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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About feeling beautiful

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This is the dress, the dress of my dreams. Not less than that! I feel beautiful, strong and kind of dramatic while wearing it. Something probably just a handmade silk dress can do.

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Hours of sewing, went into it and made it even more precious, than the luxury fabrics ever could. All inseams are finished with french seams, all the hems are finished by hand with a rollseam or an invisible stitch. Hours.

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Even if the Trina Pattern probably isn`t a pattern you`ll sew in an evening. It`s really down to the fabrics you choose. The silk organza I used for the back bodice and the sleeves is super flimsy and soft, i had to staystitch every seam. Even from just lifting it from the cutting table some pieces where off about 5cm. Still, so worth the effort. Speaking about the sleeves, i shortened the kimono sleeves to a flutter sleeve. So easy to do. You`ll need much less fabric. I used 0.5m of the Silk organza and 1.5m of the grey Silk. The string is a leftover from my wedding dress.

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I`m totally into that pattern. Kristiann of Victory Patterns is a genius! I was so lucky to get the change to test for her. I highly recommend her patterns! I also made the Hannah Dress and will blog about that one soon. And there will be a more casual Trina in the future for sure.

There is nothing more to say about that dress! It`s perfect, in my eyes.

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Pattern: Trina Pattern from Victory Patterns

Fabric: Silk organza bought locally. Grey silk is from Paris

Location: Dolceacqua IT

 

Mr.Fliegfederfrei

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Mr. Fliegfederfrei, normally the man behind the camera, will make his appearance to the blog more often! I`ve a new goal. Call me insane, but I decided not just to sew for my two girls and build my own wardrobe… nope, i`ll start to sew his stock of clothes as well. Mad, isn`t it?

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Look at my handsome man. I just love to see him wearing my handmade stuff. It`s like a declaration of his love every single time he wears them. And of course, I can make him clothes that actually fit his athletic tall figure. Win win.

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When it comes to menswear I`m a big fan of Thread Theory. If you follow my blog, you probably now that by the time (see more here and here)! They offer great contemporary but still classic silhouettes, that fits an athletic figure. The Jedediah Pants are a slime cut. Slimmer, than i expected them to be. I did`t sew a muslin (i never learn out of my fails) and my first pair were to small around the waistband. By about 5 cm to small (cough cough). Oh, how i hate when that happens! Surprisingly, it was a fast fix! I just replaced the waistband by a bigger one and we were so pleased with the fit. I called it a more than wearable muslin and sewed the next one the same size again just with a bigger waistband.

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Kielo

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Summer rain in the backyard, warm heavy drops in beautiful sunlight. The smell of the ground after a hot and sunny day when the first drops fall down. Nothing to compare!

A light and fluent maxi dress on a day like this, perfect!

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The Kielo Dress by Named Patterns was not love at first sight. It took some time, until I got around, that this could work for me.  Actually, it`s  a genius construct. It has a lot of room, but once it`s tied up, it gives a beautiful silhouette. I felt in love.

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This pattern works for woven or knits fabrics. Just be aware, not to choose a heavy one. I tried and it was not really flattering around the hips. Go for a lightweight fabric with some nice drape and you`ll get a gorgeous maxidress, you dont`t want to take off anymore!

And here we get to the point. How to breastfeed a baby, in a fitted woven dress with a high neckline, without getting undressed in public. Yes you`re right. Not possible.

That`s were my fast sewing project started to get time-consuming. No, not the yoke I added. Let me tell you the story…

The dress was blue and white once. Nice for Summer i thought. At first I tried a buttonplanket, to get rid of the nursing problem. But didn’t like the look. So I cut it out and went for a buttoned yoke instead. Tried it on and felt so disturbed by all the stripes running in different directions cut up by the darts and ties. It was too nervous. No way I got to like it this way. It would have injured my pride to give up and call it a fail. So i thought, maybe it`s better to dye it dark blue and the stripes wouldn`t be so visible anymore.

