Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hack-stravaganza Pattern Tour

I love pattern hacking so when I heard about the Hack-stravaganza Pattern Tour from Project Run and Play, I immediately applied.  Lately, I have not been sewing much. The tour was the perfect excuse to sew some things my daughter would love. The tour is awesome for you too because it provides explicit tutorials on how to create the hacked looks. Like the others, I wrote a tutorial for my look on the Project Run and Play page.

Our middle daughter's favorite look is a pair of trousers combined with a short top. The skin on her legs usually itches and to avoid scratching it open she prefers to wear long trousers. The wide shape and light weighted fabric makes them very comfortable, even in summer. When I saw the Abby Marigold pants from the Wolf in the tree, I knew they would be the perfect base for her favorite kind of trousers. The only thing they needed were pockets and elastic at the bottom to avoid her from stepping on them and still make them long enough to not outgrow them within weeks.

Because she was not low on short-sleeved tops I made her a Fall sweater. I used the Foliis pattern from Sofilantjes and turned the short jacket into a short sweater. I LOVE that hood.  She herself has no problem with a visible belly button but to avoid a very cool Fall I chose made the high yoga band option on the trousers. This way, she has a short top but still no skin showing. The next sweater that I will make with the hack, yes more will have to follow, will be slightly longer though.

Besides not much sewing, I also have not found much time for blogging. So when I screen printed these awesome shirts with a Project Run and Play digital design last September (has my blogging dip been that long already...) they never made the blog. One thing about screen printing that I love it that you can make it as easy or complicated as you want and an earlier cut stencil gives a print within a few minutes. The plain sweater that I sewed was the perfect canvas to re-use a part of that earlier cut print. I only used the "adventure" part but I think it looks super cool.

To celebrate the Hack-stravaganza tour I am allowed to give away two patterns from the Project Run and Play store. The choice of patterns is up to you, so either these two or two very different ones. The only thing that you have to do is follow me and Project Run and Play on Instagram and respond to my Instagram post.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Agatha for the teen

Being at home has not led to a lot of sewing time in the previous weeks, but the new Fibre Mood, magazine 10, made me dust off the machines. Today is the official release day of the new magazine, edition 10 already!

 A year ago, I had to make special adjustments for our teen because she was in between child and adult sizes. Those times are already over, adult patterns it is. Today, I am showing you the Agatha size 32 from the new Fibre Mood. A long flowy summer dress. The Agatha has butterfly sleeves and gatherings in the front, giving the whole a romantic vibe. The original pattern has a long skirt, but I think the dress would look great knee length as well.

The new Fibre Mood has many gorgeous summer patterns, but I immediately fell in love with Agatha. It is singing summer evenings. It is suitable for summer weddings, but also for simply going to the store. The example was made in a flowy jersey, so I used viscose jersey. With hindsight, I had better chosen a lighter weight fabric, maybe modal jersey. The long skirt pulls the bodice down a bit.

The original Agatha has a spicy front, a deep V, but I made a slight adjustment for our twelve-year-old. The original dress also looks great with a top underneath, but to make it more modest by itself, I simply ladder-stitched the front a bit. Added bonus, if she changes her dress preferences in two years and she still fits the dress, I can simply remove the extra stitches.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Festum dress

The Festum dress was released late last year. I made two, the grey one during pre-test and the colorful one with the final pattern because our middle one was so jealous of her younger sibling. When she saw the grey dress that I sewed in October, she was immediately angry. Apparently, she had requested such a dress before and I never delivered.

The Festum dress has partly braided shoulder bands and three skirt layers. You can sew a dress with all three skirts, but it is also possible to make a tunic by omitting the longer layer(s) or a dress with fewer skirts.

The grey dress is made with Lillestoff Modal, which is very lightweight. Since this was the pre-test version, the skirts of the final pattern have a slightly different length. Please look at the tester photos of the pattern to see how the final version looks. The color bomb is made in jersey, so the dress is rather heavy, but she loves it! To complement the look I also sewed a matching Aura bolero.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Via dress

Last fall, Sofilantjes released the Via top and dress and today, I am showing you the three Via dresses that I sewed for our middle daughter. The pattern was first released as part of the street style capsule of Project Run and Play and the pictures of the animal print version are my attempt to create a street style look.

The Via has plenty of color block options and this first Via that I sewed uses only two different fabrics. The red fabric is the same velvet as the teen dress that I showed last week and the same is true for the animal print fabric. Now that I buy fabric on the bolt, you will see the same fabric more often.

