New Body = Challenge

I used to know how to dress to flatter my body. Dresses with a belt to enhance my waist and give the illusion of longer legs. Tops with draping to hide bulges. And deep Vs to elongate my neck.

But how do I dress this new body of mine?

Weight loss progress

The picture on the right was taken a couple of weeks ago, while the picture on the left was taken the day before surgery. And I wasn’t even at my highest weight then! There is a huge difference, not only with the weight loss as such, but the overall shape and composition. I’m working out really hard and lifting weights. I have now strong, muscular shoulders and arms. My hips melted and there isn’t much difference between my waist and my hips measurement anymore. Still have a large chest, but I have to confess — I lost 5 cup sizes.

I think I’ll have to do a lot of researching the coming months. And probably go with trial and error. If you have suggestions though, please share!


Pantone’s colors for Spring 2012

Did you check the Pantone website to have a look at the colors for Spring 2012? Wow! Sorbets, sun, zingy citrus, and muted tones mix for a very bright and optimistic season. I particularly love the colors Tangerine TangoBellflower and Cabaret, and lucky me, I have some fabrics in my stash with similar colors!

This new palette really get my creative juices flowing and I have several ideas popping into my mind, like a summer dress made out of the darker yellow fabric I bought last year:

To download the full report from Pantone, click here. The report website is definitely worth a look for inspiration!

So, what is your favorite color? 🙂


Evening glamour

Evening glamour
Looking for some inspiration for an upcoming special project. The theme: volume & length. To be continued 🙂

Inspiring youth

A few months back, I talked a bit about an upcoming fashion show where high school students would showcase their designing and sewing talents. Yesterday was the big day! The auditorium was filled with friends and families of the students (and some random strangers like me!), ready to give a well-deserved round of applause to the budding designers and models.

Let me just say one thing: it was A-MA-ZING. I forgot to take pictures from time to time, I was just too busy picking up my jaw from the floor!

These kids have talent, no doubt about it. I know only a handful of  aspiring designers and models actually make a living out of their passion, but some of the girls’ work I’ve seen yesterday looked very promising. I sincerely hope they will pursue their dream and make it come true. In any case, their energy and enthusiasm are truly inspiring and it’s such a pleasure to see kids animated by positive vibes!

I was not sitting at the best place to take pictures, nevertheless here are a few images to give you an impression of the evening:





And that’s just a tiny sampling of the dozens of designs we saw on the runway yesterday! Aren’t they just awesome? Keep an eye on the Stichting Creative Mix Facebook page for more pictures coming up really soon!

Nautical obsession

Nautical obsession

Nautical obsession by avsie featuring court shoes

I’m obsessed with anything nautical at the moment. I need a playsuit with a sailor collar. If only I could find a pattern for the whole thing in my size, it would make my life much easier! I know I could just go and purchase the Wearing History 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern, but the biggest size is way too far off mine, and I really don’t feel like fiddling around with a complicated grading.

For a skirt version, I think I’ll go for Colette Patterns’ Beignet skirt. For the top, I no idea. Can I just use a basic V-neck t-shirt pattern and draft a sailor collar? Or is it better to go for a blouse pattern instead? I have some ideas bubbling in my mind, I just need the time to make them happen! I have instructions on how to draft a sailor collar in my pattern making book, and it actually looks easy enough to make me dare make one.

And unfortunately for my DH, I think I need to buy some fabric to make my nautical suit happen 😉

I’ll stick to sewing!

I know I promised to tell you aaaaaall about the photo shoot on Monday, but I’ve been so incredibly busy this week that I just couldn’t find the time to write anything!

The shoot was fun! I don’t think I can pretend at a modelling career though, so I’ll stick to sewing as my creative outlet, thank you very much. Not that I didn’t have an excellent photographer, au contraire! Rubianca is very talented and I’m so grateful she offered to take pictures of me in my retro dresses. I guess watching Next Top Model doesn’t make you a model, because I found it quite difficult to pose and be imaginative. But that’s beyond the point anyway, the most important goal was to have fun – and fun we had!

Since I knew my hair just doesn’t hold a curl, especially when it’s a bit warm (and I was warm in the shop where were shot the pictures) I didn’t remove my hot rollers until I arrived to the location and was done with my make-up. (Yes, in the end I had to do my make-up, the artist was ill and couldn’t make it) Which meant I had to drive to the location wearing my rollers 😆 I did get some strange looks from other car drivers and pedestrians 😉

The location was a jam-packed retro 50’s store in Den Haag (Netherlands), Bennie’s Fifties Store: from jukeboxes to diner sets, and collectibles, dresses and petticoats in all the colors of the rainbow! The staff was very friendly and they let us shoot wherever we liked in the store. I haven’t really heard nor seen clients that afternoon, so we basically had the store to ourselves. I saw some cute things, so I’ll have to go back one day! 😉 Check out their online store at!

I haven’t seen the pictures yet except for one, and here it is:

This was among the last ones we shot, and my hair had almost lost all its curls! At the beginning of the shoot the owner of the shop complimented my dresses and gave me the best compliment of the world: he said I looked like one of my favorite artists, Dutch signer Caro Emerald. Riiiiiiight. I think Caro is absolutely gorgeous, so that made my day! 😆

This weekend was also a small break from sewing, before I step into factory-mode next weekend to make t-shirts for the summer. We’re going on vacation pretty soon, and I need short sleeves!

Have a great Sunday everyone! And of course: Happy Mothers’ Day! If I may add: Happy Non-Mothers’ Day too, because you don’t need to be a mother to love like one!

Wanted – Shoes

Aren’t these shoes just perfect for a seamstress like me? 😀 But I’m afraid I can’t afford a hole of 795$ in my monthly income… 😆

Thank you Erica B. and Snuzal for the tip!