Fashion school has officially started!

By Coralie, in Creative life News – 0 comments

Intrigued by my recent creative endeavour? I’m telling you all about the first few weeks of fashion school right now!

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve wrote or done something for this blog… Don’t get me wrong, this space has never felt more inspiring or tempting, but I recently started a “small” side project that completely took over my life: I’ve started fashion school! :-)

It has only been a few weeks since this programme started but I’ve already learned so much. It’s so exciting to get up in the morning knowing you’ll have fun all day long trying to come up with interesting ideas. The programme I’m following is specifically geared toward finding new innovative concepts and creating appealing new fashion. This means that we have time scheduled to experiment and try out new things in order to broaden our horizons.


So far, we started a project based on geometric forms. We had to choose a basic shape and let ourselves be inspired by it to create a wearable piece. Here, the goal is not to create a comfortable, marketable garment, but to simply push your creative limits to its furthest point. In order words: Fun with fabric.



To complete the process, we also have a few hours of drawing and sketching at the end of the week. At first, I wasn’t convinced by the necessity of it, but now I can see that I couldn’t have been more wrong! What wasn’t anticipated is how much I’ve been missing sketching. This is something I used to do a lot back in art school, but was forgotten once I started working. Starting from the beginning again hasn’t been easy though and it’s a shame to witness how much skill was forgotten during these lost years. But I’m determined to get it back and have been drawing non-stop since school started again.


I’m excited by all the projects we have coming up and will try my best to find a little time to keep you informed of all the latest developments. But right now, I have to get back to some textile experiments… πŸ˜‰

What motivates you to sew?

By Coralie, in Creative life – 0 comments

What motivates you to sew? What’s your drive when you’re starting a new project?
What part of creating something with your own hands, whether knitting or sewing makes you return to the sewing room day after day?

These are questions I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. And for me it’s all part of an never ending quest to find answers and solutions to productivity problems. It seems a lot of other bloggers out there also have the same problem. How many times do you read: “I’ve got my sewing/knitting/insert craft mojo back”. It’s a frustrating thing to loose and inconveniently is always seemed to get lost when you need it the most…


But there’s a solution, I’m sure of it.

Knitting Autumn Projects

By Coralie, in Knitting Work in progress – 0 comments

Will you be knitting this Autumn? I definitely will and here’s my project list for the weeks to come.

This summer was mostly spent sewing. I don’t know why, but I haven’t been knitting as much as usual lately. Now that the weather is cooling down and that my husband and I will be away on holidays for a week, this seems like the perfect opportunity to start knitting again.

Meta shawl - 1

So what projects are planned for the next few weeks?

Today we are diving into the world of hand sewing and learning four easy stitches that will instantly add a gorgeous Couture touch to any of your projects.

The world of Couture sewing is such a vast and intriguing place. For us, home seamstresses, it’s full of mystery techniques and forgotten tricks, of dream gowns and sequins sewing… (dreamily sighs…)
Recently, I had the great pleasure to watch the movie Dior and I. It’s simply amazing to see how gorgeous gowns are skilfully created by expert hand sewing. And, there’s no sewing machines in sight in those ateliers, that’s what makes this process even more magical.
So to celebrate the art of hand sewing, I thought you would enjoy a collection of hand stitches How-To, so you can use for your everyday sewing!


Ready to give a little couture touch to your garments? Get your needle out and let’s start to sew! :-)

10 signs you’re a Maker

By Coralie, in Creative life – 0 comments

Are you a maker? Can you always be found sewing and creating things? Here’s 10 signs you’re part of the team!

We, makers, all have strange habits. And even if the rest of the world can’t seem to really understand them, it’s always nice to find another person with the same quirks you have.
So in the spirit of community, here’s a list of 10 things we, makers do. Hopefully, I’ll not be alone with this! :-)


Without further ado, here’s the list:

My first quilt took 5 years to make!

By Coralie, in In my closet Sewing – 0 comments

I finished my very first quilt and it only took 5 years to make it! πŸ˜‰

I’m very happy and proud to say that my very first quilt was recently finished. And by that I mean: out of the WIP (work in progress) pile and directly into the living room for every day use! :-)

First quilt-2
This doesn’t seem like an extraordinaire event, in fact you’re probably wondering why in the world I’m so proud of this particular project.
Well, let me explain everything from the start.

Sewphotohop 2015

By Coralie, in Sewing – 2 Comments

Did you joined the very first Sewphotohop on Instagram? In any case, here a recap of this month’s sewing photos.

That’s it! Today is the first day of September which means the Sewphotohop has come to an end.
This great project was the idea of Rachel from House of Pinheiro and consisted of a huge Instagram photo posting month. And to make things even more fun, some giveaways and reductions were offered along the way.