Friday, 2 March 2018

Kite Fold Tee Colour Block Competition

Colour blocking and Madeit Patterns, the perfect combination for me. I love colour blocking and I adore Madeit Patterns. I own many Madeit Patterns (I have sewed two Groove dresses and before I started my blog I hacked the balloon fold dress into a top and I sewed the pocket fold skirt). The Kite Fold Tee is one of the patterns that I did not sew yet. Then I received an email that the Kite Fold Tee was updated with long sleeves! This just perfectly fitted my intentions of sewing some long sleeved t-shirts for our eldest girl. 
I love colour blocking with as many different fabrics as possible. Yes, I love bold combinations! The Kite Fold Tee is perfect for that. I even got an extra push when Madeit Patterns announced the Kite Fold Tee Colour Block Competition, how exciting! So time to sew up a kite fold tee with long sleeves!
For our sewing weekend in February I decided to bring some fabric with me of which I had only a small piece left, which are perfect for colour blocking! The main fabric, the eskimo fabric, is a fabric that I already have for a long time. I made a vest from it and only had a small piece left. I combined it with the yellow and red striped fabric which both come from my own stash. The grey dots fabric of course came from the exchange pile from last sewing weekend. I love the combinations of the t-shirt, although I can imagine that some might think it is too much. Luckily, Miranda (my partner in crime during these sewing weekends) and I both love colour blocking with bold combinations. So she always supports my bold combinations.
One thing I changed in the pattern is the attachment of the neckband. I love using binding for the neck, so I cut off a small piece around the neck and added binding to the neck instead of a regular neckband. Of course the binding comes from her stash (she has all those colours I do not own), which is great of sewing during sewing weekends. You can easily exchange those haberdasheries you don't have in the right colour.
Fabric: Inuit from Lillestoff, other pieces come from my big unknown stash.
Pattern: Kite fold tee by Madeit Patterns

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The spirited dress by Candice Ayala Patterns in OT18

Summer sewing has started! When I saw the Spirited Dress, I though it would be perfect for our girl! That neckline, so beautiful and a skirt that twirls, that is what she loves! And indeed she loves the dress! 
The Spirited Dress* from One Thimble 18 has a Queen Anne neckline, a true royal dress with a royal neckline. For the bodice it is important to use a fabric which is stable enough but still has some stretch in order to show the beautiful neckline. I used sweat fabric and it turned out great! The dress does not have a closure at the back so our girl can put on the dress herself. The size range of the dress is 2 - 9 years. I sewed the 2 years and lengthened the dress to 4 years.
An extra bonus feature is the underpants that are also part of the pattern! How great is it that when your girls starts twirling they do not show their underwear but the matching underpants instead. Unfortunately I did not have the time to sew the pants, but I will for sure as they are perfect for our girl during summer. She prefers dresses and twirling in the dresses!
All girls have their own spirit (hence the name Spirited Dress), the spirit of our girl is definitely a fairy with all her flowers. The flowers of her skirt match her bright and bubbly personality (and love for flowers) and the fairy hat matches her love for fairytales and princesses and everything imaginary. She loves the dress!

Fabric: The bodice is made from sweat fabric that I bought in Italy, the skirt is jersey that comes from the exchange pile of our sewing weekend in October.
Pattern: The Spirited Dress by Candice Ayala Patterns exclusively sold in One Thimble 18

Fabric in 2018: 0 in - 2 out (bought 3 - used 2 fabric - used 1 gifted fabric - used 1 scrap) - #3in4out

* 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, 25 February 2018

Vivax dress by Sofilantjes

I haven't been sewing too much the last couple of months. This also showed on the blog with fewer posts since the beginning of this year. Of course a new pattern test by Sofilantjes is a great way to get out of this sewing dip!
The new top and dress is called Vivax* (Nederlands patroon), which means lively, and is another great pattern. Of course it has several options as you are used to with patterns by Sofilantjes. I love the collar option, it looks awesome and is easy to put together. Use a bit of thicker fabric so that it stands up nicely. Great for using scraps! There is also a round collar option.
You know I love color blocking. This pattern has four sleeve lengths (short, half, 3/4 and long sleeves) and different options for color blocking so you can go all the way. I sewed the long sleeve with three pattern pieces, there is also the long sleeve option with two different pattern pieces. 
This dress is just another great pattern by Sofilantjes and is one of my favourites at the moment. The collar makes it different from other patterns and it is very versatile. You can use french terry (like I did) or sweat fabric for the dress to make a great winter dress from it. But also jersey would be suitable (just make sure you use a stable, good quality fabric for the collar) for a more spring time kind of dress.
So go get it now! It is on sale from Sunday February 25 (midnight) until Tuesday February 27 (midnight) for €5.00 exl tax (€6,05 incl. eu tax).
Something else you might have noticed is the sudden short hair of our girl. Well she decided that she wanted to try something with her hair and cut her hair herself. We were shocked to see how short she herself cut her hair. We definitely had to get used to the new look.

