Friday, January 6, 2017

Twinning in Lotte Martens



If you read Flemish blogs (or just look at the beautiful pics), you will know about the fabrics from Lotte Martens. Since 2007, she has her own textile line and her hand printed fabrics would make every sewist drool. I know I have been swooning over her fabrics ever since I saw this, and this, and this dress. Making one of those dresses for myself did not happen though. I am not comfortable yet in making myself woven dresses (on my to do list for 2017). I prefer jersey, it is so much more forgiving. I suppose you can Imagine how happy I was when I found out that Lotte Martens was releasing an organic jersey line in the same email in which I was invited to be in the Lotte Martens winter tour!



For the new fabric line, Lotte designed two prints, one with geometrical shapes and one with spots/dots. They were digitally printed in different color combinations on ether crepe or jersey. It should not surprise you that I chose for the jersey. I picked the geometric rust/blue combi for some selfish sewing. The quality is great, it is nice and heavy and very comfortable to wear. I pre-washed it before sewing and it came as new from my machine.



I knew that it was sewing a dress for me, but I was debating on the pattern. For long I thought about a LMV Lora, then about a LMV Gerda. When I kind a started to lean toward the Gerda she showed her beautiful Gerda version. Yes, I was indeed a true deadline sewer again, I had not cut my fabric on Wednesday afternoon. Than, I decided to make a dress that had a very low likelihood to be used on the tour. I therefore made myself another Kathryn. This dress is one of my most often worn wears. I am like a kid, when it is out of the washing machine I will wear it immediately (no ironing needed). I am super happy with my choice. The fabric print and the pleats work so well together. I again went for long sleeves and I drew my own A line skirt to fit the fabric that I had.



When the package arrived, I turned out to be even luckier than I thought. Besides the Corax fabric that I picked, Lotte added some extra's. One of those was a small piece of this beautiful birds fabric. I wanted to use it to the fullest. I thought about a small bag or wallet, but let's face it, I prefer to sew clothes. So I spend a few weeks, thinking about how I could use it optimally.



The dress I made for my youngest was clearly inspired by the Annaliese that I made last year. I love the style of that dress. Because of the jersey, I drafted my own version of the dress though. Due to time pressure (we are talking Thursday afternoon 15:00, just a few hours before sunset) I omitted playing with a tab (over the middle seam between the gathered and chest piece). I drafted the dress such that I used the entire width of the small fabric pieces that I got. Only a small piece of the uni blue (and one bird did not make the cut). The blue from both fabrics are almost identical and the bronze print from the birds makes the rust colered lines (which resemble the copper perfectly) on the jersey stand out even more. I literally pieced the jersey part of the dress together from the leftover after seeing my dress. Due to the print, the (extra) seams are almost invisible though.



Like her, I went for a mother-daughter shoot. During the shoot, I was struggling with my flash. Batteries turned out to be empty, so some pictures are far from ideal lightning setting, but I feel it still shows off the beautiful fabrics (although they seem a bit more black than blue). The fabrics are at the moment available in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, a full list of sale points can be found here. The organic jersey is 1.90 wide and the crepe 1.40 m, due to the digital printing, the fabrics are significantly cheaper than the hand printed ones.



41 comments:

  1. Wat een mooi twinning project Miranda! Zowel jij als je dochter stralen erin! Heel mooi 😆

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  2. Goeie patroonkeuze, ondanks de twijfels. En dat dochterjurkje is zo geweldig, wauw! Ik zou er zelf nooit aan gedacht hebben om de vogeltjes met de Corax te combineren, maar het is echt prachtig!

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    1. Terwijl het echt een match made in heaven is :)

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  3. Ik ben fan! Van Corax, van wat je ermee deed en hoe je ze combineerde... ♥

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    1. Ik wacht dus in spanning op de jouw versie, jij krijgt me altijd enthousiast over geweven stoffen ;)

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  4. Waar kan ik bestellen? ;-) Echt prachtig, Miranda!!

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    1. Haha, ik ben altijd erg slecht in reproducties ;)

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  5. Wauw, Miranda, at een geslaagde twinning! Ik zou die jurk van jou ook voor mezelf maken, en de jurk voor de dochter is echt heel creatief en werkelijk prachtig. De kleurencombinatie staat haar ook heel mooi!

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    1. Vond ze zelf ook, ze wilde hem niet meer uit!

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  6. Ik sta elke keer versteld van jouw creaties, prachtig gewoon! Ik ben gezond jaloers op je creativiteit!

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  7. Super! T staat jullie beiden echt prachtig !!

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    1. Ik ben ook heel blij dat ze ook zo lekker comfortabel zitten.

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  8. Waw, heel geslaagd, de beide! Het middenstukje in het kinderjurkje is perfect, zo komt dit stofje helemaal tot zijn recht!
    Geniet ervan!

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    1. ideale rest verwerking, ik voorzie meerdere variaties in mijn naai toekomst.

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    1. Met zulke mooie stof kan je haast niet mis.

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  10. Waaaw, jullie zijn het mooiste lotte martens duo dat ik al zag passeren! Echt helemaal geslaagd!

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  11. Dat kleedje van je dochter vind ik helemaal top! Prachtige combi

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  12. Oh ik ben grote fan! En helemaal omver geblazen door het jurkje van jouw dochter!

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  13. Ik kan niets meer zeggen dan 💕💕💕.
    En goed idee ook om de stofbreedteTe vermelden. Je krijgt me overstag!

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  14. Jullie stralen allebei in jullie jurk! Topidee om de stoffen te combineren voor je dochter. Helemaal geweldig dat jurkje van haar!!

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  15. Waaaaaaw!!! De kleuren zijn jullie ook wel echt op het lijf geschreven he? Mooie keuzes!

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  16. Superleuk gedaan! Ik zou die combinatie ook nooit gedurfd hebben, maar kijk 't moet weer een Nederlandse proberen en ons over de schreef trekken hè! Zalig!

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  17. Wow! Dat is super mooi! Ik ben geen fan van twinning, en dit vind ik fantastisch! Heel mooi <3

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  18. Dit zijn misschien wel mijn favoriete naaisels van jou. Wow! Echt heel heel mooi!

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  19. Super. Mooie creaties. Ik ben volledig verliefd op het jurkje van je kleine meid. <3

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  20. The fabric is gorgeous indeed and you chose great dresses to showcase it. Your little girl's dress was definitely worth the effort! Love the mother-daughter shoot :)

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  21. Wat een prachtig twinningproject! Vooral dat jurkje van je dochter vind ik helemaal geweldig.

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  22. Heel mooi! Het lijnenspel bovenaan lijkt wel een kraagje te vormen! Echt super knap.

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