Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Apple Cardigan



I have mentioned it here more often, I have a gaping hole in my closet where other people have cardigans / jackets and other layering garments. Of course, this is a figure of speech because there actually is no hole in my closet, it is super full, it is actually overflowing to the ground, but at least you get how much I like cardigans in general... I have tried before, I even made it part of a challenge, but I was not convinced of needing these layers in my closet. But that has changed with pattern by Bella Sunshine*, the Apple cardigan. I wore it to work the day after I sewed!



The Apple cardigan* comes in two layers, tunic and knee length and I tested the knee tunic length version. Because I learned from my previous cardigan fabric choice, this time I picked an uni colored blue and I am so in love with the result! It goes perfectly with many of my summer dresses. The dress in the picture is one of my Sahara's and it does not get more summery than that, but like this it is totally fall/winter worthy. I have many other summer dresses that perfectly combine with dark blue, so I this might actually become one of the most worn garments from fall/winter 2017.



The Cardigan is an easy and quick sew. The only thing that I feel that I have to mention is that it eats up a lot fabric. Due to the lovely flare at the bottom you can compare this to a full dress when it comes to fabric. I cut this cardigan from a 3 meter long fabric, so I did not have to worry at all, but I fear that you might run into trouble if you have less than 2 meter, especially is you have a directional print. From the scraps that remain you can easily cut some kids sweater probably, but keep in mind that you need length.



As I mentioned before, the cardigan has a lovely flare, which forms a nice pleat at the back. I have also seen testers wear it with a belt. I liked the look, but feel I need at least one year of cardigan wearing before I dare to take that step.


The pattern* is on sale for a week until next Tuesday the 24th for just $6.50 on the Bella Sunshine website. There is also a girl version*, ideal twinning with your little one. While searching the links, I also saw that the Sahara*, the dress that I am wearing the pictures is also on sale by the way.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Women Nivalis release



I can't remember how often I made my kids dresses with the Nivalis pattern from Sofilantjes. Besides the "normal" Nivalis dresses that I sewed with it, the Nivalis is also my go-to pattern for hacks and mashes because the fit is perfect. Today, Sofilantje releases the Nivalis for women*, and I think that this pattern will be as big a staple pattern in my wardrobe as the child version for my kids.



During testing I sewed two different dresses. One in cotton jersey (the brown one) and one in modal (the blue one). I sewed one with the hood and one with the collar, two different sleeve lengths and I used the instructions for a full bust adjustment, so I tested most elements of the pattern. I like the dress in both types of fabric, but it does give a different effect. The cotton jersey one is a bit more stiff which gives a more sporty look. The blue modal one is super comfortable and is suitable for almost every occasion.



I only sewed the collar in drapey modal and in that fabric it is very comfortable. I can imagine that maybe in a stiffer fabric the collar might stand up a bit, so keep that in mind. The hood is very comfortable. I do not have many hoods in my wardrobe, and I now see why my kids love them. When I put on the hood I get an instant "higge" feeling like drinking warm chocolade on the couch feeling.



You know that I personally prefer 3/4 sleeves on anything, the fact that that length is included in the pattern makes me very happy. Both the long and 3/4 sleeves were perfect for me and I am about 1.66 meter. The pattern's sleeve style is comfortable narrow sleeves. I really love the fit, but if you know you prefer rather loose sleeves, you might have to drew them slightly wider.



The pattern includes excellent instructions on how to make a full/small bust adjustment. I needed that and it worked like a charm, the fit is great. Do not be afraid to try it yourself even if you have never done anything like it. Just follow the steps, and you can always ask questions in the Sofilantjes group if needed. Besides bust adjustment instructions are there also shoulder adjustment instructions (and of course length adjustment instructions).



The brown dress is made with fabric from Hamburger Liebe that I bought last year at Joyfits. The uni colored fabric in that dress is from Textielstad, it is one of my all time favorite uni colored fabrics. The blue dress is modal from Lillestoff. The pink strip in that dress is a strip of uni pink jersey that I serged in between the seam, it is like empty piping.



As usual the release sale will last for 48 hours and the Nivalis* will be €5.50 excluding tax during that period. If you do not own the girl Nivalis, this might be a good moment to buy that one as well! 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.

More inspiration: Krullenbol - Delphine  - Crea Shars  - Stokstaartje doet het zo  - Dragons workshop -  MaMarieke 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Trillium in jersey



Today, I have another knitification project. I made a Trillium, which is designed for woven fabrics, in jersey. The Trillium is a dress or tunic with a color blocked bodice from Petite Stitchery and co which is part of One Thimble issue 14*. Besides making some adjustments to make it suitable for knits, I also adjusted the skirt length, originally it is a maxi dress, but I went for knee length.



One of the big advantages of knit dresses is that they do not require closings. I have no fear of sewing zippers/button holes (although today I read that I am actually incorrectly using my blind zipper foot....), but not using a zipper/buttons saves the cost of the zipper /buttons, saves the time of sewing the zipper/button holes and it saves my kids dressing time.  The original Trillium has a front button closure, which is one of the most kid friendly closures, but I also just love hacking patterns.



