Sunday, 12 August 2018

Misusu FREEkin' Sewing Challenge: Max meets Lotte

I love patterns by Misusu, so when I saw the call for a blog tour by Misusu I jumped on the occasion and I was selected! Woohoo! Today is my day to inspire you for the Misusu FREEkin' Sewing Challenge. You only have a couple of days left to participate in the challenge (until Saturday August 18th). I love to see your creations! More on the challenge and the giveaway below.
For my creation I used the free pattern the Max Tee and mashed it with the Lotte Dress (a paid pattern by Misusu). The Max Tee has a bib closure, which makes it easy to put over the head. What is unique about this Tee is that you can combine knit and woven in this pattern. You can make the bib part out of knit or woven. I really love patterns that match knit with woven. I have sewed two Louise sweaters by Misusu in which you can also combine knit and woven (I combined two stretch fabrics).
The Lotte top, tunic and dress is a pattern in which you can also combine knit and woven fabrics (do you see a theme here...?). The top part of the dress is made for knit fabric while the bottom skirt part can be made from woven fabrics. The pattern has three different lengths, top, tunic and dress length with a high-low hem line.
Max meets Lotte
What I did is I made a dress with the Max Tee for the top part and I used the skirt part of the Lotte dress. I made the bib on the front and the top part of the back from woven fabric as well as the skirt. Well actually I used more of a canvas type of fabric for the skirt. I traced the pattern pieces of the Max Tee and adapted the bottom of the Tee to the bottom of the top part of the Lotte dress. The Lotte dress is shorter than the Max Tee and has a different bottom line. The Max Tee officially has long sleeves, I adapted that to half sleeves until the elbow. I like the look of the slim sleeves, but next time I would add maybe 1 cm to the seam to make the sleeves a bit looser.
I really love the result of the mash! The bib of the Max Tee is just so fun and of course our girl loves dress, especially with pockets! I really like the effect of combining knit with woven fabrics. I cannot wait to see the creations for the FREEkin' Sewing challenge! More information on that below.
FREEkin' Sewing Challenge
So what do you need to do in order to participate in the FREEkin' sewing challenge by Misusu:
You’re free to combine other (paid Misusu) patterns (and from other brands too) in your look with one of our freebies. Just make sure your look consists of at least one Misusu freebie! The FREEkin’ Sewing Challenge will run for 4 weeks - from Saturday July 21th to Saturday August 18th - giving you enough time to come up with an amazing look! Get creative, give yourself a theme, sew from the stash, create a pattern hack - the possibilities are endless! Have a look here for the prizes you can win.

To top things off, if you crave to combine one of the freebies with one of the other patterns by Misusu, you can get it at a 15% discount during the challenge, by using the following code at checkout in the webshop: MISUSU15.

Additionally there is also a Instagram giveaway. You can win a free pattern by Misusu Patterns! What you need to do is follow @misusupatterns and @sewcucio at Instagram and leave a comment on the post of the FREEkin' Sewing Challenge at my Instagram account. I will select a winner after 24 hours from the contestants who have left a comment. So go over to @sewcucio to win a free pattern by Misusu patterns!

Fabric: Paapii Siesta Peach, which I have already for some time, I love the print, but when it arrived due to the specific colour I found it very difficult to combine it with any other fabric so it stayed in my stash for some time. I combined it with a canvas type of fabric from Kwantum.
PatternsMax Tee and Lotte Dress by Misusu

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Bella Sunshine: Back to School Blog Tour

