Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Men's Roller Coaster Tee

My first post about a men's pattern. Although I have sewed some men's patterns before, I have not blogged about any of them. It was my husband's birthday in May and he feels a bit left behind when it comes to sewing for him. So the perfect gift is a handmade item!
I sewed the Men's Roller Coaster Tee (MRCT) from Duck Butt Designs. I love the patterns by Duck Butt Designs because of their colour blocking. Anything with colour blocking is great isn't it? 

I wanted to sew something special, a plain t-shirt can also be easily bought at a store don't you think? Therefore the Roller Coaster Tee is perfect! And since I do not own too many large pieces of fabric the Roller Coaster Tee is also perfect. I sometimes forget how much fabric I need when I sew for my husband.
The two types of fabric with stripes is actually the same fabric. For the lower piece I used the right side of the fabric and for the other piece I used the wrong side of the fabric. I adapted the pattern slightly by taking in the sides with 1 cm. Luckily I thought of this before finishing the t-shirt because the larger piece with the stripes is actually 1 piece and there is no side seam in that pattern piece.

Pattern: Men's Roller Coaster Tee by Duck Butt Designs
Fabric: red and black fabric is from my own stash, I bought the fabric with the stripes at Cares Stoffen.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Tea Party Dress & Chloe Cardigan- wedding outfit II

This is the second post about the wedding outfit for our daughters. You can read about the wedding outfit for our eldest in a previous postIn this post I will show you the outfit I made for our youngest. I sewed every garment she wore during our wedding days (we got married on two days, which is great as I got to wear my dress twice :)).
Photo by Mon et Mine
I started off with the Baby Tea Party Dress (sizes Preemie to 3 years) by Tadah Patterns. During our sewing weekend I sewed the trial dress for our youngest. I sewed the simple round neck on the front and the classic back with cap sleeves. I sewed the 3-6 months size as our little girl (more than 1 year old) still falls in this size with her 47 cm chest. It was a quick sew as the dress consists of only 3 pattern pieces. The bottom part of the dress is easy to cut by measurements given in the pattern. 
When I got home after the weekend and put it on I did not like the height of the waistline as much. Due to the fact that it is a baby pattern the waistline is higher up to have some room for a baby belly. However, I did not like that. I did like the cap sleeves on the dress. Therefore I decided to make the Tea Party Dress by Tadah Patterns (sizes 12 months - 8 years), which has a lower, more natural, waistline. I used the smallest size with the round neck on the front and the classic back with buttons and cap sleeves.
In order to mirror the dress of our eldest girl I adapted the Tea Party Dress by applying the same design (similar pattern pieces) of the Azure Party Dress by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns, for the front and the back of the dress. So I cut the original Tea Party Dress pattern pieces in several pieces so that both dresses would look very similar.
I bought all the fabric at Cares Stoffen in Wijchen, which has quite a variety of fabric. The bottom part is just a regular cotton and the bright pink and orange fabrics were actually on sale. The soft pink part in the middle is a part of my wedding dress. It had to be shortened and I got to keep the leftovers. 

The cardigan is the Baby Chloe Cardigan (sizes newborn to 18 months) by Bubby and Me Creations. I really like the cardigan and I will definitely use the pattern again (so I will have to buy the regular Chloe Cardigan that has the size range 18 months to 10 years). The cardigan just looks so cute on her. It is quite an easy sew. You have to do some gathering (I did a lot of gathering for the wedding outfits), but other than that you can put it together quite quickly. I left off the collar, I think the dress was enough by itself and didn't need another distraction. 
Photo by Mon et Mine
You might have noticed the amazing photos of the dresses that were made during our wedding days. We had great photographers during our wedding days. Selected pictures on my blog were made by Hermine and Ramon from Mon et Mine.
Patterns that I used for her outfit:
* romper - Super Suit Set by Flosstyle
* Tea Party Dress by Tadah Patterns
* Baby Chloe Cardigan and Pants Pattern by Bubby and Me Creations
Fabric: Fabric for the dress is from Cares Stoffen, the grey french terry comes from Madeline de Stoffenmadam
Photos: By Mon et Mine (www.monetmine.nl)

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Azure Party dress & Blissful Blazer - wedding outfit I

As some of you know, and most of you probably do not, we got married about a month ago. A lot of people asked me if I was going to sew my own wedding dress. Although I like a challenge, I found that challenge a bridge too far. Nevertheless, I did sew the dresses for our girls. It was a first for me to really go all the way by first sewing trial dresses and then sewing the final dresses. During our sewing weekend I sewed the test version of the azure party dress (2Y-12) by Ainslee Fox and I was really happy with the result (as was our daughter). You can see the result in the post about our sewing weekend.
For the final version I used the same pattern pieces. I went shopping at Cares Stoffen for fabric that matched my dress. The blush fabric that you see in the middle of the dress is a part of my wedding dress. My dress had to be shortened so some fabric was left over and I could take it with me. Cares Stoffen had all the fabric that I wanted, cotton for the top and bottom and some tulle for the skirt underneath and the sides of the dress.
I absolutely love the dress. The fit of the azure party dress is spot on and I really like the different pattern pieces. For the first dress I used the same fabric for almost all top pattern pieces, except for the center piece. For the final dress for the wedding I used three different types of fabric.
Did you see the perfect continuing print in the back? It was my first time trying a continuing print and I am very satisfied with the result. For the side panel pieces I used the same fabric as the bottom of the dress and added ruffled tule on top of that.

In addition to the dress I also made a cardigan and a top for underneath the dress. All items that she wore during our wedding days were made by me (even her underwear ;). It took me a while to find a cardigan that I liked. Every time I was searching the Blissful Blazer* (2Y-14) by Love Notions popped up. I loved the look of the cardigan, however, as you may have read in a previous post, I do not like ruffles. I decided to buy the pattern and just leave out the ruffles.
Foto by Mon et Mine
I had to make some adjustments to the blazer so that it would be according to my liking. I added facing to the front sides of the blazer instead of a full lining and I omitted the ruffles. I did not add length because I expected that the length would be perfect for over a dress. I really love the result, it is perfect for over a dress, especially with the shape of the blazer. I especially love the collar of the blazer, that is what makes the Blissful Blazer unique.
Foto by Mon et Mine
For the tulle skirt underneath, I made a separate skirt so she can also wear the dress without the tulle skirt, I used the technique explained by Me-Time by Seija. I did not want the tulle to irritate my daughter when she would wear the skirt. Seija explains how you can sew the elastic band to the tulle with a nice finish (without itching fabric at the inside of the elastic band).
Foto by Mon et Mine
You might have noticed the amazing photos of the dresses that were made during our wedding days. We had great photographers during our wedding days. Hermine and Ramon from Mon et Mine made pictures during our day in the Netherlands. We absolutely love their photos!
PatternAzure Party Dress by Ainslee Fox and Blissful Blazer by Love Notions
Fabric: I bought the fabric at Cares Stoffen in Wijchen. Even the buttons and bias tape come from Cares Stoffen. The grey french terry comes from Madeline de Stoffenmadam

* 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 (same price for you). Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!