Saturday, 12 October 2019

Little Red Riding Hood Meets Peppermint Swirl

Several things came together that led to this skirt: the little red riding hood fabric that was part of a surprise fabric batch that I bought, our family going to Disneyland and our middle daughter not having a Peppermint Swirl Skirt*. It was time for another peppermint swirl skirt by Candy Castle Patterns!

Remember this amazing skirt that I sewed a couple of months ago? We all adore it! So me, who does not often sews patterns more than once, wanted to sew another one, this time for our middle daughter.
During summer I bought a surprise batch of fabric at Stoffenfeest, which was quite a risk for me. What would I receive, and what types of fabric would I receive? This cotton with little red riding hood on it was not love at first sight. I was really in doubt, what was I going to sew with this? Then we decided to go to Disneyland Paris for a weekend and I knew our middle daughter was in need of a little red riding hood peppermint swirl dress. I mean every girl needs such a dress when going to Disneyland right?

There was only one challenge, the little red riding hood fabric was directional and directional fabric is advised against when sewing a peppermint swirl dress or skirt. The swirl of the skirt and dress goes all the way round and so little red riding hood, the big bad wolf and the three little pigs would turn upside down. I still wanted to use the little red riding hood fabric so I had to come up with a solution.

So what did I do to use the directional fabric but make sure that the characters on the fabric would not turn upside down? I cut all my swirl pattern pieces in two and turned the  pattern pieces when cutting the fabric. That is the advantage of using cotton, the way you position your pattern pieces does not matter. I positioned the first part of the upper swirl according to the grainline of the fabric. I turned the second part of the upper swirl pattern piece about 45 degrees to the left. For the first part of the bottom swirl pattern piece I turned the pattern pieces about 135 degrees in comparison to its original position. So basically what I tried to do is make sure that the characters are standing straight in the middle of the pattern piece (of course not everything can be standing straight). I am very satisfied with the result! What do you think?

You are in luck if you want to buy one of the patterns from Candy Castle Patterns. They are having their only store wide sale this year. Use the code BIRTHDAY for 25% off any pattern, which is valid through Monday October 14th.


Fabric: Little red riding hood fabric from Stoffenfeest and uni cottons from my stash.
PatternFree tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt by Candy Castle Patterns
You need the Kids Peppermint Swirl Dress to be able to sew the skirt.
There is also a 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: 0 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 68 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 88 out

# Patterns in 2019: 17 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 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, 3 October 2019

Chameleon dress: dress of possibilities

Imagine a dress, which you can wear as a dress with long sleeves, or with one sleeve, or strapless, or as a top! Meet the Chameleon dress by LittleKiwisCloset, the dress of endless possibilities!
When I saw a video with the first prototype of this dress, I was amazed by all the possibilities. I even had the chance to test the dress/top. I think this is just the perfect piece of clothing for holidays. With this one piece you can create multiple different looks and outfits, isn't that just amazing?! This dress is definitely coming along in my suit case, perfect as a comfortable top during the day and a dress during dinner in the evening.
It is a dress that you sew up in an hour and gives you endless opportunities. You need a fabric with at least 50% horizontal and 50% vertical stretch. You can even create different versions. There are three width options: slim, mid or wide. I sewed the mid version with a binding neckline (there is also a cowl option). Additionally, there are several sleeve options: short and long sleeve and short and long cuffs. My fabric wasn't wide enough so I had to add cuffs. Do not make the sleeves too short because you won't be able to tie the sleeves around you for the version below.
If you are looking for a more comfortable look you can even wear it as a top on jeans. The fabric is so nice and soft and comfortable. I just love it!
Use the code CAMACAMACAMA to get 20% off until Tuesday October 8 (NZST).
Fabric: I bought the fabric at Karteris it is a jersey with 92% viscose and 8% elastane.
Pattern: Chameleon dress by LittleKiwisCloset
Sizing: XXS - 5X
Options: slim, mid, wide width, sleeves: short, long, short cuff, long cuff, binding neckline and cowl options.
Difficulty: confident beginner

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 64 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 84 out

# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Senna skirt in stripes

The main requirement that our eldest has for the skirts/ dresses that I sew for her is that it needs to be long. I feel maxi skirts and dresses are not the handiest garments for school so I was looking for something that would meet her requirement of being long and my requirement of being not too long. Enter the midi skirt!
The Senna skirt by WISJ is great as it works for knits, french terry or woven. I love that it is so versatile. And our daughter loves it, because it is long enough for her to wear to school. The slits at the sides of the skirt make the skirt even easier to play in. The back of the skirt is gathered, which gives the skirt enough room. Different fabrics give the skirt a different look. 
It is a quick sew, the only thing that took some time was lining up the stripes and getting the elastic through the waistband. Oh and adding seam allowance. I prefer pdf patterns that have seam allowance included, but this pattern does not.
I did not add a drawstring as our eldest does not want to wear clothing with buttons or drawstrings or anything else (for bottoms, so jeans and skirts). She just wants elastic in the waistband. This skirt fits all her requirements so you can imagine it is an absolute favourite!
The top is a pass me down shirt from a good friend of mine. You might have seen it on her blog. I love it that our girls can wear these unique and still home made clothing (not by me, but by her).

