Saturday, 30 March 2019

Creatieve naai uitdaging: one colour only (Creative Sewing Challenge)

Ik zat lang te twijfelen of dat ik mee zou doen, maar op het laatst heb ik de sprong in het diepe genomen en schreef ik mij in voor de creatieve naamuitdaging van Mamarieke en Stoffenfeest. We werden gematcht aan 1 van de andere participanten van wie we 2 naaicriteria zouden krijgen. Van haar kreeg ik de eerste twee criteria en de laatste criteria krijgen we van Mamarieke en Guus van stoffenfeest. 

Just until the deadline I wasn't sure whether I wanted to participate in the creative sewing challenge by Mamarieke and Stoffenfeest. But in the end I just thought I should take a chance. I was matched to one of the other participants who came up with two sewing criteria for the challenge. She set the first two criteria and the last criteria came from the organising committee.
Mijn 3 naaicriteria:
* Naai iets in één enkel effen, printloos stofje (gezien je heel fijn kleurrijk combineert en naait).
* Gebruik dat ene patroon dat je al lang wil naaien maar steeds uitstelt.
* Gebruik een techniek die je nooit eerder hebt gebruikt.

My 3 sewing criteria:
* Use one uni coloured fabric (since you often combine different colours and prints).
* Use that one pattern that you already want to sew for a long time, but haven't yet.
* Use a sewing technique that you have not used before.
Zij heeft duidelijk naar mijn eerdere maaksels gekeken en gezien dat ik vooral van prints en kleurencombinaties hou. Dus de eerste naaicriteria is zeker een leuke uitdaging. Wow die eerste criteria dat was wel even goed nadenken, iets maken uit 1 effen stofje wat ook nog leuk is (ik vind dat al snel saai). In eerste instantie dacht ik iets voor mijn man te maken, maar toevallig heb ik net tijdens ons laatste naaiweekend een aantal patronen genaaid die ik al een tijd op mijn to sew lijst had staan dus die viel af. Dus dan iets voor 1 van onze meiden.

She obviously took a look at my previous makes and saw that I like prints and bold colour combinations. The first sewing criteria is a challenge, that is for sure. Coming up with something fun that would look great with just one colour was a challenge. I find garments with just one colour usually quite boring. First I wanted to make something for my husband but during our last sewing weekend I sewed a couple of patterns that I did not use before. One was a t-shirt for my husband so I had to come up with something else. I decided to sew something for one of our girls.
Ok, op zoek naar een patroon dat al lang op mijn to-sew-lijst staat. Dat is duidelijk, dat is de Tinny jurk van Straightgrain. Ik heb het patroon sinds de update in 2015 dus dat is al heel wat jaartjes. De moeilijkste criteria was een techniek gebruiken die ik nog nooit eerder hebt gebruikt, tja dat zijn er eigenlijk niet zo veel. Doordat ik inmiddels zo'n 2 jaar test heb ik de meeste technieken ook wel gebruikt. Als je aan het testen bent kom je soms wel eens technieken tegen die je niet zelf uit zou kiezen (of dat je misschien een patroon links laat liggen vanwege een knoopsgat, paspel zak of iets dergelijks). Het patroontesten zorgt er echt voor dat ik veel dingen toch gewoon probeer en heel erg vaak valt het allemaal enorm mee. Ik kwam er zelf niet zo goed uit dus toen heb ik advies gevraagd bij een goede vriendin die ook naait. Zij kwam met het goede idee om te borduren op de jurk. 

Ok: a pattern that I did not use before, well the Tinny dress by Straightgrain is already waiting since 2015 to be sewed up. The hardest criteria was using a technique that I did not use before. I could not really come up with a technique that I did not use. Because I have been testing patterns for around 2 years I have used a lot of different techniques. Sometimes you come across new challenging techniques, but that is what makes pattern testing so fun, you just have to try it and usually it is not that difficult after all. Therefore I decided to ask a sewing friend if she had a good idea. She came up with embroidery.
Je denkt nu misschien borduren, waar dan? Ik borduurde een paar stippellijnen op het lijfje en op de onderkant van de rok. De lijnen moeten het spoor van mieren voorstellen. Ik borduurde er ook nog 3 mieren op. Leuk om een keer te borduren, maar wat gaat dat langzaam zeg. Ik hou duidelijk van een snel resultaat. De jurk moest deze week af om het resultaat te laten zien, dus deze week heb ik enkele avonden op de bank gezeten om te borduren en de jurk af te maken.

Dus, de tinny jurk. Deze jurk heeft enorm veel opties, altijd fijn in een patroon vind ik. Ik maakte de colour block voorkant, maar dan met 1 kleur, met aangeknipte mouwen en een gefronsde rok en voegde paspel toe. Hij past perfect, dat is altijd fijn met katoen.

You might be thinking, embroidery, where? I embroidered a couple of lines on the bodice and bottom of the skirt. The lines should represent the trail of ants. I also embroidered three ants on the dress. I loved trying embroidery, but wow it takes a long time! I clearly love quick results. I needed to finish the dress this week so that meant I had to spend a couple of night on the couch finishing my embroidery and the dress.

So the tinny dress. This pattern has lots of options, which I always like in patterns. I sewed the colour block front, but then in just one colour, with cap sleeves and a gathered skirt and I added piping to the dress. It fits perfectly, that is sometimes a challenge when you sew with cotton.
Ik vond het erg leuk om mee te doen met de naai uitdaging. Ik werd zeker uitgedaagd en ben absoluut tevreden met het resultaat. Ik vind de jurk helemaal niet saai geworden, ook al is het maar 1 kleur (nou ja, de basis jurk dan). Vooral de uitdaging om out of the box met grenzen iets te bedenken was leuk.

I loved participating in the sewing challenge. It was a challenge for sure. I was challenged to think outside of the box within the set boundaries. I love how the dress turned out, not boring at all in just one colour.
Fabric: Bought at Stoffenspektakel

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 15 - used 14 fabric - used 2 gifted fabric - used 0 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 15 in 16 out
# Patterns in 2019: 8 in - 8 out (2 new patterns, 6 already owned unused patterns)

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Cross my heart cardigan

My first project during our sewing weekend was the cross my heart cardigan 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 cardigan 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)

* 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, 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)
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