Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Two Groove dresses in one week!

I have a large pile of patterns (so to speak as most of them are digital). I keep track of my patterns and try to sew a new pattern every month, as the pile of patterns keeps growing. Every time I am persuaded to buy a pattern and before I have sewed it I have bought a new one. Anybody else has this same problem?
But this time it was different. Our eldest girl started school and two days before the week started I came up with the idea to sew her a 'first day at school' outfit. I started looking for a pattern that confirmed to the strict rules of our daughter. 1) it has to be dress, 2) it has to be a dress in which she can dance, which means it has to twirl. And it should be an easy sew as I only had the weekend, in which also the birthday party was planned, so not too much time to sew. 
I came across the Groove Dress from Madeit Patterns and thought it would be the perfect fit. I bought it on Saturday morning and sewed the first Groove dress within 24 hours. That has never happened to me before. Sewing a pattern so quickly! I love the dress, it is different from the other dresses that twirl and it flows so nice.
One thing I was struggling with was the large amount of fabric, or I should say the wide piece of fabric that you need. I almost always sew from my stash and I do not buy large pieces of fabric when I go fabric shopping. I prefer pieces of 70 cm at the moment. This gives me a challenge when I start sewing (I love this challenge by the way). Inspired by the Groove Dress from Inspinration I decided to cut the Groove Dress in several pieces so that I had enough fabric.
Because I loved the result so much I decided to sew another Groove Dress. This time in more winter suitable fabric. We had another sewing weekend and I used all scraps from other people to sew this dress. You might recognize the fabric on the lower right from the Maggie Dress from Inspinration. Again I cut the Groove Dress in several pieces, this time to fit the pieces I had. This became a blue inspired dress. You can see that the type of fabric makes the dresses look different from each other. I know more Groove dresses will follow in the future for sure!
Fabric: Lions from Lillestoff which I bought at Cas en Nina last year during our sewing weekend for the yellow lion dress and scraps from other people at our sewing weekend for the blue dress.
Pattern: Groove Dress by Madeit Patterns

Monday, 18 December 2017

DIY Christmas Toys blog tour: Urban Jungle Bunny & Lion (+ giveaway!)

This week I am part of the Best Homemade Christmas Toy Sewing Patters blog tour. This blog tour is hosted by Seams Sew Lo and is sponsored by Phat Quarters fabric and Seamingly Smitten (see the end of the post for the giveaway!). I am excited to be part of this tour and sewed two urban dolls for this blog tour. Our girls love them and have been carrying them around the house all day!
I love sewing toys and stuffed animals. I have sewed quite a few stuffed animals already, but these were mostly before my blog started. Sewing stuffed animals usually takes a bit more time, but the result is always so rewarding. Our kids just love it when I make toys or stuffed animals for them!
For this tour I sewed the Urban Jungle Crew by Petit a Petit + Family. You have probably already seen one or two. It is a paid pattern that makes big stuffed animals (big as in 76 cm (!) long). You can see in the pictures how cute the big animals are. They are almost as tall as our youngest daughter.

Of course as stubborn as I can be I made the pattern with stretch fabric (officially it should be made with woven fabric or fabric with little stretch). I wanted the animals to be from cuddly soft fabric and of course I let my eldest daughter choose the animal and fabric for her animal. I bought crew 04 which includes a bunny, a lion and a dog. Our eldest choose the bunny in some stretchy teddy fabric. The bunny turned out a bit bigger as expected. Overall this is not a problem, only for the clothing. There is a basic clothing set included, a t-shirt and baggy trouser pattern. I made a t-shirt, a dress (I lengthened the t-shirt) and a skirt. The skirt is basically a rectangular piece of fabric with elastic at the top. Our eldest loves the fact that she can dress the animals. I have another set waiting to be sewn, but I found the first set a bit too tight so I will adapt the set that I have already cut. Maybe it is due to the fact that I made the dolls from fabric with more stretch. I would recommend first measuring your animal and measuring the pattern pieces before sewing it together. I will enlarge the next set of clothing that I will sew.
For the lion I used fleece fabric, which did not have as much stretch and therefore became smaller. It was also easier to work with. For the manes I took a different approach. The pattern recommend using non-fray fabric for the manes. I used a hairy piece of fabric that once was a vest I bought for a dance show. Instead of cutting the mane pattern piece once, I folded the fabric and attached it to the front and back of the head.
Fabric: all from my own stash, mostly from making my previous stuffed animals. The clothing was made from scraps from other projects.
Pattern: Urban Jungle Crew 04 by Petit a Petit + Family
We are all excited about our DIY Christmas Toy Blog Tour based on the blog post Best Homemade Toys to Make for Christmas Presents! Please visit all of the wonderful bloggers on our tour to get more toy ideas for your little ones!
  1. December 11th: Intro by Seams Sew Lo
  2. December 12th: Stitched by Jennie
  3. December 13th: Sewing Blue
  4. December 14th: Manning the Machine
  5. December 15th: Threadistry
  6. December 18th: Sew Cucio
  7. December 19th: Oak Blue Designs
  8. December 20th: Kathy's Quilts and More
  9. December 21st: Just Delphine
  10. December 22nd: Sewing by Ti
  11. Decmeber 23rd: Seams Sew Lo
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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Free Pattern: Upcycled Pompi Pants

