Ready for the Rain

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Have you heard about the big Compagnie M sewing contest? It`s all about the Louisa and Lewis Coat. Of course, I couldn`t leave out such a friendly contest. Here is my entry. After making a simple Louisa Coat version for the blogtour, I felt like pattern-hacking could be fun. And i went all the way from a wool coat to a functional rain jacket. I never ever thought i could make something like that, when i first started to sew. I`m not a sewer who fears a lot. But this seemed to be a big deal. Now it`s clear, there is no reason to become scared of such a project. It behaves like a woven fabric and doesn`t shift. And the best of all, you don`t have to iron. Because you would destroy the fabric. You just understitch or topstitch the seams and get a nice and crisp finish.

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My tips for sewing Goretex

  • Use a microtex needle
  • Understitch or topstitch seams
  • Don`t use your iron
  • Use a seam sealer (I used seamtape) to make seams waterproof
  • Don`t make mistakes, your needle will leave holes in the fabric and weaken it.
  • No pins for the same reason

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I made a whole bunch of changes to the pattern. Let`s start on top. I added a little cape to the hood to protect her face from the rain. Then, I drew a standing collar, that she can close her jacket over her neck. Because I didn`t want the zipper to scratch her chin i needed a zipper guard. I provided a drawstring on the waist and an elastic for the hood. I drew deep gusseted pockets in the form of the typical Louisa Pocket. There is a little inside pocket for small treasure and last but not least a size-adjustable velcro for the sleeve.

All you need for a nice weatherproof rain jacket.

Have a look at the details.

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As it is not so easy, to find good quality outdoor fabrics (Your recommendations are very welcome!) I reused a good but not often worn Jacket from her grandmother. I decided to ask around for an unloved rain jacket, I could use to make a new one out of it. I was sure someone had one waiting in a cupboard. But I was so delighted when she arrived with this purple jacket. It`s probably exactly the color my little girl wished for. It was a heavy task to take the whole jacket apart and place the new pattern pieces on it. There isn`t much left of the original jacket. I reused everything. Main fabric, lining, elastic, velcro and even the shortened zipper. So satisfying! Time consuming yes, but lots of fun. And i boast when i look at the finished project!

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The only difficulties I faced where sewing on gusseted pockets without using pins and to apply the sealtape. That was kind of frustrating. This tape caused all those pucker you can see, for example, under the pockets. So annoying for a little perfectionist like me. But I had to live with it. Just couldn`t do better. I`ll try an other brand next time. It`s a great coat, though. At least my little girl is more than happy about it.

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Pattern: Hacked Louisa Coat by Compagnie M

Fabric: Upcycled old outdoor jacket, and some Aime come Marie Diamants for the hood lining.

Madeit Fashion Week 2016

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Welcome to the Madeit Fashion Week 2016.

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I proudly present you my turn on the Dropdress. The new pattern by Madeit. It`s the dress you sew for yourself, when you don`t know what to wear tonight. Yes right. Even an hour before you should be ready to go out. Drop is sewn as fast as a t-shirt. It wears like a t-shirt. It may feel like a t-shirt, but gives you stylish and dressy look. With it`s long sleeves and the slash neck it`s the perfect dress for the cooler winter days. Wear it with a big scarf and you`re ready.

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The special drape detail just occurs to the asymmetrical cut. Very clever. I was excited about that dress on the first glimpse. Luckily, Olu let me test. By now, I got 4 versions. Can`t stop. It`s a dress you love to wear as a mum. Effortless and comfy to wear. but don`t be fooled by that. I feel so well dressed in my Drops.I even got some compliments, while wearing them. What do you want more?

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This striped version is made in a very nice french terry. It is thin and drapes very well. I found it locally. It`s a gorgeous fabric. I just have to get used to the white. Not a color that suits me very well, though. It makes me somehow palish. This was the very first version of the pattern. For the pretest. Since this version, the pattern changed a bit.

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My grey version is made from a normal t-shirt fabric style knit. It drapes way less beautifully but works as well. It`s not just plain grey, you can`t see it very well on the pictures, but it has some nice blue stripes running horizontally and vertically.

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The fabric choice can make all the difference with this top! Try a true knit, something with 4 way stretch or even a french terry. You`re drapes are going to be much more special!

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Madeit Fashion week is also a funny little contest about a great backdrop, between all the talented lady’s contributing. My theme is monochrome. From head to toe (my nails are grey as well accidentally). I just had to wear my Turban hat to make the look complet. This one is selfdrafted and i still have to tweak the pattern a bit. I allready love it a lot. It feel so sophisitcated to wear a turban.

