Summer 2014 Update: Hi readers! I’m An and I blog at StraightGrain. I’m a mother to two young daughters, for which I love to sew. Not surprisingly, quite a few of my patterns are for sweet little girl’s dresses. I love minimalistic clothes with a special detail or an unexpected color combination.

Since my youngest daughter Ava was born 10 months ago, I also started making a lot of baby stuff. I released a sleep sack pattern called Lua, and also some free patterns and tutorials for baby bibs, a baby bandana and a baby booklet. Wow, those were a lot of “b”‘s!

I have some more (free) patterns and tutorials in the pipeline; you can follow me on Facebook, Bloglovin, Instagram or Pinterest to stay updated.

There are a few sewists out there where you look at their work, you “Wow!,” and you wish every single item they sew is one you just made too! That’s what An’s lovely work on the StraightGrain blog feels like for us. Look at this fabulous dress, for example, and her daughter Norah’s latest winter coat! An shares some of her talent with us next, with an easy bubble skirt tutorial (Bubble Skirts!). While you wait, check out An’s free tutorial for the darling Peplum Bubble Dress.

Hi everyone! I’m An. I live in Antwerp, Belgium, and I started sewing two years ago. At that time, my daughter Norah had just turned one, and I took some basic sewing classes because I wanted to make her some cute blankets and sleeping bags. Making clothes was not on the agenda at all, but before I knew it, I had made my first dress for Norah. And then a second, and a third, and… well, let’s just say that Belgian chocolate wasn’t my only addiction anymore. After a while, I also started making my own patterns, often inspired by clothes I saw in shops. About seven months ago, I began to share my sewing adventures and patterns on my blog, StraightGrain.

When I’m not sewing, I work as a part-time lecturer and researcher in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I love traveling, with Asia and North America as my favourite destinations.