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Travel wear

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My blog is rather dominated by sewing posts at the moment. Rest assured we have a song on the way, and also I will endeavour to photograph some more food soon but in the mean time please indulge my frenetic pre-emigration sewing output.

In between leaving Holland and returning to New Zealand we will be ‘on the road’ for five weeks. And a lot of that time will be spent in Cambodia. I have to confess I don’t enjoy heat! I’m not a sun-worshiper and tend to get a little testy when overheated. Part of my coping strategy is knowing when I’m going to be hot and wearing the right clothing. So I’ve been making some travel wear recently.

I’m a low-maintenance traveler. I don’t bring makeup, heels or fancy clothes with me when traveling unless I know that an evening out somewhere swish is on the cards. My travel wear reflects this. I wear shapes and colours that I might otherwise consider not my best work. Comfort at all costs is my mantra!

I got the opportunity to road test three garments from my Travel Wear ’12 collection over the last few days in the very hot and sunny city of Barcelona (try not to hate me too much!) I was very pleased with how they fared.

Pictured: Harem pants – homemade; black T – free; jandles (thongs) – free; skirt – homemade; white singlet (tank) – free; green dress – homemade; green shoes – market find; bag – vintage from a shop Antwerp. Art by Gaudi and Miro.

Linking in with ladies who are not so warm here.
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Sewing with Inge

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I have a lovely next door neighbour. We have lots of fun sewing together and sharing our projects. It’s nice.

Last week we made a bag that she had seen on a blog she liked and we decided to have a go with some of the fabric from the great influx of May. Here are some photos of our progress.

I am wearing: Jeans – Vila; tank – homemade; cardi – Jason King in Utrecht; necklace – up-cycled vintage earring of my Gran’s; smile – stylists own.

Inge has also decided to have a blog too and you can see it here. It means At Home with Inge – it’s in Dutch, but you’ll get an idea in Google Translate.

Linking in here with Southern Hemisphere belles.


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Wardrobe Wednesday

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Since arriving in Holland with only a suitcase of clothes and three pairs of shoes (true story) I’ve been sewing like mad. I bought a second hand Singer (very appropriate) soon after arriving and what with the infamous fabric influx which just keeps on giving, there’s no reason to shop.

Today I premiered a new top. The fabric has a silk like feel and the coral colour was just delicious. Only a small remnant though so a little creative thinking was required. I’m very happy with the result.

Shoes: cheap and cheerful from the market; Jeans: free from a recent clothing swap; Top: hand made; Earrings: Peter Lang; Watch: Marc Jacobs; Rings: All vintage/estate.

Linking up here.

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Wardrobe Wednesday

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As you may know I recently was given a LOT of fabric and I have been sewing madly. I made this dress which I love. Perfect for spring/summer, very comfortable, and (most importantly for Amsterdam) able to be biked in.

The navy fabric I bought in Paris. It was only €10 for about 3 metres. You can’t really tell from the photo, but it’s lined with jersey cotton in a purple/lilac colour (from the freebie sacks). The lining was necessary as the navy was very sheer and it has the added bonus of giving the colour a real lift, and making it very comfortable and easy to wear.

Joining in here with other well dressed ladies who are getting ready for winter!

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Fabric heaven!

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Today felt like Christmas day.

A friendly neighbour around the corner owns a building which he rents out to several businesses, one of which is owned by a man who sells wholesale fabric to retail stores. I asked what they do with the off-cuts and our neighbour said he has loads and that they just “throw them away” – insert horrified scream! So I asked if I could have them (people don’t think that kind of question is at all cheeky here in Holland) and he said he would ask for me.

Today he dropped off 6 garbage bags of fabric. I was expecting mainly small pieces of furnishing fabric, but there were at least two bags of pieces of over 2 metres (both stretch and weave), not to mention some clothing samples. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!(Oh and wearing the top I just finished making in the weekend in this photo too.)

The only downside is there is no reason to buy fabric again for the next year – maybe even the rest of my life. Thank the Lord I can still buy notions!

What I’ve been up to…

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy doing lots of creative things – they just aren’t that easy to photograph!

So here’s what I’ve been doing:

Made a few more bags and purses, and a new skirt. I’m trying to make an article of clothing per week at the moment especially as I’ve now found a really great fabric market!

Finished a first draft of a show I’ve been working on for about three quarters of a year now. Finishing a first draft is both good and bad – YAY I’ve finished, and now wait for feedback, pray that it’s not awful, and then start re-writing the entire thing! Now I get to choose whether to go back to a first draft of a short story I need to re-write or start working on the next piece…

Made some delicious food including mayonnaise from scratch for the first time, and a lovely Mediterranean tomato soup (but ate it all before it had a chance to pose for a photo) and finally working on finishing April’s song – watch this space. It’s called Broken Man.

Jingles and holdalls

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Next Monday is Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) here in Holland. It’s a national holiday and a big party all day for most people. You are also allowed to sell things on the street. People get up early tape off a square of the pavement and set up shop. I’m going down to Amstelveen with neighbours to sell goods together. I’m selling hand made bags and purses made from stash scraps.

Here’s some shots of the first few – no straps yet and ‘scuse the wrinkles!

A good way to use up scraps.

Me and the better half have also had some fun making jingles for the radio show I co-host on Mondays, English Breakfast Radio. Amsterdam’s only English language radio show. (That’s him looking all mysterious and sexy in the photos next to the track!)

They’re for two of our regular segments: Dutchies You Should Know (Particular Dutch people of interest) and Around the World (The quirky, the strange, the downright hilarious news stories from around the world).

Hope they make you smile.

See what other clever cookies are doing over here.