Fabric: stripe fabric that I bought it Italy, it barely stretches.
Pattern: Senna skirt by WISJ
Sizing: 18M to 14Y
Options: optional pockets and adding a drawstring in the waistband
Difficulty: for beginners


# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 63 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 15 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 83 out

# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The perfect dress for panel fabric

When I saw the No hole in my pocket dress by Made by Runi, I knew I just had to sew this dress. So when I had time to sew up the dress I had a look in my stash and decided this panel would be perfect for this dress. The panel that I used has a winter theme, but because it is just jersey I found it a bit cold last year to sew a dress with it. I was already struggling with this fabric for over a year. I did not find it suitable for summer due to the winter theme, but during winter jersey is a bit too cold. With fall sewing I thought this fabric would do, so I used it to sew up the No hole in my pocket dress and we all love it!
I sewed up the no hole in my pocket dress in celebration of the birthday sale that Made by Runi is having, 30% off all patterns. So if you were eyeing a pattern, this is your chance to buy some patterns, no code needed. The sale ends Monday 29/09 12.00 (noon) CEST.
The No hole in my pocket dress has awesome pockets and that cowl. I love cowls, our eldest doesn't, but luckily our middle daughter is not too picky and just loves new clothes, so I can still choose what I sew. This dress is just perfect for colour blocking and using panels!
I can recommend the no hole in my pocket dress for the sale, but we have a lot of favourite Made by Runi patterns. Here are all other pattern that I have sewed with Made by Runi patterns. If you are looking for fall/winter patterns, I can recommend the Fairy Princess dress and Fairytale Hoodie that I have sewed.
Fabric: panel fabric from Caresstoffen
Pattern: No hole in my pocket dress by Made by Runi
Sizing: 80-164 (12M - 14Y)
Options: 3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long sleeves), tunic and dress length, optional colour block on the sides, option of pockets, regular neck or a cowl
Difficulty: 3 out of 7

# Fabric this week: 2 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 67 new fabric - used 62 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 14 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 67 in 81 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Dance like a mermaid

Most pattern names by Made by Runi are awesome! Have a look at the Dance like a mermaid! It is the pattern of the week this week, which means you can buy it with a discount!
Our girls are both in dance class and use ballet dresses every single week. Our middle daughter was still wearing the first ballet dress that I made and could use a new one. So I sewed up the Dance like a mermaid. I was inspired by the pattern name and used the mermaid fabric that I used for this mermaid dress.
In the pattern you can choose yourself how to finish off the neck and bottom. I choose to add a neck band to the neck, I find that the nicest finishing. For the bottom I added 1 cm of seam allowance and sewed in the 0,5 cm elastic. After that I folded the elastic inwards and sewed it again with a cross stitch.
A couple of the other fabulous pattern names I have sewed from Made by Runi:
* Feeling Fabulous Skirt
* Fairy princess dress
* Fairytale hoodie
* summer dream


Fabric: the mermaid fabric was a leftover from this dress and the pink fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat
Sizing: 80-164 (12M - 14Y)
Options: 4 different sleeve options (from sleeveless to long sleeves) and you can choose for no skirt or adding a skirt. There are two lengths of skirts.
Difficulty: two out of seven

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 65 new fabric - used 60 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 13 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 65 in 78 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Arcus skirts with scraps!

Another colour blocked pattern by Sofilantjes*, the Arcus skirt! I love the skirt because as I said it has a lot of colour block options and it is great for scraps. I save all those special small pieces of fabric. I find it a waste to throw them away and with this pattern you can still use them.
This skirt is perfect for a quick project, I sewed the second skirt, yesterday evening within 2 hours, from taping, to cutting to sewing. Isn't that great for a nice twirly skirt? Additionally, the size range is awesome, our little one who is wearing a straight 9-12M (74-80) fits it and it goes all the way up to 14Y (starting at 3M).
I have a love-hate relationship with sewing with stripes. I love sewing with stripes, but then you have to line the stripes perfectly and I am not always in the mood for that. With this pattern sewing with stripes gives a nice extra touch to the skirt, I love that. Luckily the curve of the skirt pieces makes lining the stripes not that difficult.
There are many different ways to use the colour block options, in one colour, in 4 different colours, or make the skirt asymmetrical in colours like I did with the smallest. Which colour block option do you prefer? 
I made two skirts, me, who almost never sews a pattern twice actually made two, that says something for sure! Today is the last day of the sale, so go get it now! 
Fabric: the fairy fabric is a leftover from this dress, the purple fabric is a leftover from this dress
Sizing: 3M - 14Y
Options: you can use the colour blocked skirt pieces or there is also a 1 piece skirt piece included
Difficulty: easy

