tirsdag den 28. juni 2016

A Pink Lady and a 'London Sew Social' Giveaway

Here's a crazy bird lady. 'Sings With Swallows' she's called. And that's so not true. I could never be a crazy bird lady, see I have this rather strained relationship with birds. Buzzards in particular. Twice I've been attacked by one of these beasts during a run. Yikes. And, I prefer my swallows printed on a fabric and my chickens on a plate. So, no, I'm not a bird person (the same thing goes for cats and dogs. I'm more of a turtle person....)

I do love me a good swallow print fabric, though. Especially this gorgeous crepe version from The Sweet Mercerie. It was surprisingly easy to work with and I just love how this blouse turned out. The pattern is from a Scandinavian sewing magazine (sorry). I've paired the blouse with a pair of cropped cross front pink pants. It's a Burda pattern 6770 - and that yummy pink crepe is also from The Sweet Mercerie. Pink Lady. 

Would you like to get your hands on some pretty birds, well then enter our 'London Sew Social' giveway and hope to win Pack 2?!

Below you'll see what the four goodie packs include, you lucky ones! Just enter the Rafflecopter at the very bottom and keep your fingers crossed. 

There will be 4 very lucky winners

Here's what the goodie packs include:

Pack 1

Pretty Panda fabric from Poppy
B inspired sewing pattern magazine by Poppy
2m of your choice of fabric from Girl Charlee
3 spools of thread from Aurfil
25%off voucher for Joyfits
By Hand London Holly Jumpsuit paper pattern
Stylish Dress Book from Tuttle
Sewbox goodies includes: Hot Patterns babydoll nightgown, robe and panties. A small piece of Liberty lawn and a few haberdashery items.

prize 2

Pack 2

Pretty Panda fabric from Poppy
B inspired sewing pattern magazine by Poppy
2m of your choice of fabric from Girl Charlee
4 spools of thread from Aurfil
25%off voucher for Joyfits
She Wears the Pants from Tuttle
Sewbox goodies includes: Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Shadow Woven T-shirt & Tunic, Hot Patterns Mini Me essential dress & top for kids, 2 small pieces of Liberty lawn and some haberdashery items.

prize 3

Pack 3

Pretty Panda fabric from Poppy
B inspired sewing pattern magazine by Poppy
2m of your choice of fabric from Girl Charlee
3 spools of thread from Aurfil
25%off voucher for Joyfits
By Hand London Victoria Blazer paper pattern
She Wears the Pants from Tuttle
Sewbox goodies includes: Hot Patterns 1152 - Fast & Fabulous Origami Knit Top, a small piece of Liberty lawn and a few haberdashery items.

pack 4

Pack 4

£50 voucher to spend at The Village Haberdashery
2m of your choice of fabric from Girl Charlee
Alfa goodies including: 2x Do it Yourself pattern kits and 1x Do it Yourself Patchwork Sewing Accessories box

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A very big THANK YOU to all our sponsors.

Furthermore UpCraftClub is offering a 20% discount for our blog readers. Just use the code 20SEWSOCIAL
Winners will be notified by the end of July.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to visit the rest of the 'London Sew Social' gang and see the talented ladies work their magic!

onsdag den 1. juni 2016

So simple - skirt and top

There's really not much to say about this outfit. It's so very simple, so very comfy and so very cute imo.

The skirt has side seam pockets and elastic waist and the top is just an easy pull over thing with a gathered skirt - nothing fancy.

Both fabrics - linen and cotton - are from Stofdepotet. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

torsdag den 26. maj 2016

London Sew Social - and a Pineapple Groove Dress

I spend the first weekend of May in London with a bunch of other sewing geeks enthusiasts - and yes, it was amazing!! 15 women sharing the passion for fabric and sewing. 15 women from all over Europe.

The 'Party Planners' German Annika from Näh-connection and Gioia from Italy blogging at Dotta Sews - thank you so much for organizing this, sweet ladies.

The Portuguese Posse - oh, those amazing ladies have invented a whole new language. 'Sewtoguese'. Seriously hilarious. Marta from Do Guincho, Andreia from In a Manner of Sewing and Ines from La Folie Sewing Booth - you're the best!!

(Btw - Ines and I made a little jingle. It will go viral for sure should we choose to release it. 'You Can't Notch This' - an ode to the sewing people! We just have to clear a few things with MC Hammer and we're good to go.)

This brings us on to the UK delegation - Laura (and adorable baby Willow) from Craftstorming/Titchy Threads, Victoria from As it Seams, Toya from Made by Toya, Maria from My Cozy Co. (who had made beautiful personalized pin cushions (or Barbie pillows) as gifts for all of us) and Olu blogging at Needle and Ted. Olu is also part of the team behind Madeit Patterns, who has designed the Groove Dress below.

Sweet, kind Liesl from Oliver + S (yes, that Liesl!) represented both the US and Spain, as she is currently living in Europe.

Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes - not only does that girl make amazing clothes for her boys, she also has great taste in music. More music and beers next year, my Dutch friend. (And much more Oranje talk. I was a big fan of your national football team from the 80s and early 90s.)

And finally my Belgian buddies, An from Straight Grain and Eva from By Eva Maria. Über talented (and funny) women, those two.

With the tour came a lot of sponsored gift - lucky us! Fabric, patterns, haberdashery. And lucky you, because in a few weeks we'll spoil you with a giveaway including some amazing gift from some of our sponsors.

