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Do you often think about reducing waste, repurposing materials and using only as much as you need when you sew? I wanted to share a quick tip on how I reuse paper for printing my sewing patters: I use old magazines, brochures or snail mail. Most of them come in A4 paper, so I take out the staples and cut them into single A4 sheets. Or most likely rip them apart in single A4 sheets 🙂 I make sure they’re not bent or soiled in any way, then put them through my printer, like I would with normal fax/print paper.…

I love fall. I love the rusty colours, the rough textures, the nutty flavours. Everything almost. I took the photo below the other day and realised it captures some of my favourite colours: lots of earthy greens, but also some tones of blue and burgundy. I used the Big Huge Labs palette generator to quickly look at this colours on a palette to see how much it resembled my current fall wardrobe pallete. I am trying to plan better what I make so that I make more things that I wear a lot. What is a lot? Is it every week at…

Hello readers, Are you out there? It’s been two crazy busy, but good – wonderful busy- months so the blog was a bit neglected. I did get to do a bit of sewing and knitting and I’ll share with you more soon. Today I wanted to show you how I modified the Adelaide dress pattern by Seamwork to make a vest. How to choose fabric I chose a stiff, tapestry fabric. This world map fabric is made in Spain and I bought it from Barcelona when I was still living there. I’ve used it to make a million things. I…

August was a little quiet here on the blog, which means it was a bit crazy outside this blog. There was some travel and there were a few days of reading on the beach, swimming and eating fresh fish. There were some weddings (3) and lots of beautiful people to meet and see again. I wore my Adelaide dress and other summery garments I had made the years before, which made me feel secretly proud I can sew for myself. There was a lot of running around and too much work for an August, but I’m greatful everything turned out ok.…

Summer’s almost over, just a month left. How did this happen? I know I should complain about the heat and humidity and the bugs and everything that’s not completely cool about summer. But I enjoy those too. Time seemed to fly so that’s why I started documenting my crafty/creative/fun time here. Even if I don’t post a full blog post about each of those cool moments, I get to capture them and maybe feel happy about them in the future. Ideally also see progress in learning new things! See also: Best of June in sewing and making  I made a…

Last month I started documenting the small pleasures, little discoveries and hopefully areas of personal growth in sewing, knitting, making in general. These were my favourite things to discover or do in June: See also: Best of July in sewing and making  Inspired to sew (or at least consider trying) sewing a bra. I’ve been reading and admiring bloggers who make lingerie and especially bras, but I’ve never considered it something I could try, until I read Ingrid’s post about her Watson bra. She says this: “I think one of the reasons I love making lingerie, is that it takes no…

I’ve learned most of the things I know from blogs and from forums before that. Blogs are great when you move from home and you find yourself in a new place, with no friends who are interested in sewing and making things. They are great when you’re sewing mojo is gone for a week or a month or when you have no time to sew. You make yourself a cup of coffee and read on about other sewing adventures. You laugh some, you learn some. Sewing blogs are one of the best things in the world 🙂 I’ve written before…

  This draped batwing tunic is very easy to make and a perfect project for the weekend. It only took me a couple of hours from sketch to finish and you don’t need any sewing pattern to make this. When you choose your fabric choose blouse fabrics with a drape, light cottons, like batiste, silk, georgette, etc, but nothing too boxy, unless that is the look you are going for.   First, take a tank top that fits you well but it not too stretchy. You want tank top and not a t-shirt because it will be easier to see…

As a person who owns much more patterns than she will ever get to use and still remembers the exact number of the now lost Burda magazine she lent a friend over 6 years ago, I am fascinated by garments that don’t need patterns. More specifically about boxy, square-ish shapes that have never seen a french curve in their life. That’s why I really like these blouses and dresses from this Kitting, Crochet and Sewing Magazine (I can’t find this magazine anywhere else, do you know if it has a different name?) Look at this blouse below, for example: it’s…