Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A dress for mama...

Phew... 42 degrees is way too hot for my liking! Windows are all steamed up and it's a true sauna out here... On top of that, we're in the middle of Ramadan so me and my little one are clustered to home. As he's having longer and longer naps during the day it's not necessarily a bad thing!

I finally managed to make myself a dress. Well... it's taken me about 18 months! I started this dress just before I got pregnant. Unfortunately, as soon as we received the news about our little baba I completely lost interest. I started sewing baby clothes like there was no tomorrow and when I finally felt like making myself something new, I simply wouldn't fit in it anymore...

Anyway, I've reached the point where it's nice to have some time to myself. 
The pattern I used for this dress is Vogue 8766.

I was inspired by a Prada dress I saw in a magazine. The dress had bright colored horizontal stripes and had a 1920's feel to it, with a modern twist.

Vogue 8766 reminded me of this dress and with some minor changes, especially length wise I created my own Prada dress!

I used bright pink stretch jeans for the dress and lined it in a cotton of the same color.

I shortened the dress by approximately 20 cm and made the ruffle about 5 cm shorter...

 Now counting down for the cool weather to return and in the mean time... sew!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Luca's sarouels

How do they do it... Hats off to all new mums who get behind a sewing machines before their baby reaches the 6 month mark! It's taken me a while to get started again (7 months to be exact). But hey, there's only one thing better than spending an afternoon sewing and that's having some TLC with a little baba who has the ability to make your heart fly, all day long, every day.

So I'm running that well oiled sewing machine again and I'm bursting of plans and ideas to get me started. I'm so in the mood!

I have a half finished dress waiting on my sewing table. I started it just after I got pregnant but lost all interest as soon as I knew I could really start on those super cute baby clothes. I have to say, I slightly lost interest but I really want to finish it... at some point.

As I'm more of a diesel than a petrol car (I'm a slow starter) I started off with a simple project, some baby sarouels.
I love sarouel trousers (or harem pants as some people like to call them). They're an easy project, finished in just over an hour and they're super comfortable for babies to move in. I admit I love the skinny jeans but let's be honest, what would you prefer to crawl in?

I made this pair in grey cotton with stars. I trimmed the legs with elastic to make them look extra puffy. Luca needs a few more pairs so I'll be back soon... 

Friday, December 14, 2012


Christmas is nearing and I haven't done any crafting... Yes, it's very unlike me but I do have an acceptable excuse this time!

On the 14th of October Steve and I became the proud parents of my best piece of crafting so far, a little baby boy who goes by the the name of Luca.

He's the cutest thing ever and we're so happy to add him to our little family.

Needless to say I haven't been bored over the past two months and he's left me little to no time for any creative stuff.

This doesn't mean I'm over the whole crafting business! I hope to find some time in the near future to start sewing and crafting again.
My head is already exploding with new ideas and I can't wait to get started.

My apologies once again for my absence, I promise to be back very soon. In the mean time, happy crafting to all of you!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ahoy pirate!

Ahoy pirates! I'm back... My excuses for my resent absence. The tummy is getting bigger by the day and my energy level has reached rock bottom. We're impatiently awaiting our little one and we are so excited!

Although I do admit I have taken it pretty slowly over the last few months, it's not like I haven't done anything. I've been sewing some little trousers, and tops but the piece I'm most proud of is most definitely this one :

My little one's first jacket! Yes, I know, I've made it a bit prematurely (it's a size 3 to 4 years) but I thought it would probably be the age a kid enjoys a pirate outfit most...

I bought the e-pattern from Biglittle, an Etsy shop. The pattern is well explained and has lots of pictures. The jacket was a little time consuming due to the many small pieces of felt which needed to be hand stitched or embroidered on the jacket but I absolutely love the result.

The treasure map as well as the loot bag are detachable as they are stitched on with snap buttons, just to help with treasure hunting of course!

I also love the dagger on the front side and the pirate flag at the back, just like a real pirate!

The finishing touch are definitely the pirate buttons which I found by accident on a fleamarket (15 hand painted pirate buttons for 3 euros). You might notice that the button holes aren't finished yet... This is because I'm working on my mums sewing machine currently. I'd rather make them on my own machine as I'm more familiar with it so I'm waiting to return home to finish the job...

Captain Jack, eat your heart out!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Oh Romée!

So many ideas, so little time... It's probably every crafter's nightmare but I just never seem to have enough time to accomplish all my projects. 
With only 5 weeks to go in pregnancy time starts to seems to fly by and my list of projects seems to grow by the day (I might need a second sleeping bag and even another one in a larger size, and what about a summer version? You see what I mean!).
As I love the design so much I decided on making another Romée romper. I realized I had a matching cardigan which makes the outfit extra cute.

                                 Cute or what?
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