Sunday, 29 July 2018

Litore high-low dress

Oh Sofilantjes, your dresses are great! Sofilantjes dresses are always a big hit with our girls. I have sewed almost all jersey dresses by Sofilantjes*: Nivalis dressSemper sweater with mini dress add onSolis dress (and another Solis dress), Mantica dressMontis dressRegina tunic and Regina dressVivax dress and lastly the Foras dress. There is just one jersey dress missing: the Litore dress!
So time to sew a Litore dress I thought. And here it is! Another favourite, the pineapple dress (there are pineapples on the skirt). Here all dress have their own name, usually based on the color or fabric of the dress. Is that the same with your kids?
The Litore dress has many skirt options. It has three different skirts, a handkerchief, A-line and high-low circle dress. Additionally, you can make these different skirts in three different lengths, tunic, dress or maxi length. You can even combine these skirts with the Solis dress by Sofilantjes, isn't that neat? It comes in sizes 12M all the way up to 14 years. The strap detail on the back is what makes this dress so unique.
As you might know, our eldest girl loves long dresses (I mean over the moon about long dresses). Some dresses she just doesn't like anymore because they are not long enough according to her (sigh). Therefore I thought let's try a high-low circle dress length for the skirt, maybe she finds it long enough to her liking. 
When sewing a high-low dress the inside of the fabric of the skirt is visible. I didn't think of that. So for this dress you can see the ugly white of the inside of the pineapple fabric. Next time I should use fabric with a coloured inside for high-low dresses. At least our girl loves the high-low effect, she finds it long enough.
Fabric: the pineapple fabric is one I got from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend, it is a very flowy type of fabric. The uni coloured pieces of fabric came from my stash, the pink fabric was a coupon from Caresstoffen.
PatternLitore dress by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 47 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 8 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 57 out

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Baby gift: Grow on romper

A piece of baby clothing that can be worn for 9 months, or 3 years, how amazing does that sound? 
A new baby was born, which meant sewing a baby gift. Already some time ago I bought the Grow on Romper by Apple Tree Sewing. This pattern intrigued me because you can make it bigger as your baby grows. How perfect is that? The idea is that the pattern has three size ranges and that the child can wear the garment for a longer period of time by certain tricks that are build in the pattern. Isn't that a great idea? The Grow on Romper has three sizes: 3-12 months, 1-3 years and 3-6 years. Especially with the younger kids they sometimes outgrow their homemade clothing so soon. With these grow on type of patterns they can actually wear their homemade clothing for a longer period, I love the idea!
I hacked the Grow on Romper by making it sleeveless, only later on did I see there was actually a tutorial for making the romper sleeveless, oh well. What I did differently is that I added a colour block to the back side of the romper. I liked that because then the straps show a different colour than the front of the romper. It also gave me the possibility to nicely finish the back lining on the inside. I first sewed the top and bottom back pieces to each other. After sewing the lining to the back top pattern piece, I folded the bottom of the lining and by using stitch in the ditch I attached the lining to the back. I also attached the front lining to the bodice by sewing it by hand, so that you do not see it as much from the front side.

There are two ways to make the romper shorter/longer. The first method can be easily seen in the first picture, you fold/unfold the cuffs of the legs as much as you desire. Secondly, there are drawstrings on the inside of the romper. They are at the sides of the romper and make the romper more rushed if you tighten the drawstrings. All in all, it is a bit more work with these drawstrings than just sewing a regular romper, but I think it is worth the effort if the kids can wear the clothing for a longer period of time.
I also loved how the snap placket is attached to the romper. I think it looks fun, as you see a bit of some coloured fabric, but it is also much more sturdy than how I usually do it, because there is more fabric between the snaps. At first I really had to study the photos in the instructions to see what was happening with the folding of the different fabrics. But I loved the result, I will definitely use this way of finishing the snap placket from now on.

FabricI bought the pingu├»n fabric specifically for this baby gift, it is from Stenzo Textiles from Caresstoffen. The pink fabric is a left over from this maxi dress. 
Pattern: Grow on Romper by Apple Tree Sewing

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 36 - used 45 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 53 out

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Maternity sewing: review of the Givre Maternity top and dress

Versatile patterns are the best, don't you think? Especially with maternity patterns, which you can only use a limited amount of time. The Givre maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe, is such a pattern. You can make a top or dress with it, sleeveless or 3/4 sleeves and there is the color block option you can add or not. So you can make four different types of clothing with this one pattern. Additionally, there are two belly sizes, for 3-6 months and for 6-9 months pregnant. If you like the pattern but are not pregnant, they also have a regular version of the Givre dress/t-shirt.
I sewed up a t-shirt and a dress from this pattern. First up is the dress. I mixed and matched a bit between the different options. The color block option is part of the t-shirt. I love color blocking so I transferred it to the dress. In this photo I am 23 weeks pregnant. I sewed up the 6-9 months pregnant size so I would have room to grow in it.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I added about two cm to the top part of the dress (see the added black triangle in the photo below). I found the dress to be quite tight around the chest area. I also used the neckline that is in between the neckline of the t-shirt (which is higher) and the neckline of the dress (which is lower). Lastly I did not wanted the skirt part to be too tight so I added about 2 cm extra seam allowance from the legs down and I left the skirt part longer so the length of the dress would be on my knees, instead of above it.
As it started to get colder after I sewed up the dress I also sewed up the t-shirt with 3/4 sleeves. In these photos I am 27 weeks pregnant. I wanted to compare the two different methods that are used for maternity sewing, either with clear elastic on the sides or by gathering on the sides. For the dress I used the clear elastic (as per instructions in the pattern) and for the t-shirt I used gathering. What I like about the gathering is that you can more easily control the spread of the gathering on the side. It was a bit more difficult with the type of fabric that I used. It is a knitted type of fabric and therefore was little holes in it. Gathering was a bit more tricky with this fabric. Using the clear elastic leads to a more stable result, but it is a bit of a hassle to sew the elastic in I find.
Adaptations I made to the pattern: I only added 1 cm seam allowance to the sides of the front and back of the t-shirt. I probably should have gone with one size larger. After these adaptation the shirt fitted great. I think it is a great pattern, from which you can make different outfits, so definitely worth the money.
Fabric for the dress: The blue fabric is Geometric Blue Black from Malo Swafing, which I bought at Stoffenfeest, just like the black fabric.
Fabric for the t-shirt: The red fabric is a knitted type of fabric, which I bought at my Italian fabric place. The black and white fabric is a leftover from this sweater, it is Commute by Limo knit print from Gramercy by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery fabrics, which I bought at Petit Couture.
Pattern: Givre Maternity dress/t-shirt by Deer and Doe

Fabric in 2018: this week 7 in - 4 out (2018: bought 36 - used 44 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 36 in 51 out (I needed some fabric for my maternity sewing, I rarely buy large pieces of fabric, and there was a sale at Stoffenfeest. In the end 'only' 7 pieces of fabric ended up in my shopping chart).
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