Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Two new patterns from Itch to Stitch

As always I was very excited to be chosen to test new patterns for Kennis at Itch to Stitch Designs – I just love her style, and her pattern drafting and instructions are always exquisite! So to get to test two of the four new patterns I was extra excited!

Here are my versions of the Zamora Blouse and the Seville Skirt.

I love work wear at the best of times - I like to feel smartly dressed and put together, so the thought of making myself a head to toe handmade work outfit made me very happy.

The Zamora Blouse has some really pretty detailing – a feminine V neck with long ties, tucks and darts for lovely shaping and sleeves that are gathered at the cap and cuff.

The pattern has the layers feature to save ink if you only want to print one size, and has sizes 00-20 with A, B, C, D and DD cups included, which means getting the perfect fit if so easy and those that have a larger bust, like myself, don’t need to worry about full bust adjustments!

I went with the bracelet length sleeves, I love how my arms are covered down to the wrist, but I can wear a bracelet without it being swallowed by excessively long sleeves! There is also a ¾ sleeve option, for those of you in warmer climates!!

I used rayon for my shirt, which I think is perfect for this pattern as it flows beautifully.

For my Seville Skirt I went with a medium weight suiting so the skirt has a fair bit of structure, but you could also use a heavier wool, or a nice lightweight fabric for a more floaty version of the skirt.

The skirt sits at your natural waist, which is very flattering and it flares out below the hips. An invisible zip in the side seam keeps the lines of the skirt very clean and I went with the lined version for my formal office skirt, but there is also the option for leaving it unlined if you want a lighter skirt.

As with all the other Itch to Stitch patterns you can print just the size you need with the layers feature, and this pattern is for sizes 00-20.

Head over to the blog to check out the other two new patterns and all patterns are 20% off on the website until the 13th March.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Wardrobe Builder Tee - pattern release, sale and giveaway!

So, how many options for different T-shirts would you like a pattern to have? 1, 10, 100? Well this pattern has 150!!!! Yes - 150!!

I feel behind having only made two so far!!

So let me give you the run down of options for the Wardrobe Builder Tee by Wardrobe By Me:

  • 5 Necklines: Crew, Scoop, Deep Scoop, V-neck and Boat neckline
  • 5 Sleeve lengths: Full, 3/4 elbow, Short sleeve, Cap sleeve and Sleeveless
  • 3 Hemlines: Hip length, Tunic length and Curved hem
  • Optional ruching at the side seam

For my first T-shirt I made the longer body length, 3/4 sleeves and regular scoop neck.

The T-shirt is designed to be fitted through the body and sleeve, and as always Christina has worked really hard to get a great fit.

Also, even though there are so many options, Christina has kept the pattern instructions very concise and easy to follow - so you don't have to keep flicking backwards and forwards through pages and pages!

For my second T-shirt I picked the side ruching (which is just on one side of the T-shirt), the deep scoop neck, and 3/4 sleeves.

Fabric wise, you will need a light to medium weight jersey fabric which contains lycra for good recovery.

If you would like a chance to WIN this pattern, there is a giveaway running HERE

And the pattern is currently on sale HERE for just $7 (normally $8.50)

If you want to see more from Wardrobe By Me - visit the website or Facebook page

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs Cut Out Active Top - pattern release and sale

Here is the new work out top from Koerbs Brothers Stitch Designs - the crossover back design really makes this top stand out, and it's easier to sew than you might think! I was very excited to test this one!

The pattern is aimed at people who can sew at an intermediate level, knit fabric can be a bit slippery to sew with and sewing the elastic in and fitting the shoulders so you have a nice fit across the back can take a little bit of playing around - but the pattern walks you through the steps with great accompanying pictures, so an adventurous beginner could have a go!

Spandex, cotton/lycra and performance knits are ideal for this top - so grab those funky prints from your stash, and make something fun to work out in! Even better still if you have wicking fabric - as long as it has 50% stretch.

The style of the top is slim fitting, and it includes options for shirt or tunic length, and three sleeve lengths or for the tank version you can finish with bands or just fold under with elastic - which is what I did on my shirt length version.

The sizes included go from 30-48" bust, 23-40" waist and 34-50" hip measurements (xxs-xxxl)

My favorite part of this top is definitely the back - 1. it just looks awesome! And 2. getting a bit of air to my back keeps me feeling cool at the gym and in circuits classes!

The pattern is on sale until the weekend ($6 instead of $8) So head over to the website to check it out!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New patterns from Itch to Stitch

You are in for a treat! Not one or two, but three new patterns from Itch to Stitch!! PLUS see below for some fabulous discounts on the patterns AND fabric!!

First up is the Mila shirt – a loose fitting casual shirt with a button placket, high-low shirttail hem, optional collar and sleeve tabs and a choice of cup sizes (A-DD) – so you can get a perfect fit without the need for full bust adjustments!! Hooray!!

My first one I made out of an unknown red fabric, with great drape and just a tiny bit of stretch – I wish I knew what it was – it hangs really nicely!! But this is what happens when you buy tonnes of fabric and then hoard it for years unlabelled ;) For this one I went with just the collar band.

My second one is made from a lovely flowy navy viscose, which really works great with this style of shirt – love that I can wear this shirt with leggings (it’s long enough for butt coverage!) or jeans for a casual look, but can also tuck it into a high waisted skirt, and it’s great for work! This version has the full collar option.

