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My Acton dress in soft denim

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

My Acton dress in soft denim

When the Acton dress pattern was launched by In The Folds, I pretty much bought the pattern straight away. I had a wonderful experience when I made her previous pattern, the Rushcutter, that I was confident this sewing pattern would be great as well. I needed a dress for the Frocktails event in Sydney and since I knew Emily - the designer - was going to be there, the decision on what to sew was an easy one. (In case you have never heard of Frocktails: it is a night out for people who love to sew. Everyone wears something handmade,...

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Sewing inspiration for the new Soft Cactus collection - Part 2

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Sewing inspiration for the new Soft Cactus collection - Part 2

As part of the new collection, I've added extra fabrics in solid colours that combine perfectly with these modern prints. The solids are also from Soft Cactus so most colours are therefore an exact colour match for some of the details in the prints. I hope this will make it easier for you to find matching colours to sew collars, plackets, make bias binding or even to line dresses. So today, I am just going to share some of my favourite combinations. And I'll add in a few pattern suggestions too.   1. Mazing Maths Black + Vivid dark Yellow This...

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Sewing inspiration for the new Soft Cactus collection - Part 1

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Sewing inspiration for the new Soft Cactus collection - Part 1

It's a new year! And no better way to start it then with a bit of fabric love! Soft Cactus has just released their 5th collection and I must admit, it is probably my favourite one so far. The concept remains the same: fun prints designed in colour sets, so the fabrics can be mixed and matched. All printed on high-quality cotton fabric (hello circle skirts)! And they always come with very fun names. Like the sound of "Tickling Toes" or "Marching Marbles"? Today I wanted to focus on one of the colour sets, of which all fabrics were selected...

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A super fast jersey dress in a border print fabric

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

A super fast jersey dress in a border print fabric

I'm having a productive sewing week! I've decided I cannot start a new sewing project until I have finished all the ones that are in progress on my sewing table. These consist of things I promised myself I would fix. Those pants I was going to turn into shorts, a few sewing fails waiting to be rescued.... basically, the less exciting stuff. But, since I've made 5 to 6pm my dedicated sewing time, I have been finishing them off one by one. It feels great! Fortunately, there was one fun project on the table too: a dress for my daughter with...

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Sewing a new summer dress with the Tic Tac Toe pattern by Sewpony + a discount code!

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Sewing a new summer dress with the Tic Tac Toe pattern by Sewpony + a discount code!

Fabric: 1.2m of Soft Cactus fabric (excluding lining) Size made: Size 7 width, size 9 length ------------------------------------- Today I am joining the blog tour from Sewpony, the celebrate the launch of her latest sewing pattern: The Tic Tac Toe Dress. It is another wonderful vintage inspired design and I love it. I've been wanting to make a dress in this lovely Blowballs fabric from Soft Cactus for a while and now was the perfect opportunity. As usual, the pattern comes with very detailed instructions, so it made for an easy and quick sew.  I opted for the V-shaped back and...

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