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.

Enter using the rafflecopter below.

(The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).

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A stitch back in time

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For me it`s the second round in the Battle of the Stitches. See my first Battle here. It`s a nice competition without any fight factor. It`s just about pushing each other, to sew something special, within the same theme. My fellow competitors are:

Olu of Needle and Ted

Toya of Made with Toya

and Sara of Made by Sara

It`s a pleasure ladies! I can`t wait to see what they all did! Be sure to check it out!

We all love vintage patterns and designs. So this battle is all about the bygone times. A stitch back in time we call it.

I was searching for a 60`s style sailor coat pattern, I saw once on Etsy. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find it anymore. Nowhere. I had already fallen in love with the design, I couldn’t think of sewing anything else. I just had to be this kind of coat. My only choice was to draft my own version, in keeping with the 60`s flair.

So I did, I drafted it myself. I sewed a muslin and had to buy some nice wool for it to be just like I imagined.

My Little Bean and I went to the local fabric shop, and found the last meter of a gorgeous wool and a little fabric scrap, just enough for the collar and a bonnet (a vintage coat needs a matching bonnet doesn’t it?). Lucky days!

And here it is…

Fliegfederfreis 60`s inspired Sailor Coat

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The pattern is an A-line style coat with a sailor collar, ranglan sleeves, welt pockets, a box pleat in the back, a button closure with fabric bound buttonholes and a full lining.

The wonderful vintage buttons where a gift from Marte. I hope I won’t loose any, I only have 5 of them. Thank you Marte, I love your buttons!

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The first snowy winter day in Switzerland, a dream to take pictures of a coat.

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The bonnet is reversible, I used the left-overs of the coat. So it`s warm and cosy and thanks to the wool, a bit weatherproof. The pattern and tutorial is from Toya. I hope she doesn’t mind but this is a friendly contest. Thank you Toya your bonnets are just too cute!

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My girl loves her new coat as much as I do. That’s unusual when it comes to handmade stuff those days. She thinks it’s nice and she looks pretty in it. Jackpot!

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I’m thinking about turing my pattern into a pdf for you. Would you be interested? Let me know!

Honeycomb Smock Dress – Tutorial

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Haute couture for a baby? It feels alike. Just kidding. In a way it`s like yoga for me. I love hand embroidering. It`s so meditative. The same stitches over and over again, while you let your thoughts fly. I think that`s the reason why I spend a few hours embroidering a baby dress.

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But look at this beauty, totally worth the effort, don`t you think? Hand smocking is an all time favorite. It gives the fabric a structure. And if you do it like me, on a small repetitive swatch, like a gingham, it changes the pattern in a very interesting way.

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The dress is self-drafted. I`m exploring the possibilities of gathering fabric. Smocking is a good one. It adds a little stretch to a woven fabric.

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That`s a vintage button of my stash. Always a pleasure, to find the perfect one in my collection. I just lined the back bodice. The wrong side of a smock is nearly as beautiful as the front. I didn`t want to hide it. The armholes are finished with a very narrow bias-binding.

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Wanna try it yourself?

Here is the tutorial for Honeycomb Smocking

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Plain Pleats

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I didn`t make so many pleats for just one garment before, I guess. But, it was worth the effort. The fabric source is an old scarf, I found at a flea market once. I felt in love with the colors and the soft linen. It was like made for the dress I had in mind.

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I imagined a low waist dress, without a gathered skirt. So I just took the whole width of the scarf and pleated the bodice part. The pattern is self drafted. I pleated the fabric first, then I cut out the pattern pieces. That`s way easier than calculate all those pleats in the pattern.

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I wanted to add tulip sleeves to one of my projects for a long time. I think it`s a good match with this dress.

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I planned to attach pockets. Fabric was cut out and ready. I just forgot to sew them in. As I noticed my fault, I was too lazy to unpick the side seams, I left them out.

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I love the plain and smooth look of this dress. I guess, it`s going to look even softer, when the linen crinkles after washing.

Water and Light

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I really made my dress a few cm shorter, just to save some of this beautiful fabric for her. It was exactly enough, to make this tinny little babydoll. Even though, I had to be creative. Sometimes, I ask myself, does it just happen to me? It seems like, I always have barely enough fabric.

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I wanted to show the different shades of color on the bodice too. As the squares are quite big, I went for a patchwork. I like the result!

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I`m not a patchworker, but I didn`t go for straight squares. I wanted it to look like the design on the skirt. Probably I shouldn`t say that… i did it with my serger.

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The dress is self-drafted. I love the shoulder part. If you ask me, the boxy shape is a nice contrast to the smooth skirt fabric.

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Usually, if I come up with a new dress and ask her to try it on, she says no-no and walks away as fast as can be. But this time, she took the dress in her hands and tried to pull it over her head. As if to say, what a beautiful dress you made me, mummy. She couldn`t make me a bigger compliment. I was touched!

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KCW Day 1 and 2

Schüchen2 First 2 days of KCW, I`ve been busy sewing little shoes for my girl. She just starts to stand up on her own, everywhere. I just needed something to cover her feet. As she`s not walking jet, it`s not necessary to buy her shoes. The leather shoes i found in store look all the same. I couldn`t find just a solid black one, she could wear to every outfit. Time to do it myself.

schüchen4It was a time-consuming project. No, not the sewing. But the pattern drafting. I just wanted to try my hand on a little shoe pattern. And I really like it.  I think that could be a new addiction. So be aware, there may come a few sweet little shoes the next weeks.

schüchen3It`s easy to do. Really it`s nothing complicated. You just have to measure your little one`s feet exactly. I used a nice Nappa leather. I bought from an old little shoemaker in town. It`s so soft. As it is so fine, I lined the whole shoe. To layers of leather. It gives a nice finish. But, if I`ll do so next time, i have to make my shoepattern a tiny bit bigger. My little beans feet is not going to fit in for long. But fortunately, we know a sweet little girl who is just a few moths younger. So this is going to be a gift soon. And i`ve got a good excuse to sew a second pair.

Schüchen1My sewing went quite well this KCW. There was just no time left, to get pictures and posts in time. But i`m going to show you my projects over the next few days. That`s live with a baby, day`s do never have enough hours do get everything done in time.

Nani IRO Love

Gingham_Nina_01 I`m in love. It seems to be serious. I`m totally into nani IRO. I`ve been inspired by the nani IRO month, going on during may, over at Miss Matatabi. I had to try it myself. I mean, everyone in blogland seems to be excited about this fabric. After such a long time, just looking at all this beautiful creations, I finally had the chance to sew with it myself. I can tell you, it`s one of the most amazing fabrics, I ever sewed with. I`m going to be addicted! It`s painting check bought at Miss Matatabis. Frances is a very nice lady, she really cares about costumers. Shipping was fast and the parcel was so cute. She even wrote a personal little card. I felt welcome!

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The dress is self-drafted. The bodice is inspired by a dress my little sister owns. Don`t know where she bought it. The skirt is a gathered rectangle, mostly because, I wanted to use the whole fabric. You wan`t believe me, I sewed this dress with just one meter. Gingham_Nina_02The back bodice is a transparent black fabric. You can`t see that so well on the pictures. And there is a little bow around the waist. So the gathered skirt doesn`t add to much bulk around the hip.

Gingham_Nina_03I like my new dress. It`s so soft and the fabric is so special. Even if it`s not perfectly fitted. I should have made a muslin first. Seriously! My sewing time is so rare at the moment. I didn`t want to “waste” my time, sewing up a muslin. In the end, I think, I would have saved a lot of time, spent with my good friend the seam ripper and in front of the mirror adjusting the fit. Lesson learned.

 

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