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Polka dot pouches

This week (and the next couple of weeks) I’m lucky enough to teach some young people (most in their early twenties) who need to get more confidence, so that they can continue on to get an education, how to sew.

They are complete beginners and I’ve prepared a lesson-plan which should start them on sewing clothes, doing zippers and everything.

So I’ve made preparations, and started out by making these pouches, which I’ve made very detailed instructions for.

But today we started out with threading the machines, learning how to trace and add seam allowances, cut fabric on grain and finally sew the fleece socks. They loved them. And it was great teaching this group! They were so happy and interested and very very nice.

 Dot fleece socks made by one of my happy beginner sewist students!

Tomorrow we are going to make the oilcloth pouch, and maybe even start on the fabric one, that is lined…

P.S. A very important notice:

I’m in the process of redesigning my webshop. You can’t see anything yet, but what this means for you is kind of important – so please read this if you ever bought a pattern from the MariaDenmark | ShopONION.com site:

I’m moving my shop to a completely new (and much better and prettier) platform. Unfortunately this means that I can’t  transfer the user accounts or the order histories.

This means that you need to make sure that you have downloaded all the patterns (or instructions for Onion/Minikrea patterns) you have bought from me before March 29th!

Here’s how you can re-download any patterns/instructions you have purchased:

  1. Go to the MariaDenmark | ShopONION site and log in using your username and password.
  2. Click on Account (right side of screen, just under the header)
  3. Scroll down a bit and just under Pattern of the Month, find Personal Info and click on that. Scroll down a bit and make sure the e-mail address is correct!!
  4. Find My Digital Products and click on that.
  5. Now you’ll see a list of all the e-book patterns (or instructions for hard copy patterns) you’ve purchased.
  6. Next to each pattern/instruction is a SEND NOW button.
  7. Click on each of them (one by one) to get those instructions e-mailed to you.
  8. They should land in your e-mail inbox within minutes. If you don’t see them, check your unwanted mail folder!

I am so excited to get this new shop finished (but sorry for your inconvenience!) – I can’t wait to show you!


How to make your clothes look high street cool #2


Hello hello – I’m still obsessed with t-shirts here. Maybe it has something to do with me teaching so many of my T-shirt fitting workshops at the moment.
It’s funny – I have taught this workshop more than 30 times. And still. I taught one on Saturday, and there was a new kind of alteration. Isn’t it amazing?

Well, I’ll get back to that on a later time (I’m sort of thinking about how I could turn this workshop into a book or an online course..) for today is about getting my t-shirt to be cool enough that my non-sewing friends would want to steal it from me!

MariaDenmark tute: How to use heat transfer 1

What you need: A t-shirt, a motife, heat transfer, scissors and a pencil

What is heat transfer vinyl, you ask?

Well, it’s the kind of vinyl-thing, that t-shirt printers use with a heat press to add designs to t-shirts for the industry and for companies who want prints on t-shirts.

In the last couple of years it’s been a trend among some bloggers to buy this vinyl wholesale and use it – and even sometimes resell it for all of our benefit. And recently it’s also hit the fabric stores (here in Denmark, anyway) and you can also get it on Amazon.

Let’s get going:

First: Gather you supplies.

You need the heat transfer, something to print on (I’m using an old, ragged Birgitte Basic Tee, that could do with a touch-up), a design (I’m using the same cat outline that I used for the stencilling), pen and scissors.

Now: Get your heat transfer ready.

MariaDenmark Heat transfer tutorial

Trace and cut your design from the heat transfer

Cut out the design, trace it onto the wrong side (the glue side) of the heat transfer (remember to mirror the design – especially if you are making letters) – and cut the heat transfer.

Pre-heat your t-shirt by ironing it for about 10 seconds (check the heat settings on your iron!), then place the heat transfer on the t-shirt.

Cover the t-shirt with a pressing cloth (I’m using silk organza, but it could also be thin cotton), and press the heat transfer on by pressing for 30 seconds (check the package, it might vary). If it’s a large design, you might have to move the iron and press each segment for 30 seconds.

MariaDenmark Heat transfer tutorial

Place the design on the t-shirt and press it on (covering with a pressing cloth)

Carefully turn the t-shirt right side out, and press the heat transfer from the wrong side another 30 seconds.

Leave the t-shirt to cool completely, then carefully peel off the plastic cover.

