Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy birthday and yet another bubble dress!

Since my 8 years old was born in the winter, it is always a challenge to find a cute winter dress for her birthday. As in lat year, she chose the Modkid bubble dress again I didn't even have to change the size, since she hardly grew...
So I don't really have much to write...

She chose the fabrics. not really what I liked but.. it was her birthday after all.
The cakes were a challenge: she wanted 'my little pony'. Since I knew it in advance, I order from aliexpress a little pony mold. It was a great help!

The other cake is a dolphin cake. All the sea animals are also from a mold. Let me tell you.. these molds are great! I plan to buy more... very soon. Real life savers. If anyone wants the details on the molds, I'll happily share!
This is NOT my new pattern of the month. I actually have what to show... soon!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Burda 11-2014-113 - cute top

Ok, this should have been the new pattern of the month for December 2014... But.. well, I've been busy!
Just a word.. I rarely find burda tops that I like AND that are comfortable looking AND are easy to sew... but this pattern is one of the few ever that seems to win all three criteria...
I looked at PatternReview.com and it's already been reviewed there several times. I know why, it is a cute little top with a unique look.

I like everything about this top. It's not too tight, but still has shape in it. I like the waist band and the pretty sleeves and the layered look...
So, I made it twice already.
Both version are from single knit fabrics. both are size 42, no changes at all. And I like both.

I'm not sure I'll make it again, since it is pretty unique. But maybe for the summer, with only one layer of sleeve. Maybe.
I think it is great pattern, It doesn't call for any special technique, and the result is a cute comfortable top, Great hit!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Steph In The City bag

Hi all,
My computer was messed up again so I was out of everything. But I got it back and I'm now back in business.
So, though it's January now, this pattern is my December's pattern of the month.
I chose the Steph In The City bdf. You can see it right here...
The pictures I show here are not good. I really need to learn how to take pictures!

The pattern is great. I really wanted to have a zippered bag. I don't usually make bags, too much work and details if I want to have a functional bag, but I really fell in love with this design.
The instructions are great, very detailed, very accurate.
The bag has quiet a few options, I chose the option if the zipper and added some inside pockets.
The bag is already in use, and I'm happy with it, except it's a bit too small for all the junk I throw in.
Then again, I've had this problem with every bag I every owned, since I have a nasty habit of never emptying my bag...
I have another pattern to show, hopefully soon.
Happy new year!

Friday, November 21, 2014

This month's new pattern is... Kimono Sleeve Ot 01-2014-19

OK then, I really don't need any clothes for my little ones (well, except for some pants for my boy... but I don't bother with those.. I just buy the cheapest that I find). Still, in the latest Ottobre I saw this really cute pattern.. I could not resist it.
It is constructed really funny.. the sleeves are cut with the bodice, and the seam is in the bodice center. It's unique...
Now, here's the problem - I can do with lightweight knit, but it'll mean I'll have to hem this lightweight curvy knit, which I'm not good with... and it'll only be good for a month or so, then the winter begins and heavier cloths are required.
So I decided to use fleece.. It's a problematic fabric choice because the fleece stretches to one side only.. this means that if the bodies stretches the sleeve doesn't stretch. I decided to take the risk.
Since non of my fleece fabrics was patterned, I needed a way to cheer the tunic up. I decided to use appliques that I bought long ago. Just ironed them on. Then I showed my 3.5 years the tunic and she LOVED it.. but my son felt neglected. I had to make him a top also. I used the Harava (01-2009-22) top from Ottobre.
So.. to the reviews
Both tops are great. For both I used high quality fleece. size 92.
Kimono Sleeve top
This is the way it looks after 4 times it's been washed...
The kimono top fits perfectly on little girl. The instructions are great, I really love the way it looks. The problem is, that the applique I used doesn't hold very well in laundry. So, for the second top I made her, I made the applique myself, using a free pattern that I downloaded years ago. (look here.. I love this applique)
Nothing problematic about the instruction. real cute, really special looking. My 8 years old also asked for such a top, in pink fleece. I just need to get more fleece..
Mode it twice. will probably make it again...
Harava top
I used size 92cm. A bit wide on my son. But CUTE. For the first version (the blue one) I used neck binding. For the second version I used neck facing.
I don't like it as much...
It turned out way too wide, so I guess we can use for sleeping, but it's too bad...
I have much more I want to make. As always, I guess I will not have time for all... but on the to-do list I have
Two tops for myself
Two toys that I promised my little ones (monkeys, or snails...)
dress for my tween and for my 8 years old
Bag for myself
I have some photos from my tween's 11th birthday.. but I think it'll wait. This post turned out long anyway..
Have a good weekend all!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ottobre 1/2014 #25 Funny Faces Dress

So, my October's new pattern is Funny faces, from Ottobre. It's getting colder here, and my 3 years old girl loves dresses... and the pattern seems easy enough. so I tried.
For my first attempt I used size 92cm (my girl is about that size), and changed nothing from the pattern. (actually I lengthed the sleeves. they seemed to short..) I used a stretch white fabric leftover from my older girls' dresses. and on top I put stretch floral lace, which I had sitting around for ages...
This is what i got (not great pictures, I know)

