Saturday, 19 May 2018

Challenging maternity sewing: Amber top

My first maternity project! During my previous pregnancies I was already sewing but since I did not sew too much for myself I also did not sew any maternity clothing. This time I decided to buy a couple of maternity patterns so that I would be able to create various sets of clothing. The first pattern that was already on my maternity sewing list for a long time is the Amber Nursing and Maternity top and dress from Megan Nielsen Patterns.
The pattern includes a top and a dress, short sleeves and 3/4 sleeves. I especially like the pleating on the frontside of the belly. It is an unique aspect of this maternity pattern I think and I really like the looks of it. An extra bonus is the modesty panel as it is called. It makes that the top can also be used for nursing. I like that it indeed makes a modest t-shirt, which I can wear to work. At the moment I am 26 weeks pregnant, so I have still some time to wear it.
Adaptations I made: This project was a challenging one for me. I am not sure whether it is my maternity brain or whether is was just bad luck. It started when I traced the pattern. I measured myself and I was in between two sizes. Because the pattern has an seam allowance of 1,5 cm I though it would be best to trace the smaller of the two sizes and sew with a smaller seam allowance. Luckily when I was cutting my pattern pieces I decided to see if the size would be ok, and it turned out to be very tight! I already cut the back pieces (I had a coupon of only 1 meter and of course I didn't want the fabric to go to waste) and thus decided to cut the front pieces one size bigger and sew with a seam allowance of 6 mm (the width of my serger).
The next step that gave me problems were those great looking pleats. Sewing the pleats was not a problem, but when I was finished with the pleats I saw I sewed the pleats on the right in the same direction as the pleats on the left side (they should both be sewed towards the side seam). I decided to unpick the pleats on one side a sew them to the right side, I am happy that I did, it looks much better this way (of course)!
Before I sewed the sleeves in I tried it on and decided to take off about 1,5 cm from the top bodice pattern pieces as well as the modesty panel. I have made this change to quite a few maternity patterns lately. Maybe it is my bust size, but I find that these cross over tops quickly get a baggy feel.
For the sleeves I decided to not hem them and just let them be. They tend to roll up a bit, I like the look of it.
Fabric: the cranes are a coupon from Caresstoffen and the green fabric comes from my outlet fabric store in Italy.
Pattern: Amber nursing and maternity top and dress by Megan Nielsen

Fabric in 2018: this week 1 in - 2 out (2018: bought 18 - used 20 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 18 in 24 out 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A v-neck t-shirt for the husband (SVDHZ 3)

The husband is always the one who gets the fewest home sewn garments. Although I always have plans for projects for him, and they are done very quickly, he is always the last one in line. With the kids I always feel they need certain garments because they have outgrown their dresses, t-shirts or tops. With the husband I never feel he really needs any new clothing, and therefore he has to wait until other projects are finished.
When I bought the book Stof voor durf-het-zelvers 3, I immediately liked the men's sweater in the book and thought it would be perfect for him. It is actually a very quick project, well the sewing is very quick. I was really struggling with tracing the pattern. I traced the pattern pieces, or so I thought, but they looked rather strange and short. It turned out that I traced the sleeves of a different pattern. I am so happy with PDF pattern where you can just print the sizes you need of just one pattern.
Adaptations I made: I made a t-shirt with short sleeves, which is included in the pattern. I lengthened the t-shirt with 5 cm because I left off the band at the bottom of the shirt. I removed 1,5 cm from the sides both sleeves and sides. I cut the neckline a bit wider and made a v-neck in it (instead of the round neckline that is included in the pattern). Instead of the 7 cm prescribed for the height of the neckband I used 5 cm for my neckband from ribbing.
He likes it very much and asked for five more, which I could easily make in a couple of days. But I am afraid it again will take some time before these are finished.
Fabric: tricot with VW buses from stenzo, which I bought at stoffenstraat
Pattern: Men's sweater from the book Stof voor durf-het-zelvers 3

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 1 out (2018: bought 17 - used 19 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 17 in 22 out 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A colourblock BeeStyle

I love colour blocking, I think everybody knows that by now. And I love bold colour combinations. This t-shirt is the perfect example of that. I got to know this pattern through her of course (Inspinration). You can see she also made two bold versions of this pattern.
It is a German pattern, BeeStyle, with great colour blocking potential. It has many different options: different hoods, a collar, two different types of pockets (she of course added a pocket), a regular and a tunic length and you can add a thumbhole cuffs. It is the perfect pattern for a sweater but can also be used to sew a t-shirt. Although the instructions are in German every step is accompanied with a photo and since I am a visual person, I mainly needed the photos to sew the t-shirt. I did not have any problems with assembling the pattern.

Our girl loves thumbhole cuffs ever since I sewed this t-shirt. So I added the option to this shirt. I love the way these thumbholes are made, it looked a bit complicated at first, but when I just followed the instructions, all went well. The pattern is available in European sizes 74 (which is for height 74 cm, which is in US sizing 9-12M) until 170 (for 170 cm height, which in US sizing is >14Y).

