Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Sew My Style 2020: Kortney Bodysuit Inspiration

Right off the bat we have two amazing patterns for Sew My Style 2020, the Kortney Bodysuit and the Tania Culottes. The Kortney bodysuit is by Rad Patterns, a new-to-me company. It's a basic pattern really, don't be put off the bodysuit part because it is just a t-shirt that wraps around your crotch 😄 There are three different necklines and depending on the style you choose you may not even need to worry about snaps at the crotch.

Kortney Bodysuit Styling Inspiration ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California


Pattern Features:

  • five sleeve lengths (cap, short, elbow, 3/4 and long)
  • a narrow front or a wide neck neckline
  • high/mid/low scoop back
  • sizes XXS - 6X 
  • the pages are no-trim - when you print them out you can just glue them all together no worries (this is exciting for me as i can't stand trimming and i do not use the a0 print option yet!)

Styling

Bodysuits are a really fun way to wear something that looks like a tucked-in tee, without it actually being a tee (and without it coming untucked!). They're easy to layer, and the styling options are endless! You can dress your bodysuit up or down, depending on what you need it to do.


Kortney Bodysuit Styling Inspiration ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California
fashion hayley / lucy & yak 1 + 2
I for one love this look, layering bodysuits under overalls, although i feel maybe the whole double-undressing to go to the toilet would get old fast, or weird, or hilarious?

Kortney Bodysuit Styling Inspiration ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California
source unknown // nooworks // the curvy fashionista

Throw on a skirt or a pair of jeans and you're literally put together (throw on a pair of Tania Culottes if you're tricky). It's a cute look whether you use solid fabrics or fun patterns!


Kortney Bodysuit Styling Inspiration ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California
lace bodysuit (source unknown) // colleeen heidemann // source unknown

Sleeves!  There's five length options. Why not opt for sheer sleeves for something a little different? Or if you're up to it, hack your sleeves! Sleeves with volume are huge right now, something i did not think i would get on board with but lately i've seeing people's makes and it's changing my mind! Pictured is a long bell sleeve on the left and a bishop sleeve on the right. Divine.


Kortney Bodysuit Styling Inspiration ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California
colourful houses // mokuyobi // lulus // urban outfitters

Make the neckband contrast and turn your bodysuit into a cute ringer-tee style. Add a pocket for an extra feature.


You can also find more inspiration for bodysuits with the Kortney bodysuits already being sewed! Have a peek at the #kortneybodysuit tag on instagram (which i have been following with excitement as when i first had a look there was only one photo tagged! help me populate it?) or join the Sew My Style 2020 VIPS facebook group (note: you need to be signed up to the mailing list to be approved). There's some great sews happening there already, especially one hacked with the most gorgeous voluminous sleeves!


Bodysuits, jumpsuits and swimsuits always remind me of this problem (which isn't really a problem and more of a hilarious thing we can all relate to):
sad girl pop

I have a Pinterest board here with the above-mentioned styling options (plus whatever else I find and will add in the future!)


Snaps

KAM (or other plastic snaps) can be used with success, but as I've had my own adventures with them and really despise them unless they work well (which is hit and miss) i would really recommend attaching them as firmly as you can! There's a tutorial here that i really liked about how to attach snaps, of course their 'scrap fabric' is a piece of cardboard, but if you're in need of guidance give this video a watch. I found that the bulk of the crotch placket really helped with keeping my snaps secure.

One of our other leaders for SMS20, Michele of WinMichele, did a quick video of how to remove plastic snaps if you need to. You can also use the pliers and crack the plastic by squeezing them together (it's my favourite passive aggressive thing to do when I miss up my snaps)

Fabric

The pattern recommends fabrics with four-way stretch (50% stretch vertically an 50% stretch across the grain of the fabric too). I picked mine up from Spotlight (an australian fabric store) but anything with a little lycra in it will be putting you on the right track!

 Rad Patterns has a great post about what stitches to use for sewing knits - this is a great resource for anyone that may not be familiar with sewing with stretchy fabrics just yet and need some guidance.



I'll update this post when i think of other things that may help you with makig your Kortney Bodysuits and i'll be posting later this month with my finished ones! I hacked one into a swimsuit and i'm excited to share that with you too (although, if you're in the FB group you've already seen it by now 😉)




New to Sew My Style? Learn more and join in here.

