Lauren Van Der Mast https://laurenvandermast.com Wed, 28 Apr 2021 02:25:26 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://laurenvandermast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/lauren-favicon-150x150.png Lauren Van Der Mast https://laurenvandermast.com 32 32 DIY Wet Wipe & Nappy/Diaper Tutorial https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-wet-wipe-nappy-diaper-tutorial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-wet-wipe-nappy-diaper-tutorial https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-wet-wipe-nappy-diaper-tutorial/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2021 01:50:58 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4110 I didn’t start sewing until my son was 1, but I really wish I had started earlier so I could have made one of these bags! Still, I kept using this bag for a good 6/7 years! I didn’t need to keep carrying nappies, but it was still perfect for wet wipes and hand sanitizer and I only retired it when I made a messenger bag with pockets for each.

So this bag holds wet wipes, hand sanitizer and spare nappies/diapers all nice and neat (and keeps your wet wipes sealed!!!) and will even fit a couple of nursing pads and female hygiene products and is so easy to just throw in your hand bag rather than carrying an entire nappy bag when you just need a few of the essentials.

It’s a quick and easy make and of course, you have the freedom to style it however you like 🙂

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DIY Fabric Scrap Coaster Tutorial https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-fabric-scrap-coaster-tutorial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-fabric-scrap-coaster-tutorial https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-fabric-scrap-coaster-tutorial/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:34:10 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4100 I’ve definitely caught the fabric scrap bug! Even the smallish things I’ve made with fabric scraps just seem to really pop and brighten things up!

As with most of my projects, they sit in my head for such a long time before I actually make them and these coasters were no different. In fact, it took until I was having a CFS flare up and just wanted to do something easy and mindless for me to finally make them. My son loved them so much, that he made some too! And then I figured, I may as well make a tutorial 🙂

Enjoy!
Lauren

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Sewing An Apron On My (New) 1928 Singer https://laurenvandermast.com/sewing-an-apron-on-my-new-1928-singer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sewing-an-apron-on-my-new-1928-singer https://laurenvandermast.com/sewing-an-apron-on-my-new-1928-singer/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:22:52 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4080

From the very first time I saw a treadle from a vintage sewing machine, I knew I wanted one! At the time I thought only the rusty old treadles were left and found in peoples gardens, I had no idea I could really have a working one! So this machine is like a dream come true!

I bought my first vintage Singer a couple of years ago, it’s electric – with a knee bar rather than the foot peddle and one year older than this one.

When I first saw this machine for sale locally, I actually that it was going to be at least 100 years old (I had some learning to do there) and I had to have it! As it turned out, the previous owner had begun restoring it before he passed away, so the table was newly painted – minus one broken drawer… all I had to do was have the machine serviced, buy a new drive band, have the treadle powdered coated and then paint the decals in gold and find and paint a new drawer. I’ve done all of that except paint the new drawer and I absolutely LOVE this machine and sewing on it!

This apron was the first thing that I have sewn using only this machine. It’s a little slower, you need to turn your work to back – stitch but thankfully coordinating the treadle while sewing came naturally to me with my experience with a spinning wheel… and how cute is this apron!!!

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Lauren

 

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DIY Linen Shirt Simplicity s8889 & Linen Heather Shorts https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-linen-shirt-simplicity-s8889-linen-heather-shorts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-linen-shirt-simplicity-s8889-linen-heather-shorts https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-linen-shirt-simplicity-s8889-linen-heather-shorts/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2021 14:16:02 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4064 This shirt is one of those ideas that I thought was really really good, but now I’m having second thoughts.

I absolutely LOVE the linen fabric print and the style – but I’m not so sure they are ‘me’. I’m waiting for it to cool down to see how I feel about it with my jeans???

This is the second time I made Simplicity s8889 – and you can read my original thoughts here.

And the shorts are of course my Heather shorts (you can find the pattern here) which I have made quite a few times now (hehe) and this time I used a heavyweight linen from The Fabric Store. These will be designated work clothes. Besides sewing I run a colon hydrotherapy clinic.