MariaDenmark heat trasfer tutorial

Carefully peel off the plastic cover!

And you are done!

MariaDenmark.com heat transfer tutorial

All done! Except I think I want to add some paw prints on the back!

P.S. You could totally create a design in more parts – for instance, if I wanted  the cat to be pawing a ball, I could have added that…





I’m designer of the month – you can win fabric!

Hello hello!

I would have done a short video here, but I have the worse cold! All though it is improving a bit, my nose is still red, my cough is tearing my throat apart and my voice sounds like I’m having cigarettes and rum all day long. Which I’m not. I’m really not!

So the big news:



So how do you get the fabric, you ask?

Well you actually don’t just get a chance to win fabric. You can win patterns, too!

Hop over to this Patternreview.com blog post to get the details, but basicly what you do is this:

  1. Sew up a MariaDenmark pattern.
  2. Write a review on Patternreview of the pattern (or write a review of a MariaDenmark pattern you already sewed up)
  3. Link to that review in the comments of this Patternreview blog Post
  4. For extra chances to win, also tweet the link to the review (and mention @patternreview and @mariadenmark), link to it on the MariaDenmark Facebook Page and the Patternreview Facebook page

The two prices consists of lovely jersey fabric you can use for any of my knit patterns + 2 MariaDenmark patterns.

You have until February 28th to post review and links. Good luck!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Paula Pleat Skirt – Pretty Popular!

So many weeks ago, I released my newest pattern: The MariaDenmark Paula Pleat Skirt. And what a great welcome it has gotten, I am so happy!

Ashley from Craft Sanctuary likes it as well, and I love her houndstooth version!

For some reason I thought I had published this post – about the release – at the same time, but obviously I hadn’t. Well. What can I say.:-)

So anyway… You’ve probably seen it by now – but this is my latest pattern:

Like it? Well, scroll down – there is a special offer just for you!

I really really like my Paula Pleat skirts! And I’ve been wearing them a lot!

I always loved the wide skirts ’50’s look on others, but since I have no shape (well, not much waist, anyway) and am short waisted, I don’t really look good in skirts like that (full skirt, tiny waist, that is).

But I figured out how to wear them, anyway:

Instead of wearing the skirts at my natural waist, I’ve lowered the waistline on this pattern some (3.5 cm /1.5″) (so if you should be lucky enough to have a pear or hourglass shape, raise the waistline by the same amount ( – just add to the top of the pattern, lengthening the darts and moving the pleats straight up – or go down a size) and then, whenever I tuck my tops (which need to be somewhat close fitting for this look to work), I wear a buttoned cardigan or blazer jacket with waist shaping on top.

See? It almost looks like I have a waist…

Do you want to make your own skirt?

Joanne and Ashley already did – and I want their versions, too!

So, since I was an idiot (did you known that the origin of the word “idiot” is ancient Greek, and that it was used to refer to a person who didn’t vote(i.e. didn’t take part in society)? Well I do vote – I’m not that kind of idiot:-)) and didn’t post this when the pattern was released, and therefore didn’t give you the intro offer – I’ve made a special offer, just for you:

Follow THIS link to get the MariaDenmark Paula Pleat Skirt at 20% off! This special offer is valid until November 30th 2013…

Hurry up! This offer ends on November 30th 2013!

Oh, by the way… I’m in London!

I just realized that I have not told you about the plans for this week-end..


Well. I’m in London to be at the Patternreview.com meet-up at the V&A Sunday. (Oh, if you can – you should totally come! It’s going to be awesome!!!)

I am staying here until Monday evening, meeting up with friends and bloggers and maybe also doing some of the fabulous London walks!

Will I see you here?

The Last Skirts of Summer!

How are you? It’s been some time, but teaching season has begun here – and I’ve been lucky enough to get quite a few classes and workshops at the community college. Besides teaching a bit of fitting, sewing and knitting, I’m teaching English and IT for senior citizens, and I love being able to wear my teaching wardrobe (with high heels!) again!

So I have been sewing a tiny bit for fun (and I didn’t take any decent pictures because I just wanted to sew!) – and just before summer ended (it ended last week, FYI), I decided I needed some new summer skirts. You know – the very last minute kind.
skirts by MariaDenmark

First up: The drape skirts.

