maandag 22 mei 2017

Kiera Skirt- New pattern Designer Stitch

This is going to be my favorite item for the summer! The new Kiera Skirt from Designer Stitch! This is perfect for our summers.  Even if  I am not ( yet) a skirt person, I can totally see myself wearing maxi skirts all the summer.  

The Kiera skirt has two options, the one I made with a flat yoke and another version with a shirred back yoke and optional waist ties. You can add ties on the inside of the skirt and by tying them you can create different looks in changing the length of the skirt. There are some amazing testers versions with this option.

I made mine in size 3  in a beautiful crepe, that has the perfect weight for this skirt, I just love it. 

The skirt has 8 panels, 4 for the front and 4 for the back. The print was just too big and crazy to try any matching. The sewing was very fast, finished all the seams with my serger. I want to give a try to the shirred yoke, the instructions of how to do that are very clear.

During testing,  I found this amazing crepe at my "fabric guy" ( he is not mine or anything :), I pay for my fabric, but he has beautiful fabrics, sometimes real gems ). This fabric is so soft and "spongy "  and the print is amazing. So...this was screaming  Maxi Kiera, so in two days after buying it I had my skirt done...So happy that I can enjoy this fabric in this beautiful skirt.

I am 1.69m tall and I added 2 cm to the length. To make the fit easy, I made a muslin only for my yoke. So I could see where the yoke was hitting on my waist and so I decided also on the length.

So there are my new additions to my summer wardrobe, I know I will get a lot of wear of my two Kiera skirts and if I find more of this perfect fabrics, I know I will make a few more. 

The new Kiera Skirt is on sale at the moment at the Designer Stitch shop as a PDF with instructions in English.

donderdag 18 mei 2017

Passenger Trench Coat for girls -Ottobre Magazine 1/2013

I love this pattern! I wish there was something like this for adults , but until then I will make more for my daughter. This is the Passenger trench from Ottobre Magazine ( 1/2013) . I made it in 2015 in a beautiful cotton stretch print in size 110 and now  I decided on size 128 but I think a size smaller it would have been also ok, this is a little big in the shoulders but I know she is growing so fast so it is fine.

This is the first Passenger, can`t believe that this is 2 years ago!

This is a straight size 128 with the only adjustment for the sleeve length, I shortened the pattern by 1.5 cm . Also, I interfaced the front panel of the jacket, in the instructions is the facing that gets interfaced only. Also, I cut the undercollar on the bias to get a better roll. 

I had a hard time deciding on the buttons for this, but I think these ones are perfect. The color is just enough to pop and with the little silver/gray are not boring. Sewing wise, everything went pretty smooth. I can`t understand the Ottobre instructions always, most of the time actually. But it is a jacket and after you make a few it is like sewing a t-shirt . The fabrics are also easy to handle and press, so no problems.

And talking about boring, the lining is for sure not boring! I told her that she can choose the lining, I know she is crazy about busy, shiny fabrics so there you have it :))). 

I am so pleased with this small trench, I wish I could wear a print trench...:)) Lisa is very happy with it and that makes me even happier.  

dinsdag 16 mei 2017

Lago Tank -Free pattern from Itch to stitch

This pattern is a stash buster and it is a winner in the category " instant gratification" and to make it even better, the latest pattern from Itch to Stitch is free . You can download the Lago from the Itch to Stitch shop here .

Even if it is free I must assure you that the pattern is fully tested as all the other Itch to Stitch patterns are. The pattern comes in 00-20 sizes and it is made for knit fabrics.

I made my tops in size 6 for the upper body tapering to size 4 from the waist down. Also, I shortened the tank at the pattern lines by 4 cm.

The neck and armholes are finished with a  folded band...very easy. I made my tops with the serger and only the hem with a twin needle on my sewing machine. The blue print Lago is made in 30min from cutting to wear :)...if that is not fun... and lesser than 1m of fabric for one tank

I love the relaxed fit and I know that will come more of this tops in my closet.

You can download the free Lago tank here, also free is the Lindy Petal skirt, which I want to try soon. 

Here you can see all the versions made by the testers! 

dinsdag 9 mei 2017

Eleni Top- Designer Stitch pattern

The weather is not really appropriate for this kind of tops or any other kind of summer clothing but I keep making them in the hope that when the hit strikes ( hahahhaha....that happens like never here ) I will have pretty clothes to wear.  This top is my second one from the Eleni top from Designer Stitch Patterns. The first one is here.

