Monday, 17 December 2018

The lovely Eximia sweater by Sofilantjes

A new pattern by Sofilantjes, they are always must haves! The Eximia sweater* (Nederlands patroon) by Sofilantjes is again a hit! I love it and I have sewed already four of them! Today I am showing you the one with middle length for our eldest.
The Eximia sweater has three lengths and two sleeve lengths. The three lengths include a short, middle and long length. I made the middle length for our eldest with long sleeves. I love the shape on the front and that it has pockets. My husband already asked whether it was a vest or a sweater. That's the fun part, it looks like a vest but it is a sweater.
The Eximia sweater is great for thicker types of fabric, so perfect for winter. I used a sweat fabric with only 30% stretch. The shorter type of sweater looks more like a bolero and is therefore perfect on a dress that is maybe a bit too cold for winter, so you can make colder dresses suitable for winter! The longer sweater looks different again and is almost like a dress. You can wear it with jeans or as a dress. I love the versatility of the pattern. And the best part is, there is also a women's version of the pattern! I will show you more of that at the end of this week!
There is a celebration week for the release of the eximia sweater with 25% discount, so this week is the week to buy the sweater! Either for your girl or yourself, or the bundle!
Fabric: Bear sweat from Swafing that I used before for this project which I bought at Stoffenfeest
Pattern: Eximia Sweater for kids (Nederlands patroon) for Eximia Sweater for women (Nederlands patroon) by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 1 out (2018: bought 63 - used 97 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 31 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 132 out

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Friday, 14 December 2018

Busan Top by Itch to Stitch

I am not a real fashionista like some seamstress are. I am more of a follower when it comes to fashion, or maybe a late follower. I usually don't really like all the new things that are 'hot' at the moment. Only after seeing things for a long time (a few years) I am like, 'that is actually quite nice'. However, now that I sew for myself and also test for myself these things sometimes change. I love to be challenged in life and that is what pattern testing does for me. Both in skills, but also sewing outside of my comfort zone when it comes to designs. 
When I first saw the Busan top* by Itch to Stitch I wasn't sure whether it was something for me. But I love patterns by Itch to Stitch, so I decided to sign up for the test. I love the pleats! And now that it is finished I love it (and hopefully I am wearing something that is 'in' now 😉). My Christmas top is ready!
I used punta di roma, which is one of my favourite types of fabric to sew with for myself. It always sits nice (and doesn't accentuate the wrong parts). Especially the pleats are nicely shown off in this punta di roma.
Fabric: Punta di roma that I bought during the outlet days at the Stoffenstraat.
Pattern: Busan Top by Itch to Stitch

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 1 out (2018: bought 63 - used 96 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 31 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 131 out

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Mittens for the whole family

This weekend I sewed mittens for all our girls (remember the mitts I sewed for our little one?)! Mittens are just the perfect gift during the winter season. They are quick sews, it took me an hour to sew one pair (and I even added a colour block to these mittens), and they are great scrap busters.
The Mitten Sewing Pattern* by Mamma Can Do It costs only $5 and it includes all sizes for the whole family! This Friday there is even a Festive Friday Flash sale: the code FESTIVEFLASH4 gives you 35% off the mittens. I made unlined mittens because I used double faced fleece, but the pattern also include instructions on how to make them lined.
The red mittens are size XS and fit our middle daughter who is 3 years old. The purple mittens are size S for our eldest who is 5 years old. Our middle daughter wasn't in the mood for pictures, so no pictures of her this time. She does love the mittens! Because I love colour blocking, as you all know by now, I added a colour block. I love how they turned out.
Fabric: I used double-faced fleece which I bought at Micha's Stoffecke.
Pattern: Mitten Sewing Pattern by Mamma Can Do It

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 63 - used 95 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 31 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 130 out

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Bubby & Bee Hoodie without the hood

If you are looking for a hoodie with lots of options, you can stop looking, the Bubby & Bee Hoodie* by Annelaine Patterns has lots, and I mean lots of options!
The Bubby & Bee Hoodie even has an option without a hood. That is what I chose as our girl doesn't like hoods. I chose a tunic length with two ruffles at the bottom with heart shaped pockets. Other options include: a placket, vest with zipper, keyhole hood, horizontal and vertical colour blocking options, stripes on the arms, kangaroo and heart pockets, regular, tunic, dress and knee length options, banded bottoms or a ruffled bottom. And you can all interchange them. So basically you can make any type of hoodie you want with different options each time. 


