Month: January 2014

Sewing skirts…lots of them!

Since I’ve started sewing I’ve made many skirts. Most of them for my daughters, but also a few for myself and one or two as gifts. The first thing I ever sewed was this skirt:

rokje1

The pattern was from Mme ZsaZsa’s book “Allemaal rokjes”. I had just bought a sewing machine, this cotton knit fabric, and some rib knit for the waistband. But I couldn’t figure out how the waistband should be attached. Thought about it for a whole night, got up early in the morning, started sewing, and….attached it inside out… with the stitching facing outwards….oops! I cut the waistband off and got it right the second time. I made it for my middle daughter, but because it got a little shorter in the process, it fit my youngest afterwards. Oh well.

After that I knew how to do it! I made this one immediately afterwards:

rokje2

And…since my first mistake had taught me how to attach rib knit, I made a shirt to match:

shirt1

It was only after I had made it, and she wore it with a pair of white tights, that I realised she looked like a little Santa Claus girl in it 🙂

After that I had confidence and tried to make another skirt out of Mme ZsaZsa’s book. It was supposed to be the simplest skirt to sew. Something that could be done in an hour. But it didn’t work out that way…somehow the elasticized waistband didn’t have any give.

failure

The recommended waistband length in the book was too small for the top of the skirt, and it wasn’t supposed to be a gathered skirt…so…hmmmm…. I don’t remember what I did next, but the final skirt hardly fit over my daughters hips…and I ended up throwing it in the trash 🙁

The next skirt I made was a circle skirt for Desirée. Circle skirts are very easy to make, you can draw the pattern yourself. Lots of great tutorials on the internet on how to make one. I made Desirée’s skirt with a t-shirt to match:

circle skirt desiree1circle skirt desiree2

She loved those clothes and wore them until they didn’t fit her anymore.

I also made a circle skirt for Vega. I regretted buying this fabric immediately. It was only 1 euro per meter, but seriously, what was I thinking?? I wanted to get it out of my stash as fast as possible so I whipped up this one:

glitter skirt

Yeah…it’s super twirly…and it’s all glitter and stuff….she hasn’t worn it after this photo. I couldn’t possibly let her go to school wearing this, could I?

Since then I’ve made several other circle skirts. Two with an attached waistband, with piping:

skirt piping

tweelagig circle skirt vega

And one, a baby gift, with an exposed elastic waistband. The pattern was a free download from www.danamadeit.com

baby circle skirt

One of the skirts that I’ve made for myself is this one:

zeeman rok

During a shopping spree in Zeeman (a discount textile store) I came across a cute purple dotted pillowcase….It was only 99 cents, but I loved the fabric, it looked retro, and I figured it might be just enough fabric to make a skirt for myself out of it… it was! The fabric was a little thin, so I lined the skirt, added a rib knit casing with elastic inside, and as a finishing touch added some purple lace trim around the hem. I didn’t have enough fabric to match the dots on the sides, but still…. I love this skirt and still wear it when the weather is right.

Another skirt that I’ve made for myself is this green number:

skirtforme

There’s no pattern. I just cut 4 times my waist circumference, gathered the fabric, attached a waistband, and sewed in a zipper. Hemmed it and it was done!

I also love to make simple skirts. I was heavily inspired by Dana’s website when I made these ones:

heart skirt skirt stripes skirt lente

So girly, so many cute options, and you can literally make a skirt in under an hour! I will be making many more 🙂

 

 

My first post

Hi there! Let me introduce myself. I’m Jade and I love to sew. I started sewing almost two years ago. It was something I had always wanted to learn, but never had the time to do. As a young child I had a small sewing machine and made tops and skirts from the scraps of fabric that the clothing factory across the street had discarded. As a 7 year old I tried making projects out of a very old 70’s mail sewing course, but I wasn’t able to figure it out by myself. Fast forward 25 years! After seeing many inspiring websites and flipping through some gorgeous sewing books I finally took the plunge and arranged to take sewing lessons…along with my then 9 year old daughter Lente! She had asked me several times if I could sew something with her, so this seemed like the perfect mother-daughter bonding time. Since april 2012 we have been taking lessons together every week. Sewing has opened  up a whole new world for me. From the moment I bought a sewing machine I have been inspired to make things. I would love to connect with fellow sewing enthusiasts, and hope to inspire readers who are thinking about starting…if I can do it, you can do it as well!

One of my big inspirations are my children. I have four. My son Cosmo is almost 14 years old, and I also have three daughters: Lente is almost 11, Vega is 7, and our youngest Desirée is 5. I love to sew things for them, there are so many simple patterns for girls… skirts, pants, t-shirts….over the past few years I’ve been able to build them a handmade wardrobe, but since they grow so fast there is always much more to sew for them…and I don’t mind that one bit! 😉  I also love to sew gifts for family and friends.  In the past year, 6 (!!!) of my friends had a baby, so I’ve been making a lot of baby items…. blankets, burp cloths, bibs, crib sheets, swaddlers etc.  And of course I like to sew clothing for myself as well.

I  want to thank my husband for being my nr. 1 fan! He’s helped me set up my own sewing room (along with my father, thanks Dad!) and never complains if I spend money on sewing supplies or  ‘forget’ to do housework because I’ve been sewing all day. He’s even set up this blog for me. We’ve been together since I was 14 (and he was 15) years old. He is truly the best guy ever.

Furthermore, I want to apologize beforehand that my English is not perfect. I’m from the Netherlands, so English is not my native language. I do plan to write most posts in English because the Netherlands is only a small country and it would be great if I could communicate with people outside of this place. Also, I apologize that my pictures are not the best. I blame it on the weather here…it’s often cold and rainy, which makes outdoor photo opportunities rare. Enough said…I’m off to make a shirt for my youngest!

family photo
Our family.