Sunday, 29 December 2019

Re-releasing the Candy Wrapper Vest

You remember this peppermint swirl skirt, right? Candy Castle Patterns is re-releasing the Candy Wrapper Vest* and it is a perfect match with the peppermint swirl skirt, or with any other skirt or dress.
What I like about this vest is that it is a such a quick sew and perfect for over dresses and skirts. Since I mostly sew dresses, this is perfect to make those dresses with thinner fabrics still wearable during winter. Fabric for this vest needs only 15% stretch so it it perfect for fleece, velour, polar fleece or any other thicker fabrics. I used fleece for the vest so that it is nice and warm.
It is a quick sew because it only has three pattern pieces. You don't need to put in the sleeves, they are part of the pattern pieces. With stripes you can see that the stripes continue from the back of the vest to the sleeves. The most time consuming element of the vest are these heart ties. You can also use ribbon to make it even a quicker sew.
We love the vest, it is so cute with those heart ties. You can get the candy wrapper vest with a discount, use code CANDY to receive 20% off! Valid through Jan 3, 11:59 PM MST.  
Fabric: I bought the thin fleece fabric at my store in Italy
PatternCandy Wrapper Vest* by Candy Castle Patterns
Sizing: 3M - 16Y + bonus sizes Ladies XXS-L
Options: You can use heart ties, basic ties or ribbon ties.
Difficulty: beginner
Sewing time: 1 hour (the ties and hearts took most of the time, other than that it is a really quick sew)

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 98 new fabric - used 95 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric - sold 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 98 in 131 out
# Patterns in 2019: 19 in - 15 out (5 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

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Monday, 23 December 2019

Hacked fairytale dress, twinning with the doll

The fairytale hoodie is one of my favorite patterns from Made by Runi. I love the skirt of the hoodie. Since our girl prefers dresses over vests, I hacked the fairytale hoodie by taking out the zipper and sewing a dress.
The first fairytale hoodie that I made is still one of her favorite coats (too cold now unfortunately). Besides omitting the zipper I also added 3 cm to the bottom of the skirt. Next time I would add even more (probably about 5 cm). The hoodie is not designed to be a dress (lengthwise), but I prefer the dresses I sew to be on the knees so they can wear them for a year of longer. Get the fairtytale hoodie today with 20% discount with the code CHRISTMAS23.
In addition I also hacked the front and back of the dress by adding a colour block. The colour blocked sleeves are included in the pattern. I continued the same line form the sleeves to the front and back pieces. Additionally I added another line for the bottom colour block.
The first time our daugther saw the dress, she said she didn't like it as much because there was not enough colour in the dress. To make the dress more appealing I decided to sew the same dress for her doll. Being able to twin with the doll hopefully makes the dress more likeable.
Well it turnes out she loves to twin with her doll. This was the first time sewing for a doll and I always thought it would be very finicky, however it turned out to be a very quick sew and so cute! I will sew some more clothing for the doll for sure!
Fabric:I already used this fabric for this vest.
Sizing: 80-164 (12M - 14Y)
Options: There are two different hoods included, as well as a neck band, there is the option of a zipper or with buttons. There are pockets included and a colour blocked sleeve/shoulder.
Difficulty: 3 out of 7 stars
Sewing time: 1,5 hours

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 98 new fabric - used 93 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 98 in 127 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 in - 15 out (5 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Cute as a cupcake

I love those high-low tunics, peplum tops and dresses. Made by Runi has quite a few of those garments, which I made already. Have a look at the cozy dress, the fairytale hoodie and the fairy princess dress that I made. Also the Cute as a Cupcake peplum has a high-low skirt.
The Cute as a cupcake has three length options, a t-shirt, a peplum (which I made) and a dress length. I lengthened the peplum with 1,5 cm so our girl can wear it as a short dress with leggings underneath. Our girl especially loves the flutter sleeves. The flutter sleeves with long sleeves are perfect for fall and winter, you get the fun part of the flutter sleeves, but warm enough during colder weather.
Today only there is a 25% discount on all children's patterns at Made by Runi with the code CHRISTMAS19.
Fabric: the pink sweat fabric was a leftover from this dress
Sizing: 80-164 (12M - 14Y)
Options: 3 different lengths (t-shirt, peplum and dress), 5 types of sleeves (regular short sleeves, puff sleeves, flutter sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves and long sleeves), 2 types of dress skirts (1 tier or 2 tier skirt).
Difficulty: 3 out of 7 stars
Sewing time: 1,5 hours

# Fabric this week: 3 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 98 new fabric - used 90 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 98 in 124 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 in - 15 out (5 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 14 December 2019

A festive outfit for the doll

Besides all the awesome patterns for girls, boys, women and men Made by Runi also has patterns for dolls. Our girls love dolls, especially our second daughter and our youngest love to play with dolls. So sewing an outfit for our dolls was already on my list for a long time and now I finally sewed up an outfit for our doll.
The crown headband is the doll version of the Crown headband for adults and kids. I think it is great for birthdays but can also be used for keeping the head warm during winter. Of course our doll also needs to participate in the festivities. The crown can be worn on two sides so can match two different outfits.
The crown headband is part of the doll outdoor bundle, which include the crown headband, a cape and a beanie all for 43 cm dolls. To make a whole outfit I used the fairytale bundle to make a dress for our doll. The fairytale bundle includes dolls versions of the following three patterns: the fairytale hoodie, the fairy princess and the peplum with a twist. I used the fairytale hoodie but omitted the closing on the front. I put the top front pattern piece on the fold and created a dress.
Fabric: the black and gold fabric was part of my surprise package from Stoffenfeest, the green birthday fabric comes from Megastoffen.
Sizing: both bundles include patterns for dolls of 43 cm (Baby New Born)
Options: The doll outdoor bundle includes the doll version of the crown headband, the cape and beanie. The Doll fairytale bundle includes the doll versions of the Fairytale hoodie, Fairy Princess and the Peplum tunic with a twist.
Difficulty: 3 out of 7 
Sewing time: 1 hour for the dress and 15 minutes for the crown

