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Sewing Belgian Style - 10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Sewing Belgian Style - 10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

  Instagram is a fantastic source of sewing inspiration. I love the supportive sewing community on this social platform.  I must admit it is a bit strange how you slowly get to know random strangers a little better every day in this virtual world, but so much fun at the same time. I can even say that I have made friends through Instagram  when we actually got to meet in the real world. As you may already know, I was born in Belgium but made Australia my home about 11 years ago.  I still love to follow what goes on...

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15 Sewing Pattern For Your Kids' Winter Wardrobe

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15 Sewing Pattern For Your Kids' Winter Wardrobe

Do you love sewing for kids? Then let me share my favourite sewing patterns for children.  Winter has well and truly hit Australia, at least we are feeling the chill down here in the south of the country. So this list is focussed on those pieces you need to sew a whole winter wardrobe. All patterns listed here are by independent pattern designers, by mums who have turned their passion into designing sewing patterns for modern clothes. Given my background, you might spot a bit of a Belgian theme is this list. ;)    Tops/ T-shirts: 1. Waterfall Raglan This wonderful...

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The Gallery Tunic by Liesl & Co - part 1

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The Gallery Tunic by Liesl & Co - part 1

  My autumn wardrobe needed another shirt, so I made a Gallery Tunic by Liesl &Co. I bought this pattern a while ago and decided to finally give it a go.  It is a relatively quick sew as it avoids many of the time consuming parts of shirt making. To be honest, this shirt is actually my second gallery tunic. I made a dress in a viscose already but I still want to add a few tweaks to it before I post it here. More on that in part two! You see... I had a few sizing dilemmas and I made...

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A vintage-style pleated skirt | a new free pattern from Peppermint magazine

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A vintage-style pleated skirt | a new free pattern from Peppermint magazine

Pretty much as soon as Emily from In The Folds announced she had designed another free pattern for Peppermint magazine, I hit Download. It is a vintage inspired skirt, featuring knife pleats and big pockets. Love at first sight. Here is a little embarrassing fact: I had yet to successfully sew a skirt for myself in a woven fabric. At least one that I was willing to wear in public.  My failed attempts all revolve around the fact that I can't seem to get the skirts to fit properly around my lower waist, in order to hide my pear shape...

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My Sorbetto blouse in rayon

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My Sorbetto blouse in rayon

The hot Australian summer inspired me to sew some sleeveless blouses. Let's ignore the fact that Autumn started about 2 weeks ago shall we? It was time to try out the Sorbetto blouse by Colette Patterns. This pattern is free and has been around for quite a number of years so there are lots of examples around. I like the simplicity and the fact that it can so easily be hacked and changed into something completely different.  I first made a quick muslin to check the fit. I made a size 6. I added a lot of length because the design...

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