Friday, March 16, 2018

Cicero times four and an awesome sewing weekend

I mentioned it a few posts ago, last month, I again went on my sewing weekend. We went to the same location as the first and second time and it was great again. This time MonDepot joined our sewing group and she took her store with her! The social atmosphere was great again, and that much uninterupted sewing time is always a good idea. My personal theme this sewing weekend was basic summer stuff. I already showed you the two Vivaxes that I sewed that weekend and today I am showing you four Cicero's*.

I love the Cicero pattern. It is both great as a base pattern and awesome if you use the color block options. My kids needed new hoodies, because it is what they practically live in in the summer. They do not wear coats, they wear hoodies. I made a few color blocks versions in the past and I hacked a few, but this time I went for plain and simple. I love the fact that the zipper is actually a sort of color block option. I shortened the zipper again the same way as I showed here.

All four of them were sewn without a color block, but I of course added pockets. A few of the people were surprised by my "plain" choice of fabrics. But I did it on purpose because I know how their wardrobe looks like and I know that these jackets will be combined with a lots of different colorful clothes underneath, so they will be color bombs any way. These "plain" jackets are a way to down down the craziness a little bit. Our smallest is showing off her Cicero in an almost toned down combination of an Orbis (at the end of the post) and Hibernis that I sewed for her older sister in the past.

At the beginning of the sewing weekend we again got spoiled with a goodie bag filled with fabric and haberdashery. I always get super greedy and immediately put it together with my stash, almost afraid that I have to give it back. I am a bit like Gollum when it comes to sewing gifts, my precious! So of course I forget to make a picture of the content of my bag. She was less greedy and her picture gives you a good view of what was in the bag. My fabrics where different, but I will show them when I use them. I already sewed up one that I will be showing next week.

So I want to thank the generous sponsors of our goodie bag!

The fabrics that I used for the Cicero's had divers sources this time. The red and orange stars came from Joyfits. The pink grey starts with fluffy inside came, as often, from her stash. The deer fabric I bought at Cas and Nina, a recently discontinued fabric store. Half a year ago, I made our middle daughter a Domi* from the same fabric and of course she wanted to combine them for this shoot. The trousers were often washed already so the fabric changed color a bit already. The white with grey glitter fabric came from Textielstad.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Sora sweater and give away

For this blogger year, which seem to be similar as academic years (seeing that they start after the summer), I am part of Blank Slate Patterns, sewing team. In October, I therefore made this tutorial on how to create slightly different pockets for the Denver. Next week, I am showing off my two versions of the Fairelith, but today I am posting about one of Blank Slate's newest patterns, the Sora* Sweater.

The Sora Sweater is actually intended, as the name says, to be a sweater. The perfect layering piece for winter or summer evenings. But, I took a different angle, I simply made it into a summer shirt. I am very much looking forward to warmer weather, and by sewing summer clothes, it at least partially feels like summer.

The pattern has two options, you can make it into a pullover, like I did, but you can also make a cardigan* with it. It has both long and short sleeves and you can create some cool color blocking effects with the small triangle piece on the side. This time I went for plain, uni colored fabric. No color block. Next week, on the Blank Slate blog you can see very different fabric for my Faireliths.

Although I have been regularly sewing for years now, I do still make mistakes, and sometimes even huge mistakes. While I was sewing the Sora, I paid close attention to how sew in the collar. The instructions are great (and Melissa is even making a video), and all should have been fine, but there was one tiny detail that I did not pay attention to. I have sewed shawl collars in the past, but this one was different. And due to my previous experience, I actually sewed up the collar piece upside down.

While sewing the collar, I went through the same phases as she did with a different project (read that post, I laughed so much). I was sure that I was doing it fine, and the problem had to be with fabric/pattern combination. I just did not understand why I had to stretch the neckline so much to fit in the collar. But, I believed in the pattern and hoped that a good top stitch would fix it. I steamed the *** out of it and felt it was decent enough. I even made pictures, and when I showed them to Melissa if she understood why mine looked so different, I realized myself that I of course  had sewn in the collar wrong. Better late than never right... The last picture, the one with the light colored jeans is how the wrong construction looked.

I am not one for waisting fabric, so I took out that top stitching (yes of course I did a stretch stitch), steamed again, and than all was fine. If you like the neckline as much as me, you are probably happy to hear that I am allowed to give away one Sora pattern to my readers. If you are interested in winning the pattern, just fill in the Rafflecopter.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Spirited Dress Blog Hop

Today, I am showing you another pattern from One Thimble18, the Spirited Dress! The pattern is designed by Candice, the woman behind Sewing Ambassadors. Candice is clearly a versatile talented lady, the Spirited dress is just the perfect twirly dress. The Queen Ann neckline is a true eye catcher and makes the dress suitable for any occasion, from summer playground to father-daughter dance.

The dress is an easy sew. The neckline does need some interfacing, but this should not slow you down too much. It is best to sew the bodice in a rather stable knit to make the neckline perfect after top stitching. Following Candice's example I top stitched rather far from the edge, and I really like the look. The pattern includes a pair of underpants, which are a perfect addition to a pattern that demands twirling. I sewed one for both dress of today's post.

