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A multitude of soft yellow, tidy, wax hexagons. A surface that’s soft and rough at the same time. A structure that’s both transparent and opaque; a honeycomb is a thing of beauty. I’ve had a honey-filled honeycomb as a wallpaper on my computer for a few weeks now, and even though I picked it because it just was just nice to look at and nothing more, I am starting to become more and more interested in the beauty of the shape. I don’t know what attracts me most to the shape of the honeycomb, if it’s the repetitiveness of the…

Spring is almost here and what better moment to shuffle, edit and update the way you dress. I didn’t do a lot of sewing this winter. Even though I live in a Mediterranean climate, winter mornings, when it’s still dark outside and you hop on your bicycle are still cold. I can’t even think of dresses or silky shirts, just my practical everyday bike to work uniform, which is mainly constituted of pants and a jumper. Not very chic, but warm and comfy. But spring, that’s a whole new story. Spring is wonderful here. With crazy blue skies and timid…

There are a few reasons why I like Eléonore Klein’s Wearability Project: it’s funny, refreshingly sincere, useful and inspiring. It’s also in French, but Google Translate should help you with that unless you want to do a 2 in 1 and learn how to improve your wardrobe and French at the same time. Eléonore, the mastermind behind Deer and Doe, and the inventor of the popular Plantain Top sewing pattern, has decided to review and edit her wardrobe, specifically the garments she sews for herself and to identify the outfits she best feels in – and basically – to sew more…

Like many pattern-makers-to-be or pattern making newbies, if you want, I sometimes tend to feel like I maybe need to study this properly in order to make something of it. The only formal fashion design and pattern making class that I could take right now is an online class. I am mainly a self-learner and I know I can save a lot of time learning by myself (in-class experience with fellow student and a teacher who interacts with you is still the best for me, but not always possible). A Coursera and Udacity and Codecademy aficionado, I’ve also noticed I…

Something to sew Don’t you love a free sewing pattern, especially when the pattern maker is modelling an awesome garment made with it? I was already impressed by Deer and Doe and their sewing patterns for women and not men men, but this new free t-shirt sewing pattern is really cool. You’d have to sign in to download it, but the pattern looks like it’s worth it. I’ve bought a thick raspberry-pink jersey in my last holiday and this looks like a good project for it. Something to think about I really like Laurwyn’s post about body image. I think…

Follow sky turtle’s board vintage sewing on Pinterest. I’m not even sure what makes it so special. Why vintage sewing is so magical and breath-taking. Maybe it’s the black and white pictures, the perfect hour-glass silhouettes, the feminine lines, or maybe it’s how nicely they fit the women in vintage fashion photography. Clothes are so affordable now and we’ve become such automated shopping machines, that buying a garment that fits, that’s both durable and well-made is not important anymore. In September last year I started a clothes shopping fast and five months later I’ve bought: a pair of pants to…

2013 was a good year. Even if I lost a lot of content from the blog, this allowed me to slow down and ask myself if I am completely happy with the blog the way it is now or whether I should change something about it and focus on the things that really interest me. And I decided I will.  I’ll share the journey step by step if you stand by 🙂 And a change is good from time to time, right? I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and my needs for knowledge has increased, my taste has changed,…

Do you cook? I do. Does your kitchen get very messy when you do? I do. Do you wear an apron? Me neither. I always thought there was something too cute about them. Too housewivey. Until I saw a coffee barrista sipping their slow made brew, dressed up in a chambray shirt and covered with a pale olive green linen apron. Aprons can be beautiful, especially when they are at work. Here are Jones and Didier Murat, a beautiful couple who run Vergennes Laundry, via Remodelista. The next two aprons are made of linen and can be found at Shop Fog Linen.…

What would a sewist be without people who understand him or her? Who take fabric talk, dart fitting and pattern grading seriously. Who like to make things, ruin meters of fabric and pattern paper. Those people who inspire you to do better, learn more things, explore your own ideas and passions? Do you sew? You should read these blogs. Simple as that. Lucky Lucille Rochelle is one of my favourite sewists. She´s beautiful, fun, energetic and she makes the most amazing fabric combinations I´ve seen lately. Just look at her versions of the Colette Patterns Macaron dress and her Hazel…

Italian, witty, fierce and funny, Sophia Loren was never just an actress, she was and still is an icon of style and glamour. Like many women of her era, Sophia Loren, wore lots of full skirts with short fitted tops. Her signature style, however, remains the generous cleavage and the super slim waistline. Sophia Loren wore tucked in tops that exposed her shoulders and neck, almost always a belt and flowery a-line or half circle skirts. sophia loren inspired outfit  The long, wavy hair, the well defined eyes and brows and the deep scoop neck: so Sophia. To replicate this look…