Blog tours are a great way to push me to start sewing. For the back to school blog tour by Bella Sunshine Designs* I used three different patterns to start my fall sewing. Although it is still searing hot here I sewed an outfit that she can wear once she goes back to school and most likely the weather will be back to its usual self (which means rain). I used two free patterns, the Eden Leggings and the Reagan Raglan t-shirt (free with the code in the BSD Facebook group), and combined these with the Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs.
This is a first time for me to create one whole outfit that fits together and it took me a while to find the right combination of fabrics that fit together. I am really happy with the result, but I can imagine that some might find it quite bold (I guess most of my outfits are quite bold to others). Although I think this outfit is one of my least bold combinations. 
The Apple Cardigan is a great cardigan that can be sewn on two different lengths. I chose the shortest of the two. What I like about the cardigan is that the has a wider bottom and of course our girl loves the fact that it twirls. I slightly adapted the band of the cardigan by making it 3 cm wider. I wanted the wider band so that I could use the band for my first screen printing project. I traced the lions on the t-shirt and shrank them and screen printed them on the band. I love the result and it really fits with the t-shirt.
The Eden Leggings are a great pattern for leggings. They sew up so quickly, which is a win for me. The top of the leggings are made with a yoga waistband which I really like. I don't like to add elastic to waistbands and these yoga waistbands stay up great.
The Reagan Raglan has a great fit. You can sew a v-neck or a round neck. I chose the v-neck and used long sleeves. I did omit the sleeve bands because I found the sleeves already long enough. Apparently our girl has shorter arms than average, because I have noticed before that regular sleeves are pretty long on her. I only had a small piece of the lion fabric left, just enough for the front side and therefore used a uni coloured fabric for the back piece.
During the back to school blog tour there is also a sale: all girls patterns are $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles are $12. No coupon code needed. So this is your chance to buy those patterns you have been waiting to buy. Go to the BSD store to have a look at the great patterns.

Fabrics Leggings: the fabric for the leggings again comes from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend.
Fabrics Raglan: the lion fabric which comes from Lillestoff was a left over from this dress. The uni fabrics again come from my stash.
Fabrics Cardigan: the green fabric is a sweat fabric that is a coupon from Caresstoffen, it is the same as this sweater, but in a different color. 
Patterns: Eden Leggings, Reagan Raglan and Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 5 out (2018: bought 36 - used 49 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 11 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 62 out

* 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!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Litore high-low dress

Oh Sofilantjes, your dresses are great! Sofilantjes dresses are always a big hit with our girls. I have sewed almost all jersey dresses by Sofilantjes*: Nivalis dressSemper sweater with mini dress add onSolis dress (and another Solis dress), Mantica dressMontis dressRegina tunic and Regina dressVivax dress and lastly the Foras dress. There is just one jersey dress missing: the Litore dress!
So time to sew a Litore dress I thought. And here it is! Another favourite, the pineapple dress (there are pineapples on the skirt). Here all dress have their own name, usually based on the color or fabric of the dress. Is that the same with your kids?
The Litore dress has many skirt options. It has three different skirts, a handkerchief, A-line and high-low circle dress. Additionally, you can make these different skirts in three different lengths, tunic, dress or maxi length. You can even combine these skirts with the Solis dress by Sofilantjes, isn't that neat? It comes in sizes 12M all the way up to 14 years. The strap detail on the back is what makes this dress so unique.
As you might know, our eldest girl loves long dresses (I mean over the moon about long dresses). Some dresses she just doesn't like anymore because they are not long enough according to her (sigh). Therefore I thought let's try a high-low circle dress length for the skirt, maybe she finds it long enough to her liking. 
When sewing a high-low dress the inside of the fabric of the skirt is visible. I didn't think of that. So for this dress you can see the ugly white of the inside of the pineapple fabric. Next time I should use fabric with a coloured inside for high-low dresses. At least our girl loves the high-low effect, she finds it long enough.
Fabric: the pineapple fabric is one I got from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend, it is a very flowy type of fabric. The uni coloured pieces of fabric came from my stash, the pink fabric was a coupon from Caresstoffen.
PatternLitore dress by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 47 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 8 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 57 out

