mandag den 6. juli 2015

The Sew What Club // Lyon Dress

My friend Kelly of Sewing In No Mans Land has just launched an amazing new online club.

Sew What Club is a fun new way to get the newest patterns from your favorite designers right in your in box every month, patterns that you can't get anywhere else. It is a fantastic group of designers, some of which have been designing patterns for years and others are great bloggers who have never shared their patterns before! Guess what! Yours truly is in the 'others' category. I'm officially going to be a pattern designer. Happy dance.  

There are 2 options, women's patterns or children's patterns or you can do both! First there is the super affordable low monthly price or a discounted annual price. Every month with the children's patterns option you will be sent two downloadable PDF patterns, one on the first of the month and one on the fifteenth. They will be from Kelly Crawford of Sewing In No Mans Land and from a featured guest designer (like myself or one of the fantastic women at the websites above). If you decide you want to focus on sewing for yourself this year and choose the women's subscription, each month you will be sent an exclusive women's pattern created by either Kelly or one of the guest designers (sizing information is available on the website).

Along with the monthly patterns, members will receive additional sewing project patterns in their monthly member newsletter. You will also be able to participate in the monthly social media events with really great prizes from fabric, pattern and crafting companies, all just for sewing up that months pattern and sharing your creation on your favorite media site (blog, IG, FB, Twitter etc). You can find all the detailed information on the Sew What Club website. 

Let me present one of the patterns from this first month. This is the Lyon Dress which will be availabe on the fifteenth of July. I've modified the pattern a little bit. The original Lyon comes with a cute flared skirt. I've taken a bit of the width and curved the hem. I've also lengthened the sleeves about an inch. That's it. It's easy to sew, comfortable to wear (Wilma says), and super adorable to look at. Go grab the pattern. The fabric is from Stofdepotet (sold out I'm afraid) 



Below you'll se a couple of photos of the original Lyon as designed by the amazing Kelly of Sewing In No Mans Land.

And here's the other pattern included in July's subscription. The adorable Annecy Dress also designed by Kelly.

And look at this beauty! Kelly is wearing the Lille dress which is included in the July edition of the women's patterns subscription. I'm definetely going to try this pattern as well. Gorgeous!. 

And here's the Sew What Club gang. Can't wait to see what all of these amazing ladies will be designing for the club. 

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torsdag den 2. juli 2015

The Mini Southport Dress

Once again I've had the privilege of beeing a pattern tester for True Bias. This time the talented young lady is spoiling us with a pattern for girl's clothes - The Mini Southport Dress pattern.

The Mini Southport is designed with a button opening at centre front and a combination elastic and drawstring waist. The neck and armholes are finished with bias tape. The dress is designed to hit a little above the knee.

My tester dress is a simplified version of the Mini Southport Dress as I've omitted the button opening. My machine just won't do buttonholes anymore. It also coughs a lot. And skip stitches. Perhaps she's trying to tell me something?!

When skipping the front opening I believe that you need to use some sort of stretchy fabric to make sure that the dress will be able to pull over the child's head - but honestly I'm not sure if that's necessary. I haven't tested in a woven fabric, though. I also lengthened the dress a bit.

So, here you go - a leopard printed jersey pull over version of the Mini Southport Dress. As always Kelli makes great instructions so you'll be guided through every little step. To make a pull over dress you just place the centre front - it is marked on the pattern - at fold. This is not explained in Kelly's instructions but it's easy peasy. You might want to consider going down a size if you make it in a knit fabric.

You did it again Kelli. Created an awesome pattern. I think I'm going to love this (almost) as much as your Mini Hudson's.

Until tomorrow you can get a $2 discount on the Mini Southport Dress pattern with the code LAUNCHWEEK.

Happy sewing.