Monday, 30 January 2017

Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine's Edition - featuring M4M and P4P

When I saw Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates were doing a Valentine's blog tour I signed right up - I loved the idea of sewing up something fun and flirty, great for Valentine's day and date nights in general! Plus, they both make really lovely patterns!!


So, here is what I sewed up for my Valentine's day outfit - I made the M4M Mama Lauren from some soft drapey chiffon and a pair of P4P Peg Legs from some funky printed spandex.


I have sewn a whole bunch of Pegs in various fabrics, so I whipped these up pretty quickly! This is my first Mama Lauren, and I chose a challenging fabric - so this was a little more time consuming! But still, well worth the effort - I love a floaty top, and you won't get a lot floatier than chiffon!

Because I wanted the inside to be nice and neat I used French seams - the pattern has 1/2" seam allowances, so I didn't need to make any adjustments - I just sewed wrong sides together with an 1/8" seam allowance, then right sides together with a 3/8" seam allowance.


The Mama Lauren has tonnes of options - different sleeve lengths with elastic or button tab, neckline options, top/tunic/dress, ties or not, and it is so my sort of style!

I was very tempted to sew the keyhole cutout neckline (you know - for a bit of extra flirtiness!), but then I remembered I was sewing with chiffon, and thought better of it!!


I'll definitely be recreating this outfit in different fabrics, it'll be great for lots of occasions. And next time I'll use a more stable fabric so I can try out the keyhole version!

You can find the patterns here:

Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs (By the way - there is an extra special discount code for these if you join the Facebook group) :)

Made for Mermaids Mama Lauren



Got to apply some lippy for Valentine's day, right?!


Check out the rest of the fabulous outfits coming up on the tour!



Thursday, 26 January 2017

New pattern from Wardrobe By Me - Asta Dress

I have always been a massive fan of Wardrobe By Me patterns - and the newest dress pattern is just as awesome as all the other patterns!!

It's a quick straightforward sew, and super flattering for all types of figures - what could be better?!

So here is Asta:



The bodice is fitted, there is a choice of two neck lines - Turtleneck or Boat neck, there are optional pockets and five sleeve lengths, including sleeveless.


I chose to do the Boat neckline and elbow length sleeves, and I left the pockets off my dress because the pattern on my fabric was quite busy, and I felt they would just get lost!


For my fabric I chose a Ponte de Roma - it's medium weight and has a nice stretch to it - so is perfect for this pattern. You could also use lighter weight knits such as jersey or heavier fabrics like scuba knit - as long as they have the amount of stretch suggested in the pattern information.

So with all the options and fabric possibilities this pattern can be used all year long! One of the testers in the group even shortened the skirt to mini length for a perfect little summer dress.


So What are you waiting for?! The pattern is on sale for USD 9 for 1 week only (normal price will be USD 11)

There will also be a sew along where we will be able to help each other out and share our creations, and there might even be a prize up for grabs!! Details will be coming up in the Facebook group - join up HERE


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