Thursday, 29 August 2019

My first pair of trousers: Gobi Culottes

I cannot believe it, but I sewed my first pair of trousers and I love them! I am so proud of myself!
The Gobi Culottes by Itch to Stitch* are designed for twill, non stretch, woven fabrics. I used a twill fabric with a very soft inside that I bought at Textielstad. They are so comfortable!
I have never sewed pants because they look complicated and they take a long time. I did underestimate the time it would take to sew these pants. Just tracing the pattern pieces already took me a couple of hours (there are many different pattern pieces). Then sewing the pants took me longer than expected, but the result is so satisfying. I might sew pants more often. It is great to have well fitting pants. Every time I sew an Itch to Stitch pattern I am always impressed with how easily the pattern is sewed up because the instruction breaks up the construction in many small steps. 
I love the result, love the details and also love that they are finished. I lengthened the pants with about 30 cm to make them long. The original length is just above the knee. The best part is that you can sew them up for summer but also for winter, so versatile. It has a release sale with a 20% discount. 
Fabric: orange twill from Textielstad
PatternGobi Culottes by Itch to Stitch
Sizing: Sizes 00 - 20 
Options: Short (or Long by lengthening the pattern pieces)
Difficulty: Intermediate +


# Fabric this week: 1 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 63 new fabric - used 57 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 63 in 67 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)


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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

When things do not go as planned

I almost always sew at night when the kids are in bed. Usually this works great, but sometimes I am tired and mistakes creep in my sewing, This project was just like that, it just did not go as I had planned.
I always plan out my fabric choices very carefully, so did I for the Super Mega Comfy Top by Made by Runi. I cut my front and back panel and was very happy that I was just able to have enough for my top. Oh wait, then I realised I still needed to cut the sleeves (grrrr). I didn't want to waste the fabric I had already cut and decided to cut the sleeves from a different fabric. Now what to do, cut the sleeves from the same fabric that I had planned for the colour block? Luckily I did not do that. I choose another fabric and it works well. Although next time I would choose one fabric for the bodice and sleeves and a different for the colour block (just as I had planned).
The unique detail about the super mega comfy top are the longer side elements of the top, which look great over leggings, trousers and even skirts! Of course I love the colour block element, which gives me the opportunity to combine different fabrics. I think my first fall items turned out great and will get a lot of wear the coming months.

The pattern is discounted until Tuesday August 20, 9.00 am CET. Just like the women's super mega comfy top that is also released today.

Fabric: the lillestoff fabric was a leftover from this dress. The uni coloured orange fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat.
Pattern: Super Mega Comfy Top by Made by Runi
Sizing: 80-164 (European sizes). Also the women's super mega comfy top is available (32-54).
Options: There are three sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long sleeve), you can add a colour block to the sides (or sew it without the colour block) and there are two different back lengths (same as the front or longer).
Difficulty: easy pattern (sewing the corners neatly is the only thing that takes a bit longer)


# Fabric this week: 0 in - 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 new fabric - used 56 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 6 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 66 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Two times nori wrap dresses

Wrap dresses are always lovely and the Nori wrap dress and top from Elliedactyl is a favorite here! Especially since you can do some colour blocking!
I bought the Nori wrap dress and top from Elliedactyl already 2,5 years ago but never sewed one up. During my sewing weekend in February I sewed one for our middle daughter in flamingo fabric. She loved it! When I came back our eldest wanted one as well! I planned one out and traced the pattern, however there were other projects that got more priority in sewing. Then I had another sewing weekend. These weekends are perfect for sewing all those project I have planned but never had the time to sew up (at least other projects got more priority). So the first project I sewed during this sewing weekend was sewing a nori wrap dress for our eldest, also in (different) flamingo fabric.
The Nori wrap dress starts at 3M and I must say I am usually persuaded to buy a cute pattern when the pattern starts with small sizing as our girls (especially the middle one) is small in her waist. Additionally, I like my skirts/dresses to be long and the dress length of this dress falls nicely on the knee. So that means they can wear it for a long time (at some point in time it will be tunic length and they can wear it with pants as their chest size does not change much over time ;)). Lastly, I love the faux wrap style and it looks great on our girls. The dress takes up quite some fabric as it has a circle skirt (look at that twirl), but it looks amazing!
Fabric: All fabric comes from de Stoffenstraat.
PatternNori wrap dress and top from Elliedactyl 
Sizing: 3M-12Y
Options: dress length (mid knee length) and top length (tunic length) with a circle or a gathered skirt and tulip sleeves.
Difficulty: I would say it is an intermediate sewing pattern.
# Fabric this week: 0 in - 4 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 - used 54 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 63 out
# Patterns in 2019: 16 in - 13 out (3 new patterns, 10 already owned unused patterns)

Sunday, 4 August 2019

My favourite summer dress: Vallis dress

I had the Vallis tunic and dress* already on my sewing list for some time. With our summer holiday in sight I decided it was time to sew it up, and now I have a new favourite summer dress!
The Vallis by Sofilantjes is a quick sew and has a wow factor when you wear it! The bodice and back is always the same but it includes different ways to sew up the seam. I used the asymmetrical seam and I love it, but I love asymmetrical garments so no surprise there. I am only 162, while the pattern is drawn for 168 cm. I did not shorten it because I like my dresses to be on my knee. Keep that in mind when you are sewing up your dress.
The Vallis is just the perfect summer dress because it is nice and flowy, look at my twirl below, it covers a belly quite nicely. So you don't have to keep in mind what you eat during summer and it covers your bra straps nicely. Next time I would maybe lower the armpits by 1 cm to get an even better fit. Now I just need to sew it up for our girls.
Fabric: Peacock Feather comes from Stoffenstraat
Pattern: Vallis tunic and dress by Sofilantjes (also available for girls)
Options: there are two waist options, a regular waist and an empire waist option. With the 1/2 circle skirt regular skirt there are 3 different ways to sew the seam (a regular round seam, a handkerchief seam, and an asymmetrical seam). It has a tunic length and a dress length. 
Difficulty: It is an easy pattern to sew (2 out of 4)

# Fabric this week: 0 in - 1 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 - used 50 fabric - used 4 gifted fabric - used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 62 in 59 out

# Patterns in 2019: 15 in - 12 out (3 new patterns, 9 already owned unused patterns)

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