Monday, 17 June 2019

The most amazing peppermint swirl skirt

I have been drooling over the Peppermint Swirl Dress by Candy Castle Patterns* for quite some time. I mean have you seen that dress!! It it just the most amazing dress with an even better twirl. Then I saw a call for testers to update the free tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. So I was hopping up and down and waving enthusiastically to be noticed! Then I got picked (YAY) and I was over the moon!

On to the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. If you have never seen the Peppermint Swirl Dress or Skirt it is a dress/skirt made out of multiple flounces which makes it the twirliest skirt that is even bigger than a circle skirt. The sizing of the skirt starts at 6M and goes up adult sizing. What you need is different colours of woven fabric and bias band (I used almost 9 meters of bias band for this skirt, size 4Y). The great thing about this skirt is that the waistband is completely customised to fit the person who is wearing it. 
During my last sewing weekend I decided to sew up the skirt and a lot people got intrigued by the process of sewing (and cutting) the skirt. And indeed it is a different process from what I was used to, the skirt really comes together as you are sewing it. It took me around 6 hours to sew up the skirt of which it took me 1,5 hours to cut all the different flounces. Of course picking out the fabric took me some time as well, but luckily I did that before I left home. It was actually a great way to destash my woven stash. I still have quite some woven fabric at home, but I rarely sew with woven fabric. So I had a great selection of different colours that I could chose from. I used 7 different colours of flounces for my skirt (and used 8 different colours for my skirt). I only had to buy two new colours to match my rainbow colour scheme. I love the colours!
When I came back home and showed the dress to our eldest, she loved it, however she said her favourite dress (from the things that I sewed for her during my weekend) was another dress which she requested after my last sewing weekend (soon on the blog). I sewed a dress for her sister and of course she wanted one as well. Now, a couple of weeks later, she wore the skirt every single moment when possible, so I would say it was a great success!
The Peppermint Swirl Skirt Tutorial is available both for kids and adults. You need to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern (the pattern pieces are not included in the tutorial) and download the free skirt tutorial. The turorial tells you how to turn the dress into a skirt and add a waistband. Now is the time to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern as there is a 20% discount (both for kids and adults) on the Peppermint Swirl dress with the code SWIRL. It is valid through Monday June 24. 
Fabric: The two new colours for the flounces were bought naaiplezier, just like the bias band.
PatternFree tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt by Candy Castle Patterns


Adult Peppermint Swirl Dress
Sizing: the skirt and dress start at 6M and go up to adult sizes (you can easily adapt the length and waistline of the skirt to your sizes). 
Difficulty: It is not a quick sew. I would classify it as an intermediate sewing pattern, it just takes time. Reading the instructions carefully before hand are essential in determining the size.

# Fabric this week: 9 in - 6 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 57 - used 38 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 57 in 46 out
# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

* 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 June 2019

Cute scallops

Did you see the cute Tangerine dress by Annelaine patterns* with the cute scalloped hem? It was released not too long ago. And now the women's version is also available! I love that hem, it makes the dress just so cute!
The dress is a quick sew, which is great. Even the neckline and the arms are just folded in and sewn together. Only the scalloped hem takes some time. You really have to take your time to make it look nice. But it is such an unique detail, don't you think?
The pattern has several options. It has four different dress options, a one piece dress with a skater style dress or with an A-line dress. With the two piece dress you can choose between adding an elastic waist or without the elastic waist. Additionally, there are four types of sleeves included (sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves) and there are two types of hems, the scalloped hem and a straight hem. I sewed the two piece dress with a skater line dress with short sleeves and a scalloped hem. The pattern is on sale so now is the moment to buy one for your kid or yourself to do some cute twinning.
As you might have seen Annelaine patterns just started with a pattern membership. How do they work? Memberships come in monthly, six month, and year long options. You get 1 pattern credit, which can buy you one pattern, from the monthly, six from the six month, and 12 from the year long. The memberships get you discounted patterns, perfect for if you don’t want to wait for a sale. These credits never expire even if you cancel your membership. All membership levels are currently on sale in so don't miss out! Go check out the Pattern Memberships

