Monday, December 17, 2018

Eximia release



The Eximia sweater is the newest pattern from Sofilantjes. With the pattern you can make a short sweater, which is perfect on summer dresses, a medium sweater or a long sweater, one that can be worn with leggings. The pattern contains both 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves. A versatile garment that sews up super quick and looks awesome in all kind of fabric, a typical Sofilantjes pattern.



In the pre-test phase I sewed two Eximia's one for myself and one for our eldest. The pattern changed a bit after this phase, but not so much, so my pictures give a pretty accurate picture of the pattern. I sewed up three other Eximia's but more about those next Saturday!



The Eximia is designed to be worn on sleeveless or short sleeved garments, and you get the best results in stable knits. The longer versions can also be worn without anything underneath (on top). The shorter version can of course also be worn without clothing underneath, but the belly button will be visible in that case.



The short length Eximia is the perfect layering garment to wear on your summer dresses. That Vallis that I sewed in the beginning of the summer I wore very often and with this Eximia I can wear it during the winter as well. I have never been a type to layer my clothes, I do not really own cardigans, but this short sweater is something that I do see myself wear very often.



For our eldest I sewed the longest version. This version looks great on jeans, we did not try it with a skirt yet, but I can imagine that it would give an extra interesting layering detail. My version is from Punte di Roma and the version for our eldest is made from a very soft knitted fabric, but I have no clue how to call it. It is super soft and she loves the feel of it on her skin. 



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Twirly Pearly add-on release



The Pearlie is an adorable pattern for a dress or peplum shirt designed by Peach patterns. It is part of One Thimble issue 16 and for over a year also available as a stand alone pattern on Peach Patterns own web shop. I really love the Pearlie, I made a few already, and today the pattern becomes even better with the Twirly Pearlie add-on. The Add-on contains long sleeves, a waistband and a circle skirt. Circle skirts are always a good idea and what I think of the long sleeves on a Pearlie you can already read in my first ever Pearlie post.



When Marina from Peach Patterns asked me if I wanted to test the add-on, I  did not have to think twice, even though it is totally December madness around here, you can never had too many Pearlie's. I sewed three, but if it would have been up to my girls, I would have sewed at least three more.



Winter truly arrived here, so it was a no-brainer that I would try out the official long sleeve option. It fits perfectly and it is such an easy sew. Our eldest so loves her dress that I immediatly sewed a second and third dress, a twinning set in a Nooteboom fabric (of which I bought 6 meters, so you will see more for sure), I did make the dresses with two different contrast fabrics to show off their individual personality a bit. I used good and stable ribbing for the nekline, pocket and the waistband to create a nice holistic view.



This digital horses fabric is probably the last of my digital animal buying spree from a  few years ago. My kids grew a lot since then, so it was not possible to cut the circle skirt from it, but it looks great in just the bodice. The skirt of this brownish dress is punte de roma and this makes a nice stable skirt. It has an awesome twirl. With Punte de Roma the pattern is also perfect Christmas dress material.




You can add the circle skirt directly to the original Pearlie bodice, but you can also use a waistband. If you directly at it to the bodice, the dress will of course be a bit shorter than if you make it with the waistband. As you know, I love hacking, and making the bodice a bit longer by just taping the waistband to the bodice is a super easy, but useful hack. I was testing the add-on so I did not do it, but I was tempted, very tempted. I did add a pair of inseam pockets though, because I felt that did not really change the pattern, and my girl always need pockets. On the horses dress I slightly changed the pocket finish, I used the neckband ribbing to finish the top and bring some unity.




The Twirly Pearly add-on is now available for 5.75 dollar.You can also buy the original pattern plus the add-on for 10.71 dollar.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Project Run and Play Handmade Holiday Tour



I confess, dress sewing is one of my, not-so-secret addictions. Dresses, especially in knit just give me instant gratification. But when Audrey pitched the Handmade holiday tour for Project Run and Play, I immediately thought of our son. I do sew for him, but his fancy clothes I ususally buy. I am so happy that I decided to sew for him because, he looks stunning and stylish in his Loveralls and tie, he is a total hipster.



Let's start of with that tie by Shannon of Little Kids Grow . It must be the fastest fancy thing that I ever sewed. I assumed that I would be able to sew in in an hour, but it turned out to not be more than ten minutes and it looks perfect. I did omit the binding on the inside, with binding it takes a bit longer. The binding is not visible which is why I decided to leave it out. I know that many people get a kick out of a perfect  finish, but I am not one of them. I get a kick from quick projects, so this tie is perfect for both type of sewists. I sewed the tie with one Micheal Miller fat quarter and I still have a good amount of the quarter left. Treasured fat quarters and this tie pattern seem a match made in heaven.



Our son is wearing a hacked version of the Loveralls from Celina of Petit a Petit + Family. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics, but if you remember the first sentences of this post you will not be surprised that I used my knititfication skills and sewed it in a heavy weighted Punte di Roma. This gives him extra freedom of movement but still looks as stylish as woven.