Here are all the options for this pattern, but I guess you can endless variate on this, there are instructions how to adapt the pattern for a peasant neckline if the off the shoulder is not your style.
The version I made now is the short sleeve top with the flounce but you could easy make the top with the flounce, omitting the sleeves, then you can finish the armholes with a bias binding. 

The first time I made this top I used a pretty stiff cotton but now I used a very soft silk cotton, I had this for years in my stash ( still have one piece in the same print but in pink/orange(ish) color) so I am happy to have it sewn. 

The most work on this top was hemming, the fabric was not very cooperating but with a little patience, I`ve got it done. And this is all I had to say about the Eleni top, I hope I can make one more for the summer, maybe the dress version.

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dinsdag 25 april 2017

Anza Jumpsuit -Itch to stitch

Last year I made my first jumpsuit, the Eliane from SyleArc and after the blue one I made immediately one more. The love for jumpsuits was born! So now I have a bunch of jumpsuits patterns that I want to make and of course fabrics, I want to use for them.  This viscose was bought for a jumpsuit so when this pattern came long this was my first choice. This is the newest pattern from Itch to stitch patterns, the Anza jumpsuit and dress  and it is great!! I say that not because I tested the pattern, as usual, my opinions are mine, but if you will take a look at the tester versions of this you will see what I mean: After seeing all those versions I want at least 4 more.

The Anza comes as a jumpsuit and as a dress, using the same bodice. Of course to make it even more appealing ( for me at least) the patterns has cup sizing to make it easy to fit. I made mine in my usual Itch to stitch size, 4 C. The only change was making the legs 4cm shorter.

The jumpsuit has nice deep pockets, the breast pockets are lined, at the waist casing with elastic and drawstring. I had no nice stoppers for my string so I bought two metal beads, worked perfectly!

I need to wait to wear this as here the temperatures are really no short sleeve adequate and for those times I made also the dress version in a beautiful red crepe, I still need to sew the buttons on.
Love this one and I need to get my hands on some olive Tencel to make another one, and maybe some denim look Tencel....:) 

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vrijdag 21 april 2017

Eleni Top -Designer Stitch Patterns

 If I continue to apply for testing patterns I will never get the time to get the rest of my list ever sewn ( that is only a very small part). It looks like I can`t say NO to testing calls from Designer Stitch and Itch to Stitch; the patterns are either for garments  I like to wear either new styles that I would love to try. 
This one is the newest pattern from Designer Stitch, the Eleni Top. Actually, it is a Top/Dress/ Maxi pattern, with different sleeves styles, with or without flounce, pockets for the dress and tunic version.

This is a style I never made/wore before. I thought that this is the kind of top that you are always fighting with it to keep it on the place but for that problem, I found a solution and now I really love it. Adding a little elastic at the underarm keeps this in place, so easy and so helpful! The top is made in size 4 ( US 8). For this version, I chose a cotton and while I think this fabric was a bit too stiff I think it looks nice and very summery. I opted for the 7/8 sleeve and to add a little extra to my rather boring fabric I inserted a white/silver/blue trim.

Very easy, I cut the sleeve and bodice pattern pieces 10 cm from the hem, serged the edges, turned under and then stitched the trim from the front using as a guide the edges of my trim.
I think the effect is really nice!

The Eleni top is actually really easy to make, in this cotton the most work was to attach the trim but for the rest was a piece of cake. As usual, the instructions are very clear, with illustrations and all you need to make this pattern in a bit.

I need to get some tan on my shoulders...this top is actually good for that but at this moment with 5-10 degrees this will stay a little longer in my closet, the same as my second version of this top, made in a delicious soft silk cotton, with short sleeves and flounce. It is so cold that I don`t even dare to wear it to get pictures, no need to get sick again!

And that is all I have to say about this. Happy I tried a new style!

The Eleni Top/Dress/Maxi at the Designer Stitch Shop 

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maandag 10 april 2017

La Paz jacket

I have so many projects on my "sew "list but patterns like this are pushing the rest of them at the back of that list. This is the latest pattern, the La Paz jacket, tested for  Itch to stitch. It is designed to be sewn in a structured knit fabric and that makes it really comfortable. I made mine in a leather look ponti with no vertical stretch and just a bit of horizontal stretch. I made the jacket in size 4 cup C; that is another nice thing about this pattern, it comes with cup sizing ( A, B, C, D and DD)

The pattern has a lot of nice features, front and back princess seams, two pieces sleeves with rounded corner vents and button closures, double-welt pockets with flaps. The jacket is unlined and you have the option to use Hong Kong seam finish. Well, this last thing, the Hong Kong treatment, I never did that on a jacket, I always make lined jackets/coats. This is a really nice and neat way to finish the seams on any project but boy, it does take a lot of time, really, is like is never ending. But is very pretty! On the Itch to Stitch blog is a tutorial about the Hong Kong finish .

