Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Montis Tunic and Dress Release

The summer dresses (and tunic) patterns by Sofilantjes* are always a hit in our house. So is the new Montis Dress (also available in Dutch) that I made during testing. My husband thinks it is the best thing I ever sewed. Since my husband is always my most critical audience, that definitely says something. And of course my daughter has been wearing it since I finished it. It has a twirl, it has nice chameleons on it, it has pockets, what else does a girl want!
Montis, the name of the pattern, is latin for mountain as the dress looks like a mountain. The Montis Tunic and Dress (12M - 14 years) has two options for the top. The first option has three straps on the back and is lined. The second option has just one strap in the front and the back and is not lined, which is perfect for hot weather. The front and back of both options look the same. You can make the dress with tunic length or dress length. 
I made the second option with just one strap. As always with the Sofilantjes patterns, the fit is spot on. And an added bonus is that it looks so different from the previous Sofilantjes dresses. Luckily it is a quick sew, I was ill and had to finish the dress before the deadline. Within 1,5 hours I had cut the fabric and sewed the dress. The most time-consuming was cutting my own bias band and sewing the bias band on the bottom of the dress. I love the result. You can also add a rolled hem to the dress.

Fabric: all fabric comes from CareSStoffen
Pattern: Montis Tunic and Dress by Sofilantjes

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Firecracker (maxi) Dress

There is a new pattern in town, perfect for summer! The Firecracker Dress* by Annelaine Patterns. I made two versions during testing, one with dress length and one with maxi length. Our daughter loves the maxi dress, she feels so grown up in it. Even though I don’t own a maxi dress…
The Firecracker Cress by Annelaine Patterns (9M-14) is a dress pattern that is released for the 4th of July celebrations. Here in the Netherlands it is just a regular day. The dress is an easy sew up with a lovely back detail. The best part is that our daughter can dress herself in it. Because of the crossed straps, she can step into and out of the dress herself. She cannot put things over her own head yet. But this dress she can put on herself. Yeay for girls who want to do everything themselves!
The first dress I am showing is the final version of the pattern. I bought the fabric in Italy and when I showed it to our eldest, she didn’t like it at all. It think because of the black color. Because of the flowy nature of the fabric I thought it would be perfect for the maxi dress. My husband suggested to combine it with red fabric and I really like the combination. And so does our daughter, she is so proud that she now also has a long dress, just like the dress of a friend of hers (one of the daughters of Miranda from Inspinration).
The dress has different options, you can make it at tunic length, dress length, maxi length or with a ruffle. Use the coupon code FREEDOM2017 to get 50% until Friday July 7.
The second dress, which I sewed first, has a regular dress length. The pattern was lengthened during testing, so I added a bit of fabric at the bottom of the dress. The fabric comes from Megastoffen and I have seen it already several times. The interesting thing about this fabric is that the grain is actually not in line with the drops in the fabric. There is enough stretch in the fabric so I decided to cut the fabric across the grain.
Fabric: black fabric comes from Italy. The fabric with the drops comes from Megastoffen.
Pattern: Firecracker Dress by Annelaine Patterns.

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission (same price for you). Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Men's Roller Coaster Tee

My first post about a men's pattern. Although I have sewed some men's patterns before, I have not blogged about any of them. It was my husband's birthday in May and he feels a bit left behind when it comes to sewing for him. So the perfect gift is a handmade item!
I sewed the Men's Roller Coaster Tee (MRCT) from Duck Butt Designs. I love the patterns by Duck Butt Designs because of their colour blocking. Anything with colour blocking is great isn't it? 

I wanted to sew something special, a plain t-shirt can also be easily bought at a store don't you think? Therefore the Roller Coaster Tee is perfect! And since I do not own too many large pieces of fabric the Roller Coaster Tee is also perfect. I sometimes forget how much fabric I need when I sew for my husband.
The two types of fabric with stripes is actually the same fabric. For the lower piece I used the right side of the fabric and for the other piece I used the wrong side of the fabric. I adapted the pattern slightly by taking in the sides with 1 cm. Luckily I thought of this before finishing the t-shirt because the larger piece with the stripes is actually 1 piece and there is no side seam in that pattern piece.

Pattern: Men's Roller Coaster Tee by Duck Butt Designs
Fabric: red and black fabric is from my own stash, I bought the fabric with the stripes at Cares Stoffen.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Tea Party Dress & Chloe Cardigan- wedding outfit II

