Today I’ll show you how to tie a nice bow on the Musubu dress (or any other dress with a bow). Tying a bow when you’re looking at it from above can take some attempts to get it right. Follow the steps below and you”ll get it right the first time!
So if you’ve read my post in November about the Paris Meetup, you know a bit how I felt about that one. Simultaneously nervous and excited, mostly through the whole day. You’ve probably also read posts about meetups where people use other words, like amazing, and instant bff’s. These words create a certain expectancy when you attend your first meetup. I felt a bit disappointed that I had failed to experience this. I was still on the hunt for it when Inna Instagrammed that Kirsty was coming to Paris and who wanted to join. Even though I have to admit I didn’t know Kirsty, I jumped at the opportunity because I do know Inna and she was on my list of ‘cool people to meet IRL’. And then I learned Jo was coming too, and I really wanted to meet her again.
In this post I’d like to give you some insight in how our size chart is built up, and how we came to this range of sizes. As you might know almost every indie pattern company creates its own sizechart. Every designer does his or her research on the subject, and then chooses the sizes/size proportions he or she thinks represent the average women best. I know, there is no such thing as an average woman, but you have to draft your patterns based on something, right?
I’m delighted to have this guest post for you today by Charlotte. I first met Charlotte at the big Paris meetup in November 2014 and we’ve kept in touch since then. I can honestly say she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met! She blogs at English Girl at Home, has her first PDF pattern out, and is interested in all things crafty besides sewing. Her blog is also a great resource if you’re interested in dyeing with natural dyes. For now, she’s here to show off her Opal Cardigan made in a woven fabric and tell you how she made that work!
This was actually going to be a post showing my new jeans, but somehow I can’t bring myself to do a photoshoot right now. Maybe it’s end-of-the-year-fatigue or maybe it’s because we’re in the middle of finishing a new pattern for testing, but they’ll have to wait. I can already tell you there a success though, even though sewing them was a major struggle. I had to hand sew the button loops, bar tacks and the buttonhole because 5 layers of heavy denim is apparently more than my machine can take. Fortunately it was all worth it!
Did you know I’ve never owned sweatpants before in my life? Somehow I never thought I’d need them. I have a pair of ‘chill pants’, one of those striped ones everybody who traveled in Peru 10 years ago had. I think they’re even my oldest piece of clothing that is still in rotation. I made my sweatpants as a first sample of a pattern I’m working on, and even though the pattern needs to be tweaked, I’ve found it really hard to take them off! They are so incredibly comfortable I want to wear nothing else. I understand the danger of sweatpants now, they make you want to ignore every style advise ever. Comfort is what you need on long cross-country drives though. Last week we paid a short visit to the Netherlands and for the first time I had the perfect hand made travel outfit for the 12 hour drive.
As my neighbour pointed out, I’m no longer a ‘mademoiselle’, but a ‘madame’! Our wedding was this past Saturday, and it was such a wonderful day. The weather was great, the ceremonie short but special, the food was delicious and our families got on well. I don’t have all the photo’s yet, so I’ll tell you more about it in the next post. In the last post I’ve shown the fabric. I’ll leave the pattern choices and sewing experiences for yet another post, first let’s see what I did with that beautiful ‘bright flowing peace silk’.