Saturday, 12 October 2019

Little Red Riding Hood Meets Peppermint Swirl

Several things came together that led to this skirt: the little red riding hood fabric that was part of a surprise fabric batch that I bought, our family going to Disneyland and our middle daughter not having a Peppermint Swirl Skirt*. It was time for another peppermint swirl skirt by Candy Castle Patterns!

Remember this amazing skirt that I sewed a couple of months ago? We all adore it! So me, who does not often sews patterns more than once, wanted to sew another one, this time for our middle daughter.
During summer I bought a surprise batch of fabric at Stoffenfeest, which was quite a risk for me. What would I receive, and what types of fabric would I receive? This cotton with little red riding hood on it was not love at first sight. I was really in doubt, what was I going to sew with this? Then we decided to go to Disneyland Paris for a weekend and I knew our middle daughter was in need of a little red riding hood peppermint swirl dress. I mean every girl needs such a dress when going to Disneyland right?

There was only one challenge, the little red riding hood fabric was directional and directional fabric is advised against when sewing a peppermint swirl dress or skirt. The swirl of the skirt and dress goes all the way round and so little red riding hood, the big bad wolf and the three little pigs would turn upside down. I still wanted to use the little red riding hood fabric so I had to come up with a solution.

So what did I do to use the directional fabric but make sure that the characters on the fabric would not turn upside down? I cut all my swirl pattern pieces in two and turned the  pattern pieces when cutting the fabric. That is the advantage of using cotton, the way you position your pattern pieces does not matter. I positioned the first part of the upper swirl according to the grainline of the fabric. I turned the second part of the upper swirl pattern piece about 45 degrees to the left. For the first part of the bottom swirl pattern piece I turned the pattern pieces about 135 degrees in comparison to its original position. So basically what I tried to do is make sure that the characters are standing straight in the middle of the pattern piece (of course not everything can be standing straight). I am very satisfied with the result! What do you think?

You are in luck if you want to buy one of the patterns from Candy Castle Patterns. They are having their only store wide sale this year. Use the code BIRTHDAY for 25% off any pattern, which is valid through Monday October 14th.


Fabric: Little red riding hood fabric from Stoffenfeest and uni cottons from my stash.
PatternFree tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt by Candy Castle Patterns
You need the Kids Peppermint Swirl Dress to be able to sew the skirt.
There is also a 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: 0 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 68 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 88 out

# Patterns in 2019: 17 in - 14 out (4 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!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Chameleon dress: dress of possibilities

Imagine a dress, which you can wear as a dress with long sleeves, or with one sleeve, or strapless, or as a top! Meet the Chameleon dress by LittleKiwisCloset, the dress of endless possibilities!
When I saw a video with the first prototype of this dress, I was amazed by all the possibilities. I even had the chance to test the dress/top. I think this is just the perfect piece of clothing for holidays. With this one piece you can create multiple different looks and outfits, isn't that just amazing?! This dress is definitely coming along in my suit case, perfect as a comfortable top during the day and a dress during dinner in the evening.
It is a dress that you sew up in an hour and gives you endless opportunities. You need a fabric with at least 50% horizontal and 50% vertical stretch. You can even create different versions. There are three width options: slim, mid or wide. I sewed the mid version with a binding neckline (there is also a cowl option). Additionally, there are several sleeve options: short and long sleeve and short and long cuffs. My fabric wasn't wide enough so I had to add cuffs. Do not make the sleeves too short because you won't be able to tie the sleeves around you for the version below.
If you are looking for a more comfortable look you can even wear it as a top on jeans. The fabric is so nice and soft and comfortable. I just love it!
Use the code CAMACAMACAMA to get 20% off until Tuesday October 8 (NZST).
Fabric: I bought the fabric at Karteris it is a jersey with 92% viscose and 8% elastane.
Pattern: Chameleon dress by LittleKiwisCloset
Sizing: XXS - 5X
Options: slim, mid, wide width, sleeves: short, long, short cuff, long cuff, binding neckline and cowl options.
Difficulty: confident beginner

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 64 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 84 out

# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Senna skirt in stripes

The main requirement that our eldest has for the skirts/ dresses that I sew for her is that it needs to be long. I feel maxi skirts and dresses are not the handiest garments for school so I was looking for something that would meet her requirement of being long and my requirement of being not too long. Enter the midi skirt!
The Senna skirt by WISJ is great as it works for knits, french terry or woven. I love that it is so versatile. And our daughter loves it, because it is long enough for her to wear to school. The slits at the sides of the skirt make the skirt even easier to play in. The back of the skirt is gathered, which gives the skirt enough room. Different fabrics give the skirt a different look. 
It is a quick sew, the only thing that took some time was lining up the stripes and getting the elastic through the waistband. Oh and adding seam allowance. I prefer pdf patterns that have seam allowance included, but this pattern does not.
I did not add a drawstring as our eldest does not want to wear clothing with buttons or drawstrings or anything else (for bottoms, so jeans and skirts). She just wants elastic in the waistband. This skirt fits all her requirements so you can imagine it is an absolute favourite!
The top is a pass me down shirt from a good friend of mine. You might have seen it on her blog. I love it that our girls can wear these unique and still home made clothing (not by me, but by her).

Fabric: stripe fabric that I bought it Italy, it barely stretches.
Pattern: Senna skirt by WISJ
Sizing: 18M to 14Y
Options: optional pockets and adding a drawstring in the waistband
Difficulty: for beginners


# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 63 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 83 out

# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)
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