Sunday, August 12, 2018

One Thimble issue 20

A few days ago One Thimble 20* released. This new issue contains ten patterns and today I am showing you four of them, four patterns that work together very well. I am showing the Ringer Raglan, the Saltwater skirt, the Riptide board shorts and the Big Ocean appliques. With these four I created two complete looks for our two eldest kids.

The Big Ocean appliques by Swoodson Says are a shark and a whale applique that you can sew or glue on anything that you like. I decided to sew them on two Ringer Raglans. The appliques are perfect to use with all kind of small scraps. Depending on your sewing style, you can either spend hours contemplating on the optimal allocation, or like me just grab some fabrics that have similar colors and just hope for the best. I really like how mine turned out. Because I sewed them from scraps that I worked with before, they also are a reminder of other things that I sewed.  From every fabric that I ever sewed with I still remember the project. I used an inexpensive stabilizer, because that is the only stabilizer that I have, so I know from experience that I have to zigzag the applique together, with a straight stitch the sides would start peeling.

In the previous paragraph I already mentioned the Ringer Raglan that both my son and daughter got for today's looks. The pattern is designed by Thread Faction who contributed two patterns to this issue. The Ringer Raglan is a slim fitted Raglan shirt with short or 3/4 sleeves. The pattern is perfect for both boys and girls, and sews up super quick. A Raglan shirt is the perfect canvas for people that would like to try their hand on color blocking but are afraid of making too bold fabric choices. The Sleeve Raglan lines make almost any combination of fabrics look natural.

To create full outfits, I also added a bottom pattern to each other the shirts. Our daughter got a Saltwater skirt. The pattern is designed by Jen herself. It is a cute full skirt with pockets. You can either create a wrap skirt or a faux wrap one with three different tie options. I went for the faux wrap with button / snap decoration. The fabric that I used is woven wrinkled very drapey rust colored rayon type of fabric. I bought it last year and it seemed to be made for this playful skirt. This skirt is perfect for dancing. Jen also created a super cute summer dress for this issue.

The last pattern for today are the Riptide Board shorts by Bubby & me. They are designed for Peach Skin, but seeing as my stash does not contain that fabric and it does contain an abundance of jersey, I simply made it in jersey. The Shorts have some of the weirdest shaped patterns pieces that I have ever seen in trousers, but they came together beautifully. If you follow the instructions and pin your curves this is a perfect projects for beginners as well. It even has less seams than regular shorts, so it sews up super quick.

All these patterns and more are available as stand alone patterns*, but they are even more attractive as the bundle which is called One Thimble 20*. For just 25 Australians Dollars, so that is just a bit over 18 US dollar you get ten patterns and even more interesting articles.

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, August 6, 2018

Back to school with Bella Sunshine

Two more weeks and then the summer holiday is already over for our kids, then it is back to school. Although many other kids have more weeks of holiday in front of them, in a month from now all kids will be back in school. Kids often seem to grow a few inches over the summer and the moment that school starts is the moment that we as parents realize that our kids seem to have outgrown most of their clothes. That is why Bella Sunshine comes with a back to school tour now that there is still plenty of time to think about a new wardrobe.

I already sewed many Bella Sunshine patterns in the past and because I wanted to show you a new angle, I went for an all knit mini capsule. In contrast to my usual deadline behavior, I actually finished this capsule a month ago! I did so because we went on a cruise and we wanted to pack light, a mini capsule is perfect for that. The entire thing turned out to be such a success that of course the rest now want their own capsules.

Our capsule consists of eight pieces, four tops and four bottoms that all can be combined. I picked a color scheme that I know our middle daughter loves and tried to use several uni colored fabrics to facilitate all mix and match options without being boring. I did a few hacks and used six patterns, of which one of them is the free Reagan raglan.

Let's start with that Reagan raglan. I had not sewed the kid version* yet but I have worn my own dress versions a lot. To show of the raglan lines I used two different blues and to decorate the shirt we ironed on a  Rhinestone beaver. Beavers are her favorite animals and when I bought my first Rhinestones a few weeks ago, she immediately asked me to create a beaver pattern and she placed all the stones herself. The shirt can of course be combined with any of the bottoms, but when it is combined with the circle skirt, the one that I hacked from the Sahara the outfit looks like a dress.

A few months ago, during a Bella sunshine Sunday sale, I pronounced my love for the Amelia*, so it had to be part of the capsule. I really like the way that the band can be used to create an interesting contrast. I made a tunic length in uni colored mint jersey and made the garment spicy by adding a striped band.

