Monday, 17 June 2019

The most amazing peppermint swirl skirt

I have been drooling over the Peppermint Swirl Dress by Candy Castle Patterns* for quite some time. I mean have you seen that dress!! It it just the most amazing dress with an even better twirl. Then I saw a call for testers to update the free tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. So I was hopping up and down and waving enthusiastically to be noticed! Then I got picked (YAY) and I was over the moon!

On to the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. If you have never seen the Peppermint Swirl Dress or Skirt it is a dress/skirt made out of multiple flounces which makes it the twirliest skirt that is even bigger than a circle skirt. The sizing of the skirt starts at 6M and goes up adult sizing. What you need is different colours of woven fabric and bias band (I used almost 9 meters of bias band for this skirt, size 4Y). The great thing about this skirt is that the waistband is completely customised to fit the person who is wearing it. 
During my last sewing weekend I decided to sew up the skirt and a lot people got intrigued by the process of sewing (and cutting) the skirt. And indeed it is a different process from what I was used to, the skirt really comes together as you are sewing it. It took me around 6 hours to sew up the skirt of which it took me 1,5 hours to cut all the different flounces. Of course picking out the fabric took me some time as well, but luckily I did that before I left home. It was actually a great way to destash my woven stash. I still have quite some woven fabric at home, but I rarely sew with woven fabric. So I had a great selection of different colours that I could chose from. I used 7 different colours of flounces for my skirt (and used 8 different colours for my skirt). I only had to buy two new colours to match my rainbow colour scheme. I love the colours!
When I came back home and showed the dress to our eldest, she loved it, however she said her favourite dress (from the things that I sewed for her during my weekend) was another dress which she requested after my last sewing weekend (soon on the blog). I sewed a dress for her sister and of course she wanted one as well. Now, a couple of weeks later, she wore the skirt every single moment when possible, so I would say it was a great success!
The Peppermint Swirl Skirt Tutorial is available both for kids and adults. You need to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern (the pattern pieces are not included in the tutorial) and download the free skirt tutorial. The turorial tells you how to turn the dress into a skirt and add a waistband. Now is the time to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern as there is a 20% discount (both for kids and adults) on the Peppermint Swirl dress with the code SWIRL. It is valid through Monday June 24. 
Fabric: The two new colours for the flounces were bought naaiplezier, just like the bias band.
PatternFree tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt by Candy Castle Patterns


Adult Peppermint Swirl Dress
Sizing: the skirt and dress start at 6M and go up to adult sizes (you can easily adapt the length and waistline of the skirt to your sizes). 
Difficulty: It is not a quick sew. I would classify it as an intermediate sewing pattern, it just takes time. Reading the instructions carefully before hand are essential in determining the size.

# Fabric this week: 9 in - 6 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 57 - used 38 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 57 in 46 out
# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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, 10 June 2019

Cute scallops

Did you see the cute Tangerine dress by Annelaine patterns* with the cute scalloped hem? It was released not too long ago. And now the women's version is also available! I love that hem, it makes the dress just so cute!
The dress is a quick sew, which is great. Even the neckline and the arms are just folded in and sewn together. Only the scalloped hem takes some time. You really have to take your time to make it look nice. But it is such an unique detail, don't you think?
The pattern has several options. It has four different dress options, a one piece dress with a skater style dress or with an A-line dress. With the two piece dress you can choose between adding an elastic waist or without the elastic waist. Additionally, there are four types of sleeves included (sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves) and there are two types of hems, the scalloped hem and a straight hem. I sewed the two piece dress with a skater line dress with short sleeves and a scalloped hem. The pattern is on sale so now is the moment to buy one for your kid or yourself to do some cute twinning.
As you might have seen Annelaine patterns just started with a pattern membership. How do they work? Memberships come in monthly, six month, and year long options. You get 1 pattern credit, which can buy you one pattern, from the monthly, six from the six month, and 12 from the year long. The memberships get you discounted patterns, perfect for if you don’t want to wait for a sale. These credits never expire even if you cancel your membership. All membership levels are currently on sale in so don't miss out! Go check out the Pattern Memberships

Fabric: I bought the stripes at Joyfits just recently during the sale. The ice cream fabric comes from Stoffenstraat.
Size: 9M-20 for children and in women's sizes 00-30

# Fabric this week: 7 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 48 - used 32 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 48 in 40 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Risu dress by Sofilantjes

Yay, a new pattern from Sofilantjes*. It is the Risu dressNew patterns from Sofilantjes are always a big hit in our house. One, our girls love the Sofilantjes dresses (although the eldest preferred a different dress because of the not twirling skirt, therefore I sewed it for our middle daughter). Two, I love to sew Sofilantjes dresses.
I pre-tested this dress, so there might be small changes in the final pattern, but I must say it fits our girl perfectly. The Risu dress catches everybody's eye because of that beautiful back. I love it. Besides that I love the idea of the one pocket on just one side of the dress. You know I love asymmetrical patterns. Of course you can just add two pockets if you like symmetry.
Another feature of the Risu dress is the V-shaped neckline. You can see I cut one of the neckline pattern pieces upside down, I have to pay attention to that next time (it didn't bother me enough to unpick it and cut it again).
This dress is not a quick sew as a lot of Sofilantjes dresses are. It takes a bit more time. But I have to admit that more challenging patterns give me more satisfaction when I am done and I can admire the result. This pattern is not difficult at all, but it takes a bit more time. 
The Risu release sale will run from June 6, 08.00 CET through June 10, 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €5 - ex taxes (6.05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €7 not incl taxes. Go get it now! You will love it (if your girl loves twirly skirts like our eldest, you can just add a different Sofilantjes skirt).
Fabric: I bought the canoe fabric at Megastoffen a while ago. The rest are scraps from this sweater and from our sewing weekend.
PatternRisu dress (Dutch pattern) from Sofilantjes
Sizing, options & difficulty: 80-164 (12M-14Y), 3 sleeve lengths, Intermediate


# Fabric this week: 6 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 41 - used 30 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 41 in 38 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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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