I really like the size range of Annelaine Patterns, they come in sizes 9M up to 20!!
I bought the pattern right away when it was released more than a year ago because I loved the double ruffled tunic. I knew our girl would love the ruffles too and the sweater would be perfect to pair with pants. Our daughter only chooses dresses to wear, however sometimes pants are just more convenient. And this sweater is the way to persuade her, because it feels as if she is wearing a dress, but then with pants! Win-win for both of us.
Fabric: Geometric party blocks mint, which I bought at Joyfits several years ago. I used the same fabric combination for this vest. The green and pink sweat comes from Italy.
PatternBubby & Bee Hoodie by Annelaine Patterns

Digital Pattern Challenge patterns so far:
1) Access and accessibility t-shirt: a t-shirt with nursing access
2) Wendybird dresses: two lovely dresses for both our girls
3) Nivalis dress: I hacked a nivalis dress to have nursing access
4) Arja Softshell Coat: softshell coat with a baby add on
5) Issy dress: Colour blocking dress with a collar
6) Bubby & Bee Hoodie

Fabric in 2018: this week 2 in - 3 out (2018: bought 63 - used 93 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 30 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 127 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Monday, 10 December 2018

Mighty Mitts for the little misses

This weekend I sewed three pairs of mittens! They are perfect gifts and perfect scrap busters. The first pair I am showing you are the ones for our little one. The Mighty Mitts by Eldenberry Blossoms are great due to the velcro to make them stay put on the hands of your little one.
The Mighty Mitts come in sizes preemie to 2-3 years. The mitts are lined so no seams to bother your little one. I used sweat for the outside and knit for the inside, but you can also use a thicker fabric for the lining if you want to make them for outside use. Make sure to size up if you are using a thicker fabric. I used velcro to close the mitts, but you can also use snaps (instructions are also included in the pattern). Don't they look cute on her? I sewed size 3-12 months, so she can use them for a long time.
Fabric: Magic Wood Acorn sweat which I bought at Micha's Stoffecke. The fabric was a scrap from this sweater and this dress.
PatternMighty Mitts by Eldenberry Blossoms

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 61 - used 90 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 30 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 61 in 124 out

Friday, 7 December 2018

Issy dress with a collar

Our eldest is in need of dresses. My favourite thing to sew are dresses so that is a perfect match. Since I am challenging myself to use the digital patterns that I have bought but have not used yet I browsed through my "stack" of patterns and picket out the Issy by FeeFee. 
The Issy by FeeFee is another German pattern from makerist. I really like the patterns from makerist because they have a wide variety of colour blocking patterns that are different from what I see at other places. The Issy is a versatile pattern as you can make a bolero, sweater, tunic and dress with the pattern. They all have the characteristic diagonal colour blocking piece at the front which I love!
I chose the dress version of the pattern. It is a high low dress. Our girl doesn't like hoods so I wanted to make a collar instead. I used the hood as the basis and drew a collar based on the hood. I love the result and will make more of these collars for upcoming projects.
Changes I made: Instead of the cuffs in the pattern I used longer cuffs. I added a collar instead of a hood. After sewing I found the front of the dress too short, so I added some extra fabric to the front of the dress. Unfortunately the high low effect is now not so prevalent anymore, but at least she can wear it longer.

Fabric: The mint fabric is a thick sweat from Megastoffen, the red and orange sweat are leftovers from other projects.
Pattern: Issy by FeeFee

Digital pattern challenge: I participate in the pdf pattern challenge (set up by Mamarieketo sew 8 pdf patterns in September until December of the pile of patterns that I have bought but did not sew yet (I exclude pattern tests and pattern that I have received, so I only include the pdfs that I have bought myself). In September I sewed 3 pdf patterns. In October I sewed 1 pdf pattern. This is the first pattern I sewed in November. I thus sewed 5 out of 8 patterns so far.

Digital Pattern Challenge patterns so far:
1) Access and accessibility t-shirt: a t-shirt with nursing access
2) Wendybird dresses: two lovely dresses for both our girls
3) Nivalis dress: I hacked a nivalis dress to have nursing access
4) Arja Softshell Coat: softshell coat with a baby add on
5) Issy dress

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 61 - used 90 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 28 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 61 in 122 out

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Blitzen booties

If you are looking for great fitting booties that stay put on the feet of your baby, or on your girl's feet or on your feet, or on your husband's feet, the blitzen booties are what you are looking for. The Blitzen Booties* by Peek-a-Boo Patterns come in sizes 0 until 13 (European sizes 15 until 47). They are a great gift for Christmas for the whole family!
Our girl is unable to keep her socks on, during summer and fall it wasn't that such a problem, however now that winter has arrived, bare feet are a bit cold. The tester call for these blitzen booties came just at the right time. And these booties stay on! 
These booties are perfect for scraps. I used knit leftovers from this dress for the outside and I used fleece that I used for this stuffed toy for the inside of the booties. For the soles you can use toughtek or other antislip material if the person who is using them is actually walking. Our little girl doesn't, so I just used the same material for the sole as the outside of the booties. It is a rather quick sewing project, it took me about 1,5 hours for one pair.
Of course just one pair wasn't enough so I made another pair, this time with elastic in the heel of the bootie. This time I used leftover knit from this t-shirt for the outside and leftover fleece from this sweater for the inside. With the elastic they fit just perfectly and still stay put. I used kam snaps to close the booties, but you can also use velcro. We love the booties and she wears them every day and has nice warm feet.
Fabric: Leftover knit from several projects for the outside and fleece for the inside.

