Thursday, June 8, 2017

Twig & Tale: Cozy Toes

Keeping toes warm and cozy can also be fun with Twig & Tale patterns. I sewed up very cute pair of Tie Back Boots as  slippers for JubeJube. As of now she hasn't seen them so I bet she'll be surprised when she gets home from school.

I'm sometimes fascinated how a project can evolve. Cutting flat pieces of fabric to sew together into something with curves and dimensions.

Into something that can be useful or decorative. I know for a fact these boots will be used up until nothing is left of them. For some reason this child is obsessed with keeping her feet covered, even during the summer time.

I used an organic cotton double knit by Birch on the outside with skid proof fabric on the sole. the inside is a cotton lycra jersey. So soft and cozy that I want a pair for myself, which FYI, the adult version of these boots in now available!

I used a natural color twill tape for the front to keep the ties in place and the ties are pieces of knit fabric cut into strips and braided for a chucky look and some added texture.

I was in bit of a time crunch to get these out so I was really pleased with how easy and quickly they came together. The Wild Things criters would take a little more time with all the beautiful details but they do make great gifts for children. They're also great stash busters! Everything is from my stash and worries as to if I had enough fabric.

I will have to make another pair for Amelia, and you know she will ask for a critter so I'll keep you posted on what she decides.

The best place to find round up and other information is directly on the Twig & Tale website, blog posts and patterns are all available right there for tons of inspiration! Remember to use the discount code " COSYTOES" for all footwear for an extra 15% off at checkout!

Tuesday: Fliegfederfrei - Createnic - Sew Snippet - Sew Many Adventures
Wednesday: Sew Shelly Sew - She Who Sews - Life in our busy household - Inspinration
Thursday: Skirt Fixation - Sprouting Jube Jube - Needle and Ted - Just Add Fabric 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gypsy by Designer Stitch

Its getting easier and easier to sew for myself and put myself in front of the camera. The secret is finding great patterns with beautiful designs that make me want to sew for myself. 

Until now Designer Stitch has been a little bit of a secret to me. I didn't know very much about this independent pattern company or about their designs. I'm so glad that I got this oppertunity to play around with the Gypsy dress pattern. Ann Grose is the designer behind Designer Stitch and she's celebrating their one year anniversary, for now until June 12 (Australian time zone) enjoy 50% off all patterns in the shop!

The Pattern:

I used the Gypsy dress and tunic pattern and didn't change much about the way it was constructed in the pattern. I did change out the facing at the neckline and used a self-made bias tape instead. Even though I had 3 meters of the fabric I did run out just due to the fact that this print is so huge and the repeats are far in between. I just had to have my print line up.

Two neckline options are in this pattern, round neck and cross-over. And yes I went with cross-over. There are a number of hemline options, top, tunic length, maxi, and hi-low. I wanted a little bit of a sassy look so I used the hi-low hem option.

The tutorial is well written and easy to follow. The tech drawings accompany the step-by-step instructions.

The Fabric:

When I selected my fabric for this project I was thinking summer and warm colors and light weight, so I opted for a cotton voile purchased a Fabricville for the purpose of sewing up this pattern (so I'm not sewing from my stash today).

There are so many more stops on the tour to get inspired and to celebrate this first year of pattern creating for Ann. Go check them out!

June 5, 2017 

June 8, 2017

June 9, 2017
Indulging Mum 

Until next time, xx.

disclaimer: I received the pattern for free for the purpose of the tour, but all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

One Thimble No.15

I probably say this everytime there's a  new issue of One Thimble (affiliate link) but I think issue No. 15 has to be my favorite! I wish I had had a little more time on my hands to have been able to sew everything up before my post today! In this issue, and I think you'll agree with me, there's everything needed to create the perfect capsule wardrobe.

Pattern #116 by Thread Faction is the perfect V-neck cardigan. Slim fit so it can go under a jacket or coat with 4-5 buttons  down the front.

I used a Birch organic double knit from the  Wonderland collection, White Rabbit in Aqua, for the main part of the cardigan and a jersey lycra blend for the cuffs and waist band that I had in my stash.

I selected dark wood buttons from my stash to finish off this smart looking cardigan.

We love cardigans here, and this one has great fit and style and so easy to put together. Be sure to use the right interfacing and stabilizer for the buttonholes to get them just right. Buttonholes on a knit can be tricky so try it out on a piece of scrap fabric first. If buttonholes scare you, you can opt for snaps down the front.

Now on to the Military Messanger Bag by FABulous Home Sewn. This bag seems over-sized on JubeJube but I assure you its perfect for me! I love it, everything I need fits into it, including my day planner which is bigger than average.

I'm not a bag maker, in the sense that its not my specialty, so I was really glad that everything was really well explained to create a flawless project.

You may notice the front pocket is not folded the way it is shown in the other samples, I changed it since I knew I wasn't going to use grommets on the pockets. Its part of the fun of sewing, you can change anything you want to suit your needs.

I would say the hardest part of this project was finding all the hardware needed for the strap in the right size and finding the strap in the right width. I ended up making my own strap and having to change the width just a bit since I couldn't find the slider in the 2" width. My strap ended up being 1.5" wide. The fabric is a bottom weight I found in my stash.