I met Gabi from The Minimi Project in 2016 during our first sewing weekend. In the beginning of this year we met again during the second edition of our sewing weekend. The idea behind The Minimi Project is that they develop sewing patterns for repurposing/upcycling clothes. Gabi is such a great lady she already showed us during our sewing weekends how easy it can be to upcycle old clothes into great new ones. 
I believe the first promo pompipants were made during our sewing weekend in February. During summer Gabi posted some more pompipants she made on Instagram. I loved them right away, you know, that color blocking thing. When she asked if people wanted to test the pattern I volunteered right away. This also gave me an excuse to sew something for our youngest daughter. She is sometimes left behind a bit as her big sister because a lot of patterns start at 1 year. And although she is almost 2 years (when I sewed these pants, she is 2 years now), her chest is still in the 9-12M range.
Making photos of small kids is so much more difficult than for our older kids. Don't you think? It is difficult for them to stay still, so most photos are a bit blurry. And listening to instructions... usually I try to have somebody else around to steer them in the right directions. But unfortunately that is not always possible.
Let's talk about these pompi pants. It is a free pattern and comes in the range 3 months to 3 years! The unique part of these parts are the color blocked back which are great for scraps or for some of your old clothes you want to keep and treasure.
I love the idea of repurposing clothes. I actually have lots and lots (and lots) of old clothes that I save to make something new from. Sometimes it is actually easier to empty out my own closet if I know I can make something new from it. Although the upcycling pile mostly grows and only occasionally diminishes. 
I took an old vest from myself and used that for the legs of the pompipants. The ribbing and the small part on the back of the pants are new fabrics. The pompipants are a really quick sew, I taped the pattern, cut the fabric and sewed the pompipants I think within the hour. Aren't these quick sews great?!
Fabric: upcycled an old vest from my upcycle-stash and "Gorgeous graphic" sweat fabric by Poppy from the Stoffenstraat
Pattern: Unisex Pompi Pants by The Minimi Project

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Free Uvita Top by Itch to Stitch

Patterns by Itch to Stitch are always an addition to my closet. I have already sewn the Brasov top and Newport Top and both are on my list of favorite garments to wear. So I expect the new free Uvita Top* by Itch to Stitch to become a runner up on my list. 
The new Uvita Top by Itch to Stitch is a dropped shoulder top with a relaxed fit. You can make it with 3/4 sleeves or long sleeves and has a beautiful wide neckline. It is an easy sew which is always great. Sometimes difficult pattern are a nice challenge, but sometimes it is great to finish a pattern within the hour.
I slightly hacked the Uvita Top as I did not have enough fabric, when do I have enough?! But the result is always the best when I am forced to be creative. I used the line for the 3/4 length sleeves for the main fabric and added the uni color fabric for the long sleeve length. I love it! Colour blocked garments always make my heart beat faster! 
I sewed this top during our last sewing day, where we meet during the day with a couple of friends and our mothers (who also sew). It is always a great day of sewing and talking. This t-shirt was one of the two projects I made during that day. Miranda (from Inspinration) made the pictures so I didn't have to bother my husband for my pictures this time. 

As I said the Uvita Top is free, additionally there is a 20% discount in the store with the code bye2017. Enjoy!

Fabric: I bought this fabric, not sure which designer it comes from, last summer at Hoofs in Den Bosch

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The one and only Theo?