You have seen these. They were all over the place last year, and I’ve seen some in stores this season as well. I like the drape – and when I finally figured out how to make them, I had to make a couple. Seriously – They took like 30 minutes each to make.

The first one ended up a little on the short side. I hadn’t taken into consideration that the drape actually takes up some of the length… As much as I love that one, I’m not really able to wear it outside the house – and especially not at the fabric store where I bend over a lot:-)

I really like the grey one with the ribbing (the others I just make a casing with elastic), and will try it out wearing it with tights – I don’t know if it will work or if it will get stuck. But anyway – I’ll let you know, and it’s great for wearing when it’s really warm!

As I said – really simple to make… Do you want a tutorial Tutorial HERE :-)


Secondly: The 50’s skirt muslin

I’ve had this pattern in my head for some time and had made the first draft of the pattern. I hadn’t had time to work much on my own patterns this summer, so I decided to see if I could make a wearable muslin from it. The aqua twill was perfect – even though it wrinkles somewhat easily.

I’ve made some alterations to the pattern and now I’m ready to try a winter version – in a herringbone wool with a satin lining.It would also be brilliant in a fake leather, don’t you think???



Here’s Edith: (you could win fabric!)


After months of drawing, drafting, cutting, printing, sewing, muslining, correcting, sewing and finally grading and writing (and you guys waiting), Edith is ready!

I was first inspired to draft and sew the Edith blouse, when I was looking through a photo album with pictures of my paternal grandmother (“Farmor” in Danish) from the mid 50s. So I named it after her.

This is one of the few pics I have at home of my grandmother Edith in the mid 50s. She's on the left with my uncle standing and my father in the stroller. It's her sister wearing a dress with a rounded lapel and collar on the right.

This is one of the few pics I have at home of my grandmother Edith in the mid 50s. She’s on the left with my uncle standing and my father in the stroller. It’s her sister wearing a dress with a rounded lapel and collar on the right.

Unlike what you see in tv series and movies, the dresses my farmor and her sisters wore were not as moviestar elegant and had much less width in the skirts. But the rounded collar and lapel details were really flattering and was just what I wanted. I didn’t intend then to make a pattern to sell, but when the people on twitter said they wanted one, I decided to give it a go.


Relaxing after the photo shoot. That’s my bathroom window behind me – with shampoo bottles etc.. ahem…

And here she is, finally!

So what is she like? Why should you make your own Edith?

Well, she is an absolutely timeless blouse or shirtdress, with softly rounded collar and lapels and is very flattering to all body shapes. She gently skims the curves, and you can wear her anywhere for any occasion – with out ever getting tired of her company.

Wear the blouse with skinny jeans or trousers for work or play and the knee length dress for a night out or for shopping, depending on your fabric choice. Put on a close fitting  cardigan to match the style in the autumn and winter. For hourglass or pear body shapes: Wear a belt with the dress to emphasise your tiny waist.

So how can you get this lovely pattern? As always, it’s available on MariaDenmark | ShopONION.com, on Craftsy.com and on Patternreview.com.

Oh, and I promised that you can win fabric!

That’s right! If you like the blouse I’m wearing at the picture above, you can win enough of the exact same fabric (95 cm of red polka dot cotton poplin) to make your own + some extras!


Here’s how: Talk about this pattern and/or share this blog post link (you can use the buttons at the end of this post) on Twitter, Facebook or on your blog and leave a comment telling me you did so before midnight CET August 10th 2013, and I’ll draw a winner randomly next Sunday..

WoW! It’s June allready! – More Me-Mades

Important notice for anyone who already got the Birgitte Basic Tee: Go download it again! I made a new and prettier better version of the pattern sheet (and so much easier to assemble!) and also updated the instructions.

Well, times flies when you’re having fun – as they say. And I AM having fun. Rambling ahead…

I’m very busy at the moment with translating gigs, drafting for others (getting paid to do so)  and teaching a great big bunch of T-shirt Workshops at night. Not that much time left for my own patterns – not to mention sewing or blogging about it.. (and then of course, there are still days in the fabric store…)


{And then the cat needed surgery – and I did sew: I sewed her a shirt/cape to keep her from biting the stitches – I present: Super Cat}

But I AM having fun! I get to make money talking, writing and drawing about sewing. And that is exactly what I quit my school teaching job for!


