28.11.14

Oh no, it's my health again!

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Health wise, it's been another horrible year so far. If you read my blog for a while now you know I've been struggling quite a lot with my health. 

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After the move I kind of collapsed. I didn't have any energy left at all. It was hard enough dealing with the more basic things like cooking, cleaning and so on. I had/ve no energy for blogging or crafting. I know, it's not the first time I write about this topic. 

I tried sewing the 40s slacks, but it just wouldn't work. I couldn't focus, I was too tired. The same goes with  knitting. No focus, no motivation.

Today they finally found (part of) the cause of my tiredness. It seems that I have a very low value of vitamin B12 (pernicious anemia). I feel so relieved, because for years doctors told me my tiredness is related to stress/anxiety. And I believe this has it's influence on my energy level. But I had the feeling there was more going on, because it doesn't matter how much I rest I still feel tired. 

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The treatment exists of regular (at first weekly) injections to augment this shortage. I'm scared of needles, but I will cope with it! Today I got my first injection, so hopefully I will start feeling better soon!

And hopefully I will find the joy of crafting and blogging again!


2.10.14

I'm back!

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Dear readers,

It's been a while since my last post. I moved to a new place and it took lots of time to get it ready. The previous renter had lived here for years and he was a heavy smoker. Everything was sooo filthy! But now it's all clean and freshly painted :) Last weekend I moved to my new home, and this week I spent time unpacking boxes.

Today I had the feeling it's time to get back to blogging, sewing and knitting! I haven't been sewing or knitting for months, but it's good to be back!

So what's on my sewing table? 

Last spring I started tracing a vintage slacks pattern (Hollywood 800). I traced a few pattern pieces and then other sewing projects got my attention. These pants aren't the hardest to make, so I hope it will help me getting started. With autumn around the corner it's the perfect project to start sewing again.


I haven't read much blogs the last couple of months, now I'm settled at my new place I'm eager to catch up!

How have you been doing?

31.7.14

Finished Lutterloh 29!

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I didn't think I would be able to finish a sewing project before moving home. But I did! This will probably the last sewing project at my old place. So, it's a good closure! 


I recreated this dress from the 1941 Lutterloh pattern book. What I really like about this dress is the pocket detail, the notched collar and of course the puffed sleeves :) 

Whil writing the blogpost I realised I forgot about the pockets at hip level. Well, I don't like accentuating my hips anyway!
It took quite some time to finish the dress. This was not because it was extremely difficult. But I didn't feel like sewing most of the time and the striped fabric scared me away a bit. It's easier to get your mojo back with an easy project without caring about matching the fabric. But I find it really hard to leave a project unfinished, so I got on with it anyway.


I changed the pattern by making it a complete button down closure instead of stopping halfway as you can see at the illustration. I just like being practical. 


There are a few things I don't like about the dress. The first thing is that it sometimes looks like that the stripes aren't matching at the button closure. They do! But when I move the fabric moves place. And secondly, I wished the fabric is a bit drapier. It's quite stiff and doesn't follow my body as smoothly as I like it to be.


What else can I say? I really don't know. Just that I'm happy with finishing another Lutterloh dress!

11.7.14

Don't feel like doing anything

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Dear readers,

I know it's been a while since my last update. The problem is I don't feel like crafting or blogging these days. The main reason is that I'm going to move to another place. My mind is completely focused on moving and I feel a bit restless about it. So focussing on my hobbies  is pretty hard at the moment. 


Today was the first day in several weeks I worked on a sewing project. It feels a bit uncomfortable, sitting behind my sewing machine. And I definitely miss the flow I use to have while sewing. I feel like a beginner again.

I'm not sure about the aim of this blogpost. I guess I wanted to share with you what's going on at the moment. 

Have a nice weekend!

31.5.14

Quick update

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Hi all,

It's been a while since my last blogpost. The reason is that I wasn't feeling very well lately and I just needed a break from everything. But now I'm feeling better again and I started crafting again.


Last week I was able to finish the crocheted purse and pleated skirt, which are part of the 40s trio. This trio consists of a blouse, skirt and purse. And with these two projects finished, the trio is complete! Next week I hope to find some time to take pictures. 



In the meantime I leave you with some pictures of the finished projects!

7.5.14

Loosing my knitting mojo and a knitalong

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Hi all!

Over the years I lost my sewing mojo a couple of times. But lately I just don't feel like knitting (or crocheting). This is the first time since I learned how to knit that I lost my knitting mojo.



