Specially made for the BERNINA blog as a gift. Open the 15th door of the advent calendar and you will be on the blog for this beauty.
Difficult to make it? Not at all. All you need is the embroidery patterns (we will show you the way), a frame, a piece of fiberfill and some ribbon.
A few hours later you will have a perfect gift for a Chanel-lover! And do not worry; the embroidery patterns are free or to buy at some of the biggest embroidery-websites on the Internet. It is copyright free as long as you do not start to sell it.
If you love fabrics ánd if you know how to relaxed, you probably love hammocks and hanging chairs as well. As WE love fabrics, especially environmentally friendly fabrics, we have story for you about Tropilex hammocks. These colorful handmade Hammocks are produced in South America.
Here you read all about the beautiful hammocks and the best thing you can do: buy fair fabrics ánd products only!
Do you want to create a comfortable but tight dress for the holidays? Vogue Very Easy V9264 is an ideal sewing pattern. The dress is quite tight because of the high stretch content of the fabric. If you buy a thicker fabric, such as Bengaline fabric, it falls very nicely. Do you dare? There are still a few weeks to go, so make this dress and you'll be the star of the holidays!
Is this day your day-off and would you like to make something for a loved one, friend or family? We have an idea for you that you could basically make within a few hours. And of course the present will be what we stand for: chic, timeless and a bit of Chanel style!
Marfy Fashion Studio
We received an email from Marfy Fashion Studio because we are subscribed to the newsletter. This email came out well because a free sewing pattern from Marfy is always great. In this case it is about a sewing pattern for a stola. A stola which you can create very quickly and which is easy to make.
Marfy sewing patterns are usually not suitable for beginners. This is because there are no instructions included and the sewing patterns are always pre-cut. As a seamstress you need to have experience and sewing skills to understanding about the construction. The only clue you will get are numbers on the sewing pattern parts and the overall picture.
Read about this: the difference between sewing patterns from various brands. However, this sewing pattern is easy and suitable for beginners as well.
Sewing Pattern 6817
The Marfy download link:
Good luck !
And happy holidays!
The holidays are coming up and we have another idea for you. How about making a lovely bathrobe for your partner, child, girlfriend, grandmother, grandfather, nephew, friend, acquaintance or colleague? It is an easy job, affordable and fun!
Benefits of having a bathrobe
A bathrobe is an indispensable item in everyone's wardrobe. A bathrobe is made of (heavier) terry cloth or velour and often has a thick shawl collar or cowl (hoody). This gives an extra warm feeling and that is nice if you just got out of the bath, the shower or if you are still enjoying your morning-feeling. Most people have a just one bathrobe until it is too old or worn out. But a 'new' one is often low on the priority list. Therefore, a bathrobe specially-made-by-you will be a great surprise and very welcome!
We chose the Simplicity sewing pattern because it offers everything we need for this sewing project, or feel free to call it sewing projects. The sewing pattern offers bathrobes for the whole family, from young to old and in many sizes. You will never go wrong with this sewing pattern. More on sizing later.
We also thought the design was important. This bathrobe offers a nice shawl collar and no cowl. This saves money in terms of fabric, but also in the fact that not everyone can appreciate a cowl.
The sewing pattern also has an excellent shape. It's elegant and not over-sized or bulky.
Our bathrobe in the pictures above is made in 'Chanel-style'. We deliberately opted for the colors black and champagne. We also added off-white lace to the pockets and sleeves. A large logo on the back is also possible, but of course we do not want to suggest that this is a real 'Chanel' bathrobe. Still, it is nice to add your own variation on a logo to give the bathrobe even more 'brand' appearance.
In terms of sizes you can clearly choose between children and adults and then also in sizes XS to XL. If your gift really is a surprise and you have to estimate the sizes, that's no problem. A bathrobe can be a bit over-sized anyway and you can always turn up the sleeves. Don't hesitate too long: estimating the size of the person will not be difficult. You can also adjust the length of the bathrobe 'by feeling'.
If the gift has been received and the bathrobe is hanging on the floor or the sleeves are really too long: you can always offer to adjust this. And in case of too short: you can always sew an extra strip of fabric on it.
