Monday, August 13, 2018

Retro Romper One Thimble No. 20

A new issue of One Thimble (affiliate link) is out! Hard to imagine that One Thimble is celebrating its fifth year with issue No.20! 
You'll want to read this post all the way to the end and enter the giveaway for a $50.00 voucher for your next purchases of the One Thimble e-zine. 

It never fails, when Thread Faction gets a pattern published in One Thimble, it's the first one I have to try out. This issue Thread Faction has two patterns in the e-zine!

I started with the Retro Romper. I love everything about this style! JubeJube says she's super comfortable in it and I think she looks beach and play ready.

I used a cotton lycra blend that I had in my stash and snaps for the closure. Buttons ca also be used and tips for button holes in knits are given in the tutorial.

Instructions and tech drawings are really well done (as usual with Tread Faction) and included are some tips for sewing knits. For a size 7, I didn't even use up a full meter of fabric and including printing and pattern assembly I spent maybe 90 minutes on this sew.

The second pattern from Tread Faction in this issue is the Ringer Raglan. I just had to make a coordinating tee for Amelia. I used the same cotton lycra blend on the sleeve and used a plain white for the front and back... added a little whimsy with the Big Ocean Appliqués by Swoodson Says.

What I love about this raglan is the binding at the sleeve. I was able to use the same red binding on the neckline and the sleeve as I didn on the romper and I just think the contrast makes everything pop.

The appliqué was so fun to put together. I used prints that maybe wouldn't go well together for a garment but put them together as an appliqué and I think it turned out really cute!

So many fun things to sew in this issue like the Rock Pool Catch and the Saltwater Skirt, but also so many fun things to read too!
There's a great article about formalwear by So Sew Katie. This article gives a good jumping off point to making your own formalwear and couple of those is to use Pinterest as inspiration and not skimp on the quality of fabric. Check it out for yourself.
You'll also find a couple of extra fun tutorials, fun things to sew like the sun glasses case by The Crafting Fiend and the tote bag that can also be used as a beach bag by Libby and Mae.

Ok, enough from me, besides I need to go sew some more from this issue of One Thimble!
Check out the other stops on the tour!





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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Women's Adalynn Dress

Every once in a while I take a leap of faith and try a new to me designer. This time I was pleasently surprised by Mamma Can Do It and the women's Adalynn.

It's a very simple design with a great tutorial explaining fit and different fabrics.

Never have I seen a tutorial with a worksheet to factor in stretch of fabric and the desired fit. You may have in the past been disappointed by a garment you made because you just felt it was too big, that may have been because the fabric had a lot of stretch. This worksheet helps you determine what size will be right for you taking into account the stretch of fabric and desired fit and it is so easy to follow.

So now about the finished dress! The fabric is a "coup de cœur" that I purchased a couple of years ago in Quebec city. The front is a polyester knit blend, the back and sleeves are a rayon lycra blend with a lot of stretch and a fantastic drape. The fit turned out exactly as I wanted it. I followed the worksheet instructions to determine size and printed only the pattern size I needed. I love that the layer feature is available on the Adalynn pattern.

I changed up the sleeve and drafted a cap sleeve to give it more of  a "little black dress" look. The pattern has three sleeve lengths included with it.

I think this is a great basic pattern and again I can't say enough about the helpful worksheet! Love it!

Until next time, xx.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Summer Lace Tour Featuring Tabitha by Love Notions

 Adding lace to Tabitha by Love Notions* (affiliate link) was by far the easiest thing to do since it was designed with a color block yoke and added hem or shirt tail. So instead of trying to come up with a clever hack to Tabitha I decided to sew up the pattern giving it two different looks.

The first look is a classic stripe with a stretch lace, both fabrics available at Club Tissus. This look is great for just about anywhere from the office to Sunday brunch.

This pattern has so many options to it that I could have made a different Tabitha for every day of the week. I opted for the boat neckline and yoke lace insert with an added lace hem.

The second look, a Mickey Mouse print makes fun loungewear or pyjamas. The red stretch lace adds just the right amount of girly to this top.

Girly enough for pillow fights and pedicures...

As usual from Love Notions, you can expect a great pattern, with layered printing, trimless tiles for quick assembly and great fit!

This was a fun little experiment, making the same top in different fabrics to change the look of a garment. I went from office to pyjama, but could also have done casual to dressed up. Try it some time!

Check out the other stops on this tour! 

lace tour

Until next time

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** All fabrics have been provided by Club Tissus. Take a look at their online store, quick and easy shipping is available across Canada! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gérald Boxers by Jalie

I love the new collection of patterns by Jalie. My first sew from the collection is 3885 Gérald boxers

All 27 sizes are included in one pattern and not worry, when printing at home, Gérald by Jalie has the layers feature so you can print only the sizes you need. This pattern also includes long johns and and mid-thigh shorts. The recipient of the new boxers says that fit is spot on and that they're really comfortable... he likes the fact that there's no seam at center back.

The style from view A sew up quite quickly so I decided to have a little fun with my Brother CV3550 coverstitch. My favorite pair has to be the ones with the contrasting fabric, in this case a happy accident because I simply didn't have enough of one fabric to make a full pair. The contrast stitcing really give them a fun look.

I'll be back soon with another new Jalie release! 