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Baby gift: Grow on romper

A piece of baby clothing that can be worn for 9 months, or 3 years, how amazing does that sound? 
A new baby was born, which meant sewing a baby gift. Already some time ago I bought the Grow on Romper by Apple Tree Sewing. This pattern intrigued me because you can make it bigger as your baby grows. How perfect is that? The idea is that the pattern has three size ranges and that the child can wear the garment for a longer period of time by certain tricks that are build in the pattern. Isn't that a great idea? The Grow on Romper has three sizes: 3-12 months, 1-3 years and 3-6 years. Especially with the younger kids they sometimes outgrow their homemade clothing so soon. With these grow on type of patterns they can actually wear their homemade clothing for a longer period, I love the idea!
I hacked the Grow on Romper by making it sleeveless, only later on did I see there was actually a tutorial for making the romper sleeveless, oh well. What I did differently is that I added a colour block to the back side of the romper. I liked that because then the straps show a different colour than the front of the romper. It also gave me the possibility to nicely finish the back lining on the inside. I first sewed the top and bottom back pieces to each other. After sewing the lining to the back top pattern piece, I folded the bottom of the lining and by using stitch in the ditch I attached the lining to the back. I also attached the front lining to the bodice by sewing it by hand, so that you do not see it as much from the front side.

There are two ways to make the romper shorter/longer. The first method can be easily seen in the first picture, you fold/unfold the cuffs of the legs as much as you desire. Secondly, there are drawstrings on the inside of the romper. They are at the sides of the romper and make the romper more rushed if you tighten the drawstrings. All in all, it is a bit more work with these drawstrings than just sewing a regular romper, but I think it is worth the effort if the kids can wear the clothing for a longer period of time.
I also loved how the snap placket is attached to the romper. I think it looks fun, as you see a bit of some coloured fabric, but it is also much more sturdy than how I usually do it, because there is more fabric between the snaps. At first I really had to study the photos in the instructions to see what was happening with the folding of the different fabrics. But I loved the result, I will definitely use this way of finishing the snap placket from now on.

FabricI bought the pinguïn fabric specifically for this baby gift, it is from Stenzo Textiles from Caresstoffen. The pink fabric is a left over from this maxi dress. 
Pattern: Grow on Romper by Apple Tree Sewing

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 45 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 53 out

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Maternity sewing: review of the Givre Maternity top and dress

Versatile patterns are the best, don't you think? Especially with maternity patterns, which you can only use a limited amount of time. The Givre maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe, is such a pattern. You can make a top or dress with it, sleeveless or 3/4 sleeves and there is the color block option you can add or not. So you can make four different types of clothing with this one pattern. Additionally, there are two belly sizes, for 3-6 months and for 6-9 months pregnant. If you like the pattern but are not pregnant, they also have a regular version of the Givre dress/t-shirt.
I sewed up a t-shirt and a dress from this pattern. First up is the dress. I mixed and matched a bit between the different options. The color block option is part of the t-shirt. I love color blocking so I transferred it to the dress. In this photo I am 23 weeks pregnant. I sewed up the 6-9 months pregnant size so I would have room to grow in it.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I added about two cm to the top part of the dress (see the added black triangle in the photo below). I found the dress to be quite tight around the chest area. I also used the neckline that is in between the neckline of the t-shirt (which is higher) and the neckline of the dress (which is lower). Lastly I did not wanted the skirt part to be too tight so I added about 2 cm extra seam allowance from the legs down and I left the skirt part longer so the length of the dress would be on my knees, instead of above it.
As it started to get colder after I sewed up the dress I also sewed up the t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves. In these photos I am 27 weeks pregnant. I wanted to compare the two different methods that are used for maternity sewing, either with clear elastic on the sides or by gathering on the sides. For the dress I used the clear elastic (as per instructions in the pattern) and for the t-shirt I used gathering. What I like about the gathering is that you can more easily control the spread of the gathering on the side. It was a bit more difficult with the type of fabric that I used. It is a knitted type of fabric and therefore was little holes in it. Gathering was a bit more tricky with this fabric. Using the clear elastic leads to a more stable result, but it is a bit of a hassle to sew the elastic in I find.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I only added 1 cm seam allowance to the sides of the front and back of the t-shirt. I probably should have gone with one size larger. After these adaptation the shirt fitted great. I think it is a great pattern, from which you can make different outfits, so definitely worth the money.
Fabric for the dress: The blue fabric is Geometric Blue Black from Malo Swafing, which I bought at Stoffenfeest, just like the black fabric.
Fabric for the t-shirt: The red fabric is a knitted type of fabric, which I bought at my Italian fabric place. The black and white fabric is a leftover from this sweater, it is Commute by Limo knit print from Gramercy by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery fabrics, which I bought at Petit Couture.
Pattern: Givre Maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe

Fabric in 2018: this week 7 in - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 44 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 51 out (I needed some fabric for my maternity sewing, I rarely buy large pieces of fabric, and there was a sale at Stoffenfeest. In the end 'only' 7 pieces of fabric ended up in my shopping chart).

