Sunday, 19 November 2017

Recycling two of one kind

Ok I promise, this is the last summer clothing I will show you this year. I wish it was still summer, don't you? 
New environments can give you new inspiration. We were in Italy on holiday and it was hot, very hot and there were many mosquitoes in the evening. So a thin pair of trousers would be ideal for our holiday. In the stores here in Italy I saw many trousers made of 100% viscose. This type of fabric would be ideal, nice and flowy and very thin. Of course I could not find any of these type of trousers in kid sizes, only in women sizes. So when I spotted a pair of trousers on sale I bought it and from this pair of trousers I sewed two trousers for both girls.
For both girls I traced a pair of trousers that fitted well. I wanted to use as much as possible from the fabric I had so I left the side seam as it was and I also used the elastic waist in the trousers. As the trousers was a size small, in Italy that means, very small, I only had to trim the sides slightly to get to the right size. 
Fabric: I made two pairs of trousers from one XL pair of store bought trousers
Pattern: I traced two well fitting trousers

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Petite Stitchery Blog tour: Lulu Dolman

Another blog tour! This time for myself, the women's Lulu Dolman by Petite Stitchery & Co*. It is a dolman sweater with a high-low hem. It is an easy sew and looks so nice with the high-low hem.
I sewed the Lulu Dolman in sweat fabric. Unintentionally I had to hack the sweater a bit. I was stubborn when picking out my fabric, I loved the red color of the sweat fabric in my stash. The pattern suggested more stretch and I ignored that and ended up with too tight sleeves. Therefore, I decided to add a piece of fabric between the front and back pieces. 



I made a Medium and graded to a Small for my chest, it is a perfect fit. Due to my height I also shortened the sweater with one inch. I would not change anything next time! The Lulu Dolman is on sale through Sunday for $7. 

I used the same fabric for the cuffs, the extra fabric and the neck binding. It is called Bulbs from the Playtime collection from See You At Six fabric. Lovely isn't it? Again it was a leftover from our sewing weekend. This piece of fabric was leftover from Davina from Woohoo by Davina. After a t-shirt, just a small piece was left. Just the perfect pieces for the small pieces for the neck binding and extra fabric on the sleeves. Because I wanted to show the light bulbs I used a different method of binding than described in the pattern. I just sewed the binding with my serger to the inside and topstitched it with my coverlock.
Fabric: sweat fabric from megastoffen and Bulbs in French Terry from See You At Six
Pattern: Lulu Dolman by Petite Stitchery & Co
    For more inspirations please visit all the fabulous ladies on the Petite Stitchery New Women's Tops Sewing Patterns Release Blog Tour! 

    Tuesday November 14th:
    1. Seams Sew Lo
    2. Sew Journs
    3. Sew Cucio
    4. Seams Like Style

    Wednesday November 15th:
    1. Tales From a Southern Mom
    2. Aurora Designs

    Thursday November 16th:
    1. Sewing With Sarah
    2. My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life

    Friday November 17th
    1. Stitched by Jennie
    2. Kathy's Kwilts and More
     
* 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, 12 November 2017

One Thimble 17: Big Day Out Jacket

I just love blog tours! It is so nice to see the different perspective of different sewers on the same projects. The One Thimble Magazine* is a great way to bet to know different designers in one magazine. For me this was my first time sewing something from One Thimble. Although I have sewed a pattern that was part of a previous version from One Thimble (Orbis Sinny Harem Pants by Sofilantjes in One Thimble 13). In the newest One Thimble, issue 17 I sewed the Big Day Out Jacket by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns
The Big Day Out Jacket is a denim jacket. My version looks like a denim jacket but actually I sewed the jacket from french terry and sweat fabrics with a denim look. With this jacket you can go all out! You can add embellishments, use different types of fabrics or different colours. It really is a garment you can go all out!
I love the jacket! I have sewed an Ainslee Fox Boutique pattern before when I sewed the wedding dress for our eldest girl: the Azure Party Dress. These patterns are just perfect! The finishing is great and with these patterns you can go all the way for an over the top party outfit, however you can easily tone it down a bit (we like party outfits for regular wear) and use them for any type of outfit. Again I loved using my Coverlock, the stitching is just so nice and it perfectly finishes the jacket.
Fabric: The glitter fabric, if you can see which one it is, is a thick sweat fabric, which I bought at Cares Stoffen. The two types of denim looking fabrics are french terry. The fabric I used for the sleeves comes from Babarum, which visited us during our sewing weekend. The flower fabric is a cotton, this was a fabric from someone else, it was quite big as you will see another garment with this fabric soon. So I tried all different fabrics and it works great together.
PatternBig Day Out Jacket by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns.


For more inspiration and patterns from One Thimble have a look at the other blogs:


11/9/2017

11/10/2017

11/11/2017

11/12/2017

11/13/2017

11/14/2017

11/15/2017
* 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, 8 November 2017

A new favourite (uptown/downtown) dress for our girl!

