torsdag den 16. november 2017

Lotte Martens Blog Tour - Copper Rain

Do you know Belgian based textile designer Lotte Martens?

She designs and handprints beautiful and unique fabrics at her own atelier in Leuwen or in collaboration with European partners and every step in the production process is completed with greatest care.

Some months ago I was kindly asked if I would be interested in joining a Lotte Martens fabric Blog Tour. Didn't need to think twice about that offer. The hard part was to pick the fabric for my project - as there are so many beauties to choose from.

At the moment you can only buy Lotte's fabrics at European shops - but soon you'll be able to buy from non European shops as well.

For my project I chose the gabardine fabric 'Koperen Regen' (Copper Rain) - a beautiful copper colored rectangle/square 'rain' print on a dark navy blue background. I used one panel (60 cm x 145 cm with the print beeing on one half of the 145 cm width) and 1 metre of the corresponding uni colored gabardine for Wilma's new jacket.

I had initially planned for some selfish sewing with the fabric - that was until my kiddo caught a glimpse of that copper print....heart eyes all over place.

The sturdy material is perfect for bags and outerwear so we agreed on some sort of coat - and preferably a simple design to highlight the beautiful fabric.

I browsed through my collection and finally found just the right pattern. A design from the Japanese sewing book 'Casual Sweet Clothes'. The patterns in the book are designed for women. Small women. My 10 year old is almost 160 cm tall and just the height these patterns are designed for so I figured  the smallest size would fit her - and right I was. The fit is spot on. The jacket is based on the patterns D and Q from the book.

As you can see I used the copper print for the back of the unlined jacket. The hood is supposed to be lined, but I just couldn't find the right fabric for the lining (and I was out of the main fabric) so instead I finished the seams with bias tape. Now I wish I had finished all seams with tape. The jacket has cropped raglan sleeves and patch pockets. Closes with zipper and one button.

Unfortunately the jacket isn't suitable for the current cold Danish weather - but it'll be perfect for spring time.

Thank you so much for inviting me Lotte and Eva.


Chanelling her inner Beyoncé.



fredag den 3. november 2017

The Issie Top Tour

Almost four years ago I participated in The Little Betty Top tour hosted by the pattern's designer Sew Pony.

Betty has gone through some changes and is now called Issie - but she's still the same great easy fitting strech top but now with even more options to choose from.

She can be made with or without ruffles, with or without ribbing or even with a little tie collar - and comes with instructions for a dress length as well.

We adored her back then and love her even more now.

I made Wilma a size 12 cropped sweatshirt version in french terry from The Sweet Mercerie. I kept the ruffles but instead of a waistband I lengthened the bodice a bit (more at the back) and made tiny side seam splits. I also omitted the neckband and instead of folding the right side towards the wrong side of the fabric I did it the other way around and topstitched. I also sewed the ruffles on top of the bodice with two rows of stitches and left all the edges raw. I like this edgy touch paired with the girly ruffles. The sleeves. I added width and length to the bottom and turned them into balloon/bishop style sleeves. 2017 - year of the sleeve.

  • Issie is available in English, French and Dutch and comes in sizes 1-12 years (all sizes included in the pattern)
  • You can get the pattern with a 10% discount throughout the tour with this code: ISSIERELEASE10 

Be sure to stop by all these lovely ladies to see their take on the Issie Top

MONDAY 23/10: anaaisID//
WEDNSEDAY 25/10: VINK//amore//MeToezie//
FRIDAY 27/10: Beletoile//Flaflinko//Froleintilia//Ariane//
MONDAY 30/10: Riddersenrozen//128//
WEDNESDAY 1/11: WithlovebyEva//ByDagbjort//Stannel//
FRIDAY 3/11: Nah-connection//DoGuincho//Groovybabyandmama//liiviundliivi//
MONDAY 6/11: Pistolwhip//Mendandmakenew//Kneesocksandgoldilocks//
WEDNESDAY 8/11: Creativecatoo//Justaddfabric//Casennina//
FRIDAY 10/11: Enjoyfulmakes//Kaatjenaaisels//Larth//Whileshewassleeping//

Thanks for inviting me dear Suz - it's always a pleasure.