Here's Wilma getting her groove on in the newly released pattern from Madeit Patterns - The Groove Dress. Ahem, this is actually the third Groove Dress I've made for her. Yes, it's that good, and yes, there will be lots more. She's a big fan of the high low hem. The adorable pineapple fabric was kindly sponsored by Girl Charlee Fabrics UK.

fredag den 13. maj 2016

Tie Back Romper (also known as 'the thing you only wear during holidays and weekends because it's impossible to get off - and on - unless you have a helper)

Last time Wilma wore something like this, she was 2 years old and still wearing diapers - cause let's face it, these cute rompers/playsuits/jumpsuits with back closures are just not practical! I've made her a couple of jumpsuits with zipper front, but never this 'impossible to get out of so big chance you pee your pants' kind. This suit is for home, and then I'll probably make her a dress version for school - yup, this pattern comes with dress, jumpsuit and romper pattern pieces and two lined bodice variations. 

The pattern is McCall's 7102 (from 1994). 

I find that many vintage patterns for children's clothes run large/roomy in size so I decided to make a size 8 for my 145 cm tall 9 year old. The width is perfect but next time I just might lengthen the bodice a couple of centimetres. 

Romper Love....

mandag den 18. april 2016

McCall's 7085 in a (sort of) floral double knit

A couple of months ago I bought this beautiful fabric on eBay. It was describes as a scuba knit. IMO it's not a scuba but a 'plain' heavy jersey with a sheen surface. As synthetic as it comes I guess, but I love it.

I knew right away that I wanted to turn these couple of metres into a dress, just needed to choose the right pattern. Of course I considered just using my tried and true McCall's 5975 (damn, that's one brillant pattern) - but I was feeling kind of crazy and adventurous (yup, that's me living on the edge) and decided to try something new. Meet McCall's M7085. An easy to sew dress with darts both front and back. The pattern does include lining pieces and you're adviced to install a zipper, but as with most of my knit dresses I skipped the zipper part. And the lining, too.

When it was done I felt kind of 'meh' about the result. Too loose and the wrong length for me, so I took it in - quite a lot in the sleeve and bust area and tapered the skirt. Furthermore I unpicked the hem so now it's left with a raw edge at the bottom of the skirt. Not the most elegant finish but I like this length and so be it.

Next time I will definetely go down a size.

I do like the dress, but I think I prefer my fitted knit dresses as bodice/skirt joined at the waist (as the McCalls 5975) and not these 'one front and one back' type of dresses. Dunno. Maybe it's just me.

I also made my baby girl a new, comfy over size dress. Definetely more of these to come. She really likes these loose fit dresses. This one is based on Simplicity 9062 - a blast from the past (1992). Fabric from my Stofdepotet stash. Sorry, but it was sold out a loooong time ago.

torsdag den 14. april 2016

McCall's Mash Up - The Green Python Dress

Before we move on let's get something out of the way. Yes, I killed and skinned that green scuba python (of course it exists!!) with my bare hands. It's a long and not very pretty story - Indiana Jones will fill you in. And we've been through this a hundred times, Harrison - there's no need to thank me, you know I'll have your back anytime.

If killing and skinning is not you're kind of thing you could also just buy the pretty scuba at The Sweet Mercerie.

Now on to the details. As you've probably guessed from the headline this is a FrankenDress. It's the love child of McCall's patterns M5927 (the skirt) and M5975 (the bodice). Sadly they are both OOP. Sorry. Shame on you McCall's - these are such great patterns. I vote for reprints!

No changes were made to the bodice apart from omitting the zippe, but I did take in and tapered the skirt part quite a bit. The M5927 pattern is designed for woven fabrics, so in order to get a more fitted dress I had to do these simple alterations.

The skirt part is somewhat similar to the very popular 'Lora Dress/Robe Lora' designed by La Maison Victor - but they are not identical. Having tried them both I can say that the McCall's pattern is my favorite. I find that the pleats work better on this one - at least for me.

My favorite design feature. The pockets. Perfect deep pockets.

I really love how this turned out. (So much that I already made another - and no scuba animals were harmed during the construction of that one.)


fredag den 25. marts 2016

The Mila Designer Dress // Style Arc Patterns

Meet Mila - my latest obsession. She's designed by Style Arc Patterns and just so easy to get along with.

This Blue Mila is in fact my second attempt with the pattern. Mila the First is presented at the bottom of the post.

You do know how much I love an easy pattern - and no offence Mila, but you are pretty easy! No zips, buttons etc, just a simple pull over dress with some unique features. As you can see Mila has a seam down the centre front and back skirt - only the bodice has side seams. And she's cocoon shaped. Love me a good cocoon.

Blue Mila is made of midnight blue crepe from The Sweet Mercerie paired with this beautiful and slightly sheer poly/cotton blend from Miss Matatabi

I also made a new coatigan. Version 117 or something like that. Not that I'm stopping now, nononono. This little number with 3/4 length sleeves is fully lined (with the sweetest pin dot fabric) and has oversize patch pockets. For some reason we are not besties and I might have to let this one go. Maybe it's the lenght on me that I'm not too thrilled about. Dunno. Love the fabric though.

And finally Mila the First - a crepe/scuba combo. This one is a size larger than the blue and a little too roomy for me to be honest, but I can't bear to part with her. I also made the blue one a little longer than the First.

Now off to make a million more Mila's.

(Style Arc is having a spring sale in the Etsy Shop. If you enter the coupon code HAPPYEASTER25 at the check out you'll get a 25% discount on all their downloadable PDF patterns. Time to stock up. I will. Code expires on Easter Monday 2016)