Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Twisted Tuesdays

Hi friends!

You know how you see patterns made up all over the blogosphere but you don't know for sure if it's a pattern you'd ever sew up yourself, or if you would even make it more than once? I don't know about you, but I love patterns that I will sew over and over, and you're probably sick of all the same things here that I keep sewing but COUNT YOURSELF LUCKY because there are approximately 200 more of the same things that I've never photographed and blogged about :,)

So when Laura of Titchy Threads (patterns) and Craftstorming (her blog) asked me if I wanted in on her fun Twisted Tuesdays series, I was so in! I'm a huge fan of her work; her patterns are so professional and she was the first to use layered sizes. The instructions are always clear and my finished garments from her patterns are probably the most professional-looking pieces I have sewn. However I was a bit hesitant with the Twisted Trousers pattern, only because I wasn't sure if I could sew up something that I would like and that my soon would actually wear. I thought the twisted seamlines were pretty amazing, and when I saw the watermelon pants that Laura sewed up I knew I was starting to fall in love with this pattern!

 I bought this bedspread a few weeks ago from the op-shop. It was $4 and was handmade, backed in calico and I thought it looked pretty amazingly vintage. It wouldn't eb the first time I've bought bedding at the op-shop with every intention of cutting it up and then changing my mind and keeping it as is (Vin has a Snoopy, Star Wars and also little blue houses doona covers that survived my ideas about giving them new life as clothing and just stayed as is!)

The fabric is called "parrotphenalia" which is fun, and it's a very heavy fabric. I knew I wanted to make pants out of it and when I printed out my Twisted Trousers pattern the parrots pretty much squawked at me to sew them up! And so I did!

Every step of the pattern has you sewing like you're a legit seamstress! Haha, it's true though. I usually love to whip up shorts and shirts that take minimal effort but when it comes to Titchy Thread Patterns I really appreciate the care and the time and the extra steps to take to turn out an amazing garment!

 There are several options available with these pants, including a reversible option! Since my fabric was so busy, I did go ahead and follow the instructions for adding piping and I'm really glad I did. I chose a fluro orange heavyweight cotton that I also scored at the op-shop (I just realised Vincent's Sega shirt was also a men's shirt from the op-shop that I resized for him for Sew Geeky!). I bought a roll of piping cord off eBay a few months ago and it's really handy to have just stashed away because it means i can make piping whenever I want. And I do want!

The more I look at these pants the more I love them holy crap. I sewed these up in a straight size 5 for Vincent, which was a bit risky because although I have the majority of his measurements (have you measured your kids recently? Do it!) I wasn't entirely sure I'd have the length right. He turned SIX YEARS OLD last thursday and I've noticed that a lot of his clothes aren't fitting him so well anymore. He's still a little shawty, the youngest and the smallest in his class, but I've realised I still had size 3 and 4 shirts in his drawer that he could wear ahha. I shouldn't have doubted myself though, because as usual, Laura's pattern was a perfect fit on my little dude!

I had every intention of sewing up the Twisted Tank instead of the pants, but it's COLD here, so there was no way that sewing a shirt for him was going to get much use until the summer, in which he might have grown out of it by then! I was going to see if I could do a Rowan Tee/Twisted Tank mash-up with the sleeves from the Rowan on the Twisted Tank?

The waistband on the Twisted Trousers is my favourite kind right now: a comfortable knit waistband with elastic inside it. I really love the diagonal belt loop at the back too, I'll probably do that for all Vin's pants now really!

I've literally just finished printing a size 2 because there's a little miss in the family who is in need of some pants for winter! Somehow I have to make these Princess Pants...

Have you ever sewn up a pattern you weren't completely 100% on and then been pleasantly surprised? I really should know better by now, especially when it comes to a Titchy Threads pattern!

The awesome wall Vincent is standing in front of is one of the amazing murals painted in my city! You'll notice that over the past year there's been some awesome walls as backdrops for my kids, and over the weekend there were 61 artists participating in the second First Coat festival! This one was done by Kyle Jenkins. So excited to show off more of the amazing art we have here!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Alleycat Romper to Dress 2.0

I have sewn SO many of these Alley Cat Rompers, both as they are designed and also with the tweaking of turning them into a dress. And yet, how many have I blogged? This'll be the third. I really should get onto that but hey, baby steps! To tell you the truth the only reason I have blog-worthy photos of this dress at all is because she wore it when we went to Stanthorpe for a bit of a roadtrip a few weekend ago. We headed to our favourite cafe/deli Vincenzos and then went across the road to Sutton's Juice Factory who make the BEST apple juice you will ever drink, AND the most delicious apple pie. Stanthorpe is seriously so great, a lot of my family go for all the wineries there but I go for the food!

She's finally starting to grow UP so the dress is getting a little too short at the front there. I followed Jess's awesome tutorial for turning the romper into a dress. I'm pretty sure I have made about 5 of these now? And one watermelon shirt using the bodice part and extending it down into a shirt for my niece Ruby.

The floral bodice was from a knit skirt I got from the op-shop the coral skirt and bodice lining was metres and metres of secondhand fabric from St. Vinnie's for just a few bucks. I seriously love going op shopping!

There's not much more else to say about this dress, it's such a quick sew now for me and without any closures it's so easy to take on and off. It's one of those dresses that when it's not being worn it's because it's in the wash pile because she wears this constantly.

It's finally deciding to be Autumn here and the weather is rainy and cold (we have the fire on!) so posting these beautiful sunny day pictures is a bit bittersweet but at the same time I'm really excited for winter!

I sewed the Alleycat Romper here, and also an Alleycat dress with woven fabric here.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Kids Clothes Week: Day 1: Jurassic

Super pumped that I'm participating in KCW this week, well at least today I had motivation to get into it and not make excuses or not let life get in the way because I am kicking off my Kids Clothes Week over on Pattern Revolution! The theme is Wild Things but it's optional so as long as you're sewing anything kiddie you can enter to win some cool prizes! There's also some cool giveaways this week you can enter as well so go do that too!

Click through to see the super fun Jurassic Park inspired outfit I made Vin-dawg. You're going to LOVE his pants, promise!

Are you excited for Jurassic World coming out soon? I am! Are you sewing along to KCW? What are you making?

kid's clothes week
sort of feel like you should sew along just to use the cute buttons alone :,)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Spooky Messenger Bag

Amongst all these pink ruffles and dresses with adequate twirl-factor, I've really really been missing sewing for my boy. Sewing boy stuff was my first introduction into the sewing mama blog world, and it's been my passion for almost 6 years now!

You can check out my review of the Little Moo Designs Messenger bag over on Pattern Revolution! There's a secret Beetlejuice-inspired lining and some of this little man's cheeky cute face!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Geometric Violet Dress

I'm doing SO much girl sewing lately, a million dresses both for Pattern Revolution and for the upcoming 30 Days of Shirley Temple. It's fun but I keep looking over at my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fabric and yearning to make Vin something rad. He can wait though, he's got 3 years of handmade clothes on Eddie!

I sewed up the Violet Dress by Aila & Frankie and you can see all the details (and the cute back) over on Pattern Revolution! The fabric is from Spotlight, I'm hoping there's more when I go back there next week! This dress is absolutely beautiful, I really love it!

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