Oh no, it's my health again!

Health wise, it's been another horrible year so far. If you read my blog for a while now you know I've been struggling quite a lot with my health. 

After the move I kind of collapsed. I didn't have any energy left at all. It was hard enough dealing with the more basic things like cooking, cleaning and so on. I had/ve no energy for blogging or crafting. I know, it's not the first time I write about this topic. 

I tried sewing the 40s slacks, but it just wouldn't work. I couldn't focus, I was too tired. The same goes with  knitting. No focus, no motivation.

Today they finally found (part of) the cause of my tiredness. It seems that I have a very low value of vitamin B12 (pernicious anemia). I feel so relieved, because for years doctors told me my tiredness is related to stress/anxiety. And I believe this has it's influence on my energy level. But I had the feeling there was more going on, because it doesn't matter how much I rest I still feel tired. 

The treatment exists of regular (at first weekly) injections to augment this shortage. I'm scared of needles, but I will cope with it! Today I got my first injection, so hopefully I will start feeling better soon!

And hopefully I will find the joy of crafting and blogging again!


I'm back!

Dear readers,

It's been a while since my last post. I moved to a new place and it took lots of time to get it ready. The previous renter had lived here for years and he was a heavy smoker. Everything was sooo filthy! But now it's all clean and freshly painted :) Last weekend I moved to my new home, and this week I spent time unpacking boxes.

Today I had the feeling it's time to get back to blogging, sewing and knitting! I haven't been sewing or knitting for months, but it's good to be back!

So what's on my sewing table? 

Last spring I started tracing a vintage slacks pattern (Hollywood 800). I traced a few pattern pieces and then other sewing projects got my attention. These pants aren't the hardest to make, so I hope it will help me getting started. With autumn around the corner it's the perfect project to start sewing again.

I haven't read much blogs the last couple of months, now I'm settled at my new place I'm eager to catch up!

How have you been doing?


Finished Lutterloh 29!

I didn't think I would be able to finish a sewing project before moving home. But I did! This will probably the last sewing project at my old place. So, it's a good closure! 

I recreated this dress from the 1941 Lutterloh pattern book. What I really like about this dress is the pocket detail, the notched collar and of course the puffed sleeves :) 

Whil writing the blogpost I realised I forgot about the pockets at hip level. Well, I don't like accentuating my hips anyway!
It took quite some time to finish the dress. This was not because it was extremely difficult. But I didn't feel like sewing most of the time and the striped fabric scared me away a bit. It's easier to get your mojo back with an easy project without caring about matching the fabric. But I find it really hard to leave a project unfinished, so I got on with it anyway.

I changed the pattern by making it a complete button down closure instead of stopping halfway as you can see at the illustration. I just like being practical. 

There are a few things I don't like about the dress. The first thing is that it sometimes looks like that the stripes aren't matching at the button closure. They do! But when I move the fabric moves place. And secondly, I wished the fabric is a bit drapier. It's quite stiff and doesn't follow my body as smoothly as I like it to be.

What else can I say? I really don't know. Just that I'm happy with finishing another Lutterloh dress!


Don't feel like doing anything

Dear readers,

I know it's been a while since my last update. The problem is I don't feel like crafting or blogging these days. The main reason is that I'm going to move to another place. My mind is completely focused on moving and I feel a bit restless about it. So focussing on my hobbies  is pretty hard at the moment. 

Today was the first day in several weeks I worked on a sewing project. It feels a bit uncomfortable, sitting behind my sewing machine. And I definitely miss the flow I use to have while sewing. I feel like a beginner again.

I'm not sure about the aim of this blogpost. I guess I wanted to share with you what's going on at the moment. 

Have a nice weekend!


Finished: A 40s trio

Hello! I finally had time to take some pictures of my 40s trio garments! The trio consists of a blouse, skirt and purse all made by me!

You've seen the blouse earlier this year on this blog. It's a 40s pattern with lots of pin tucks and lace insertions. I think this blouse is very classic and elegant and really makes a white(ish) blouse more interesting. 

The skirt was one of my oldest UFO's. I think it was on the UFO pile for over 3 years. Because I don't like unfinished projects I'm really happy that it's finished now! I experienced some difficulties when I started sewing this skirt years ago. I sewed added zipper but, because of the pleats, the zipper was disturbing the way the pleat fall down. I didn't like the result and removed the zipper and put it to the UFO pile.

In the meantime I learned during sewing class how to insert a zipper in a pleated skirt. After some practice I thought I got the hang of it. But silly as I am, I didn't start sewing the skirt straight away, but waited like 2 years. So I completely forgot what I learned during the sewing course. 

But this time I was eager to finish the skirt, so I tried something myself and I'm quite happy with the result. The zipper is hidden into a pleat so it's completely invisible from the outside!

I always wanted a 40s crocheted purse. And it would be even better to make my own. Luckily Ingrid of Couturette shared some free patterns with us, so I could make my own. I had some difficulties understanding the pattern, but Ingrid was of great help! 

The purse is lined and to give it its shape I used a very heavy interfacing. I'm really happy with the result!

I really like the idea of working on a complete me made outfit. And I think I will do this more often. 


Quick update

Hi all,

It's been a while since my last blogpost. The reason is that I wasn't feeling very well lately and I just needed a break from everything. But now I'm feeling better again and I started crafting again.

Last week I was able to finish the crocheted purse and pleated skirt, which are part of the 40s trio. This trio consists of a blouse, skirt and purse. And with these two projects finished, the trio is complete! Next week I hope to find some time to take pictures. 

In the meantime I leave you with some pictures of the finished projects!


Loosing my knitting mojo and a knitalong

Hi all!

Over the years I lost my sewing mojo a couple of times. But lately I just don't feel like knitting (or crocheting). This is the first time since I learned how to knit that I lost my knitting mojo.

Luckily there is 40s themed knitalong so I hope this will bring my mojo back! I decided to start a new project. I really like this Egyptian themed sweater and it's on my to do list for quite some time now.

Hopefully I will be knitting as much as I used to with a new project and a knitalong.

Details about the knitalong can be found here:


Are you joining? Have you ever lost your knitting mojo? And what did help you getting it back?


WIP: a 40s trio part II and III

Hi there,

Just a small update from me. You remember the 40s blouse with lace insertion I made a while ago? I called it the first part of a 40s trio I want to create. This week I'm working on the other 2 parts of this trio. 

Yesterday afternoon and this afternoon I spent a lot of time inserting the zipper in the plaided skirt. Normally I don't have much trouble with sewing a zipper into a garment. But this one is a bit difficult, because it's put into the pleat. During the sewing lessons I had 2 years ago I learned a method to do this. I have instructions and pictures of the process, but I didn't get the result. I couldn't remember how it was done. So I had to invent something myself. And I'm quite happy with the result. The zipper is invisible, well hidden in a pleat, which is pretty awesome if you ask me!

The crocheted purse is almost finished. I still have my doubts if it will work out in the end. I have sewn the two parts together. I need to sew lining with heavy interfacing, so the purse will keep its shape. Tomorrow I hope to find the right interfacing in a haberdashery store. 

What is on your sewing table?