To celebrate her first pattern, Candice organized a social hop in which she wanted to celebrate kid spirit. I had tested the pattern, but I made another for the blog hop, because although I love the black and grey dress, the dress and the original shoot did not show her spirit. My eldest's spirit is much more colorful and curious.  I considered putting the dresses in two posts, because I had so many lovely pictures, but in the end I decided to go for a picture heavy post.

Our youngest is actually as colorful as our eldest, but I still went for a rather simple fabric. I feel that the neckline is more visible when there are not a thousand unicorns distraction you from it. I bought the fabric as a remnant from Textielstad and I actually have no clue what type of fabric it is. It is clearly knitted but it also resembles double gauze a bit. It is really two layers. The dress for our eldest I sewed with a scrap piece that I got from her.

 Our youngest is a little Miss Perfect, of course she is a curious kid and often defies us, but she really has an urge to be good. In the Netherlands we have a tradition of giving our kids little booklets that they can lend to a friend and the friend (well actually the mother of the friend) answers the questions in the booklet like "what is you favorite food". Very often there is a last question that asks: What do you wish for... (insert name of the friend). Well, our little Miss Perfectly usually wishes that the "bad" boy will start behaving in class... I of course just end up writing that she wished that he becomes Spiderman.

This perfect behavior she usually shows in our photo shoots as well. For this shoot, I told her that she could behave like she wanted. Well, apparently she just wanted to look like a little angel. I than told her that she was allowed to look crazy, tough or angry. Asking your kid to look angry is also a lovely way to let your kids smile by the way. But I was of course doing it wrong, it is her spirit, so she should be allowed to look what ever she wanted, even though it did not give me a similar interesting picture like the first one from this blog post. I think that the twirling pictures show her in her element anyway.

But then, I realized that she loves to be an animal, she can spend hours and hours with her siblings playing baby animals. We are so lucky that our kids love to play with each other. So, I gave her two cats ears, and then she appeared, our little spirit animal. I know that you want to see even more of these dresses, so hop over to the entire overview of the social hop HERE.

You can buy the Spirited sweater as a separate pattern*, but by buying it as part of the magazine* you will receive many more great patterns and articles. Like the ones from this and this earlier post. 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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Viva la Vivax

The Vivax dress and top* by Sofilantjeshas released, and I made four versions during testing. Although I should be working on a still kind of secret project, the pattern is that good that just had to sew a few. During testing the length of both the top and the dress changed a bit, which means that the final dress pattern is slightly longer and the top pattern is slightly shorter, but these four versions should give you a very good impression of the pattern.

Besides having dress and top length, the Vivax of course has more options. There are long, half, 3/4 and short sleeves and the longer sleeves can be color blocked in different ways (there are a total of five sleeve options). I sewed the long sleeve version with the half sleeve color block, but in the listing you can see several options of the triple color blocked sleeve.

The Vivax has two neckline options, there is a round color block option and a high collar. Both options are open to beginners, the collar is not more difficult than the round color block, the trick is to pin/use clips well. Yes, you read it correct, even I use clips with projects like this. If you use clips it will take you a few minutes to fixate the collar correct and you know that you have to sew only once.

The first version that I sewed is the dress for our eldest daughter, the blue one. Do you remember me telling that I am a occasion fabric sewer? I sew with the fabric that is on the couch. Well before I sewed that fish dress, I sewed this Vivax. Blue is her favorite color so my daughter is happy with all blue additions to her wardrobe. To create diversity, also this dress was screen printed, I used a copper print on this one.

In that earlier mentioned post, I also told you that I had several screen printed fabrics just laying in my stash. Last weekend, I again went on our sewing weekend, and one of my goals was to sew with at least two of those and I succeeded. I will show and tell you more about the weekend in future posts, but for today let's look at the robot print. These robots were designed and printed with my eldest (I positioned the frame and did the last layer because she had lost interest) in June last year. When it was finished I was bothered by the fact that I forgot that the frame has width and that I therefore did not position the robots evenly. But of course, like usual, it turns out fine when you use the fabric. Now that it is finished, I do not understand why it was so hard to find a use for it.

Besides those screen printed fabric, I am trying to sew away my stash in general (which will take years, but a girl can dream of a future when it is actually necessary to buy new fabric). The last two Vivaxes are made with two very different kind of dots fabric, that were both bought because the intrigued me, but eventually never really inspired me. After forcing myself, to just use them, they look awesome and I am actually looking forward to use the rest of these dots.

The collar looks best in stable fabric, it has to stand a bit. The French Terry blue collar on the pink shirt was a piece from her stash. That is one of the lovely things of a sewing weekend, if you do not have the perfect complement to your fabric, someone else might. On the robot top I used the same French Terry as the inside collar, to create stability. On the robot top I pulled the lining of the collar a bit to the front to create a faux piping.

Like I wrote in the beginning, the length of my tops and dresses is slightly off compared to the final pattern. The dress is a bit longer and the tops are shorter, we really like tunic like this around our house, if you do as well, you can very easily get the same "longer"effect by drawing one extra line in between the top and dress length lines. The Vivax pattern*, is as usual extra cheap for two days only. Now you can buy the Vivax for €5.00 exl tax (€6,05 incl. eu tax).

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