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The Gallery Tunic by Liesl & Co - part 1

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

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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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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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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How to sew an insulated lunch bag

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

How to sew an insulated lunch bag

Today I am sharing a simple tutorial on how to sew an insulated lunch bag.  I designed this bag as I wanted something that would be easily adjustable to the contents. I often find that the kids lunch bags are either too big or too small depending on what I decide to pack for them that day. So this bag is adjustable in size, in a very simple way: just roll over the top until everything is nice and snug, then wrap the elastic band around it to keep everything in place. The elastic is stitched to the base of...

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My new favourite bag: the super tote by Noodlehead

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

My new favourite bag: the super tote by Noodlehead

I bought the Super Tote pattern from Noodlehead last year but never got around to actually sewing the bag.  So I changed that last month. I'd been dreaming of making my own handbag that would fit my water bottle. I always lug a water bottle around otherwise I simply forget to drink. It's easy to get dehydrated in the Aussie summer. I just carry it in my hand as it doesn't fit my compact handbag, but as a result I keep leaving it behind whenever I put it down somewhere. So this Super Tote design, which not only looks fantastic,...

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