Sew My Style 2020 includes these talented sewists, catch up on their #SMS20 posts:

Aaronica @ The Needle & The Bell | Leanne @ Thready For It | Ari @ Max California | Minna @ The Shapes of Fabric | Carol @ Chatterstitch | Michele @ WinMichele | Julian @ Julian Creates | Florence @ FTMom3 | Kelsey @ Seam Lined Living | Kris @ Sew Notes | Laura @ The Specky Seamstress | Samantha @ The Rural Sewist | Sarah @ Haraz Handmade | Shelby @ Handmade Shelby | Simone @ Intensely Distracted | and SMS20 Coordinator Paulette @ Petite Font

To stay up-to-date with all the #SMS20 news, pattern discounts and inspiration, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter at Sew My Style 2020.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sew My Style 2020

Sew My Style 2020 is underway and already there's some great makes popping up on the facebook group! The first two patterns for this month are the Kortney Bodysuit by Rad Patterns and the Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen and i love that it's basically an outfit you can make there!

What's Sew My Style?

#SewMyStyle 2020 (or #sms20) is the fourth year of a sewing challenge across Instagram and Facebook to encourage people of all ages, sizes, genders & ethnicity to sew their own wardrobes. Each month there are two pattern to choose from to sew up and if you share them on Instagram or Facebook you are eligible for some great prizes! Two leaders each month will sew up the patterns and show you how to hack, style and sew them!

Not only that but you get discounts on the patterns of the month, but you have to be signed up to the mailing list to get those juicy details!

Our host this year is the very amazing Paulette from Petite Font and it's been so great working under her. She's an incredibly organised person and everything you will ever need to know about the challenge is right here!

This year I am one of seven leaders for the challenge and we are also joined by 8 bloggers and vloggers! You can find who is helping out with Sew My Style 2020 here.

24 Patterns!


First off, you do not have to purchase and sew all twenty-four of the patterns for Sew My Style this year! Last year i was signed up and did sew up some of the patterns but i didn't really blog about them or enter them for prizes (i sewed them in the wrong months). It's neat to get discounts for the patterns and with the entire list already planned out in advance it's great for wardrobe and project planning.

sew my style 2020 pattern list ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California



January: Kortney Bodysuit (Rad Patterns) & Tania Culottes & Tania Curve Culottes (Megan Nielsen)
February: Ilford Jacket (Friday Pattern Company) & Summit Pack (Cloudsplitter Bags and Designs)
March: Willa Vest (Laela Jeyne Patterns) & Gelato Blouse and Dress (Liesl + Co. Patterns)
April: Nova Sweatshirt (Sinclair Patterns) & Redwood Vest (5 Out Of 4 Patterns)
May: to be released (True Bias) & Game Day Tee (Love Notions)
June: to be released (In The Folds) & Free Range Slacks (Sew House 7)
July: Scoop Pinafore (Sew Different) & Honeycomb Bag (Millicent Joy)
August: Lulu Cardigan (Pattern Scout Studio) & Men's Reed Trousers (Laela Jeyne Patterns)
September: Lichen Duster - to be released (Sew Liberated) & Marigold Dress, Peplum and Skirt (Blank Slate Patterns)
October: Pona Jacket (Helen's Closet) & Men's Long John Jammers (Rad Patterns)
November: Dionne Duster (Sew Altered Style) & Ali Sweater (Sew DIY)
December: Rose Pants & Shorts (Made By Rae) & Rita Fitted Skirt (5 Out Of 4 Patterns)

I'm really looking forward to the Willa vest with the sleeve add on, it's the sort of anorak-style i've been looking for in a while. I also want to sew up the Game Day Tee, it's def my sort of style i just need to work out what to do to make it more me (will be sewing it over-sized and styling it with bike shorts or leggings!). The Nova sweatshirt is on my to-make list as well, for obvious reasons (my youngest son's name is Nova). I have owned the Marigold dress for a long time, i think i got it in a pattern bundle years ago, so SMS20 is a good reason to sew it up! Other makes i'm looking forward to sewing and incorporating into my wardrobe is the Tania Culottes, the Lichen Duster and the Ali Sweater. I'm also looking forward to sewing for Tim this year as well and the Ilford Jacket and Reed Trousers will be perfect bases as well as the Nova Sweater and the Long John Jammers.

 I may have already made up the Rose Shorts >_>

There's a lot of pattern companies i haven't sewn with yet, so i'm looking forward to investigating those! Which patterns are you looking forward to? I made a collage of all the patterns since i'm an extremely visual person and wanted to see them all together so I knew what was what!


Sew My Style 2020 patterns collage ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California


Not your style?

Paulette has written an excellent post about enhancing your closet, making things your style, and i absolutely adored reading it. it's inspiring and makes the challenge even more exciting. There's a handful of patterns i instantly felt I was not going to sew but Paulette's post has changed my mind on it and as a leader i'm going to sew the heck out of them and make them my style.