While I wasn’t ready to tone down my Summer sewing – I’m in a little bit of a rut. I know what I want to make, but I just can’t find the right fabrics… so I’ve started sewing jackets. Jacket ideas and supplies have been building up in my stash for a couple of years now and umm.. it’s about time I made some! Hopefully this season will be the one that I actually sew up all these planned jackets!!! So you will begin seeing some of these soon!

Happy Sewing!
Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Floral 90s Style Slip Dress – Tessuti Sadie Slip Dress https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-floral-90s-style-slip-dress-tessuti-sadie-slip-dress/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-floral-90s-style-slip-dress-tessuti-sadie-slip-dress https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-floral-90s-style-slip-dress-tessuti-sadie-slip-dress/#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2021 03:26:15 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4055 If only I owned this outfit in the 90s!… I would have been one very happy girl!

Pleased to see some 90s style clothing come back in, I planned this dress a little while ago… but I couldn’t find the right fabric print at the time, or the pattern… I was even contemplating making this pattern myself until I finally settled on Tessuti’s Sadie Slip Dress with some slight changes and then finally Spotlight dropped this rayon challis print. (It’s not totally new, I’ve had it in my stash for probably a few months… but, it seems to have sold out already!)

To get this look, I went down a size and just changed the front neckline to a curve – simple simple! I checked out some old photos online and found Drew Barrymore sporting the most perfect dress and used that as inspo to get the shape and height of the neckline. Thanks Drew!

I definitely want to make this dress again, perhaps not with the 90s in mind, but when I see the perfect print, I’ll know 🙂

Happy Sewing!
Lauren

 

 

 

 

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DIY Floral Kimono Simplicity s#1318 https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-floral-kimono-simplicity-s1318/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-floral-kimono-simplicity-s1318 https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-floral-kimono-simplicity-s1318/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2021 01:17:26 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4044 This is one of those projects that I’ve been wanting to make for sooooo long.

I’m picky, I know… and that’s why it took me so long to make this kimono, I just couldn’t find the right fabric print.

So when this fabric hit Spotlight (you can find it here) I picked some up straight away and knew exactly what to do with it!

I used Simplicity s1318 for a few reasons… 1 I already had it on hand and 2 I like the style of the sleeves but I had to lengthen the pattern. There are plenty of other kimono patterns available that are the length I was looking for but they didn’t have this style of sleeve… so it was easier to just make this one longer. Because I was lengthening it quite a bit, I also flared it out a little towards the hem so it didn’t hug me like a dress. And it turned out exactly as I wanted!!!

I have really enjoyed wearing this kimono – especially with my denim shorts. It’s such a pretty look, I’d even go as far as saying that I feel kinda glamourous even in my denim shorts with my kimono billowing out behind me and it’s a perfect way to add just a little warmth to a Summer outfit when your not really sure what the weather has in store!

Definitely a fav!

Happy Sewing
Lauren

 

 

 

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DIY Rainbow Themed Reusable Party Decorations https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-rainbow-themed-reusable-party-decorations/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-rainbow-themed-reusable-party-decorations https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-rainbow-themed-reusable-party-decorations/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2021 05:14:24 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4036 About a year ago, a friend had an idea of how we could all work together when it came to our kids birthday parties and as we were chatting – I came up with the idea of handmade reusable party decorations… rainbow, of course!

We have a few little birthday traditions that we do and I love decorating for parties… but we’ve let some things go, like balloons (for environmental reasons) but seeing the waste from the other decorations, even if they would break down, just broke my heart. Not wanting to give up the decorations, well made decorations that can be reused year after year just seemed like a brilliant idea! I mean, why didn’t I think of this years ago??? I already did this for Christmas – why not birthdays?!

I did want to make more… but as I left it to the last minute, I simply ran out of time. Actually, I had had enough of making them for this year, so will continue to add more as we go.