During another Sunshine sale I made the Josephine* and I just love cap sleeves. So, I made a reversible shirt Josephine. Pink on one side and yellow stripes on the other. A truly versatile piece in a capsule. It was a rather easy hack, I simply used the Reagan raglan to determine the length of the shirt. The Josephine has a wide boat neck that is pretty similar on the front and the back (when you ignore that the back has seam allowance to accommodate a zipper) so I cut the front twice actually four times if you count the lining). The shirt is therefore also reversible in the way that the front and back are the same.

A Sahara* top could neither not miss from our Bella sunshine mini capsule. I have made several already and they are all worn with much joy. The first Sahara that I made had a different fabric for the bodice than the skirt because I sewed it from two small fabric remnants. I still am so satisfied with that contrast that I again went for a different printed skirt.  I made a pair of bow tie leggings in the same color as the top such that it looks like a jumpsuit when the leggings and top are combined. You can create the same look by cutting off a pair of Eden leggings* (which is free if you are a Facebook member of the Bella Sunshine group).

The last pattern that I used, is the Tess Tulip shorts*, which was the only pattern that I had not sewn yet. The pattern is intended for wovens, but I made it in knits and it worked perfectly. I cut is one size smaller and put elastic through the entire waistband, not just the back. The Tess comes in two lengths and the light blue version that I made is the shorter length. The green shorts are the longer length and another small hack, I simply left off the front "petals" from the tulip. Neither of the shorts are lined. Because jersey is a bit thicker than cotton, I did not dare to put pockets on the full petal version, but I did put them in the greenish one.

Besides showing you all the pattern inspiration Bella Sunshine *is also having a lovely back to school sale. The sale just started and ends on  Sunday at midnight EST. All girls patterns are now $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles are $12. No coupon code is needed. 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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Misusu FREEkin' sewing challenge blog tour

A few days ago the Freekin' sewing challenge blog tour started. This means four weeks filled with inspiration on how to use the FREE patterns from Misusu. I have sewed a paid few patterns by Misusu, the Dia, the Louise and the Origami sweater, but I did not sew one of the free ones yet. To make up for this "bad" behavior I sewed up five garments  while using three free patterns and one of them got hacked.

The most straight forward forward and quickest sew that I did was the just released bigger Rowan shirt. This is an oversized unisex shirt which you can download from the Misusu Sew and Tell group. I made one for our eldest and it is clearly a very relaxed fit, but that is fine with the extremely warm weather that we are experiencing now. To make the shirt into an outfit I combined it with a culottes.

The culottes are not a pre-drawn pattern, you make it based on your own measurements. I have to admit that it scared me a bit. I had been planning to sew one when I sewed this Dia, but I chickened out. I somehow seem to have that more often with Misusu patterns, but after sewing them my fear turns out to have no ground. It really was not complicated to draw the culottes and like this I could make exactly the length and size that I wanted. I sewed the culottes with a linen type of fabric that I took from the free for all pile on our latest sewing weekend. The linen is a bit stiff which gives the culottes a lot of volume. I of course added pockets.

After sewing a standard culottes I hacked the pattern to support a full circle "skirt" in jersey. This was actually a super easy hack. The main thing that you change is the distance between 1 and 2 (as mentioned in the instructions). You use 1/4 of the measured waist instead of what the instructions tell you to use. You also use this adjusted distance between 1 and 2 for the waistband. Now, follow all the other steps until you reach the "modify the shape" step. Instead of cutting five strips, you cut strips of one centimeter wide (it does not have to be perfect, just make it rather narrow), and yes those might end up to be many strips, do not loose them. Now rearrange the strips such that the first strip is turned in a 90 degree angle from the base of the skirt and that the strips meet at the top (and still form a line which is 1/4 of the waist). The distribution does not have to be perfect, that is just to give you a sense of the curve. The waist length is important though. Draw the new skirt and continue with the rest of the tutorial.

With this hack I made the orange skirt for our youngest. I made a short sleeved Max to finish that outfit. I also made the Max because I wanted to check if our youngest could step through the neckline into the shirt, and she could! I decided to just add one button instead of three. This does mean that sometimes the neckline opens a bit, but it does not bother me.

The last garment that I made is a jumpsuit of a circle culottes and the Max, which is why I wanted to know if our little one could fit through the neckline. I cut off the Max pattern piece at the waist (just measure it on your child, the pattern itself does not have a visible waist). In my case the Max bottom width and the waist of the circle skirt were almost identical, and I did not have to make any adjustments to sew them together. If you would like to make something similar but would end up with a big difference between the Max and the culottes waist (because your daughter is for example much bigger and actually has a waist), than you can draw the Max a bit narrower towards the waist such that it will fit the top of the culottes.

