Friday, 31 March 2017

Sylva Top and Tunic Release

The moment was there, I was picked to be a pattern tester for a Sofilantjes* pattern, how great is that?! I was over the moon excited about it!
The Sylva Top and Tunic* (English pattern, Dutch pattern)  is here and all I can say is we love the pattern. I have to admit, the first time I saw the pattern I was a bit underwhelmed. The patterns by Sofilantjes are always awesome, great fit and just great designs. But then I made the first top and I fell in love with the pattern when our eldest put it on. It is just a lovely top!
What I like about the Sylva Top and Tunic is that it is an easy sew but looks sophisticated, it is great for a lot of colour blocking with all those small scraps. And you can create different feels by using different fabrics for the right or left sleeve or for the front and back, or the sleeves and the top part of the bodice or the binding. So many options.
An added bonus is that the front and the back are identical, which is perfect for kids dressing themselves, she can put it on herself without having the chance of putting it on backwards. And this also holds for fathers (at least in our house the dad sometimes finds it difficult to see what is the front and back if there is not any label or cameo sticker inside the homemade piece of clothing). Is he the only one having this problem?
The Sylva Top and Tunic comes in Top length and a Tunic length with short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves. The 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves have great colour blocking elements in the sleeves as well. Additionally you can make it with a hood or with a V-neck in sizes 12M-14. I made the V-neck with short sleeves in size 2.
Pattern: Sylva Top and Tunic by Sofilantjes
Fabric: The two fabrics for the sleeves came from my own stash, I have used them already in some of my other projects. The bottom fabric with the birds comes from Miranda from Inspinration, I picked it up in during our sewing weekend (where we exchanged fabrics we did not like anymore)

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Monday, 20 March 2017

A comfortable Jasper Dress

After seeing the Jasper Dress (and sweater) from Paprika Patterns by Rachel (from Maak het met Rachel) and Maartje (from Huisje Boompje Boefjes) and also the Jasper sweater by Maartje (from Huisje Boompje Boefjes) I was convinced to buy the pattern. I love that type of dress, it is comfortable and warm during the winter and still looks nice (at least I think so).

In the end I love the result of the dress. I can wear it inside the house, it is so cosy, but is nice enough to wear it to work. I bought the fabric at Hoofs close to my hometown. During our sewing weekend, when I made this dress I came across some nice leftovers from others (Marie-Paule from So Popo Sew and St├ęphanie from Naaiz!), which turned out to be a perfect match with my fabric. A winning combination was born!
Changes I made to the pattern:
* More narrow sleeves, I made the pattern in size 2-3 and took the smallest sleeve size (size 1), they are just perfect.
* I shortened the sleeves with 1 cm, still they are nice and long, the way I like it.
* I made a more fitted dress by taking around 2 cm from each side. I often make this change to dresses when the fit is not as fitted as I would like.
* I also lengthened the dress with a couple of cm, this is just because I think a longer dress looks better on me. I saw on other blogs that the length of the dress ends about halfway on the upper leg. I prefer my dresses to be just above the knee.

Pattern: Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns
* main fabric is a combination between sweat and fleece (from the inside), which I bought at Hoofs in Den Bosch
* the side panels are made from a scrap (quite big) by Marie-Paule from So Popo Sew
* the inside of the pockets are also made from a scrap, they were from St├ęphanie from Naaiz!

Monday, 13 March 2017

A Women's Sweater - Newport Top

Pattern testing is so much fun! I love the deadline that comes with a pattern test, because you actually have to finish the garment you are making within a week. This time I was selected for a women pattern, that was a first for me, how exciting! The pattern for which I was one of the lucky testers was the Newport Top* by Itch to Stitch.
It is a top with a boat neckline. It is great for a a bit ticker type of fabric, such as french terry and sweat knit. It is a comfortable top that looks nice. It has a high/low hem and some decorative top stitching.

Just as Jenya (While she was sleeping) said, I also don't sew as much for myself because of the alterations that I need to do before I am totally happy with my garment and I will actually wear it. With this top, because it has a loose fit you don't need to worry about that too much. The size of the bust is all you need (and maybe the length that you want your top to be). For the first top I sewed (red fabric) I did blend for different sizes between my bust, waist and hips, however, for my second top (grey fabric) I just skipped that and made my top a straight 2.

I sewed two Newport tops during the test and as you can see the fabric that you choose can give a different look. Using a different color thread for the stitching on the neckline can give a nice finishing touch. And you get to use one of those beautiful stitches on your sewing machine. I love to use them, but only rarely find an opportunity to use them, now you can!

I sewed the Newport top with long sleeves, you can also make them with flute sleeves, which are a bit shorter and are wider at the end of the sleeve.

Fabric: red fabric is a sweat knit and comes from Cares Stoffen in Wijchen, the grey fabric is also a sweat knit and comes from Megastoffen
Pattern: Newport Top by Itch to Stitch

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Sahara Dress Test

I was over the moon when I was selected to test the Sahara Top and Dress* by Bella Sunshine Designs. And so was our daughter when she put the dress on! That twirl factor! The disadvantage is that I am afraid that I cannot get away anymore with dresses that do not have such a twirl factor.

The Sahara Top and Dress is a pattern for knit fabric. I made the dress with long sleeves. Other options in the pattern are, sleeveless, short sleeves or as a top. You have to use fabric with at least 50% stretch otherwise it might be too tight as the sahara top and dress are very fitted. Our daughter was in between sizes, initially I sewed the smaller size, but in the end it turned out that is is better to choose the bigger size if your model is between sizes.

It is a nice, sweet and girly dress with a beautiful back, that makes it even more girly. 
I think the dress is a musthave for your girl's wardrobe, it looks beautiful and because of the knit fabric is so comfortable. As my daughter already asked, is it a ballet dress? It is a dress that makes you feel like summer, so let the summer start! Or at least let's start with the spring and summer sewing.

Fabric: blue fabric is a regular knit, I don't know where I bought it several years ago. The fabric from the skirt comes from Megastoffen
Pattern: Sahara Top and Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

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