Friday, 19 October 2018

Sylva onesie by Sofilantjes

Aren't onesies just the cutest piece of clothing? And they wear them constantly! I love to put our youngest in new, soft, original onesies. Do you remember the Sylva t-shirt by Sofilantjes*? I sewed one more than a year ago. Now there is a Sylva Onesie (Nederlands patroon), with the same neckline!
The Sylva is characterised by the v-neck line on the front and the back of the onesie. The onesie comes in sizes NB to 86 and fits perfectly over cloth diapers as you can see in the photos. The onesie fits nicely around the legs and does not show the diaper (even though you might want to show the cute designs of the cloth diapers 😉). I sewed the short sleeves, but the pattern also comes with long sleeves, which is next on my sewing list.
Onesies are usually pretty quick sews and great baby gifts. The same goes for this onesie, you just need to pay attention when sewing the binding for the neck, and the result is so cute! And perfect for colour blocking. Of course I used three different fabrics for this onesie (just like I did for the t-shirt). But you can also use the same fabric for the sleeves. The Sylva Onesie is on sale for € 3,50 ex tax/btw until Sunday night October 21 23.59 CET. After that the Sylva Onesie will be €5,- ex tax/btw.
Fabric: the flower fabric was a gift during our sewing weekend. The uni coloured fabric (orange, yellow and pink) comes from my stash.
Pattern: Sylva Onesie by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week in 18 - 4 out (2018: bought 54 - used 73 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 17 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 54 in 94 out (the outlet days at stoffenstraat made me buy 18 pieces of fabric 😜).

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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Nivalis Nursing Hack Tutorial

I love to sew clothing that are nursing friendly now that our baby girl is born. Or even hack patterns so that they become nursing friendly. Today I am showing you how to hack the Nivalis dress for Women by Sofilantjes* to make it nursing friendly. I also wrote the tutorial in Dutch so see below for the Dutch description.
In addition to the nursing hack I also hemmed the sleeves differently. I liked the inside of the fabric and therefore just put the wrong sides of the fabric together and sewed it together with a very small zig zag stitch.
In order to make it nursing friendly I added an invisible zipper to the colour block. I added a second invisible zipper head so that you can open the zipper from two sides. When the zipper is closed both zipper heads will be together either on the left or the right side.
So now on to the nursing hack. Hope you like it, if anything is unclear let me know!
What you need:
  • Nivalis dress for Women by Sofilantjes (the pattern describes the amount of fabric that is needed etc)
  • invisible zipper (length of the arch for your size in the pattern + a couple of extra cm)
  • an extra invisible zipper head (you can buy them separately or cut one off from an existing invisible zipper)
  • interfacing
English Tutorial
1) Cut the pattern pieces for option B for the Nivalis dress for Women.

2) Measure the length of the arch in your size. I recommend adding a couple of extra cm for the length of your invisible zipper.
3) Cut two pieces of interfacing of 1,5 cm high and of the length of the arch for your size (for both the top and bottom part where you are going to add your zipper).

4) Iron the interfacing on the front top and bottom pattern pieces on the wrong side of the fabric.
5) Cut off the stops of your invisible zipper by cutting off the teeth diagonally and leave the rest of the fabric of the zipper intact as the photo shows. This will make it easier to put the zipper heads back on.
6) Pull the zipper head off your zipper. This may sound scary (will I ever get that thing on again...?!). Trust me it will be ok.

7) Sew the zipper on the top front pattern piece. You do this by first pinning the zipper with the right side on to the right side of the fabric. The teeth of the zipper are pointing towards your fabric. Then with an invisible zipper foot (or a regular zipper foot) sew the zipper onto the fabric.
8) Do the same for the bottom front pattern piece (sew the zipper to the bottom front piece).
9) Now it is time to put the zipper heads on. Put the zippers with the wrong sides on top of each other with the teeth aligned. Hold it like this and try to slide the head upside down on to the zipper with the widest part towards the fabric as shown in the picture. The part of the zipper where you cut the stop off should slide into the zipper.
10) Do the same for the second zipper head at the other side of the blind zipper. Again with the widest part towards the fabric, so the zipper heads are mirrored towards each other.

11) Yay! You are done with the zipper! Below is how your front part should look like. Be careful not to slide the zippers off when you are admiring your work by sliding the zippers back and forth 😉. Only when you sew the front to the back of the dress the zippers are safe to stay on the zipper.
12) Follow the instructions in your Nivalis dress pattern to sew the tunic or dress together. I love to see your creations in the Sofilantjes Facebook group.

