Entries by Joanne

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The Cordova Jacket preparations

The first thing that struck me about this pattern was the fact that I needed to cut out one size! I knew that Sewaholic patterns are designed for pear-shaped women, but it still surprised me that I didn’t need to flare out the pattern at the hips. It took me a whole episode of Bunheads […]

Briar sewalong

Hello everyone! This month has been super busy. The first weekend we had a family outing to Drenthe. It was quite cold, but that’s ok because we had a sauna and bath to keep us warm! It was great to see my niece and nephew for longer than a few hours. Then the second week, […]

Reveal: Vogue 1152

This is the Vogue 1152 dress, designed by Rebecca Taylor. The fabric I chose for this is a navy cotton with white polka dots. I love the design. There are a lot of beautiful elements without it being over-designed, like the piping and gathering. This project had a lot of firsts for me. It was […]

Reveal: Belladone dress from Deer and Doe

Belladone, how do I love thee? Let me count the gorgeous ways. One, its design. That back cut out is sexy with no hint of trashy. There are pockets too! It is designed for non-stretch, woven fabrics, which are the easiest types to sew. Two, the instructions. The instruction booklet (also gorgeous, by the way) […]

Inspiration from Angels Never Die Winter collection

I love Angels Never Die. It’s a clothing company based in Turkey. I have a few of their dresses, but they’re quite expensive. Well, maybe not expensive if you compare it to other designer brands, but still, out of my price range. I’d like to try to recreate some of the looks if I can. […]

The nightmare that is the Olivia shoes

So I decided to make these super cute house shoes by ithinksew.com. Aren’t they adorable! I picked out this amazing [fake] chinese silk from my stash and imitation silk for the lining as well. I decided to make the sole out of imitation leather to give some extra warmth and anti-slipiness. As it turns out, […]

Anouk inspiration board

Here’s what I have planned for next month’s sewing creation. Thanks to RLR creations for the free template!   5 february update: I’m not sure I’ll be able to get around to this in February. My lovely sister and her boyfriend are coming to visit me next week, so I think this was a bit […]

It’s been a while

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything. I have a pretty good excuse though. First I went on internship at MetFarm and now I’m working on my thesis so I can finish up my Masters degree. Below is a picture from the project I did during my internship. This week I had […]

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Meaning of Zoe Livana

Zoe Livana is not my real name, it’s my alter ego. I love the names because they are quite unique and beautiful.  They are both of Greek origin, and together they mean ‘life goddess.’ To me, that is what women are. They have the power to carry life within them. It is mysterious and miraculous […]

New project: patchwork tunic

My next project will be a patchwork tunic. It is based on McCalls 6359. I traced out the pattern on my own paper so I could draw my pattern on it. I have no idea if this will be a success or not. Looking at it, it seems huge, but maybe it is supposed to […]