Saturday, May 19, 2018

Catalina re-release and give away



Blank Slate patterns re-released the Catalina* dress which was the perfect opportunity to sew one. The Catalina is a versatile summer dress that can be sewn in woven or in knit. It was a no-brainer that I would sew one in knit. Knit is my go-to fabric. Seeing that the pattern can be sewn in woven, I actually top stitched it in a non-stretch stitch. This made sewing up this dress even quicker, am I the only one that dislikes how slow a stretch stitch is? The re-released pattern now has a wider size range and an optional front placket.



I sewed up a super easy version without pockets. I thought I never really use them, so why bother? But I have to admit that when I put on the dress, I immediately missed them. I am sure that I will get used to not having them though, because the dress is super comfortable and I already know it will be one of my favorites. I made it with a drapey light weight knit and it is super comfortable. I slightly haked the finishing of the armholes and neckline. I took a narrow strip of jersey and folded it. I sewed the raw edge to the good side of the hole and turned it over. It is not the official way to sew a bias, bit it works well with knits.


Since I was a kid I have a weak spot (pun intended) for spotted fabric and it seems that our eldest has the same. This dress has been her favorite ever since I sewed it, and she still wears it. It has become a bit short, so I bought fabric to make a new red-white dot fabric. By mistake I got twice as much as I planned, so enter my own red dot dress! I do not know why I did not sew one for myself earlier. I love red in general and dots somehow make it even better.


I sewed the knee length version, but the pattern also has a maxi dress option. In her post you see her recently sewn beautiful maxi version and her version is in woven. For even more examples you visit this Instagram tag.


You can buy the pattern in the Blank Slate patterns webshop*. To celebrate the re-release I am allowed to give away a version of the pattern! For a chance to win the pattern you play along by filling in the rafflecopter as ususal. You get "tickets" for following me and commenting on this blog post.The give away is open until May 25.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Playtime dress, OT 19 sewing continued



Last week, I showed you two patterns from OT 19*, the Pixel Pullover and Alfie Sweatpants. Today, I am showing you a dress pattern from OT 19. The Playtime dress is designed by Sew by pattern pieces. The eye catcher of this dress are the round sewn in pockets which create a very interesting color block option.



This blue dress, that I am showing first is, as usual actually the second of the two Playtime dresses that I sewed. In this blue dress I actually followed the instructions for the pockets, and sewed them as set in pockets. If you cut the main piece of the dress it has very big holes in it that you fill with these pockets. I have to admit I was a bit scared of them because, I am not the most precise sewist, that is why I cheated in the first version. But there was no need to be afraid. I just pinned them in and it worked like a charm. You have to pin, but if you do this, it lines up perfectly.



For the first dress I actually flipped the pocket to the inside and top stitched the pocket to the dress. This way you still have the circle shape, but your main fabric continues all the way to the pocket hole. I used a small lining to finish the pocket hole, that is why I top stitched the hole on the white dress. The fit of the dress is perfect and due to the fact that it has different sleeve lengths, your daughter can actually wear variations of this dress all year long.



The white dress I made with "magic" fabric, my kids and me immediately fell in love with the concept. Our kids always like me to make them clothes that can double as toys. They for example also really would love some clothes with the reversible pallets. I did buy a bit of that fabric, but I just did not find the inspiration yet. This fabric changes color in sun light and very quickly made itself in two garments, and I bought enough to make two more and I might or might not have ordered more... Shooting this one inside is a logical challenge, and she had to quickly run inside where I was waiting with my camera.



Pattern Revolution, as always during OT release organized a blog tour and there you can easily see all the good stuff that is OT 19. You can order your copy or the individual patterns here*.



