Friday, 27 May 2016

Thread Faction #110 - The Cutest & Easiest Romper this year!

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There's some really cute rompers out there to sew up these days, which is awesome but this year my absolute favourite has to be #110 from Thread Faction!  I sewed up the size 3 for Edison, although she measured a size 2 in this pattern (it's getting cold here and I wanted her to wear it more than just once!). I hacked up a shirt my sister had donated to me for repurposing and it fit sooo perf!

 This pattern is a dream to sew. Everything is straight forward and easy! Like, really easy. Liz' patterns are perfect for any beginner (through to advanced because look! so cute!) with the simple diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions. For reals, I have trouble sometimes following instructions in patterns? Like it's easier for me to grab the pieces, glanced at the illustrations, and then work it out or sew it together how I would do it (double-checking if there's a new technique I haven't attempted yet) because most of the time I just get so confused! I'm a very visual learner!

These babies though? It's got everything from how to cut your fabric properly to how to alter the pattern to fit your kid. The pattern doesn't even assume you know anything, it helps you with EVERY single part. Oh my gosh, I really really love it. I've got like four other patterns I'm sewing up from the same company and i'm legit excited over that! The designs are simple but stunning,

Edison absolutely loves this which is huge because for a year she was so averse to rompers. This one she was serious heart-eyes over and was kinda bummed we didn't take pics sooner of her in it because - the golden blogging child rule is that you can't wear anything until after the photoshoot! Hahha. She really wants to wear this to gymnastics, which is adorable. I'm going to have to make her a few more when Summer comes around!

I know it sounds like I'm raving over this pattern like a crazy person but I feel once you start sewing up a Thread Faction pattern yourself you will understand where I'm coming from? I hope you do anyway aha.

The flutter sleeves are unfinished, which make them nice and light, and the waistband is elasticated. Construction of this romper is so straightforward it's just so nice to have one of those patterns where you can sit down and sew and not feel like you need some physics degree to just get it all together.

There's a whole blog tour going down, so you should go check that out and see all the other things that my friends have been stitching up! My day isn't until tomorrow but I have other Thread Faction things to shooowwwwww you so come back tomorrow and the next day and the next day too, alright? alright. (There's a giveaway too okay so yeh, you better come back >:| ) Oh! And there's a competition too so like if you fancy yourself some free patterns and fabric go enter that too ;) You know. If you want to.

26/5 Nap Time Creations,  Miss Castelinhos, Swoodson Says, Needles to say

27/5 Made By Sara, Sew Not Perfect, Hello Holli, Whisk 'em

28/5 House of Estrela, Made By Amanda Rose, Max California, Brave Fabrics

29/5 Create 3.5, Bless by Tone, The College Seamstress

30/5 Ma Me Mi Mo, Paisley Roots,  Skirt Fixation

31/5 Sew Very, Rebel and Malice, Call Ajaire

1/6 Better Dressed Child, Buzzmills, Handmade Frenzy

2/6 Lamb and ewe crafts, All Things Beautiful, Pen, Seb & Rox

All the patterns are $8 each, but you can buy the entire collection for $28 (seven patterns!) and seriously? This is a really cute collection! There's two dresses, a tank, shorts, a romper, skorts (so cute!) and a really cute dolman sleeved cropped top. What I love about this collection is not only is it all knit, but it looks so comfortable and it's easy to sew. The style is simplistic and I love that so much. You could pretty much sew your little girl's entire summer wardrobe from this collection! The sizes run from size 2 to size 10, and I feel they're those patterns that you reach for instinctively when you want to sew something up quickly. Not to mention, if you're into t-shirt surgery like me, you can upcycle so many things with these patterns!


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May the Fourth be with You - A Little Rey of Sunshine

There's no doubt who Eddie's hero is at the moment. She loves Rey, which makes me so stoked because as far as rolemodels go, Rey is a pretty epic one! If you're not a Star Wars fan (what..?) then let me shed some light on what's going on here! Rey is one of the major characters in the latest Star Wars movie (Episode 7: The Force Awakens). It was a massive live-altering moment to be able to take both my children to see a Star Wars movie in the cinema. Their grandfather was 16 years old when he saw A New Hope (the first ever Star Wars movie) in the cinemas, and I just wanted that experience so badly for my kids. Tim and I went to the midnight screening the day it was released and woah my mind was blown. The next day I took my kids to see it!

I wore my Jedi mini dress i made FIVE years ago! (click the link for the tutorial!)

How many Star Wars items of clothing can you see?!

Rey is the sort of female lead I can get behind. She's tough, but not unrealistically badass. She's smart, she's funny, she's resourceful and she's strong. She's a product of the way she's grown up and she's just so easy to identify with. Another thing I like? She's not sexualised or undervalued because she's a female. As a woman who loves nerdy things, it is really hard to find female characters that aren't wearing ridiculously skimpy clothing or trying to kick bad guy ass in heels. So the fact that my daughter adores this character? So good. When I asked the kids what they wanted to wear today, Eddie spoke up without even thinking, "Wey."

When I was musing on how I'd make this for Eddie, I had to look at the fabrics in my stash first. Sewing with creams and browns is not my aesthetic at all, so my supplies were really low! I didn't want to make it a full on costume, going with what I usually do by stitching something costume-ish but still everyday wearable!

I used the Alleycat Romper pattern by Lil Luxe Collection, a pattern I've sewn so many times before! I shortened the legs so they hit Eddie just below the knee, and because I was using t-shirts I had to make it a little less full so there's a bit over an inch removed from the centre front and backs along the fold. I used two different t-shirts for the bottoms, but you can't even tell haha. The front is like a blue-ish tan and the back is a more yellow-based tan.

I did NOT ask her to pose like this. I didn't even think to get her a stick. This is all Eddie chanelling her character here! That's her "don't mess with me take me back to Jakku" face on there. I stitched up the sleeveless version of the romper, and I did make her arm warmers which she was wearing ALL day and we totally forgot to put them back on her once she put the romper on. I used the sleeve pattern from the romper too, just taking away the shoulder and adding little fold over bands at the upper arm to keep them on her little guns.

The belt is just a loop of brown ribbing from my knit scrap box. The cross over strips are two lengths of knit fabric stitched to the shoulders. This is a hugely simple little outfit and one I definitely recommend that anyone could make!

And no, it's not cold here yet. It's Winter next month and Australia thought about it for about four days last week then decided to give it a miss and stay Summer. I'm okay with this.

Vincent was Darth Vader but preferred to stay inside and watch A New Hope. We've watched four of the seven movies and will save the next three for Revenge of the Fifth ;) And no, we're not watching them in any specific order, just whatever Vincent and Eddie decide! My best friend Kelli made us stormtrooper cupcakes for Vincent to take to school and share with his class today and Tim bought the kids stormtrooper ice creams and made us cheese & Ham Solo toasties for dinner. It's been a good day, and Eddie has declared it the Best Star Wars Day Ever (aka the only one where she's actively really been the least bit interested in Star Wars)