Saturday, 22 September 2018

Seronera Jacket Pattern by Sansahash - PLUS your chance to win a copy!

Greetings! Welcome to my blog. Today I am sharing one of my latest sews, one I was able to use for both my son and daughter (which was a lovely change.)
This is the Seronera jacket by Mgeni of Sansahash. What I love most about Mgeni's designs is that they are very child friendly and wearable. You'll sew her patterns and your child will actually WANT to wear these clothes. Seronera is no different!  

This unisex design comes with two different looks, sporty - as my daughter is wearing or long (with the narrower waistband) like my son is wearing.

With layered pattern pieces for grading and printing ease, getting the perfect fit is easy as pie.

Optional welt pockets and thumb holes for the cuffs add fun and practicality to this design.

The jacket is faced, so is relatively lightweight. A sewist with some skill could fully line the garment if they chose. The pattern requires intermediate sewing skills in my opinion. Welt pockets and zippers into knit fabrics can be a challenge - however, with the clear instructions it is possible for everyone to have a go!  
This PDF pattern includes sizes 6 months to 12 years approximately, available in English and Dutch.

Want to win your own copy? All you need to do is comment on my blog post and then head over to the Sansahash Seronera blog post and comment there to go in the draw to win! Easy peasy folks! While you're there, don't forget to visit all the other amazing bloggers!
Need more inspiration? Join the Sansahash Facebook community HERE.
Want the pattern now? Visit Sansahash HERE.
Until next time,
Happy Sewing!
~ Zoe ~

Monday, 20 August 2018

Spring Fling with Rebecca Page Patterns

Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons


Welcome sewing friends! I don't give enough shout outs to Rebecca Page patterns, but I really should. Rebecca designs such stunning patterns and I am lucky enough to be a part of her awesome crew. I have sewn up most of her patterns (not all - there are a lot and something for everyone!) Today I will be sharing 3 of her contemporary, yet vintage inspired pdf patterns.
With 3 patterns and 6 garments I have created a mini capsule wardrobe and show cased 9 different looks! With only a few more variations of these patterns, 9 looks could easily turn into 18 and beyond!
I am turning the page with Rebecca Page! Welcome to Spring traveller!
(P.s. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom for your chance to WIN some fabulous prizes!)

Modified Pintuck Brielle 

Look One

I will keep the writing short as I have so many photos and pictures tell a thousand words. This look was achieved using the thigh length Arabella skirt pattern, paired with my modified Brielle.

Instead of pleating the blouse around the neckline, I have instead added 4 pintucks, added cap sleaves and lengthened the collar to create a pussy bow that ties at the back.

Pussy cat boots from Target

Look Two

This is my modified Brielle again, paired with straight legged Berry Bubble shorts.

The Berry Bubble shorts are fully lined, delicious inside and out. All the patterns I have sewn are available in children, ladies and dolls sizes.

Bling buttons.......just......because! (I do love buttons!)

Look Three

The Berry Bubble pants are available as an add on to the original Berry pattern and do not require lining. This pair is upcycled from some old cotton capris.  

I love the wide legs of the Berry pants and appreciate the way the pintucks compliment the plaid pants.

The short sleeves of my modified Brielle, paired with the Berry pants makes a lovely combination for Spring weather.......which tends to start off cool here in Western Australia.

Classic Sleeveless Brielle

Look Four

I had been searching for baby blue cotton poplin in a solid colour to sew the classic sleeveless Brielle, but could not find anything suitable in my local fabric stores. So out of the stash came this pink and gold print poplin.

Sleeveless blouses are lovely come the warmer months, however, when paired with the right bottoms, still provide enough coverage.

I love the back bow on the Arabella - I did botch the back placket on the back of this Brielle I'm afraid - I would recommend using the facing to finish this blouse (has a neater appearance I think.)

Look Five

This combination - of the sleeveless Brielle and Berry shorts was better suited for a warmer day (we are still technically experiencing winter! So poor Miss A was a little chilly!)

The Mumma and bubba unicorn fabric from Sems Fabric was the perfect representation of Spring - new life, flowers, greenery and freshness. 

Look Six

Sleeveless Brielle with Berry pants.


Classic Long Sleeved Brielle

Look Seven

This version of the classic long sleeved Brielle was sewn in glitter chiffon! (Sometimes I'm reckless like that!) However, Brielle LOVES to be sewn in lightweight fabric with great drape, so the chiffon was a perfect option.

Paired with Arabella, this blouse had a whimsical feel, she was ready dressed for a wedding or a party! 


Look Eight

Nearly as glam as the Arabella pairing above, the blouse still sparkled (literally) with the Berry shorts.

I chose to add buttonholes to my Brielle cuffs - instruction for this is not included in the pattern. If you choose to do this, please double check the wearers wrist size (so there is enough over lap for the buttonholes.) 


Look Nine

Lucky last combo! The long sleeved Brielle paired with the Berry pants, for those cooler Spring days!

Now you've made it here! Well done - I had a LOT of photos and I hope some of these combinations have inspired you to sew something for your or your child's wardrobe for the coming Spring (or Autumn.)
Please know that all Rebecca Page patterns are layered for grading ease, with no trim pages and very clear tutorials. Each pattern has been drafted with care so you get the perfect fit.

But wait......there's more!! Please keep following the tour to see even more looks, especially sewn for Spring and Autumn in mind.
Happy sewing!
~ Zoe ~
Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don't forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!
  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), Sewjourns, Soul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitch, Flaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et Tresors, Bellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie's Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITY, Diskordia's Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Honeydew Kisses PDF Patterns - Ocotillo + Marina



Greetings sewing friends! I'm so (sew) excited to share with you two of the latest patterns by Honeydew Kisses. First up is the "Ocotillo" leotard or swimsuit pattern. 

This sweet, versatile pdf pattern comes with sizes 6 months to 12 years included. Layered pattern pieces for grading and printing ease. Plus, you can choose from a whole range of options when sewing this stunning pattern!
Scoop back
Scoop back with bow ties
Racer back
Short, 3/4, long or sleeveless sleeve options
Tulle Skirt
Circle skirt
Separate bloomers

High waisted bloomers

Whilst a serger (overlocker) is helpful when sewing knit fabric, it is not essential for sewing this pattern. Some skill in sewing knit fabric is ideal when whipping up an Ocotillo and I would personally rate it as an intermediate sew.

Ocotillo looks extra sweet with an Agave bow (free with code when you join the Facebook fan group.)

My version is sewn in swim lycra with an extra layer of stretch tulle over the thigh length skirt. I opted for the racer back with added flutters and I just ADORE the outcome!
To see more or purchase the pattern, please visit Honeydew Kisses HERE.


Now, now, every little girl needs a sailor dress in her wardrobe at some point! On that note, Honeydew Kisses "Marina" has got you covered!

This vintage inspired number is a wrap-around dress, closing at the front with two buttons or snaps (the other two buttons are all for show!)

There are two collar options, classic square (sailor) or rounded. Sew with short sleeves or sleeveless. Sizes included are 6 months to 12 years (so even the older girls can be sailor-adorable too!)

I made my own matching piping to add on the collar, lace or ric-rac etc would also look stunning!

I personally really love buttons, so the opportunity to feature gorgeous buttons is welcome.......I am aware others may not share my love affair, so snaps are a great alternative. 

To see more on the Marina or purchase the pattern, please click HERE.
P.s. Don't forget to get your FREE copy of the Agave bow! Join the fan page HERE for the code. 
Until next time,
Happy Sewing!