Tomorrow I'll be posting a round up of resources and inspiration for the Kortney Bodysuit and later this month I will share the ones that I have made!

 Have you participated in Sew My Style in the past?

sew my style 2020 I'm In ♥ Sew My Style 2020 post by Max California







New to Sew My Style? Learn more and join in here.

Sew My Style 2020 includes these talented sewists, catch up on their #SMS20 posts:

Aaronica @ The Needle & The Bell | Leanne @ Thready For It | Ari @ Max California | Minna @ The Shapes of Fabric | Carol @ Chatterstitch | Michele @ WinMichele | Julian @ Julian Creates | Florence @ FTMom3 | Kelsey @ Seam Lined Living | Kris @ Sew Notes | Laura @ The Specky Seamstress | Samantha @ The Rural Sewist | Sarah @ Haraz Handmade | Shelby @ Handmade Shelby | Simone @ Intensely Distracted | and SMS20 Coordinator Paulette @ Petite Font

To stay up-to-date with all the #SMS20 news, pattern discounts and inspiration, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter at Sew My Style 2020.
LEIA MAIS

Monday, 6 January 2020

Pastel Pj Party with Project Run & Play and Wicked Fabricss





good morning friends!

it's been a hot minute over here on the blog, it's just so much easier throwing up pics on instagram without having to get the camera, upload all the pics that i attempt to take and then edit them? I don't know what i'm doing photography-wise, still, I just like to sew you know? haha, anyway, I signed up for the Project Run & Play pj party because i did have plans already to make adorable matching pyjamas for the kids and their cousins and i will always jump at the chance to sew up one of my friend Sew Chibi's Designs creations and promote her too!



I chose two patterns from the shop, the Natsu Shorties by Sew Chibi and the Rita Nightgown by Suco by Susana. I was just going to modify the nightgown into a tee for the boys before i realised i just did not have to always do that and asked for the Up Beet Tee by Petit a Petit & Family. I'm glad i did, because i'm super in love with this pattern and I had no interest in it for the longest time (i never noticed the back of it???).

I was ambitious and sewed up five little outfits, all different and all with different colourblocking. Also, i was so in love with their outfits i went to spotlight and got some more fabric for myself so i could have a shirt!



Our beautiful fabric sponsor, Wicked Fabrics, gifted me two metres of fabric to sew these up, but of course my plans needed MORE so i just defaulted to spotlight to get the rest of what i needed. There's a MASSIVE difference in quality though, let me tell you that. The eco cotton from Wicked Fabrics is so unbelievably butter soft, and the other fabrics from spotlight are just... well average! I chose one metre in the lilac eco cotton jersey and one metre in the baby blue oeko tex RIBBING. yeh thats right, i done goofed. I spaced completely and grabbed the wrong one. For anyone who wants this pretty blue in non-ribbing and actual jersey, you're meant to go for this listing. Don't be me!

HOWEVER, this meant all the pyjamas had the cutest and best neckbands and waistbands since the ribbing is more than flawless for this. I did use it for panels as well and wound up using every scrap of it anyway! Probably i would not have needed a metre of it though, for future reference to myself!



Ruby (my niece!) is wearing:

Rita Nightgown in a size 5. i shortened the length of it to be micro mini length on this long-legged beauty!



Vincent is wearing:
Up Beet Tee in a size 8
Natsu Shorties in a size 8
no mods were made!


Just need to talk about this back for a moment. It's rad, right? All t-shirts I make now will be Up Beet Tees.



Billie (my niece!) is wearing:
Rita Nightgown in a size 4. I pieced the skirt together from all the scraps left over and i'm super into this idea!



Billie was all about the popcorn that i provided for her




 Nova (the cheekiest ratbag) is wearing:
Upbeet Tee in size 2
Natsu Shorties in size 3
I shortened his shorts a little so we could see his gorgeous legs

Last but not least is Eddie, featuring her beloved bunny Wizzy <3



Edison is wearing:
Rita Nightgown in a size 5 as a peplum top
Natsu Shorties in a size 5 shortened


All the drawtrings on the shorties are just the offcuts from the fabric selvedges. I knotted the ends and just stitched them to the center fronts of the waistbands for some hecking cuteness! Maybe I'm going to need to make myself some of these shorts too...


Huge thank you to the designers for providing their patterns, Project Run & Play for organising the cutest pj party, Wicked Fabrics for sponsoring me, my sister for providing two little blonde models and to all the kiddos who were amazing and followed my direction well. They're naturals, i swear, and i know they enjoyed their popcorn & pyjama payment!








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