First I want to say that I only apply for testing patterns that I like and I know will fit my style. One of the things I like is that having that deadline I know I have a limited time to finish that project so if I was   to make this, with the bias finishing and everything outside of the test, was a 2 weeks project but like this, it was one week working 2 hours every evening...approximately .

I can`t remember when I did a double welt pocket for the last time, with a flap, never. But these ones were so easy and that was one of those things I was most scared about. Great instructions there, really easy to follow.

This is not a difficult project, but if you are making the Hong Kong finish, be ready to take your time. I must be honest and say the I bought a fuchsia ponti and lining to make a new La Paz, but lined, I just can`t take any more bias binding. I think I can make it in two days, only to take my revenge on that bias binding thing!

So another successful project for me. I think that this pattern, even if it is looking pretty complicated is actually not so difficult to make, the instructions are very good and easy to follow, it has the cup sizing and that makes it really easy to fit 
Happy sewing! 

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maandag 27 maart 2017

Pink Tierras Joggers with zippered ankles ( with a photo tutorial)

The Tierras Joggers from Itch to Stitch patterns, ahh, I could make a hundred of them! Well, I am a little exaggerating but I did make 4 this month so that shows how much I like this pattern. I used to have another pattern for this kind of pants, the Casual trousers from one of the Sewing bee books. But actually, I was not completely happy with that pattern as the rise was really high on me and there was a little too much fabric around my hips. I was planning to get it right for my body one day, but now I have this pattern and I am so very happy with it.

All my thoughts about the pattern I wrote in this post a few weeks ago.

During testing, I saw on the internet, some joggers with zippers at the ankles and I really wanted to try to make some.
Adding the zipper was easy but I wanted also to add elastic and that I had to figure out. In the end that was pretty easy. On Itch to Stitch`s blog, you can find a photo tutorial on how to add zippers to the Tierra's joggers.

This is not my "to go" color, but I think it will be great for spring and summer and the weight and drape were perfect for the metal zippers. I hope I can make a few more of this pants, as the summers are not really hot here and these are so easy to wear.

I love the gold zippers on this pink! Such an easy way to add a little extra.

zaterdag 18 maart 2017

Style Arc Courtney Top

This pattern was high on my wish(sew) list , the Courtney top from Style Arc . The perfect top, relaxed fit but still flattering , easy to make and to wear. I bought the PDF on their Etsy store and I went with size 10. This is designed for knits or wovens. I made it in a polyester , love the color of this fabric. I like the fit but I think as it is now this will fit better made in a knit fabric and for the next one in woven I will make a FBA, just a little.

I made no changes to the pattern. I had some problem with the neck band, it was too wide and not laying flat against my body so   I treated as  one fold bias and turned to the inside and topstitched 

I really like the shape at the hem.

I have a few more fabrics ready for this top and I want to make one also in a knit fabric to see what will be the difference in fit. Anyway, this is a winner for me!

dinsdag 14 maart 2017

Newport top- Itch to stitch new pattern

I do sew other patterns than Itch to Stitch, but for this time, again a new PDF pattern from Itch to stitch. This is the Newport top, a pattern made for knit fabrics. It has a boxy silhouette, relaxed fit with high low hem. Wide boat neckline with envelope fold shoulders. The pattern comes with two sleeve options,3/4 flute and regular long. The size range is 00-20 and I made mine in size 6.

Depending on the fabric choice you will get a very different look. This blue version is made with jacquard jersey, very soft and with a nice drape. I made another version in a more stiff knit fabric and the difference is easy to see on the drape at the hem.

I think I like it more with the drapey fabric.

The neckline is finished with facings, that later are stitched in place, you can use for this decorative stitches, contrasting thread or a cover machine. I went with a regular stitch and matching thread as my fabric has the jacquard structure and I want it to keep it simple. The fabric is from a local fabric store "DroomStoffen" from Almere.

I really like the neckline of this top! This is a really easy to sew pattern, after attaching the facings with the regular sewing machine, I sew the rest on my serger in a few minutes. 

The Newport top is on sale at the Itch to Stitch pattern shop  

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