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 

Saturday, 8 September 2018

A horse... uh unicorn peplum top!

I was sure when I showed this relaxed peplum top* to our daughter, she would call it her horse top. But I was wrong, these are obviously unicorns! Well great, if that makes that she will wear the top I am all for it!
The relaxed peplum top, tunic and dress by Mamma Can Do It is a great peplum top which has lots of options. It comes in sizes 2Y-16 and there is also a women's relaxed peplum top. You can make it in three different lengths, top, tunic or dress length. Additionally, you can make it with a circle peplum or a gathered peplum. Also the gathered peplum can be made with a regular hem or with a High/Low Hem. I made the top length with off course the circle peplum. Our girl loves the twirl factor of the circle hem, which girl wouldn't?!
Next week (September 17-22) there will be a sew-a-long for the relaxed peplum top, tunic and dress for both girls and women. If you haven't sewed (or bought) it yet, now is your chance. There will be a 25% discount and a chance to win fabric. Join the Facebook group for more information.

Fabric: Dala Horse Lila which I bought at Dawanda 4 years ago.
Pattern: Relaxed Peplum Top, Tunic and Dress by Mamma Can Do It

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 61 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 14 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 78 out 

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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Jungle tilt dress

What do you think of international patterns? Already some time ago I became part of the International Knit Sew-a-Longs Facebook group. A very inspirational group with just international sewing patterns. One of the often referred to site is a great German site: Makerist (they also have an English site, however only the English patterns are on the English site), with lots of German patterns. The Tilt by Kleiner Polli-Klecks is one of those German patterns. When I saw the Tilt I just loved it! You know me, colour blocking and all!
The Tilt is a pattern for a t-shirt and a dress. It starts at 86 and goes up to 128 (these all refer to the length of your kid in cm). 
Some people are a bit scared for sewing with German patterns. You really shouldn't, Google translate really helps and this pattern has great photos, as a visual person that makes things much easier. I used this list for the translation of German sewing terms to English sewing words. Google translate does not always gives you a translation you can work with.
Our girl loves this dress and so do I. It is just so handy with the elastic inside and easy to put on and off. The pattern has lots of suggestions for hacking or changing the pattern, just as with the piece of fabric I added between the colour block pieces. Very inspirational all those suggestions!
Adaptations I made: I added the colour blocking to the shoulders because my piece of fabric was too short. On both the front and back I added a small piece of the green heart fabric. Additionally, in the pattern the triangular piece of colour blocking is originally only on the front, I copied the colour block also to the back pattern piece.
Fabric: Deep in the Jungle by Lillestoff and Zebra Skin Tricot Geel by Megan Blue bought at stoffenstraat
Pattern: Tilt by Kleiner Polli-Klecks

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 3 out (2018: bought 36 - used 59 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 14 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 76 out 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Zip it!

What makes this t-shirt so special you might wonder? Well it is obvious where the zipper is, isn't it? Or maybe not. Well this is a nursing shirt! My very first nursing shirt. Well actually that is not true, I made this shirt and dress and this top which are also nursing friendly. But because they were also made for my maternity they do not fit as well anymore. I am thinking about taking out the belly pattern pieces and adapting these pieces so I can keep on wearing them. We will see when I will do this (if it actually happens). 
Now that the baby is born it is time to sew again for my new body after the baby. Hopefully I will be back into shape soon. On my sewing list at the moment are nursing tops and I prefer to sew nursing t-shirts with zippers so that you cannot see that they are nursing tops so I can still wear them after I have stopped nursing. When I saw this Access and Accessibility Pattern by True Mother Craft I loved it and I knew I wanted to sew a shirt like this.
I first browsed around to see if I could find something similar (I found it quite a pricy pattern). I prefer to find an existing pattern as I am not the wing it kind of person. Especially since I had to figure out how to make a two headed invisible zipper. A great tutorial on adding adding a zipper head to the zipper is this video on YouTube. I could not find anything similar so I bought the Access and Accessibility pattern by True Mother Craft. 
What I like about this pattern is the privacy panel and the double headed invisible zipper (the brown fabric you see is the privacy panel). The privacy panel makes that you are not right away exposed when you open the zipper. This means I do not need to wear a top underneath my shirts, which makes it perfect for summer. It comes in long sleeves, short sleeves and sleeveless, so perfect for all year round. The invisible zipper makes that the pattern is also very suitable after you are finished with nursing.
Adaptations I made: I added a piece of fabric (orange fabric) before I added the invisible zipper. I really like the result, but this also means there is more bulk at the top part of the zipper. I think the zipper may work more smoothly without the extra fabric, but it still works fine and I like the look of the extra fabric. Additionally, I sized down at the hips, not because of my size, but because I wanted the shirt to be less flowy. After I assembled the shirt I took an additional 2 cm from the bottom of the sides and I will take even more from the bottom sides in a couple of months (when I will hopefully have lost the last couple of kilos from my pregnancy). Lastly, I took about 4 cm from the front and back hem (in the middle) to make the curve of the hem more flat. I like the baseball type of hem, but I found it too long to my liking. I also shortened the sleeves with 6 cm.
Fabric: Birch Trees by Monaluna which I bought at Cas en Nina (who is not in business anymore) 3,5 years ago.
Pattern: Access and Accessibility Pattern by True Mother Craft

