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idlesunshine

Hi there! I'm Brooke, married with 3 beautiful babies (9,8 & 6)! Luckiest lady around. Enjoying my love of sewing and cooking along with the harsh reality of studying at uni, working and volunteering at school... Life is busy and beautiful! xxx

Sisboom Pattern Co Upcycle Tour

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Sisboom Patterns Upcycle Blog Tour! Now if you know me at all, you know that upcycling is something I do ALL THE TIME! What’s not to love? You get something incredibly unique, you might be repurposing something you already own so it’s like free fabric, or something really cheap from a charity shop and you are possibly saving something from becoming landfill!

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I was shopping for another project (that I can’t show you yet – wink, wink), when I found this awesome curtain! It was about 5m wide and 1.5m high – soooo much fabric to play with! It cost me $8 and I have loads left over after using it for 2 projects so far. I lined it with some white cotton sheeting I also got from the op shop a long time back. I got about 6m x 3m for $8!

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Did you know that the average Australian buys around 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discards 23 kilograms into landfill? I’m sure the statistics are similar in most parts of the world, but this is a big reason why I love shopping in charity stores and upcycling.

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I had a look through the Sisboom Patterns website and decided that the girls Betty Ann would be a great pattern to use in upcycling! I wasn’t sure at that time what “fabric” I would be using, so I went for something that wouldn’t be too fabric hungry ;-).

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It’s a beautiful and simple design with elastic in the back and no buttons or zips. It comes in sizes 18 months to 14 years which is excellent value!

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I overlocked the edges of the lining and hemmed the bottom before I started. Then I tacked the top of the lining and the curtain together and treated it as one outer piece for construction.

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I love how it turned out, especially with that border hem.

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It is winter here right now, so instead of brown sandals my girl wore boots and socks! It was a bit chilly, but she was a good sport for having her picture taken!

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Her headband I made for her to wear to a wedding a few years ago. I started with a purchased baby headband with a pretty chiffon flower on it and cut it off (because it was on wide elastic which i didn’t like). I pulled apart a fake flower. Cut part of a doily (again from a charity shop) and dyed it with coffee (because tea just wasn’t dark enough that day)!  I also cut out a funky felt flower centre. I stiched and glued it all together with a crystal to finish it. I also dyed the thin white elastic with coffee.

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We added a denim jacket to warm her up, because what is better than blue and white together? The jacket was also an opshop find from a while back. It cost $2 and I put it in a bucket of bleach to get it the lighter blue I knew she would like. We’d seen some in Target the week before for $30…

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I hope you like my take on Upcycling and that I might have given you a few ideas!

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Warmest Wishes,

Brooke x

Laela Jeyne Patterns Summer Collection Tour

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Welcome to the last day on the Laela Jeyne Patterns Summer Collection Tour! I’m so happy to be joining my lovely sewing friends to promote their Summer Collection Release! There are 6 new patterns now available and I was lucky enough to test the Lily Blouse.

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It is winter here currently, and as much as I wish I was in my swimmers, I love that this pattern included a long sleeve version! This pattern is exactly my style, I had been on the look out for a while for something just like it!

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Laela Jeyne Lily Blouse – Idlesunshine

You’ll have to excuse my windy photoshoot, my hair and blouse were blowing around everywhere! I used a polyester that I purchased to make a Laela Jeyne Tula! So it was funny it got used for another LJ pattern instead!

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Laela Jeyne Lily Blouse – Idlesunshine

 

I love the simple shape, the relaxed fit and the exposed zipper! With sizes 0-26 and bust sizes A-E you are set! Silly me was on my way to work – so I styled as I normally would and went on my way, without considering that my necklace might be hiding those neckline darts, so I’ll pop in a line drawing too. That will show you the short sleeve version, the sleeveless with a collar version and the gathered front option! I love a pattern with options!

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Laela Jeyne Lily Blouse – Idlesunshine

The fit is great and I can’t wait to make some more! I ordered some gorgeous red floral rayon to run up a second one with a modified hem for the tour, but it took 2.5 weeks to get here, which was way too late for me to be able to use it! Also in that package was some dance fabrics I needed for a costume for an eisteddfod on Monday! Needless to say, we are now borrowing a costume, but that’s another story! I will get onto that second Lily blouse and post those pics soon, but that fabric company wont be getting a plug here! 😉

Thank you for dropping by today! Here are all the posts included in the tour this week!