Besides changing the fabric type, I hacked a bit more. Because the fabric is stretchy, I decided that he would not need any front or side closure, that he could just step into the Loveralls. I did not want the straps to be too stretchy, so I added elastic into them. I sewed the straps to the front with some extra length on the end (which is on the inside and therefore not vivible), so I can easily lengthen the straps if his torso grows quickly.  I also made an extra wide hem on the bottom to keep some extra length so that he can wear it longer. The snaps on the front are purely for decoration, they have no function.



I am already the seventh stop in the handmade holiday tour so that means that there are already six great creations to check out on the Project run and play site.  Also make sure that you check out the entire Project Run and Play Shop (which were all developed from pieces that were sewn for the Project Run and Play competition in the first place!), and see what you would have chosen for a Holiday look.



Friday, November 30, 2018

Micis release



Today, Sofilantjes releases a new pattern, the Micis skirt. This easy and quick to sew skirt has five official version, but with a little imagination you can easily create many more. Hacking is for another day, today I will only show the official versions of the Micis (with one exception). All versions are created with just five pattern pieces and due to the small size of some of the pieces, the skirt is perfect for color blocking with scraps.


The first option is an asymmetrical color blocked pleated skirt. Either doing the pleat in print, or having print on the outside skirt both gives a gorgeous result. I, of course also had to go full crazy and to have one with three bold fabrics. Our little model herself paired it with a hairband like this. I love it when they get involved in the whole sewing and picture process.


The second option has double pleats. This gives a symmetrical front. The rest of the skirt is the same as thep previous option. The back of the skirt is straight in all but the last option. But you can easily switch out the straight back for one of the fronts.



The third option is a cross-over skirt. It is a true cross over, there is no full skirt on the inside. Due to the wide cross-over, it does stay closed well during wearing. The fourth option is a faux cross-over. There is a full basic skirt with a flap on the front. The faux cross-over skirt is the most narrow option, all the others have more freedom of movement due to the pleats.  Still, also the faux cross-over is play proof. I do not have a version of this skirt sewn from the final pattern. If you scroll down I do have a s small Easter egg, a faux cross-over of which the small front is the faux flap. This is just a little the tip off all the other options that you can easily hack yourself.



The fifth option has a simple pleat, no color block. This skirt has a more classy style and would also be perfect for Christmas dinner. This does depend on your fabric choice, because in a bold fabric this is option is a canvas for a lot of fun as well. For this skirt also the back has the simple pleat.



All options have an elastic in the waist which makes it very easy to create a perfect fit. The skirt comes in a wide size range from 3/6 m until 13/14 year. It is super easy to adjust length. I personally like to sew a rather long skirt, such that they can easily wear a skirt two years. Our youngest two actually share their skirt collection even tough they are two years apart.


The Micis is on sale for 5 euro excluding taxes until Sunday night CET. Be sure to check out the listing to see the gorgeous skirts that the testers sewed!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Goldie from Fibre Mood



Today, the second Fibre mood edition is launched, fifteen sewing patterns and two knit patterns and I was allowed to pick something to show you on release day. With my need for quick gratification, I again went for a sewing pattern. Picking one was hard, I finally picked Goldie, a top with an interesting sleeve detail, but I was strongly doubting between the Goldie, Gigi, a cool pair of trousers or one of the women patterns like the Kamille.



We were allowed to hack and I did so by decreasing the amount of pattern pieces that I needed to cut. The Goldie is designed to have a woven facing and to have a button placket on the shoulder. I prefer either a binding or sewing the neckline down over a facing, I therefore chose for sewing the neckline down to make that our version of the Goldie close to the original pattern. I cut the non-placket side of both front and back both on the fold to get rid of the placket pieces. I did a similar simplifying hack at the bottom, instead of working with a facing to make a casting for the elastic, I drew 2.5 centimeter hem allowance and after closing the elastic to a loop, I sewed it on the bottom, folded it inwards and stitched it in place with a zigzag.



Our Goldie is sewn with Punta fabric and I intentionally picked a uni colored fabric because I thought that that would show off the sleeve detail best.The version of the instructions that we received did not have a drawing of how the sleeve should look like which meant that I was feeling a bit like magician following the steps without actually knowing what would come out. Only after I finished making pictures did I see the line drawing of the sleeve detail. I realized that I had to pull the fabric a bit extra to the inside. Easy fix, but our pictures where done and with the current early darkness and non-amused teen I could not reshoot properly. But I have this extra shot of how it looked after a small pull. I decided to show you my close up anyway, because this way you know that if it looks like this, you have done it okay, just one step removed from the final result.



I made a size 12 for our almost eleven year old and the fit is perfect. You can buy the Goldie as a separate pattern or as part of a seventeen in one bundle deal. Either way, you find more information about getting the pattern here.