Dieting 101: Need your help :)


Hi guys,

Thanks so much for your feedback about cutting into my fabric. I’ve decided to ‘get over myself’ and use my pretty fabrics now, because there will always be more fabric and who am I kidding, I won’t be able to resist them anyway.

But that’s not why I need your help. Between juggling work, household, a baby and a house under construction, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Last week I decided to go on a diet. The weight has been creeping up on me slowly for the last years. And now I want to lose it. I already bought a second hand crosstrainer to be able to exercise at home (cause I haven’t got time to hit the gym). I don’t want to lose the weight fast, but I want to keep it off.

And that’s where you come in. I need your tips, tricks, recipes. Because that’s where I feel overwhelmed. I like food, I like filling, tasty dishes and there seem to be a lot of nice recipes out there but you now the thing with the trees and the forest.

I just don’t know where to start. I want healthy food, I want easy, tasty food and above all, I want food that my husband will eat as well, because I’m not cooking two dinners!

So if you know anything at all… Please share!

The Fear of Cutting into Fabric


Ever since I got pregnant my weight has been fluctuating quite a bit. I lost nearly all of my pregnancy weight about a week after I gave birth. Since then I’ve tried losing some more because I didn’t feel comfortable the size I was. But with all the “new mom, back to work, renovating the house” kind of stress, instead of my weight going down, it went up. I’m an emotional eater and I’ll always be.

Now that our kitchen is finally finished, I have a proper space to cook again, so I’ve got no more excuses to not go on a diet.

Or at least, I still have one and in my head it’s a valid reason because it’s also the reason why I’ve lost my sewjo.

I’ve got all these pretty fabrics in my stash which I’m afraid to cut into because what if I loose a lot of weight and the clothes I make don’t fit me anymore. Then I will have cut into my precious fabric for nothing. So the obvious choices are 1. don’t go on a diet or 2. don’t sew until I’ve lost the weight.

But I don’t feel good in the clothes I currently have and all my untouched patterns are seriously starting to mock me so I want to sew, I want to make pretty clothes I feel good in, nevermind what size I am (or getting). Also sewing releases stress which would reduce the emotional eating :) (only selfish sewing does this btw)

So am I the only one whose afraid to cut into fabric because I might rapidly not be able to wear them anymore or am I just being plain silly and do I need to get over myself … Seriously, genuine question!

#MMMay14 – Roundup


Well, it looks like May isn’t likely to become my favourite month. Week one went extremely well and I must say that I really did wear all the Me-Mades I pledged I would but picture taking is another matter. In week 2 the baby got sick, followed by the hubby and me in week 3. Week 4 was a short workweek but we had a charity event on Wednesday which took so much preparation that I just lost it. Every ounce of organisational skill went out the door :)

We used the weekends to finish our kitchen and to clean up the mess afterwards so sewing wasn’t a priority either. (I didn’t have any room anyway)

But I’ve managed to find the exact fabric I’d been looking for for months and I’ve picked out a few patterns I’d like to try (yes, Nettie bodysuit, I’m looking at you) so once school ends and exams start, June will become a great sewing month, I hope (fingers crossed).

#MMMay14 Day1-7


My weekly round-up:

Day 1 - Unblogged Renfrew

Day 1 – Unblogged Renfrew


Day 3 - Unblogged modified Renfrew

Day 3 – Unblogged modified Renfrew

Day 5 - Unblogged Style Arc Nina Cardigan

Day 5 – Unblogged Style Arc Nina Cardigan


Day 6 - Modified (Nursing) Washi Tunic

Day 6 – Modified (Nursing) Washi Tunic



Day 7 - Unblogged Eucalypt Tank

Day 7 – Unblogged Eucalypt Tank


My thoughts for the week:

I seem to have a lot of tops. But I’m working on that.

I’ve made my new pattern for the week, a Colette Ginger skirt and plan to write up my thoughts on that wonderful piece of clothing soon…

I’ve finished 2 UFO’s but I’m not happy with them so they will be altered :)

All in all, I’m happy with the way things are going, just forgive me the crappy pictures, it’s all I can manage :)


PS This is my 100th blogpost! Hurray!



Last year I gave up on Me Made May after a week, on the one hand my pledge was too severe and on the other hand I wasn’t feeling to good at the time. Turned out I wasn’t feeling well because I was pregnant.

This year, I’m not pregnant (although, I wish I was :D) and I’m keeping it real with my pledge.

When sewing I tend to stick to the easier patterns because I want to have something new with minimum effort :) It hasn’t changed with the baby. One thing that has changed is that I pay more attention to finishing and details so I want to keep this up! But I want to venture into different sorts of patterns. Let’s say a minimum of one per week?

I have some UFO’s which all require only a half an hour of work, so they need to get finished.

So this year:

‘I, Stephanie of Love – Teach – Sew, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’2014. I endeavour to wear at least 5 handmade garments each week for the duration of May. Repeats are allowed if I reach my quote of 5 garments a week. I also endeavour to sew 4 new and different patterns in May, as well as finish my UFO’s.

I’m feeling pretty confident about this one and hopefully I’ll make it through this year :)

The One with the Thrift Store Treasures


I accidentally found myself in a thrift store today. Accidentally as in: “We happened to walk past so went in.”

I found some seriously gorgeous things!


1. Entire rolls of rickrack. Could.not.resist. There is no such thing as too much rickrack in one’s stash :) (€14,5 for all)
2. I usually don’t buy second hand shoes but these were brand new sandals similar to the ones I put in my Capsule Wardrobe. (€7,5)
3. Same goes for these pumps. Brand new and similar to the ones I wanted! (€9)

All in all I’m very happy with my finds!

The One with the Perfect Scarf


If there is one thing I love, it’s an infinity scarf. They are so easy to wear and never fall off.

I’ve had the scarf on the left for a few years now and I love wearing it in Spring and Autumn. It really makes a solid outfit pop. Only problem is that it doesn’t match a lot of my clothes (yet, I’ve got a matching Lady Skater planned)


So today I was in dire need of a quick project and my precious fabric was the answer. My 9m bolt were actually 2 pieces. One 7,20m and the other 1,80m. I decided to use the smaller piece for the scarf and prewash it to see what effect it would have on my fabric. Apart from the fact that it frays like hell, it got very soft and quite drapey. It is quite thick so making a gathered skirt is out of the question.

Sewing this thing only took 5 minutes. I used the fabric from selvedge to selvedge so I only have one seam. I opted for a French seam because this fabric frays a lot!

I’m happy with the way it turned out, although it is quite bulky. I might make it less wide, but I’m not sure yet.

It does coordinate nicely with most of ‘my colours’.


And it’s not just usable as a scarf!


I’m sure I’ll get a ton of wear out of this!

PS Sorry about the blurry phonepics but I just couldn’t wait to show you this!