The sewing pattern is easy to make, even a total beginner can handle it. Terrycloth 'crumbles' a lot, but is in principle easy to sew.
Terry cloth de luxe!
Budgetstoffen.nl has wonderful terry fabrics. The colors are beautiful and many colors are offered. We especially like the champagne and the steel blue! It is advisable to wash the terry cloth beforehand. The terry cloth will be even softer and you know for sure that the shrinkage is gone. If you do not want to do this, advise the recipient of your gift to wash the bathrobe with cold or handwarmth water for the first time. Budget fabrics terry cloth is cheap and OEKO-TEX certified. Great quality!
Simplicity 1562 is a very easy sewing pattern. A bathrobe can always be easily made for someone else because the sizes are quite easy to estimate and this sewing pattern offers almost all sizes.
Personalize the bathrobe by adding a beautiful label, by playing with color and by giving it with a card or (digital) hug. This sewing project is achievable for everyone, affordable and will be appreciated by everyone.
Let's talk about a unique upcycling project. We were lucky enough to come across a beautiful silk tablecloth in a thrift store that we transformed into a luxurious robe. The tablecloth wasn't big, but the amount of fabric was just good enough. A nice tip for the holidays, because such a chic (easy to make) dressing gown you will certainly make your mother, girlfriend, boyfriend, niece or yourself extra happy.
A luxurious dressing gown versus bathrobe
The difference between a bathrobe and a luxurious robe is often that a bathrobe is made of heavier terry cloth or velor and a luxurious rob (sometimes called a dressing gown) is made of luxurious satin, silk or cotton with lace. A dressing gown is chic and you certainly don't have to be ashamed if you walk around in it for a while in the morning. Or even longer than that ....
A dressing gown is also more convenient for traveling when you are going to stay with someone else or in a hotel. It has much less volume and real silk does not crease.
Another difference is that a bathrobe is often made with a thick shawl collar or capucon (hoodie). This gives an extra warm feeling and that is nice if you just got out of the bath, got out of the shower or are walking around in a sauna. A bathrobe is therefore always made with the principle: a lot of fabric. A dressing gown is more made with the idea of looking beautiful. Sexy and well-groomed, even if you just got out of bed. A dressing gown often does not have a shawl collar but a band collar and is shorter than a bathrobe.
We found the fabric for the robe at a thrift store. In a thrift store, it is important that you know where to look. You can read tips for finding 'treasures' in this blog. In a thrift store, also take a look at the curtains, sometimes you will also find very beautiful pieces of fabric there that were accidentally bought wrong, or are far from worn out. The great thing about curtains and net curtains is often: they have a label attached. This allows you to see the composition of the fabric and estimate whether it is suitable for clothing.
There is also undoubtedly a container with tablecloths in the household department. This container is often messy, everything is crumpled and it is difficult to estimate what kind of fabric it is. How do you recognize real silk? Read this blog for this, and you now have a little more knowledge to recognize beautiful silk between polyester fabrics.
Tablecloth becomes dressing gown
Our dressing gown was therefore born from as a tablecloth. The ultimate upcycling idea! Upcycling means that you make something from a raw material (the tablecloth) in a completely different concept (the dressing gown). Upcycling is sustainable and a good idea if you want to participate more in the ZERO WASTE lifestyle.
The sewing pattern we used is: NEW LOOK 6233. An easy sewing pattern for a bathrobe or dressing gown without a shawl collar, but with a band collar. It is a sewing pattern for a UNISEX bathrobe in sizes XS to XL. The bathrobe or dressing gown is easy to make and you can make it as beautiful or sophisticated as you want.
Tip: if you are a little short of fabric: make the straps or the belt from a different fabric, or for example in contrasting colors. You can also make the robe a bit shorter and put a big, nice lace border around it.
Sometimes you will find really beautiful clothes or fabrics in thrift stores to use it for an upcycling project. Or, for example, a tablecloth or in-between curtain that is suitable for a beautiful, chic dressing gown.
Upcycling clothing also gives you a good feeling: it costs almost nothing and you have solved the problem of waste... just a little bit...
