about


Straightgrain is An, a 34-year-old lecturer and pattern designer. I got addicted to sewing a few years ago, and have not sought treatment since.
I started sewing mostly for my 4-year old daughter Norah and for my newborn baby Ava, who can make even my ugliest creations look pretty. 
"Straight grain" is sewing jargon, and refers to the direction in which you place your patterns on the fabric. I named my blog Straightgrain for two reasons. Firstly, the term "straight" expresses well how I like children's clothing: not complicated and full of campy embellishments, but simple so the fabrics get all the attention. Secondly, I really did not have any better ideas.
My mother tongue is Dutch, but I decided to write this blog in English because it enables me to get into contact with fellow sewing addicts from all over the world. 
I would really love to hear from you at straightgrainblog [at] gmail.com...

36 comments:

  1. Hi, I've just discovered you beautiful blog via Citronille addicts! I'll come often!

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    1. Thank you, Mademoiselle :-) I'm so happy I found your blog via your comment - your creations are so stylish! I'll be visiting a lot for inspiration :-)

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  2. Ik heb net je blog ontdekt via Pinterest en ik ga je meteen volgen. Alles is zo mooi hier!

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    1. Dankjewel :-) Ik volg jouw blog al een hele tijd (via mijn feedreader) en ben absoluut een fan, vooral van je prachtige tassen!

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  3. Thanks for sharing in english ! what a goo idea ! I try to translate some of my posts in english but not always... I really like what I've seen so far !

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    1. Merci beaucoup, Julie! I just visited your blog and it's wonderful! My French is *just* good enough to understand most of it ;-)

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  4. Hello from Australia. I just found your bubble dress tutorial and hope to make it soon for my little girls. Thanks! Jo

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  5. I just found you through the KCWC flickr pool. Your creations are lovely and you have an adorable model! :) Glad I found you! I really want to try out your bubble dress too!

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  6. Hi, I'm glad I just found your blog, the clothes you have made are beautiful. I can't wait to try a bubble dress or skirt, I'm inspired!

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  7. i have just found your site via pintrest!!
    i love the designs and photos! is your daughter the model?
    i bought a sewing machine 5 years ago - and its a bit dusty at the moment ;-)
    so i am looking for inspiration (and help)to get me going (again)!
    i will be visting this site again!!
    best wishes helen
    ps - your english, from what i have seen is good.
    i'm living in germany- but am from the uk - so have the same worries re language!!

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  8. Leuk blog, heb je! Ik kom vaker bij je kijken.
    Groet, Anouk

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  9. Like many had said, i love that you decided to write your blog in English, what other way a spanish speaking girl from Venezuela, with a medium level of english languague could understand dutch!!! ; p.

    So this been said i just found your blog via lainglesita and already added it to my list of favorites!!! And defenitely going to give this bubble dress a try!!!

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  10. Like many had said i'm happy you chose to write your blog in english, what other way a spanish speaking girl from Venezuela could understand dutch!!! ; p.

    This been said i found your blog via lainglesita, and already added this to my list of favorites!!!

    Now, i'm going to give this bubble dress a try, ASAP!!!

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  11. Hi From Australia. Love u r blog. Hope you had few boys cloths stuff as well. But I do have a little girl and will try the bubble dress. Fantastic page

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  12. I am so happy today that I found your blog! Your pattern is so simple yet retro and beautiful . Most of all, is so generous of you to share and I can't wait to start sewing your pattern. A billion THANK YOU :)

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  13. Thank you, everyone, for these nice comments! They make my day :-)

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  14. We 'nominated' you for the Liebster Blog Award (http://www.francessuzanne.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-liebster-blog-award-translated-love.html) ....from what we could gather, it is more of a 'get to know you' sort of post rather than an actual award {although you are very deserving of an award}!

    We hope you take the time to create your own post, and share a bit more about yourself to the blogging world!
    Ashley {Frances} and Emily {Suzanne}

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    1. Waw, that is so sweet of you guys! I'm truly honoured.

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  15. Hi, I recently discovered your blog (I was actually googling 'Kate Spain' to see how her fabric would look on a finished garment). So glad I found you and I love all your fabric choices for your adorable daughter's dresses. Looking forward to reading more from your blog. Alyssa (Australia)

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  16. Hi - I've seen a bunch of your photos on Flickr (mostly Japanese fabric) and always love your work!