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Thursday, May 10, 2018

OT 19 part one, Pixel Pullover and Alfie sweat pants



The season is changing, which means a new issue of One Thimble! One Thimble 19 * will officially be available from tomorrow, May 11 (but since today for pre-orders and subscribers). Due to the fact that the season change in Australia actually means a change to cooler weather, the new issue is winter themed. Although we are moving to summer,  I already sewed several pieces from the issue. Today I am showing you two perfectly complementary pieces, the Pixel Sweater and Alfie Sweat pants. Besides winter attire, they are great for summer hikes, cool evenings are typical Dutch summer in general unfortunately ;)



This pink and red set is actually the second set that I sewed. If you scroll down a bit you will see the first. When I sewed the first one I was apparently in a rather dark mid winter vibe and choose rather plain colors. I was not optimally happy with my color scheme, probably especially because it hot summer weather now, so I went for a more color full set.



The color is not the only difference. For the first set that I sewed both pieces in size 12. I do not know what I was thinking exactly, but I know that I was driven by the fact that our eldest two seem to outgrow all their clothes within one season at the moment. Our eldest daughter is ten and I never ever sewed according to her age, she was always smaller and even skinnier. But her recent growth spurt let me choose a size bigger than what she has now according to the table. Because I wanted it to fit during the winter. What I of course did not realize that even in the size table 10 and 12 year it shows that kids usually stay longer in one size than one season. The size 12 really was too big. She did not agree with it being too big though and wore it for two days straight. It is so comfy she says, and last week was rather cold.  I folded the cuffs of the sweat pants inside for the picture, I did not hack them out.



The Alfie sweat pants are designed by Ainsley Fox, the woman behind the brand also is the heroin behind the entire One Thimble. The pants are just as cool as the designer and actually have four different front views. The views differ in the front color block options. Two of them are perfect for reinforced knees, which my son's versions are going to get. There are two different options for front pockets. The version with a vertical splitted front creates a cool pocket option that is perfectly in sync with the color block options. The pattern also  comes with instructions on a welt front pocket.


When I saw the design of the Alfie sweat pants I knew that the pattern would be great for upcycling. I noticed before that somehow a grown up pair of pants does no longer have enough fabric between the seams (who is brave enough to unpick jeans seams, I know those people exist) to make our eldest pants. So, by making one side of the splitted front from new fabric I could turn one of my favorite worn to-the-thread stretch pants into one pair for her. Now that I dissected the trousers I could easily reinforce the pockets that had torn before. I kept the original back pockets in the new pants.



The Pixel Pullover is designed by Jennuine Design. Seeing that I also cut the Pullover a size to big, the grey version is a rather roomy. But as you can see on the red version, the sizing is actually excellent. What is better visible on the grey version are the saddle sleeves. They look and sew like raglan sleeves but behave like set-in sleeves when they are worn.



The Pixel Pullover comes with three necklines, a hood, a shawl collar and a cowl. Our kids still love hoods, so I picked the hood twice. The grey stretchy velvet is very fluffy and therefore the hood on the grey one looks rather big on the picture, but she assured me that it is supper comfortable. There are two sets of cuffs, one with thumb holes. When our daughter found out there was a thumb hole option she insisted on getting it in the second version. The apparently feel so natural that she forgot to take them off" when she started to make pastry..... Let's hope she quickly gets used to them.



The way to buy One Thimble* for Europeans changed a bit due to the European VAT rules and new privacy law.  Now, you will be automatically directed to another site where you immediately see euro prices (just 15 euro without VAT). The only small issue is that we can no longer see multiple pictures of the listing, but you can see one picture from all the stand alone patterns if you scroll through to the second page of the OT shop. If you are interest in buying issue 19, independently of your location, I advice you to become a member of the One Thimble Facebook page, you can see all kind of pictures there as well.