And last but not least: A very nice gift, this dressing gown, for a beloved mother, girlfriend, friend or neighbor during the holidays!
Imagine: your girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, aunt or colleague asks what you would like as a gift for the holidays. You will answer: "Fabric, please....". The potential giver probably doesn't understand it at all. But you can never have enough fabrics and you just want them as a gift.
You can print this blog and give it to the generous giver. Because if she doesn't know what to do with your wish, the list will make it a lot easier for her or him.
Just give me a piece of cloth
"Could you be more specific?" The potential giver will ask again. Well, you immediately think: it will probably be a gift voucher at Bol.com (Amazone or an other internet giant store) or a fabric store.... But that's like getting a book whose title and author are already known. Sweet and kind, but so impersonal and not surprising ...
Herebye, for your girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, aunt or colleague our list and help:
Both offline stores and online fabric stores are often sorted by fabric types. Meaning: Cotton fabrics are statcked together, but also lining fabrics, upholstery fabrics, velvet fabrics, summer fabrics, winter fabrics, etc. etc. And there are often tables / categories with: NEW and SALE.
For a gift it is wise to think about what type of fabric you should buy.
Close your eyes for a moment and think about her purpose and style. If you have this in mind, you can hardly go wrong. And of course you can also ask for advice from an employee or online customer service.
The same actually applies to color. Of course you know what your girlfriend likes. Does she wear dark clothes, bright colors, prints or is she a minimalist pur sang? Choosing colors isn't the hardest part of this process.
In terms of quantity, you can assume that one yard of fabric is not good enough. (Unless it's for quilting or cushions). With two yards, or even better three yards, you play it safe. She will easily turn this piece of fabnric into a jacket, pants, skirt or dress. If she likes to make coats or combinations, buy even more fabrics.
You are ready to buy a nice piece of fabric by fabric type, color and a few meters, but you are still not sure of your choice. You know that you cannot just exchange or return if the piece of fabric has already been cut from the roll. If uncertainty does not suit you, you can also look at the coupons.
Coupons have already been cut from the roll of fabric and the number of yards are noted on it. Moreover, coupons are usually reasonably priced. You can often exchange or return these (just check by asking the store manager or the customer service).
Buying a 'piece of fabric' as a gift is easier than you think. If combine it with a sewingmagazine or a nice book, then you will have a great gift. We bet it will be much appreciated. In any case, it is much more fun than a gift voucher or flowers. Buying a piece of fabric for someone else? Just do it!
The clutch bag is a small, flat handbag. The handbag is usually without handles or straps. Sometimes the larger clutch do have handles or detachable straps. The clutch is made a some sort of envelop and designed to be handheld or carried under your arm.The Clutch is compact and is usually used for evening occasions to carry minimal essentials like a phone, credit cards, or cosmetic items.
Clutch bags are very old!
Bags and purses are known from very old paintings and tapestries. But just a few survived history and are shown in musea. The materials were often not good enough to save the clutch bags for centuries.
A seven hundred year of bag owned by the Courtauld Gallery in London may well be the oldest surviving example of a clutch bag. The bag is originally from the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq and is a clear indication that such accessories were, from the outset, signifies of wealth and status. Extraordinarily modern in design, the bag has a solid brass body and is inlaid with scenes of courtly life in gold and silver. A front flap is fastened with a catch, just like a contemporary ‘envelope clutch’.
In Medieval Europe, women wore small bags attached to a belt. Bags and purses were mainly concealed for reasons of security but a change in fashion led to the purse/bag becoming a beloved object.
Last centuries clutch bags were mostly a combination of some sort of jewellery and bag. Metals, exquisite gems and fabrics were used to create clutches. More recently the clutch is mainstream. Cheap, comfortable or very exclusive and expensive.
How to wear a clutch bag?
One of the attractions of the clutch is its theatricality. A clutch bag means you do not have to carry your own stuff, you only need to worry about your lipstick, a small mirror or whatever. Somebody else is probably carrying your other stuff. A P.A. (= personal assistance)? Yes, you are probably a star and it shows because you only need to wear a clutch.
