Hear my roar

Let the world hear you ROAR. This is exactly how I feel when I look at this outfit. It is my week 3 competition outfit for Project Run and Play. This week it was something tried and true or something different. I went with different. The last two weeks I have drafted new dresses. This week I drafted nothing new. Not a single piece. You’d think this would save me time but nothing is further from the truth. This week I have spend almost all my free time sewing, but it is done!

Let the world hear you ROAR. Dit is wat ik voel als ik naar de outfit van deze week kijk. Truth or Dare is het thema van deze week. Maak iets ‘tried and true’ of maak iets anders. Ik koos voor anders. Deze week koos ik voor niet rekbare stoffen. Ik tekende zelf, in tegenstelling tot de voorgaande weken, geen nieuwe patronen. Nu zou je denken dat ik hiermee tijd zou winnen maar niets is minder waar. Deze week heb ik elk vrij minuutje aan de outfit gewerkt.
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I Choose LOVE

Have you heard about Project Run and Play?

It is a competition between seamstresses (they call them designers) around the world. Six designers get challenged to create a look that matches a weekly theme. In total there are four themes and through voting and judges you earn points. The designer with the least points drops out. In the end only one designer will win the competition. Playing along with this competition is a real honor. This season (season 20) PR&P is going Europe and we are invited! Anne will be playing along and hopes to be the last one standing. We’d love it if you follow along and of course, if you like what Anne made, vote for her and help us get to the next week.

The theme for week 2 is Monochrome Mania. In a colorful world, what would you create if you had to choose one?
If I only got to choose one color I’d always choose red. Why, you ask me. Well red is a color that stands for a lot of things. Red stands for life, power, passion, energy and most of all LOVE. Red is fierce. Red is warm. Red is romantic. Red is strong. The color is strong enough to make the most simple item pop. But… if I can only use red, I want to sew something that screams LOVE and what better way to scream love than to dress up the Rainbow baby. This tiny person is our big bundle of love. She is our victory of life. To have her we had to fight, cry, fight and cry even more, but she is here and she is energy. She is strong and so full of love.

Het thema voor week 2 is Monochrome mania. In een kleurrijke wereld, wat zou je maken als je er maar één zou mogen kiezen?
Als ik maar één kleur kiezen mocht, dan koos altijd voor rood. Waarom? Omdat rood voor veel staat. Rood staat voor leven, passie, kracht, energy en het aller belangrijkste LIEFDE. Rood is krachtig. Rood is warm. Rood is romantisch. Rood is sterk. De kleur rood heeft niet veel nodig. Het simpelste ding kan rood laten knallen. Maar als ik alleen rood mag kiezen, dan maak ik iets dat liefde schreeuwt. En wat schreeuwt er meer dan liefde dan onze regenboog baby. Onze baby vol liefde. Onze overwinning op het leven. Om haar te mogen krijgen gingen we door hele diepe dalen. Maar ze is hier. Ze is krachtig en sterk en zo vol liefde.

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Project Run and Play, challenge accepted

Have you heard about Project Run and Play?

It is a competition between seamstresses (they call them designers) around the world. Four designers get challenged to create a look that matches a weekly theme. In total there are four themes and through voting and judges you earn points. The designer with the least points drops out. In the end only one designer will win the competition. Playing along with this competition is a real honor. This season (season 20) PR&P is going Europe and we are invited! Anne will be playing along and hopes to be the last one standing. We’d love it if you follow along and of course, if you like what Anne made, vote for her and help us get to the next week.

Excited?! Let Anne show you what she made for week 1. Also, you can read Anne’s competition blogpost HERE (It’s a fun post to read)

Assignment week 1: Wanderlust
What makes your location special? Explore the uniqueness of your area, share its distinctive personality, and leave your audience craving more.

Have you ever thought about how you can show what makes you location special in an outfit? What is unique about your area and how do I make people want to come and visit? I didn’t. Not ever. So when this assignment came up I had to think hard. What is so special about where I live (other than me living here of course…).