I made a table runner and two sets of bunting flags. The idea is to keep adding to the little crowns I made, so that there is enough to share them as party hats with our guests as well and I will make some gift bags (as I made for last Christmas) so we can cut down on wrapping paper… although I love wrapping and decorating presents, so that will be hard to let go of – but making the switch is worth it!

So far these decorations have been used twice! And I got a ton of compliments, which is always a nice little ego boost lol!

Love to hear your suggestions on some other handmade reusable party decoration ideas!

Happy Sewing
Lauren

 

 

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DIY Sateen Heather Shorts https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-sateen-heather-shorts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-sateen-heather-shorts https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-sateen-heather-shorts/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:53:31 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4025 Before Christmas we went away for a couple of nights and it was my husbands request that we ate out every single night… You see, I have a ton of food intolerances and not only do I avoid eating out, I’m a total pain to cook for and he is a total foodie with zero food intolerances that feels like he is missing out when it comes to food most of the time.

So while eating out for me requires prior research and phone calls to chat with the restaurants – I love the chance to get dressed up… but as we were heading out – EVERY night for dinner and the place was pretty packed before Christmas and I can’t eat at just any restaurant – I realised I was short on outfits. Which is wear these shorts came in.

The print and colour of the fabric is not usual for me, but it reminded me of the colours I’ve seen from fashion brand Leo and Lin and while these shorts are nothing like their gorgeous elaborate dresses – I like to think they looked similar? Anywho… these were a quick sew up using my Heather shorts pattern and a cotton sateen (you can find it here) from Spotlight.

Happy Sewing
Lauren

 

 

 

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DIY Giraffe Print Cotton Voile Shirt Simplicity s8889 https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-giraffe-print-cotton-voile-shirt-simplicity-s8889/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-giraffe-print-cotton-voile-shirt-simplicity-s8889 https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-giraffe-print-cotton-voile-shirt-simplicity-s8889/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2021 02:43:50 +0000 https://laurenvandermast.com/?p=4016 How cute are these giraffes???!!!

I had had my eye on this cotton voile from Mood Fabrics for quite a while before I actually ordered it… the plan was to make ‘mummy and me’ shirts for my son and I, but when I had finished making mine – he didn’t want one 🙁 So this will be another piece of fabric saved up for a birthday or Christmas present for one of my nieces or nephews! Little person projects are great for scrap busting!

The pattern is Simplicity s8889 and it’s the perfect little cropped shirt… I’ve already made another – surprise surprise!

I haven’t made a shirt like this before and I kept triple checking the instructions as I worked through the construction of the placket and the hem facing, but it wasn’t too tricky and come together nicely and really – it was the hem that made this pattern stand out from others – I really like it!

I’ve never really had many shirts in my wardrobe before, but they have suddenly put in an appearance – they are great for those hotter days (especially in linen) when I want my shoulders and the back of my neck covered and they work well with my Heather shorts sewing pattern!

Happy Sewing
Lauren

 

 

 

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DIY Australian Flora Print Multitasking Messenger Bag – Updated https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-australian-flora-print-multitasking-messenger-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-australian-flora-print-multitasking-messenger-bag https://laurenvandermast.com/diy-australian-flora-print-multitasking-messenger-bag/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:32:58 +0000 http://demo.laurenvandermast.com/?p=3602 Finally, time to share a sewing project with you!!!

I made this awesome messenger bag using Jocelyn Proust Australian Flora Print quilting cotton from Spotlight and using the Sew Sturdy Multitasking Messenger Bag sewing tutorial by Annie Unrein on Bluprint and I have much to tell!

The class was awesome, and I’m so impressed with this bag because it has foam in it! I have never sewn with foam before in any of the bags I have made (and I’ve made quite a few… my husband calls me ‘the bag lady’ every time I make another bag) and I really love how stable it makes this bag and how well it holds its shape… which is why I made it. And before I launch into my obsession with bags and why I choose this bag and why it seems I’ve been MIA, I am so in love with all the Australian native floral prints!!!