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  17. I always see your creations on Flickr, and always love your work!

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  18. I cannot wait to get the new bubble dress pattern!! I printed it just before you took it down but am patiently waiting. If you need another tester for size 4T, just let me know because I am dying to try it!!

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    1. Thank you, Renee! I'm working as hard as I can on the pattern. With the last tester feedback on its way, I hope to have it ready by March 18...

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  19. Hi. Not sure how I stumbled across your blog, but it is lovely. As someone who has all the stuff necessary to sew, but is totally intimidated, I appreciate that you've only been sewing for 2 years but make such nice stuff. Also, I lived near the tri border region in Germany and I LOVED Belgium. Brugges is one of my favorite places in all the world.

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  20. I just discovered your blog, and having recently started sewing (just a few months before the birth of my daughter in November, 2012!!), I can TOTALLY relate to the addiction! Between sewing and knitting there are so many lovely things to make for little girls! I love your blog, and your daughter is precious. I love the clothes you sew, and your style! I can't wait to make more clothes for my own precocious angel!! :-) Thanks you!

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  21. Wow An - what a beautiful blog you have created and that you can write so effortlessly in English puts me to shame. It was lovely to meet you by accident yesterday, one of those strange random moments in life! That you have only been sewing for a couple of years is quite inspirational, I'll be coming back to read more of your work.

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  22. Hallo An! Ik heb je blog net ontdekt via Pinterest...Leuk om andere gepassioneerde naaisters aan het werk te zien! Leuke blog by the way...

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  23. Hi...I know your blog via Pinterest and I suprise alot with your amazing but simple designs. You true, Norah make all dresses look fashionable. I love the way she smile and act. I will follow your blog to see more and more beautiful design. Sorry if my English is not good enough. Im from Vietnam. :)

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  24. I love the fabric you used for the bubble dress. I bought the pattern, where do you get your fabric?

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  25. Thank you for buying the pattern :-) If you mean the fabric with the lions, it is called Echino Chelsea Lion. I think Superbuzzy is one of the last stores which still has some available...

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  26. Wat een mooi blog heb je gemaakt! En je naaisels zijn ronduit prachtig. Hoe leerde je naaien? En welk machine gebruik je? Ik kocht dit jaar een machine voor mijn breisels (dus voor het steeken) maar dan besefte ik dat ik eigenlijk ook andere zaken kon maken. hah! Nu volg ik een naaicursus in het CVO te Brugge. Superplezant. Goeie sfeer, goeie lerares. Nu nog enkel goed leren naaien... :-)

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    1. Bedankt voor de complimenten, Nathalie! Blij dat je mooi vindt wat ik maak. Ik heb leren naaien in SCVO-SIVO in Berchem. Enkele jaren begonnen met de basiscursus, dan blouse-jurk, en vervolgens patroontekenen. En ik heb dezelfde ervaringen als jij: leuke sfeer, goeie docentes en leuke klasgenoten. Veel succes met je cursus - laat binnenkort eens weten hoe het gaat!

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  27. Thank you so much!! I will use this lovely dress as "bridesmaid" dresses for two nieces. It will look lovely with my dress from "Pattern Magic"!!
    Thank you so much for such a pretty blog and for making all of these lovely designs available on line!!
    :-) jacqueline

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  28. hi, i enjoy reading your blog a lot. i sewed up a hanamidress lately and i'm impressed by the quality of the pattern! you're working with inkscape, don't you? where did you learn how to use this program? would like to learn it myself. if you would like to see my version of your hanamidress, have a look at www.fliegfederfrei.wordpress.com
    thanks again
    nina

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    1. Thanks Nina! I didn't take a course in Inkscape. It's a really simple program, so I just figured it out myself. Experiment with it a bit, and you soon know which buttons do what :-)

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  29. Hallo, heb je via blogland ontdekt en volg je nu op de voet. Heb zelf ook een dochter, ze is 2,5 jaar. En ook al wil ze niet al mijn "creaties" dragen, ze staat wel met alles. Heel handig :-). Ik naai ongeveer een jaar en vind het steeds leuker.
    Blijf me inspireren dus doe zo verder!

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