This is the second post about the wedding outfit for our daughters. You can read about the wedding outfit for our eldest in a previous postIn this post I will show you the outfit I made for our youngest. I sewed every garment she wore during our wedding days (we got married on two days, which is great as I got to wear my dress twice :)).
Photo by Mon et Mine
I started off with the Baby Tea Party Dress (sizes Preemie to 3 years) by Tadah Patterns. During our sewing weekend I sewed the trial dress for our youngest. I sewed the simple round neck on the front and the classic back with cap sleeves. I sewed the 3-6 months size as our little girl (more than 1 year old) still falls in this size with her 47 cm chest. It was a quick sew as the dress consists of only 3 pattern pieces. The bottom part of the dress is easy to cut by measurements given in the pattern. 
When I got home after the weekend and put it on I did not like the height of the waistline as much. Due to the fact that it is a baby pattern the waistline is higher up to have some room for a baby belly. However, I did not like that. I did like the cap sleeves on the dress. Therefore I decided to make the Tea Party Dress by Tadah Patterns (sizes 12 months - 8 years), which has a lower, more natural, waistline. I used the smallest size with the round neck on the front and the classic back with buttons and cap sleeves.
In order to mirror the dress of our eldest girl I adapted the Tea Party Dress by applying the same design (similar pattern pieces) of the Azure Party Dress by Ainslee Fox, for the front and the back of the dress. So I cut the original Tea Party Dress pattern pieces in several pieces so that both dresses would look very similar.
I bought all the fabric at Cares Stoffen in Wijchen, which has quite a variety of fabric. The bottom part is just a regular cotton and the bright pink and orange fabrics were actually on sale. The soft pink part in the middle is a part of my wedding dress. It had to be shortened and I got to keep the leftovers. 

The cardigan is the Baby Chloe Cardigan (sizes newborn to 18 months) by Bubby and Me Creations. I really like the cardigan and I will definitely use the pattern again (so I will have to buy the regular Chloe Cardigan that has the size range 18 months to 10 years). The cardigan just looks so cute on her. It is quite an easy sew. You have to do some gathering (I did a lot of gathering for the wedding outfits), but other than that you can put it together quite quickly. I left off the collar, I think the dress was enough by itself and didn't need another distraction. 
Photo by Mon et Mine
You might have noticed the amazing photos of the dresses that were made during our wedding days. We had great photographers during our wedding days. Selected pictures on my blog were made by Hermine and Ramon from Mon et Mine.
Patterns that I used for her outfit:
* romper - Super Suit Set by Flosstyle
* Tea Party Dress by Tadah Patterns
* Baby Chloe Cardigan and Pants Pattern by Bubby and Me Creations
Fabric: Fabric for the dress is from Cares Stoffen, the grey french terry comes from Madeline de Stoffenmadam
Photos: By Mon et Mine (www.monetmine.nl)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Azure Party dress & Blissful Blazer - wedding outfit I

As some of you know, and most of you probably do not, we got married about a month ago. A lot of people asked me if I was going to sew my own wedding dress. Although I like a challenge, I found that challenge a bridge too far. Nevertheless, I did sew the dresses for our girls. It was a first for me to really go all the way by first sewing trial dresses and then sewing the final dresses. During our sewing weekend I sewed the test version of the azure party dress (2Y-12) by Ainslee Fox and I was really happy with the result (as was our daughter). You can see the result in the post about our sewing weekend.
For the final version I used the same pattern pieces. I went shopping at Cares Stoffen for fabric that matched my dress. The blush fabric that you see in the middle of the dress is a part of my wedding dress. My dress had to be shortened so some fabric was left over and I could take it with me. Cares Stoffen had all the fabric that I wanted, cotton for the top and bottom and some tulle for the skirt underneath and the sides of the dress.
I absolutely love the dress. The fit of the azure party dress is spot on and I really like the different pattern pieces. For the first dress I used the same fabric for almost all top pattern pieces, except for the center piece. For the final dress for the wedding I used three different types of fabric.
Did you see the perfect continuing print in the back? It was my first time trying a continuing print and I am very satisfied with the result. For the side panel pieces I used the same fabric as the bottom of the dress and added ruffled tule on top of that.

In addition to the dress I also made a cardigan and a top for underneath the dress. All items that she wore during our wedding days were made by me (even her underwear ;). It took me a while to find a cardigan that I liked. Every time I was searching the Blissful Blazer* (2Y-14) by Love Notions popped up. I loved the look of the cardigan, however, as you may have read in a previous post, I do not like ruffles. I decided to buy the pattern and just leave out the ruffles.
Foto by Mon et Mine
I had to make some adjustments to the blazer so that it would be according to my liking. I added facing to the front sides of the blazer instead of a full lining and I omitted the ruffles. I did not add length because I expected that the length would be perfect for over a dress. I really love the result, it is perfect for over a dress, especially with the shape of the blazer. I especially love the collar of the blazer, that is what makes the Blissful Blazer unique.
Foto by Mon et Mine
For the tulle skirt underneath, I made a separate skirt so she can also wear the dress without the tulle skirt, I used the technique explained by Me-Time by Seija. I did not want the tulle to irritate my daughter when she would wear the skirt. Seija explains how you can sew the elastic band to the tulle with a nice finish (without itching fabric at the inside of the elastic band).
Foto by Mon et Mine
You might have noticed the amazing photos of the dresses that were made during our wedding days. We had great photographers during our wedding days. Hermine and Ramon from Mon et Mine made pictures during our day in the Netherlands. We absolutely love their photos!
PatternAzure Party Dress by Ainslee Fox and Blissful Blazer by Love Notions
Fabric: I bought the fabric at Cares Stoffen in Wijchen. Even the buttons and bias tape come from Cares Stoffen. The grey french terry comes from Madeline de Stoffenmadam

