Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to school with Made It patterns



In two weeks, school will start again. This time all four of our kids will go because my little one turned four this summer. The beginning of the new school year always gives a double feeling. It is the end of the summer holiday, the moment we again have to use alarm clocks, but also the moment my kids see their friends again. New teacher, new class room and new things to learn usually equals excitement. This newness is best celebrated with some more new stuff. New lunch box, new drinking bottle, new bag and new clothes. In our house I of course make the latter two and today I am showing you a back to school outfit of my eldest in Made It Patterns.



In the Netherlands the kids do not wear uniforms to school. The Netherlands is very liberal in the clothes that are allowed to school and I would say there are pretty much no rules. If my kid would go in a bikini it might be a bit weird, but I am not sure if it would be against the "rules".  I know that there are bloggers on the tour that will have to stick to grey colors on their outfits, so we went overboard (pun intended) with a very colorful knit boat fabric. My daughter picked it herself from my stash.



I made her a Groove dress. A dress that for me symbolizing freedom, although it does not twirl like a circle skirt, its wide skirt is definitely approved by my kids. This is the second Groove dress that I made, and like the first time, I slightly hacked it. Like I said, the Groove has a wide skirt, so wide that I actually could not cut it from my one meter directional print fabric. I never read fabric requirements and am a cut-first-solve-later kind a girl. So, only after cutting the front, I realized that there was no way I was going to cut a full back from this fabric. I decided to simply color block a contrasting fabric into it. To make it seem predetermined, I also added a strip to the front. Also one of the sleeves needed a color block. As usual, I really like my fix, and might like it better than if I would have been able to cut the entire dress from the boat fabric.



To take her new bottle and lunch box, I also made her a Sling Bag. I made medium size and I am totally in love with this bag! When I made this dress, I had a long and narrow leftover. No clue what I would be able to make from it, I just put it back in my stash. I was over the moon when I found out that this bag actually needed almost the entire piece! This bag and the remnant seemed to be made for each other. I really like this fabric it made gorgeous dress, but also an awesome bag and the black is perfect because this bag will see a lot of floor. To did not wanted an upside down bird so some pieces were not cut on the fold. I simply cut two and added a seam allowance.




I used two rather lightweight fabrics for this bag, so I cut a third layer, from some fluffy fabric to give the bag more body. This bag pattern is really awesome, it has two small pockets, a key chain and sews up surprisingly fast. Instead of making a key chain loop, I used a piece of elastic.



To celebrate the back to school tour, there is a 20% discount store wide with the code "btsins" until the end of August. I strongly advise to visit the shop and especially check out the Fold collection. I really stole my heart. Here you can see a mash-up that I made from two of those patterns.

CONTRIBUTORS
 TRUDY - Fox and Me
BROOKE - Idle Sunshine

MARIA - My Cozy Co
EMILY - Enjoyful Makes
THAO - Little Cumquat
SASKIA - She Who Sews
MIRANDA - Inspinration
ANN - Atelier In ‘t Leerke
TOYA - Made by Toya
OLU - Needle and Ted
Back to school graphic6

Friday, August 4, 2017

Misusu's Dia



So, right after I discovered the awesome Misusu patterns, I started on a Dia Sweater. After cutting the pattern I tested their Louise and somehow the Dia just remained where it was. It might be because of my preferred relationship with my serger (my sewing machine is clearly my lesser loved machine) or I was simply intimidated by all the small pieces of the diamond. It probably was a combination of both.


For me it is a "self preservation thing" (Love Actually movie reference) to only have one sewing project cut and ready to go. I tend to loose interest quickly, and a cut project becomes a UFO (unfinished project), but this Dia sweater just kept begging me to be finished. My procrastination was finally stopped when I decided to just go for it on my serger. I settled for potential imperfect and just sewed all those tiny triangles together.



If you look closely the diamond is indeed not perfect, but I LOVE it. With my serger the whole front probably did not take more than 20 minutes and it is good enough for me. The biggest issue creating imperfectness is probably that I did manage to sew two seams in the wrong direction. To create a perfectly flat diamond, you seams have to all lay flat and sewing one in the opposite direction as a previous one forces you to "clip"it.



