Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter bunnies (Coffee+Thread tour 2017)

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"Things are finally sorting out healthwise". I was so happy to write these words under an Instagram picture I posted a few weeks ago. After two years of constant pain and illness, the doctors finally found what went wrong in my body and with the right medication, I'm slowly recovering. I'll dedicate a blog post to this happy news later on, but now, let's focus on sewing! Being ill I often didn't have the energy to sew (I wrote a post about that here) and I am incredibly grateful that my love for sewing returns together with my health. 

So when Olga (you know: the amazingly talented seamstress and pattern designer behind Coffee+Thread) asked me to participate in her tour, I was happy to say yes!


Olga tested the Tulip dress and top pattern for me and her feedback was super helpful. Missing marks, unclear instructions, non-matching notches: Olga was the one to discover them. I thus expected her patterns to be very detailed and they didn't disappoint me at all! All pattern pieces matched up perfectly (something pdf-patterns don't always do with me, or maybe that's just my pattern glueing skills, haha).


I made two pieces for Mona, the youngest daughter of the Belgian textile designer Lotte Martens. (you should take a look at her handprinted fabrics, they're just amazing!) All fabrics I used here are designed and printed by Lotte herself. How cool is that?!


First I made a pair of Wild & Free lounge pants  Mona and her sister have two rabbits whom they love, so these rabbit eared pants were just meant to be! I chose for the Sparkle Corax 02, a red and brown jersey fabric with a golden print. 


As I had some energy left I also made an Ila dress using the Spacer Limonium Silver, a heavy knit fabric that feels somewhat like scuba. The color is so special: it changes from very light grey to bright silver depending on the light. For the yoke I used the wrong side of the fabric, which is actually just as beautiful as the silver side and incredibly soft. 


I used some leather trim to accentuate the yoke. For the pockets and the collar lining I used some leftovers from the leggings.



Both items were actually sewn for five-year-old Mona and are meant to be paired with each other.  Based on her measurements I made her a size 6 and the fit is spot on. However, when her bigger sister saw Mona's outfit, she was a little jealous and insisted on trying on the Ila dress too. Suse is 7 years old but rather skinny, and although it's a rather tight fit, it actually still fits her. So we compromised: for the photoshoot Mona would wear the rabbit leggings and Suse would wear the dress.



Not at all a traditional Easter outfit, but I love it! Thank you so much Olga for these great patterns!


Would you like to win some of them, together with an amazing selection of fabrics? Enter the give away! a Rafflecopter giveaway

By the way, have you seen what the other participants made? If not, sure do check their blogs, since every single creation is stunning! 
April 3
Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4
Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5
Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6
Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7
Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10
Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11
Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12
Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13
Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Stitched Together || Sew Liberated 

April 14
S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony || With Love By Eva 


  1. WOW Eva, this is INCREDIBLE!! So many fantastic details, all so beautifully executed! The girls look SO cute in this. Amazing job!

    1. Wow Mie, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I got the idea for the Ila dress from yours ❤️ (although you were a little better in planning and deadlines, haha)

  2. Well done Eva! Beautiful makes and I am very glad to hear you are on the mend!! ūüėė

    1. Me too! I'm so happy these days that nothing can wash the smile from my face ;-) More about that in another blog post coming up!

  3. Eva, this is soooo good! I am blown away! Both pieces are so sweet, but have the uber cool punk, no frills vibe to them as well! That's sooo awesome! You are a rock star! Thanky ou so much for being on the tour and for your kind words. Xoxo Happy you are feeling better!

    1. Thanks a lot for asking me! I loved to be part of this wonderful tour! xx

  4. Those leggings are so cute! But that Ila dress with the leather trim? Fantastic!

    1. The trim is my favourite too! Thank you so much!

  5. Ohhhhh Eva!!!! These outfits are so wonderful! The fabrics you used are so inspired and gorgeous, and the makes themselves...perfection! And that Ila Dress -- I love that one so, so much! Amazing!

    1. The Lotte Martens fabrics are taking over the world, so maybe you'll find them somewhere near your home soon! I promise you they're from an amazing quality and great to work with <3

  6. What a beautiful outfit... Outfits hahaha Sisters, hey ;) Lotte;s fabrics are so gorgeous! I admire every simple print I see on IG. I bet the fabric feels divine also! You have created such beautiful pieces! I hope the girls will enjoy wearing them... perhaps while chasing their bunny?


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