2016 Make Nine


Seeing everyone’s #2016MakeNine posts pop up on blogs and Instagram, has me inspired to do some planning ahead myself. These are the nine items that will probably appear in my closet at some point in 2016.

  1. Phoebe Dress by Colette Patterns.
    The sewalong for this dress has just kicked off, and I’m excited to join it. Pattern has been printed and traced, and the fabric is ready to go.
  2. Archer Button-Up by Grainline Studio
    My main quest for this year is the perfect button up shirt. Judging from all the pictures I’ve seen of it, this one might just fit the bill!
  3. Cascade Duffle Coat by Grainline Studio
    I need some sort of winter coat for the coming winter, and I’ve been desiring a duffle coat for a long time. I have some plaid and some purple wool in my stash for this.
  4. Zinnia Skirt by Colette Patterns
    I really like the small darts, and think this will look lovely a wide variety of fabrics.
  5. League Sweater by Veronik Avery
    Can’t say much about this, other than that it looks awesome! It will be hard to find other colour combinations that work for this though…
  6. Watson Bra & Undies by Cloth Habit
    Here I’m most likely to draft my own pattern instead, but as I already own this I might as well see if I can get this one to fit.
  7. Scout Tee by Grainline Studio
    Even if I find the perfect button-up, I don’t want to be wearing only those all year. Especially for summer, this seems a cute, simple top!
  8. Cascades Sweater by Michelle Wang
    Not 100% sure if I will make this exact sweater, or if I will design my own cabled sweater to go over button-ups, but some type of gorgeous cabled sweater will be created at some point in 2016!
  9. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
    Although they’re last on this list, they’ve jumped to the top of my sewing queue after I ripped trough the knees of my only pair of jeans.

Sweater Inspiration

After a solid year of not sewing, apparently all it took to get back into the swing of things was one successful project. I haven’t yet managed to catch any daylight in order to take pictures of my first finished Paxson, but I absolutely love it. Hopefully it won’t be pouring with rain this weekend so I can get it photographed and blogged.

In the mean time, I’m getting excited about making many more versions of Paxson because it is exactly the kind of sweater I like to wear.


Rag & Bone Color Block Dakota Sweatshirt – Photo from La Garconne, now sold out

I found this sweater on Pinterest, and I think a colourblocked Paxson could be absolutely lovely. I especially love this one because it has neutral colours, but is exciting enough with the different panels. You can’t see it on this picture, but the sleeves of this sweater are also white on the underside. I’m not sure if I would include that in my version, but either way the pattern should be very easy to adapt.

Another idea I’ve had, but haven’t been able to find good pictures of, are contrasting shoulders – perhaps some type of leather together with a slightly heavier knit.

2016 Sewing Plans


Basically my uniform on weekdays. Picture from Mango, but not available there anymore.

Not only has it been over a year since my last post, it has also been over a year since I have sewn anything at all. Between finishing my studies and working full time, I simply haven’t had the energy. However, I have now graduated and moved to a new place, and I finally want to get behind the sewing machine again.

Because it’s been such a long time, and because I have so little time, I want to focus on thoughtful and practical sewing. Considering the way my style has changed over the past year or two, this means three main things: button-up shirts, sweaters, trousers, and – if I can find one – the perfect blazer.

Combining this with the fact that I’m a bit rusty, and don’t want to dive into something complex immediately, I’ve settled on Paxson from Seamwork by Colette Patterns. Tomorrow I finish work early, so this is the perfect day to buy fabric and get started!

Hawthorn Sew-Along: Blouse Inspiration

Because I’ve got my heart set on making the blouse version first, I’ve scoured the internet for nice peplum blouses to combine into one perfect one! Here’s a selection. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired too! (And by “scouring the internet” I mean typing “peplum blouse” into the Pinterest search bar.)

Right now, I’m thinking of doing lace on the yoke and sleeves, and probably making the whole thing mustard coloured. Or perhaps I’ll go for dots, or something else, or whatever I find on the market Saturday!

Mixing transparent and opaque fabrics?
From Honey mi Honey, but I couldn’t find it on their website anymore.

Another take on the lace yoke/sleeves.  No idea where this one's from... People on Pinterest aren't great with linking to the original source.

Another take on the lace yoke/sleeves.
No idea where this one’s from… People on Pinterest aren’t great with linking to the original source.

I have a thing for mustard, and lace... (Anthropologie)

I have a thing for mustard, and lace…

Can't go wrong with dots, but perhaps a bit safe? A Lauren Conrad blouse, if the info was correct.

Can’t go wrong with dots, but perhaps a bit safe?
A Lauren Conrad blouse, if the info was correct.

Inspiration: Marfy Catalogue

Wow, now I’ve finally started both my teaching internship and my teaching classes at university, time seems to fly by. I can’t imagine that it’s already been almost two weeks since my last post.

Anyway, I have managed to squeeze in some sewing, and hopefully both the weather and my boyfriend will cooperate so I can get some pictures done. One of the things I made is a simple cowl neck tee, from one of the free patterns that came with my Marfy catalogue (nr 3075 in the picture below). The whole catalogue is very inspiring! I ordered it to use for drafting practice on half or quarter scale, but there’s plenty of stuff in there that I’d love to make for myself.


Preview: Burdastyle Magazine February 2013

January has only just begun, but Burdastyle.de always has the preview of the next issue up very early in the month. It seems to be a promising issue.

asymmetrical topFrom the theme “Urban Safari” I only really like the asymmetrical top from this picture. Perhaps I’m just tricked by the gorgeous jewel-like purple, but it seems beautiful. It’s a pity the technical drawings aren’t available yet, because I’m not sure if the shoulders are asymmetrical too, or if it’s just the hem.

Actually, taking a look at the flat photographs, the skirt might be quite pretty too. It is just really hard to make out the pleating details and the curved hem in such a busy print (which doesn’t even scream “safari” to me to be honest…).

blouse and skirtA gorgeous outfit! I would love to make this blouse in exactly these colours right now. The skirt might be a little too long for me, but chop off about 15 cm and that seems to be a winner too.

Jersey topI’m a bit torn about this one actually. Again, I think I might just be lured in by the fabric rather than the cut but it would probably be nice in a very drapey viscose jersey. This is actually the only pattern that I might consider buying the magazine for, because everything else seems easy enough to draft myself. I’ll probably end up having a quick look at the pattern pieces in the store though, so I can hopefully figure it out myself.

Have you had a look at next month’s Burdastyle Magazine yet? If so, which ones are your favourites? One of the beautiful wedding dresses from the plus size selection, or perhaps a hippie-style tunic?

Burda Magazine February 2012

Colour block dress Burdastyle 2012
This is why I am going to buy the new Burdastyle Magazine as soon as it hits the shelves here. Can you imagine the colour possibilities? It would even look wonderful in just one colour, perhaps with some piping to emphasise the seams.

I also love the way the tech-drawing shows a zipper that goes all the way down. How about a zipper that opens two ways, so you can create a split in the back whenever you want or need to!