Indie Pattern Month 2013 – Deer and Doe Bleuet

I finished this dress the last day of June, but haven’t been able to get pictures before, blame it on an urgent desire to go to the beach.

This dress is the Bleuet from Deer and Doe, and I love it. I am so so so happy with it! Finally a shirt-dress that actually suits me. I have tried several before in different stores, but something was always off, but not with this one!

The bow in the back is really cute.

I got the fabric on our trip to La Coruña last month, and I am in love with it. I had been looking for a small flower print for a very long time, and finally I came across this beauty. I knew immediately that it was meant for my Bleuet.

I found a great tutorial on photoshopping your fabric to your pattern by Mel from The Curious Kiwi, and just for the fun of it, I tried it out. It’s such great fun. You can find the tutorial for Photoshop here and the tutorial for Gimp here.

See, I knew beforehand this dress was going to be great!

I had the buttons covered in my local haberdashery store, I didn’t feel like messing around with those DIY-kits for 15 buttons, and they were only 70 cents each, so I was glad to outsource that task…

I’ll definitely make this again, but I’ll overcome my vanity and cut a size larger, this one is rather tight…

Nothing more to say about this dress, just enjoy the pictures.

 The sun is finally here, so off to the beach again it is! And don’t forget: wear sunscreen!



Indie Pattern Month 2013 – and some finished Indie Pattern House Slippers

Mel and Kat decided to declare June ‘Indie Pattern Month’ to show them our love. A lot of love is already being thrown to all those great Indie Pattern companies, but a whole lotta love never killed anybody.

Just click the badge in the sidebar to go to the sign-up page.

I decided to jump on the wagon, because I have just completed 3 Colette Patterns and I loved them! The little booklets are just such a joy to look at, and the care and love and dedication that goes into these patterns just oozes right of the pages. I like the patterns of the big patternmakers too, but there is a lot less personality in their endproduct, and thus less attraction for the consumer.

Confession time: I am a pattern-hoarder in the making – I am working on my collection. I love patterns even more than fabric. Don’t know why, I just do.

Let me show you my pattern and sewing bookcollection:

 That is an orange-crate full of books and patterns and a big binder full of internet-patterns and tutorials. 10 years ago I inherited cardboard boxes full of sewing magazines like Burda, but I donated all those to my sewing class teacher because I was still living with my parents and my mom didn’t like all those boxes lying around…

And these are my Indie-patterns, very few but also a collection in the making, including 2 books by Belgian Sew-Heroins – Allemaal Rokjes (Just Skirts) by Mme ZsaZsa and Stof voor Durf-het-Zelvers (Fabric for DIY’ers – Dare it Yourself’ers).

And I have more on my harddrive, but that’s too hard to show…

Patterns that I don’t have but would love to own:

Papercut Watson Jacket      **** JUST GOT THESE****
Colette’s Crepe
Deer and Doe Bleuet – that and everything else they sell
Sewaholic Thurlow Trousers
StyleARC Pippa’s Dress  – I would be happy with Pippa’s backside too.
Papercut Rite of Spring Shorts – I guess I would need Pippa’s backside for this first     ***JUST GOT THESE TOO (the pattern, not the butt)***
Victory Patterns Simone   

And then some…

I already finished my pledged work: House Slippers!

I went from THIS – these look like smurfboots:


I made Kimono House Slippers from IThinkSew.
Made from remnants in my scrap pile, so they were kind of free… Yay!
Mine don’t look nearly as put together as those on the website (maybe I should press them?), but hey, they’re house slippers, so who cares anyway, right?!

Now for the most important question: are they comfortable? Not really… I need to insert an elastic band in the heel section because they fall off when I walk, the inlay-soles are really uncomfortable because they shift around so I will be stitching those down or just leave them out entirely. They do seem to be more wearable without the soles.
I like the fact that they are made of cotton, which is huge progress compared to the polyester fur that lines my old slippers… Sweaty feet, anyone?
These new slippers will make for great sewing slippers! I’m already used to wearing them!

Oh no, what is happening here?

The new slippers are approaching their enemies
And kick their butts!

And now on to the next project… Here is a tip:


Is it a six-pack, blinding, shining white teeth, being a cover model or being a teenage idol that I aspire? What could it possibly be?