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!