Monday, 29 September 2014

Rowan tee, a test for Titchy Threads

Laura from Titchy Threads has some exciting new patterns releasing soon. Check out this post she wrote for the sewing for kindergarten series, featuring all her new patterns. I had the opportunity to test the Rowan tee and I can just say one thing; Laura did it again!

A great pattern, good fit, neat finish, very well written instructions with clear pictures. Frequent readers of my blog know there has been a fair amount of small fry skinny jeans sewing over here, and this new pattern is right up there. I foresee a lot of Rowan shirts in the future. The pattern is very versatile, with options for short sleeves, long sleeves, regular neckline or hood and some fun optional details like striping on the sleeves and twill tape on the hoodie. A pattern that can be used all year round and suitable for all sewing levels.

huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee (pattern Titchy Threads)
For the test I made a size 4 with long sleeves and hoodie in a grey knit with blue knit lining and orange twill tape. Ready for some picture overload?

huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee,twill tape option (pattern Titchy Threads)
huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee with hoodie (pattern Titchy Threads)

huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee with hoodie (pattern Titchy Threads)























huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee with hoodie (pattern Titchy Threads)
huisje boompje boefjes - Rowan tee (pattern Titchy Threads)
The release date is not set yet, but you should definitely keep an eye out for this pattern!



Friday, 26 September 2014

Stevie shirt, a test for Madeit Patterns

Have you heard of Madeit Patterns? I first spotted Anna's patterns  on facebook and she was featured on Pattern Revolution as an aspiring designer. I made her Ziggy top two times already (here and here) in the last month and I can promise you  it's not the last you've seen of that pattern around here! So when Anna asked if I would like to test her new pattern I jumped right in. The Stevie shirt is a unisex shirt designed for kids, sizes 2-10 years, it's collarless and buttons down halfway.

I made a size 3 for little rascal and did some fabric recycling. My mother's local curtain shop calls her once every few months to collect their old curtain samples. So last week my hallway was packed with old curtains. Among them I found this fun black and white dotted fabric. It's maybe a bit too sturdy, so I probably use a less heavy, more flowy fabric for this shirt next time. But it still worked out great! Unfortunately I'm just a bit too late to enter the project run & play link up for week 2. This week was all about recycling. I think my curtain would have fitted perfectly!

huisje boompje boefjes- Stevie shirt, Madeit Patterns

huisje boompje boefjes- Stevie shirt, Madeit Patterns
Now, about the pdf pattern.The instructions Anna made are easy to follow with clear pictures. The finish is very neat and I love the fact she taught me something new. I've never sewn a gauntlet cuff before. It looked a bit intimidating but turned out to be easy, just follow the steps and you can't go wrong! Are you looking for a nice shirt pattern, suitable for both boys and girls? Then keep an eye out for the release of the Stevie shirt!

huisje boompje boefjes- Stevie shirt, Madeit Patterns

huisje boompje boefjes- Stevie shirt, Madeit Patterns

huisje boompje boefjes- Stevie shirt, Madeit Patterns



Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Project run & play season 10, 80's cartoons

Project run & play is here again! Well actually I'm a bit early, the first linkup is next Monday. This 10th edition has some fun themes to sew along, the first week is all about 80's cartoons. Ha 80's cartoons, that sure is a trip down memory lane, thinking of the snorks, seabert and ovide. Before you know it you're youtubing and singing along with the tunes. I finally chose the Jetsons as inspiration for my outfit, remember them?





























I made big rascal a Ziggy top, a pattern by Madeit Patterns. This top has a boxy shape and is very comfy. The perfect longsleeve for fall. I altered the pattern slightly by using a different fabric for the shoulders and incorporated the Jetsons with a textile paint drawing. 

huisje boompje boefjes- Ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10

























huisje boompje boefjes - ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10

huisje boompje boefjes - ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10

huisje boompje boefjes - ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10

huisje boompje boefjes - ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10And we have lift-off
huisje boompje boefjes - ziggy top (Madeit patterns) pr&p 10


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Winter is coming, accessories pattern test

I was picked to test the new patterns by Mel from Filles a Maman. She made three patterns for fall/winter consisting of a beanie, cowl and mittens, in the size range 12 months to adult. Sewing for the whole family!
I tested a size S for big rascal in a sweater fabric combined with knits. All three tutorials are written clearly, with enough drawings to make the steps visual. The sewing itself went smooth, the cowl and beanie are both a very quick sew, I needed more time on the mittens because of the seperate little patternpieces and the lining, but still managed this in about an hour. The patterns are definitely suitable for all sewing levels.
I love the neat finish, you can easily wear the cowl and mittens reversed. The toggle on the cowl is a fun detail, it gives you the opportunity to make it pop with a contrasting colour.
Keep an eye out for these patterns here, they will be released next week and start out as a bundle sale.

cowl, beanie and mittens (pattern filles a maman)

cowl, beanie and mittens (pattern filles a maman)

cowl with toggle  (pattern filles a maman)

beanie (pattern filles a maman)

mittens (pattern filles a maman)


Friday, 22 August 2014

Back to school sewing, Kudzu cargo pants & Ziggy top

One down, a lot more to go. The rascals are in desperate need of new clothes. I made a pair of Kudzu cargo pants for little rascal in a size 3. It's the second time I used this pattern by willow & co and this time I made an alteration to the waistband. Instead of ribbing I used a full elastic band. Unfortunately my elastic was 2cm smaller than the intended waistband so I added 2 cm to the other patternpieces to compensate. It worked out fine, they fit perfectly!
I paired the pants with the Ziggy top bij Madeit patterns. I really like this oversized, boxy silhouette. It's very comfy and to make it even better, also a very quick sew.

kudzu cargo pants & ziggy top

kudzu cargo pants & ziggy top

knee pleats on the kudzu cargo pants

kudzu cargo pants with elastic waistband




kudzu cargo pants & ziggy top

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday whereabouts

Wednesday, we've got the whole afternoon to ourselves and with the rain outside it was the perfect time to do some crafting. I followed the example of this pin and draw some frames on paper, so the rascals could make their own masterpieces. Good for an hour of fun.

kids craft, drawing






















kids craft, drawing

kids craft, drawing

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer treasure bags

I can't believe summer is over already, hope you all enjoyed it! Tomorrow it's back to school & work.
This weekend I updated our holiday journal with our camping adventures. I made the rascals little bags for their summer treasures because boys will be boys and they like collecting rocks, seashells, etc. Do you guys keep your holiday memorabilia?

holiday journal and treasure bags

summer treasure bags






















Back to school also made me realise that big rascal is in desperate need of new clothes, somehow he has outgrown all his pants over the summer and the shorts wearing weather will soon be over. So next couple of weeks will probably be all about skinnies, joggers and cargopants over here. Willow & Co patterns is also hosting a back to school sewing contest, a good and fun motivation to get some necessary sewing done!




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