Luckily there is 40s themed knitalong so I hope this will bring my mojo back! I decided to start a new project. I really like this Egyptian themed sweater and it's on my to do list for quite some time now.

Hopefully I will be knitting as much as I used to with a new project and a knitalong.

Details about the knitalong can be found here:

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/all-things-vintage/2908673/1-25

Are you joining? Have you ever lost your knitting mojo? And what did help you getting it back?

22.4.14

WIP: a 40s trio part II and III

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Hi there,

Just a small update from me. You remember the 40s blouse with lace insertion I made a while ago? I called it the first part of a 40s trio I want to create. This week I'm working on the other 2 parts of this trio. 


Yesterday afternoon and this afternoon I spent a lot of time inserting the zipper in the plaided skirt. Normally I don't have much trouble with sewing a zipper into a garment. But this one is a bit difficult, because it's put into the pleat. During the sewing lessons I had 2 years ago I learned a method to do this. I have instructions and pictures of the process, but I didn't get the result. I couldn't remember how it was done. So I had to invent something myself. And I'm quite happy with the result. The zipper is invisible, well hidden in a pleat, which is pretty awesome if you ask me!



The crocheted purse is almost finished. I still have my doubts if it will work out in the end. I have sewn the two parts together. I need to sew lining with heavy interfacing, so the purse will keep its shape. Tomorrow I hope to find the right interfacing in a haberdashery store. 

What is on your sewing table?


17.4.14

Finished: Hollywood 1335

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Yay! I finished my Sew For Victory dress! My aim was to make a perfect spring/summer dress. I think the fabric just breathes those seasons with the bright colors and floral print. 


What I love about this pattern are the ruffles and the pleated skirt. Actually the pleats hold little pockets, which is so smartly designed!


Sewing this dress went pretty ok. I had a few difficulties during the proces. Like the ease of the sleeve cap. I had to much easeh. I tried different methods to get the sleeves in smoothly, but with no good results. So I gathered the sleeve cap to create a little puffed sleeve. 


I also had some problems with the buttonholes. Well one buttonhole, to be more precise. I had to redo this particular button hole 4 times before I got the result I wanted. How frustrating.


And I couldn't use my serger because it has some difficulties as well. Instead I choose to use seam binding. This seam binding was a gift from the lovely Joanna! Look how beautiful the inside looks! This is really the best way of finishing edges! I really want to use seam binding more often in future projects. We don't have this in the Netherlands as far is I know, so I really need to find a good online shops with reasonable (shipping) prices. Any suggestions are very welcome :)


The best thing about this dress is my boyfriends opinion. Normally he doesn't really like my floral dresses. But this one he does like. He said he thinks the dress and colors really suits me. How cute!

9.4.14

Playsuits

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Hi there,

We had such lovely weather last week, it almost felt like summer. And because of this sunny weather, my mind started wandering of to summer sewing projects. And what breathes more summer than a playsuit?!?



Last year I made my first playsuit and it was a big succes. I've been wearing it a lot last year. It's perfect for hot days. So, when I'm on ebay or etsy i'm always on the hunt for affordable playsuit patterns, because they can be really pricey!



I've been lucky, I scored some amazing patterns. To keep my mind in this summer mood, i thought it's fun to show my playsuit patterns.


Made in cotton, it,s just perfect for summer. I also like it that you can wear the top with shorts, but when you want to cover up yourself you can wear the skirt.


Playsuits are so versatile.   The can be youthful, romantic or sportive.



What do you think of playsuits? Have you ever made a set?

27.3.14

Sew for Victory Update!

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So far I made quite some progress with my Sew for Victory project!


I only need to add the sleeves, add button holes and buttons and hem the skirt! Yay for fast and easy sewing!


So far I'm really happy with how the project is turning out! 


And because I will finish this dress soon I'm starting to think a second project! It's a UFO, a plaided skirt which is laying in a box for over 2 years now. 


On a different note: I'm so glad with the crafting community. Yesterday I blogged about my knitwork and I received very helpful comments. Siri and WendyBee thank you so much! I tried 'pressing' it and it really worked out!

26.3.14

WIP: Wartime farm sleeveless pullover

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I'm currently knitting something for my boyfriend. It's Susan Crawfords wartime farm sleeveless pullover. 

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The pattern is suitable for male, female and even children and is knitted in the round.  For me this is the 2nd time ever that I'm knitting in the round. And I have bit difficulties with the tension. 

Deciding  what colors to use

Knitting in the round is completely different then knitting on straight needle. So far I prefer knitting on straight needles, but I think I need more experience to really appreciate knitting in the round.




