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

* 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!

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

* 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, 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.

GIVEAWAY!

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Are there some Jalie patterns you've been itching to get? Now's your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie's website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only. 

 For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie "basic" between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group
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Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:
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
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