{One of the most worn combinations – jeans (or me-made shorts), Me-Made tank top and cardigan. Here at the hairdresser with my hairdressers Zanni (in the US tee) and Belinda}

Anyway. The Me-Made-May. I did a little better than last year in that I actually wore Me-Mades every day of May. But I didn’t do posts about it – or even upload to the Flickr Group – and that was sort of the point. But here is my sum-up:


Yixi, an online acquaintances and long time customers became a RL friend when she visited me in Denmark in May. The crazy eyes/smile is just me being super excited – and not very photogenic… I’m wearing me-made tank top

I wore a lot of me-made t-shirts and tank tops with jeans (not me-made) and shorts. I only wore my wide legged trousers once, and the skirts only appeared a couple of times as well. But my Minoru rain-jacket was a staple throughout May as was all my knit fabric dresses – Especially my Audreys – they were great when I needed something a little more dressy – like when I actually left the office in my house..

So, anyway. I hope you are still here – and I also just want to let you know that I’m in the process of editing all my pattern sheets (finally got a hang on how to fix the width of the lines) to make them prettier, easier to use and a lot easier to assemble. For now I’ve (as I said in the beginning of the post) edited the Birgitte Basic Tee and if you already bought it (in my shop or at Craftsy.com) you should re-download it. Go ahead!

Getting Ready for Bali

It’s almost time!

Today I put this notice on my shop

[*singingI'm going on vacation. La laaa laaa }

[*singing* I’m going on vacation. La laaa laaa }

And tomorrow the house/cat/chicken/sewing machine-sitter will arrive and I’ll be flying wayyyyy south! Bali fill up your fabric stores, for here I come!

I’m packing the 5 Game of Thrones books (haven’t watched the series, but have heard many good things, so will read it instead), the e-book reader filled up with other books, bathing suits, a few dresses for dining out, baggy trousers and lounge trousers (for the flight), shorts, kimno tees and tank tops. Oh, and plenty of sun block. I’m also bringing my computer and will have WIFI access, but I don’t know how much I’ll actually be using it – apart from sharing a few pics on Twitter ..

These weeks leading up to being ready to leave has been really busy – and there are some patterns waiting for instructions and release when I get back – want some clues?


Anyway.. I so need this vacation and plan on being all zen and super relaxed and energized on my return!

Talk to you soon!

Introducing: Audrey B and Audrey C

Meet Audrey B and Audrey C. The new MariaDenmark Knit Dress pattern(s).

They look a lot alike. And they are almost identical twins. The only difference is that while Audrey B was drafted for the usual B cup (as almost all European and most American patterns are), Audrey C is optimized for a C cup (and sized accordingly).


I am trying this because a lot of people seem to be interested in buying patterns for their bust size – and if it proofs popular, I’ll continue to do it on other patterns in the future. And maybe even include more bust sizes…

Both patterns will let you make a comfortable jersey dress (it’s my favourite thing to wear at the moment) that has enough structure, shaping and details for it to not look too casual.

Audrey in the sun

{Overexposed Audrey (and me) in the Easter sun}

I’ve worn it to work in the fabric store (with flat ballet shoes), teaching (heeled boots and thick structured tights- it’s still winter here) and for family parties (pumps and thinner tights).  And I’m looking forward to it being warm enough for me to wear it with sandals and no tights!

I’ve worked  a bit with the pattern layout, and have found an even better way to make it easy to print and assemble the pattern: Now I have included red dotted boundary lines to make it easy to see where to cut and overlap the pages before you tape them together. And the grid lines are still there as well.

MariaDenmark Audrey PDF pattern

{So easy to assemble now!}

What else can I say about this pattern? It’s knee length (I hemmed it a little shorter because I wanted to wear this version with flat shoes, and then I need the hem to hit above the knee), it’s versatile for both prints and plain jerseys (I’m dreaming of one in a raspberry jersey with blue edges). It takes 1.5 m – 2 m of fabric. It’s a fast sewing project. It’s a great dress.

Oh, and you can of course get it at MariaDenmark.com (Audrey B is here and Audrey C is here) and on Crafsy.com (Audrey B on CraftsyAudrey C on Cratsy) – and on Patternreview.com!

Meanwhile on my sewing table: Another pattern draft – this for a woven blouse (do you think I’ve had enough of dotted fabric soon?)


PS. The pattern name, Audrey, came from Vicki Kate, who suggested it in a previous post. Thank you Vicki Kate!