Fabric: Princess castle by Lillestoff, the pink stripes come from Hoofs in Den Bosch, de orange strips are from my fabric outlet in Italy and the green flowers come from
PatternBeeStyle by BeeKiddi

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 4 out (2018: bought 17 - used 18 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 17 in 21 out 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

A colourful Amelia dress by BSD

You might actually think that we only have one girl in our household, but we have another one jumping around. And she is starting to look more and more like her older sister when it comes to clothing. She is already picking out her own clothing and has a clear preference for dresses.
It all started with the new dress for her: the Amelia dress by Bella Sunshine Designs. Since our youngest is a petite little girl she usually doesn't fit in the patterns that start at 1 year or 2 years, which means that most of the time I sew for our eldest girl. This time it was time for a dress for our youngest girl. That is the great advantage of BSD patterns, they start at 6M and our girl actually fits the sizing chart!
Once our girl saw the dress she fell in love with it and of course, as our eldest daughter would do, starts twirling the dress and showing it to everybody else. She must feel that is the way to go with dresses, show to others how pretty it is by twirling around.
The Amelia dress is a beautiful pattern and is a hit at our house, just like the others I sewed from BSD (Sahara dressEmmaline maxi dress). It is quite an easy sew, although I sewed this piece during the last hours of our sewing weekend, which meant I wanted to finish the dress before we were going home. This resulted in me sewing the wrong upper body pieces to each other. When you have 4 times the same pattern piece (although two are mirrored), I didn't pay too much attention to which pattern should be attached to which pattern piece. So in the end I had to redo it during the last minutes of our sewing weekend.

Top part of the dress - from my own stash, once bought at a long, long time ago
Skirt part of the dress - from textielstad

Fabric in 2018: this week 0 in - 3 out (2018: bought 6 - used 13 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 3 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 6 in 17 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Emmaline maxi dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

Dresses by Bella Sunshine Designs* are always a hit with our girls. I have sewed the Sahara Dress for our eldest girl and soon I will show you another BSD dress for our youngest girl. Today I am showing you the Emmaline maxi, dress and top by BSD.
Every single day our eldest asks whether she can wear a long dress today. When she goes to school usually the answer is not to school. When she is done with school she asks again if she can put on a long dress (she has 4 long dresses at the moment), the answer usually is yes. So basically our girl wears long dresses as much as possible. You can imagine that this dress is a huge hit with her. Especially since the previous long dresses I sewed her are not until the ground anymore.
The Emmaline maxi, dress and top has several options. You can sew it sleeveless, with short sleeves or with long sleeves. The other options are a top option, a dress option and a maxi dress option. It comes in sizes 6M - 12 for girls and 0 - 30 for ladies. It is on sale until April 20 for $6 (girls), $7 (ladies) or $12 (bundle).
I sewed the maxi dress with long sleeves and our girl loves it, she basically lives in it when she is at home. The fit is perfect as always with BSD patterns and the dress twirls!
This dress is an easy sew, the only thing that lengthened the sewing process was adding clear elastic to the waist of the dress. By cutting the fabric mirrored for the skirt pieces it gives a nice effect, which I love.
Fabric: I bought the fabric for the bottom of the skirt at Cares Stoffen
Fabric in 2018: this week 1 in - 2 out (2018: bought 6 - used 11 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 6 in 14 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Doris skirt by Misusu

Have you seen and sewn a pattern by Misusu? If you haven't you should meet Misusu. They have very original and unique sewing patterns. I have sewed Louise Sweaters before and a couple of other patterns are in my pattern stash and now it is time to meet the newest addition, the Doris skirt!
Today I am part of the social tour for the Doris skirt and I am showing you the two doris skirts that I sewed during testing. The first version I sewed is the cactus skirt. The doris skirt has geometrical lines which is perfect for colour blocking and using piping. For the first version I used one type of fabric for the main pattern pieces and added piping in between to accentuate the lines of the skirt.
There are two different versions you can sew. For the cactus skirt I sewed the version with one piece for the back of the skirt. If you want to colour block even more (like I do) there is also the option to sew the skirt in two pieces, like I did with the second skirt (with the triangular fabric). There is also the option to add a band to the bottom of the skirt if you want to get a more sporty look, I didn't try that option, but that makes the skirt even more versatile.
So if you are still in doubt that the doris skirt is something for your girl, have a look at the skirts that were made during testing. At the bottom of this post you can see an overview of the social tour schedule with all the different skirts. They all look so different and unique. The skirt is on sale for 6 euro until Monday April 16th. And.... keep an eye out for a big surprise on Sunday!
You see our girl is dancing away in her skirt. She loves the skirts, which is quite a challenge for a non-twirling piece of clothing. I found it difficult to make photos of the skirts that show off the lines from the different angles. During her dancing you can actually see the whole skirt.
Fabric: The red fabric from the first skirt is cosy sweat, the triangle fabric is Gorgeous graphic sweat from Poppy bought at the Stoffenstraat, the cactus fabric is a scrap from our last sewing weekend.
Pattern: Doris skirt by Misusu
Fabric in 2018: this week 2 in - 5 out (2018: bought 5 - used 9 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 2 scrap pieces of fabric) - in total 5 in 12 out

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