Although the diamond is clearly the eye catcher, I love the puffed sleeves as well. With regular sleeves (included in the pattern), the pattern is more suitable for boys. My short sleeves are by the way a small hack, the pattern only contains long sleeves. The designer of Misusu is at the moment enjoying time with her newborn, but drawing the Dia sweater in bigger sizes is on her to do list. When sewing a bigger one for my eldest, I will again use my serger, if you are like me, than that is totally a viable option.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Skirting the issue: Rugam, free skirt pattern



Like last year, I am again a guest on the Skirting the Issue tour and this year, I am offering a FREE pattern. Skirting the issue is a beautiful idea, you are invited to sew skirts for charity, and to motivate you, the whole month is filled with free skirt tutorials and patterns, you can read everything about it here. Visit the Project Run and Play site to see what others already suggested to sew.




My skirt pattern is based on the free Liv skirt from Sofilantjes* and is available in six sizes from 9/12 month to 11/12 years. It is an easy skirt with a double circle bottom, which is perfect for dancing (without showing their underwear). The skirt has a fold over yoga waist, without elastic. I drew instructions, which are part of the pattern file and you can find the pattern in the file section of the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group.



I of course made several skirts to test the pattern. I somehow thought that the skirt would look best in one fabric, so that is how I sewed most of the skirts. The last skirt that I sewed, the one for my eldest daughter was impossible to squeeze out of the piece I had in mind. I therefore made it a dual tone skirt, and I have to admit that I like that one best. The color block shows off the lines of the pattern best. My next one will also be color blocked.



I used good quality organic cotton jersey for all parts of these skirts. After making these skirts, I gathered more insight. I think you get the best result with a fabric with a nice drape for the lower skirt. Some rayon or modal jersey would look beautiful. I think you could even use a woven fabric. The diagonal seam makes the stretch level of the under skirt irrelevant.



Like I wrote before, this free Rugam skirt, but also the free Liv (the skirt the pattern is based on) can be downloaded from the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group in the "file"section. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lillestoff Modal



Lillestoff is the brand that got me hooked on sewing. In the beginning, I just had to have all their beautiful prints, and only wanted to sew with those. That is now four years and many other fabric brands ago, but I still have a soft spot for the brand. Somewhere in the beginning I  once ordered four meters of uni colored petrol modal jersey. I admit, I had no clue what I was going to get, I never heard of modal but I was intrigued and convinced of Lillestoff quality. When it arrived, it turned out to be a super soft an flowy fabric. Good to work with and super comfortable to wear. I used it in several projects (1,2,3,4). Over the years I tried to buy it again, but Lillestoff no longer sold modal. Than, Deborah from Cas and Nina* said she was expecting several modal fabrics and wanted to know if we wanted to try them. I knew I did not have to try to love them, and was just very happy to show you what I would make with this fabric.




I got one and a half meter of the Poppy blue*, so plenty of fabric to play with. Such pretty and soft fabric means selfish sewing. I sewed several summer dresses for myself the last half year, so I went for fall/winter sewing. A while ago, I bought a dress during a sale of which I love the designs. It is a rather simple dress, but it has gatherings on one side of the front. Based on the Nore dress pattern and the actual dress I made my own version and I love it. The gatherings are not very visible due to the print, but I feel they really add something. I wear three quarter sleeves whole year round, so dresses with that sleeve length get the most wear, sometimes even during summer.




My dress used up a good amount of the fabric, but I saw more possibilities. I did not have pieces big enough to cut the entire dress in the same fabric, but with a bit of hacking the Nivalis* becomes a lovely pattern for scraps. I cut the Nivalis pattern at the waist to support a gathered skirt. For the gathered skirt, I used a strip that was among the leftovers. It was about twice the width of the waist, so it is not a very full skirt, but the modal drapes beautifully.  I used a piece of the petrol modal (I still had about 40 cm left) for the contrasting sleeves and upper bodice. The color block sleeved were inspired by the Sylva*.





Now, I only had small pieces left, but when I put them together, I felt I could cut another project from them. I therefore sewed about six pieces together to squeeze out a tank top. This way I could show you how nice the fabric combines with pink. Both the dress and tank are the size of my middle daughter, but a group shoot is more fun. My youngest one is just a few centimeters shorter, so she also fits the tank, but she has room to grow.



Like I wrote in the beginning, this fabric can be bought at Cas and Nina*, and even better news, she has ten different versions*, both prints and uni colored. If you have not felt the softness and drape, I really advise you to buy a piece. If you already felt it, you do not need convincing.


Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Kawaii screen printing



If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that I got bitten by the screen printing virus. Yesterday, I had my latest printing adventure and I loved the result so much, that a part of it had to be turned into a shirt immediately. As could be expected all four of my kids actually ordered a piece, but for now my son was the lucky one, he is my screen printing muse (because my store bought fabric stash contains mostly girl fabric).



I used the Kawaii felt charm pattern pieces (by felt with love designs) from One Thimble 13* to make the print. The print is super easy, just two layers and the printing itself probably took me 20 minutes top (of course I also had to prepare the stencil and clean up besides the priting). I read my kids Harry Potter between the two layers, so I did not have to blow dry anything. When I was preparing the print on my pc (again I let my Silhouette do the cutting), my son peeked over my shoulder and told me he liked the print. So, I made sure that the final print would be suitable for him (I might have had plans to make these rainbow colored). I printed with silver and copper on a black background. Black tones down the cuteness a bit, making it perfectly suitable for my son and this way I did not have to print the eyes, I just let them unpainted like the background.



I wanted an easy and quick project for this awesome fabric and made shirt from the One Romper designed by Filles a Maman. That pattern is also part of One Thimble 13* and the cutting lines for a shirt are included in the romper pattern. The same issue contains the Orbis trousers from Sofilantjes, but I completed the outfit with a Domi* from Sofilantjes. As I mentioned in my previous post, that pattern is extremely loved in this house (the Orbis as well by the way, but that one was not cut in my son's size, and I went for quick and satisfying sewing).



The fabric of the Domi is from Nooteboom textiles. When I saw them the first time, I just had to have them. Here you can read I bought two versions at Textielstad a few months ago. I had actually planned the fox version for my son, but he did not agree. He wanted the bunny's. We raise the kids rather gender neutral, so pink is a color and boys can wear flowers. But this bunny print did not immediately inspire me to sew for my son. Of course I could have just turned it into a shirt, but I never got in the mood for that. Fortunately a Domi always inspires me,and in my book these trousers and shirt go together perfectly!


Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sew Social Amsterdam and the Harry Potter print



In May, I had the honor to meet some awesome European blogging girls in real life! The third edition of Sew Social was held in Amsterdam and I was invited! Besides fabric shopping, talking, sight seeing and eating we had a screen printing workshop by the one and only barbara from Bobbinhood. I already showed you a close up of my print on Instagram, but now I finally showing what I sewed with the Harry Potter fabric.



As usual, I tried to squeeze as much as possible from my fabric. I first sewed a Sylva* for my son. I know it it a pattern for girls, but by drawing down from the armholes, this pattern works very well for my skinny son. I love the Sylva because it is perfect for panels, and other pieces that are usual to short for a regular shirt. I forgot printing one layer in two of my screens at the top of my piece, which resulted in a shorter total print, but the Sylva* saved the situation.



I designed the print based on individual elements that I found on the web. I let my Silhouette handle the cutting again, but this time I did not realize I scaled the print a bit too small. Only after cutting the first layer I realized my mistake. This way the details in the tail of the broom became too narrow for example. You can make a very detailed print, but you can overdo it as well, my line detail in the broom ended up being narrower than a millimeter. I chose the Gryffindor colors to complement my print.



My daughter has fallen in love with comfortable pants. This is therefore actually the third Domi* that I sewed her, but the first one to make the blog. Fun fact, the Domi pattern is one of the few patterns that I keep on hand cut out, because my son loves it so much. I still use the original pattern that I cut during testing two years ago which now perfectly fits my daughter. I have made at least 10 trousers from this one size, which is a huge amount for me for one pattern.



There was no way that I could cut an entire Domi from the fabric that I had, so I had to extra creative. I went for statement color block and added a triangle on her bottom, this way I could use the fabric as optimally as possible. I used the same color ribbing as with the Sylva, but the contrasting golden stripes give another vibe than the plain yelllow from the shirt.



If you feel inspired by my print, make sure that you check out the blogs of the other Sew Social girls during this and next week. Many of them will show their awesome creations. Barbara thanks so much for having us, it was great again!

Amsterdam Sew Social crew: As it seams, Compagnie M, Craftstorming, Dotta, Fliegfederfrei, Huisje Boompje BoefjesInspinrationMade by Toya, Miss Castelinhos, Needle&Ted, Pienkel, Vera Luna