Back to the Backdrop. I just attached Christmas wrapping paper on my wall and jumped in front of it. Looks funny doesn`t it?

You can win as well!!!

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So jump over to Madeit Patterns, no time to lose! And psst… you`ll get 20 % off your Drop during the fashion week! Use code MFW2016.

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Thank you for having me Olu and Anna!

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Origami Double Gauze Quilt

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My Girl asked for a Blanket, as a Birthday gift. And who am I, to say no to such a request. I`m not a quilter. The only quilts, I ever made, are small babyquilts. Nothing to compare. This one had to be big. Big enough to snuggle down in it. I decided to go with a size 135 cm of 200 cm. A good choice.

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I wanted it to be soft and fluffy. Double gauze it had to be. A double gauze quilt will never be as perfect as one sewn in quilting cotton. But I don`t mind. The gorgeous material makes more than up for that. Just relax and enjoy sewing. Double gauze has a mind on his own.

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The Pattern I used is self-made. Actually, it`s an origami of a flapping bird. I used the crease lines as a guide. Normally, origami is a square, right? I divided the square in 4 parts and used two of them again on the bottom. See what I did here? That was my template.

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And you can laugh now, but I really found a paper big like this and made a giant origami bird. The same size as my blanket. No idea how real Quilter would do that.

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The back of my quilt is a beautiful linen in the same color as the binding. Between a soft, thick cotton batting. I used temporary spray adhesive, to hold everything in place while sewing. This was a game changer. Not one single pucker on the underside. I never got such a neat result when I used safety pins.

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I just stitched in the ditch to quilt the layers together. First to keep the softness and as a bonus I have the nice origami pattern on the underside as well.

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I think quilting wan`t be a new hobby of mine. But my first quilt experience is rather positive! I must say, I love the result a lot! And so does she! She was so proud and happy when she finally received her blanket made specially for her. In her favorite colors. She`s convinced that the quilt is able to charm her while sleeping. And it surely does. It`s made out of love! Love in every stitch.

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A Birthday without a special dress, incredible. I had to try the super cute just knot it dress by Mind the Whale. I used Naniiro scraps from the quilt for the bodice and linen for the skirt. There`s too much bulk inside the waistband that`s bothering me a bit. I should have cut it down properly. But still I think she looks really sweet in it.

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A very beautiful pattern! The fit is spot on and it`s nicely finished on the inside as well. One to set on your to sew list!

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Maybe there`ll be an other quilt in the future. It`s so satisfying. Never say never.

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Fabrics: Naniiro, Cotton and Steel, double gauze. All from Miss Matatabi. Linen is from the Dutch fabric market.

Quilt Pattern: self-made

Dress Pattern: Just knot it by Mind the Whale

Drape Drape Dress no 3

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I sewed dress no 3 for my mum a few years ago. She wears it quite often. It`s a staple in her wardrobe. And every time she wear it, I`m reminded that i should make one for myself. She looks great in it by the way. Before we left on holiday the time has come. I was in need of a summer dress.

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Winter has arrived in Switzerland and those sunny days already feel like ages ago. looking at those pictures I feel the travel bug! Take me back!

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The Japanese Drape Drape book is probably one of my all time favorite sewingbooks. See here and here and here. That`s Dress no 3 out of the first book. I love that it`s made from just one patternpiece, like most of the design in this book.

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I traced the pattern, back when I sewed this dress for my mum. She`s short and skinny. Normally, her clothes fit me, even if I`m much taller. So, there was this pattern already traced out. I could just start cutting my fabric. Of course, I was too lazy to trace the pattern again. For the next one, i need to lower the waistline by about 2 cm and add about 5 cm to the hem (cough, cough). I guess with two kids i`m to old for such a short skirt. I`ll wear that dress with tights.

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The fabric is a beautiful silk knit. Very lightweight. It was a nightmare to sew. I needed something to stabilize the hemlines. Golden elastic. You have to go with what`s around, don`t you? This one, was just waiting for his big appearance. It`s my favorite detail on that dress.

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Pattern: Drape Drape Dress no 3

Fabric: Silk knit bought locally

Flowers for the girls

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I allready gave you a sneak peek of this dress in my last post. Now i felt like I`ll have to dedicate it a proper post on his own. The Maradress was the first pattern released by Compagnie M and also the first Compagnie M pattern I sewed. I was even one of the Mara-contest winner (see more here). It was about time to show that dress some love again.

