Monday, September 19, 2016

Shiva Girls jacket from Farbenmix

When I asked Lisa what kind of jacket she wants , she answered immediately with a few very clear wishes. It must have a hood, no buttons but an easy zipper and big pockets. And armed with this I started to search a pattern. Crazy enough I just could not find anything in all my patterns. After some internet searching I found this one, Shiva from Farbenmix.

This pattern has really all of the details she want. And if you see on the Frabenmix page all the jackets made from this pattern you will be amazed . I made it really simple , but you can work with piping on all those seams, with color blocking , fabric combinations and so on .

The fabric was her choice , I tried to convince her to take something else but she was really strong in her choice so nothing to do about it. Ordered bij  Driessen stoffen , the next day was already here so that was great. I took 2m and I had enough to make a pair of pull on Eleonore jeans from Jalie also.

Hood detail. 

Lining and satin lining for the sleeves ...I tried a little quilting ....something for the sleeves , and I am pretty happy with the results. 

So jacket , done! :) 

The Girls Uptown/Downtown dress

This is the Uptown/Downtown dress pattern from Sew straight&gather. I bought the pattern a while ago but didn't get the chance to make it. I even have the ladies version, but that needs to wait a little bit more.

Very easy to make, on the serger is really a matter of a few minutes .For both dresses I used  the same kind of fabric, one way stretch jersey .  

There are a lot of variations included in the pattern ,even for a maxi dress that Lisa wanted so bad , but I don`t think that that will be very handy to wear at school so I made the knee length. The dress has pockets also.I made the blue one with pockets and the pink one  without  .

Size 6 with length 7 years. The blue dress is made without any changes to the pattern but I think because of my fabric choice that did not have enough stretch, the sleeves were a little too tight and the armhole to low. So for the pink dress, I added 1cm to the wide of the sleeve and lowered the armhole with 0.5cm. 

Lisa is very happy with both dresses and she really loves the big cowl! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Drapey dress

This is the Drapey dress, pattern from Fashion with Fabric book. It is the second time I make this one.

The first version was with short sleeves. I love this dress, I wear it a lot and is the perfect choice when I travel .Very comfy. 

Both are made from ponte knit, the blue is more soft then the black one but they are both very comfy to wear. Based on the finished measurements I made the smallest size

The pockets are great! In the first version, I had the feeling that it was something wrong with the pattern pieces but I think it was me not matching all the notches correct. This time, I had no problems. Even the fold in the front went really easy . It is important to mark the fold line on the fabric and to make the notches for the center front,really easy. 

After I decided to go with this fabric , I realized that it had a horizontal stripe design so I tried to match the "stripes" as good as possible. The sides seams are ok, the front ...acceptable :). 
I am very happy with this dress and I am planning to make it as a top too. PS. This pattern has appeared also in "Love sewing "magazine and you can download the PDF free from their website ... I tried and it works if you open the links on your phone or tablet and download and from there you can transfer to a computer or printer.