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Monday, April 30, 2018

Breeze shirt



Already weeks ago, Twig and Tale released the Breeze shirt*. I sewed up one during testing, but I never came around to posting about it. I was planning to sew a second and post about both of them, but I still have not come around to sewing the second one yet. But, seeing that the weather is improving, I wanted to show you the pattern, because I think it is the perfect summer woven sew for boys (but it is also obviously possible for girls as well)



The pattern is designed to be worn on warm days, and to cover sensitive skin against the sun. It therefore has long sleeves, but the pattern has optional sleeves tabs, such that you can easily keep the sleeves rolled up. If you know that your child will never wear long sleeves, but you can also simply sew the short sleeve option.



I sewed the shirt in a naturally wrinkled very light weighted cotton. It was a remnant from Textielstad so I do not know what the fabric is exactly. The pattern has no exposed seams, it has French and enclosed seams, making it super comfortable to wear. Although it has a perfect finish, it is still a rather easy and quick sew.


The shirt just pulls over the head, there is no closure (which makes it a much easier sew than a button up shirt). To make wearing it extra comfortable it has a relaxed fit. For this first version, I actually decided to make our son one size smaller than he should wear according to the size table, because he is often does not like oversized pieces. But, I could have just gone with his regular size, he says it is very comfortable also if it would be a bit wider.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Enjoy the sun in Solis




The two Solis* projects that I am showing day were sewn in February during our sewing weekend. The Solis is such a quick and fun project so it was the perfect pattern to end such a perfect weekend with.  I sewed them on Sunday morning, just before me and her had to leave. I took the fabrics from home, but both bodice fabrics actually came from her, I received them half a year before on a sewing date.



Our youngest love twirly dresses, so it was a no brainer that she would get a normal Solis. I bought the lift blue fabric as a remnant from Textielstad once. It is a kind of knit fabric with stretch, but it is not your average jersey. It has a 3d effect, and I felt that the flowers could totally pass on for snow flakes. She clearly loves the dress.



Our middle one is still in her, no-dress phase. I am curious if she will continue this phase over the summer. I therefore sewed her a tunic length piece. I simply shorted the skirt part of the Solis. Like I wrote earlier, I sewed these pieces in the last moments of sewing time that I had, and I somehow made a cutting error. They always happen in such moments. Somehow the front and back bodice were not the same length. I solved it by adding a band. This made a very bold fabric choice even bolder. The chest of our two youngest does not differ much, and our youngest actually already worn this tunic as a dress. I hope they will be willing to share their wardrobe in the future as well



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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Regem and Play pants



If our son could choose, we would always be in his under wear (maybe even less, but a minimum of under wear is where we draw the line for the living room). The Play Pants by Madeit Patterns (that are popping up every where in my social media feed) are designed to create a matching pair of modesty pants to be worn under a dress, or to be show off on the beach. But, I imaged it would also be great for the boy in our house hold. So, I made him a new shirt, a Regem by Sofilantjes and gave him a pair of matching Play pants. Why would only girls need matching pants?




If you buy a boy under wear pattern, it will have some extra space for the "business" in front. But I feel this is mostly done due to the fact that our husbands wear those types of underwear. I assumed that if I can fit my own chest in a flat fronted T shirt pattern than, our son would not need, extra space in the front neither. I was right, the Play Pants are not tight in the front and fit perfectly. Next time I might make a size bigger, but this is due to the size of his upper leg.




I sewed our son two Regem* shirts this weekend, and the other was not an exact match to the under pants. But why would the ensemble only be good if the fabric matches? So we continued the shoot by just switching shirts.  I had not sewn the Regem for our son, only for our middle daughter. At the moment the average temperature is quickly improving, and I noticed  how short all last year's summer shirts had become. So, I immediately cut two Regem shirts, and I played around with the fabric choice of the sleeve.



For one of them I made the sleeves the same color as the upper color block, for the other, the same as the lower part of the body. The one that has the color block the same as the sleeve, the shirt seems a raglan shirt. For the other one, the color block creates a shoulder pop effect, that elevates the shirt from a plain front to one that clearly stands out. I forsee several more of these, in both color block options for the coming summer. All the fabrics were bought at Joyfits.



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