If after reading my post, and browsing all the free Misusu patterns you feel inspired, than you are probably happy to hear that there is also a challenge for you.  If you sew up a free Misusu patterns and share it on Instagram or Facebook (the Misusu Sew & Tell facebook group totally counts) before August the 18 with the hashtag #misususewingchallenge you might win one of the three very cool prices. Visit the announcement blog post to read all the details about the competition. For the duration of the total challenge, you also get 15% off your total purchase with the code MISUSU15. If you want to win a Misusu pattern to complete your look, than visit my Instagram post!

Misusu Patterns FREEkin’ Sewing Challenge Inspirators

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Vallis release

Before Anne is releasing a new human child into the world, she decided to also give birth to a twin pattern (one for girls and one for women) while being 34 weeks pregnant. She really is an unstoppable force. Today's new pattern is called the Vallis and it is the ultimate summer dress. The new bodice is sleeveless and there are tunic and dress options.

The Vallis has an unlined bodice and the band length to finish the bodice is calculated to be finished in knits. You therefore do not have to find a matching ribbing, you can finish the dress all in one fabric type. The Vallis has scooped back neckline which is a partial tribute to the summer suprise dress that got retired earlier this year, which was the first ever Sofilantjes pattern. When I put on my dress, I first put it on backwards, and that totally worked as well, it was low, but not too low.

The girl Vallis has a 3/4 circle skirt both in dress and tunic length. It also has a handkerchief skirt option (the skirt contains four square corners) both in dress and tunic length. There is also an option to have an asymmetrical partial circle/ handkerchief cross over option. The last one sounds cryptic, I know, but the idea is that there are two square corners and two round edges. I love asymmetry, so both dresses that I made have the asymmetrical skirt. I was not officially testing this one, and I did a small hack, I cut the asymmetrical skirt as mirror image, which lead to having both corners on one side. The official pattern asks for two the same skirt pieces.

The women Vallis has a 1/2 circle skirt, which makes the skirt lighter than the one on the Solis. Although the skirt is less full than the girl version, it also has the handkerchief options both in dress and tunic version. The women Vallis also contains an empirical waist option with a gathered skirt. The skirts of the Vallis and Solis for women are interchangeable. If you own the women Solis you can also make a Vallis with pleated skirt for example.

Also for the girl Vallis there are mix and match options. The Litore, Solis, Regina and Montis skirts fit perfectly on the Vallis. Both the women and girls version sew up super quick. I highly recommend buying both. Both patterns are as usual on a very attractive release sale until Thursday evening. During the release the Vallis bundle is the same price as the individual patterns combined which is 10.60 euro (excluding taxes).

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PR&P Shop tour: Dressage leggings

Already almost two years ago, wow where did the time go, I participated as a contestant on Project run and play. For years it had been a  dream for me to participate. Even though I did not make it to the second round, participating in PR&P was a big win for me. I had wanted to participate in PR&P because from the moment that I discovered sewing blogs, PR&P made me want to hack and be extra creative. PR&P is still doing that for many beginning and experienced sewers and they want to strengthen their role by opening a pattern shop. Contestants that created a pattern based on their original PR&P look are now neatly collected there. To celebrate the new shop there is a blog tour to show off all the patterns.

I have the honor to show the dressage leggings by Jenuine Designs. Today's leggings are not the first dressage leggings that I sew up. I sewed them for our youngest and middle one before (the middle one's never made the blog, they were snatched up before I could make pictures). At that time I made only the plain option so for today I of course went for the color blocked as well and Iin the spirit of PR&P even squeezed out a small hack.

The dressage leggings have two options in rise type, making these leggings perfect both for diaper wearing and bigger kids. The diaper wearing period is way behind us, so we went with regular rise.The pattern comes in two more options, regular leggings and color blocked ones. The dressage leggings are a part of a line that is horse riding inspired and these leggings were created to mimic the effect op leggings that need other, more stronger material where is touches the horse to provide better saddle grip. For non-horse riders like us, it gives nice options to play with fabrics.

You could easily make a three way colored leggings, by giving the cut outs on both sides a different color. Our rainbow loving kids would have liked that as well, but I went a different way. In a small hack I only used the front color block and just kept the back as a whole. It is all about strategically placing both pattern pieces on each other when you cut. It really is not hard. I noticed before that our kids' leg with/waist ratio is non-standard. In our case that meant that going width height gave the leggings the best fit, instead of going with waist.

To celebrate the shop opening there is a special discount this week on all  “Separates", resulting in the pattern being 20% off, sales will ne rare, so make sure you use this opportunity! There also is a give away, filll in the raffle copter to get a chance of getting an awesome set of gifts. Giveaway ends August 1st.  There will be 5 (random) winners for the following prizes:

$50 gift certificate to DH Fabrics and Co.
1 dress pattern from the Project Run & Play shop
1 separates pattern from the Project Run & Play shop
1 outerwear pattern from the Project Run & Play shop
1 accessories pattern from the Project Run & Play shop