Also be sure to head to the Laela Jeyne Blog for a RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!!!

Monday

Anna’s Heirloom BoutiqueSwimming in a Sea of EstrogenOlive Ashby

Tuesday

Mahlica DesignsPear Berry LaneSewing with Sarah

Wednesday

Sewn at SeamsNini and AshThe Crafting FiendSew a Piece of Joy

Thursday

I am Mami de SofionaSew and Tell ProjectMy Heart Will Sew On

Friday

LoveThingsIdle SunshineLovely for LifeNeva Couture

Simple Life Pattern Co – Sew Caroline Collaboration

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Sew Caroline and Simple Life Pattern Company are thrilled to be announcing an amazing new collaboration of Mommy and Me sewing patterns!
They teamed up to bring you six awesome new patterns! SLPCo took the Sugar Pop Top, Magnolia Shorts and Waterfall Tank and downsized them to fit the little girls in your life. In return, Sew Caroline took the Ayda Top + Dress, Molly Top, Dress + Maxi and Tammy’s Tulip Shorts and upsized them to fit women. It’s a match made in heaven!

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I’ve always loved the simple design of the girls Ayda so I jumped at the chance to try out the women’s version! I love an interesting back design, it is my favourite feature.

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I decided to make the sleeveless version from this awesome green floral rayon woven. I bought a truck load of it because I just loved it! It is super slippery and floaty and and amazing! You can also make a cap sleeve or flutter sleeve version.

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You can see this fabric drapes a little in the back (especially with my posture in this shot) because of the nature of the rayon and it being cut on the bias. It was quite a cowl when I first pinned it, so instead of sewing the back pieces dead flat across the bottom, I angled the corners downward slightly to flatten the fit of the back V before attaching it to the skirt.

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I took a tiny bit of length off the bodice which is an adjustment I always make for my super high waist (but it didn’t need much at all) and otherwise I made up the size M without any changes.

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I made the circle skirt  rather than the gathered skirt because

a) I had plenty of fabric

b) I love the twirl and silouette AND…

c) I really dislike gathering skirts to attach to bodices haha!

What sewing technique is your least favourite? I love the look of gathers, but I put them in the same category as button holes… Not my favourite things to do, probably because they take time and patience – 2 things I am kinda short on 😉

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I hemmed the skirt with yellow bias tape which you can see peeking out here. It is my favourite way to hem a circle skirt and it gave me a little extra length because I raised the waist and I am fairly tall. The fabric width wouldnt allow me to make it any longer than the exact pattern piece and the fabric is directional.

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There are so many other awesome bloggers on tour this week highlighting these great new patterns so go and visit them all!

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One Thimble Issue 15

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It’s One Thimble time! Issue 15 has just released and it’s another favourite with so many patterns I want to make right now!!!

Patterns included in this One Thimble Issue: 

+ Pom Pom Beret from Thread Faction

+ Metro Blazer from Winter Wear Designs

+ Dax Trousers from Gracious Threads

+ Phillipa Blouse from Bobkin Designs

+ V-neck Cardigan from Thread Faction

+ Josephine Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs

+ Hipster Teddy from Swoodson Says

+ Military Messenger Bag from FABulous Home Sewn

+Miriam Skirt from Once Upon A Sewing Machine

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I am lucky not just to be on the One Thimble release  blog tour, but also to have contributed an article to this issue! It was super scary but I’m so glad I made the leap! It’s an article on storing your digital patterns, so I hope the information helps some people! It certainly helped me while I was researching it. I must apologise for my writing style though… If you’ve ever watched Gilmore Girls, you’ll be comfortable ;-). So many words, so little time!

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I chose to make the Thread Faction #115 Pom Pom Beret & #116 V-neck Cardigan patterns from this issue. I knew they’d work beautifully together.

