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Sew Boxes – Seasons – Winter Reveal!

I want to share with you the outfit I made as a style contributor for the very first Sew Boxes – Seasons Subscription for Winter! Sew Boxes is an exciting Australian business, that has many different sewing box subscriptions on offer. Their subscriptions include their original monthly sew box, sew boxes for kids and a new fabric box subscription to help build your fabric stash! These subscriptions can all be found on the Sew Boxes website, along with assorted fabric, sewing kits and patterns. IMG_6784 - Version 2

The Seasons Box is a quarterly subscription made just for women to sew for themselves! This was just the challenge I needed, and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with the results! We tend to sew for others and our children, but not enough for us, so it’s time to fix that with style!

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As part of your subscription you will receive 3 awesome PDF sewing patterns from tried and trusted designers, as well as some awesome notions/hardware/haberdashery items to stock your stash and to help with your Seasons projects AND an awesome 12 page e-mag about the pattern designers, style contributors and more. For this first subscription release, we were lucky enough to work with patterns from the wonderful Winterwear Designs, Jocole and Little Moo Designs.

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Our first pattern was a blazer by Winterwear Designs. We were very lucky to be able to choose from 3 great designs – The Phresh Blazer, The Giverney Blazer and The Champs Elysee Cross Back Blazer. I love that subscribers were given this choice, because the lovely Seasons Style Contributors all had different ideas of what they would choose and what would suit them best. I chose the Champs Elysee Blazer and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

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I love the cross over back feature and I found it a great first pattern for tackling a blazer. I sew so much for my kids, but up until this point I had been a little scared of sewing for me. I used to convince my Mum to do that job! The Seasons box really turned that fear on its head and has me completely addicted! I used a cotton sateen floral fabric purchased in store from Spotlight and it pairs really nicely with my Jocole skinnies!

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I am in love with these pants! I bought this stretch suiting from spotlight some time ago on a sale rack for $6 a metre, with this project in mind. I didn’t realise at the time that the Jocole Skinnies call for woven fabric (non-stretch), but I am big on comfort and I’m so glad I put these together. This fabric has a lot of stretch, around 75% when I did a stretch test, so I took my measurements and compared them to the pattern, then I sized down 2 sizes to account for the stretch. A lot of the other contributors did a muslin (a test version in similar but cheap fabric) to make sure their fit was right, but I had 3m of this extra wide fabric so I took a leap of faith, knowing I could start over if I really had to at $6 a metre!

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They turned out really well, and I only had to take some slack out of the centre back and around my knees to get the fit I was after. I added pockets to both the front and the back, because I love pockets! I even added a little freehand swirly decorative stitching to the back pockets for interest. I used a stretch stitch around the crotch seam and double stitched it for strength, just to make sure I didn’t bust out of these babies!

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When I was getting the fit right – trying them on, taking them off, turning them inside out and right side out to try again for fit, I found that small safety pins were handy to mark the points to adjust. Tailors chalk seemed to rub off too easily, pins stab you and wonder clips don’t stay in place when you are turning them inside and right side out, but I found safety pins really handy – you’re welcome!

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Our 3rd project was an exclusive new release pattern to Sew Boxes – Seasons! This is the Tainted Love Fold Over Clutch by Little Moo Designs. I cannot tell you how excited I was to make this clutch, and how thrilled I was with the result! I had never made a clutch or a bag of any kind. I also had never sewn with leather or vinyl, but here she is in all her glory (cue choirs of angels etc etc)!!! I absolutely love this clutch and all my friends have put in requests for their own! I used the khaki stretch suiting from my skinnies, a piece of black vinyl from a garage sale that I got for $1, and the stripe woven was a scrap from my Aunts stash. She doesn’t keep scraps, she sends them down the road to me because I am a hoarder, but doesn’t it pay off!