# Fabric this week: 8 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 95 new fabric - used 88 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 23 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 95 in 122 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 in - 15 out (5 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Glow in the dark twinning pjs

Our girls love pjs and of course nightgowns are the best. I have already sewed several nightgowns, this one with long sleeves and a ruffle at the bottom, this sleeveless one and another long sleeved one. This time I used a free pattern the Grow with me Pajamas by Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns*.
I thought glow in the dark fabric would be perfect for nightgowns for our girls. The Grow with me pajamas is a very versatile pattern as you can sew for your boys and girls from this pattern and it is for free! It includes pants, a nightgown and several optional features. This pattern only includes long sleeves, but I cut off part of the sleeves to create short sleeves. I used different colours for the colour block because I knew it would be difficult to recognise each size of pjs after laundry. Still I am struggling to remember which colour belongs to who again. 
The girls love their nightgowns. I did lessen the flaring out of the nightgowns because I wanted to get the two nightgowns out of 1 meter of fabric.
There is a 60% sale at Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns, so have a look at any other patterns you are interested in from Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns.
Fabric: Glow in the dark love tricot fuchsia by Poppy
Pattern: Grow with me Pajama by Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns
Sizing: 6M - 14Y
Options: Pjs with pants, nightgown version, optional ruffle, optional faux placket
Difficulty: Confident beginners

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 87 new fabric - used 88 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 19 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 87 in 118 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 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, 5 December 2019

Snowshoe cuffs as a present

Sofiona Designs always lives up to bringing new exciting patterns, at least that is what I think. Also this time they deliver, they designed a bracelet that is quick and so much fun to sew and great as a present (think Christmas gifts). The best part about it all is that you can get the Snowshoe Cuff for free if you sign up for the newsletter. You can do that with the black box on the right side on their website!
I just love this Snowshoe cuff because the design is so clever, it is a quick sew and it is perfect as a gift. You actually don't need a sewing machine (unless you using fabric that frays, you might want to consider sewing the edges). You need a rotary cutter, some snaps and scraps. That is another part that I like, you can use all those small leftovers. The pattern is designed for heavier non fray fabrics, such as (faux) leather, cork, suede, scuba. Already during testing many different fabrics were used.
I used softshell leftovers for the two cuffs that I made. Our youngest fits the smallest size (size 2) and our 6 year old wears size 4. My wrist even fits in the chart. It is a great small gift for boys and girls and even grown-ups. You can make these bracelets that fit all your outfits. 
The pattern has two options, the three strand braid, but also a nine strand braid is possible. Both have a different look. Are you interested? Subscribe for the newsletter and you will get the pattern for free!
Fabric: leftover from this coat and this coat.
Pattern: Snowshoe cuff by Sofiona Designs (you can get it by subscribing for the newsletter)
Sizing: 2Y - 16Y (wrist girth 11,4 cm - 19 cm)
Options: with 3 strands or with 9 strands
Difficulty: beginner
Sewing time: the first took me 20 minutes from start to finish, the second took me 5 minutes.

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 87 new fabric - used 85 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 19 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 87 in 115 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Friday, 29 November 2019

Galaxie 3: travel bags

Jalie has just released Galaxie 3: travel accessoires. This is a package that includes 3 different bags that are perfect for your travels. These include: Jet (a travel pouch/passport holder), Eclips (a purse organizer) and Supernova (a packable tote bag). I sewed the small purse organizer, which I am showing you today. 
I think the Galaxie 3 is a great bundle of patterns, very useful for travelling and great as a gift. The best part is that you do not need any interfacing, so it is just non stretch fabric that you need. There are 3 patterns includes, of which two you can make in a small and large size. I made the small Eclipse, so the small purse organizer. Something I wanted to sew for a long time, but never found the time to do so. A deadline is always the best way for me to actually finish a project quickly.
The pattern has 8 outer pockets, one zipper pouch and four compartments. So enough room to store my wallet, keys, tissues and all the other stuff that is now moving around in my bag.
If you are interested in sewing accessoires, have a look at Galaxie 1: bags, totes and pouches from 2017, and Galaxie 2: kitchen accessoires and wearables, from 2018. These are all great ideas for (Christmas) gifts.
Get 50% discount on the Galaxie 3 unitl Monday December 2nd, use the code GALAXIE2019 (valid until Monday December 2, 23h59 EST).
Fabric: woven fabric that I have already for a long time
Pattern: Galaxie 3: travel accessoires by Jalie
Sizing: two sizes are available for the purse organizer and the tote bag.
Options: Travel pouch, purse organizer (small and large) and tote bag (small and large)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sewing time: It took me around 2 hours to sew the small purse organizer.

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 87 new fabric - used 85 fabric - used 9 gifted fabric - used 17 scrap pieces of fabric - upcycled 2 pieces of fabric) - in total 87 in 113 out
# Patterns in 2019: 18 in - 14 out (4 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)
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