Next is the Irena Knit top – depending on fabric, this could be a casual sweater, or a more fitted top – and it is designed to be worn over another top, as it has a deep V in the front! (My version has a higher V neckline – this has been lowered since testing).

I love the neckline on this top – the flat bottom and low V is really stylish – and the neckband comes up around the base of your neck, making it really cozy J

Last but definitely not least! The Liana stretch Jeans pattern is one of my favourite patterns ever!!! Firstly – I LOVE that I can make my own jeans, secondly – the pattern makes them so easy to customise for your own style, and did I mention – making your own custom fitted jeans?!?!!

You can pick from Skinny, Straight or Boot cut – I went with skinny, the back pockets have the option of adding flaps (I just went with some funky stitching), and detailed instructions are included if you need to lengthen or shorten. Kennis is also running a Sew along for the jeans on her blog and the Sew-A-Longs & Sewing Contests group on Facebook – she will be helping us through getting a great fit, picking the correct fabric (as the name suggests – you need stretch denim!!) and the general sewing techniques involved. It starts tomorrow (2nd December), but there is already a post up to get you started.

The other amazing thing about these jeans is the front pocket construction – it is so clever! The way it is done means 1. Your pockets won’t slip about and 2. They come across your tummy almost like a control panel – hello flat tummy!!!! Kennis takes great fit very seriously, and these jeans were tested over several versions to really make sure they were the best they could be!

All the patterns have the layers feature, so printing and tracing is much easier, and there is also the option of a large format file for the print shop, so you don’t even have to tape!! The instructions are well written and have clear images for each step, so don't be scared to give these patterns a try!

All three patterns are currently 20% off, and until 6th December you can also use the code CYBER to get a further 15% off if you purchase two or more patterns (this code is also valid on all other patterns) – why wouldn’t you?! Both tops are a great pairing with the jeans!! Don’t miss out – snap them up now and join in with the Sew Along!! The shop is Here, where all the patterns are available now.

Even better still, Kennis has talked to several vendors (in various countries) and they have agreed to give us some discounts:
** lowpricefabric.com (a.k.a. Michael Levine in Los Angeles) - 10% off / now to Dec 15 / code: itchdenim10
** plushaddict.co.uk (in the UK) - 10% off denim / now to Dec 24th / code: LoveDenim
** califabrics.com (USA) - 15% off Denim and Twill / no expiration date / code: ItchToStitch
** threadbarefabrics.com (USA) - 15% off / November 30 to December 4 / code: ITCHTOSTITCH15

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New pattern release - Haute Skinny Skirt from Wardrobe by Me

Another gorgeous pattern from Wardrobe By Me!! This is the Haute Skinny Skirt - and it is stylish, flattering, smart and classy!

Design features include a super fitted high waist, that hugs you in all the right places, panels that wrap around the sides, giving a really slimming effect and it has a concealed zip at the back.

Construction is simple and the instructions are easy to follow - so you can knock one of these up in no time! The split has a clever little reinforcement, so you can be sure your stitching will be sturdy!

I made my first skirt out of a stretch woven (you need at least 5% stretch fibre content for this pattern because it has negative ease for a very close fit!), and I picked two plain fabrics for a simple smart skirt.

For my second skirt I used Ponte Roma, which has a lot more stretch to it, and also good recovery. I used a floral print for the front and back and plain black for the sides, for a more dressy version of the skirt.

Because this fabric is stretchy enough, I was able to leave the zip out the back, making this a pull on skirt - this meant I could leave all the pretty flowers intact and not have to worry about pattern matching!

To do this, I left off the seam allowance of the back pattern pieces, and sized down. I used a knit interfacing for the waistband to make sure it still had plenty of stretch to pull it on, but kept a nice structure.

The regular price of the pattern will be 8.5 USD, but you can use the code 'sister' until Saturday to get 25% off.

Get the pattern HERE

Saturday, 5 September 2015

New pattern release from Wardrobe By Me - the Mirri Wrap Dress

I have just recently discovered Wardrobe By Me - and there are some really great patterns in the range! I was very lucky to be selected to test the new Mirri Wrap dress - I loved the look and the flattering style as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be my sort of dress!

The dress is designed to be made using lightweight jersey knits, so it's an easy comfy pull on style. As with most knits, you get a lovely flowy drape to the dress, which I love!

The waistline sits just above your natural waist, making it really flattering, along with the pretty detail of the asymmetric pleats, this dress is very feminine. Depending on your fabric choice, you could make it smart enough for work, or dressy enough for an evening out!

The shawl collar and sleeves are all in one with the front/back bodice - so this pattern only has 5 pieces, and it's really quick to make! You can choose to only print the size you need with the layers feature, which also helps to speed up the process of cutting out.

The dress has a fit and flare skirt, which is really easy to wear and suits all shapes and sizes.

You can pick from 4 different lengths, as shown below -

The pattern is available HERE and comes in sizes 2-16 (EUR 32-46) and you can use the code 'sister' for 25% off ALL patterns!

Check out this blog post to find out more about Wardrobe Be Me - the designer has TONNES of experience, so it's awesome to be able to sew up some of her lovely designs!