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As a bonus, subscribers were given a 4th pattern – a code to receive the pattern for the Winterwear Designs Trendy Tank! I made mine in a simple plain black knit, because it’s the kind of piece that will go with any outfit. I tested this v-neck tank for Winterwear Designs before its release and you can grab it for free too! See my tester pics and post here to find out more!

So you see I made this ENTIRE OUTFIT from head to toe (minus the hat, necklace and shoes I guess)!! In case you were wondering, the hat was purchased from Target, the shoes are from Big W, but the necklace was a custom piece! It was made to match my blazer by the lovely Danielle at BowerBird Creations! This is the third piece I have ordered from Danielle and her enthusiasm and customer service are second to none!

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I hope this has given you all the information you have been wanting to know about the Seasons Subscription concept! You can read more about the Seasons Winter outfits made by all the awesome Style contributors in the subscriber e-mag here. This is an exclusive magazine to the Seasons Box, but you can have a sneaky look just this once!

Here’s a sneak peek at the contributors outfits for the Spring Edition! Subscriptions for Spring are now closed, but there are some trial boxes available on the website. Keep your eye out for a look at what’s in the Spring Seasons box and an awesome prize I have to give-away!

Warmest wishes,

Brooke x

Idlesunshine

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The Free Trendy Tank

The Free Trendy Tank by Winter Wear Designs

So I am back sewing knit again already! Who would have thought it…? I am on a roll guys!

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The call came from Suzanne at Winter Wear Designs to test a V-neck tank she would be releasing as a gift to her Facebook group members and newsletter subscribers. Yes a gift, a FREE gift! Suzanne is celebrating reaching 3000 members in her Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook group and the release of a brand new fancy website, but we get the gift! How awesome is that?!

Here it is that fancy new website up and running. I called by to have a little look around and here I am in my Women’s Bateau Garden Dress on the banner! Blushing!!

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Back to the new tank pattern… This is the kind of the tank you can wear every day of the week, in every colour of the rainbow! But first I would have to go fabric shopping! I didn’t really have the time to drive 40 minutes each way to spotlight, not to mention me then spending hundreds of $$ on other material while I was there! Let’s be honest that’s basically what happens every time! There goes my whole day and my husband’s whole pay packet – eeek!! So I called by a local charity shop first with my fingers crossed and my gamble paid off!

I picked up this pile of loot, all knit fabrics to start building a stretchy stash! They varied in size and price but it all cost me about $12 total. I’d call that a win.

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I also picked up this ugly duckling, a slinky knit maxi dress for $3. I always look at clothing as a source of fabric too and this dress was perfect.

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So first up when upcycling a piece of clothing I start by deconstructing it to make the most of the available material. I simply trimmed off the shirred bodice and cut down the side seam of the skirt and it was ready to use.

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Then you just treat it like any other piece of fabric, lay out your pattern pieces and cut. I also used a cheeky trick where I used the original hem of the skirt for the finished hem of my tank – winning!! Sew up your tank using the instructions in the Trendy Tank pattern and it is done in no time at all!

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This tank is a perfect staple piece for your wardrobe! I love the flattering v-neck and while it is fitted nicely at the bust, it is relaxed around the waist and hips. I don’t know about you but this style is perfect for me! It hides a multitude of sins (& chocolate cake)!

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My lovely friend Steph took some pictures for me that afternoon, which was a nice change from using self timer. I gave her a 10 second lesson on how to use my camera and told her to just shoot a hundred photos and we would see how they went. She nailed it guys! We were done within 5 minutes and back in the ballet school waiting room, with our daughters non the wiser that we’d been playing out in the carpark!

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She had me laughing the whole time so there’s plenty of these shots too!

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So you are going to want to join the WWD fun facebook group and get the secret code to get this pattern for free, because it really is a great fast sew that you will want to wear all the time! Drop me a line to show me your version! Tag me on Instagram @idlesunshine 🙂

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Warmest wishes,

Brooke Smith

Idlesunshine

 

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