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We started with the Cardigan because piggy buns didn’t work too well with the beret haha! It is a unisex pattern in sizes 2-10. I made it in a mix of ponte knits, using a different colour or stripe for every panel! I do love colour and print clashing! We left off the buttons and snaps and left it open.

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Ah there it is! This beret is super cute! I made a giant pom pom for the top and my Miss refused to let me trim it down, so we are owning that! This #115 Beret is made with sweet teal corduroy with a GIANT mustard pom pom. I love that it can be made in sizes NB to Adult!!

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As a bonus if you purchase OT15 this weekend you can enjoy the early bird special of these adorable printable photo props! My girl had a lot of fun with these!

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Waaay too much fun!

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I don’t think we will be able to shoot again without them now!

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She is loving this new outfit and we both love the whole hipster theme to this issue! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many patterns in one edition that I want to make right away! Pretty much all of them actually! There are so many that work for both boys and girls too which is excellent.

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It’s not all about the patterns either, don’t forget to check out the articles! Jen has done an amazing job coordinating so many creative people and giving us so many great tutorials to enjoy.

You have to check out everyone else’s makes on tour this week and grab your copy now!

 

Winterwear Designs Amuse

I am so happy to be featuring the Winterwear Designs Amuse Boho top & Dress Pattern on the blog today! I have made and tested quite a few Winterwear Designs Patterns in the past and I am a big fan! The Amuse was designed for my favourite sewing E-zine One Thimble, and featured in Issue 14. I have had that issue since release, but it has taken me til now to get around to sewing for me from it! The pattern is now available back in the Winterwear Designs Catalogue, and to celebrate, we are sharing our Amuse tops and dresses and offering a great prize pack to one winner!!!

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So we set off early this morning for pics before school and work, and my 9 year old photographer daughter did the best job ever! She nailed it in just a few minutes! I should have known something would bite me when it all went so smoothly…

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We got home and I loaded the pics and every single one was blurry! Seriously blurry!! Apparently I’d left the camera on manual focus from the last shoot I’d done when I handed it to her (forehead slap)!!

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I was so disappointed, but I did my best to resurrect what I could. Luckily this top (made in knit) still looked just as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning! So we grabbed a few shots in the afternoon as well 😉

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I was so happy with this new location as well! We’ll have to get back to it another time soon….

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I made my Amuse in the tunic length with 3/4 sleeves. There is also a short sleeved option and many different hems. I made it from knit instead of woven and it is so comfortable. As you can see here, no ironing necessary and no creases at the end of the day!

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I only used one front yoke piece because I wasn’t concerned with enclosing raw woven seams and I used a binding method a lot like using bias binding to finish the neck line. I cut a length of knit about an inch wide and sewed all around the neckline with the binding right sides together with the neckline overlapping a little at the end. I flipped it over to the inside and top stitched all the way round. Easy as that!

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I also didn’t hem the top! I love that about knits! No fraying and no hemming! So sneaky and so fast…

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I teamed my Amuse with some ponte tights, boots and my favourite crocheted scarf ❤

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BUT FIRST!! I know you love a competition…

PRIZE:  3 WWD Patterns of Choice and 4 yards of fabric from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.

How to enter:
-Sew up and share an Amuse by Friday May 26.
-Use #Amuseme when sharing in the WWDF group so that Suzanne can find your entry.
– Already sewed up an Amuse???  Make a new post and share away with the #amuseme

It’s that easy!!!!
You can make a top, tunic, or dress.  You can hack it, make it in knit, smock it, whatever makes you smile.  I can’t wait to see what you all make ;o)

Don’t Forget:
-Save 20% on the Amuse through Sunday May 14th with code: AMUSEME
– Grab the discounted Amuse bundle of 4 yards of fabric for just $24 from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.

Check out all the stops on the tour:
Marta Glogger (guest blogger at Winter Wear Designs)

Little Kiwis Closet Straight Skirt

Hi everyone! I have an awesome free pattern for you to try today, courtesy of my friend Lydia of Little Kiwis Closet! I have tested and made many Little Kiwis Closet PDF Patterns, so I am thrilled that they recently reached 5000 followers in their facebook group!

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Just a few of my favourite Little Kiwis Closet makes!!