Fabric in 2018: this week 2 in - 4 out (2018: bought 61 - used 88 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 27 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 61 in 119 out

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Arja softshell coat and extra baby wearing add on

I made my first coat and it is a softshell coat! Already quite some time ago I saw the Arja Jacket at makerist and I put it on my sewing list. Only just a couple of months ago I finally bought it with the Muksu add on, which is an add on so that a baby in a baby carrier is also covered by the coat.
What I like so much about the Arja Coat are the different options it has. The Arja originally is a vest pattern, but there are also instructions if you want to make it in softshell (for free). So that is what I did and these tips are great. I made a softshell coat with a collar (there is also the option of a hood) and zippers in the pockets (you can also opt for a pocket without a zipper and with or without paspel). I of course love the fact that you can easily make a colour blocked coat with the different pattern pieces. By playing with different fabrics you can give it a different feel. There are also two different lengths in the pattern, I chose the long version, but you can easily adapt to your preferred length.
There are also different options for the baby add on pattern. You can make a collar and/or hood. I made the version with a collar and decided to make the hood detachable. I added kamsnaps to the bottom of the hood so you can take it off (as shown in the first picture). The hood of the baby add on also has a colour block option, isn't it great?!
Changes I made to the coat: 
  • I made the long version of the coat (there is also a short version) but I omitted the binding at the bottom of the coat.
  • I made enclosed cuffs (these are given as a suggestion in the pattern, but the instructions are given in a different (free) pattern). I love the enclosed cuffs, especially for coat no more cold arms!
Changes I made to the baby add on:
  • I did not line the hood for the baby (I only lined the middle piece of the hood with the cord inside)
  • I used the collar and the hood option
  • I added snaps to the hood so that the baby hood can be taken off
  • I made the baby part smaller, we have a tiny little baby
  • Originally the baby part consists of three parts in order make it more curved. I omitted the middle part and made the part that consists of binding as long as needed.
  • The cord in the neck of the baby add on is supposed to only have two holes, however I added two more holes so that I can easily adapt the width of the baby add on so that it fits nicely around the neck of the baby.
Fabric: Softshell. All softshell comes from Textielstad.
Pattern: Arja Jacket and Muksu (baby add-on) by Naahgluck by Sophie Kaariainen

Digital pattern challenge: I participate in the pdf pattern challenge (set up by Mamarieketo sew 8 pdf patterns in September until December of the pile of patterns that I have bought but did not sew yet (I exclude pattern tests and pattern that I have received, so I only include the pdfs that I have bought myself). In September I sewed 3 pdf patterns. This is the first pattern that I sewed in October that I sewed from my bought patterns. I thus sewed 4 out of 8 patterns so far.

Digital Pattern Challenge patterns so far:
1) Access and accessibility t-shirt: a t-shirt with nursing access
2) Wendybird dresses: two lovely dresses for both our girls
3) Nivalis dress: I hacked a nivalis dress to have nursing access
4) Arja Softshell Coat

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 4 out (2018: bought 59 - used 88 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 59 in 115 out

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Starry Night PJs by Sofiona Designs

Our girl loves dresses. She wants to wear dresses all time, which means day and night! Nightgowns are thus a must! Sofiona Designs released besides the Railway Joggers and two other patterns also the Starry Night PJs
Although we are moving into winter season I loved the design of this pattern and wanted to test the pattern. I love the racer back and the loose fit. There is also a t-shirt version included with PJ pants in long, 3/4 or short pants. Of course the ruffle can also be omitted. If you love the designs by Sofiona Designs as much as I do go over to the Facebook group to stay tuned in what is coming next and see the other patterns that have been released.
It is quite a quick sew, however making photos of PJs was a new challenge. Of course you can go outside, however, as I said the weather is getting colder, so that was not an option. I really feel that with PJs the surrounding do matter in the photo, so I wanted to use the bedroom in the photo. But sitting on a bed does not really show off the dress, after some options we got a couple of shots that were ok. Some of the other testers showed great photos and gave me some inspiration for a photoshoot for a nightgown in the future.
Fabric: The fabric with strips comes from Italy and the other fabric is a leftover.

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 59 - used 87 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 59 in 114 out