The next Via that I sewed is a much more colorful whole. I used three different fabrics and made the cuffs in a fourth color. The Via comes with cuffs and neckpieces in two lengths, one for ribbing and one for jersey.

The last Via that I sewed is hack. After I sewed the mushroom and bunny panel for our oldest, I still had a mushroom and deer part of the panel left. I glued the front, the middle and side color block pieces together to squeeze as much fabric out of the panel as possible.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Nivalis for a teen

I have been busy the last months and my blog shows this. I was busy with my work and drafted the Permeo, but now, as fo many of you my life is forcefully calming down. Over last months I did sew, though, and I want to start showing you my creations again.

My refound motivation to blog might also be induced by our eldest, who somehow did not like the pictures of herself in the previous pajama blog post. I will pick up my blogging in chronological order, starting with the projects that I sewed in October.

To soothe our eldest’s worries, I am starting with her. She is growing very fast these days and outgrew all her dresses from last winter. She still loves to wear dresses, and I sewed three adult Nivalis dresses for her. Three times the same pattern, but very different dresses.

The bunny version is a panel from Stenzo, I will show the other half later because that also got turned into a dress. The bordeaux one is velvet from Nooteboom. It is super soft and stays pretty wash after wash. The animal print version is paper velvet, also from Nooteboom.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Pajama Party

Today, I am part of a Project Run and play blog tour! The theme of the tour is "pyjamas's" which is perfect for these dark winter days. Our kids love comfortable clothes. The love to wear them all the time, not just in bed. This means that my son actually refuses to wear regular trousers and only wears sweat pants. To avoid a pyjama look, I never make them matching tops and bottoms. Never, until now...

The fabrics in this post were given to me by Katia. I was allowed to pick whatever I wanted from their web shop, and wow that was a hard choice! I picked one stretchy fabric for each kid, just because stretchy fabrics are my favorite thing to sew with. But after picking one for each I still was not satisfied. I had fallen in love with an amazing print in woven. Wolves, perfect for both boys and girls. So, besides all four of them getting a stretchy pyjama, two of them also got a garment in woven. Three of the four knitted fabrics that I chose have a plush inside, making them perfect for winter wear.

For today's blog post I took a rather broad definition of pyjamas's and decided to make clothes that they can wear to bed, on a lazy Sunday, but also to school paired with something else. I am all for versatile clothing and the patterns that I used for their group shot, the Cicero and Turnip Up patterns are the definition of versatile clothing patterns.

I have made several Cicero's by Sofilantjes in the past and my kids always love them. For today's post I decided to play with the pattern and made it with a zipper according to the Cicero instructions, but also hacked one with snaps, and I also made one in which I omitted the entire closing option.  The Cicero comes with plenty of color block options and two types of pockets.

The Cicero that our eldest got, the one in grey snow flakes is most similar to the original pattern. The only thing that I changed was that I omitted the lining from the hood. Our son got a Cicero (vampire bats) with a snap closure and a hacked bomber collar. The snaps were a perfect match with the bats on the fabric. For our middle daughter (elves fabric) I hacked the Cicero in a sweater by cutting the front on the fold (after taking off the seam allowance). I also omitted the waistband because she wanted a short sweater. This sweater will be lovely on jeans as well.

For the bottoms I used the Turnip Up pattern by Petit a Petit & Family. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics with a knit waistband. A lovely detail in the pattern is how the legs are finished, but I actually hacked that out for the bottoms in this post. I simply hemmed all trousers. I also made most of the bottoms in stretch fabric, and the pattern really works very well in stretch fabric.

I really wanted to make our son a shirt with the wolves fabric and I decided to make him a Thyme shirt. I think this pattern works perfectly as a pyajama shirt combined with Turnip Up trousers in the same fabric. In our case though, the shirt will be used for fancy occasions. For Christmas I made a trial version of the Turnip Up trousers for him in dark blue Punti and those fancy pants pair perfectly with his new shirt.

Our youngest got a jersey onesie (fear hug) for which I hacked from the Turnip and Cicero together. It closes with an invisible zipper. In the store she saw a onesie with a pocket and matching plush, which inspired me to make her such an ensemble. On her left hip I sewed a rectangle which perfectly holds the monster that I sewed based on the fabric.

I am almost the last stop on the Pyajama blog tour, be sure to check the Project run and play site for all the earlier posts.