I’ve never been the sort of person to leave the house with just my phone, wallet and keys… I’ve always had a jumper with me a water bottle, food (if we are leaving for more than an hour or two) not to mention panadol and neurofen and back up pads and tampons. Because of where we live now, I even have a permanent box in my car boot with towels and hats in it. When I became a mother, I then had all the baby essentials to carry with me but once my son outgrew nappies and needing a couple of changes of clothes, I still always carried wet ones and hand sanitizer… before the corona virus hit, many people thought of me as a germophobe, but when you head out for the day and you’re shopping and handling money and there is no where to wash your hands (WITH SOAP) before eating, it just made sense. I now also carry a doTERRA essential oil ‘first aid kit’. So I needed somewhere for all these things to live so I could just grab them and go.

When I first got into sewing, about 6 years ago now, I made this gorgeous little strawberry print bag that I would put all of my things in and inside that I had a smaller little zippered pouch that fit the wet ones (so the sticky flap wouldn’t keep falling off in my bag), pads and tampons and hand sanitizer. The problem with this bag was that it was square shaped and wasn’t particularly stable. So things would get ‘lost’ in there and it would often just spill over.

When Bluprint announced they were closing earlier this year, I had 9 class vouchers to use up and I sat down one morning to quickly go through all the classes and use up my vouchers… while I wasn’t keen a sewing another bag (only because I had already planned my sewing to-do list for Autumn and Winter) I had looked at Annie’s messenger bag a couple of times, so decided to buy it. At first I was just going to make one bag for all of our tech when we go camping, but because of the shape and the pockets, I realised it would be the perfect bag to put all of my ‘essentials’ in for when I leave the house. My strawberry bag just wasn’t cutting it anymore and when I needed the hand sanitizer the most, not only could I not find it, I had to touch everything to find it! You will see in my photos of this bag, I have my wet ones and hand sanitizer in the outside back pockets… brilliant!

This bag stands up well, so it doesn’t flop over my front car seat when we head out and spill it’s contents and when I need to take it somewhere with me, it is so much easier to carry and close it up. If you do look up the bag, you will see I’ve taken some things out… I didn’t bother with the outside mesh pockets on either end or the contrasting fabric. I also didn’t put the mesh on the inside of the bag, rather making that pocket out of my lining fabric. I also didn’t make the divider. I just didn’t need to for this bag and I was having trouble finding the right kind of mesh and I didn’t want to spend a fortune just for a small amount of mesh to be shipped out here to Australia, which is often my reality!

I have the second bag cut out and ready to go, for the tech things… but I will say these bags are a heck of a lot of work and incredibly time consuming! I’ve put the second messenger bag on hold as I needed to test out some new patterns I’m working on, plus I’ve been getting my new health clinic ready to open and we went camping last week… awesome but sometimes it feels like things get just a little too crazy.

Still, I love this bag and it is super useful and I am now happily working on some cute pink ombre stripped linen pants… hooray!

Happy Sewing!
Lauren

 

 

 

 

Revised – 22/01/2021

My second messenger bag! This time I did a much better (neater job) sewing the binding through all those layers – but the colours…

It’s not that I don’t like them – but it’s definitely not what I would have chosen left to my own devices. You see, this messenger bag is our new tech bag – a padded bag that’s easy to carry that we can put our devices in when we go on holidays. And because it’s not exactly MY bag, I thought I would ask my son to help in choosing the fabrics. Well he was definitely in a mood that day and just wanted it to be all black! I wasn’t spending all this time (and money) on an all black bag when there were so many other choices so to try and meet him somewhere in the middle without just saying ‘no’ (after I had asked him what he wanted) this is what I came up with.

These bags are kinda addictive… I’ve been looking for an excuse to make more lol! My first messenger bag is almost in daily use and such a great size and of course, it gets lots of compliments!

Happy Sewing!
Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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