Some originals, because..

And then I also made some originals tops with the same two patterns. Because Sunday. And also, because the fabric stash won’t come with to Brizzy, but completed tops might!

Cap sleeved top, blue Boat / portrait neck, butterflies

Upcycling baggy T-shirts

Finally built up the courage to try out different patterns to transform baggy shirts into fitted shirts. I used two patterns that I copied from shirts that fit me well, my purple boat neck shirt with unfinished seems and my red cap sleeve t-shirt with an orange rainbow print. This resulted in 4 upcycled shirts, of which I took some poorly focused photos for you to enjoy.

Kaleidoscoopdag 1996It’s a bit weird, and you move the print up a bit,  but you can transform a longsleeved T (Kaleidoscoopdag) into a boat neck shirt. Because the fabric is a bit stiffer then the original shirt, the boat neck looks more like a portrait collar. Also, the print used to be on the back, *grin*. Not unhappy with this test result.

Jaap’s baggy shirt (cat-eyed girl) could easily be converted into a cap sleeve shirt. I changed the neck a bit after I took this photo, to keep it from sagging. I love this print!
Cat-eyed girl

My own semi-baggy shirt from the Moth was too small at the arm scythe. So that one took some guesstimating and fiddling, but I got it to behave in the end. It was quite a bit of work though, so next time I buy a shirt that I’ll redo in my own size, I should definitely get the XXL size. Much more fabric to work with!
I Moth stories

The downsizing of Jaap’s running shirt was also a bit freeform, both to maintain the print on the back and because I’ll only wear this when I’m sweaty anyway. I reused the cut away parts from the sides into back-pockets to make it a proper cycling shirt. It has a distinct home-made look, but I’m looking forward to use it.
Thorax running shirt

Put your thongs on: barbie time


Before we head off to Brisbane, we’d like one last chance to say goodbye to everyone back here in the Netherlands. If you’d like to join us for this, you’re welcome at our place on the 12th of December 2015, any time of day after 14:00 – please let us know by mail that you’re coming (and whether you expect to be here around dinner time). If you need directions, check

We prefer you don’t bring gifts, since we won’t be able to bring them with us to Australia anyway. Instead, it would be appreciated if you bring something you’d like to be drinking and relieve us of left over drinks and stuff we’re throwing out otherwise when you go. If you borrowed our stuff, this would be an excellent time to return it – or to remind us to do so conversely.

We’d also like to ask everyone who has a Skype-account, to (re)connect with us on Skype. Jaap can be reached at (Jaap van der Velde) and Simone at SimoneDeKleermaeker (Simone De Kleermaeker). Also, please let us know your current phone number, more so when you don’t have or use Skype.

We plan to leave the Netherlands on December 16, leaving our home in the care of a housing company that will take care of new tenants. We don’t know our final address in Brisbane yet, but we’ll publish it here. We’ll also post semi-regularly to our blog, but we’ll let you know about that on social media (Facebook, Google+).


1,500x Pinterested

1,500 items pinned on Pinterest. And with Pinterest finally publishing an API, I’d love to show those images on a slide show somewhere on my wall… Or backup all those image, for that matter.

The View From Up Here


There are a few things we’ll miss, once we move – like the way the view of the Dutch sky up here is different every single day.

Metro Shuffle

During the weekend of July 31 through August 2 2015, a newly constructed metro train station was moved in its entirety from one side of the The Hague Prins Berhard-viaduct to the other side, onto a set of pillars where it will be put into use during the summer of 2016. The station is called the Haags Startstation Erasmuslijn (HSE)

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London – June 2014