Fabric: the top part of the dress is a knitted type of fabric which I bought at Caresstoffen. The rest of the dress is wool which I bought at Hoofs.
PatternNivalis tunic and dress for Women by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 71 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 16 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 90 out 

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Nederlandse uitleg (als er iets onduidelijk is laat het me weten!):

Benodigdheden:
  • Nivalis tuniek/ jurk voor vrouwen van Sofilantjes* (in het patroon staan alle benodigdheden qua stof etc)
  • onzichtbare rits (lengte: meet de boog van jouw maat in het patroon en voeg hier enkele centimeters bij)
  • extra onzichtbare ritsrunner (je kunt deze soms los kopen of je kunt deze van een onzichtbare rits afknippen)
  • interfacing
1) Knip de patroondelen voor optie B uit in de stof.

2) Meet in de patroondelen de lengte van de boog voor jouw maat. Voeg enkele cm extra lengte toe om de lengte van je onzichtbare rits te bepalen. Je kunt natuurlijk ook een langere onzichtbare rits gebruiken, dat is geen probleem. 
3) Knip twee stroken interfacing van 1,5 cm hoog en met de lengte van de boog. 

4) Strijk de interfacing onderaan het bovenste patroondeel en aan de bovenkant van het onderste patroondeel waar de rits straks komt.
5) Knip de stops aan het einde van je onzichtbare rits eraf door de rits schuin af te knippen en de stof van de rits zoveel mogelijk te laten zitten zoals op de foto. Op deze manier is het makkelijker om de rits er straks weer op te zetten.
6) Haal de ritsrunner van je rits af (ik weet dat dit misschien een beetje spannend is omdat je bang bent dat je de rits er straks niet meer op krijgt, maar vertrouw me dat komt helemaal goed!).

7) Naai de helft van de rits aan je bovenste patroondeel. Dit doe je door de rits met de goede kant op de goede kant van de stof te spelden (of met clips). De tanden van de rits wijzen richting de stof zoals op de foto. Je naait de rits met een onzichtbare ritsvoet (of gewone ritsvoet) vast op de stof.
8) Doe hetzelfde voor de andere helft van de rits. Deze komt op het onderste deel van de voorkant.
9) Nu is het tijd om te ritsrunners er weer op te zetten. Leg de twee ritsdelen met de verkeerde kanten samen op elkaar, met de tanden van de rits naar boven. Hou dit vast en probeer de rits ondersteboven met het brede kant richting de stof erop te ritsen zoals op de foto. Het deel van de rits waar je de stop vanaf hebt geknipt gaan in de ritsrunner.
10) Doe hetzelfde met de tweede ritsrunner aan de andere kant van de blinde rits. Ook hier geldt dat de ritsrunner erop wordt gezet met het breedste deel richting de stof. The ritsen zitten dus gespiegeld op de rits. 

11) Yeej! Je bent klaar met de rits. Hieronder zie je hoe het eruit zou moeten zien. Let op dat je in je enthousiasme om te kijken of de rits werkt de rits er niet vanaf rits, er zit tenslotte geen stop meer op 😉. Pas als je de zijkanten van de jurk vastnaait door deze aan de achterkant vast te naaien kunnen de ritsen er niet meer vanaf geritst worden.

12) Volg verder de stappen in de instructies in het patroon om de jurk verder in elkaar te zetten. Ik ben benieuwd naar jullie creaties en zie ze graag verschijnen in de Sofilantjes Facebook groep!

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Monday, 24 September 2018

Aveiro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

We are moving towards fall and every now and then we need some fall clothing. What I always wear during fall season are cardigans. It is great to put one over a t-shirt or take it with you when it will get colder at night. I have many different cardigans in different colours, because they need to match your clothing, right?! The Aveiro Cardigan* by Itch to Stitch is therefore a must have in your wardrobe!
The Aveiro Cardigan has several options, a bolero, a short cardigan, a regular cardigan and a long cardigan and you can opt for short or long sleeves. So basically all types of cardigans are covered in this awesome pattern. And of course as I am used to with Itch to Stitch patterns, the fit is spot on!
I sewed the regular cardigan with long sleeves and I used snaps as closure for the cardigan as suggested in the pattern. Of course you can also use buttons, but then you have to sew buttonholes, not my favourite activity. Although 130 cm is advised for the cardigan I managed to squeeze the cardigan out of 1 meter of fabric. A win as I was able to cut this cardigan from a coupon out this lovely sweat knit. It is nice and warm, so perfect for fall and winter (if we get a mild winter).
Fabric: sweat knit coupon, which I bought at Caresstoffen
PatternAveiro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 1 out (2018: bought 36 - used 69 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 16 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 88 out 

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

How to Colour Block the Coffee and Tea Cardigan?

