Thursday, 14 June 2018

It's here: Solis dress for women by Sofilantjes

Who doesn't want that amazing dress that you have been sewing for your girls for yourself, I mean who wants the Solis tunic/dress for women* from Sofilantjes? Everybody right?! I was so excited when I saw the first Solis dress for women on Instagram.
I was afraid that I could not join testing of the Solis dress because of my pregnancy. I really badly wanted to join in. But the Solis for women, besides the circle skirt and pleated skirt also has an empire waist option. The empire waist starts just under the bust and has gathering in the middle of the skirt. So perfect for growing bellies like mine. Isn't that just perfect? It is just a great summer dress and I can wear it all the way till the end of my pregnancy. I am 30 weeks pregnant in the photos, so still about 10 weeks to go. 
Sale will run from Thursday 23.55 CET till Sunday 23.55 CET. The sale price is €5.60 exl tax (€6,77 incl. eu tax). After that the regular price of €12.10. So go get it while it is on sale!
Since I had some fabric left and the previous Solis that I sewed for our girl is too short by now I wanted to sew another Solis for our eldest. And it is a rather quick project after you have sewn one for yourself. Unfortunately, I did not have enough fabric to sew a circle skirt for our girl so I again sewed a pleated skirt. She loves it! Even without the circle skirt (pfew). 
If you also would like to make a mommy and me outfit and you don't own the girl's Solis Tunic and dress yet, you can buy it here (Nederlandse patroon).
It was my first time creating a mommy and me look with our girl and we both love it! It is just a great comfortable dress with an unique back. You just have to think about the bra that you are going to wear underneath it.
Fabric: The flower jersey of the dress comes from Karteris. The pink jersey was a coupon at Cares' Stoffen. The orange jersey comes from Stoffenstraat.
Pattern: Solis Tunic and Dress for Women (Nederlands patroon)
Solis Tunic and Dress for Girls (Nederlands patroon)

Fabric in 2018: this week 1 in 3 out (2018: bought 27 - used 34 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 27 in 38 out

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Jalie's Tessa (ballet dress)

Our eldest girl loves to dance and sing all day long. So a couple of years ago we started with dance lessons. I couldn't find a ballet suit with a short skirt (I am not in any way specific), so I decided to make one myself. Since that was already more than 1,5 years ago it was time to make a new one.
I have always been intrigued by the patterns by Jalie. If you are like me, who loves sports clothing, patterns by Jalie look awesome. However, how many ballet suits, skating dresses and other sports clothing do you need? Well, not so many that you can regularly buy patterns from Jalie. The best part about Jalie patterns is that once you buy a pattern the size ranges from children to adult sizes, all in one pattern. So either you can sew a pattern throughout the whole life of your children, or you can create a mommy and me outfit with the same pattern!
For this ballet suit I used the Tessa (3891, which is part of the 14 (!) new released patterns). It is a skating/ gymnastics type of leotard that can be made with or without a skirt. I of course went for the leotard with the skirt! This time I even went all the way by adding golden fabric (lycra) to the leotard. You can imagine how our girl responded to that. That golden fabric, wow, is it so beautiful! And my husband and our daughter especially love that extra piece of gold in the neckline, which gives the illusion of a v-neck. You can also use a transparent type of fabric for this triangular piece (or leave it out if you like).
At first I was a bit scared of sewing the Tessa together, but that was not necessary at all. It was the first time for me to sew in elastic in a leotard and it turned out pretty easy. I think it creates a very clean and nice look and I will definitely be using this technique more often.

Fabric: Pink tricot: Half circles from Let's circle around by Chat Chocolat which I bought during a sale at Stoffenfeest. The golden lycra comes from Caresstoffen.
Pattern: Tessa (Jalie 3891) by Jalie


Fabric in 2018: this week 4 in - 2 out (2018: bought 26 - used 31 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 26 in 35 out

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

LOL Swing Expansion

When I saw the testing call for the LOL Swing Top Expansion* by Jennuine Design I just had to apply (even though I was already involved in two other tests at that moment). I love the design of the LOL Swing Top and even more options were added! I already made a LOL Swing Top but hacked it slightly to make it into a dress for our youngest girl. I had some issues with my dress version, so it looks quite different from this dress. Also this time I made the LOL Swing Expansion for our youngest girl.
The LOL Swing expansion is an add-on to the original LOL Swing Top pattern. So you need the original pattern in order to be able to make the LOL Swing dress. There are several options that are included in the add-on: a pinafore top and a dress option and pockets are included! I made the dress option with pockets. It comes in sizes NB to 12Y. The top and the expansion are on sale for just $5 and $2 respectively, so go get it or both now!
The LOL Swing top and dress can be both made in woven and knit, which makes it a versatile pattern. I made my previous version in knit, but this time I used woven. I make so many knit dresses and tops, while I still have many pieces of woven fabric. For summer a breezy woven dress is just perfect. On the back of the dress I added my own label. One of my sewing friends gave me the label for my birthday and I have been using them since (if I don't forget to add them to a project). The color of the main fabric is just a perfect match with the color of my label.
Fabric: the main fabric is again a scrap I found on the exchange pile during our sewing weekend, the back yoke is colored windows in orange from Soft Cactus, which I bought during a sale at de stoffenstraat.
Pattern: LOL Swing Expansion by Jennuine Design