During the summer our girl had one favourite dress which she wore non-stop. During our holiday in Indonesia, she basically almost only wore this maxi dress. The only moment she did not wear it was when it was in the laundry. With the colder weather arriving, it was time for a new dress with a less summer feel. 
During our sewing weekend I sewed a new long dress for our girl. I looked for a maxi dress with long sleeves and the Uptown/Downtown Dress form Sew Straight and Gather was the perfect option. The love the lines of the pattern and the fit. I made size 2T for our 4 year old and it fits perfectly. I made the most simple version, no cowl, just simpel hemming and I was done. The only thing I would change for the next dress is make the sleeves a bit wider. The fit is snug at the moment, not that our girl minds, but a bit wider sleeves would be better I feel.
This was my quickest project during our sewing weekend. I traced the pattern, cut the fabric and sewed the dress within an hour. Even though it was a quick sew it was the biggest hit when I returned from our weekend. Again she has been wearing it non-stop (excluding the moments when she cannot wear it). So there will be more for sure!
Fabric: jersey from Megastoffen
PatternUptown/Downtown Dress from Sew Straight and Gather

Sunday, 5 November 2017

LOL Swing Top in Indonesia

This new LOL Swing Top* by Jennuine Design has already seen many different places. I sewed the Swing Top during our holiday in Italy in the summer. And I made the pictures during our holiday in Indonesia. We love this top for summer weather!
I like the look of the wide bottom of the Swing Top, it is so nice and flowy. Officially, it is a top and not a dress. The length of the top is supposed to be at her hip. When I finished sewing the top I did not like the length of the top on our girl. I think I should have chosen a longer length. I found it too short to be a top. So I decided to add a rectangular piece of fabric to the bottom. The bottom of the top is already quite wide and I did not want to add more width to the bottom so I just added a piece of fabric with the same width of the bottom of the top. I played a little bit with the stripes and put the stripes in a different direction, I really love the result. The piece of fabric that I added turned out a bit shorter than it was supposed to be so I added a piece of fabric in a different color. Also this time I really like how it turned out.

What I really like from the Jennuine Design patterns is the size range. They usually start at new born size and go up to 12 years! Especially since our youngest is quite small and narrow for her age, I need small sizes for her clothing. This time I made size 9-12M for our almost two year old. It is not the first Jennuine Design pattern that I have made. In the very first post of this blog I made the Divided Dress for our youngest, also a big hit which she wore a lot. 
For the photos we were at Lovina Beach in Bali and it was the perfect moment to take pictures. The weather was great and our youngest was just looking around at the people around us. Sometimes I wish I had such great locations and moment to make photos. Especially with the colder weather at home it becomes more difficult to take pictures outside.
Fabric: jersey bought at my local fabric warehouse in Italy (all three jersey fabrics)
Pattern: Swing Top by Jennuine Design

* 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, 1 November 2017

Another Sew Naaiz weekend!

It has been a bit quiet at the blog the last couple of weeks. We were on holiday for a couple of weeks and then it was time for our eldest to start school. We are all busy with getting used to the new rhythm. So not much sewing during the last couple of weeks.
But then last weekend started and I could catch up. Last week it was time for another sewing weekend. I am always looking forward to these weekends, a whole weekend of non-stop sewing! It is the best opportunity to catch up on all my sewing ideas. Especially during our holidays I have many many different projects in my head that I would like to make. During a sewing weekend I can try to make all the projects that I have imagined. 
It was another great weekend with 22 ladies. This time we went to a different location from the location in the beginning of this year. It was a beautiful location, although Miranda (from Inspinration) and me did not see much of it. On Saturday we sewed for almost 18 hours. We were the first to start in the morning and one of the last ones to go to bed (at a pretty decent hour at midnight). We were lucky that we even had an extra hour due to the start of the wintertime. I am already looking forward to the next sewing weekend in February!
This time I sewed one of my highest number of items during one weekend. Last sewing weekend I had more complex projects (I sewed the try out outfits of our kids for our wedding, see the outfit for our eldest and our youngest girl). This time I chose easier projects and sewed 7 items in total, something for everybody in our household (myself excluded), to keep everybody happy ;). In the coming weeks you will see all projects on the blog.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Brasov Wrap Top by Itch to Stitch

I love the patterns by Itch to Stitch because the patterns are those staple patterns you just need in your wardrobe and because the fit of the patterns is spot on! I was very happy when I was selected to be a tester for the Brasov Wrap Top*.
The Brasov wrap top is a really modest top, perfect for fall. Although already a couple of the other testers also made it with short sleeves. So you can use it for any type of weather. I would wear the top at home but I can also wear it to work, an added bonus. I like the cross over part at the bottom of the top. I again used my coverlock with two different colours to finish the hem.
Sewing the top is a bit of a precise work with the pleats. The end result looks so professional. An important part for this top is the type of fabric. Depending of the drape of the fabric the look of the top changes.
Fabric: petrol jersey, no idea where I bought it
Pattern: Brasov wrap top by Itch to Stich

* 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!
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