Friday, March 13, 2020

Alex Sweatshirt

Another pattern test for SUCO by Susana!
This time it is the Alex Sweatshirt that I sewed for one of my boys. 
The pattern is a unisex pattern with some great options.

Some of the options include color blocked or solid front and sleeves, a hood or neckband, kangaroo pocket, waistband or elastic waist, cropped or regular length, lined or unlined hood. 
Wow! Even writing that I get excited about all the options available and the ability to mix and match those options. 

The pattern includes instructions for finishing the neckband/hood seam so that there is no exposed seam in the back for the neckband and all around for the hood option. 
There is also separate pattern pieces for using ribbing or regular knit for the neckband and waistband so you don't have to go searching high and low for ribbing that will match. 
I used a bamboo sweatshirt fleece for the main and a thin jersey for the lining, cuffs, waistband, and drawstrings.

My son is thrilled with the sweatshirt and I'm excited to have a pattern with so many options that I can sew for both my boys and girls in sizes 12 months to 14 years. 
I think I could even fit into the size 14 so this pattern covers almost the whole family here. 
You can buy the pattern here

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Laura Jeans

Suco by Susana has put out a great jeans pattern for girls--the Laura Jeans and Shorts.
I had the pleasure of testing the pattern.

I love the details on the pattern--flat felled seams, a very tidy finish inside, clear instructions for a fully functioning fly, a coin pocket, and it even includes 6 templates for the topstitching on the back pockets. I did do my own design but the pattern does have a heart design as well. 
The pattern instructions gives tips on topstitching without topstitching thread so you can topstitch in any colour! 

Before I even signed up to test, I checked with my daughter if she liked the look of the jeans. I didn't want to go through the process of sewing a pair of jeans for her only to have her say she didn't like them. So, not only does she like the look of them, she also enjoys the fit of them. We felt the fit was spot on, using the measurement chart. 

Be sure to pick up a copy of this pattern while it is on sale. 
Regular price is €12.50 but it's on sale for €10.60 until Tuesday, February 25th.
If you want the pattern in Portuguese you can buy that here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Blast Off!

I was excited to get a chance to sew up these Rockets in Dusty Mint from Threadsmitten
My 2 year old was also very excited when I showed him the fabric and told him I'd make him a shirt.

I decided to use an old pattern found in the Sewing for Boys book!
I've sewn a lot of patterns from that book--it's one of my most used sewing books. 

One modification I made to the pattern is that I used cuffs and a band to finish it off. 
I wanted to add a pop of black and this way the shirt will last a while longer for my growing boy! 

The quality of the fabric is very nice. It is an organic cotton lycra jersey and is quite wide at 65". It is printed in Europe by Elvelyckan Designs and is GOTS certified! 

You'd best run and get some of these Rockets in Dusty Mint from Threadsmitten today! 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lauren Top

Sinclair Patterns has come out with another amazing pattern--the Lauren Top and Dress.

I chose to sew up a top with 3/4 sleeves in a drapey sweater knit.
I made the error of using more of a 2-way stretch than a 4-way--this fabric has minimal vertical stretch. It would definitely work better in 4-way but is definitely still wearable in what I'll call 2-way!
The drapes fall so nicely and the neckline is done so that I can bend over without any modesty issues.

It looks great either with jeans or a skirt, hemmed or banded.

 The asymmetrical neckline is what drew me to the pattern at first--it is different from any of the other patterns I have in my big stash of patterns.

Be sure to pick up your copy of the pattern here

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Joggers and a Favorite

Happy New Year!
I've been sewing again! 
Quite a bit actually. 
If you follow my Facebook Page you can see all that I've been up to.
But, I thought I'd share a little on here about one outfit I sewed up recently.

Both fabrics I bought in a destash at the beginning of the year and I finally got a chance to sew them up. 
The pants are the Hudson Pants by True Bias in an athletic knit.

The top is the Favorite Tee by Patterns for Pirates in a double brushed poly. 
I chose the curved hem option and raised the neckline by at least two inches. 

It is such a comfy outfit--perfect for these winter days where I don't want to leave the house! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Agnes in Black Lace

I've never yet owned a little black dress. 
That is, until now.
As soon as I saw the Black Paisley Lace Fabric at Minerva Crafts
I knew it'd be perfect as an overlay on a dress. I just needed to pick the pattern.
For the bottom layer I chose a soft bamboo cotton jersey from Sew Lovely Fabrics.

After some deliberation I settled on the Agnes Dress by Halla Patterns
It was swingy and seemed to have enough fabric to accommodate a growing baby belly. 

I did have to hack the Agnes Dress pattern a little.
Because I wanted to do sleeveless and double layered, I chose to use the burrito roll method (you can find a good tutorial here!)

The dress is comfy and will be perfect for dates or special occasions. 

I'm thinking I can add a shrug or cardigan in the colder months as it's often cold up here. 

A bit of a story here: 
I sewed this up in the Spring when I was about 17 weeks pregnant, got the pictures taken at 22/23 weeks (I was on semi bed rest), edited them, and then I ended up in the hospital on bed rest for 12 weeks. That's why I'm finally posting about it now!
In the meantime we had a handsome little man who was born at 35 weeks by scheduled c-section, and I'm slowly getting back into sewing and blogging. 

This dress hasn't gotten much wear other than the pictures yet but I'm looking forward to being able to wear it when I'm done nursing my new little man. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tess Tulip Shorts Sunshine Sale!

Summer time! 
A time of short sleeves, shorts, and bare feet. 
A time of freezies, water fights, and endless hours playing outside.
How I love summer. 
And, what better way to get my littles dressed for summer than by sewing up a fun pair of Tulip Shorts!

To make them even more summery, I sewed them up in a breezy linen. 
Next time I hope to add some trim to the petals--they'd look lovely with some pretty white trim peeking out. 

Do you love summer too?
Do you love a fun pair of shorts?
You're in for a surprise--the Tess Tulip Shorts are on sale!
Today only, so be sure to get your copy.

Sunday Sunshine Sale - Tess Tulips girls
The sale is LIVE and will continue until 12 Midnight tonight
Girls - Use the code “sunshinesale”
Coupon Sale Price $5.00
Regular Price $8.00

Pattern Information
Girls 6mo to 12 years (see listing for measurements)
•Layers option
•A0 print shop file

•Trim patterns formatted for letter and A4

Be sure to join the Bella Sunshine Designs Pattern Facebook group for updates on sales, etc.!