Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Dance like a mermaid

Most pattern names by Made by Runi are awesome! Have a look at the Dance like a mermaid! It is the pattern of the week this week, which means you can buy it with a discount!
Our girls are both in dance class and use ballet dresses every single week. Our middle daughter was still wearing the first ballet dress that I made and could use a new one. So I sewed up the Dance like a mermaid. I was inspired by the pattern name and used the mermaid fabric that I used for this mermaid dress.
In the pattern you can choose yourself how to finish off the neck and bottom. I choose to add a neck band to the neck, I find that the nicest finishing. For the bottom I added 1 cm of seam allowance and sewed in the 0,5 cm elastic. After that I folded the elastic inwards and sewed it again with a cross stitch.
A couple of the other fabulous pattern names I have sewed from Made by Runi:
* Feeling Fabulous Skirt
* Fairy princess dress
* Fairytale hoodie
* summer dream


Fabric: the mermaid fabric was a leftover from this dress and the pink fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat
Sizing: 80-164 (12M - 14Y)
Options: 4 different sleeve options (from sleeveless to long sleeves) and you can choose for no skirt or adding a skirt. There are two lengths of skirts.
Difficulty: two out of seven

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 65 new fabric - used 60 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 13 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 65 in 78 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Arcus skirts with scraps!

Another colour blocked pattern by Sofilantjes*, the Arcus skirt! I love the skirt because as I said it has a lot of colour block options and it is great for scraps. I save all those special small pieces of fabric. I find it a waste to throw them away and with this pattern you can still use them.
This skirt is perfect for a quick project, I sewed the second skirt, yesterday evening within 2 hours, from taping, to cutting to sewing. Isn't that great for a nice twirly skirt? Additionally, the size range is awesome, our little one who is wearing a straight 9-12M (74-80) fits it and it goes all the way up to 14Y (starting at 3M).
I have a love-hate relationship with sewing with stripes. I love sewing with stripes, but then you have to line the stripes perfectly and I am not always in the mood for that. With this pattern sewing with stripes gives a nice extra touch to the skirt, I love that. Luckily the curve of the skirt pieces makes lining the stripes not that difficult.
There are many different ways to use the colour block options, in one colour, in 4 different colours, or make the skirt asymmetrical in colours like I did with the smallest. Which colour block option do you prefer? 
I made two skirts, me, who almost never sews a pattern twice actually made two, that says something for sure! Today is the last day of the sale, so go get it now! 
Fabric: the fairy fabric is a leftover from this dress, the purple fabric is a leftover from this dress
Sizing: 3M - 14Y
Options: you can use the colour blocked skirt pieces or there is also a 1 piece skirt piece included
Difficulty: easy

# Fabric this week: 2 in - 6 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 65 new fabric - used 59 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 12 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 65 in 76 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

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

Monday, 9 September 2019

Mermaid dress: Girls Laurel

The Girls Laurel Knit Tunic and Dress by Petite Stitchery* got an update and I got to sew the newest update. The pattern has lots of options. It includes a round and a v-neck, it has several sleeve lengths and it includes a tunic and dress length. So a versatile pattern that can be used for summer dresses (or tunics) as well as for fall sewing!

Our girls loves the dress because of the length. The longer the dress, the more she likes it and this dress is much longer than her normal dresses. She also loves the ruffle at the bottom of the dress. It makes the mermaid dress with the mermaid fabric look like the tail of a mermaid, what more could a girl want!

I love the V-neckline of this pattern and the method of the sleeves. I forgot to make a close up picture of the sleeve but it is a fold back kind of sleeve at the bottom. It looks really cute and gives a nice opportunity to use a different fabric for the "cuff" of the sleeve. It is a quick and easy pattern and the ruffle can even be made from woven which is a nice bonus. It is now on sale!

Fabric: I bought the stripes during a sale at Joyfits, the mermaid fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat and the green fabric was a find in the exchange pile of our sewing weekend
Pattern: Girls Laurel Knit Tunic and Dress by Petite Stitchery
Sizing: 2Y - 17Y
Options: 2 neckline options, several sleeve options and tunic and dress length (add of the ruffle is optional)
Difficulty: Beginner

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 63 new fabric - used 59 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 69 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

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