Thursday, April 28, 2016

With Love by Eva celebrates her fourth blogging birthday!

After my birth, my grandma took sewing classes and started making cute little clothes for her first grandchild. And she passed her passion on to me! Every summer holiday we spent at her house, she teached me how to sew clothes for my dolls. Almost six years ago, she gave me my own sewing machine! The best present ever. I can't imagine how many hours I spent with it since then.

After two years of sewing and blog following, I felt like it was time to write my own blog. With Love - by Eva was born! The amount of visitors increased, especially those from foreign countries, so a few months ago I started writing in English as well. I am so happy to welcome all of you English readers!

Blogging has brought me so much. New friends whom I met at blogdates and sewing days en workshops and events. Interesting cooperations with Jongens Toch!FinchFabricsLiesellove and especially the Belgian textile designer Lotte Martens. So many inspiration and energy to sew more and to try new things. I feel like I'm growing every year! 

My favorite makes of With Love - by Eva's fourth year were:

In the category 'ladies clothes': de Nina Culottes I made myself last summer.
Nina Culottes - zij

In the category 'childrens clothing': the testers Tinny I made for Liv in fabric designed and screenprinted by myself. By far my most perfect dress ever!
Tinny detail

In the category 'mens clothing': the Chess sweater I made for my best friend Jan.

The 'non-clothing' category is quite empty ;-) This laptop sleeve for my brother still makes us both happy.
Meneer de Student

And you? Which makes of the last year were your favorites?
4 jaar With Love by Eva

Birthdays are way better when you celebrate them with others, so I'm throwing a party with presents to win on Instagram and Facebook! Both giveaways are open to international entries, although the books are both written in Dutch. Winners will be announced May 9.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tulip sweater for men

My brother has a clearly outlined clothing style. He likes simple but refined: no prints or flashy colors, but patterns with special details.
Tulip trui voor mannen
Since he is more than two metres long, finding clothes in store for him is rather difficult. Most of his sweaters are a little short. But for his birthday, I wanted to sew him a long and perfectly fitting sweater! I drew a pattern based on one of his store-bought sweaters and added a Tulip back.
Tulip trui voor mannen
Drawing a pattern for a sweater yourself is really not that hard. I took pictures while making it and I am planning to write a tutorial!
Tulip trui voor mannen
The fabric is a super soft elastic wool mix. I bought it at the stocksale of children's clothing brand Strass last year. Blue with a subtle grey stripe in it, totally his kind of thing!
Tulip trui voor mannen
For the collar (extra wide, since my personal trendwatcher told me this is the new fashion for men's clothing) and the little triangle I used the wrong side of the fabric.
Tulip trui voor mannen
The back side got its Tulip part. I wrote a tutorial on how to draw this HERE. The original Tulip has curves, but to achieve a more man-like shape I just drew straight lines instead of curved ones.
Tulip trui voor mannen
Tulip trui voor mannen
Happy brother, mission accomplished!
Tulip trui voor mannen

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tulip T-shirt #2

My January make for Project Sew It was a self drafted T-shirt pattern in a beautiful snow tiger fabric. I named it Tulip T-shirt, after it's tulip like shaped back. On the Dutch blog I got lot's of requests for a tutorial, so I made a second version and took pictures while drafting the pattern and sewing it. The tutorial is written in Dutch but comes with clear pictures, and I am always willing to help if you don't understand! The free tutorial can be found HERE.
Tulip T-shirt #2 - side

Today I present you the second version, with it's special tulip-like back piece.
Tulip T-shirt #2 - back

This time I opted for medium length sleeves, since spring has finally arrived in Belgium. I added a decorative cap sleeve, for which I used the ruffle pattern piece of the Cocoon Dress but skipped the gathering.

Tulip T-shirt #2 - shoulder

The piping used in the back piece returns in the shoulder parts.

Tulip T-shirt #2 - shoulder

The fabric is a super soft one by Nosh Organics, won at the Compagnie M. - contest. The colors are not my favorites and I wouldn't buy this myself, but I really like the way it turned out!  (the rest of the knit fabric will become the lining of the Berlin Coat I'm working on)

Tulip T-shirt #2 - front

My best friend Jan was in charge of taking pictures. He is very artistic, and so are his photos!

Tulip T-shirt #2 - B&W

Are you planning a Tulip T-shirt too? My next version will be one for men!

Tulip T-shirt #2 - side
Fabric: Mini stripes aqua-pink, Nosh Organics
Pattern: free tutorial Tulip T-shirt (in Dutch) 

Saturday, April 02, 2016

How to make your seven-year-old feel like a princess

She loves everything I sew for her. Little Liv, the seven-year-old that I babysit. As soon as she saw this skirt, it became her favourite.

Prinses Liv

No frogs were needed, a few layers of tulle were enough to make her feel like a princess.

Prinses Liv

I bought two types of white tulle. The 'hard' version, which feels a little rough and plastic-like, for a voluminous circle skirt, and the 'soft' version for a gathered skirt on top. Some white cotton fabric for the waistband and the lining and my princess skirt was done!

Prinses Liv

Princes, beware, this beautiful princess is waiting for you! And hurry, because today she gives free hugs :-)

Prinses Liv

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