Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Recykleren, the sound of music skirt

Hi everyone, today it's my turn on the recycle tour initiated by Boomie. For all you tour followers, welcome! Really nice to see you here on my blog. When Mieke asked me if I would join the tour I said yes immediately, I love making new clothes out of old fabrics! I have a closet full of old clothes that are still useful for upcycling. On top of that the local curtain shop near my parents calls every once in a while if we're interested in their old curtain samples. So I have a couple of boxes of curtains added to my stash. On that note, are you ready for a bit of sound of music? If the von Trapps could run around in curtains, surely I can  too?


Actually my project started out with a mustard coloured curtain. I could picture it as a skirt with some black tights and a vest on top. And luckely (so I tought) the perfect pattern for this fabric had just been released; the Lotta Skirt by Compagnie M. As soon as I saw the pictures appear on facebook, I knew I had to have this pattern. It very much resembles a skirt I used to have and worn for years, but never found the same fit again in the stores.
I started sewing this up, but the fabric turned out way to thick for this pattern with the gathered front and backparts and the result was an enormous skirt. So exit mustard coloured curtain. Well not really exit, it just went back on my recycle staple and I picked another curtain sample. That's the great thing about recycling, if you screw up, it's no big deal, it didn't cost you your perfectly good fabric.
Next choice was this silver-greyish fabric, a lot thinner then the first curtain and it worked perfect for this pattern. I added about 3 cm to the bottom and I sized up 1 size because I like my waistband a bit lower.

recykleren 4.0, Lotta skirt (pattern compagnie M) - huisje boompje boefjes

recykleren 4.0, Lotta skirt (pattern compagnie M) - huisje boompje boefjes

Stay tuned for some more great upcycles on Boomie's blog. You can join in the fun as well and show your own recycle sewing projects in the Flickr pool.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Endless summer Bucket shorts, a test for rabbit rabbit creations

This week Rabbit Rabbit Creations releases the first wave of the Endless Summer Collection. I had the chance to test the Bucket shorts. A great boys pattern, thanks to the (very cool) big pockets. Perfect for collecting rocks or taking along toy cars. I tested a size 3 for little rascal, who's the big rock collector in our family.
This pattern is perfect for some fun colour blocking. I used a woven dark blue from an old pair of pants, a stretch denim and a stripey tablecloth (Ikea) for this pair.
It's a pretty easy sew, the pattern instructions are clearly written, with enough pictures for a visual explanation. Just make sure you pin down the pockets with a lot of pins while sewing them into the front and back part. I rushed a bit through that part and as a result it didn't line up evenly at the top for attaching the waistband. It was easily fixed, but I'll take more care next time.
Unfortunately we're heading into winter over here, I'm hoping this pair will still fit next spring and summer. If not, I'm sure I'll be making both the rascals a couple new ones!

Bucket shorts (pattern Rabbit Rabbit Creations) - huisje boompje boefjes

Bucket shorts (pattern Rabbit Rabbit Creations) - huisje boompje boefjesBucket shorts (pattern Rabbit Rabbit Creations) - huisje boompje boefjes

Bucket shorts (pattern Rabbit Rabbit Creations) - huisje boompje boefjes
 
Bucket shorts (pattern Rabbit Rabbit Creations) - huisje boompje boefjes




Monday, 17 November 2014

Rowan Tee pattern tour

Today it's my turn in the Rowan tee pattern tour by Titchy Threads. So a special welcome to all the Rowan tee pattern tour followers! Nice to have you over here. Laura made a fantastic tee pattern with an astonishing amount of 144 possible pattern piece combinations. In this pattern tour, each participant makes a different version, how fun is that! Frequent readers here have seen the Rowan tee pass by a couple of times before in different versions and already know how much I love this pattern! Let me do a round-up for you.



Today I get to show you another version, the Rowan tee with hood, full stripe and hemmed seams. The stripes and pocket options in this pattern give you the opportunity to do some fun colour blocking, it's also perfect for using up your fabric scraps. As all Laura's patterns, the instructions are well written, easy to understand and with a lot of pictures explaining every step. The finish is very neat and you can mix and match the options to your hearts desire every time you pull out this pattern. Actually, my copy hasn't left the sewing table since the pattern test in September because it's so fun and easy to sew up these shirts.

On to the fabric; I had this gorgeous PaaPii sweater fabric in my stash for some time now. Normally I'm more of a solids kind of girl, but this print is so cute, I had to have it. It was the last 50 cm I could buy of a roll, and I  didn't dare to cut into it, well ...until now. I knew I wanted to make little rascal a hooded Rowan in this fabric. Next step was choosing the contrast fabrics, I ended up with a pile of five knits, but couldn't incorporate them all, so I went with dark blue and white. For an extra pop of colour there's some blue piping on the hood and sleeves and I added a white bias tape (by lack of twill tape) to the hood (optional in the Rowan tee pattern). I'm really hapy with the result, are you ready for some picture overload?