# Fabric this week: 2 in - 6 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 65 new fabric - used 59 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 12 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 65 in 76 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 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, 9 September 2019

Mermaid dress: Girls Laurel

The Girls Laurel Knit Tunic and Dress by Petite Stitchery* got an update and I got to sew the newest update. The pattern has lots of options. It includes a round and a v-neck, it has several sleeve lengths and it includes a tunic and dress length. So a versatile pattern that can be used for summer dresses (or tunics) as well as for fall sewing!

Our girls loves the dress because of the length. The longer the dress, the more she likes it and this dress is much longer than her normal dresses. She also loves the ruffle at the bottom of the dress. It makes the mermaid dress with the mermaid fabric look like the tail of a mermaid, what more could a girl want!

I love the V-neckline of this pattern and the method of the sleeves. I forgot to make a close up picture of the sleeve but it is a fold back kind of sleeve at the bottom. It looks really cute and gives a nice opportunity to use a different fabric for the "cuff" of the sleeve. It is a quick and easy pattern and the ruffle can even be made from woven which is a nice bonus. It is now on sale!

Fabric: I bought the stripes during a sale at Joyfits, the mermaid fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat and the green fabric was a find in the exchange pile of our sewing weekend
Pattern: Girls Laurel Knit Tunic and Dress by Petite Stitchery
Sizing: 2Y - 17Y
Options: 2 neckline options, several sleeve options and tunic and dress length (add of the ruffle is optional)
Difficulty: Beginner

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 63 new fabric - used 59 fabric - used 5 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 69 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 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, 29 August 2019

My first pair of trousers: Gobi Culottes

I cannot believe it, but I sewed my first pair of trousers and I love them! I am so proud of myself!
The Gobi Culottes by Itch to Stitch* are designed for twill, non stretch, woven fabrics. I used a twill fabric with a very soft inside that I bought at Textielstad. They are so comfortable!
I have never sewed pants because they look complicated and they take a long time. I did underestimate the time it would take to sew these pants. Just tracing the pattern pieces already took me a couple of hours (there are many different pattern pieces). Then sewing the pants took me longer than expected, but the result is so satisfying. I might sew pants more often. It is great to have well fitting pants. Every time I sew an Itch to Stitch pattern I am always impressed with how easily the pattern is sewed up because the instruction breaks up the construction in many small steps. 
I love the result, love the details and also love that they are finished. I lengthened the pants with about 30 cm to make them long. The original length is just above the knee. The best part is that you can sew them up for summer but also for winter, so versatile. It has a release sale with a 20% discount. 
Fabric: orange twill from Textielstad
PatternGobi Culottes by Itch to Stitch
Sizing: Sizes 00 - 20 
Options: Short (or Long by lengthening the pattern pieces)
Difficulty: Intermediate +


# Fabric this week: 1 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 63 new fabric - used 57 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 67 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 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!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

When things do not go as planned

I almost always sew at night when the kids are in bed. Usually this works great, but sometimes I am tired and mistakes creep in my sewing, This project was just like that, it just did not go as I had planned.
I always plan out my fabric choices very carefully, so did I for the Super Mega Comfy Top by Made by Runi. I cut my front and back panel and was very happy that I was just able to have enough for my top. Oh wait, then I realised I still needed to cut the sleeves (grrrr). I didn't want to waste the fabric I had already cut and decided to cut the sleeves from a different fabric. Now what to do, cut the sleeves from the same fabric that I had planned for the colour block? Luckily I did not do that. I choose another fabric and it works well. Although next time I would choose one fabric for the bodice and sleeves and a different for the colour block (just as I had planned).
The unique detail about the super mega comfy top are the longer side elements of the top, which look great over leggings, trousers and even skirts! Of course I love the colour block element, which gives me the opportunity to combine different fabrics. I think my first fall items turned out great and will get a lot of wear the coming months.

The pattern is discounted until Tuesday August 20, 9.00 am CET. Just like the women's super mega comfy top that is also released today.

Fabric: the lillestoff fabric was a leftover from this dress. The uni coloured orange fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat.
Pattern: Super Mega Comfy Top by Made by Runi
Sizing: 80-164 (European sizes). Also the women's super mega comfy top is available (32-54).
Options: There are three sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long sleeve), you can add a colour block to the sides (or sew it without the colour block) and there are two different back lengths (same as the front or longer).
Difficulty: easy pattern (sewing the corners neatly is the only thing that takes a bit longer)


# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 new fabric - used 56 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 66 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)
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