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    Christmas makes 2018

    In terms of self-made Christmas gifts, this year was fairly quiet. I had drawn my father for the gifts and he’s more for comic books and practical gifts than crocheted dolls or knitted dresses πŸ˜‰ So the handmade items were limited to the gifts for my goddaughter. Firstly I sewed her a dress with the left over fabric from my Astrid sweater. I knew immediately that I did not want a straight dress, because I feared that it would otherwise appear to be a nightgown because of the fabric. That’s why I chose a pattern with a pleated skirt. My sewing teacher gave me the idea to also incorporate the…

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    Aster sweater

    When I bought the purple fabric for the cache-coeur pullover, I also bought this flowery fabric with the intention of making a second cache-coeur pullover with it. However, since I wasn’t that pleased with the end result of that sweater, I decided to use the fabric for something else, namely a simple sweater pattern by La Maison Victor, the Aster. For this, I needed to return to the fabric store to buy hemming fabric. I had first thought to buy black, to match the centers of the flowers, but eventually went for a deep green, and I’m really glad I did, because it gives the fabric more depth.    I’m…

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    Line’s second birthday

    Last Sunday Line, my brother’s youngest, celebrated her second birthday! It has become a sort of a tradition that I give the girls something I made myself for their birthdays and this time was no different. This time I chose a pattern that has been in my favourites for a while now, but I never made it, since it only comes in one size, namely 2 years. I’m talking about the violet dress by Shelby Dyas. But I didn’t use violet to knit this number, but went for a random stripe. I really liked how this version turned out, but still I was in doubt about the size. I always…

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    Fox for baby Thomas

    In October a friend/colleague became mom of a little boy, Thomas. Of course I also wanted to make something myself to give when I went to visit, and when I saw the birth announcement, I immediately knew that that something would be a fox. First I had wanted to imitate the fox from the announcement, but then I saw this pattern by TitesMainsdeKhuccay and I was immediately sold. I followed the pattern to the T, while quite literally adding a big T to the salopette of the fox.       Little Thomas has a new friend now πŸ˜€ Cheers, Charlotte

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    Pullover with cache-coeur

    This school year I signed up for sewing lessons for the third year in a row. This time for the “Leisure” module, which means that the focus is more on tricot fabrics. The first project of the school year was a top with a cache-coeur neckline. I chose a slightly heavier tricot in a beautiful plum purple, so it would become a sweater rather than a blouse.    The fabric is really super nice and the resulting piece of clothing is really suitable as a sweater, but I’m not completely convinced that it looks flattering on me. I have the feeling that it makes me look a lot fatter than…

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    Athena jumper

    After I had finished Janne’s Bulle, I took a break from knitting or crocheting. Not only was the summer very busy, but also extremely hot, so I did not really feel like doing anything with yarn. However, then around the end of July, my hands started itching again. That’s how I rediscovered a batch of cotton yarn I had bought a while back with a particular purpose I had now completely forgotten about. So high time to find a new purpose for it. A little rooting around Ravelry brought this Athena jumper by Drops Design to my attention. The pattern is written for Drops Paris, which is also a 100%…

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    Janne’s eight birthday

    It’s a bit unreal that Janne already turned eight last June. She’s growing up so fast! Just like previous years,Janne’s birthday presents from her godmother were all handmade. I started with a simple sewn skirt, that I made in the last sewing class of the school year.    Next I made the dress that Janne asked me to: a Bulle in duck egg blue and purple.    But my actual present was a day at the fair! For this, I folded a box from paper, which I decorated with a little card with an explanation.    And inside that box, was a little origami carousel with 4 little horses that…

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    Left-over skirts

    When I had finished my June dress, I still had a fair amount of the purple fabric left. I didn’t have to think long about what I wanted to make with that: skirts! I hoped I would have enough to make a little skirt for each of my four nieces and I did! For the youngest, Line, I did have to change the model from a lined elastic to an outside elastic to have enough length, but the end-result is super cute.    What is your go-to-pattern to use up fabric scraps? Cheers, Charlotte

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    Cropped cardigan for June dress

    My outfit for my niece’s wedding was not yet complete simply by finishing the dress. No, I needed a cardigan to go with it. I wanted the cardigan to be short, so it kept showing of my waist and the pleats in the skirt. I also wanted a V-shaped neckline to mirror the back of the skirt. Additionally, I also got it in my head that I wanted the cardigan to have some form of lace-pattern incorporated. These were a lot of requirements and it may come as no surprise that I couldn’t find any existing pattern ticking off all the boxes. In the end, after a lot of hesitation…

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    My June Dress

    Last may, one of my nieces got married. For the wedding I had decided that I wanted to make my entire outfit myself. With that in mind, I started working on my dress in sewing class somewhere in december. The dress I was going to make was the June dress from La Maison Victor.     © La Maison Victor The fabric I had chosen was a lilac cotton with little sparkles. Very festive. It was a good thing that I made this dress in sewing class, because I don’t think I would have managed it on my own. Especially since the bodice required some adjustments to properly fit my body.…