Rowan tee (pattern titchy threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

Rowan tee (pattern by Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes

Rowan tee (pattern by Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes
Rowan tee (pattern by Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes
Rowan tee (pattern by Titchy Threads) - huisje boompje boefjes


Make sure to hop over to Paisley Roots and Mme Cerise for their versions today. Or even better, follow all the participants! And don't forget to sign up for the mailing list and get an exclusive discount!



Sunday, 16 November 2014

Holiday crafting, DIY fireplace and more

I know most of the blogging world is already prepping for Christmas, but here in the Netherlands we first celebrate Sinterklaas on the 5th of December. For the non-Dutch: this is an evening with family, presents, hot chocolate, "erwtensoep" and "pepernoten". In the weeks before the 5th children put their shoes in front of the fireplace before bedtime and get presents or candy from Sinterklaas and his Pieten coming down the chimney.
Since our house is lacking a fireplace that's something I had to fix. I made one out of a big box and stamped bricks on it with a sponge and paint. Added a little paper bunting cut out of magazines, some wood and candles and we're set.

diy fireplace-huisje boompje boefjes

For the Sinterklaas parade I made little rascal a new hat, just like Piet wears. He has outgrown the one from last year. Just cut a large circle (this one is a 45cm diameter), hem it and add elastic and a feather.

DIY pietenmuts - huisje boompje boefjes

Friday, 7 November 2014

Buckets for our Dutch trick-or-treat: Sint Maarten

November 11th is a great day for being a kid in the Netherlands (at least living North of the rivers). It's time to celebrate Sint Maarten by walking door to door with a homemade lantern, singing songs and receiving candy. Trick-or-treat, but different.
At Heidi & Finn I spotted a free pattern for trick-or-treat buckets. Perfect! No more fuss with a backpack to open and close or too large plastic bags dragging over the pavement.
At Ikea the Christmas collection is in full display and this year I just couldn't resist the tree trunk fabric (I have my eye on their fir tree fabric for 2 years now, chances are high we'll be having a woven Christmas tree this year). So those two came together in a couple of medium sized buckets, perfect for collecting candy and even better, to store toys!

huisje boompje boefjes- trick-or-treat bucket for Sint Maarten
Our lantern needs a couple more layers of paint, but you get the idea.


huisje boompje boefjes- trick-or-treat bucket for Sint Maarten


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sewing something small, baby jumpsuit

It's been a while, but today I had the chance to sew something baby again! I made a little jumpsuit with an envelope neck (pattern Kiind) for the son of one of my (former) colleagues. It was fun sewing up something tiny but in the back of my mind I feared the finishing step, attaching the snaps.
All my previous projects including snaps turned out a bit of a disaster. Either the snaps would come loose or they refused to close at all. So I paid extra care to the snaps, and yay they close up good and it's possible to open them without pulling the entire snap out of the fabric.
Just a little downside, I was so occupied by attaching them firmly, I managed to turn a couple of them upside down... aaaargh. Luckily Mr. Rascal removed the upside down snaps without too much damage, thanks love!
Just for fun I added a toy pillow for the little guy, my followers on Instagram have seen this before, it's made out of old curtain samples.

huisje boompje boefjes- baby jumpsuit (pattern kiind)
huisje boompje boefjes- toy car




Friday, 31 October 2014

Hoodie for me, Omni tempore test, pattern by Sofilantjes

After all the KCW sewing, I think a little me-time is in order. I had the opportunity to test the adult version of the Omni Tempore pattern by Sofilantjes.
Annemieke released this childrens pattern earlier this year and now made an unisex adult version that will be available starting today! The pattern comes with different options for long or short sleeves, a collar or hood, cuffed or regular hems and additional kangaroo pocket. A versatile pattern in XS to XXXL for all sewing levels.
I tested a size M, long sleeves with hood, cuffed hem and kangaroo pocket. My fabric is a heavy knit which suits this pattern very nicely. The result? A very comfy, bit slouchy (in a good way) sweater, quick and easy to sew, perfect for colder days. I'm sure I'll be wearing this sweater a lot during fall and winter. Maybe even try making one for Mr. rascal!
Annemieke has a special release discount on this pattern until the 3th of November and a bundle price on the adult & child pattern, go check it out!

huisje boompje boefjes- Omni tempore hoodie, pattern by Sofilantjes

huisje boompje boefjes- Omni tempore hoodie, pattern by Sofilantjeshuisje boompje boefjes- Omni tempore hoodie, pattern by Sofilantjes



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