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 3 out (2018: bought 36 - used 57 fabric - used 3 gifted fabric - used 13 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 73 out 

Friday, 24 August 2018

Biker Coverall with snaps

I think almost everybody recognizes the distinct collar of the Biker jacket, sweater and coverall by MW Crafts. I love that collar! When I had the opportunity to sew the Biker coverall I jumped on that opportunity. I like coveralls, but only for kids when they are small and are not potty trained yet. Once they get older I do not find coveralls too handy anymore. Luckily I have a newborn, born a couple of weeks ago, to sew a coverall for!
The Biker Coverall comes in a wide range of sizes, 56 until 110. These are European sizes, which means the size corresponds to the length of the kid. The smallest size is for a baby with the length of 56 cm. Our baby is small and is still wearing 50. Nevertheless, I sewed the 56 so that she can grow into it the coming weeks/months. Small kids already outgrow their clothes so soon, so hopefully she can wear it for a longer time. As you can see it is still big on her. Additionally, the coverall has a relaxed fit so you can easily put something underneath to make it warmer during colder seasons. I would also think you can easily make the coverall in a thinker fabric due to the relaxed fit.
Adaptations I made: Originally the coverall only has a zipper. However, my husband really dislikes one piece rompers that do not have snaps between the legs, especially for the small ones. Because it means that you basically have to undress the baby ever time you change their diaper, which is very often when they are small. Therefore I decided to add snaps to the coverall and added a separating zipper. Additionally I added two strips of fabric between the zipper and the front pattern pieces to give it a nice pop of color. I love the result. 
I used the same method for adding snaps that I used for this romper, which means adding two snap plackets to the coverall and adding the snaps on the plackets. This method is also handy because you do not need the change much of the existing pattern.
Fabric: Buck Forest Mist by Bonnie Christine that has been in my stash for a long time
Pattern: Biker coverall by MW Crafts

Fabric in 2018: this week in 0 - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 56 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 12 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 70 out 

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Maternity sewing: Laney top and dress

