Monday, 15 January 2018

Brianna Dress - DG Patterns Blog Tour

I have a soft spot for asymmetrical patterns. So when I saw the Brianna Dress by DG Patterns* I instantly loved it. Today I am part of the DG patterns blog tour. We are all showing one of the patterns by DG patterns. At the bottom of the post you can see who else is participating, a discount code by our sponsor Southern Bell Fabrics and the fabric giveaway. Enjoy!
The Brianna Dress has two asymmetrical features, the dress itself has a asymmetrical shape and there is an asymmetrical neckline option. It also has a round and a V-shape neckline option, so there are three different necklines from which you can choose. I of course chose the asymmetrical neckline.
Usually when I start with a pattern I cut my pattern pieces before I start reading the instructions, I know, not always the best approach. This time I browsed through the instructions and luckily I found out in time that you have to tape two pattern pieces together before cutting the fabric. Other than that, the dress is an easy sew and the result looks great. There is a sale during the tour, use FRESHSTART50 to get a discount of 50% on your purchase!
There are several sleeve lengths included in the pattern, short sleeve, elbow sleeve and long sleeve length. I chose the long sleeve length. Still I found them a bit short for my liking. I attached a piece of petrol fabric to the end of my sleeves, just like I did previously in this t-shirt. However, I did not like the result the dress looked more like a nightgown that a nice dress. I am always intrigued to see that certain things are great on some garments and fabric, while they turn out completely different with a different pattern or piece of clothing. So after looking at several length options I decided to just sew on a small piece at the end of the sleeves. I am happy with the result.
The dress is designed for jersey fabric. This time I followed the instructions in the pattern and used a soft jersey. I think the dress is very flattering (you do not see anything from the Christmas eating festivities), it looks great and is still very comfortable to wear. Definitely a dress I sew again. This time I used a fabric with a busy graphic. Below you see the Brianna dress in a uni-coloured fabric, a totally different result.
Fabric: Spark, Aqua by Nosh (I order directly at Nosh, but they do not sell it anymore)
Pattern: Brianna Dress by DG Patterns

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with DG Patterns.

It's that time of year where we're thinking about getting a fresh start on our habits, new wardrobes, and trying new things. Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we're getting a Fresh Start with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Louise sweater for mini and midi

When I saw the Louise sweater from Misusu I fell in love right away and wanted to test the pattern, but unfortunately I did not have time at that moment. So I had to wait until it was released. Then I bought it right away. But this is how it always goes with new patterns with me. I plan to sew them right away, but then either a new pattern is released that I again buy or a pattern test gets in the way and the pattern moves down the list. It took me a couple of months before I sewed the Louise sweater. 
Because I love the pattern so much I decided to sew one for our youngest and one for our eldest. Twinning with the girls!
I really like the Louise sweater, it is such a different pattern than anything I have seen so far. I love the high-low hem, the fact that you can combine different types of fabric (jersey with woven), the kangaroo pocket in the front, and the pleat that makes the back look great. I really feel that the patterns by Misusu are unique. I have a couple more patterns from Misusu that are on my list to sew. Let's see how quickly I will sew them up. The only disadvantage of these patterns is that they do not fit the requirements of our eldest daughter. It is not a dress that can twirl, so let's see if I can convince her.
I sewed both sweaters with sweat fabric, so they can wear it during winter. Most of the fabric I had in my own stash, although just a tiny piece, the cuffs and lining of the pocket of the sweater for our eldest daughter came from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend. Since I sewed the sweaters during our weekend I went through the pile to find fabric that matched my other fabric.  
Fabric: all fabric came from my stash, so a perfect way to decrease my stash!
Pattern: Louise sweater by Misusu

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Bellavista Top - Itch to Stitch

A new pattern by Itch to Stitch, my absolute favourite so far! I have worn my sweater a lot since we tested it in December and I get a lot of compliments about it. So here is the Bellavista Top by Itch to Stitch!

The Bellavista top is a pattern for a sweater or a knit top. It flares out at the bottom that makes the sweater so flattering. You can make the top with a cowl, like I did, or without it with a simple neckband. Another great feature of this pattern is the option to color block. The top has a separate center panel, which you can see in my sweater, which gives you the possibility to color clock the top if you like. Another option is to color block the cowl like I did. 
I bought my fabric at Cares Stoffen. It looks like a knitted sweater, but it is fabric with two layers. A knitted layer and a regular layer of stretch fabric. This makes me love the sweater so much, it is as if I wear a knitted sweater, without actually doing all the knitting! For the cowl I used the wrong side of the fabric which gives the feel as if I am wearing a shawl, however it is part of the sweater. 
The sweater is an easy sew and it just fits perfectly, like all patterns by Itch to Stitch! Keep in mind the thickness of the fabric when you are going to sew the cowl of the sweater. The cowl is double layered which easily gives it a comfy nice cowl even with just thinner fabric.

Fabric: knitted fabric from Cares Stoffen
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