Im not an expert in dyeing fabric. First try was a complete fail. It was a light baby blue with dark blue stripes. A pain for my eyes. I tried again and as I didn`t now better, declared it as good enough.

A two-hour sewing project that turned out to be hard work.

It was worth it, though.

 

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Pattern: Kielo Dress by Named Patterns

Fabric: Bought locally

Get your Groove on

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When the Groove dress was introduced for the first time, it went immediately on top of my to sew list. Those dresses are in heavy rotation, since I cut the threads to my machine. I desperately wanted to have a foto shooting together with my mini me. It kind of didn`t happen, that we wore the same dress without one being to dirty to take pictures. Today on our daily walk it was time to get our groove on.

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I`m sure you already read all good about this pattern. I wan`t say anything else. It`s a masterpiece. It`s a perfect stapeldress you can easily wear on a dogwalk with some flats or sandals as I do. Or style it up and wear it to a dinner or even a party. Up to you.

You can make one for yourself first, then one for your girls. The teeny version comes for free! My girl is oh so proud to wear the same dress as her mummy. It`s comfortable as a t-shirt worn without pants.

The kids version is a size 3 without any alterations. For my dress, I made it shorter at the hem. I lowered the neckline at the front (to make it nursing friendly) and at the back. I knew, it would affect the fit around the shoulders a bit. I didn`t care. For a next version i wouldn`t lower front and back. The fit would be better. Anyway you have a few nice necklines to choose from, you probably wan`t draw your own.

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Fabrics are from a local shop. The fabric I used for mine, is beautiful but not really suitable for that dress, it has`nt enough drape. Doesn`t matter i love it anyway and will do better next time. Madeit you really do a great job!

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So when do you get your Groove on?

Pattern: Groove Dress from Madeit Patterns

Fabric: Local shop

There is a pocket

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Look there is a pocket. That`s what I usually tell her, when I try to introduce a new dress, i hope she`s gonna like. This one was accepted. Lucky me.

A basic, well-fitting A-line dress, is everything you need to modify it to nearly ever dress you could imagine. I wasn`t that creative with this one. But still, I really like the outcome! My father gifted one of his shirts. As soon as i saw those stripes, i knew how it`s gonna look like. Playing around with stripes is a hobby, it`s just so much fun. The fabric is good quality cotton shirting, lightweight and airy. Perfect for a fast little summer dress. Thank you Dad!

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I used the same pattern like here, drafted a new joke and used the cuffs of the original shirt as a belt. What gives the dress some shape around the waistline. The cuffs are already interfaced and i could even reuse the buttonhole and the button, they had just the right length. I love, when my planes work out that well.

The dress is easy to get on and off, as the back has a full button-planket (I didn`t have to sew myself).

And never forget to add a pocket, a dress wouldn`t be complete in her eyes!

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Pattern: Patternhack from an A-line dress out of the Japanese sewing book, Sew for your Girls.

Fabric: Refashioned old Button-up.

Hairstyle: By her dad

—> I announced the winner of my Giveaway from last week earlier today on my IG. Be sure to follow me there @fliegfederfrei

Louisa + Giveaway

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A princess seam dress isn`t something, you gonna sew for yourself while having a big baby bump, right? I really felt the urge, to sew the Louisa for Women, when it was released last fall. But don`t worry, I stayed down-to-earth and didin`t sew one for myself. Instead, it happened that my mum`s Birthday was just around that time… that`s how it came, that she has a Louisa by now. It was my Birthday present for her.

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I initially planned to sew a winter version with 3/4 sleeves, but with summer just around the corner (you see how long it took me to finish this dress), I decided to skip them. The dress is fully lined in the same shade of the rosa like the flowers. Because it is a gift and should be something special, i went for all the nice (and time-consuming) finishing touches, everything is under-stitched, the hem is hand-sewn i added sideseam pockets and so on. I hope she`ll love this dress for a long time. I really loved to sew it, it`s beautifully drafted!

