1.9.15

MadeIt Fashion Week: Look 2

Hey guys!!! I am so excited about MadeIt Fashion Week... And excited to show you my second look!! If you haven't yet, make sure to check out Look 1 here. And if you don't know what MadeIt Fashion week is about, well, it's an online fashion show hosted by Needle and Ted and MadeIt Patterns showcasing MadeIt's newest pattern collection Fold/2
 
The collection is inspired by the art of origami, and combined with MadeIt's modern aesthetic is full of clean lines and architectural type details.... Something I absolutely LOVE! Now let me show you what I made!!!
 

For my second look, I choose to do the Pocket Fold Skirt. I loooved the lines of this pattern right of the bat! But wasn't sure if A would be into wearing a skirt, but lately she has grabbed her skirts more and more often, which I was really happy to see! And couldn't wait to get cutting on this one!

 

For this piece I sewed up a size 7. I think I forgot to wear my glasses and didn't line up the right size to measurements on the chart because it wound up being a tad big on her. In hindsight, I should have sewn a size 6! But oh well, it'll just fit longer. And I had it in mind that this would become more of a fall/winter piece for her anyways. The fit and pattern is really good again!! Serioulsy, I can't say enough about Olu and Anna's designing skills... These ladies seriously rocked it for this collection! 


For the fabric, I used a vintage floral baby wale corduroy that I had in my stash already and paired it with a quilting cotton solid, that again, was in my stash and that I got locally. I love how the skirt allows for just a little bit of contrasting in the back yoke and the pocket details with the lines it includes. It's seriously one of my favourite details. I also opted to hide the buttons on the inside of the skirt front so it wouldn't distract from the fabric. Although now that I look, I find my fabric may be a tad crazy! Oh well, live and learn.


I honestly don't think my pictures do this look any justice! A was a bit finicky about taking pictures this second time around, and the mustard tee I had originally planned to go with it (so that all 3 pieces from both looks coordinated well together) kind of gotten eaten by my serger.... Man that paper thin jersey wasn't easy to work with sometimes!!! I think though I may be lucky and be able to squeeze one more tee out of it.... We'll see ;)

 
And there you have it! Look 2!! Hope you enjoyed it :) ... And make sure to check back througout the week, I'll be posting a couple more looks that I made during the testing period (including some boy looks....eeeekk can't wait!!!!) Because honestly, I just can't help myself!!!! It's Fashion Week after all ;)
 
Oh and of course, don't forget about the discount code and giveaway!!
 
20% OFF Madeit patterns
 
Olu and Anna are offering 20% off the purchase of any Fold/2 patterns with the coupon code MFM20. So make sure to head over here to get your copy!! These are definitely worth it!!
 
 
Also make sure to check out all the other participants in the fashion week!! There are going to be some amazing pieces I tell ya!!!!
 
Monday 31 August
 

Tuesday 1 September

Wednesday 2 September

Thursday 3 September

Friday 4 September

Saturday 5 September

Sunday 6 September


 
And finally, you have the chance to win one of three 50 euro vouchers for Nosh Fabric's online store! All you need to do is leave a comment on Olu's round up post (Needle and Ted) on September 6th, letting her know what the highlights of Fashion Week were for you. And if you don't want to wait that long, there's always the IG giveaway that they're hosting, so make sure to follow MadeIt Patterns on instagram!
 
 

MadeIt Fashion Week : Look 1

I'm warning you ahead of time... This post is LOADED with pictures because the excitement is killing me!!! Also there's a giveaway and a discount code at the bottom so make sure you get there ;)
 
This week is Fashion Week hosted by MadeIt Patterns. It's a week dedicated to their new collection Fold/2. The collection is inspired by the art of origami, mixed in with MadeIt's modern pattern aesthetic and you've got yourself a collection full pieces that have great lines and details!
 

For today, I have two looks to share! I'll be splitting my post into two, because honestly, each outfit requires it's own post... they're just THAT good!!! So without further ado, let's start with the first look... the Balloon Fold Dress. I'm going to be honest, this wasn't a look I was super crazy about at first, only for the reason that I didn't know if it fit in with the style of things that I usually like to make. Although I had seen some awesome versions of this dress already (from being in the tester group), I just wasn't sure. But what is life without pushing yourself?!


Which is exactly what I wanted to do for Fashion Week... Push myself to see what I could come up with! And am I surprised to say that I amazed at how it turned out?! Not really... Since Olu and Anna did a fantastic job on all these patterns, why did I doubt this one!!


For this dress I sewed up a size 6, no length added or anything! Which is one of the things I've grown to love about MadeIt, I can actually sew the majority of their pieces without having to deal with adding length... Bonus!!! The fit on this is really good too.


For the fabrics I used an AGF knit from my stash that I got from the imagine gnats shop last year, I believe it was from the Cherie collection (can't fully remember the details).... But man do I wish I had more of this bike print!!! And the mustard is a paper thin jersey I grabbed at my local store when I didn't know better!!! Man that stuff was a pain to work with. It just moved around so easily where you didn't want it to move while sewing. I'm sort of surprised it even came out right lol!


Overall this dress came out ridiculously awesome! Did I mention the excitement A gave me when she say what I was sewing up!?! I was really surprised by her reaction since you know, it doesn't involve pink. But I think the bike fabric did it for her, and the elastic bottom, which makes this dress totally bike friendly!!! Which is one of the things she loves to do during the summer. And of course, this girly girl of mine loves to do it in a dress to boot, so now I don't need to worry about making sure she has leggings on!