Fabric: I bought the stripes at Joyfits just recently during the sale. The ice cream fabric comes from Stoffenstraat.
Size: 9M-20 for children and in women's sizes 00-30

# Fabric this week: 7 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 48 - used 32 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 48 in 40 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

* 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!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Risu dress by Sofilantjes

Yay, a new pattern from Sofilantjes*. It is the Risu dressNew patterns from Sofilantjes are always a big hit in our house. One, our girls love the Sofilantjes dresses (although the eldest preferred a different dress because of the not twirling skirt, therefore I sewed it for our middle daughter). Two, I love to sew Sofilantjes dresses.
I pre-tested this dress, so there might be small changes in the final pattern, but I must say it fits our girl perfectly. The Risu dress catches everybody's eye because of that beautiful back. I love it. Besides that I love the idea of the one pocket on just one side of the dress. You know I love asymmetrical patterns. Of course you can just add two pockets if you like symmetry.
Another feature of the Risu dress is the V-shaped neckline. You can see I cut one of the neckline pattern pieces upside down, I have to pay attention to that next time (it didn't bother me enough to unpick it and cut it again).
This dress is not a quick sew as a lot of Sofilantjes dresses are. It takes a bit more time. But I have to admit that more challenging patterns give me more satisfaction when I am done and I can admire the result. This pattern is not difficult at all, but it takes a bit more time. 
The Risu release sale will run from June 6, 08.00 CET through June 10, 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €5 - ex taxes (6.05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €7 not incl taxes. Go get it now! You will love it (if your girl loves twirly skirts like our eldest, you can just add a different Sofilantjes skirt).
Fabric: I bought the canoe fabric at Megastoffen a while ago. The rest are scraps from this sweater and from our sewing weekend.
PatternRisu dress (Dutch pattern) from Sofilantjes
Sizing, options & difficulty: 80-164 (12M-14Y), 3 sleeve lengths, Intermediate


# Fabric this week: 6 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 41 - used 30 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 41 in 38 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

* 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!

Saturday, 25 May 2019

A summer dream (Made by Runi)

Are you looking for a cute and quick dress for summer? The Summer dream by Made by Runi is perfect for this. It has the cutest sleeves, which our daughter loves!
The pattern has three different options. You can make a dress that flares out more including pockets, like I did. There is also a more A-line dress (the bottom part does not flare out as much) and there is a top you can make. All with the cute sleeves.
Sizing in Made by Runi patterns are great, starting at 80 (12M) all to 164 (14Y) and usually the women's version will follow soon, so you can do some twinning.
Fabric: digital print from Joyfits, which I bought last week during the klikosale, so a quick turnaround. 
PatternThe Summer dream (size 80-164) by Made by Runi

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 35 - used 29 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 35 in 35 out

# Patterns in 2019: 10 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

Billies for the husband

It was already a long time ago that I made something for my husband so he felt a bit neglected. Therefore I decided to sew a couple of items for him during our sewing weekend. I sewed three items for him during that weekend. I started with pyjama pants (which did not make it to the blog). The second day I sewed two Billies with fabric that I bought during the sewing weekend. Today I am showing you two different Billies.
The first t-shirt is version A with a v-neck. I used the lower v-neck that is included in the pattern. I wanted to use the coverlock to topstitch the neckline and tried something new. I sewed on the inside of the t-shirt so that the decorative stitch was showing on the outside. With a v-neck the point is always difficult to get topstitched nicely, so I stopped before I reached the lowest point of the v-neck and just left it like that, I like the result.
Changes I made to the pattern: I lengthened the t-shirt with 2 cm and I lengthened the sleeves with 4 cm. 
For the second t-shirt I wanted to colour block so I cut the bodice and sleeves in two pieces. I added a pocket made out of ribbing as that was the perfect match with the ribbing I used for the neckline. Sizes included in the pattern are 46 - 60 (European sizes), but there is also a teenage and child version.
Fabric: First t-shirt: Adventure from Soft Cactus (french terry) bought at Pieke Wieke. Second t-shirt: top part is fabric from Pieke Wieke, the bottom is a tricot from Textielstad.
Pattern: Billie (only available in Dutch) from Zonen09

