Friday, 15 March 2019

Cross my heart kimono

My first project during our sewing weekend was the cross my heart kimono by Max and Meena patterns. During my pattern tests I usually sew for our two older girls. So it was time to sew something for our smallest girl.
I saw this pattern already long before but bought it when we were expecting our youngest. I think it looks so cute! And after sewing I can say it is a great pattern too. I like the little straps that are used for the snaps. They are just brilliant because they do not stretch and therefore the snaps do not have the possibility of tearing the fabric. I didn't think to take any ribbon with me during the sewing weekend. But luckily there was somebody who did! And she just had the perfect match to the fabric, I love that little detail.

Fabric: the mountain fabric is Indian Summer - Woodland Oak from Art Gallery Fabric that I bought at joyfits, the mint fabric comes from my store in Italy. The fabric is a leftover from this sweater.
Patterncross my heart kimono by Max and Meena patterns

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 15 - used 13 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 15 in 15 out
# Patterns in 2019: 8 in - 7 out (2 new patterns, 5 already owned unused patterns)

Monday, 11 March 2019

Tamara top for me

Do you remember this dress with those cute bands on the back for our eldest? There is a women's version of that pattern and it is called the Tamara*. The Tamara by Annelaine Patterns has a top and a peplum/dress version, both include those cute back straps that I love in both the girl's Tammy dress that I made for our girl and this Tamara top.
The Tamara top is a great pattern. It is a great fitting t-shirt pattern that has lots of options. It includes a top and tunic length, 3 different necklines (high front, middle front and low front), 3 different backs (high back, middle back and low back), 4 different types of sleeves (tank, dolman, flounce and long sleeves). It even has a slim fit option, you can add tabs to the sleeves, you can add the up to 3 straps to the back of the top and it has an optional banded hem. I made the dolman top with middle front and back with 2 straps. There is also a bundle that includes both the Tamara top and dress for women.
After fitting I took 2 cm off the length of the top (as I am only 162 cm) and again I took in about 1,5 cm around my waist. This is an alteration that I always have to do. I love the top and it fits beautifully! 
Fabric: Art Gallery knit, no idea where I bought it
PatternTamara top by Annelaine Patterns 


# Fabric this week: 3 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 15 - used 11 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 15 in 13 out
# Patterns in 2019: 8 in - 7 out (2 new patterns, 5 already owned unused patterns)

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Colour blocked Isa for women

I met Isabel four years ago when it was the first time our sewing weekend was organised. There are so many talented ladies in our sewing weekend group and Isabel is one of them. Our eldest girl does not like straight skirts (unless they are so long that they touch the ground) or sweaters, so I did not sew the Isa sweater for girls. When I saw the test for the ladies Isa sweater I thought it would be great for me. I mean colour blocking is always great isn't it? So here is my version of the Isa sweater (Nederlands patroon) by Bel'Etoile.
I made the colour block version with just two fabrics. You can also make a V shape with 3 fabrics. In my sweater the V shape continues onto the sleeves, but you can also choose not to colour block your sleeves. The pattern also includes a crop top, a dress and a hood, so many different options in just one pattern! The size range of the pattern goes from 32 (for teens) to 48.
If you buy the pattern before March 31 you even get two colour block options for the sweater for free! There is also a bundle (Nederlandse bundel) with the Isa sweater for girls (Nederlands patroon) in size 12M - 13Y for just 14 euro's.

For the neck and arm binding I just used fabric from another project instead of using ribbing. I think it is a perfect match with the fabric, don't you think? I lowered the neck with 1 cm and I took in the back of the sweater (I almost always do this, since I don't like the excess fabric in the back of a t-shirt or sweater).
Fabric: The petrol is a sweat from Cares' stoffen and the yellow is a sweat from Stoffenfeest

# Fabric this week: 10 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 12 - used 10 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 12 in 12 out
# Patterns in 2019: 7 in - 7 out (2 new patterns, 5 already owned unused patterns)

Monday, 18 February 2019

Orono Top by Itch to Stitch

Yay, a new Itch to Stitch pattern. I love patterns by Itch to Stitch*, I think they make up 75% of my wardrobe! Here is the Orono top!
What I like about the Itch to Stitch patterns is that I always learn a new technique. This time it is the pocket. You are being guided through the process and at the end you are amazed at how you created such a beautiful pocket. It is an inseam pocket that is attached to the front, although it looks like a welt pocket.
The Orono top is designed for knit with little stretch, about 15-30%, so sweat knit and interlock work well with this pattern. It has raglan sleeves and shoulder darts, and as I said inseam pockets which are created in a great way. It also has a cowl that you can wear up or double folded as I did. The Orono Top is now on sale with 20% discount!

Fabric: I bought this punta di roma fabric at Caresstoffen last week
PatternOrono top by Itch to Stitch

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 2 - used 7 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 2 in 9 out
# Patterns I sewed in 2019: new patterns: bought 4 of which I sewed 1, 
sewed unused pre-2019 patterns: 1

