Thursday, 27 June 2019

Release of the moonbeam swimsuit

Ever since I sewed my first swimsuit I have overcome my fear for sewing swimwear. Nevertheless, I have not sewed one since then. Then I saw a tester call for the Moonbean Swimsuit by Petite Stitchery*, wow, I loved the cut-out version right away! I was one of the lucky testers to be chosen to test the Moonbeam Swimsuit.
I sewed two swimsuits during the test because there were small changes in the pattern. And now I just love sewing swimwear. You get to sew an original swimsuit (I love original one of a kind patterns) and you don't need much fabric. You do need some specific haberdasheries like swimelastic and swimsuit lining. I sewed the elastic with a regular zigzag stitch. I also have my coverlock, but I prefer my regular sewing machine. What I like about this pattern is that it uses the trunk length to adapt the pattern for different lengths and I really like that way of adapting a pattern for length.
  
  
The Moonbeam swimsuit has several options and actually is a quick sew. There is a one piece swimsuit and a cutout swimsuit, which I sewed. Additionally, you can sew a swim dress with pockets (!!) and you can add a flounce. Sizing starts at 2Y and goes up all the way to 17 and also a women's Moonbeam swimsuit is available. I love the look of the cut out swimsuit that looks like a bikini, but is a swimsuit. I always have to get the hang of swimming elastic in swimsuits, but after that it is not a difficult pattern at all and looks amazing!

Fabric: the leaves fabric was a coupon at Naaiplezier. The purple and pink lycra comes from Bas Bastiaans. My swim lining and swim elastic come from Lijfgoed.
Patternthe Moonbeam Swimsuit by Petite Stitchery (women's Moonbeam swimsuit is also available)
Sizing: 2Y - 17 (also available for women)
Options: there is a one piece swimsuit, a cutout swimsuit, a swim dress with pockets and you can add a flounce.
Difficulty: it is a pretty easy pattern to sew
 

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 - used 46 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 55 out
# Patterns in 2019: 13 in - 10 out (3 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

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Loosen up in a fabulous skirt

I sewed up another set of Made by Runi patterns. Made by Runi patterns are pretty popular with our eldest, she loves the skirts and dresses (remember this dress and this coat) and the colour blocking options of the garments (the more different colours the better). As a summer outfit I sewed up the Loosen up top and Feeling Fabulous skirt.
With the great summer weather we are having our eldest could use some extra tops. The Loosen up top has different options. There are two different colour block options, a plain top and there are two different back options. I made the racer back option, but there is also a tank option for the back. The colour block options are great for scraps as you don't need much fabric. Due to the gathering at the front and back it is a loose fitted top. The pattern has a band at the bottom of the top. I left the bottom band off so our girl can tuck the top in her skirt, which she prefers. I just added 2 cm to the bottom of the skirt and hemmed it.
Made by Runi each week has a pattern of the week. This means that you can get that pattern with a discount and sew one up and submit it. With each entry you have the chance to win a pdf pattern of your choice for free (add your entry to the album on the Facebook group). This week the Loosen Up Top is the pattern of the week. Additionally, the Made by Runi facebook group has reached 10.000 followers so there is a 30% discount on the Every Day Dress, the Fairytale dress (this dress) and the Fairy godmother dress. Use the code 10KFAV.
Our girl is getting more and more interested in skirts, which is great as you can combine skirts with t-shirts or sweaters depending on the weather. I feel skirts are more versatile than dresses. Of course, one drawback with skirts is that you need to find matching clothing (choosing is quite challenging for our girl). So instead of sewing another dress I sewed a skirt. I loved the double layer skirt of this dress and so does our daughter. The feeling fabulous skirt also has two layers, which makes it a great twirl skirt. I finished the skirt with a rolled hem, one of my favorite ways to finish circle type of skirts.

Fabric
Loosen up top: the triangular fabric was a leftover from this favorite dress of our girl, the purple uni coloured fabric came from my stash.
Feeling fabulous skirt: the blue flamingo fabric came from our exchange pile during the sewing weekend (I sewed a dress with the same fabric with a different colour that came from de Stoffenstraat). The red and orange striped fabric comes from Caresstoffen.
Pattern: Loosen up top and Feeling Fabulous skirt by Made by Runi
Sizing; 80-164 (12M - 14Y), also available for adults (Loosen up top and Feeling Fabulous skirt).
Options: 2 colour block options and a plain front, racer back and tank top options.
Difficulty: easy, although the binding on the top is always something that slows me down in sewing.