Clutches are designed to focus on your middle-waist, your hands and the clutch itself. They are mostly small jewels, carrying under your arms or with both hands. Wearing them with both hands also indicates, you are not going to shake hands. That's looks very upper-class, and nowadays (2020) also very Corona-safe.
Nowadays clutches are also more handy than ever; you can wear a face-mask in it and be prepared if it is necessary to wear a face-mask for your own safety or somebody else safety.
Modern clutches are not jewels anymore, and not only exclusively made for the rich and famous. Clutch bags are mainstream and sometimes even very sustainable because they are made of fabric leftovers. Or recycled plastics, paper or environmentally friendly materials.
Chanel clutch bags:
Chanel has been making clutch bags for some time. Often these are very similar to the famous bag the 2.55. But with fewer compartments, lighter weight, even more handy and with or without a chain. Some larger wallets are also called clutch bags because they can easily pass for a graceful evening bag.
The real authentic vintage Clutch bags are worth gold and very beautiful. These are often more 'jewels' than bags.
The leather variant is no longer alone. The clutch is also increasingly made in tweed fabrics and even in plastic and other futuristic fabrics. Characteristic: the perfect finish, the symbols and the logo. And the hefty price for an authentic or vintage Chanel Clutch bag.
How to make a clutch bag?
It is not that difficult to make a perfect clutch bag. Certainly not for an 'advanced' seamstress, but it is also fine for a beginner seamstress. If you only work step-by-step, take the time for it and ensure a nice finish. Take a good look at google and tutorials and even better: an example of a clutch nearby in sight, to study and copy.
Which materials do you need?
The outside fabric: a nice tweed, Bouclé or something more easy to sew: goblin or another sturdy fabric. The lining: go for a real silk fabric, taffeta silk or a fabric that folds nicely and is not too flexible. Inner lining: flannel fabric or thinly padded fleece liner. In addition, you need a larger press stud, a metal closure or a decoration.
Do you have a nice piece of gobelin, Bouclé, tweed or jacquard fabric? And a silk lining or regular lining fabric? Make a nice clutch to give away during the holidays or make one for yourself. A clutch is always chic, handy and you really can't have enough clutches...
If you also make them from fabric leftovers, or 'upcycling' a curtain, jacket or tablecloth; then you are completely good and creative!
The holidays will be different from 'life as we know it' this year. City trips to the big cities for Christmas shopping, going on a skiing holiday or large dinners with family and friends, these are all impossible because of the corona-crisis....
But people are creative and so we are going to celebrate it differently. But how? We have found some nice suggestions and ideas, beautiful sewing patterns (achievable in terms of deadline!) and above all: beautiful (affordable) fabrics!
Sense and Sensibility: a romantic blouse
We came across a beautiful blouse from Sense and Sensibility sewing patterns on the website of the online sewing pattern shop. This blouse is striking and beautiful and has three advantages that we would like to mention.
1. The blouse falls under the category: Historical clothing and is therefore suitable for L.A.R.P. (= Life Action Role Play) and Cosplay. It is a Victorian blouse that is actually a kind of basic garment. You can wear it with vests, but also corsets, coats, capes and dresses. The blouse is an eye-catcher but also a great basic garment.
2. The blouse is quite easy to make. The sewing pattern is clear and has no pitfalls or really difficult things that require a lot of sewing experience. It looks like a difficult-to-create blouse because of all the ruffles attached to it, but the basic pattern is quite 'basic'. You can also create a lot of extras with it.
For example, tailoring even more by adding more pleats and darts, or making it even more 'Victorian' by working with many ruffles and lace.
3. The blouse is timeless and is very comfortable to wear. Ideal for holidays-series. This blouse seems very 'dressed' but is really just a blouse that fits and wears comfortably. The holidays 2020 will, in most cases, be celebrated at home in a limited social circle. Wear a nice blouse, a skirt or jeans underneath and you will look festive without too much fuss!
Which fabric and color do you choose?
These fabrics are recommended for the sewing pattern: cotton, pima cotton, linen, voile, organic cotton, batiste, silk, and all other lightweight to medium weight fabrics.
DO NOT use stretchy or elastic fabrics. For the ruffles and other decorations you can choose: lace, bias band, decorative band, band with dots, fringes or embroidered trims.