This is my last maternity sewing post as I am not pregnant anymore. Our little girl is born and we are all happy she is here. The Laney dress was my last maternity sewing project. I had two weddings that I needed a dress for and I found the Laney dress by Wyld Chic Boutique to be the perfect pattern for that.
The Laney top and dress is a very versatile pattern. You can sew the top and dress in a maternity version or with a regular belly. There is also a nursing option included as well. So you can also sew a regular nursing version for after your pregnancy. Isn't that just perfect?
I first sewed the Laney top to see how the sizing would be. I was 26 weeks pregnant during these photos of the Laney Maternity Top. The pattern is pretty short in its description and there was no seam allowance indicated. I sewed the Laney top during a sewing day with her so I wanted to start right away and therefore assumed it had a seam allowance of 1 cm. After sewing the top I had to make several adaptations to make it to my liking.
Adatation to the top: I added 2 cm to the sides of the front panel, I shortened the maternity panel with 20 cm, removed 4 cm from the top pattern pieces on the front and around 2 cm from the top back piece. Lastly I removed 1 cm from the bottom back piece. I also left out the inner cami so that it only has one layer of fabric on the upper part of the top.
Before I started sewing the Laney dress I contacted the designer about the seam allowance, it appeared to have 5/8 inch (1,58 cm) seam allowance. That partly explained why I had to remove quite some fabric.
I had two weddings during my 34th week and 37th week of my pregnancy. Even though all the changes made me hesitant to start on the dress I still really liked the result. Just before our holiday I finally started on the dress. I sewed the dress with a seam allowance of 5/8 inch and the dress turned out much better than the top. I did not have to make so many changes. The photos were taken during my 34th week of my pregnancy during a maternity photoshoot with our family. The photos were taken by Jess from Joyful Emotion Photography. She is based in Edmonton and we arranged the photoshoot during our holiday in Canada. We love her photos!
Adaptations to the dress: For the dress I did add the inner cami as the pattern describes. Again I added 2 cm to the sides of the front panel. Again I shortened the maternity panel, this time by 15 cm (I wanted to make sure there would be enough room for my growing belly). In the end there was more than enough room for my belly. I lengthened the front side of the skirt (I want the dress to be on my knees instead of being it too short). I shortened the back bottom piece (of the top part) because I found the back skirt to be too low on my bottom.
Final conclusions for the top and dress: even though I had to make some changes to the pattern I love the results and would definitely recommend it. I still use them as I am nursing.  I am thinking about taking out the maternity belly and putting it back in without the rushing on the side. I love the modesty of the cross over on the front and find it very useful for nursing. 
Changes to the pattern I would recommend are: 
  • Shorten the maternity panel (depending on the amount of rushing you want). As I said I shortened the panel by 15-20 cm and you can see the amount of rushing in my top and dress.
  • Omit the cami panel. I feel it does not add much more than extra fabric.
  • Add about 2 cm to the sides (or at least check before cutting if you like the tightness of the fabric around your belly).
Fabric Top: Megan Blue fabric from megastoffen
Fabric Dress: Corax Jersey 03 Roze Wit by Lotte Martens from stoffenfeest
Pattern: Laney maternity/nursing top and dress from Wyld Chic Boutique

Fabric in 2018: this week  in 0 - 3 out (2018: bought 36 - used 54 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 12 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 68 out 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Misusu FREEkin' Sewing Challenge: Max meets Lotte

I love patterns by Misusu, so when I saw the call for a blog tour by Misusu I jumped on the occasion and I was selected! Woohoo! Today is my day to inspire you for the Misusu FREEkin' Sewing Challenge. You only have a couple of days left to participate in the challenge (until Saturday August 18th). I love to see your creations! More on the challenge and the giveaway below.
For my creation I used the free pattern the Max Tee and mashed it with the Lotte Dress (a paid pattern by Misusu). The Max Tee has a bib closure, which makes it easy to put over the head. What is unique about this Tee is that you can combine knit and woven in this pattern. You can make the bib part out of knit or woven. I really love patterns that match knit with woven. I have sewed two Louise sweaters by Misusu in which you can also combine knit and woven (I combined two stretch fabrics).
The Lotte top, tunic and dress is a pattern in which you can also combine knit and woven fabrics (do you see a theme here...?). The top part of the dress is made for knit fabric while the bottom skirt part can be made from woven fabrics. The pattern has three different lengths, top, tunic and dress length with a high-low hem line.
Max meets Lotte
What I did is I made a dress with the Max Tee for the top part and I used the skirt part of the Lotte dress. I made the bib on the front and the top part of the back from woven fabric as well as the skirt. Well actually I used more of a canvas type of fabric for the skirt. I traced the pattern pieces of the Max Tee and adapted the bottom of the Tee to the bottom of the top part of the Lotte dress. The Lotte dress is shorter than the Max Tee and has a different bottom line. The Max Tee officially has long sleeves, I adapted that to half sleeves until the elbow. I like the look of the slim sleeves, but next time I would add maybe 1 cm to the seam to make the sleeves a bit looser.
I really love the result of the mash! The bib of the Max Tee is just so fun and of course our girl loves dress, especially with pockets! I really like the effect of combining knit with woven fabrics. I cannot wait to see the creations for the FREEkin' Sewing challenge! More information on that below.
FREEkin' Sewing Challenge
So what do you need to do in order to participate in the FREEkin' sewing challenge by Misusu:
You’re free to combine other (paid Misusu) patterns (and from other brands too) in your look with one of our freebies. Just make sure your look consists of at least one Misusu freebie! The FREEkin’ Sewing Challenge will run for 4 weeks - from Saturday July 21th to Saturday August 18th - giving you enough time to come up with an amazing look! Get creative, give yourself a theme, sew from the stash, create a pattern hack - the possibilities are endless! Have a look here for the prizes you can win.