Friday, 29 June 2018

Honey Bee Swimsuit by Annelaine Patterns

Are you afraid of sewing a swimsuit? I kind of was, although I did see the potential of sewing your own swimsuit (well for our girls at least). So when I saw a tester call for a super cute swimsuit, I jumped on the challenge and applied.
The Honey Bee Swimsuit/Leotard* by Annelaine Patterns is a one piece swimsuit/leotard. What I love about the swimsuit are the straps on the back, although you can also omit these if you like (the straps will stay up). In total there are six straps, but you can add as many or few as you like. The fit of the swimsuit is perfect and comes in sizes 6M - 24M (babies) and 2 - 20. You can choose whether to sew in elastic in the arms or legs or add bands. Additionally, you can line the swimsuit or leotard or make an unlined version.
Since I did not have any swimsuit fabric at home, (so much fabric in my stash, but not any swimsuit fabric), meant I had to do some shopping. I sewed two during testing, but I am only showing you the final version at the moment. For this final version I used actual swimsuit fabric. For the first version I used lycra. There is definitely a difference when sewing lycra or swimsuit fabric. Lycra is not a favorite of mine.
I made a size 4 swimsuit and lined it with swimsuit lining. I think the swimsuit just looks nicer when it is lined and I hope that it will make the swimsuits last longer. I also used elastic in both the arms and legs. After sewing a swimsuit for the first time, I know I will make more in the future for sure. It is not as difficult as I expected and it is just great to create your own swimsuit. The only challenge is finding great swimsuit fabric.

The Honey Bee is now on sale until next Friday July 6th with a 40% discount, no code needed, for ($4.80).

Fabric: Swimsuit fabric from Lingeriestoffen (great store to buy all your swimsuit necessities, they only have a limited amount of swim fabric with print, but have all the elastic, lining and other haberdasheries you need for sewing swimsuits or bikinis). The pick lycra from the back comes from Karteris
Pattern: Honey Bee Swimsuit/Leotard by Annelaine Patterns

Fabric in 2018: this week 2 in - 2 out (2018: bought 29 - used 41 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 29 in 47 out

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Spoxxy 2.0: maternity top!

Spoxxy 2.0. For those who know the Spoxxy top have been waiting for 2.0 since it has been retired. I loved the Spoxxy top by Stitch upon a time and it has been on my sewing list for a long time already. I was planning on sewing a maternity top, which I could take with me on the holidays. Then I saw the testers call for the Spoxxy top and dress 2.0, which was the perfect push to indeed finish it before we went on holiday.
During testing I made two tops. The first one I show is the final version of the top (although there were only minor changes in the pattern). IT has a relaxed fit and a quick sew, I sewed each top within the hour. What I also like about the pattern is the waist band. You don't need to worry that the top moves up and shows your belly. This is sometimes a problem with maternity tops, they may move up when you are moving and you don't notice it because there is usually a band underneath (which is then showing). 
The new Spoxxy top has a new feature, it includes a dress! I didn't have time to also sew a dress, but the tester pictures look great! Other than that, like the previous version it has a maternity option and a nursing option. It is just a perfect top for regular use, but especially since it also has the maternity and nursing option.
I am 32 weeks pregnant in these tops and there is still room to grow. The nursing top has an overlay, which you can pull up to nurse. Perfect for once the baby is born!
Fabric: For the first top I used two coupons I bought at Cares' Stoffen. I bought the yellow knit during the sale at Stoffenfeest. For the second top I used a piece of fabric that she gave to me during one of our sewing days, she sewed this dress from it. I bought the blue jersey at Textielstad.
Pattern: Spoxxy top and dress 2.0 by Stitch Upon A Time

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in 5 out (2018: bought 27 - used 39 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 27 in 45 out