Saturday, July 6, 2019

Libelle Sewing Strike Round 5

 Libelle Sewing Round 5 


I'm so excited to announce my first ever fabric strike.  This has been so much fun, and what an awesome team she has.  Stephanie has been the greatest to work with as well, this has been just a great experience.  Now on to the fabric.  I picked the "Retro Cassette tapes" in Athletic, and my daughter fell in love with these Narwhals, which we ordered in swim.  

It's always hard to decide what patterns to use, but what do you do when you have a limited supply, and want to showcase it as well as you can, colour blocking to the rescue!


This has been such a cute suit, she wears it all the time, at least 3 times this week, she has it on now in hopes of running through the sprinkler as well ahahah.  The pattern is my new favourite swim pattern from Pollywoggles, called the Nahanni Swimsuit.  Use code "libellesewing" for 10% at her shop.

 I wanted to make a rash gaurd as well and used a raglan pattern I had on hand, this is the Aurora Raglan from Sofiona Designs.   The only modification I used was to add a band on the bottom to keep it from riding up in the water.

Retro cassette tapes. 

For my outfit, the top is a Stardust and Agnes Mashup, with the centre blocking option (both patterns are free from Halla Patterns).  I paired it with my P4P Peglegs add ons (free pattern).

My daughter's outfit is the Hey June Racer-back dress (free pattern), cut to a top length, and the Halla Knotty Pants shorts for kids, with 2" added to the hemline. 

This is my modified Calista sports bra from SUAT!  and it's so comfortable, going to be making a swim top with this pattern soon. 

I only had a wee bit of fabric left so decided these gals needed some new outfits!!!!  How fun are these, I forgot how much I enjoy making 18" doll clothes.  (I HATE making Barbie clothes!!!!)

This is her American Girl and Maplelea dolls sporting a swimsuit and yoga outfit respectively.

The doll's yoga pants are the Bonnie leggings from M4M.(free pattern)  The top is a hacked version of the swim top I used. I just extended the length of the top and flared it out a bit, and added some FOE on the hemline. 

The swimsuit pattern is from Pixie Faire "Wild waves once piece swimsuit"

Make sure to join her FB group, Libelle Sewing, to see what other people are making.  The round is open until Jul 21st, she also has  CL, FT and Bamboo solids also on pre-order. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Priscilla Top - Mamma Can Do It

 What a fun quick test this turned out to be. 

Mamma Can Do It

I'm in love with this pattern, it's so fast, and has a fun fit and flare shape to it.  The handkerchief hem adds a lot of nice movement, and can be hemmed or left as is.  It was so flattering on everyone that tested it, even the newborns hahaha. 

I did lower the neckline on mine, I wanted it about an inch or so lower then the pattern calls for.  Here's a video clip I did on how I did that.  It's pretty easy to do.  You just decide where you want the new neckline to lay, cut it and make your binding 85% of the total length of your new neckline.   I did hem the test one as per the instructions, and it was the perfect length, but for my final I chose not to hem, since that fabric draped so nicely as is. 

 Here's my YouTube video about how to change a neckline on any pattern.
(I would like to take this time to apologize for the horrible selection of thumbnails that were available ahaha. )

This is one of those patterns that is flattering on everyone.   There are 4 sizes available, baby, kids, women, and plus, so something for everyone for sure.  Make sure to grab your copy while it's on sale, and get a bundle while you're at it!!!! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Moss -- Sofiona Designs

Well spring is supposedly on its way, so what a perfect time for a sleeveless top.  This pattern is amazing and so versatile.  It comes in 3 lengths; Top, Dress, and Maxi.

It has an option for an oversized hood and pockets, literally something for everyone!!!  My daughter's jaw dropped when she saw the line drawing, and I even sacrificed some fabric I'd been hoarding for myself.

I made an 8/10 mashup, and it fits perfectly, even the pocket placement was spot on.  I could hardly get it off of her for bed.  This is an intermediate pattern.  It's not hard, but there are some areas you need to be be very precise when sewing.  So just make sure to read through each step, and follow the directions.  I made 2 and they both turned out beautifully.

To add the beads to the end of the straps, I just waited until I was done, and used my loop turner to pull them through.  That said my beads had a very large opening.  If you're using narrower barrel beads I would leave the ends open, or just cut them off, slide the bead on, and then knot it.  It was such a quick and easy add-on, but I think it really makes the straps pop. 

This dress is perfect for summer, you can wear it over leggings or as a cover-up which is the intended purpose, since it pairs beautifully with the Narwhal swimsuit, also being released. 

The detailing on the front panel is so unique, and pretty.  I really love this pattern. 

Hop on over to Sofina Designs to get it on sale, with it's companion pattern the Narwhal swimsuit.  You can get the bundle here Swim Bundle.

And don't forget to join their pattern group for some help, inspiration, and codes!!! 

Sofiona Designs Fan Group

Friday, December 21, 2018

Aurora Raglan -- Sofiona Designs

 What a fun pattern this is.  The simplicity of a Raglan, with a bit of a zing.  There are several options; shirt, or tunic, pockets, ties, and two collar options, banded or faced.