After taking these pictures she also discovered that you can wear the dress folded in, so that it looks a bit more like a bubble dress (with the elastic part near her bottom... that's where she likes it!) and boy was she happy to discover that, she literally ran all over the place!

 
Make sure to hop on back over later on in the day to check out Look 2...

Oh and don't forget about the giveaway and discount code too!!!

20% OFF Madeit patterns
 
Olu and Anna are offering 20% off the purchase of any Fold/2 patterns with the coupon code MFM20. So make sure to head over here to get your copy!! These are definitely worth it!!

 
Also make sure to check out all the other participants in the fashion week!! There are going to be some amazing pieces I tell ya!!!!
 
Monday 31 August
 

Tuesday 1 September

Wednesday 2 September

Thursday 3 September

Friday 4 September

Saturday 5 September

Sunday 6 September


 
And finally, you have the chance to win one of three 50 euro vouchers for Nosh Fabric's online store! All you need to do is leave a comment on Olu's round up post (Needle and Ted) on September 6th, letting her know what the highlights of Fashion Week were for you. And if you don't want to wait that long, there's always the IG giveaway that they're hosting, so make sure to follow MadeIt Patterns on instagram!

19.8.15

Summer, Life and Crazy Times

I can't believe it's mid August already! Where has the summer gone?! But I guess that's what happens when things just keep rolling and moving and there never seems to be a break. I haven't been around the blog much (or at all) since I just haven't had the time (or energy) to put towards posts. But man has it been a summer of reflection on my part! Which I am definitely going to share with you...


From the beginning of the summer until now, we've been doing a crazy amount of going away into cottage country on the weekends. I've watched these guys grow and learn so much from being outside all the time (seriously, coming inside was a chore for them!). A has gotten over her fear of touching slimy things, C just does NOT stop running and L has become a mini daredevil. All three have built shelters, learned to set up traps and just plain go wild when they've been surrounded by so much nature.

It's so crazy to see them grow like that. I look back at the days where I used to chase after all of them so they wouldn't get in trouble and now I'm just being cumbersome if I'm close by. Once the car is parked and the doors get opened to let them out, that's about the last you see of them until they get hungry/thirsty or need to go to bed (and even then I've had to find them in the bush for that....) when we're up there.


That is, if they're not by the water trying to swim or paddle away on me ;) Which is another thing I've seen change so much this year! At the beginning L would only swim from shore (and even then there was no putting him in past his waist) until he realized climbing in at the end of the dock was fun, and there was no stopping him once that happened! He's become probably our biggest water bug... Meanwhile A and C have realized that they can swim, solo, no life jackets or anything! C even freaks me out when he just dives in head first and swims around for as long as his breath can last. Which makes me thankful for the swimming lessons that we insisted on putting them in when they were little... And now that we don't have any (since we needed a break...) I'm being begged by these guys to go to lessons and to swim more and more!


Oh and another thing.... This will be our last summer as a family of 5! Yup... We'll be just a tad crazier and louder soon. Which is one of the reasons why I haven't stressed posting so much lately. I've been trying to just take it all in with them. Watch them as they grow and see the little things they do. I still can't get over how much they seem to change in just a short amount of time. Especially when they're in different environments and try different things! They just seem to grow, learn and just keep getting bigger in general (insert crying emoji here!!!).


Even though I haven't posted much though, it doesn't mean I haven't been busy making! Although I've been slower then usual production wise, what with this crazy heat and humidity that we've been having. I've gotten a lot of projects done and will hopefully be able to share those with you soon! I've finally pushed myself a tad more by making a swimsuit, and I've been really focusing on the details of things. Instead of rushing the process, really letting it happen, which has made a world of difference in how I feel about my makes. I'm still picky about them, but I'm happier with the end results because I feel like they're more thought out. Even though there is less of them at the moment....
 
 


22.6.15

Polka Dot Safari Raglan Dress

Happy Monday everyone! I can't believe it's already time for another Kid's Clothes Week season this week!! Gah... And I haven't even planned or really thought of anything this time around... Maybe that'll be a good thing ;) lol. Well today I'm going to share with you another pattern test I did earlier in the month that I'm pretty excited about.
 

I would like to introduce you to the Safari Raglan Tee and Dress by Titchy Threads. First of all, Titchy Threads has slowly become one of my favourite pattern companies lately! I have no shame in saying I have almost every pattern Laura has released... I have MORE shame in saying though that I have yet to sew up the majority though. But anyways, back to this dress...


For the test I sewed up a size 5 dress, with size 8 length... with short sleeves. The fit is so good! And such a quick sew too, that I have the pattern already printed and just need to cut it to make the boys some! Gah... the possibilities. This pattern also comes with the option of having pockets (along the waist for the dress and on the chest for the tee), but I skipped them on this one because I just loved the polka dot so much!


Speaking of polka dots... The polka dot fabric I got from Girl Charlee, they don't have this one specifically but do have a few fun colourways here. And the blue jersey is a Laguna Jersey in Royal  that I grabbed from the imagine gnats shop. The polka dots doesn't have a lot of stretch but works great for this dress and the Laguna jersey... I can't say I love this stuff enough! It's always a pleasure to work with it!


So the only thing I'm finding about this dress is it makes me think a bit of a nightgown, but she has worn it during the day with a pair of leggings and it seems fine. So I'm probably overthinking the WHOLE thing!


Well... Now that it's kid's clothes week... I think I'll get sewing some more shorts and tees for the summer for the boys. You know, things they need ;) Are you sewing along this season? I'd love to hear your plans... Or how you get organized for kcw!