I love the great tutorials in Little Kiwis Closet Patterns, they really got my confidence up when I picked up sewing again after many years. There’s nothing like the feeling of achievement you get when you suprise yourself with what you can do! They also gave me the confidence to sew with knit after a previous knit-disaster! Now I love to sew with knit more than woven!

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So lets take a look at what we started with! I love to repurpose old clothing from the depths of my wardrobe or picked up cheaply at an op-shop (thrift store). This was the skirt from a maxi dress that I planned to make myself a maxi skirt from (so I had already cut off the bodice) and another maxi dress, which both cost me between $1-$3.

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Here is the line drawing of the new skirt. It offers multiple lengths, optional pocket styles, a yoga waistband or regular elastic waistband as well as a contrast hem option. It is drafted in sizes 12M – 14 years which is an awesome range! LKC is well known for the options packed into their patterns and even though it is a freebie, this is no exception!

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I wanted to make good use of this funky fabric and decided to make a Poppet Peplum to match! It is a slinky poly knit so it drapes really well.

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I have already made 6 of these tops in different fabrics and peplum/sleeve styles so it was a super fast outfit to make overall!
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I broke up the print with some plain black ITY knit I had in my stash. Of the 6 Poppet Peplums I have made so far I have not hemmed one of them! I love that about sewing with knits! 😉

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I love how it turned out looking almost like a dress, but you get the added bonus of mix and match pieces, that would work really well with a plain tee, stripes, tights or jeans!

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You’ll have to excuse Miss 9’s wild hair, it’s school holidays here at the moment, so we are very relaxed and it’s very windy!

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The next version is a rayon spandex blend so is really light weight, soft and drapey!

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I paired it with a cute store bought tank, only because I have been camping and didn’t have any navy knit in my stash (or time to shop for some)!

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She loves this one, because it feels as light as air and I love it because I am one of those weird people who likes to match stripes!

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I can see myself making a dozen more of these, they are so fast and take very little fabric!

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My Miss loves this above knee length style. I look forward to putting some more outfits together. I’d love to make one with black & white stripes and also a denim look knit! They would be great basics to add to your wardrobe.

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So how do you get your free copy? You join the LKC Facebook Group and get the code from the pinned post to “purchase” the Straight Skirt Pattern from the Little Kiwis Closet website. There is also a code to download the Kit & Kaboodle Bootlegs for free while you are there! I would also suggest you head over to the LKC Blog to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a pattern of choice from each of these awesome PDF Designers!!

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Thanks for dropping by, and as always I’d love you to leave me a comment or tag me in what you make!

The online sewing community is an awesome place to connect ☀️ I’d love you to visit all the bloggers joining in the LKC 5000 followers celebration over the next few days, to see their version of the free Straight Skirt ☀️

Idlesunshine

ChristaCoDesign

SewSophieLynn

Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley

Curtiepie

Lilliepawillie

Woohoo by Davina

Happy sewing and warm wishes,

Brooke xx

idlesunshine

Show Your Stoff Tour

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I’m sharing the Svea pants by Zierstoff Patterns on the Show Your Stoff Tour, hosted by Mahlica Designs! Zierstoff is not a company I had previously worked with before. They have many patterns in German, but they are also working on their English pattern catalogue!

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I chose the Svea pants, because I love this relaxed style! They are perfect for me to wear to work. When working with children it is great to be appropriately covered, comfortable and to be able to get down on the ground with them without out worrying about your clothes flying up

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On a windy day like today I was glad to be wearing pants! I made this version from a soft rayon fabric. It is perfectly light weight and with great drape. I made the size M using the website’s finished measurements as a guide and they are a slim fit. They also suggest jersey as an option and that would be so comfortable and perfect in this slim style!

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I loved this print and they look great sewn up, but I wouldn’t suggest stripes if you are OCD! Matching them up (not to perfection, but just roughly) was a little tricky, with lots of manipulation down each seam.

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I hope you like what I chose to make – which pattern do you have your eye on? Please visit all our awesome bloggers on tour this week, and enjoy our exclusive 30% off discount with the code in the graphic above!!

