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

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

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

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

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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Tinny dress in Zebraloha from Soft Cactus

Posted by Jenya Thompson on

Tinny dress in Zebraloha from Soft Cactus

Hi. My name is Jenya. I usually blog at While she was sleeping, however today I am guest posting here on Maaike's blog. Maaike and I first 'met' on Instagram. Photos of fabric with bright funky prints and vintage feel in her feed made my sewing heart beat faster. I became a regular customer at MaaiDesign.  Now I am taking it one step further. Every now and then I will write a guest post showcasing some of the gorgeous fabric in Maaike's shop.  Today I would like to show you a dress I made for my daughter Miss R using one...

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An altered version of the Envelope Clutch by Noodlehead

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

An altered version of the Envelope Clutch by Noodlehead

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the dress I made for the Frocktails event last month. Of course, the outfit would not have been complete without a handmade clutch, right? When I made my very first Envelope Clutch (from Noodlehead) I was a very ambitious (and naive) sewer. I didn't really know what I was doing. It took me a whole day to make one clutch but I was so proud of the result. I had no idea how to insert piping, and that part when you had to put it all together... putting the outside part inside the...

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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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