Month: February 2015

[Refashion] I had a jumper. Now I have a dress. And a skirt.

Jumper Refashion Dress Header

I must confess, I’m in a pretty bad sew-jo slump at the moment. I mean, I still love sewing, and I still am thinking about new projects all the time. It’s just that everything I touch lately turns into dust, or in this case, rubbish bin fodder. Maybe because I get so little sewing time as my sewing room has found an alternative use as a study room for my ever so clever fiance who is working on his ever so complicated masters degree. And when I do, I am so desperate to get something completeted that I end up rushing, not thinking before I cut and in general being very gung-ho about my projects. The quality suffers and I get frustrated. Not good at all for perfectionists…

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[Sustainable Tuesdays] Spinning yarn and talking sustainable wool

Sustainable Tuesdays - Wool
Welcome back to my fortnightly Sustainable Tuesdays series, episode 4 already!

We talked cotton the last time, but now I wanted to have a look at wool and discuss sustainability and ethic aspects related to it. Wool used to be one of the most common materials, but with the advent of synthetic fibres and the omni presence of cotton, both the world-wide production and consumption (at least for apparel) has decreased. However, we still like a lovely warm woollen jumper or a merino coat, and sewing with wool fabrics is great, isn’t it? Although in general wool is considered a more sustainable fibre or fabric, there are a few things you need to know so you can make informed decisions.

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Obi skirt

The Obi Skirt or how we got there in the end

If you are waiting for all the scoop on the GBSB, sorry to disappoint, this post is actually about an item I made this year (my first finished garment of the year, yey!!). It does relate a little bit to the Bee, but only just. Managing expectations here, ok?

I’m the kind of girl that is somewhat of a perfectionist and has no patience and wants most thing ‘her way’. And also very stubborn. So far, not much going for me, right? Well, it turns out that all those traits that could make my fiance really think twice about tying the knot, are actually a plus when I’m sewing. Here’s a story about a project that should have ended up in the bin, but I was too pig headed to let go of.

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[Sustainable Tuesdays] Not all cotton is made alike

Is all cotton made alike?

Welcome back to my fortnightly Sustainable Tuesdays series. Today, I’m covering cotton, a material that is as ubiquitous as it is taken for granted. But is all cotton made alike?

When we buy cotton garments or fabric with a certain content of cotton, we don’t usually give too much thought to what that actually means. I mean, it’s more important to ensure the content of cotton vs. man made fibres, the design of the fabric or the garment, the drape or the fit. Some manufacturers will highlight such qualities as organic, Better Cotton, or Fairtrade. But what do those claims actually mean and how do they compare against conventional cotton?

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Wrap me up – Faux fur scarf

While the excitement is building up for the start of the Great British Sewing Bee, series 3 (I’m a Bee, I’m a Bee), I have to find an outlet for my excitement/ nail biting nervousness. Geez, I get sweaty palms even writing this sentence right now… So let me entertain you with a furry post, a make that I love but didn’t get to keep :(.

January was a good month for my social life, but not very good for churning out me-made projects. I had some really great incentives however because of two friends’ birthdays, to whom I wanted to offer some hand-made presents. Because of the season, I diverged from my classic presents (tote bags) and played with one of my favourite materials: faux fur. I love it, especially the really good quality that is available nowadays. Unfortunately, the good stuff is quite pricey, so scarves it is!

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