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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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An Instagram inspired retro dress

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

An Instagram inspired retro dress

Ok, this is a bit of a long story, but I learned quite a bit while making this dress. You see, a few weeks ago I went to a special party in Melbourne called "The Dressmakers Do".  It was a gathering of passionate seamstresses over dinner and drinks, showing off their beautiful handmade dresses. It was my chance to meet all the Melbourne-based Instagrammers and bloggers I had met over the past year. Instagram is great for sewing inspiration. A part of this dress was inspired by a picture I had spotted there by a Belgian blogger called Isabelle (Instagram @Isabelledelaere)....

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My second Louisa dress, for a special occasion in Belgium

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

My second Louisa dress, for a special occasion in Belgium

Once upon a time a good friend from back in my student days was going to get married!I love weddings and since a lot of my uni friends were also invited, I didn't want to miss it for the world!  The wedding was in Belgium -the country where I grew up- so I had to travel to the other side of the planet for it! BUT I got to catch up with friends and family AND got to meet with some of the designers that create the beautiful fabrics and patterns in our store. So sitting on a plane for...

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