Uhm… Water, bikes, old and new. I can work with that! It so happens that before Miss Rainbow was born I bought this beautiful Nosh fabric (they stopped shipping outside of Finland shortly after). Blue water fabric, because we did not know if we were having a boy or girl. It was perfect for this project. The water fits the many beautiful canals we have. Plus we have a history with sailing overseas. I also had the perfect white jersey to match the white in the Nosh fabric. I bought this from Lillestoff. With these two fabrics I sewed up a new dress design (that I had already drafted before going back to work in February). I call it the Risu Dress. It is designed to fit our Dutch climate and the name, well it fits the girl I designed it for. She is my happy, funny and beautiful Miss Diva. Can you see the little Sofilantjes twist. It has a faux wrap back. I think this completely fits into our culture. It’s a simple dress with just that little bit extra. I talk more about this in the PR&P blogpost I wrote.


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Twins it is…

Before you think we are having more human babies, read THIS post. You’ll understand this post better. Go ahead. We’ll see you back here in a few minutes.

Welcome back! Lets continue…

We promised to tell you about the other pattern we are releasing today. The Sylva* twin and this one is called Stella. Now, the name of this pattern is very personal. Stella means star or firefly, before miss Rainbow came along we lost a special little human in the making. So now we have our own personal star in the sky and to always remember that special little baby we named a pattern after it. So we are very pleased to introduce you to our Stella Jumpsuit.

This jumpsuit we designed matching our Miss Rainbow’s needs. Since she needs to be able to move, because seriously that girl will not stop moving…  she needs to look cute. A cute moving, (very) loud baby. So we designed a jumpsuit with a cute baggy bum. A bum that fits a (cloth) diaper without any problems. A bum that still gives all babies enough room to move around and a bum that just looks adorable. A big round diaper bum all wrapped in a beautiful jumpsuit made out of your special fabric.
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It’s twins!

Reading the title you must think we have some great baby news to share and we do. Just not like that… We are not having any more human babies in this house, but… we do keep adding pattern babies. The next best thing to us and better for you.

We are having twins. Today we are releasing two new baby patterns. One that you were asking for and one completely new one. Let me introduce you to the Sylva Top and Tunic for Babies*. Yes, now you can dress all your girls in the Sylva and your baby boys too, because we added a top length to the baby Sylva pattern. Yay for boys!


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Eximia Release Celebration Day 7

Day 7 already. Did you win yet? Did you enter one of the give aways. Or are you not taking a chance on missing the sale and bought the patterns….. Today we have two more chances for you. First up is Wild van Stof. Visit them on Facebook or Instagram and try your luck. Next go to Stof en Wol and enter through their Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to browse for the good fabrics when you visit both. You never know if you win this time. Or, if you do not have the time or just do not want to, buy the pattern on sale here:

Dutch:
Dames
Meisjes

English:
Women
Girls

French:
Femmes
Filles

Eximia Release Celebration Day 6

We are getting close to the end. Only 2 days left after this…… Today we have for you: Framalo, who sposored 4 testers. And they made such beautiful things with the fabric they recieved. Such good fabrics she has. Visit Framalo on Facebook or Instagram and enter the competition to win. Next we have Studio Stof. They also sponsored a tester. She made three beautiful Eximia’s. Visit Studio Stof on Facebook or Instragram for a chance to win. Or, if you do not have the time or just do not want to, buy the pattern on sale here:

Dutch:
Dames
Meisjes

English:
Women
Girls

French:
Femmes
Filles

Eximia Release Celebration Day 5

Today we have one shop to visit. Today is Holland Stoffenhuis. A great shop that happens to be one of our newest Resellers for paper patterns. Go check it out. Also, one of our favorite testers works there. Isn’t that awesome. What’s not to love about this shop…. But, back to where you came here for. Visit them on their Facebook or Instagram to maybe win one Eximia Sweater pattern.

Or, if you do not have the time or just do not want to, buy the pattern on sale here:

Dutch:
Dames
Meisjes

English:
Women
Girls

French:
Femmes
Filles

Eximia Release Celebration Day 4

We are more than halfway on our celebrations. Are you enjoying yourself? We are!

Today we have another two great shops to visit. Visit Ansje Handmade and check out her beautiful handmade items and fabrics. After you did that go and visit Mon Depot. Such a beautiful collection they have. Just amazing. Ansje Handmade can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Mon Depot can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Or, if you do not have the time or just do not want to, buy the pattern on sale here:

Dutch:
Dames
Meisjes

English:
Women
Girls

French:
Femmes
Filles