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 22 - used 29 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 22 in 33 out

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Colour blocking all the way: Cessim shirt by Sofilantjes

I think colour blocking is what makes sewing so great! Finding the perfect combination of fabric, which makes each garment unique! That is what I love about sewing. 
If you like colour blocking the Cessim shirt* (Nederlands patroon) from Sofilantjes is the t-shirt that you want! But also if you like shirts with fewer different fabrics you are going to like the Cessim. It has 4 different options and the first two options are for intermediate sewers, while the last two options are for more advanced sewers. So you can even start with the most basic option (with just one fabric) and move towards the more advanced options if you like (with 3 different fabrics). Moving from option A to option D adds more pattern pieces and thus more colour blocking to the shirt. I made option D, the maximum amount of colour blocking, which I love!
What makes this t-shirt also so unique is the lack of side seams! Or maybe I should say the side seams have shifted and are integrated in the colour block! You sew the pattern pieces together and then assembly the shirt and your t-shirt is done. It is a very clever way of creating a shirt. The Cessim comes in sizes 12M - 14Y. Besides the two options you can also choose for two different neckline options. I sewed the V-neck (with color block, of course you can also make the binding in one color) and there is also round-neck, which has a hint of a v-neck. A new type of neckline, it looks great! Of course there are also 3 different sleeve lengths. I made the half sleeve, there is also a short sleeve and a long sleeve. Since it is a unisex pattern the fit is more loose than people would regularly sew for girls, so keep that in mind.
Fabric: Retro trees in lila and Frogs prince hearts by Lillestoff by Bora which I bought at dawanda several years ago. 
Pattern: Cessim shirt (Nederlands patroonby Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 18 - used 25 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 18 in 29 out

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Foras Ice cream dress

With these ice creams you immediately think of summer right?! At least I do. When I saw this fabric I knew our girl would love the fabric and the dress that would be made from it.
This time I wasn't selected during the testing period for the Foras Dress* so instead I just bought it right away when it came out. I knew it would be another great hit from Sofilantjes. What is great about the Foras dress is the dropped waist. It gives a different silhouette and when you add a circle skirt, like I did, you do not need as much fabric as you would for a regular circle skirt. 
Another eye catcher are the side panels, which are also pockets. Of course you need pockets when sewing a dress like this. I love the visual effect of these side panels. Once you buy the Foras Dress you can use for a very long time as the size range goes from 12M to 14Y. 
When our girl saw the dress, she liked the ice creams of course, but when she put it on, she fell in love with it. That twirl! That wins over every girl (at least in our household). I think more Foras dresses will follow, also with long sleeves, which are perfect for cooler weather (until a new pattern is released by Sofilantjes and we just have to buy that one ;). Since I made the neckband from jersey I added some extra length, however it was not enough so I added another piece of fabric. I used a different color, which works perfect for our girl and my husband to know what the back of the dress is when putting it on.
Fabric: Ice cream from Megan Blue from and Yellow Zebra skin from Megan Blue both from Stoffenstraat
Pattern: Foras dress by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 18 - used 22 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 18 in 26 out 

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Challenging maternity sewing: Amber top

My first maternity project! During my previous pregnancies I was already sewing but since I did not sew too much for myself I also did not sew any maternity clothing. This time I decided to buy a couple of maternity patterns so that I would be able to create various sets of clothing. The first pattern that was already on my maternity sewing list for a long time is the Amber Nursing and Maternity top and dress from Megan Nielsen Patterns.
The pattern includes a top and a dress, short sleeves and 3/4 sleeves. I especially like the pleating on the frontside of the belly. It is an unique aspect of this maternity pattern I think and I really like the looks of it. An extra bonus is the modesty panel as it is called. It makes that the top can also be used for nursing. I like that it indeed makes a modest t-shirt, which I can wear to work. At the moment I am 26 weeks pregnant, so I have still some time to wear it.
Adaptations I made: This project was a challenging one for me. I am not sure whether it is my maternity brain or whether is was just bad luck. It started when I traced the pattern. I measured myself and I was in between two sizes. Because the pattern has an seam allowance of 1,5 cm I though it would be best to trace the smaller of the two sizes and sew with a smaller seam allowance. Luckily when I was cutting my pattern pieces I decided to see if the size would be ok, and it turned out to be very tight! I already cut the back pieces (I had a coupon of only 1 meter and of course I didn't want the fabric to go to waste) and thus decided to cut the front pieces one size bigger and sew with a seam allowance of 6 mm (the width of my serger).
The next step that gave me problems were those great looking pleats. Sewing the pleats was not a problem, but when I was finished with the pleats I saw I sewed the pleats on the right in the same direction as the pleats on the left side (they should both be sewed towards the side seam). I decided to unpick the pleats on one side a sew them to the right side, I am happy that I did, it looks much better this way (of course)!
Before I sewed the sleeves in I tried it on and decided to take off about 1,5 cm from the top bodice pattern pieces as well as the modesty panel. I have made this change to quite a few maternity patterns lately. Maybe it is my bust size, but I find that these cross over tops quickly get a baggy feel.
For the sleeves I decided to not hem them and just let them be. They tend to roll up a bit, I like the look of it.
Fabric: the cranes are a coupon from Caresstoffen and the green fabric comes from my outlet fabric store in Italy.
Pattern: Amber nursing and maternity top and dress by Megan Nielsen