If you're looking for a fun, quick project you need to check out the Hipster Bear by Swoodson Says.

Loving the details of the glasses on this little guy, and so does everyone else that sees him. He comes together so easily, a great project for kids to put together with a little bit of parental support.

Here's a quick look at the other patterns available in this issue of One Thimble...I need to make that Miriam skirt and Phillipa blouse, what a smart look! And those Dax trousers by Gracious Threads! Like I said, its the perfect issue to create a smart looking capsule wardrobe.

So many amazing contributors. Take a look at the other stops on this tour to see what they've made!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Madelyn in a Knit

This isn't the first time I've sewn up Madelyn by the Hnadmaiden's Cottage. Going back to August 2015 to show you one of my favorite patterns.

The huge difference, JubeJube is a little older and bigger and Madelyn is made from a knit, Birch organic cotton from the Wonderland collection.

Some may want to size down when making a garment with a knit that was designed for a woven fabric, that is not always the case. You must take into cosideration the elasticity of the fabric and how the pattern is made. For this one I left everything as if I were making it from a woven fabric. There is no lycra/spandex in this fabric and its quite thick with not more than 30% stretch. It is soft and cozy and a dream to work with though! My suggestion is always to try it out to see how you like the fit with the fabric type you intend to use. 

So now to let you in on Lynn's little gift to you. Join the Handmaiden's Cottage Pattern Group on Facebook before Mother's Day 2017 and get the Madelyn pattern, for FREE! Only on Mother's Day!

Now I'll just let you enjoy JubeJube in Wonderland.

Until next time, xx.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Knock it Off Blog Tour Day 4

Welcome to Day 4! I was hoping that I would have time to sew along with everyone but time got away from me. 

Instead I'm going to do a throw-back to October 2015 when I did a knock off of a Forever 21 dress for Amelia. I can't believe how round her little face was!

Today we also have 3 bloggers show their knock-offs starting with Magda of House of Estrela...

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Miranda of Inspinration doing her take on Gucci.

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And Tibeca of Sewing By Ti has sewn up some activewear. 

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You really need to check out what they've done, who knows, you may just find the inpsiration you need to knock off your favorite ready to wear designer! Check out the other stops on this tour!

Monday, April 24
Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Knock it Off Blog Tour Day 2

The whole idea behind this tour was to celebrate super moms, or aunts, or anyone who's sewn up a ready to wear designer inspired look to save money, or to put a smile on a child's face or even treat ourselves to a high end look that fits like a glove. 

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I remember going shopping for back to school clothes with a budget and a list of needs and wants. One particular time, in highschool, it was a want for this Mexx skirt I had seen. There was no way my mom would let me spent 3/4 of my budget on a skirt and my aunt being the seamstress said, "Deb, we will make you one, exactly the same"...and she did. Well, I wore that skirt until it was so worn out. That wasn't the only knock off in my closet but its the one I remember most fondly. 

I love using Pinterest (just in case you want to take a peek at my Pinterest!) as a tool for searching for on-trend styles, looking at ready to wear (RTW) designers and comparing them to patterns that I already have or new patterns that have just been released. I take note on how they need to be slightly changed if they even need to be changed at all. 

First image is from Jennifer of  Kutti Couture (blog), second image is from H&M website

This is a spring/summer skirt from H&M next to the new pattern from Petite Stitchery & Co. All I would have to do is find a navy and white stripe knit fabric and add button tabs at the waistline. I think the copy cat would turn out perfectly, infact as I sit here and write this, I need to run out, get the fabric and make it! So, while I do that, take a look at Melissa of MahlicaDesigns and Emily of the Sew & Tell Project. Take a look at what they made, what designer inspired them and what pattern they use to complete their projects. 

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More fun knock off's are headed your way, we'll be here all week so join us! 

Monday, April 24
Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28

Until next time, xx.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Petite Stitchery & Co. in Pantone 2017

I'm seeing life in solid blocks of color, and the Pantone 2017 colors are such an inspiration. We are so used to making clothes with bold prints, florals, geometric shapes and other seasonal trends, this time we are going solid colors. It gets you thinking about what can be done to add just a little touch of detail. 

I used Pink Yarrow for my project, I had a few other colors from the color palette but in the end I knew JubeJube would have her say and if she doesn't like it, she doesn't wear it. The pattern I used from Petite Stichery & Co. is Laurel. And just an FYI, all patterns for the duration of this mini tour are 20% off! No coupon code needed.

I added a layer of voile with a print to create so interest and the end result is something I has never thought of doing before.

About the pattern: Laurel was designed for knit fabrics, different sleeve options are available with this pattern. The size range is from 2T to 12 years. Two options for necklines (rounded and V-neck).

This is such an easy and comfortable look for this spring. Layering this tunic with leggings or jeans is sure to please just about any child that wants to play in comfort but also wants a little bit of girly style.

Now, go check out what's on the Petite Stichery & Co. Blog...2 more looks are waiting for you! Enjoy!

Until next time, xx.