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Celia dress from Fibre Mood

There are always "first time"'s. This is a first time for me using a pattern from Fibre Mood. Fibre Mood is a new Belgian sewing magazine that you can find in the bookstores, but you can also buy the patterns online. I had the opportunity to choose one pattern to sew up for the Linkparty #7 by Fribre Mood. I chose the Celia dress.
I love asymmetrical dresses, so when I saw the Celia I knew I just had to sew it (and I was lucky enough to be able to sew the Celia). The dress is perfect for sweat or thicker fabrics because it has a loose fit. First, I sewed the size that would fit our middle daughter but I did not like the fit on her. So I decided to take in the sleeves and upper part of the dress with around 1,5 cm on each side. I like the fit so much better on her. The length is also still something she has to grow into, so she can wear the dress hopefully this season as well as next winter.
Sometimes I know which combination of fabrics I am going to use. Often lately I just cannot choose what makes the best fabric combination and then I ask my husband. Although he doesn't always like to get involved, he does get upset when I do not consult him (men, ugh!). He even gets more upset when I do ask him and still choose a different combination (haha). So for this dress he chose between a couple of my options and I loved the combination he chose. So much that when I figured out that I could not get all of the pattern pieces out of the leftover piece of fabric I just wanted to make it work. So I decided to get a bit creative and colour block the dress. Since the dress is a pretty loose fit I used the fabric for some small pieces across the grain. It also gives a nice effect because of the stripes in the fabric.
Fabric: the blue sweater knit comes from Caresstoffen. The yellow french terry is "Let's circle around" by Chat Chocolat that I bought at Stoffenfeest
Pattern: Celia Dress from Fibre Mood

# Fabric this week: 2 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 0 - used 6 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 2 in 8 out
# Patterns I sewed in 2019: new patterns: bought 2 of which I sewed 1, 
sewed unused pre-2019 patterns: 1

Friday, 8 February 2019

Celebration time: Regina add-on

It's celebration time over at Sofilantjes*, 20.000 members in the Sofilantjes Facebook group, wow! Therefore, there is a great new add-on being released for the Regina tunic and dress. This new add-on includes a low back (isn't it beautiful?) and a half circle skirt!
Remember the Regina tunic and dress? Of course you do! With those amazing sleeve details! I already sewed a tunic and a dress for our eldest, now it was time for our middle daughter to get a Regina dress.
If you own the Regina you can find the new add-on in your account. The great part about the new skirt is that now you can choose your skirt according to the amount of fabric you have. A circle skirt needs much more fabric than a half circle skirt. I love the low back! I couldn't stop making photos!
In addition to the add-on there is also a sale of 20% with the code YAY20K (all pdf patterns, excluding bundles). 
Fabric: Scandinavian Birds from Lillestoff which I bought at Dawanda several years ago and some blue fabric from my stash.
PatternRegina tunic and dress (Nederlands patroon) with regina add-on

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 0 - used 4 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 0 in 6 out
# Patterns I sewed in 2019: new patterns: bought 2 of which I sewed 1, 
sewed unused pre-2019 patterns: 1

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour: Bella Fit and Flare dress

This week it is time for the Basically Jalie Blog tour and a giveaway! For this blog tour it is all about basics. Although a dress might not be a stereotype basic, it is for our eldest. She wears a dress every single day, or at least as often as possible. So I chose the Bella Fit and Flare dress (3460) from Jalie. Read until the end for more details about the giveaway!
I love the silhouette of this dress and so does our girl. When she spins around it twirls perfectly. And did you see that lovely back? I finished the back differently. In the pattern they add elastic to finish off the neck. I was lazy and just added a neck binding that I serged to the dress.
To accentuate the princess seams I added piping to the front seams. I used the same fabric that I used for the neck binding. Because we are still in winter season I also made a tank top to wear underneath the dress. I used the Raglan Tee, Racerback Tank and Tunics (3245) from Jalie in the same fabric as the piping and the neckband. This Tank Top is a great basic staple as it makes a great top on it's own, but it also fits great underneath a dress or anything else. I love the round hem and it will be a great top for summer. I was also lazy when I finished the top. In the pattern they wrap the binding around the ends, which gives a nice finish. I, again, just cut pieces of fabric that I serged to the arms and neck. For the neck binding I used the same sparkling fabric that I used in the dress.
Here you see the result with the top underneath her dress.

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Fabric: "Girls" French Terry from Little Darling and "Mauve Silver Sparkling" French Terry from Stoffenfeest

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 0 - used 4 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 0 in 6 out
# Patterns I sewed in 2019: new patterns: bought 2 of which I sewed 1, 
sewed unused pre-2019 patterns: 1

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Swing tunic!

Although I always like to challenge myself, sometimes I just fall in love with very simple patterns. When I saw the Sophie swing dress and tunic* by Peek-a-boo patterns I knew it would be perfect for our eldest. She only wants to wear dresses, but sometimes pants are the better option. Sweaters that have a twirly element that look like a dress are perfect for these occasions. Therefore I bought the Sophie swing dress and tunic.
Of course I needed to find a piece of fabric that would be perfect for this tunic length I made. Simple patterns are perfect for special pieces of fabric. I bought the Mandala french terry not too long ago at Mamarieke. It is a panel with an orange stripe on one side of the panel. So I needed to carefully think about how to cut the pattern. Because I wanted the orange to come back in the sleeve I had to be creative with the cutting. I cut the sleeve in half and used as much of the orange piece I had left.
I love the collar on the tunic, but you can also use a regular band or hood on the tunic or dress. The pattern comes in sizes 3M to 12Y. I love patterns that come in such wide size ranges, because we have very narrow kids and patterns that start at 1 or 2 years would only be useable for our oldest girl. Now I can use this pattern for all our girls. I wanted to make the tunic extra dress-like so I used width 6Y for the bottom of the tunic and size 3Y (which is the size she is in for her chest) for the chest. I love the result and so does our girl. She still feels it is a dress and long enough according to her (win-win).
Fabric: Mandala by swafing in french terry from mamarieke
Pattern: Sophie swing dress and tunic by Peek-a-boo patterns

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 0 - used 2 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 0 in 4 out
# Patterns I sewed in 2019: new patterns: bought 1 of which I sewed 1, 
sewed unused pre-2019 patterns: 1

* 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!
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