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I sewed a lullaby layette romper for my baby girl a few months ago, out of this gorgeous Liberty fabric. (That`s my baby girl when she was about 1 month old.)

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Shortly after, my big girl requested a dress as well! There was just enough left. You don`t waste even a little piece of such a fabric, right? By the way, I received this fabric back in 2014 as part of the Parissewsocial sponsorship. It was generously given by Cousette. It`s probably one of the most perfect cotton fabrics I ever sewed with! This is quality that makes a difference!

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With that opulent flower print, it just had to be a bit princess like. I hacked the sleeve to a balloon sleeve, which makes it extra cute in my eyes. For those of you who like to give it a try. I made a graphics which should make it easy for you to do it yourself.

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  1. Draw lines on the sleeve pattern as illustrated.
  2. Cut it as illustrated and spread it open. The more you give, the more Volumen you`ll get.
  3. Take the new outlines as your new pattern-shape. Make sure you transfer notches.
  4. Gather the sleeve, so the new pattern fits to the armscye.
  5. Add an elastic to the hem. (Don`t forget to add Seamallowance for that!)

That`s it, you just made a balloon-sleeve.

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Add some pockets and snaps to the yoke and that`s everything you need for the perfect summer dress. She still wear it of course, just with a few more layers. But that fabric really goes with everything and makes every outfit a tad special.

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Pattern: Maradress by Compagnie M and Lullaby Layette by Oliver and S

Fabric: Liberty Mitsi nougat

 

Louisa Coat

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I always fall in Love with the style lines of a Compagnie M Pattern! Those nicely curved seamlines, which allow you to get creative and make it your own. I can remember Marte telling me once, that she use to draw her curved seams free hand, I guess that`s the secret behind. Her patterns have in common that they carries Martes very own thumbprint. The lines play with the shape, split up and meet again in a very unique way.

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Her latest pattern, the Louisa Coat, was such a pleasure to sew! I must say, that I love sewing Coats. It`s a project you can put your heart and soul in. But your little one will wear it for a whole season. Every single day. It will always be the most visible garment. So yes, it`s totally worth to spent the time and make it unique. The Louisa Coat comes with very clear instructions how to sew a Coat. And that includes some handsewing!

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Last year I drafted a Coat myself. That was a lot of work and I`m really glad Marte came up with the perfect pattern this year. Without all the drafting, it was kind of fast sewing this year. Kind of. I never cut corners or just rush through projects, i like to do it as good as i can. A wool coat without fabric bound buttonholes? For me, no way. It`s such a nice finish and i enjoy doing them, though.

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I bought the wool 3 weeks ago in Italy. In a local fabric shop. When I entered the store i was surrounded by fabricbolts. They piled up left and right. Just leaving a small path to the cash desk. All the beautiful old wooden shelfs that went up until the ceiling where empty. In front of the desk there was an old men sitting. He looked quite surprised, like he wasn`t expecting costumers. I guess he was not able to get up to the shelves anymore and so he just started to pile his bolts where he could reach them. He had the most beautiful wools and linens and… oh it was kind of sad. I`m a bit a messy person myself, but i really felt the urge to clear up that mess. The wool is gorgeous it`s soft and has a nice drape a beautiful color. i knew my girl would love it right away. She does, even if she declared (a week ago) that pink isn`t her favorite color anymore. It`s violet now (can it get any worser?).

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When she first saw her coat she wanted to wear it immediately. I got hugs and kisses. Needless to say, that I was melting away like ice in the sun. She`s just the sweetest, especially in her pink Louisa.

The buttons are vintage from my stash. I love the subtile contrast they add.

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The dress you spot here is a Maradress, also from Compagnie M. Yes it`s Liberty. But I wan`t say more. I`ll blog about that one soon.

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Speaking about, how much time I tend to spend on my handmade garments. Yes, the lining is machine-quilted to a warm fleece. That took me a whole evening. Just saying.

The fabric I used for the lining is a upcycled pillowcase and I had to add some glitter as well. The piping is self made, silver and shiny. Yes.

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The piping on the outside is self-made as well, from a nice thin gingham wool I bought together with the pink one. It helps to add the little something, so the coat doesn`t look like a cupcake, though.

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The doll buggy was her birthday gift from Mr. Fliegfederfrei and I this year. It`s a very old one we found at a thrift store. We restored it with lots of love. And it matches the colors of the  coat perfectly.

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Compagnie M has a discount code available for 2 weeks (till the 6th of November). The code LOUISACOAT10 gives a 10% reduction on the paper or PDF version of the pattern.

