Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Nadinchen Tunic and Dress Free pattern from Lachwichtel

When I have no idea what to sew for myself ....or I have too many ideas and can`t decide :) I just make something for my little girl. This time I saw on a Facebook group this super cute tunic/dress. It is a pattern from a couple of years ago, free, from a German designer.

For the video review, you can go here

The name is Nadinchen Reloaded and it has an option for a hood and a big collar and pockets. The sizes are 62/68-158/164 . It gives a great possibility for color blocking and if you try a Google search you will find a sea of inspiration, really great ones made in different prints/colors, trims and so on.

But me, being me and I think Lisa is a litlle bit like me :) she was not in bright colors or flowers ( not that I have that in my stash anyway and I try to avoid buying more fabric)  we decided to use this gold foil print Ponti knit with a black Ponti accent for the first try. I also could not decide which size to make, I just can`t find the size chart! The sizes are on the pattern pieces but I can`t find the chart, so I did a bit of measuring and decided on 146/152 for this version. For the sleeve, I used the 146/152 sleeve and from that I cut 5cm off and added the cuffs 4cm wide ( doubled of course so that makes the cuff piece 8cm wide plus SA)

Very important! The seam allowance is not included!

The pattern instructions are in German but with a lot of pictures for each step and the pattern is really pretty easy, but very important is to know that the seam allowance (SA) is not included. To add mine I use some magnets on my scissors and cut my pieces. You can also measure with a seam gauge and mark it with chalk or add it on the paper pieces first. 
Having no SA  does has its benefits as I could measure the pattern much better and easier to get the idea for the fit. 

I think this size is a bit too big for Lisa but she will grow ( :)) and that is ok. I added also the pockets but, because it is a bit too long on her the pockets are of course way to low....she found it funny to have her pockets almost to the knees :)). With that in mind, I made another version but I wanted a tunic, smaller size 134/140 ( that is actually also her RTW size) and no pockets and no band at the hem.

This is made in a thick knit fabric and is perfect for the cold weather. You can clearly see the difference in one size on this pattern. I only kept the sleeve length from the other size. 

This is a very easy pattern and also very fast to sew. This tunic is entirely made on the serger so it was very fast finished. 

Taking pictures of Lisa wearing the things I am making for her is a challenge...she is the sweetest but I need my patience :)), most of the pictures are like this! :)) She is happy with this two makes, and the black/gold dress was her choice to wear at the Christmas celebration at school...that means she loves it :))

PS: the pattern is free but on her website, there is a PayPal button where you can "buy a cup of tea"  to support her work. I made the pattern first and because I am happy with the pattern I did support her :) 

Happy sewing! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Aenne Burda Movie

  The two parts film about Aenne Burda is out. You can see it on the ARD television website. I just finished part 1 and it was a joy to watch! The second part will air on TV , next week, but you can see it online already....and I just noticed, when watching online, if you have you translating feature turned on, on your browser ( I am using Chrome) the German subtitles are getting automatically cool is that ?! :)) Enjoy !! The videos are online til 04-03-2019
Part 1   

Part 2 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Hollywood trousers with slant pockets -Liesl+co pattern

As a member of Liesl`s Advisors Circle, I get to try the new patterns and make something different with them. My idea for the Hollywood trousers pattern was to add the slant pockets and make them in denim for a more casual look.

First I made a muslin to see how the pattern was fitting me. I started with size 6 for the waist and 8 for the hips but I ended up with an all over 8. Based on the test garment I took 1cm from the inner front seam and 1cm off from the front crotch. I made my test garment in a much softer fabric than this denim, so that was not very smart but I am pretty happy with the fit of these, I think in real life are much less wrinkly than in these pictures.

Also, I took 4cm from the length too. The pattern is pretty easy to make, on the Oliver+S is also a sew along, with pictures and detailed instructions, but the pattern instructions are also very clear.

I love slant pockets! I am not a big fan of side seams pockets so I wanted to add the slant pockets on my Hollywood trousers. I have all Suzy`s Furrer classes on Craftsy and I  remembered I learned the slant pockets in one of her pants drafting classes  . Her classes are really amazing! 

I made a full tutorial on how I drafted the pockets ( I mean, "drafting" is a big word, the process is very simple) and how I sewed those, you can find it at the Oliver+S blog 

picture from the tutorial
For the pockets lining I used a fun cotton and chosen to let the right side of the fabric showing on the inside of the pants. Also, did a french seam finish around the pockets.


I like this pattern and I would love to make it also in a soft wool or a corduroy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Patrones Magazine 391 November 2018

A new Patrones Magazine, issue 391. As usual, November issue is the "coats issue". A  lot of nice patterns, although I would have loved a bit more variety.  

The content of this month:


The pattern of the month is this blazer, nice but Patrones has like a million blazer patterns :) 

The next patterns are in the "winter wardrobe" chapter and there are a few I like 

This sherpa jacket is a really easy pattern and with a fabric like that could make a very nice and fast to make project. I need to look around for 2.5m of something similar ( although I think 2.5m by 150cm wide is a bit too much!)

The blue oversized jacket is also nice, I like the drop shoulder on it.

Here a fur coat, a classic shirt, and two skirts. There are a lot of skirts in this issue.

....and talking about skirts , next chapter is the "stylish skirts" 

I like this asymmetrical skirt, love that bow at the waist and the top have some interesting sleeves.

Next is the "must have" coats chapter ...
I wish I had all the time to make a few of this. I love this trench! It has all the details I like in a trench!

And the "coats" I said, I feel like we got the same coat with very small differences, I was hoping for a bit more variety in the collar options but nonetheless, these are really nice coats.

This camel coat is my favourite , I think :)) I like the collar the princess seams and the pockets.


The plus size chapter has also a few patterns and while the most are not really exciting, I think this wide jacket is a nice pattern, I wish it was in the smaller size too. What I don`t like in this picture is the shoulder line at the sleeve...I think it is supposed to be a drop shoulder but the shoulder seam sticking out like that is not nice. 

...and the other  plus size patterns 


The kids are getting a few great patterns this month, I need to check the sizing on those boys pants, lovely pattern!

This girls coat is beautiful! 

...and the two dresses are also something my little girl would love to wear.

So this is Patrones magazine 391, a few nice patterns and a bit for everyone. 
Do you have any favorites?