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 35 - used 28 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 35 in 34 out

# Patterns in 2019: 10 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Meet Jalie's Charlotte and Michelle

I did not only sew the Nikita from the 12 (!) new patterns that were released by Jalie Patterns, I also sewed the Michelle tanks and dress (3911) and Charlotte Cardigans (3900).  A summer dress and cardigan, perfect for summer.
On our way to our sewing weekend in the beginning of this year we made a stop at the Stoffenstraat and I saw the fabric with the elves, or dancers, on it. I knew our eldest would love it! So I bought it and then I had to find a pattern that would fit the fabric. When I saw the Michelle I thought it would be a perfect fit. 
After sewing the dress and our daughter put it on, I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting a bit more of a fitted model. Or maybe because I sized up one size in length it came out a bit too big in my opinion. Well she can still wear it next year and she loves it because it is a loooong dress. I do like the model for myself and would size down if I would sew another one for our daughter. I do love the v-shaped neck in the front and the back of the dress.
The Michelle also includes a top (either with a facing or lined) and of course the large size range that we are used to with Jalie Patterns, starting at 2y up to 56 (2XL).
I find uni coloured fabrics often a bit boring for our girls, so I decided to add something to the top part of the dress. I traced one of the dancing elves from the skirt with my Cameo and with the use of flex foil I ironed it on. I love the result and of course so does our daughter.
Next up is the Charlotte, which is a cardigan that comes in 2 lengths. A regular length and a short length, which I made for our eldest. I really like the cardigan, it fits perfectly over a dress. I used a french terry type of fabric for those chilly days in summer. Since the Michelle is sleeveless it combines perfect for those colder days.

Fabric: both the the dancing elves and the cosy sweat come from the Stoffenstraat. The ribbing of the cardigan are from swafing and I ordered them from OmaLie's stoffen.
PatternsMichelle tanks and dress (3911) and Charlotte Cardigans (3900) from Jalie Patterns

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 35 - used 24 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 35 in 30 out

# Patterns in 2019: 10 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Meet Jalie's Nikita

New patterns from Jalie, 12 new patterns! One of my favourites of the 12 patterns is the Nikita workout tank and swing dress (3902). I think it was one of the first patterns that had enough people signing up for this blog tour. It is just an amazing design!
The Nikita has two options, a top and a dress. The top has a straight front side, diagonal side seams and a cutout in the back. The dress has a straight seam, so without the unique triangle cutout in the seam of the top. Of course it still has the diagonal side seams just like the top. You can choose to omit the cutout and have a closed back.
The top part of the top is lined, while the rest of the top is just a single layer. The top is a loose fitting, flowy top and of course comes in a wide size range: 2 - 2XL (92 (kids) - 56 (women) European sizes). It works great as a workout top but also as an unique top on jeans (or a skirt).
I combined the Nikita with the Skating/ dance skirts (3025) from Jalie. This pattern includes 4 different types of skirts. I sewed the fishtail skirt, but also an A-line, circular and asymmetrical skirt are included. The A-line and circular skirts are a very short skirt (in my opinio, but I like knee length skirts), very suitable for skating. When you look at the skirt I sewed in the photo above, the A-line skirt basically only includes the top two pattern pieces of the skirt. The fishtail and asymmetrical skirt include the bottom pattern piece. I finished the fishtail skirt with a rolling hem, which makes the skirt even more flowy. Our daughter loves the skirt, also because it has glitter in it (which are hard to see on the photo).
Fabric: the red fabric is Sulka Coral from Nosh fabric (which I once won during a contest), the white with black triangles was a t-shirt. The skirt is made with the "Let's circle around"  with copper half circles from Chat Chocolat which I bought at Stoffenfeest during a sale. This was a leftover from this t-shirt for myself.
Pattern: Nikita workout tank and swing dress (3902) and Skating/ dance skirts (3025) from Jalie Patterns

# Fabric this week: 9 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 35 - used 21 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 35 in 27 out

# Patterns in 2019: 9 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)
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