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Pattern: Louisa Coat by Compagnie M

Fabric: Wool, bought locally in Italy. Lining, upcycled. Buttons: Vintage

Twig and Tale Blogtour

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Twig and Tale formerly known as BigLittle, invited me to join the Rebranding Party. I sewed quite a lot, be warned it`s a longer post. But who can resist such cute patterns! And there is a GIVE-AWAY on the end of the post, just saying!

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What are Twig and Tale Patterns about, you may ask. I`ll let Lisa describe her imagination.

“It’s a celebration of the innocence of childhood and the wonder of nature. It’s about comfy clothes and warm things like hugs and capes and coats. It’s about handmade, love, and imaginary play—featuring classic, simple patterns that inspire us all to tell a story.”

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Let me tell you my story. When I was asked to participate, I was looking for something that holds my girl toasty and comfy, for the now chilly days. And then, i couldn`t take my eyes off the beautiful vintage dolls. I was sold. I`m a total dollmaking novice. How hard can it be, i thought. If it`s made by needle and thread, i can do it!

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The Briardoll Pattern is exactly what you`re looking for, if you want to dive into dollmaking for the first time. Instructions are so clear and lovely, you can`t go wrong! Lisa will walk you through, step by step!

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It was surprisingly time-consuming to make that little lady! Not the machine-sewing, actually. No, it was the stuffing, the embroidering, sewing on hair and ears… all those little steps in summary. Those lovely dolls are nothing you`ll finish in a rush. But thei`re so enjoyable to make, if you take your time!

Just the doll clothes… that wasn`t my piece of cake! There are lovely dollclothes pattern provided within the bundle, but I didn`t had the patience to sew those itsy-bitsy clothes. I`ll ask my mum if she feels like doing that. Until that happens, she has to  wear the little dress I made her. Matching my girls dress. About that one I`ll talk later.

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The Pathfinder Vest was also on my to sew list. The nice version with the dropped back and the rounded hood. Where is the hood, you may think now… Yes…

ArtGallery kindly sponsored fabric`s for this blogtour. Thanks a lot ArtGallery. You`re fabrics are such a nice quality! I had a very hard time to choose from all those gorgeous prints. And finally, decided on Mustard Stripes for the lining and Denim from their Denim Collection for the outside. When the happy mail with my fabrics arrived, I was kind of disappointed, for a very short moment. The Denim was way to lightweight, for what i intended. It`s the perfect weight for a dress (I`ll have to buy more of that delicious Denim for myself!).

As the Denim was not suitable as main fabric for my Pathfinder vest, I searched through my stash for an other main fabric. I stumbled over that mustard/golden Corduroy. It just had to be that way. I nearly jumped, when I saw how nicely those fabrics match. Only to realise, that my 40 cm scrap (a thrifted leftover piece, i received as a gift) was too small to squish in a hood, no matter how hard i tried.

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Corduroy, a warm batting and the Stripes as a lining. No hood and no dropped back for me…! That`s how it goes sometimes. I had to add a nice little touch to this classic vest instead. Welt Pockets did the trick. My little girl loves her new vest! She even wears it inside the house. I wan`t blaim her, the fabrics are cozy and soft.

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Lets`s talk about her dress! Left was this nice lightweight denim. A dress it had to be! I didn`t search for patterns, as I had an idea in my head and wanted it to look like I imagined. I sat down and drafted myself. A button-up shirt inspired dress with a functional button-stand, rolled-up sleeves, a pleated skirt and an uneven hemline with a facing. Not the fastest solution, but the most satisfying for myself.

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By the way, the dress was perfectly ironed when I left home. But my little princess decided that she needed to sit in the buggy during our daily walk through the forest. That was the result when she stood up to take pictures. Who am I, to complain about wrinkled dresses. Wild and free they shall be!

I guess that`s going to be a go to pattern for myself. I`m pleased with how it fits her so comfortably and still looks pretty with some interesting details. I`m totally in love with hem-facings recently. They`re beautiful and give just the right weight to a dresshem. Next version needs pockets and maybe a Post on it`s own.

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That was my story. Now it`s your turn to make some clothes that give a warm hug to your loved ones. Check out Twig and Tale`s new website and their patterns!

By the way do you spot the photobomb?

No?

Here she is, our furry family member in all her glory.

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Thanks a lot for the invitation Twig and Tale!

Link to the first blog tour announcement page: http://www.twigandtale.com/blogs/twig-and-tale-blog/blog-tour-announcement

 

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.

International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.

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