Another video tutorial. Again with colour blocking. Do you see a pattern in my tutorials? I just love colour blocking! So I made another video tutorial for the video party! This time on how to colour block the Coffee and Tea Cardigan by Annelaine Patterns.
The Coffee and Tea Cardigan has two different types of cardigans in the pattern and is therefore perfect for adding a colour block. Do you want to know how to color block the coffee and tea cardigan? Have a look at the video tutorial I made:
The Coffee and Tea Cardigan comes is sizes 9M until 18 and also comes in women's sizing. Both types of cardigan have two different lengths, classic or duster length, fitted or relaxed sleeves, short or long sleeves, the option of adding cuffs or not and the option of adding pockets to the cardigan.
I used the duster length of the Coffee Cardigan for our 2 year old. I also added a colour block to the sleeves as I did not have enough of the panda fabric to complete the long sleeves. The cardigan is quite a quick sew and fits perfectly. I love this style of longer cardigans, just like the cardigan I made recently for our eldest. 
Use code “Pants-N-Cardigan” for a discount on the Coffee and Tea Cardigan by Annelaine Patterns.

Fabric: the red sweater knit is a leftover of this sweater I made. I bought the fabric at Caresstoffen. The blue sweater knit comes from my fabric store in Italy. The panda fabric is a scrap piece I found in the exchange pile on our sewing weekend.
Pattern: Coffee and Tea Cardigan by Annelaine Patterns

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 3 out (2018: bought 36 - used 68 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 16 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 87 out 

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Friday, 21 September 2018

How to Colour Block Bell Bottom shaped (Fit) Pants?

Do you also find pants in just one colour too boring for your kids? I do! I am always looking for a way to spice up pants (if I sew pants or leggings) and add a colour block. Then we were asked to make a video tutorial for a video party. I decided to make a video tutorial on colour blocking bell bottom pants, our girl would hopefully love these. I used the Fit Pants by Mamma Can Do It*.
These pants are just perfect because they have different options: skinny, regular, bell bottom or wide leg widths. It is available is sizes preemie until 20 for everybody in your family (babies, boys, girls, women and men). It also has different length options: shorts, thigh, knee, capris and full length. Go and have a look at the video on how to colour block bell bottom shaped (fit) pants. The video party starts today and there will be several tutorial videos everyday until September 27, go and have a look!
Our eldest does not like pants, she is a dress kinda girl and just always wants to wear a dress. So what I usually sew for her are dresses. But then I saw bell bottom shaped pants and I just loved those! I thought our girl would love these, because they kinda twirl at the bottom. To make them less boring I decided to add a colour block. 
I used a sweat knit fabric for the pants, this is nice and warm during winter and it is nice and thick so they will last longer. For the colour blocking parts I used a piece of fabric by Lotte Martens. During our sewing weekend  I found a scrap of Pretoria Scuba from her from Kaatjenaaisels. She made this beautiful dress and this was a left over piece.
When our daughter saw the pants, she said "oh wow they sparkle and I have elephant legs now" (because of the wide shape of the pants). Well she loves the pants, so mission accomplished!
Use code “Pants-N-Cardigan” for a discount on the Fit Pants by Mamma Can Do it.

Fabric: Pretoria Scuba by Lotte Martens and sweat knit that I bought several years ago at joyfits.
Pattern: Fit Pants by Mamma Can Do It

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 66 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 84 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!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

First day at school dress - Wendybird dress times two

Something about a donkey that doesn't hurts itself twice on the same stone (Dunglish expression), or in correct English a fox is not caught twice in the same snare. I sewed the Wendybird dress by Stitch Upon a Time for our eldest for her first day at school. But something went wrong while cutting of the fabric. The first dress I sewed is the frog dress with the blue and yellow stripes. Well actually several things went wrong when cutting the skirt panel. 
First, I mixed up the width and height of the panel piece. The stripes were supposed to be horizontal instead of vertical, well I do not mind the mix up. Second, the pattern piece for the skirt panel (the stripe fabric in the skirt) is written down in measurements in the pattern instead of having a pattern piece. Of course I forgot, or at least didn't think of it during cutting, that I used a different size for the width of the dress as for the length. So my skirt panel was quite a bit shorter than the other dress pieces. So I added a contrasting piece of fabric to the skirt panel. I love it, it looks even better with the orange piece!
One week later I sewed another Wendybird dress, this time for our middle daughter. This time I paid attention to the width and height of the panel piece. Still I forgot, something about my pregnancy brain still not having recovered, to lengthen the pattern piece. Again I used a different size for the chest and the length. So again I had to add a contrasting piece of fabric to make the panel piece just as long as the other skirt pieces. In the end you cannot tell that I made the same mistake twice!
For the frog dress of our eldest I used the pleats for the skirt, this gives the widest skirt and of course our eldest wants to twirl as much as possible. For the bird dress for our middle daughter I used the gathering technique for the panel piece (both are included in the pattern). She loves any type of dress and is less picky about the amount of twirl of the dress.
Fabric: Jack and Frog Friends by Lillestoff and the blue and yellow stripe fabric comes from my fabric store in Italy. The red bird fabric is also a Lillestoff fabric, which I bought a long time ago.
Pattern: Wendybird dress by Stitch Upon a Time
Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 65 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 14 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 82 out