This is the shirt length, with ties, and faced neckline.  We love it.  This shirt will be free for a very limited time!!! To get the coupon code you need to join their Facebook group Sofiona Designs Fan Group.  BUT that's not all they're also releasing the Pinecone skirt!!!! That will be a free pattern as well.  It's so exciting. 

Here's a great shot of the Aurora and Pinecone together, aren't' they a lovely set. 
Brought to you by the creative talents of  Windsor Woolies

It's a very versatile pattern.  Leave off the ties and pockets for a lightening fast sew!!  Or add them on to make it extra special.

This outfit has paird the Aurora Raglan with the Railway Joggers, also by Sofiona Designs.

                                                                  So comfy and cute.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cute Tote Bag -- Free tutorial.

I was searching all over for a new fun little tote to make as a teacher gift this year.  I found this one, over at  DIY Tutorial Ideas!, and decided it was perfect. 

The original measurements are all in metric, which I converted to Imperial ( I rounded them to make it easier).  I also changed a few things.  I made the lining a solid piece to simplify it, and I changed up the straps a bit.

I'm not going to be giving you a complete step by step tutorial, I'm assuming you have some basic tote/bag making experience. If you need more make sure to read through her tutorial before you start, or check back for to hers for the in between steps. 

Sooooo lets get started

Sometimes the hardest part of any project is deciding which fabric to use. 
 I has this stashed away from the Creativ Festival. 

Here we go everything is cut and ready.  The dimensions are as follows.  (her original numbers in cm for anyone that wants them, for complete instructions in cm check out her blog post)

Outer bag-- Top- 4" x 4"                   (10 cm x 35 cm)
                  Accent piece 2" x 14"   (5 cm x 35 cm)
                    Bottom 8" x 14"            (20 cm x 35 cm)
Strap -- 5" x  42"  (10cm x 100cm-orignal measurements I widened and lengthened mine a bit)
Lining -- 13" x 14"  
      pocket   -- 5" x 5"          
Batting/interfacing/soft and stable or foam 13" x 14"

 For the strap I wanted it wider, and padded a bit, so I cut a piece of scrap batting, and just put it down the middle before I sewed it.  I held it in place with one of my favourite sewing tools, my glue stick. 

If you've watched my video 'sewing curves' you'll learn I'm not a big fan of pins when I don't really need them.  To keep the strap feeding evenly, hold the fabric like this, it keeps the bottom from getting fed through faster, and cuts down on your need to pin something straight like this.  

 She has you sew each side, but I like to add on down the middle because of the batting  It holds it in place, and I think it looks nice, giving it a quilted look.

 Then you'll want to sew the accent piece to the bottom piece, making sure it's on the top.  Sew them right sides together and then add your straps. 

 Now since my straps are a bit longer then called for I took the extra length, which was about 3/4" on each side and let that hang off.  I wanted to be able to secure the straps better, so it would make the bag more secure.  Then sew on your top piece on both sides.  Press both seams with straps going up, and the tails of the straps pointing down so you can topstich them in place, but wait until you put the backing on first. 

Now I don't use Soft and Stable I use this shelf liner.  You can buy it the dollar store, Canadian tire or hardware stores.  It's not the bumpy stuff for your kitchen shelves, the nonskid roll, it's thicker and solid, and it's for lining drawers in a tool chest.  Sometimes it's in the tool aisle or kitchen with the others.  I find it works just fine, and the price is soooooo much easier on your wallet.  I use a generous amount of glue stick, and lay it on carefully and press out any wrinkles.  It's a bit tricky to sew, use a Teflon foot if you have one, and lower the pressure on your presser foot.  If you don't have a teflon foot, just use a piece of paper, or tissue paper between the foam and your presser foot.  Then just carefully rip it off after, it's really easy.

You could also use regular interfacing, fusible fleece or any kind of batting you'd like. I wanted the bag to stand up on it's own. 

 Next I went and top-stiched my seams down through the interfacing as well.

I also did a box below to tack my straps in, and reinforce the a bit.  

Then you want to cut your corners.  I did mine larger then I should have I went with 2.5" x  2.5" because I read her numbers wrong, whooops so it's a bit boxier then it should have been. Next time I'll try 1.5" or 2" square, let me know what you decide.  Then you want to line your seams up and sew across it.  All seam allowance in her pattern are 1/4".  

Added a quick pocket inside, and then sewed the outer bag right sides together, and the lining right sides together as well.  Then turned the outside bag inside out and put the lining inside, right sides together, sewed the top, and turned the whole thing out through an opening in the bottom of the bag.   the foam will make it thick so be sure to trim some back before top stitching.  

I added another small pencil pocket on the other side.  I cut 2 pieces 4' x 2.5', made them into a pocket and stitched down the middle for two pens to fit.  (see picture at bottom of post) 

Sewing tip: I like to increase the seam allowance on my lining so that it ends up being a bit smaller, and less likely to get baggy inside.   

 I did you use pins to hold it all shut nice and tight, and sewed my lining closed

 awww she's so cute!!!!  

 I'm really happy with how this turned out.  I have a feeling this will be my new go to tote.  It would be really easy to change the size as well.  Just decide what you want it to be, and figure out your lining after you're done with the outside.