Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nina Culottes

** Dutch version here **

Belgium is a small country, which means all (sewing) bloggers live quite close to each other. A few weeks ago, I had a sewing date with lovely An. It was a very nice day, and I managed to finish a pair of Nina culottes, Compagnie M.'s most recent ladies pattern.
Nina Culottes - voor
My sizes were between XXS and XS, so I chose the largest size. But when I tried them on for the first time, they were way too big! I cut away 8 centimeters, and now the fit is perfect.
Nina Culottes - zij
Nina Culottes - achter
The pictures were taken during our holidays, on Burano Island.
Nina Culottes - schuin voor
Pattern: Nina culottes - Compagnie M
Fabric: dark blue gabardine with a little stretch
T-shirt: Marco Polo

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


There are lots of talented pattern designers, but most of their patterns are designed for children. Although I have my little friend Liv to sew for, I sometimes feel a twinge of jealousy when I see your kids pictured in the most beautiful handmade clothing. Not scared of a challenge from time to time, I decided to grade some children's patterns up to my size!
This dress is named Mambo, and it comes from a Belgian sewing book called Homemade Mini Couture. The pattern comes in sizes 3yo to 10yo, so I took de largest size and modified the pattern until it would fit me.
Concerning fabrics, I chose a voile by Anna Maria Horner. It is just lovely to wear, especially when the weather is hot.
My little sister took the pictures during our holidays in Italy. The owner's dog liked us very much and kept running through the photos!
fabric: Forest Hills Sweet voile - Anna Maria Horner
pattern: modified Mambo - Homemade Mini Couture

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Tra gli Italiani

I spent the last three weeks with my family in Italy. One week near a lake, where we swam, visited the island and took wake boarding lessons (which does not seem to be a talent of mine).
Zonsopgang op het eiland Zonsondergang
(Poging tot) wakeboarden

During the second week, we rented an old farmers house in the green hills. 
Resultaat van een kooksessie
Furlo Canyon
Gepakt en gezakt

Last but definitely not least, we visited Venice. We started off with the typical tourist attractions like Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal and the palace. After that, we took the boat to the fishermen's island Burano, with it's beautifully colored houses. The last day was reserved for the Contemporary Art Biennale, where artists from all over the world exhibited their most recent work. It gave me tons of inspiration!Gevleugelde leeuw, symbool van Venetië Culture clash: eeuwenoude gebouwen en passerende cruise San Marco by night (2) Kunstbiënnale, hoofdtentoonstelling Kunstbiënnale, Braziliaans paviljoen Kunstbiënnale, Japans paviljoen Vrolijk visserseiland Burano
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