From The Studio: Monthly Update

hanne vandersteen february updateAnother month has gone by, so here I am with my monthly business (aka life) update!
If you’d like to now what my “business” is about, go to the January update for a current overview of my situation! Continue reading

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What I’ve learned last week #30

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The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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5 super useful tools for your sewing kit

5 super useful tools for your sewing kit (newbie and advanced sewers!)

When I started sewing I literally used whatever was available in my mum’s sewing kit. Nowadays I sew more often than mum (she dislikes sewing with great gusto) and my sewing kit advanced with it. Continue reading

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The Newcastle Cardigan: a Christmas Present a Long Time in The Making

Newcastle Cardigan Seppe label detailTwo years ago I bought this really soft sweater knit fabric at Pauli. It’s been hiding in my stash for far too long, even though I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. A Newcastle Cardigan by Thread Theory. It was love at first sight with this pattern and I knew it would make an awesome cardigan for my little brother. (ahum, my 1.85 m tall, broad shouldered brother who can lift me up from the floor as if he’s carrying a two year old, but still younger thus little brother ;-) ) So last Christmas I decided to gift it to him, only my planning was way off and it ended up being a gift for Christmas 2014!
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What I’ve learned last week #29

Chanel Couture Spring 2015 Collection detail shot by Florent Tanet

The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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Stock treasures: Men’s dress suit

men's coat collar details

This week stock’s treasure is a dress suit from the late fifties, according to the previous owner.
I have also a cute detail for you: in Flemish, a dress suit is called a ‘pitteleir’ . That’s actually a dialect word but no-one in my close circle could come up with a proper Dutch word. Dutch speaking people: enlighten me!
I love this dress suit coat because off all the clear tailoring details. Look at the quilted armpit padding, the collar and the crisp seams. I love these details that present the skills of the maker of the garment. Continue reading

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How I plan my sewing + sewing planner resources!

how I plan my sewing and some other resourcesWowie, sometimes sewing can get really overwhelming, or is that just me? Whenever I visit a fabric store a thousand new plans come to my mind! Throw this in the mix with the actual sewing for a living thing and you get an overload of projects and ideas!
This year I decided it was about time I started some sewing organisation.
There are a ton of sewing planners available, but today I show you my system.

It’s a combination of my longing for proper systems and my unorganized nature!

Let’s get started.

my free project sheet freebieFirst, there’s the system I use for all my paid bespoke projects. I needed a system te keep me on track, outline all the steps and put some timing on the whole project.
So that’s what you see here.

  • project name: client’s name & order go here
  • task: I outline each single task from going to the store to buy thread to sending out an invoice.
  • who: who needs to get the task done. For example if I need to plan a fitting, I need the client too!
  • Estimated time: the time I think I’ll need for this particular task. This is useful for planning purposes and quotes.
  • Deadline: I need to complete said task by this date.
  • Time used: the actual time I needed to complete a task. I learned I’m much faster at sewing this year than I was last year. I maybe there’s lest twitter checking in between steps, that’s also possible!
  • Done: To check if the task is completed.

As you can see there are no actual notes about sizing, fabric… on this sheet. I use a separate notebook to do all my scribblings. See that picture at the top of this post? The seventies one is the one I’m currently using. The other ones are already filled to the brim with notes, ideas and fabric samples.
Let’s have a look at how this notes look

sewing notes 2

Yup, that’s my unorganized side that comes out. These are notes on my first set of Nettie Bodysuits. I typically jot down the following things:

  • project name + date on top of the page
  • variation under the project name.
  • my measurements and the pattern measurements so I can select my size.
  • any thoughts on flat pattern adjustments
  • a fabric sample
  • some notes on the sewing process
  • used notions
  • alterations I make during sewing and fitting
  • ……………

By combining these two systems I get the perfect sewing planner for my needs.
Do you take notes and put a plan in place to get your sewing organised or are you sewing whatever you like at that moment?

If you are interested in getting your sewing more organised by using a sewing planner here are:

5 already existing sewing planner systems to help you plan:

  1. This is a really good planner by Verbeelding. It’s in Dutch.
  2. 110 creations: a notebook designed for sewing projects
  3. A printable sewing binder set on Etsy.
  4. The well-known Fashionary to sketch out all of your ideas
  5. My project sheets: get the English version here and the Dutch one here. I also made a basic English sewing project planner inspired by the Dutch one by Verbeelding, for those of you that get headaches from my scribling system!


Now: more sewing in the sewing studio to be done so see you later!

P.S.: looking for some other blogger’s inspiration: Stéphanie shows how she organises her projects in this post!

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What I’ve learned last week #28

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The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot of things online. I’d like to share a couple of those with you. Maybe they can help you too.

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Thoughts on “Teacher Style” and a Linden Sweatshirt

linden sweatshirt fron 2Lately there has been a lot of articles that catch my eye with a reference somewhere on ‘art teacher chic’ (here for example) as if that’s a style that all art teachers should wear.
Now, those who’ve been following along here now that I’m also an art teacher. I teach kids age 6 – 12 in both elementary schools and after school programs. I love teaching them and learning from them too. It’s a very exciting and interesting job (PS: The sweatshirt I’m wearing is a Linden Sweatshirt and I’ll get to it in a minute) Continue reading

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How to pick the right zipper length & other zipper tricks

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After writing about my Rigel, I received some questions on how to shorten a zipper and what to do when the zipper length you need simply doesn’t exist. I’m not going to explain to you how to install a zipper, since there’s plenty of information to find on this subject. If you need a good tutorial I recommend this one by Sunni Standing of A Fashionable Stitch on Craftsy.This can be really confusing at first, but here are some tips to get you going! However, first we need to establish something really important: Continue reading

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