Another project for the husband. This time it was a big project, well not necessarily big, but at least a long project. I have seen the Theo by Zonen09 already several times. It is the perfect project for my husband as he often wears shirts, both to work and in his free time. I bought the pattern almost a year ago and wanted to start right away. But the instructions kind of scared me away, by that I mean the length of the instructions, 64 pages...
Right after the wedding (indeed half a year ago) it was time to do some sewing for my husband again so I started with the Theo. The first step was taking measurements and adapting the pattern to these measurements. Maybe this was actually my biggest fear. With kids if the pattern is not completely right, you can make it work. Especially with knits. With a shirt (in woven), I thought, if it is too small, I have done all that work for nothing. Of course I should first make a shirt in a cheaper fabric to see how the fit is. However, that is not my style, if I make something it should be with fabric that he likes and is going to wear. So I took the plunge and started in some lovely soft cactus fabric.
I love soft cactus fabric and think it is perfect for shirts for men. The fabric is so soft and has nice designs. So during a soft cactus sale I bought a lot of soft cactus, both for my husband, for our girls and for myself. My husband was not convinced of the fabric right away. He is more the conservative kind of guy. But in the end he was completely convinced, he loves it!
So after adapting the pattern according to the measurements I cut out the fabric and started with the shirt. I love the details of the pattern and the finishing of the shirt, it looks so professional! However, it takes some time to before it is finished. Especially some steps took me some time to understand. I am a person who looks at the pictures or photos in order to understand the text, but sometimes I found it difficult to see on the pictures what was mentioned in the text. 
Then the scary part, fitting the end result. We did several fittings along the way and the fit seems great. However, after wearing the end result for a day there were some problems. It is basically too tight at the front of the shoulder (so just above the armpit on the front side). I have no idea what to do next time to change this. Does anybody have any ideas? Should I take a bigger size, for the width of the arm, or....
To be honest I am not sure whether I will make another one. I really love the result, and so does my husband. But not being sure how to adapt the pattern, is a risk. In the current size I have unpicked the side seams in the arm and top of the side seam and sewed with a seam allowance of 0.5 cm instead of 1 cm. This has helped a bit, but it is still not the way it should be. I am curious what you think I should do a next time.
Fabric: skew cube of soft cactus from Madeline de Stoffenmadam
Pattern: Theo (only available in Dutch at the moment) by Zonen09

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Regina Tunic and Dress release by Sofilantjes

A royal tunic and dress, isn't that what all girls want? Be a princes or a queen? Our girl definitely always wants to be royal! And with this queen's (=regina) tunic and dress (English)* (link naar Nederlands patroon), that is what you a get, a royal garment.
Patterns by Sofilantjes are always a hit in our household and so was this tunic. She wore it straight away until it had to be washed. The Regina tunic has several options, it has beautiful pleated sleeves or you can make regular sleeves (short or long), it has a pleated skirt (tunic and dress length) or a gathered circle skirt. If you think a circle skirt could twirl, I believe a gathered circle skirt can twirl even better! You can even combine the skirts of the Regina for the Solis, Montis and Litore dresses and of course also use the skirts of these dresses for the Regina bodice, great isn't it?! I love that you can combine the different parts of the Sofilantjes patterns with each other.
I made the pleated tunic with the pleated sleeves. These pleated sleeves are definitely the eyecather of this tunic and dress, they look royal for sure. I am into tunics these last days as they are perfect on top of trousers and our girl still feels she is wearing a dress in which she can dance. Perfect compromise! Additionally, the front and back for this dress are the same so it has a nice slightly wider neckline. Anne from Sofilantjes comes up with something new every time. It is always great to be part of this testing process. So get the pattern while it is on sale for €5 excl tax until Monday midnight. If you have not bought the Regem (=King) t-shirt there is a King and Queen bundle (Koningskoppel bundel) sale as well. This is your chance!
This time I let our girl choose the fabric, as the last couple of times she did not like the things I made her that much, I am hoping to create more commitment by letting her choose the fabric. She chose this fish fabric, which she finds very funny because of the mustached fish. I think this fabric is one of my first buys, more than 3 years ago. So letting our daughter choose also helps in picking older fabric. A great way to diminish my stash.


One last thing, if you have decided to buy the Regina tunic and dress you can win your money back by entering the #freeRegina competition in the Sofilantjes Facebook group. Love to see your creations! 

Fabric: fish fabric from Dapper stoffen bought at stoffen.net
Pattern: Regina Tunic and Dress (Nederlands patroon) by Sofilantjes

* 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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