Monday, 28 March 2016

The Katie-Pie Play Dress

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I have some exciting news - the Katie-Pie play dress, the latest PDF to be designed by Lydia of Little Kiwis Closet is here! It’s a gorgeous knit dress that while it’s very pretty, as that it’s made out of comfortable knit fabric - is practical for play too!

I made this littel ‘deer dress’ for Pipi during the pattern testing process. I should note that it was made rather early in the process (as I was so eager to get sewing) and Lydia, being the pattern designing professional/ perfectionist that she is,  has since refined the neckband, meaning that if you make a dress with the finished pattern your neckband will sit nicer than mine. (I still like my dress, but isn’t it good to know when buying a pattern that the designer has taken the time to get everything exactly right?)

Based on Pipi’s measurements I chose to sew a size 2 and made the short sleeve option with a plain back (see the side on pic further down, but try to ignore my overgrown lawn!).There are a couple of snaps on one shoulder for ease of dressing, but I believe there is also an option for no snaps. Likewise, this pattern also provides for a long-sleeved option as well as an option whereby the bodice continues around the back as well. It caters for sizes NB – 12 years, so there truly is something for everyone!

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The sew went really well, and came together pretty quickly. As always, Lydia’s instructions were great and I’d say even an adventurous beginner could handle this (PS knits aren’t as scary as people make them out to be, be brave people!) I normally detest gathering (I never seem to get my gathers even), but this time I tried out the gathering by serger method (following this craftsy tutorial) and it worked a treat! I definitely will be doing that again!

I was hoping to make another dress while testing (and I have the perfect fabric too), but a bit of kiddie sickness and general busyness put an end to that for now (the kiddie sickness also put an end to a camping holiday, but that’s another story!) Also, in case you’re wondering why Miss Pip is not super smiley in these photos, that would be because she’d just recovered from hand, foot and mouth only to come down with a tummy bug, poor thing. All things considering, I think she did pretty good!

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So hop along and snag your copy of this versatile little dress. I certainly see myself sewing many more of these bad boys, that’s for sure and I’m sure it’s a pattern you’ll love too*! (Also it’s on sale for a very limited time, so go, go go!)

Jen x

* [disclaimer: that is, if sewing little girls’ dresses is your thing. And don’t worry, Dad I know you’re only here to see photos of your grandbabies and sewing dresses is probably not really your thing.]

Friday, 18 March 2016

The Clementine Dress Sew-a-Long

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How adorable are my girls, right? They really do look so sweet in vintage style clothing, and this was what first drew me to The Clementine Dress by Amelie and Atticus, with it’s dear little peter pan collar and delightful A-line shape.

I was very excited to be selected as a tester of this lovely dress and set about making not one but two of them. Because every sibling needs at least one matchy matchy outfit in their closet.

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The pattern comes in 7 sizes (Newborn, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10). I made petite 5 year old Isabelle a size 4 and 2.5 year old Pipi a size 2 but I added a small bit of length to both, so they will fit them for longer. For the main fabric I used a delicate soft pink baby corduroy that I had in my stash and for the collar and facing I used a lovely vintage floral. Instead of buttons I opted for metal snaps down the back.

The sew went really well, it was nice and simple and I’m very happy with the fit. As the weather gets colder I plan to layer these with tights a merino underneath, and I have plans to sew many, many more! I guess you’re only limited by your imagination, time … and fabric stash (although my stash is rather healthy so that last one isn’t really an issue for me!) A friend just recently gave me some vintage embroidered linens which I can picture being made into a really lovely collar.

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If you want to sew your very own Clementine Dress, then there is no time like the present. Beginning next Monday, the 21st; Thouraya of Amelie and Atticus will each day be sharing a step of the pattern along with mine and the other tester’s creations over on her blog!

So, hop to it! Purchase the pattern from here (if you haven’t already), select your fabric and get ready to join in the fun!

You can also find Amelie and Atticus on Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter and Instagram #theclementinedress

Jen x

The Clementine Dress Sew A Long

Sunday, 13 March 2016

{Sewn} Woman’s Take Flight Dolman Top

After having the sad realisation that I hadn’t managed to sew anything for myself this Summer, I bit the bullet and signed up to pattern test ‘'Women's Take Flight Dolman'’ top -  the latest  PDF pattern designed by Lydia of Little Kiwi’s Closet.

This pattern (XS-5X) has just launched today with the discounted price of USD$7 until Friday 18th March!

If you’re a loyal follower of my blog, or already familiar with Little Kiwi’s Closet, then you might know at least 1 of two things: 1) I’m a long time lover (and sometimes pattern tester) of Lydia’s patterns; and 2) Lydia (of LKC) is already a prolific kid’s PDF pattern designer, but THIS pattern is her first foray into the world of adult patterns. (Personally, I’m hoping that it’s just the start, with more to come!)

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I really love this top! (I hope you’re able to look past my dorky facials and bad posture [pull your shoulder’s back, woman!] to see the beauty in this top too.)

I love the relaxed style and particularly the sleeve/ shoulder detail, that is characteristic of a dolman type top. As well as being comfortable and flattering (in a relaxed kind of way), this style makes for an extremely quick and easy sew, since you don’t have to faff about setting in sleeves or anything.

Lydia’s easy to follow instructions with lot’s of helpful photos make it a breeze too and I think even a beginner sewer (perhaps with just a small bit of experience with knits, or good willingness to learn) could give this a go!

In terms of fabric I used a cotton/rayon/spandex blend for the front (floral) panel – one of my favourite fabrics that I got from Girl Charlee a while back. It’s reasonably thin with good drape and just perfect for this project. Plus I had just enough for the front with only scraps to spare, so it was meant to be! The back and bands (neck, arms and waist) are all made of cotton/ lycra fabric that I purchased from Levana. I chose to do the bound neckline option and to include the waist and arm bands. (There are other neckline options included in the pattern and you can choose to omit the bands on the sleeves and waist if you prefer too, or opt to add long sleeves if you wish.)

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I’m looking forward to sewing this pattern again, I can already tell it’s going to be one of my ‘go to’s’

Make sure you nab it for yourself while it’s still on sale!

Thanks for letting me test, Lydia!

Happy Sewing,

Jenny x