Until next time, xx.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

One Thimble No.19 Pinky Promise Purse

Hey all! Some of you may have noticed I'm a little MIA on my blog, yes, it's true, I have a dream job that takes up some of my sewing and blogging time. I'll let you in on the dream job at another time, for now let's just celcbrate Playtime and the 19th issue of One Thimble (affiliate link)! 

This time I've sewn up one project, the Pinky Promise Purse. The original intent was to sew it up for me, but since JubeJube loved it so much I just couldn't say no to her. She loved the size of it and how easy it was to open and close with the magnetic snap.

I changed the length of the strap and removed the swivel hooks for the simple reason that I didn't have enough time to order and receive them on time for sewing up this project and I didn't find any the recommended 1/2" size at my local store.

The layout of the tutorial for this pattern is layout a little different than what I'm used to seeing. The written text is all on the top half of the page and the photographs of the steps is on the bottom half. This makes it a little harder to follow since I'm not used to it, but it doesn't take away from the tutorial. The photos are clear and it is well written. The pattern pieces all fit well together, and printing and assembling the pattern pieces went well.

The fabric is Bird Watcher found at Club Tissus. I instantly knew I needed this fabric for the Pinky Promise Purse. The fabric is so vibrant and colorful!

Now off to make another for Amelia... and since I really do love the size for myself, I might just have to make another for me too!

Here's a sneak peek of what's inside One Thimble No.19, and don't forget to pick up your copy today!

Take a look at the other stops on the tour, so much more to look at a things to make for the kiddos! 








Until next time,

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Breaking Ground 2018

This year, breaking ground is a little more fun for me. Not only am I using a pattern by a designer I have never used before, I also get to use my birthday present that I got a week early! 

The pattern is the Jukebox Hits by Flosstyle. The pattern is a little more pricey than the average but you know the saying you get what you pay for, well it applies here! This pattern is a fantastic wardrobe builder! You get dresses and tunics and blouses... and a bunch of different options. It's so easy to change the pattern to suit your needs! 

I wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to use or what style I was going with until after March Break vacation. I walked into my sewing room and there it was...this huge box! For me! It was the Brother CV3550! Yay! Happy birthday to ME!
First thing, this pattern was designed for woven fabrics, I used a light weight French Terry with very little stretch. I knew that new cover stitch would be fantastic for this project ... and talk about ground breaking!

I just had to do some fancy stitching and drafted some hip pockets that would be top stitched to the front, then I decided I to add a facing for the rounded hem. For the neckline I used a knit cut on the bias, and then top stiched that to make the style fit.

For the front neckline, I simply cut out a continous lap just to add a little something fun I wasn't sure if I was going to add a snap or button closure and once JubeJube tried it on I liked the way it sit and left it like that. And instead of putting the elastic waist casing on the inside, I put it on the outside and inserted a drawstring. This also helped cover up and secure the top of the hip pockets.

The pattern has so many styles that is was easy to let myself be inspired and just go with it. As you can tell the fit is perfect and all I had to do was fallow the size chart.

If you'd like to try Flosstyle patterns for yourself, join the group, Flosstyle Fair on facebook, get the discount code and get the Ventura Lite raglan tee for FREE!!

This is the last day of the tour... so go back and check out what everyone has made for their Breaking Ground project!

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day:

 Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist
 Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style
 Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More
 Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura
 Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

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We'd love to see how you're Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you're working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.  Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you'll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.
As always, thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time, 

*Disclaimer: I received the pattern by Flosstyle for the purpose of the tour and review but all ideas and opinions are my own! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PM Patterns Blog Tour

I think you can tell by her face that Amelia loves her new outfit! 

I love trying out new designers, and P&M Patterns is new to me. Karine, the designer at P&M Patterns is based in Europe as has recently had all her patterns, landies' and children's, translated to English. The only thing that has not been changed is the paper format. The paper format available for at home printing is 4A so it doesn't fit standard US sized paper. I got over this hurdle but just popping in some legal sized paper and printing according to instructions. Included is a file so you can also have your patterns printed at your local print shop.

For this look I used Gus and Lollipop.

Gus is designed for a woven fabric but I made it in a knit. I love the drape of a rayon lycra knit. This one is so soft and light weight.

I made a size 6 according to the chart measurement, I had no need to go down a size due to the fact that I was using a knit. I changed the construciton just a bit since most of assembly was done with the serger. For the sleeves, instead of a flat assembly, I sewed up the side seams first then put in the sleeve as an inset sleeve.

The bow at the back is simple and elegant.

Other details on this top include gathers at the front shoulder seam, the waistband and the sleeve tabs.

About this sweet skirt...

This skirt has an adjustable elastic waistband at the back and the front lays flat. I didn't want to change any of the details of the hip pocket, they have been designed to perfection!

I shortened the main fabric of the skirt by about an inch so that I could lengthen the contrast band. I just love this fabric and I wanted to see a little more of it on the skirt.

Sizes for Gus and Lollipop range from 2 year to 12 years. The files that you get with your purchase include the tutorial with your choice of French or English, a list of required materials with size charts, home print file for 4A paper (I used legal size and it worked great) and a file for print shop.

Now the question is; will I make these patterns again.... you can bet on it. Both these patterns are really well put together, the tutorial is easy to understand with clear step-by-step drawings, and they are loaded with fun style! I'm even thinking I need to make Gus in my size!

More fun patterns and inspiration to check out! And don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a P&M pattern!

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Until next time,

*Disclaimer: I received the patterns for free for the purpose of the tour and full review but all opinions and ideas are my own!