# Fabric this week: 5 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 - used 43 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 52 out
# Patterns in 2019: 13 in - 10 out (3 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 22 June 2019

A softshell Fairtytale coat

A softshell coat for our eldest was already in the planning for half a year. However with pattern tests and other clothing that were more needed, the softshell coat kept on being pushed forward. Then we were going to one of the Frisian Island for a couple of days and the weather forecast wasn't that good. So our girl needed a softshell coat right away (this was about a week before we left). I always work best with deadlines so before we left I had sewed a softshell coat for our eldest.

When I saw the Fairytale Hoodie by Made by Runi I knew it would be perfect to make a coat for our girl. It is a coat that looks like a dress, has a great twirl factor and is long at the back. So it ticks off all demands our girl has for clothing. Although the pattern is desinged for knits already many others have made it in softshell. In the pattern it is recommended to size up one size if you are using softshell. Looking at the size chart (search the Facebook group if you need sizes for the chest, waist or hips, it is not included in all patterns) our girl falls in the size 110 with her chest size. I decided to add 1 cm seam allowance (seam allowance is not included in the pattern) and sew with my serger at a 0,6 cm distance. I am hoping she can still wear it next year so I chose length 122, although she is 112 cm tall. The fit is great!
Because of the fact that I used softshell I decided not to sew any lining in the hood. I finished both the hood and the bottom of the coat with knit binding. I sewed the regular hood and used (of course) the colour blocked sleeves.

Changes I made to the coat
  • I added a collar and sewed the zipper inside the collar (lengthened the zipper). 
  • I added a cover at the top of the zipper (my experience is that the top of the zipper can be a bit itching to the chin).
  • I added dumb cuffs to the sleeves.
  • I sewed enclosed arm cuffs, just like I did in my previous soft-shell coat.
Fabric: The pink hummingbird softshell was a coupon I bought at Naaiplezier. The pink softshell was a coupon I bought at Textielstad.
Pattern: Fairytale Hoodie by Made by Runi
Sizing: EU sizes: 80-164 (US: 12m-14y), also available for adults
Options: Standard or Pixie Hood, with or with out Hood, Buttons or zipper closure, colour blocked sleeves or just plain sleeves.
Difficulty: Intermediate, it is not a difficult pattern to sew.


# Fabric this week: 0 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 57 - used 40 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 57 in 48 out
# Patterns in 2019: 13 in - 10 out (3 new patterns, 7 already owned unused patterns)

Monday, 17 June 2019

The most amazing peppermint swirl skirt

I have been drooling over the Peppermint Swirl Dress by Candy Castle Patterns* for quite some time. I mean have you seen that dress!! It it just the most amazing dress with an even better twirl. Then I saw a call for testers to update the free tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. So I was hopping up and down and waving enthusiastically to be noticed! Then I got picked (YAY) and I was over the moon!

On to the Peppermint Swirl Skirt. If you have never seen the Peppermint Swirl Dress or Skirt it is a dress/skirt made out of multiple flounces which makes it the twirliest skirt that is even bigger than a circle skirt. The sizing of the skirt starts at 6M and goes up adult sizing. What you need is different colours of woven fabric and bias band (I used almost 9 meters of bias band for this skirt, size 4Y). The great thing about this skirt is that the waistband is completely customised to fit the person who is wearing it. 
During my last sewing weekend I decided to sew up the skirt and a lot people got intrigued by the process of sewing (and cutting) the skirt. And indeed it is a different process from what I was used to, the skirt really comes together as you are sewing it. It took me around 6 hours to sew up the skirt of which it took me 1,5 hours to cut all the different flounces. Of course picking out the fabric took me some time as well, but luckily I did that before I left home. It was actually a great way to destash my woven stash. I still have quite some woven fabric at home, but I rarely sew with woven fabric. So I had a great selection of different colours that I could chose from. I used 7 different colours of flounces for my skirt (and used 8 different colours for my skirt). I only had to buy two new colours to match my rainbow colour scheme. I love the colours!
When I came back home and showed the dress to our eldest, she loved it, however she said her favourite dress (from the things that I sewed for her during my weekend) was another dress which she requested after my last sewing weekend (soon on the blog). I sewed a dress for her sister and of course she wanted one as well. Now, a couple of weeks later, she wore the skirt every single moment when possible, so I would say it was a great success!
The Peppermint Swirl Skirt Tutorial is available both for kids and adults. You need to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern (the pattern pieces are not included in the tutorial) and download the free skirt tutorial. The turorial tells you how to turn the dress into a skirt and add a waistband. Now is the time to buy the Peppermint Swirl Dress pattern as there is a 20% discount (both for kids and adults) on the Peppermint Swirl dress with the code SWIRL. It is valid through Monday June 24. 
Fabric: The two new colours for the flounces were bought naaiplezier, just like the bias band.
PatternFree tutorial for the Peppermint Swirl Skirt by Candy Castle Patterns


