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Sewing for boys: a cool top for my oldest son

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

Sewing for boys: a cool top for my oldest son

" Mu-uuum! Did you see that?! That was awesome! Did you see it??"My response (while fiddling with my camera): "Um, no... but keep going, you are doing great... or maybe go stand against that tree so I can take a picture of you standing still."  "Mu-uum! Stop taking pictures! Look at how far my paper plane is going!" Son number one has found himself a new hobby: paper planes, and I couldn't be happier. It's crafty, creative, active, basically gets him out of the house doing something that I secretly want to do as well.   There is a competition in Sydney...

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The Ileana dress, another great pattern by Compagnie M.

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The Ileana dress, another great pattern by Compagnie M.

I have been a huge fan of the patterns by Compagnie M for a while now. Marte - the designer - has a style that I just really love. Her designs are unique, modern while also a bit retro, just fabulous. Needless to say, I didn't have to think twice to be part of another pattern test for her. The previous one - for her culottes - was so much fun. This test was for her Ileana dress, a dress with a circle or half circle skirt. I knew this one would be an instant hit with my daughter. "A skirt that flies up and down as...

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A Minky Blanket for a Baby Shower

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A Minky Blanket for a Baby Shower

A couple of my friends are currently pregnant so I have a great excuse to start sewing for babies again! It is a wonderful way to make a personal and unique gift. There are lots of great ideas on Pinterest so I started a Pinterest board for things to sew for babies. You can check it out here. I got invited to a baby shower for my friend Karen. She expecting her second child, and she is not finding out whether she is having a boy or a girl. As I am not quite sure which gear she already has, I decided to keep it simple. I made a...

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Pattern testing the Nina Culottes by Compagnie M.

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Pattern testing the Nina Culottes by Compagnie M.

My daughter just turned seven. She still loves pink, and she still dreams of becoming a princess one day. You will often catch her dancing and turning around in elegant ballet style moves, her mind somewhere in fantasy land. Needless to say, she loves dresses and skirts, as they allow her to move freely. In fact, she refuses to wear anything else. But...my daughter also has one particular non-princess passion: climbing trees. If she sees a tree she must climb it. If she sees a horizontal bar at a playground, you'll soon find her dangling upside down from it. And handrails are...

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A brand new sewing room

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A brand new sewing room

This is my very first blog post on my brand new sewing blog, so I thought it fitting to start by showing off my brand new sewing room. I'm in sewing heaven! We've just moved back to Australia (Sydney) after 14 months in Belgium, and luckily our new house had some extra space to set up a sewing corner. It is up on the landing, where the windows provide lots of natural light. I did quite a bit of research to figure out which furniture to get, and even drew a scaled map of the room to make sure everything would fit. ...

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