Friday, 21 April 2017

Kamaria - Sansahash Patterns Debut!

 

The new kid on the block is here!! Let me acquaint you with Sansahash Patterns! Brainchild of Mgeni (formerly of Bella Sunshine Designs) and Christine – sewer extraordinaire!


 

Their very first pattern release with Sansahash is Kamaria. Kamaria is a versatile pattern, it can be sewn as a dress, top or sunsuit!


 

This halter neck style pattern boasts a paper-bag waistband ruffle option (go on, say that 6 times fast! LOL) The ruffle option can be applied on the dress and sunsuit version.


 

The sunsuit has options for pockets, I did find them to have a petite opening when using them with the ruffled waistband. However, my daughter was able to get her hands in ok and there was room in them for a lolly or 5!
 
Is your princess still diapering? No problem! The pattern includes the option to add a snap placket to the sunsuit crotch.


 

The ruffles can be completely omitted for a different look (or a quicker sew!)


 

This is a pattern that suits adventurous beginners to intermediate sewers. No one step is difficult, although certain steps can be fiddly and need doing carefully. I’m talking here about attaching the skirt/bottoms to the top...... I recommend plenty of pins and patience. The top version would be considered a beginner sew, so if you’re unsure where to start, give the top a go!

 
 

This beautiful pattern includes a full range of sizes, 6 months to 12 years (approximately.)

 
 

The tutorial is written clearly and illustrations of each step make sure your garment is made perfectly!


 

Pattern pieces are layered (a feature I really, really love!) So you only need to print the size(s) you need.


 

While I found this pattern suits those who have a serger (overlocker) as well as a normal sewing machine, you don’t strictly need one. If you use French seams or adjust your hems you can still create a professional looking garment, inside as well as out.   


 

Now, to the best bit! Talking about my sews!! (Because come on, I know your here to see the photos!!)

 
 

During the testing process I actually sewed up 3 versions. The first one I accidently misread the skirt dimensions – completely my own fault! So my dress turned into a little peplum like top!
 
My "stuff up" version

Version Two
 
The second version sewed needed refining a little, but is still a good example – although I don’t have any nice photos!

 
 

My final reflects the actual released pattern and I just love the way this pattern can be made to achieve different looks. I loved the idea of the top bodice having a separate, almost blouse like look, hence my choice of white poplin.


 
 
 
 

For my sunsuit version I wanted to pick fun fabrics which would really appeal to my daughter (as she doesn’t love sunsuits!! But she looks so fantastic in them!)







 

I love sewing the Kamaria pattern, it’s so classy and really looks great on children of all ages! Some of the tween testers sewed up some real beauties! And I can see myself revisiting this pattern again and again over the years.

 
 

If you would like to see more or purchase your own copy of Kamaria, please visit the Sansahash Etsy store HERE.
 
To join the Sansahash pattern group to find more inspiration, see the latest specials and patterns, PLUS show off your own work, please click HERE.