FabricFlower Circle French Terry from Nooteboom bought at Stoffenfeest, for the binding I used one from Inspinration's stash, which was a perfect match!
Pattern: Vivax top and dress by Sofilantjes

Fabric in 2018: 3 in - 2 out (bought 3 - used 1 main fabric - used 1 scrap) - #3in2out

* 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, 4 February 2018

Antalya dress in sweat and rib fabric

The next edition of our sewing weekend is already around the corner, but I haven't showed you the Antalya dress that I sewed during our last sewing weekend.
The Antalya dress from Willow & Co Patterns is designed by Olga from Coffee+Thread. It is a pattern that I already have for a very long time and have not sewed yet. When I was looking for patterns to sew up during our last sewing weekend I was looking for dresses that twirl, as these dresses make our daughter the happiest. I came across the Antalya dress, the perfect dress with a twirl skirt that would fit our daughters wishes. 
The Antalya dress is designed for woven fabric. However, as winter was approaching (in October when I was looking for patterns) I wanted to make the dress in sweat fabric so that our daughter could wear it during winter and still be nice and warm. So therefore I decided to bring my sweat fabrics with me during the sewing weekend and see what I could do.
In the exchange pile of fabric at our sewing weekend I found a really big piece of fabric of rib fabric with beautiful flowers on it. Since this fabric did not have any stretch in it and I wanted to make the dress without a zipper I used sweat fabric with stretch for the pattern pieces around the head.
After sewing this dress I still had some scraps left over, which I used for this jacket I showed you before. The dress is still a bit long, but since our girl is growing fast that won't be problem, maybe she can still wear it next winter.

Fabric: from my own stash and the exchange pile during our sewing weekend
Pattern: Antalya dress by Willow & Co Patterns/ Coffee+Thread

Monday, 15 January 2018

Brianna Dress - DG Patterns Blog Tour

I have a soft spot for asymmetrical patterns. So when I saw the Brianna Dress by DG Patterns* I instantly loved it. Today I am part of the DG patterns blog tour. We are all showing one of the patterns by DG patterns. At the bottom of the post you can see who else is participating, a discount code by our sponsor Southern Bell Fabrics and the fabric giveaway. Enjoy!
The Brianna Dress has two asymmetrical features, the dress itself has a asymmetrical shape and there is an asymmetrical neckline option. It also has a round and a V-shape neckline option, so there are three different necklines from which you can choose. I of course chose the asymmetrical neckline.
Usually when I start with a pattern I cut my pattern pieces before I start reading the instructions, I know, not always the best approach. This time I browsed through the instructions and luckily I found out in time that you have to tape two pattern pieces together before cutting the fabric. Other than that, the dress is an easy sew and the result looks great. There is a sale during the tour, use FRESHSTART50 to get a discount of 50% on your purchase!
There are several sleeve lengths included in the pattern, short sleeve, elbow sleeve and long sleeve length. I chose the long sleeve length. Still I found them a bit short for my liking. I attached a piece of petrol fabric to the end of my sleeves, just like I did previously in this t-shirt. However, I did not like the result the dress looked more like a nightgown that a nice dress. I am always intrigued to see that certain things are great on some garments and fabric, while they turn out completely different with a different pattern or piece of clothing. So after looking at several length options I decided to just sew on a small piece at the end of the sleeves. I am happy with the result.
The dress is designed for jersey fabric. This time I followed the instructions in the pattern and used a soft jersey. I think the dress is very flattering (you do not see anything from the Christmas eating festivities), it looks great and is still very comfortable to wear. Definitely a dress I sew again. This time I used a fabric with a busy graphic. Below you see the Brianna dress in a uni-coloured fabric, a totally different result.
Fabric: Spark, Aqua by Nosh (I order directly at Nosh, but they do not sell it anymore)
Pattern: Brianna Dress by DG Patterns

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Louise sweater for mini and midi

When I saw the Louise sweater from Misusu I fell in love right away and wanted to test the pattern, but unfortunately I did not have time at that moment. So I had to wait until it was released. Then I bought it right away. But this is how it always goes with new patterns with me. I plan to sew them right away, but then either a new pattern is released that I again buy or a pattern test gets in the way and the pattern moves down the list. It took me a couple of months before I sewed the Louise sweater. 
Because I love the pattern so much I decided to sew one for our youngest and one for our eldest. Twinning with the girls!
I really like the Louise sweater, it is such a different pattern than anything I have seen so far. I love the high-low hem, the fact that you can combine different types of fabric (jersey with woven), the kangaroo pocket in the front, and the pleat that makes the back look great. I really feel that the patterns by Misusu are unique. I have a couple more patterns from Misusu that are on my list to sew. Let's see how quickly I will sew them up. The only disadvantage of these patterns is that they do not fit the requirements of our eldest daughter. It is not a dress that can twirl, so let's see if I can convince her.
I sewed both sweaters with sweat fabric, so they can wear it during winter. Most of the fabric I had in my own stash, although just a tiny piece, the cuffs and lining of the pocket of the sweater for our eldest daughter came from the exchange pile during our sewing weekend. Since I sewed the sweaters during our weekend I went through the pile to find fabric that matched my other fabric.  
Fabric: all fabric came from my stash, so a perfect way to decrease my stash!
Pattern: Louise sweater by Misusu

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Bellavista Top - Itch to Stitch

A new pattern by Itch to Stitch, my absolute favourite so far! I have worn my sweater a lot since we tested it in December and I get a lot of compliments about it. So here is the Bellavista Top by Itch to Stitch!

The Bellavista top is a pattern for a sweater or a knit top. It flares out at the bottom that makes the sweater so flattering. You can make the top with a cowl, like I did, or without it with a simple neckband. Another great feature of this pattern is the option to color block. The top has a separate center panel, which you can see in my sweater, which gives you the possibility to color clock the top if you like. Another option is to color block the cowl like I did. 
I bought my fabric at Cares Stoffen. It looks like a knitted sweater, but it is fabric with two layers. A knitted layer and a regular layer of stretch fabric. This makes me love the sweater so much, it is as if I wear a knitted sweater, without actually doing all the knitting! For the cowl I used the wrong side of the fabric which gives the feel as if I am wearing a shawl, however it is part of the sweater. 
The sweater is an easy sew and it just fits perfectly, like all patterns by Itch to Stitch! Keep in mind the thickness of the fabric when you are going to sew the cowl of the sweater. The cowl is double layered which easily gives it a comfy nice cowl even with just thinner fabric.

Fabric: knitted fabric from Cares Stoffen
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