• naaiweek

    Starring… the topstitching needle

    It’s funny how I always feel like I don’t sew as much as I want, while in fact I sew about three pieces a month. I think it’s because of the fact that my sewing has been a little quick & dirty lately. I haven’t really dived into making something super special and haven’t been too dedicated, so it feels. Yet I’ve done stuff last week. This week, I discovered the absolute indispensability of a topstitching needle.Last summer, I’ve sewn my Cleo dungaree dress (pattern from Tilly & the Buttons) out of quite a heavy herringbone – beautiful! – denim. I topstitched as prescribed, but at that time didn’t know…

  • naaiweek

    Pins, podcasts and a pretty dress

    It’s a short one, as there hasn’t been too much sewing (related stuff) in my life last week. But that’s okay! First off, I got this cute pumpkin-y wrist pincushionin the mail. I bought this one as my Prym wrist cushion is starting to wear off (already… I’ve had it for six months or so, so I’m a bit disappointed in the quality). But I forgot that my Prym cushion has a hard bottom, which prevents you from pinning yourself in the wrist. And since I’m using long quilting pins (the yellow ‘flowers’ you see in the picture) I have pinned myself in the wrist already because they go all the…

  • tips & tricks

    5 tips voor werken met velours

    Een zachte, warme jurk, zo eentje om in weg te kruipen op een koude herfstdag, dat is wat ik voor ogen had. En mijn Ebony dress (een patroon van Closet Case Files) is precies zo cozy geworden als ik had gehoopt. Ik heb hem gemaakt van een extreem zachte, donkergroene stretchvelours met genoeg gewicht om mooi te vallen. Maar ik heb wel een paar lesjes geleerd tijdens de uitvoer van dit glibberige project. Ik deel ze met je.   Eerst even dit: deze foto hierboven. Ik nam hem in een park in de buurt, met mijn statief en spiegelreflexcamera. Hoewel ik mijn fotografeer-gear al meer dan tien jaar in mijn…

  • naaiweek

    Sewing Weekly — lots of shopping and I won a prize!

    For me, this week was all about getting my sewjo back (I’m always worried that my sewjo completely evaporates when I don’t sew for two weeks or so, although of course it never does). So this week I had to give myself a bit of a boost.   I ordered this cute scissors necklace a few weeks ago. I wish I could say it’s fancy handcrafted and all silver, but I’m afraid it’s just cheap Chinese stuff and not even silver plated (I bought it at Wish.com, in case you’re interested too). With these kind of internet orders, you never know when you’re gonna get it and I got mine last…