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission (same price for you). Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

My first coat - softshell Zipfeljacke Bella

Our youngest girl needed a new coat. Although we have two girls and both girls are born in the same month, you might expect that for our second daughter we don't need much new clothes. That is not always the case, sometimes I miss certain items. This was the case for the coat. I wanted to make a softshell coat which are very useful in our Dutch summers. It is either very hot and we don't wear a coat, or it is cold and raining, enter the softshell coat.
I came across the softshell coat that HipenHeppie made. I loved her version. She used a free pattern, the Zipfeljacke Bella from Rabaukennaht. I love the colour blocking of the coat and the hood, it looks so cute with the drawstings attached to it. 
The original pattern is with buttons instead of a zipper, but as HipenHeppie explains, it can be changed quite easily. Of course that was not the only change that I wanted to make I also wanted to add a collar. I wanted a coat with both a collar and a hood.
So when I traced the pattern I changed a couple of things:
I added 1,5 cm to the sides on the front where the zipper comes (for the zipper)
* I added 2 cm to the bottom of the pattern pieces as I did not wanted a reversible coat. I folded the bottom first 1 cm and then again 1 cm before I sewed the bottom.
* I did not add seam allowance to the outside of the hood as I sewed a bias band to the hood
* I added a collar piece by cutting a rectangular piece a bit shorter than the inside of the hood and 10 cm high, I measured this after I had sewed the hood on
* Additionally, do not forget to add seam allowance to the pattern pieces as seam allowance is not included
I followed the pattern until after the hood was added. Then I cut the pattern piece for the collar and sewed the collar with the right side on the inside of the hood. Then I sewed the zipper to the coat and the collar. After the zipper I sewed the bias band (keperband) to the zipper. After that was finished I folded the collar, wrong sides together, and folded the collar over the seam from the hood.
I also changed the way the sleeves were sewed. I wanted to show the inside of the nice soft softshell fabric therefore I decided to just fold the bottom of the sleeves twice and then sewed a few stitches so that it would stay put.
I bought the green softshell fabric already three years ago in Groningen at Jan Sikkes Stoffen en Gordijnen. Again it took me 3,5 years to use the fabric for a coat. The softshell fabric with the birds is from Hoofs, one of my local fabric stores. I thought it would perfectly fit with the green fabric. I can not sew a garment without colour blocking, so I always need at least two different fabrics. I have enough fabric of both left to sew another softshell coat (at least I hope so).
Fabric: Green softshell from Jan Sikkes in Groningen, the softshell fabric with the birds comes from Hoofs in Den Bosch.
Pattern: a free pattern the Zipfeljacke Bella from Rabaukennaht (in German, but with a great photo tutorial)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Petit four - a new dress by Duchess and Hare

I know many of you love ruffles, I on the other hand, do not like ruffles to be honest. But then I tested the new dress by Duchess and Hare, the Petit Four Dress. I actually like this type of ruffle. It is not the flowy knit type of ruffle but a nicely lined modern type of ruffle, at least that is how I see it.

The Petit Four is a cotton dress, with two front options (ruffles or scallops) and two sleeves (sleeveless and short sleeves), sizes 2-10, and there is a free apron as an additional bonus (I did not make the apron). The dress has a modern, yet vintage feel to it. It has the cutest sleeves, but is quite different from the dresses that I normally sew for our girls. Yet I love the classic look of the dress. The sleeves and the V-shaped back give it a different look from other dresses.
I made the dress with the ruffles option with a color blocked back and with short sleeves. This time it took some time to find the fabric that was a nice combination for this dress. I found my fabric, but then saw that I did not have enough fabric, so I had to be creative this time. Instead of cutting the skirt piece on the fold I cut too pieces (and added seam allowance) and sewed the two pieces together, can you tell in the pictures?
The dress can give a different look with different types of fabric. I prefer a modern feel for either the dress or the fabric, so I picked out a fabric with geometric stripes. Most testers used a vintage type of fabric, which gives the dress a totally different feel. The fabric for the skirt is not a thin cotton type of fabric but is a cotton sateen, which does not mean much to me, but it is a heavier type of cotton, which makes the skirt stand out a bit. I really like the look of the skirt. It is for sale through Sunday!
Fabric: the fabric with the animals on it comes from Tis Lifestyle. I already made a sleeping bag of this fabric (see below) one of many that I have made.
The orange fabric with geometric strips is orange tatimi stripes by Michael Miller fabric that I bought at modes4u, almost 3,5 years ago.
Pattern: Petit Four Dress by Duchess and Hare
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