To top things off, if you crave to combine one of the freebies with one of the other patterns by Misusu, you can get it at a 15% discount during the challenge, by using the following code at checkout in the webshop: MISUSU15.

Additionally there is also a Instagram giveaway. You can win a free pattern by Misusu Patterns! What you need to do is follow @misusupatterns and @sewcucio at Instagram and leave a comment on the post of the FREEkin' Sewing Challenge at my Instagram account. I will select a winner after 24 hours from the contestants who have left a comment. So go over to @sewcucio to win a free pattern by Misusu patterns!

Fabric: Paapii Siesta Peach, which I have already for some time, I love the print, but when it arrived due to the specific colour I found it very difficult to combine it with any other fabric so it stayed in my stash for some time. I combined it with a canvas type of fabric from Kwantum.
PatternsMax Tee and Lotte Dress by Misusu

Monday, 6 August 2018

Bella Sunshine: Back to School Blog Tour

Blog tours are a great way to push me to start sewing. For the back to school blog tour by Bella Sunshine Designs* I used three different patterns to start my fall sewing. Although it is still searing hot here I sewed an outfit that she can wear once she goes back to school and most likely the weather will be back to its usual self (which means rain). I used two free patterns, the Eden Leggings and the Reagan Raglan t-shirt (free with the code in the BSD Facebook group), and combined these with the Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs.
This is a first time for me to create one whole outfit that fits together and it took me a while to find the right combination of fabrics that fit together. I am really happy with the result, but I can imagine that some might find it quite bold (I guess most of my outfits are quite bold to others). Although I think this outfit is one of my least bold combinations. 
The Apple Cardigan is a great cardigan that can be sewn on two different lengths. I chose the shortest of the two. What I like about the cardigan is that the has a wider bottom and of course our girl loves the fact that it twirls. I slightly adapted the band of the cardigan by making it 3 cm wider. I wanted the wider band so that I could use the band for my first screen printing project. I traced the lions on the t-shirt and shrank them and screen printed them on the band. I love the result and it really fits with the t-shirt.
The Eden Leggings are a great pattern for leggings. They sew up so quickly, which is a win for me. The top of the leggings are made with a yoga waistband which I really like. I don't like to add elastic to waistbands and these yoga waistbands stay up great.
The Reagan Raglan has a great fit. You can sew a v-neck or a round neck. I chose the v-neck and used long sleeves. I did omit the sleeve bands because I found the sleeves already long enough. Apparently our girl has shorter arms than average, because I have noticed before that regular sleeves are pretty long on her. I only had a small piece of the lion fabric left, just enough for the front side and therefore used a uni coloured fabric for the back piece.
During the back to school blog tour there is also a sale: all girls patterns are $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles are $12. No coupon code needed. So this is your chance to buy those patterns you have been waiting to buy. Go to the BSD store to have a look at the great patterns.

Fabrics Leggings: the fabric for the leggings again comes from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend.
Fabrics Raglan: the lion fabric which comes from Lillestoff was a left over from this dress. The uni fabrics again come from my stash.
Fabrics Cardigan: the green fabric is a sweat fabric that is a coupon from Caresstoffen, it is the same as this sweater, but in a different color. 
Patterns: Eden Leggings, Reagan Raglan and Apple Cardigan by Bella Sunshine Designs

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 5 out (2018: bought 36 - used 49 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 11 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 62 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!