I will keep my fingers crossed and hopefully some serious blocking will help remove the puckers!

19.3.14

Finished: The American Weekly 3892

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For a long time I wanted to sew a peplum blouse. I think this style is really flattering, accentuating the waist and the gathered peplum gives you a curvier look. It's really feminime. 


The pattern, like I wrote in another blogpost, really inspired me with the fabric choice. As you can see, the illustration shows a striped fabric. And I had a striped fabric for years in my stash. I think it's a match made in heaven. Ok, maybe I'm exaggurating a little, but still.

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It was really hard to cut everything out of the fabric. Not only because of the stripes, but I hadn't enough fabric for this pattern. But with som trial and error and a little bit of cheating I made it work. 



I had to make the hem width of the skirt a couple of inches smaller otherwise I wouldn't make it. The skirt doesn't have a waistband, but a facing. originally the centre front and back parts of the skirt needed to be cut along the fold. I couldn't do this, and had to add a seam. 
The belt is also made by me. Luckily, I had fabric in my stash in a similar color.




I also discovered that something went wrong with the calculations I made to see if I needed to change the patterns. I measured the waist and thought I had to add a little to make it fit me. But after sewing the skirt together (luckily no zip inserted yet), the skirt was too big. So I started calculating again, and again, but I couldn't find a mistake in my calculations. Strange huh? Well, I'm happy it wasn't the other way around, my skirt being too small. 





As I mentioned earlier this set is not really like what I usually make. I stepped out of my comfort zone fabric wise. I'm more like a floral kind of gal, romantic, no 'harsh' stripes. But somehow I was attracted to it and it even inspired me for one of my upcoming sewing projects which contains also a striped fabric. Something is changing over here ;)




Do you get out of your comfortzone when it comes to choosing a pattern/fabric?

P.S. When I look back at the pictures I'm getting a bit insecure. Is this style suitable for me?' I ask myself. Maybe I have to adjust a little or maybe it's just nothing for me. I hate those doubts.

16.3.14

Sew for Victory 2.0: Which pattern??

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Have you heard about the Sew for Victory sewalong Rochelle is hosting again? I participated last year and had lots of fun, so this year I have to join again!



The sewalong has started yesterday, so I have to decide what to make quickly! I have a few options and I want to ask you to help me.

Here we go:

1. Lutterloh 29
+ Drafting a Lutterloh pattern
+ One of my favourites from the 1941 book
+ Perfect spring dress
 - Time consuming, don't know if I'll will finish in time

Option 2:
+ I love dresses with a button down front. Easy to wear
+ I will probably finish it in time

Option 3: 
+ I want to sew another playsuit for upcoming summer
+ Skirt can be worn with other tops as well
- Don't know if I'll finish in time

Option 4: UFO's
Plaid skirt, trousers, Lutterloh skirt
+ Reduce UFO's
+ Easier to finish
+ Maybe I can finish 2 garments
- Its more fun to start with something new for a sewalong

What would you choose if you were me?

14.3.14

Het Nieuwe Modeblad March 1937

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I have this collection of the Dutch magazine, called 'Het nieuwe modeblad' (The new fashion magazine). This magazine occurred twice a month and tells us about the newest fashions and has a pattern sheet with multiple sewing patterns! I wanted to share with you one of the march editions from 1937. 



The magazine starts with describing the latest fashion trends from Paris. For spring and summer it's all about floral prints, shorter skirt lengths and daring color combinations like red and green, lavender blue with pink and yellow with lilac. Yes those are some extraordinary color combo's! ;) 


The magazine has a weak spot for embroidery. The magazines I have looked through have almost all a page dedicated to embroidery. Apparently embroidery was a very popular way to update a garment.


But, there are more ways to update an older garment with adding a jabot or replacing the sleeve with a more modern one.


I really like the sleeve of the bottom left! 


I love the capelet the woman on the left is wearing. And I like the boots of the two women on the right!


 Those are some great coats! So sharp and feminime! 


I love the neckline of the dress on the right (below). It's an interesting detail!


What prints can you wear if you're plus size? According to the magazine you have to be careful with prints. You shouldn't wear small prints and preferably prints on a dark background. You're able wear vertical stripes.


A complet is a 2 or 3 piece outfit. A dress with an overcoat (love the closure with bows!) or a dress with an overskirt and a bolero jacket! Haven't seen the last one before. 


And lastly, a picture of the pattern sheet. This is a real labyrinth! 


Would you like to see an April edition next month?