…
All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on day 7 of Fashion Week (Sunday 6 September) letting Olu know what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you. She will pick a winner from the comments and the winner will be notified by email the following week.

And there is  another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 Nosh voucher. Look out for the prompt.

I hope you are as excited I am, here is the complete list of shows to keep
your eye open for…

Monday 31 August

Kid Approved
Girl Like the Sea
Huisje
Boompje Boefjes

Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew
Crazy

Pienkel
East and Eden
Chi Chi
Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil
and Nikki

In a
manner of Sewing

Glitter + Wit
Creative Needles and Threads
As it Seams

thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow
Fliegfederfrei
Fairies
and Bubbles Co

Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add
Fabric

So-Cal
Sewing Mom

Sansahash
Miss Castelinhos
Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya
My Cosy Co
Paisley Roots
Diorella
Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted
Climbing the Willow
Swoodson says

Congratulations to Anna and Olu, you really know your business! Thank you for having me.

Babyshower for Laura

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Laura of Craftstorming got a little baby girl last saturday. I had the pleasure to met Laura back in april at the Paris sew social meeting. She`s such a sweet and nice lady and already showed a darling baby-belly. Back home, the idea grew to make her a little surprise babyshower, once the little girl comes into the world. I think it was Annika of Nähconnection who came up with it.

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I had some really busy weeks and I just did not feel like sewing. Normally, I love sewing sweet baby clothes. But this time I just didn`t feel it. Finally, my husband gave my a little reminder what this babyshower will be about. Come on Nina he said, it`s just about making a symbolic little gift to send her some love and wish her all the best with her newborn. And he was right.

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And here it is, my small something. It`s a monkey and he`s made of socks (new one`s of course).

I`ll send it to you, Laura, with a lot of love and good thoughts. I wish you all the best with your cute babygirl!

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Check out all the other gorgeous gifts Laura will receive!

Ileana Dress by Compagnie M

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Marte of Compagnie M just released her newest Pattern. The Ileana dress (read more here). It`s a truly unique pattern with so many options. You can go crazy to team the bodice with all those different sleeves, collars, pockets and skirt options. Your Ileana is going to look differently each time your going to sew it, without losing the twist Compagnie M patterns call her own. Let`s celebrate with a little dance.

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I`ve choosen the Raglan bodice with the short Raglan sleeve. The short faux button placket with a round peter pan collar. And of course, the full circle skirt.

It would be also possible to choose pattern pieces of the other compagnie m patterns, they match with the Ileanadress as well. What gives you even more creative space.

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The bodice is nicely finished with a lining. The skirt is hemmed with a bias-binding sewn to the inside. Such a nice touch on a swinging circle skirt (and very quick btw)!

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The collar as well as the sleeves are bordered with self-made piping I had to cut from an old bedsheet. Funnily, there was no white fabric in my whole stash.

Fabric is from Atelier Brunette bought here.

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You can purchase the pattern in the Compagnie-m shop, use code ILEANA10 to get a 10% discount on the pdf or the paper version.

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Congratulations Marte, this dress rocks!

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.