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!


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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

Montis release



It is that joyful moment again, another release from Sofilantjes*! Today, Anne released the Montis*, an asymmetrical summer dress with two different construction methods for the bodice. One with three straps on the back which is made with a fully lines bodice. The other, a non-lined bodice with the same asymmetrical back as the front. The pattern has one skirt included and all the skirts from the Litore* and Solis* are a perfect fit on the Montis bodice. I made five dresses with this pattern, and today I am showing you two, the only 100% official Montis and a slightly hacked one.



Let's start with the 100% Montis. This orange dress just screems summer to me. The bias finish (explained in the pattern) is perfect to add just a little bit of extra contrast (I have some fit pictures without it, but I loved them too much not to add). Although not a full circle, the Montis skirt can spin! It easily passed the twirl test. The big advantage of having the same front as back is that your daughter can not put on her dress backwards. The same advantage as what I mentioned when I showed the Sylva.



The other dress that I made has a Montis bodice, the other option as the previous dress, but has a gathered woven skirt. I personally love asymmetrics, and the back with those three straps is just perfect. You can go three different colors, or just plain like I did. For the skirt I simply gathered remnant that I bought at a Cas and Nina into a skirt, without cutting into the piece itself. I gathered the entire width, so 150 cm around the waist. I read that this in-between skirt length is the new trend, but even if it would not be, my daughter really likes it. I think that a gathered woven skirt like this would work for many girls, because the gatherings make the woven skirt stretch as bit. You could also use the Mantica* gathered skirt if you need more guidance.



The pockets are of course included in the pattern. I bought the orange cherry fabric from Joyfits, and the bunny fabric was a scrap which was left after I sewed this dress. I had hoped to make something out of those scraps, but had not really felled the inspiration before this plan came along. I really like the combination of the sweet print on the bodice and grown up print in the skirt.



Due to the release, the Montis* is on a steep sale for 5 dollar (excluding VAT) for just 48 hours. Due to some summer celebrations in the Sofilantjes Facebook group you can also get the Summer Surprise*  and Solis* pattern with a 15% discount for a few more days. The code for those patterns can be found in the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group.



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Friday, July 7, 2017

Nore for women and teens with a twist



Two months ago, Compagnie M* released the Nore for kids* and I made two garments during testing. Last week, Compagnie M released The Nore in bigger sizes*. Now mothers, or our bigger kids can also enjoy the pattern. To make the new release extra fun, the pattern actually includes an extra option compared to the kid version. The other option is one with a waistband, and I have a hard time deciding which option I like better.



During testing I made two Nore dresses, but they are slightly different from how you will see them on other blogs or in the pattern listing and instructions. The normal fit of the Nore is generous in size, which makes it possible to make the pattern both in jersey and in woven! I went a different direction and sized down a few sizes. I put one of my favorite store bought dresses on the pattern and used it to determine the size. In my case I ended up using the smallest size supplied. I did not change anything, and I love it! This busy fabric asked for a very simple dress, so I made the most basic option.



The second Nore that I made is the waistband option. I again used the sized down bodice, but now I went to my normal size for the waistband and skirt. I had used the fabric before to make these leggings. The leftover piece was a little bit too small, but that extra seam on the back of the skirt does not really show, right? Both fabrics, the knit print and musterd origami print were bought at Joyfits.




At the listing* of the pattern you can read all about how many different options this pattern has, there are three necklines, color block options, two ways to finish the short sleeeves, long sleeves etc. People tend to do other things during the summer. I feel it myself as well. Although I have things to blog, I find it hard to put my time into blogging. Marte probably therefore decided to have the 10% release discount on the Nore for women* the entire month of July with the code 10offnore! .



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Late national love



In the Netherlands we get a bit crazy about orange and the color of our flag around Kingsday (end of April). Most people dress in orange, and wear pretty similar clothes as when there is a national soccer event. Usually, we do not join the masses on Kingsday (I usually realize when I am on a flea market that day that there is no stripe of orange anywhere in our combined outfits), but this year I went a different route. I found some awesome Dutch fabrics at Textielstad, bought a few meters and made all my kids something out of it. I already showed you my eldest's outfit and my son's, but I did not have time to show the clothes my two youngest wore.




You know I love Sofilantjes*, they are my go-to patterns if I am free wheeling. A year ago, I translated a guestpost to Dutch on the Sofilantjes blog to make this awesome dress hack from the ADVT* shirt pattern. It went on my to do list, but got buried under pattern tests. Now it was the perfect time to try it. I actually hacked the hack a bit. I kept the bodice in one piece and sewed the bias on the dress without an extra seam. I am not convinced if my shortcut actually took less time, but at least I tried something new. It turned out a bit short, so it might actually turn into a tunic, but it is still cute in that case.




For my youngest, I did a triple way hack. I used my most favorite Sofilantjes skirt, the high low skirt from the Litore. I used the bodice from the Nivalis*, that curve make me so happy. Finally, I used the short sleeves from the Aura*, that little pleat is so cute. When I made pictures a few months ago now, I actually forgot to get a close up of the sleeve, but you can see how that pleat looks here.




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