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstress, mahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn

Wednesday April 12- Sprouting Jube Jube, Thread and Scissors, Kaleidothought, Idle Sunshine

Thursday April 13- mahlicadesigns, Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste

Friday April 14- Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Nap Time Creations; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube Jube, Musings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique

Coffee & Thread Pattern Tour

Welcome to Day 1 of the Coffee & Thread Blog Tour! I’m so thrilled to be involved and so happy that you’ve come to visit my post! I had some big ideas as soon as I looked at the Coffee & Thread Patterns store! I loved all of the options there, but the Ila dress with it’s piping just grabbed me!

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I wanted to make some Wild & Free pants with bunny ears to go with my Ila for Easter, but once I put my fabrics together, I decided it would be too much for one outfit! I can’t get those cute pants out of my head though, so stay tuned and I will make some and pair them with a simpler top to let them shine!

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We have just had the hottest Summer on record here in Australia, but just as hot as it was, all of a sudden we’ve turned the corner and are heading to Winter in our part of the world! We’ve had a few weeks of rain here, so it is cooler and darker at the moment, especially now that daylight savings time has ended! We got out in between showers to get our pictures one afternoon, but my girl did not complain because she was plenty warm enough!
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I was originally thinking corduroy and piping for my Ila, but then I thought, why not give a nice thick ponte knit a go! It makes this dress so comfortable and soft with that bit of stretch, it is also quite warm.

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The printed knit I used for the centre panel and yoke is a poly knit and quite lightweight and slinky, but I just loved all the colours together! So to make it work I just lined those sections with some white cotton lycra, to give it some body to match the heavier pontes.
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To sew it up was a little different from the instructions in the pattern, because I didn’t use a zip. I cut the back on the fold (taking out the seam allowance). I left one shoulder open to attach the yoke, then attached the yoke lining. I understitched the yoke seam to the lining and then closed the shoulder all the way through to the yoke lining. I trimmed my seam allowances where needed to reduce bulk and then stitched the yoke lining down all the way around by stitching in the ditch of the yoke/bodice seam on the front of the dress.

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I love how it turned out and the colours are so awesome, even if the sun wasn’t shining to highlight the colours for me…

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She had a little play in the field where there were hundreds of little white moths! You can’t really see it in the pictures, but when you walked through the grass, they all went flying which was so fun!

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Please go and pay a visit to the many other amazing makers on this tour, you will be so pleased you did!! Then scroll to the end of my post for a great sale offer and a giveaway!!

April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie Burgett

April 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||With Love By Eva 

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Now it’s not a Blog Tour without a sale and a giveaway is it! How does 20% off all Coffee & Thread Patterns with the code “Coffeeandthreadtour” sound? Sounds pretty awesome to me!

Don’t forget to click below for your chance to win some great prizes!!!

One Thimble Trillium by Petite Stitchery + Michael Miller Saturday Morning! <3

The stars just seemed to align for this project… Some time ago I was very lucky to win a fat quarter bundle from Michael Miller fabrics in the Great London Fabric Hunt with Candice Ayala, who is the creative genius behind Sewing Portfolios! The line is called Saturday Morning and includes some sweet florals, butterflies, bunnies and bicycles. At the time I wasn’t sure what to make with it – I’m not a quilter, I just love to make clothes! So I set it aside for lightning to strike!

This year I am “trying hard” to sew from my stash. That includes patterns I own and fabric I have! I will be testing less because of working committments but I will be sewing with all the spare time I have! I decided this fabric and this pattern were a perfect match – right in time for Easter!

I have been spending some time revisiting all the great patterns included in the One Thimble E-zines! There are seriously so many!! I want to work my through and make all the things on my list. I started last week by running up a Little Moo Designs Tahlia skirt from Issue 7 and this week I made a Trillium from Issue 14. Don’t expect there to be any rhyme or reason to my list – I will be making what ever I like in no particular order 😉

I’m not going to say a whole lot about this outfit – I’ll let the pictures do the talking! I made the top with a straight hem, so it could be worn with little shorts (Twig + Tale Pixie Shorts). By cutting it straight across the back I managed to get the back out of a single fat quarter. I played around with the rest to get a combination I loved.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of my nutty littlest monster!

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