So you can see the sleeves are too long... my error.. also the dress is too wide for my taste, and the skirt just isn't twirling enough... still, my girl loves it.
For the next dress I made some changes - I narrowed the upper part, kept the sleeve length at the original size (which turned out to be just fine), and used a circle skirt instead if the gathered skirt. I took the pattern piece from the maria dress I made so many times... I like this option of a skirt because
1. very twirly
2. very easy to sew - no gathering needed
3. no need to hem if I don't want to (and I didn't want to) because I cut it once on two folds... no seams in the skirt at all..
so here's the second version

I like the dress much more this way, and I know I'll make it many more times.... maybe also for my 7.5 years old. a good basic dress.
For the coming few weeks I plan two make some log sleeves tops for myself... and If find a good winter dress for my tween it'll be great, it's her birthday soon.. so I have many cakes in the pipeline. Will not have time for sewing... again..

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

new casual dress.. and some new year's decisions

It's the new year's eve now... it got me to think a little about this past year and what I hope for in the year to come.
It was not an easy year.. in any way. The school year for both my daughters was difficult, and running after two three years old is not easy either. High-tec jobs for both m husband and myself mean many hours of not being home... and a permanent feeling of guilt..
Would my girls do better in school if I were a Stay-at-home-mom? Do I work good enough even though I insist on leaving work in time to see my kids in the evening? did I make the right decision putting my twins into one kindergarten instead of separating them, just to make it easier for me? have less parents' meetings? GUILT!!!!
And on top of that I have his guilt of not using all my fabrics... not using all my patterns...
So for the coming year I hope.. well, PEACE!!! (this was a difficult year in that aspect also!). HEALTH (I was supposed to go fabric shopping last Friday and had to cancel it since my little girl got sick... again!!! and as I'm writing I have two kids throwing up every now and then.. It's virus zone here!)
And.. I hope the school year gets better! My tween is starting to be.. well, a tween, with the moody behavior that comes with it. My 7.5 years old just refuses to study.. school is a social event for her. An opportunity to meet friends. The teacher and what she has to say... are irrelevant :-). Please, I need this school year to go better!!!!
For me I hope to have more time for myself... and less guilt to go around... and as much creativity and fun and fabric as possible!
So here's what I've done. I saw around the new the Comino top dress. It looks amazing. I decided to make my own... It didn't work out exactly as planned though.
I traced my own pattern from RTW dress that I have for years now. I changed the sleeves to look like the comino top, and the top front and back to match MCCALL 6435, which I own for years now/
I made two version... the first was from heavy fabrics, just to try the fit. It was narrow in the armpits and a bit too wide.

It looks OK for a muslin, but I doubt I'll ever wear it. It's not comfortable because the fabrics are very heavy..
I repeated in my "good" fabrics

I think it looks OK.. but not what I hoped for. Does anyone have suggestion how to fix? maybe it's just not right for my body type????
Now that I look at the pictures I actually get depressed... I promised myself to get into shape this year, and I'have done nothing...
Well, I am adding this to my new year's decision. I have to lose at least 5 KGs by next year!!! have to!!!! Happy new year all!

Friday, September 5, 2014

one new pattern every month...

Well, the school year just started!
It feels more like the a new year than the formal new year holiday that will be in three weeks. So i made some new years decisions...
My number 1 decision - buy less patterns! Since I started buy pdf patterns I buy way too much.. and only use half... at best. So, NO! buy one only, and only if this is my next item in my to do list!
My second decision is - use as much stash fabric as I can.. I have so much cottons, some of it I should use really fast, before my three years old grows out of the childish prints...
My third decision - when I find a stretch fabric that I like.. buy a lot of it... I never have enough of these..
My forth decision - try at least one new pattern every month. The rest can be doing the same thing over and over because I usually make leggings and simple tops for me. But at least one new pattern a month should help me learn new things...
So here's the new pattern of September - Mccall 6066. It is a simple skirt with two layers, one is attached to the waist to make it look unique. The sizing is 3-6.
I made size 3 for my three years old. I just looked at the instructions briefly to make sure I understand how to use all the pattern pieces... didn't even bother to read. It really is a very easy pattern!
Sizing is a bit big - I think the skirt I made will be great also for next year, all I will have to do is change the elastic... maybe even another year. It is that big!
Changes I made to this pattern - well, I wanted the skirt to be for the first day of kindergarten.. but I know it it recommended to have shorts.. you know, for hygiene. so I used my Emily pattern - the shorts (size 86-92) and added them below the skirt to make it a skort.

here you can see the shorts I added below..

And these are my kids starting the first day of school

Last for today.. I am trying a new dress for myself. My first version (draft) of it is made off heavy jersey fabric. I am not sure if the problems I see in the dress are due to the fabric choice.. I hope to gather the nerve to cut the cute fabric that I have so little of for the real dress soon..