Our fabric choice: a 'chain' viscose fabric with a nice and supple drape. Supple fabrics will look better and wear more comfortable. But you can also choose a stiffer fabric, the blouse will have more volume and appear more grotesque. This fits nicely with the new trend: The bubble.
Consider Taffeta silk or a poplin cotton. Do you really want to make something chic out of the blouse: choose silk or a special print. Create super chic cuffs in a contrasting color or let the special buttons be the eye-catchers.
Sewing and cutting:
Sense and Sensibility is a brand of fine, special patterns. The sewing pattern comes in a large sturdy paper envelope and the sewing pattern is drawn on sturdy white paper. So you just have to cut it out.
The instructions are very clear and nicely handwritten.
The only comment we have: the sleeves are short and the cuffs are quite tight. Adjust this yourself if you want the sleeves longer and if you want the cuffs to be slightly wider.
Also make sure that the seam allowances is 5/8 ". This is, quite untraceable, in the text on the cover of the sewing pattern.
'Sense and Sensibility: a romantic blouse' is a sewing pattern that you can use for many purposes. From an L.A.R.P. (= Life Action Roleplay) event to a blouse for daily use. Or a special blouse for the holidays.
The blouse is timeless and you can make it whatever you want. The blouse is also completely the new trend when it comes to shape and comfort (in Corona stay-at-home times).
For the upcoming holidays, which will be different this year, we have worked out some beautiful sewing patterns for suitable and affordable clothing. So far: Vogue 1605 and Vogue 1520.
In this blog an idea to make a chic gift as an ultimate upcycling project: The idea to give neckties a new life. Ties are not popular anymore. Do you, or your friend, husband, son or neighbor, have a bunch of ties in the closet which are 'working' anymore? Ask if you can use them and turn them into a nice laptop sleeve!
Ties - downgrades or no longer needed
In general, ties are worn less and less since a few years. Dress codes or unwritten rules have declined considerably in the business world. Hierarchy is no longer determined by how you look (according to the rules) but what you radiate (your own personality).
In Germany, for example, the 'Krawattenpflicht' has not been present for a while at companies such as Aldi and Sparkasse. More and more companies are following.
People have always been much less strict in the Netherlands than in Germany. Watch a debate in the House of Parlemennt and you will notice that even in politics are no longer wearing ties. In the business world the tie is slowly disappearing.
Ties are still 'mandatory' during job interviews, official occasions and in certain professions (lawyers, notaries).
Upcycling of ties
The idea of upcycling ties is not so popular, because ties are not containing much fabric and the shape is awkward. Yet there are beautiful things you can make of them! And you are completely lucky if the ties are made of beautiful silk fabrics. Find a few beautiful color combinations together, and let's get really creative!
Do you not have any ties at all, but does the laptop sleeve appeal to you? Take a look at a thrift store. Sometimes you can find the most beautiful ties for a few pennies. You certainly don't need more than five.
What more do you need: not much. Preferably felt fabric, but another thick, soft fabric lining is also possible. Do you have a thick, slightly stiff blanket left? Then you can use it as a lining. Or a thick terrycloth towel, a piece of cloth from a duvet, sleeping bag or old cardigan. Important: the fabric must be a little stiff, thick and sewable (your sewing machine must be able to handle the thickness of the fabric).
In addition, a press stud and a beautiful (preferably silk) fabric for the lining.
This is an 'easy peasy' project for the seamstress with average sewing experience. For a novice seamstress it may be useful to practice first with an old piece of fabric.
We are creative and we love beautiful (silk!) ties for an upcycling project. Give them a second life and make somebody happy with a nice Christmas gift.
Make sure you choose nice color combinations, smooth fabric (ties or satin, silk, or shiny fabric).
A beautiful gift does not have to be expensive and upcycling fabrics is a creative and sustainable idea. Do you have any more ideas? We would like to hear from you!
The holidays will be different from 'life as we know it' this year. City trips to the big cities for Christmas shopping, going on a skiing holiday or large dinners with family and friends, these are all impossible because of the corona-crisis.... But people are creative and so we are going to celebrate it differently. But how? We have found some nice suggestions and ideas, beautiful sewing patterns (achievable in terms of deadline!) and above all: beautiful (affordable) fabrics!
