Knitting season

A couple of weeks ago, Ikea announced that the sofa season was back. Did you see the campaign? I’m so jealous of the stash that girl has…

Ikea - sofaseizoenI guess the sofa is always greener on the other side.

It’s been pretty quiet here, on the knitting and crochet front. I didn’t have to take the train that often anymore, and when I was at home, I was sewing more. So quite some UFO’s were kept lying around, waiting for the knitting frenzy to start again. And so it did. Current status of that all? See below.


  • Owl socksBreiseizoen / Knitting seasonIf you look carefully, you can really see owls in that pattern.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonREALLY. (Just settling a domestic dispute here) If you look even closer, you can even see an owl with a lopsided ear.The pattern also says to add beads for eyes. But beads on socks, and then those socks into shoes? No thank you.
  • Kiddie cadet. Pretty sturdy.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonTo show everyone who’s boss.Breiseizoen / Knitting season

Still on the needles

  • Sheepy time cardigan. Nearly finished.
    Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonBut just not yet.Breiseizoen / Knitting season It’s still a bit large anyway.
  • Slippers. In my head, they looked way cooler, though.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonBut they do have an antiskid layer.
    Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonI still need to add some elastics, though, since now they fall off.
  • Glittens. For myself.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonPriority number 1, since it’s getting pretty cold when riding a bike.
  • Saucy convertible. Nearly finished, but the yoke is too large,the shirt is too short, and I’m not ready yet to flog it all and make it work. Retro top Saucy convertible
    It’s been hibernating for quite some time, and it probably will for a while longer.


A complete set of bamboo dpnsBreiseizoen / Knitting season

My hubby thinks that by now, I must have all existing material at hand.

Breiseizoen / Knitting season


To the needles!

Lada Lover

Meet Boris.
Lada lover
 For the Jeremy Clarksons among you: a Lada Vaz 2101, 1200s, built in 1985. For the laymen: an old soviet car in mint condition.
Lada lover
My brother bought this car earlier this year, and he absolutely loves it. And he’s not the only one. Everywhere you go, there’s always someone who wants to have a chat about it, or who has a loving memory about it. A real ice breaker.
Lada lover
My brother considers this car a bit as his child. Or his twin brother, since he was built in 1985 as well. The way he looks at it, or talks about her, I’d call it real love. And you should tell everyone in the world about your real love.
Lada lover
So I went to Hema and bought 2 grey t-shirts and some transfer paper. I asked hubby nicely whether he had an idea about what we could do with the Lada logo. Luckily he understood and got going immediately. And one p(r)int and hot iron later, we ended up with this:
Lada lover
A big logo and a small one, so my brother can still decide how big his Lada love is.
Both t-shirts ended up under the Christmas tree. And somewhat later on facebook, in the post “Best Christmas present ever”. Mission accomplished, I’d daresay.

I still have one logo left, its size in between the other 2. Maybe I should iron it on a pair of boxers…
Lada lover

How to replace an elastic waist band

When my mom found out I was pregnant, she went digging into hidden family history boxes. You know, like the ones in the movies, where they wipe away a thick layer of dust before they open them, ready for a trip down memory lane. At least, that’s how I picture how it happened. Up she came, with some teeny tiny baby clothes my brother and I used to wear.
How to replace an elastic waistband
I fell in love with these clothes immediately. Talk about vintage! Part of the treasure were these cute light blue pants.
How to replace an elastic waistband
Only problem: their elastic waistband had lost the meaning of the word ‘elastic’. But that was a problem that could quickly be solved.
Materials needed

  • Elastic
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Special needle to pull elastics through tunnels or safety pin
How to replace an elastic waistband
How to replace the elastic waistband
  1. Measure the height of the waistband. You’ll need an elastic that’s a few millimeters smaller than that.
    Example: For these pants, the waistband is 1 cm, so I used an elastic that was 8 mm wide.
  2. With your seam ripper, tear up the stitching for about 2 cm.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Cut the old elastic and remove it.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Measure how long the new elastic should be. The easiest way to do this is to wrap it around the waist of the person you’re changing it for. Don’t forget to stretch it out as it would be when they wear the garment. Add about 2 cm extra and cut the elastic.
  2. Pull your elastic through the special needle, or pin your safety pin through it.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Slide your special needle or safety pin into the opening you made, and gently slide it further through the waistband tunnel.
    Careful: Make sure you don’t pull it through completely, keep hold of the end so you will be able to join both ends.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Fold the ends over each other.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Stitch the ends with your sewing machine.
How to replace an elastic waistband
  1. Tug your waistband, so the elastic goes in it completely.
  2. Close the gap you made, either by hand or with your sewing machine.
How to replace an elastic waistband
There you have it, one very vintage pair of baby pants ready to be worn.
How to replace an elastic waistband
And of course there is a matching shirt (also from that dusty box of memories) and hairdo 🙂
How to replace an elastic waistband
One happy vintage baby, who’ll grow as strong as his uncle.
How to replace an elastic waistband

Pattern drawing classes

Have you seen this clip?

It was used to announce the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City. Pretty neat, hey? I love how the couple dances its way through all that fashion. So pretty!

Ah, retro and vintage. It sure is my weak spot. That’s why I took up pattern drawing classes. I’m secretly hoping to design my own versions of the outfits in this clip. On the menu in class this first year: skirts and trousers.

So, even though we’re still pretty busy renovating, it’s time for me to get my sewing gear out again, space or no space. I can feel the itch, and it would be cruel to ignore it. Who knows what my wardrobe will look like this time next year 🙂

How about you? Anything retro on your needles, hooks or machines? Do share!

Hubby retro trousers

My husband is turning 30 in June. Big day, so big party coming up! And big parties ask for themes of course. And themes in their turn ask for costumes. So guess what I’ll be sewing the coming months…
I’m not supposed to say anything about the theme yet. I can only say that the party is 22 May. And that I am thinking about what fabric best to use for retro trousers.
Update soon!

Finished pin-up dress

Last Monday I had the last sewing class before the holidays. Since I really wanted to wear my dress to a Christmas party, I was determined to put in some extra effort and finish it. But when I arrived, I saw some bottles of wine and crisps standing in the corner. Since I don’t suspect my teacher of being a sneaky alcoholic, I had an inckling we might have a small christmas party. So about an hour before class normally finishes, we all put down our projects and sat down together. This is all very nice of course, but now I couldn’t finish my dress. And I was so close! All that was left to finish was the neck, the arm holes and the hem. So I decided to do it all at home.

For the neck, I used a facing of 3 centimeters. Working around the sharp corners got a little tricky, and it wasn’t stitched perfectly everywhere, but it looked all right, and that’s the most important thing.


Next were the arm holes. As you may remember from my previous post, the dress I modelled this dress on had capped sleeves. I had already got the sleeves in, but I still needed to finish the lower seam. My teacher advised me to use a bias to prevent the arm holes stretching out. The remaining arm hole was 12 centimeters. Since it is best to calculate some extra fabric, I cut out bias that was 15×3 centimeters. Don’t forget: bias is always cut diagonally, preferably at 45° of the grain!

capped sleeves

Once this was done, all that was left was the hem. Since the fabric has a sort of optical effect and the dress kind of looked like a moving bag when I fitted it, I decided to make it a tiny bit shorter. It ended up looking like this:

pin-up dress
pin-up dress

Tada! Ready to swing and jive on the Radio Modern Christmas party!