This time I did not size down (which is often necessary with knits), I used the back of the bodice in the size that I would have chosen for a woven dress based on the measurement table and adjusted the front to have the same width as the back. I kept the original width of the button placket, but I only cut one layer. Only the outer front is color blocked, the front lining is a all in one piece.



I realized you can not see the fabric from the skirt from close by, but it has unicorns on it, and my daughter picked it herself in the fabric store and she has been asking for a dress from it ever since. I feared that a dress from the unicorn fabric alone would be too pj like, so I used uni colors in the bodice. I found a matching combination uni color fabrics in my stash. All these fabrics, including the unicorns are from Textielstad.


I have mentioned before that I am trying but mostly failing in my attempts to use props. This unicorn seemed like a match made in heaven, but finding the optimal way to use it was a challenge. Riding the unicorn obviously did not turn out to be a winner pose, just dropping it on the floor actually turned out to give best effect.



I realized that this is actually my fifth project from One Thimble 14*, I also made a Loli, an Amuse, a Lala mash and the Thyme vest. 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, September 30, 2017

I'll have another Martini



I love trying new things, but some patterns I do make over and over again. For selfish sewing, the Martini dress from La Maison Victor is a clear winner in that category. Although I only made the original dress only once, today's dress is the fifth of this pattern in my  wardrobe. I still wear all of them regularly. For today's dress, I used my standard adjustment, which is to double the front and draw a new neckline. I still use the same pieces as the first time, so this is with the FBA adjustment that I made years ago.



I have cut Martini's with short sleeves from one meter of undirectional print. The fact that this pattern needs a minimum amount of fabric definitely contributes to me loving this pattern so much. From this lovely Lillestof fabric I had about one and a half meter and I could add two small remnants to my scraps collection. The fabric is so pretty, the white flowers are printed in a thicker paint, and they give a lovely 3D effect.



This time, I did not use a bias finish for the neckline, I just folded tone and a half centimeter to the inside and stitched it down with a stretch stitch. I learned from the Simple dress that this is an easy and pretty solution if you have good quality knit. This time I left the dress rather long, making it extra decent.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sewing for kindergarten



This September, my youngest started kindergarten, now all our kids go to school in the morning. A lovely occasion to join the Sewing for Kindergarten blog tour which is hosted by Jennuine Designs this year. Seeing that I have trouble closing her dress drawer, she clearly does not need new dresses. A non-need for dresses never stopped me in the past, but I decided to do it differently this time. I actually sewed basic clothing pieces such that she can remain wearing the summer dresses that she loves so much. Besides those basic pieces, I also sewed a backpack, mostly because I wanted to try if I could.




A good basic is a pair of leggings. In the Netherlands your legs can be bare in June until August, but for most of the year, those legs have to be covered. I have sewed leggings in the past, but never as many in one week as I did now. I realized I had the Dressage leggings pattern* in my stash from a long long time ago, and tried it for my middle daughter. The fit was perfect, so I cut four more and cut three pair for my youngest as well. Yes, I sewed eight of these this week, and they are the perfect sewing shot. They are quick, and easy. You can actually make them more sophisticated by choosing a color block. My kids will be colorful enough already, so I only made the straight option.



I addressed the lack of sleeves on the summer dresses by sewed three Aura's from Sofilantjes*. I was not in the mood to search for buttons in my stash and I chose to figure out the optimal (for me) snap closure. I ended up with three slightly different options, but I think I like the one with the dino fabric the best. It actually was a mistake, I sewed it exactly the same as the kitten version, but sewed the inners piece inside out to the outer piece. This way the loop is on the inside and I love it! Another example of why it is good to (sometimes) make mistakes.



The middle color bomb in my overview picture is the Bazinga Backpack from Flosstyle. I have been longing to sew a backpack for long, but I never really dared. I did not feel like buying all the hardware and stabilizers that can make a handmade bag very expensive. The blog tour motivated me to sew at east one really interesting piece and I did it frugally. Instead of stabilizing my fabric, I actually used canvas as the lining, this way the combination of main and lining is sturdy enough. I did not buy anything for this bag. I used scraps of woven fabric, zippers from my stash and upcycled the hardware from an old back pack.




I really love the color block on this bag, it was a joy to mix and match. The bag has a high level of pretty finish. All the inside seams are enclosed with bias tape. This is something that I normally would never do, but I was so smitten with the front, that I felt I had to try to make the inside as pretty as possible. The bag is actually a bit too big for my teeny tiny kindergarter, but I am sure the bag will get a lot of wear any way. All the kids love the bag and I seem to be forced to make a few more, and for now the bag will be used by a bigger sibling until she is big enough.




I choose grey/white as the main color for the legging-bolero sets. I feel that those color fit with almost everything. I could have gone with uni pink, that would have matched will all her favorites for sure, but I wanted to give her some print as well. I had not planned to combine the kitten bolero with the earlier made kitten dresss, I thought it would be too much. My daughter insisted and I have to agree with her, it looks surpirsingly cute. She actually whore the cat ensamble, including the leggings to school today. It was a bit much for my taste, but she was over the moon with the combi. I also wanted to snap some pictures with my middle one wearing her leggings, but this was the only one she was in for.



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