Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sahara Top/Dress - Bella Sunshine Design PDF Pattern

I love to sew......... Honestly, getting on with the blogging is the chore! But I do want you to see what I've been up to! So without further ado, here is Bella Sunshine's latest pattern - the Sahara Top or dress.
Sahara is a PDF pattern that comes with sizes 6months to 12 girls included.

This is a sweet top or dress, to be sewn in knit fabrics - please don't freak out when I say is a little trickier than woven cotton.....but the pattern comes with plenty of useful tips and illustrations. I would recommend this sew for confident beginners.

Sahara features a stunning scooped back & gently scooped front. No closures as it is to be made from wonderful stretchy knit!

In both top and dress version, the skirt is a full circle - so has wonderful twirl factor!
There is four sleeve options - sleeveless, short sleeve (as I've sewn), 3/4 length and full length.

This was my first version, and my favourite! I found a fun cactus print and figured some pom pom trim would make the whole ensemble really festive! The pom poms weighted the skirt only lightly, but really added something I believe! Have fun with Sahara!

You don't need a serger/overlocker to sew with knit fabric.....but there are couple of things that will really improve your experience.... (Allow you to yell at your machine less.)
1. Make sure you sew with a ballpoint or stretch needle.
2. Make sure you use good quality polyester thread.
3. Select the right stitch for the job, a small zig-zag or a stretch stitch (looks a little like a lighting bolt.)
4. Make use of a walking foot on your machine - although it is possible to sew without one - be very careful not to stretch your fabric as you sew or let it drag while sewing.
5. Use the steam from your iron! Can help your knit bounce back if you do get any pesky stretched out areas!
This is my second version - I was in a hurry and used available fabric and had no time to be fancy! Even so, my daughter loves this top!! (She is a HUGE cat fan and Hello Kitty fits the bill!)

I'm not going to bore you with too much more talking....... so just enjoy browsing my photos!

Paired with Bella Sunshine Design's Rose Bubble shorts

I employed my hubby to take some extra shots with his phone while I used the camera!! We had a funny little moment of taking photos of each other at the same time!! (Sorry I don't have the photo he took of me handy.......maybe I'll update! ;-)

If you would like to find out more or purchase the Sahara pattern directly, please click HERE.
A rose for my little rose! (Rose is my maiden name.) I mentioned......(like I always mention).....I'm behind on my blogging!! BUT this is a little look at what you can look forward to soon! Just some of the latest tests I'm yet to share!! Aren't they fab?!
See you soon! Happy sewing!
- Zoe

Monday, 27 February 2017

Madison Blouse - Pattern by Mummykins & Me

Right, I'm super excited to share this sew with you! Not just because it's another stunning Mummykin's & Me pattern, but because I adore sewing blouses! They have just the right amount of challenge & joy ratio! The Madison blouse is no exception!
With sizes newborn to 12 girls, ladies XXS to 5XL and a dolls version available, there is a size for everyone!
The blouse has two sleeve length options - short and full length.

The Madison has the option of narrow necktie, wide necktie, collar and faux attachable bow.
You can choose to use snaps, but I always go for the button where possible......and lets face it, buttons are just that little bit classier (please don't hate me snap people!) *Zoe runs away clutching as many buttons as she can*
This blouse also has the option of becoming a dress - pair with a cute belt (or not) and a whole new outfit is created.
Madison comes with the flawless instructions that all Mummykins patterns are renowned for. Easy to follow, full of clear photographs of each step. Layers function for clear & easy pattern printing.

Another little bonus is all the super tips on how to create seamless finishes inside & out! Of course you can serge, especially if time is of an essence. However I love the flat felled and French seams that just lift the garment into that heirloom quality status.

I'm going to quit waffling you can go ahead and scroll, because hey.....I get tell a thousand words! BUT.......what goes better with the Madison blouse than the Berry Bubble Shorts?! NOTHING!! These are a match made in heaven!!

Narrow necktie option

So my little lady isn't really into dolls, she is an animal lover at heart and adores all her stuffed furry when I came across Violette Field Threads cute Katie Cat pattern - which suits the 18" dolls clothing, I knew this was going to be perfect for making mini matching outfits!

So here is Katie & Miss A in their matching Madison blouses!!

My Katie is made from 100% cotton drill

I also like to lightly weight all my softies - for that "real" feel. Aquarium pebbles sewn up into a small bag make a great alternative to actual soft toy weights

Okay, no lies, the Berry shorts are defiantly up there in my top 5 favourite things to sew....I never get sick of sewing them!!! Fully lined, functional pockets, flat waistband......optimum place to feature some amazing buttons.........drool.........buttons....... 

You might be surprised, but I found the fabric for these shorts in the furnishing section of one of my local fabric shops......when it comes to garments that can handle thicker fabric, like coats, shorts, pants etc. Don't dismiss the furnishing section!! This is super soft, strong VELVET! Gosh, I love the Berry Shorts in velvet! They scream luxury and feel amazing. Do have your strong 90+ gauge needles handy, and check tensions etc as its easy to get skipped threads and snap a heap of needles when sewing 5+ layers of velvet!
If you'd like to read more on the Berry Shorts, please see my blog post on them HERE.

To find out more or purchase the Madison pattern - available separately (children's/women's/dolls) or as a complete package, please click HERE
That's about all from me....but if you'd like to read and see more, please visit these amazing blogs to see what the other testers have sewn using the Madison pattern! Go give em some love!!!
Happy sewing!!
- Zoe