Vogue 1520: a chic evening dress
Vogue V1520 from designer Badgley Mischka, is a beautiful evening dress. Badgley Mischka is a designer who makes beautiful gala, bridal and occasion wear. This design fits perfectly in his amazing collection of beautiful evening wear.
It's an elegant dress that has a few big advantages. Three benefits!
First, the dress makes you look longer and slimmer. This is because pleats have been processed from the breasts to below the waist. So you can hide your belly by covering with the pleats. Maybe useful to wear an extra shape-wear shirt underneath, but you don't have to. Your own 'rolls' are less noticeable because of the rolls/pleats of the fabric.
Second, the dress can be made from afforable fabrics. If you choose stretch velvet or velvet de panne, the dress will be beautiful but cheap. These fabrics are not in the expensive price range. Most stretch velvet fabrics are ten euros per meter, or even less.
Third, the dress is timeless. If you wear this dress later for a festive occasion, the dress will really not be old-fashioned. It has no fashionable elements and it is just what you wear in terms of jewelry, shoes, bag or hairstyle. The dress is a timeless classic.
Suggestic fabrics and colors
These fabrics are recommended on the sewing pattern envelope: Stretch Velvet, Sequin Mesh, Rayon Spandex. And the lining: Tricot. With 'sequin mesh' is meant stretch sequin fabric and 'Tricot' for the lining is a short description of: tricot charmeuse lining.
It is important that the fabrics can stretch well in both length and width. A line with an extension is often indicated on the side of a sewing pattern envelope. This refers to the extent to which the fabric must be stretchable. The fabric should be able to stretch 10 cm. to 15 cm. As long as you choose Stretch velvet or velvet de panne, you don't have to double check this. These fabrics are known for their stretch skills.
We have found fabrics for you with budget fabrics:
1. Velvet-velours blue
2. Velvet-velours with flower design
3.and as lining fabric: Tricotlining petrol blue
We chose blue shades because they look great on festive occasions and these blue tones always match nicely with skin tone and hair color. And also with gold and silver. Blue fabrics can be combined endlessly and are less obvious than the traditional colors for the holidays such as red, green, gold and black.
Another favorite of ours: lycra velours soft ocher
The color Ocher yellow is a new trend. Ocher yellow is a warm, soft color, back to basics and goes very well with gold and warm colors. The Vogue V1520 in ocher yellow colors will be a very nice choice for New Year's Eve! You will stand out, even if it is by a digital connection with friends.
Sewing and cutting:
You have to pay attention when you are going to cut the fabric. Do not fold the fabric double, but put it in its total width on a table or on the floor. The front piece needs plenty of room just because it is cut in a wide arc, because of the wrinkles. Take a good look at how often you need to cut the fabric. Most sewing pattern parts do not have to be cut twice, only once, even the back panels. A different cutting schedule applies to the lining. Make sure you have cut enough fabric because the pattern does contain a lot of fabric. Stretch velvet or velor panne is not easy to cut. The fabric slips quickly. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric with extra pins and use weights in the middle of the pieces.
The same for sewing: use lots of pins. This prevents a lot of frustration. Make sure you use a stretch needle and a special foot for smooth fabrics.
There are no pitfalls or difficulties mentioned. With a little sewing experience you can do the job, as long as you take the time to work with the highly stretchy fabric..
We have chosen this sewing pattern because it is a dress that you can make fairly easily, the fabrics are not expensive and especially because the dress has a beautiful festive look.
The dress is also timeless, so you can wear the dress on several occasions, also in the coming years, when (hopefully) it is possible to celebrate the holidays with more friends and family.
More suggestions for the 'alternative' holidays will follow.
Dressing up or dressing down?
In our blogseries 'Holiday series with creative suggestions, sewing patterns and fabrics', we have a review for you about a dress by designer BADGLEY MISCHKA, published by Vogue V1605. The dress is not actually a dress, but a shirt and a skirt. The combination is very nice for the, the holidays season. It is also quite easy to sew and the fabrics are affordable.
