Monday, 31 December 2018

This year's Christmas dress: Lillith dress

This year I made new Christmas dresses for the two oldest girls. They are not necessarily Christmas dresses as in typical dresses for Christmas, but they did wear them during Christmas. For the eldest I chose the Lillith dress by Zwergnase - Design. This was the perfect way to round up my digital pattern challenge! This is the 8th pattern that I have used in the last 4 months that I had bought but did not use yet.
The Lillith dress is another German pattern from Makerist, which I have used more often lately (see the Tilt dress, Arja coat, Fuzzle sweater and Issy dress). I love the unique elements of the German patterns. With this dress I like the shawl-like collar. In the pattern it is a double sided collar but I used just one piece with the soft inside of the fabric on the outside. The pattern starts at 74 and goes up to women's sizes. The pattern is split up between sizes 74-110 and 116-158. 
So coming back to the Digital Pattern Challenge that I participated in the last 4 months. It was a great challenge to push me to go back to the pattern that I own and did not sew yet. The challenge was to sew 8 new patterns in 4 months. The result: Yes, I made it! I sewed 8 new patterns in 4 months (in total I sewed (blogged about) 28 pieces of clothing in these 4 months of which 8 were new patterns (pattern tests excluded)).
Fabric: thick and soft jogging (no idea what it is called) fabric that I bought at Stoffenstraat
PatternLillith dress by Zwergnase - Design

Below a list of all the 8 new patterns that I used:
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: Hoodie without the hood
7) Darcy dress: an asymmetrical dress with lots of twirl
8) Lillith dress

As this is also the last post in 2018, my final round up of fabric is: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 63 - used 100 fabric - used 6 gifted fabric - used 32 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 138 out.

Monday, 24 December 2018

A darcy zebra dress

I love asymmetrical patterns. So the Darcy top and dress by Bubby and Me Creations appealed to me right away when it was released about 1,5 years ago. But the short sleeves in the original pattern made that I never made it until now. Half a year ago long sleeves were added to the pattern, so perfect to make a winter dress!
When I select dresses for our eldest the dress needs to twirl and by that she means twirling your socks off! Although this dress does not have a full circle skirt it comes very close to it. My mom gave me the blue fabric, she sewed something for herself with it and gave me the rest, a very generous piece of fabric. So I was looking for a fabric that matched the blue velvety stretchy very soft fabric. I know our girl would love the zebras and to make it even more zebra like I added a band of stripe ribbing in between the upper and lower pieces. I used the same direction of the ribbing for the neckband (across the stretch direction) so I had to add a extra piece of black ribbing to the back to fit the neck.
Fabric: Blue stretch velvet like fabric from the stoffenstraat and Zebras watching in ochre by Poppy (french terry) from Naaiplezier
Pattern: Darcy top and dress by Bubby and Me creations

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: Hoodie without the hood
7) Darcy dress

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 2 out (2018: bought 63 - used 98 fabric - used 6 gifted fabric - used 31 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 135 out

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Eximia sweater x3 and Framalo give-away

Celebration time at Sofilantjes*! You must have seen all the beautiful eximia sweaters that everybody made for this celebration week at Sofilantjes. Look at all the amazing fabric shops that are participating. Today is the giveaway at Framalo who is giving away 1 eximia sweater! Go over to the Facebook page of Framalo to find out what you need to do to win a free eximia sweater!

Today I am showing you three more eximia sweaters with the beautiful fabric that I received from Framalo. I picked out the purple sparrows by Chat Chocolat, which is a very soft and beautiful sweat fabric that is nice and warm, so perfect for winter.
For the girls I sewed two short eximia sweaters, which are perfect over dresses as you can see. It is just like a bolero but then a bit longer and warmer. I love the look of the sweater on top of a dress. It is just perfect to still wear the summer dresses but then with a nice warm sweater. For the cuffs and the neckband I used striped ribbing.
For myself I sewed the medium length, just like the first version of the eximia sweater I sewed for our eldest. I love this length it looks different from a regular sweater but it wears so comfortable! And it has pockets, just perfect. I combined it with black ribbing that I also received from Framalo. In the first picture I wore the sweater over a skirt but also on top of pants it looks great, such a versatile pattern.
Framalo has a great selection of fabrics, as well as wool for knitting. Besides the supplies for sewing and knitting you can also have a ladies night, a homeparty or follow a workshop at Framalo. It is a Belgian webshop and the shipping is only 1 euro to the Netherlands and Belgium so definitely worth checking out! Thank you Framalo!
If you have not bought the eximia sweater yet, you can still get it with a 25% discount until the 24th of December.

Fabric: Sparrows by Chat Chocolat (all animals are equal collection) from Framalo
Pattern: Eximia Sweater for women (Nederlands patroon) by Sofilantjes
Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 1 out (2018: bought 63 - used 97 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 31 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 133 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, 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

* 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!

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

* 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!

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

* 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!

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
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