Wardrobe Architect Week 7

This week was all about prints vs solids.

I have a lot of solids in my stash but I find it difficult to sew with them because I’m afraid they’ll make me look boring. That being said, I do need more solids in my wardrobe. So I’ll have to find a way to make them work.

I love prints but they are difficult to work into outfits. To avoid problems, I try to stick to prints in dresses and t-shirts/tops to pair with jeans (for now).

This is what I’m drawn to lately.Photo 30-03-14 13 29 00


They are a mixture of geometric prints, abstract florals and polkadots. I like bright colours obviously. The plan was to stick to ‘mature’ prints once I became a mom but that resewlution went out the door really fast!

The prints I really don’t know how to work with are plaids and animal print. Seriously, I loved everything I saw in Jungle January, but it’s absolutely not me. And I just never seem to find any nice plaid fabric.

The prints above are all knit fabrics I bought over the last few weeks, some have already been sewn into something but not yet photographed/blogged.

I’m really excited to get things photographed and blogged because I’ve finally gotten my sewjo back!


The One where It Finally Starts Looking Like A House.


So this is how it looks now.

The living room on top. Still needs wallpaper/paint, laminate flooring, shelves on the wall and sofa covers. But apart from that it’s finished 🙂

Dining room at the bottom. Still needs wallpaper/paint and laminate flooring. And I have to shorten the drapes 🙂

We’ve decided to keep our furniture for now as I really love the fact that it’s true vintage (I inherited it!) My husband isn’t into all this vintage, he likes things quite minimal and modern, but we haven’t got any money to buy new furniture so for now he gave me the go ahead to make it work. At times like these I’m happy to have studied interior design.

I’ve been pinning away lately but I think I finally figured out what I want. A few years ago I bought a digital radio designed by Orla Kiely. She’s an Irish designer and has truelly amazing stuff. Not everything is within our budget but I fell in love with her wallpapers. I would have gone all out and would have chosen the wallpaper that matches the radio, but the hubby didn’t agree, so I’ve almost convinced him of this alternative. I love the fact that it’s so bright and sunny. We haven’t got a huge open kitchen/dining room/living room but we do have a lot of natural light. I wouldn’t use it on every wall, just on the two walls behind our vintage furniture.




Ofcourse I will need matching accessories and one of them is matching pillows (1, 2 ,3 & 4) and seat covers. I’m not sure yet whether I want to buy these or just stick to the colour palette but as you can see the autumn colours make it typically me.


We’ve stil got a long way to go but we’re moving in the right direction at least 🙂 And I’m very glad we got this far because we’re having people over both on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate my husband’s birthday …

The one where I made pillows

Over the weekend we’ve moved our living room downstairs. It’s such a relief, because now I can do all the normal stuff without having to leave the baby alone. Since we haven’t got any doors downstairs yet, it’s basically one giant room so I can get to here so much faster 🙂

I love how bright it is downstairs and the fact that I can both see my garden and look out on the street. I never realised I missed it since our previous apartment only had skylights. I’m actually a bit sorry I took the bigger backroom as my sewing room as it looks out onto a wall and doesn’t have any direct sunlight. Maybe I can convince the husband to switch rooms…

But this is not what this post is supposed to be about.

When we moved our sofas I realised that the pillows we had been using were far overdue. They had been washed far too many times to get all the dust out and they had milk stains all over. Since they were the cheap IKEA kind and wouldn’t match our new interior anyway, I threw them out.

I bought new ‘naked’ pillows and for the first time ever I sewed something for our house. Since we haven’t decided on our paint or wallpaper yet, I didn’t want to spend any money on covers that wouldn’t last long anyway.


I had this lovely blue wool felt in my stash. It was given to me by a friend last year and I had just enough for 3 pillow covers. Which meant I had just enough for 3 monogrammed pillow covers.

I love how they turned out and they feel a lot firmer than the old ones.

Husband comment: They’re so soft!