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Let’s talk about Queens and Fairies, Monsters and Astronauts, shoes and swords, fashion, style and trends.

The clothes we choose to wear are a representation of who we are. It can make us feel empowered and in charge of our own life. That is why we all choose our clothes very carefully for a special occasion, a first date, a job interview but also a party and especially a wedding, both our own wedding as someone elses. Because our personalities evolve over the years, our style and fashion sense evolves with it. Even a change in job or a different haircut can suddenly evoke a change of personal style. What we consider as fashionable is something very personal, yet people tend to follow trends and buy and dress very similar. Off course trends are fun, it gives us a different view on fashion and clothing every year, it gives us the opportunity to change our personal style and it is a great excuse to go shopping once in a while. There is just one small problem. Not so much the trends in itself, but more the shops where we choose to buy our new cool stuff. Big shops seem the place to be. The cheap clothes they offer seem to be the stuff to wear. And we all end up with the same items in our wardrobe. Yet, we desire to be unique, to stand out from the crowd and to be see.

We want to feel like a Queen on our night out, we want to be the Belle of the ball. We want our daughters to feel like Princesses and have that special Fairy magic. We encourage our children to be unique, to find their dreams, get in that space rocket and reach for the stars. And everyone dreams of finding that knight in shining armour. And sometimes clothes need to just say that. Sometimes clothes need to be fit for Queens and Astronauts or for little Fairies and cute monsters. Sometimes all you need to add is shoes and the occasional sword.

To be continued…

 

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Goodbye… for now

My sewing year is officially over. Just put my machine away and finished my last Christmas gifts. I could have finished them sooner, were it not that in the beginning of the week I felt the urge to sew some really nice tops to wear during the festivities.

I had a couple of vintage scarfs that I was just dying to use! I’ve had them for a long time already, and I specifically bought them to make shirts, but I never found the perfect pattern. I finally found it here. And because I loved how the first one came out, I immediately made 2 more 😀. I just love them! I will make some more, maybe a different pattern, but I still have some scarfs left, and I will be looking for more!

 

These are truly unique items, I love the vintage feel it has thanks to the print, it has an amazing fit and it feels very soft against my skin. I immediately wore one yesterday to go out for some pre-Christmas drinks. No sign of wearing – fear with these ones!

And so today I had to finish my gifts, actually got very nervous this morning because of the time crunch, but they are done. Finally… I hope my family will like them 😞. With handsewn gifts, there is always a bit more anxiety then with bought gifts I found. But I still shoose to do it, because I trully believe I am giving more then just the gift. I give time,love and attention. And I trully hope my family feels it this way.

A couple of hours ago, I packed up my supplies and my machine, tucked them away untill next year. And I hope my dear Brother will give me even more joy, pride and gorgeous garments in 2016. And that is what I wish you all. The joy of sewing, creating and designing. The proud feeling you get when you finish something, when you wear it or when you give it to someone. And above all I wish to you that you turn every piece of fabric into something gorgeous! Besides that I hope you find happiness, health and love.

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Merry Christmas everyone and may you have an amazing new year! 🎅🎄🎁

If you want to see the gifts I made or want to know more about what I do (or try to do) click the small, blue “follow” button (bottom right)!

Goodbye… for now

#prayforparis

I know this is a sewing blog, but I feel I need to say this…

I was in Brussels, Belgium when I recieved the news of the attack in Paris. The next day, I recieved the news that the attacks were planned in Brussels, not far from the place I was staying. The attacks hurted me, very much. I cried, I held my children way too often and way too tight, I screamed “Why?”and I whispered “I don’t get it…”.

In the aftermath of these attacks, I watched the reactions of people, people I don’t know and people I know and love. And more times than not, I  shook my head in disbelief. And now, it is time for me to respond.

Lots of people respond to the attacks in Paris by saying “Let’s kill them all!” or “Let’s close our borders, no one in! We have been too kind untill now!”. In the same breath, they say they want to make a better world, a world of peace, kindness and tolerance. Responding with violence and exclusion is the complete opposite of what you want to achieve. Peace means no killing, otherwise you are the terrorist. Kidness means being kind and friendly to all, not to the people you choose to be kind to. Tolerance means to tolerate everybody, every religion, every race, not just the people with the same vision as you.
A wise man once said, be the change you want to see in this world. Think about this, think about it long and hard before making a snap judgment about my post and responding in a non-tolerant way.
I choose peace, I choose kindness, I choose tolerance. I choose to teach my children to love, not to hate. Even in this world, a world that seems to have gone mad. I choose to teach my children to make their own decisions, without judgment and without religion. Even now everybody seems to have lost their mind.
I sincerely hope you will make the same decision…

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France has this national motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” meaning “liberty, equality and fraternity”. It couldn’t be more suitable now…

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#prayforparis