Fabric in 2018: this week 1 in - 2 out (2018: bought 18 - used 20 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 18 in 24 out 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A v-neck t-shirt for the husband (SVDHZ 3)

The husband is always the one who gets the fewest home sewn garments. Although I always have plans for projects for him, and they are done very quickly, he is always the last one in line. With the kids I always feel they need certain garments because they have outgrown their dresses, t-shirts or tops. With the husband I never feel he really needs any new clothing, and therefore he has to wait until other projects are finished.
When I bought the book Stof voor durf-het-zelvers 3, I immediately liked the men's sweater in the book and thought it would be perfect for him. It is actually a very quick project, well the sewing is very quick. I was really struggling with tracing the pattern. I traced the pattern pieces, or so I thought, but they looked rather strange and short. It turned out that I traced the sleeves of a different pattern. I am so happy with PDF pattern where you can just print the sizes you need of just one pattern.
Adaptations I made: I made a t-shirt with short sleeves, which is included in the pattern. I lengthened the t-shirt with 5 cm because I left off the band at the bottom of the shirt. I removed 1,5 cm from the sides both sleeves and sides. I cut the neckline a bit wider and made a v-neck in it (instead of the round neckline that is included in the pattern). Instead of the 7 cm prescribed for the height of the neckband I used 5 cm for my neckband from ribbing.
He likes it very much and asked for five more, which I could easily make in a couple of days. But I am afraid it again will take some time before these are finished.
Fabric: tricot with VW buses from stenzo, which I bought at stoffenstraat
Pattern: Men's sweater from the book Stof voor durf-het-zelvers 3

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 1 out (2018: bought 17 - used 19 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 17 in 22 out 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A colourblock BeeStyle

I love colour blocking, I think everybody knows that by now. And I love bold colour combinations. This t-shirt is the perfect example of that. I got to know this pattern through her of course (Inspinration). You can see she also made two bold versions of this pattern.
It is a German pattern, BeeStyle, with great colour blocking potential. It has many different options: different hoods, a collar, two different types of pockets (she of course added a pocket), a regular and a tunic length and you can add a thumbhole cuffs. It is the perfect pattern for a sweater but can also be used to sew a t-shirt. Although the instructions are in German every step is accompanied with a photo and since I am a visual person, I mainly needed the photos to sew the t-shirt. I did not have any problems with assembling the pattern.

Our girl loves thumbhole cuffs ever since I sewed this t-shirt. So I added the option to this shirt. I love the way these thumbholes are made, it looked a bit complicated at first, but when I just followed the instructions, all went well. The pattern is available in European sizes 74 (which is for height 74 cm, which is in US sizing 9-12M) until 170 (for 170 cm height, which in US sizing is >14Y).

Fabric: Princess castle by Lillestoff, the pink stripes come from Hoofs in Den Bosch, de orange strips are from my fabric outlet in Italy and the green flowers come from Stoffen.net
PatternBeeStyle by BeeKiddi

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 4 out (2018: bought 17 - used 18 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 17 in 21 out 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

A colourful Amelia dress by BSD

You might actually think that we only have one girl in our household, but we have another one jumping around. And she is starting to look more and more like her older sister when it comes to clothing. She is already picking out her own clothing and has a clear preference for dresses.
It all started with the new dress for her: the Amelia dress* by Bella Sunshine Designs. Since our youngest is a petite little girl she usually doesn't fit in the patterns that start at 1 year or 2 years, which means that most of the time I sew for our eldest girl. This time it was time for a dress for our youngest girl. That is the great advantage of BSD patterns, they start at 6M and our girl actually fits the sizing chart!
Once our girl saw the dress she fell in love with it and of course, as our eldest daughter would do, starts twirling the dress and showing it to everybody else. She must feel that is the way to go with dresses, show to others how pretty it is by twirling around.
The Amelia dress is a beautiful pattern and is a hit at our house, just like the others I sewed from BSD (Sahara dressEmmaline maxi dress). It is quite an easy sew, although I sewed this piece during the last hours of our sewing weekend, which meant I wanted to finish the dress before we were going home. This resulted in me sewing the wrong upper body pieces to each other. When you have 4 times the same pattern piece (although two are mirrored), I didn't pay too much attention to which pattern should be attached to which pattern piece. So in the end I had to redo it during the last minutes of our sewing weekend.

Fabric
Top part of the dress - from my own stash, once bought at stoffen.net a long, long time ago
Skirt part of the dress - from textielstad


Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 6 - used 13 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 6 in 17 out

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