Friday, 31 July 2015

Starring Magnolia

Hi guys!

A short post today, I just wanted to show you the card I made this afternoon for my mom's birthday. I used one of my Magnolia stamps, and made the rest of the card around it. I coloured the stamped figure with my Rembrandt colouring pencils, the stars and the lettering were done by hand with a silver pen. I traced some of the stars to make them pop, as I felt it was a bit flat before.

Happy weekend!


Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Pintastic Week - 26.07.2015

Because everybody loves flamingos. Watercolour painting via OlechkaDesign on Etsy.

Hi there!

How was your week? I met with friends a couple of times to do some much needed catching up and had great times. I also finally decided on a pattern for a maxi dress after lots and lots of research, inspiration photos and looking through all my sewing magazines. I plan on getting started with it today and hopefully it won't take me too long to sew. Not spilling the beans yet, though! You will have to wait until it is done ;)

I've also read about and seen great things again this week and below are a couple of personal highlights. Happy Sunday!

First up is a Burda pattern mash-up by So from On Sunday Mornings. I adore the playsuit she made by combining a shorts pattern and a bodice from a dress. 

I also liked the dress Szilvia made for the Burda Member Model Challenge. It is such a simple silhouette, but I think the colour makes it look so chic. 

This braid is insane. That is all I can say about it.

These cacti pincushions are cute, useful, and I can't help but smile at the thought of a pincushion shaped like a cactus. Plus, A Beautiful Mess makes great tutorials, every time.

This Boursin bruschetta bar featured on The Londoner seems like the perfect food set-up for an evening of entertaining friends. No such thing as missing all the fun because you are in the kitchen getting everything ready.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Mom's tie dress

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to show you a dress I made for my mom, as proof of my non-selfish sewing. She once went fabric shopping with me, and I promised her that if she found fabric she liked, I'd make her something. That finally happened (I have two more I promised her, still working on that). She let me take photos to share here, as long as her face wouldn't be in them, hence the headless pictures ;)

She wanted something she could throw on easily when it is warm outside, and that she could wear on vacation. So we decided to go for Knipmode May 2015, dress 20. The only real alteration - besides grading between different sizes for bust and hips - is that I considerably shortened the skirt part, as my mom doesn't like to wear maxi dresses. Unfortunately, my sewing machine broke down, so I hemmed it by hand. (I notice the front panels look uneven in the picture, but they aren't in real life.) Most of the sewing on this dress was straightforward and not so hard, except for the shoulderbands. It was kind of a pain to sew those in a knit fabric and the instructions were also confusing, so I ended up figuring out on my own how I could do them. It was probably not the way I was supposed to sew them, and probably also not the easiest way, but I managed in the end. And my mom is happy, so that is the most important thing.
Anyway, this is the result:

Pumps and Needles: Mom's tie dress - knipmode pattern
Pumps and Needles: Mom's tie dress - knipmode pattern

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Martini dress

Hi guys!

I just got back from two relaxing weeks in Italy, hence the lack of posts. The weather was so good - sometimes a little too hot for me even, but I don't complain! With the beautiful scenery around, I thought it was a good opportunity to finally take some pictures from a dress I made. Out of all the things I already sewed, this is the first one that makes it to the blog. I should definitely get around to taking pictures of everything...

The pattern I used is the Martini dress by La Maison Victor. The pattern calls for a bit heavier, wool-type fabric, but I had a coupon of tricot in my stash that I managed to squeeze it out of. The result is slightly more fitted, but soooo comfy, I could live in this dress! Because of my choice of fabric, the neckline will not stay up, but I also like it when it folds over like this.
Big thanks to my lovely sister for taking the pictures!