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: 9 in - 6 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 57 - used 38 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 57 in 46 out
# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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, 10 June 2019

Cute scallops

Did you see the cute Tangerine dress by Annelaine patterns* with the cute scalloped hem? It was released not too long ago. And now the women's version is also available! I love that hem, it makes the dress just so cute!
The dress is a quick sew, which is great. Even the neckline and the arms are just folded in and sewn together. Only the scalloped hem takes some time. You really have to take your time to make it look nice. But it is such an unique detail, don't you think?
The pattern has several options. It has four different dress options, a one piece dress with a skater style dress or with an A-line dress. With the two piece dress you can choose between adding an elastic waist or without the elastic waist. Additionally, there are four types of sleeves included (sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves) and there are two types of hems, the scalloped hem and a straight hem. I sewed the two piece dress with a skater line dress with short sleeves and a scalloped hem. The pattern is on sale so now is the moment to buy one for your kid or yourself to do some cute twinning.
As you might have seen Annelaine patterns just started with a pattern membership. How do they work? Memberships come in monthly, six month, and year long options. You get 1 pattern credit, which can buy you one pattern, from the monthly, six from the six month, and 12 from the year long. The memberships get you discounted patterns, perfect for if you don’t want to wait for a sale. These credits never expire even if you cancel your membership. All membership levels are currently on sale in so don't miss out! Go check out the Pattern Memberships

Fabric: I bought the stripes at Joyfits just recently during the sale. The ice cream fabric comes from Stoffenstraat.
Size: 9M-20 for children and in women's sizes 00-30

# Fabric this week: 7 in - 2 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 48 - used 32 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 48 in 40 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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, 6 June 2019

Risu dress by Sofilantjes

Yay, a new pattern from Sofilantjes*. It is the Risu dressNew patterns from Sofilantjes are always a big hit in our house. One, our girls love the Sofilantjes dresses (although the eldest preferred a different dress because of the not twirling skirt, therefore I sewed it for our middle daughter). Two, I love to sew Sofilantjes dresses.
I pre-tested this dress, so there might be small changes in the final pattern, but I must say it fits our girl perfectly. The Risu dress catches everybody's eye because of that beautiful back. I love it. Besides that I love the idea of the one pocket on just one side of the dress. You know I love asymmetrical patterns. Of course you can just add two pockets if you like symmetry.
Another feature of the Risu dress is the V-shaped neckline. You can see I cut one of the neckline pattern pieces upside down, I have to pay attention to that next time (it didn't bother me enough to unpick it and cut it again).
This dress is not a quick sew as a lot of Sofilantjes dresses are. It takes a bit more time. But I have to admit that more challenging patterns give me more satisfaction when I am done and I can admire the result. This pattern is not difficult at all, but it takes a bit more time. 
The Risu release sale will run from June 6, 08.00 CET through June 10, 08.00 CET. The pattern is on sale for €5 - ex taxes (6.05 incl EU taxes), no code needed. After the sale it will be €7 not incl taxes. Go get it now! You will love it (if your girl loves twirly skirts like our eldest, you can just add a different Sofilantjes skirt).
Fabric: I bought the canoe fabric at Megastoffen a while ago. The rest are scraps from this sweater and from our sewing weekend.
PatternRisu dress (Dutch pattern) from Sofilantjes
Sizing, options & difficulty: 80-164 (12M-14Y), 3 sleeve lengths, Intermediate


# Fabric this week: 6 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 41 - used 30 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 41 in 38 out

# Patterns in 2019: 12 in - 9 out (2 new patterns, 7 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!
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