Vogue V1605 is a design by Badgley Mischka. Badgley Mischka is a designer who makes beautiful gala, bridal and evening wear. This design fits exactly in that list. It is an elegant combination, chic but it can be worn used as a bit more casual as well. By this we mean: if you do not sew the bow permanently to the skirt the skirt is still glamour but a nice evening skirt as well. And the shirt is usuable for any occasion.
And last but not least: the combination is very comfortable because of the use of stretch fabrics.
Fabric and lining recommandations
The recommended fabrics are fabrics with a stretch content of 35%. This means that fabrics such as jersey and velvet are eligible for the shirt. And for the skirt: stretch twill and stretch satin. Note: the skirt lining has to be stretchy as well!
We have used these substances from Driessenstoffen:
Velours de panne - dark blue
Satijnstretch - dark blue
Stretch voering - blue
Cutting & sewing:
Cutting and sewing this sewing pattern requires extra time and attention. Velvet de panne is a fabric that quickly slips under the scissors, which makes it difficult to cut. Make sure you use extra pins and put weights on the fabric.
Also pay attention to the nap of the fabric. Stick to the cutting schedule on the sewing pattern. Sewing Velours de panne is easy to do if you provide special stretch needles for your sewing machine and again: good pins. It would be especially nice if you use a special presser foot for the sewing machine that ensures that the fabric does not slip easily.
The same goes for the stretch satin. It's not an easy fabric to cut and sew, but if you take the time to do it and really use more pins than usual, then it will be fine. As for the bow: reinforce this extra with 2 x interfacing! Or use a sturdy fabric as an intermediate layer. After all, the bow should stand a bit upright and not hang.
Fortunately, sewing the bow is easier than it may seem at first.
We have chosen this sewing pattern because it is a dress (combination shirt and skirt) which you can create easily. The fabrics do not have to be expensive and the dress still has a beautiful festive look.
It is clear that the dress is a beautiful, and a great comfortable alternative to sweatpants or sweater. More suggestions for the 'alternative' holidays will follow.
It is now clear for everybody: the holiday season this year will be different from 'life as we know it'. City trips for Christmas shopping and skiing holidays will be impossible. And dinners with the whole family or a bunge of friends, are not allowed. And so we have to enjoy the holiday season this year quite differently. But hów you might think .... We cannot present solutions for you, but we have some nice suggestions and ideas, beautiful sewing patterns (feasible in terms of deadline!) and above all: beautiful (affordable) fabrics for you.
Dressing up or dressing down
In 'dressing up or dressing down' we already wrote about the fact that nowadays almost all of us opt for comfort instead of dressing neatly. That is logical because most of the people work at home as much as possible. We are not going to festivals, events or parties. Why dress up when no one sees you ...
This probably also applies to the upcoming holidays. Wearing your 'wrong' Christmas sweater, your mobile phone in your hand and watching Netflix is probably more the case.
But if you've already done this so many times, is this still fun? Why don't you opt for a bit more glamour, decorate your house, make a nice dinner and spend an evening in style with some familiy or friends (safely!)?
That's a lot more fun than just another evening, or a whole weekend, in sweatpants in front of the television ... and you are worth it!
Sewing patterns and fabrics
We have looked for beautiful, chic sewing patterns who are comfortable as well. Especially because of the stretch fabrics and the shape. We also looked at sewing patterns that are feasible in terms of sewing level, deadline and affordable fabrics.
It really doesn't have to cost a fortune to look chic for a cozy dinner. We discuss the sewing patterns one by one in a new series of blogs.
Sewing pattern Vogue V1605, for example, looks like an outfit for the red carpet or at The Oscars. But it also has its advantages for you: The shirt is made of stretch velvet and is very comfortable. The skirt is made of stretch satin and fits perfectly both literally and figuratively. You could attach the bow permanently, but also with a clip, making it easy to remove. You can also quickly put the skirt on and off when the dinner is over and you still plop down on the couch to watch a nice movie.
And so many other sewing patterns. We also stay close to home and present a pair of Chanel-style jackets that are more comfortable than they look.
Let's enjoy the holiday season, we will make it fun anyway ... in (Chanel) style!