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Mum picked the Naniiro, on the middle panel, out of my stash. The color, really suits her well, don`t you think? As you can`t patternmatch princess seams, I was worried the print will be really nervous splinted up by the seamlines. I suggested, to combine it with the beautiful Fuwari Naniiro. I love to touch this brushed cotton, it`s so soft, amazing to work with!

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My mum has a small frame. I sewed a size 32 and still had to take in 1.5 cm at the sideseam around the bust. I shortened the dress about 8cm to her preferred length. No other changes were necessary. In my eyes, the fit is perfect. She seems to feel good in her new dress and i feel good every time she chooses to wear it.

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To make you feel good, I`m going to Give-away one gorgeous Paperpattern of the Louisadress for women by Compagnie-M. Just leave me a nice Comment how you feel about sewing for loved ones. I`ll randomly choose a winner next Monday 20/6/16. International entries are very welcome!

Pattern: Louisadress for Women by Compagnie-M

Fabric: Naniiro brushed Cotton, purchased at Miss Matatabi.

 

Menswear

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With my post baby bump, I just don`t feel like sewing for myself. It doesn`t make a lot of sense, as I hope to lose quite a few kilo`s in the next months. That`s maybe the reason for all the unselfish sewing i`m up to lately. Actually, those sweaters were sewn around christmas time…? I just never came around, to wrap them up to a proper post. Before summer arrives and it `s definitly too late for this post. Here it is.

My Husband is tall and has a slim figure. RTW shirts are either to short or to baggy on him. That`s why sewing for him is so satisfying, you just get the right fit. I decided, to start sewing him a fine wardrobe. Step by step. Thread Theory`s Pattern are a good starting point. They offer a great range of menswear sewing patterns.

This is the Finlayson Sweater. A real staple garment, comfy like a hoodie but with a bit more style, maybe more grown up. The paper pattern is very beautifully wrapped and the design inside is an eye catcher! Instructions are simple and straight forward as I like it. If you need more help, there is a sew along. Well done Thread Theory! I sewed him a size S, lengthened the bodice about 9cm and the sleeves about 6 cm. You see, skinny but tall. The fit is spot on. He made me the best compliment and asked for a second one.

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Fabrics are from local shops and were chosen by him. He likes structured blue. I guess i`ll use this pattern over and over again. it`s easy to hack and make him different styled sweaters with a great fit.

And because I was on a run… i sewed him an other one. The pattern is from the german DIY magazine CUT. It`s the `Starschnitt`by Hien Le.

Tom sweater was in the latest issue (01/16). I love the clean but interesting lines of this pattern. It`s easy to sew and a fast make, with the little extra to make it special. It`s a size S again but with a few cm more length. I measured the Finlayson to get it right.

The Fairfield Button-up Shirt and the Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory will be the next things i`m gonna sew for him. Stay tuned for more male sewing.

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Soft Wrinkles

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A new favorite dress. For both of us. That`s rare. Here it is. A simple A-Line Dress from the Japanese sewing book, Sew for your Girls. A loose fit, in a nice and soft linen from Miss Matatabi, with a functional button-placket and a sailor collar. Not to forget the pocket. And the magic happens.

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All the fabrics in this picture are linen. Don`t you love, how linen looks so soft and wrinkles in the most beautiful way. I do.

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The pattern is a size 3y without any modifications. It`s perfect and will fit for a longer time. The instructions are easy-to-follow and the pattern is very versatile. I already made a little hack which is coming to the blog soon. If you follow me on IG (@fliegfederfrei),  you previously got a sneak peek of my  upcycling dress.

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The buttons were a gift I received from a good friend. A box full of vintage buttons. Can you get a better gift as a seamstress? I love to sew those buttons on my projects, it feels so special and reminds me of good times we shared. Thank you Marte!

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Happy dance on mum`s bed.

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Pattern: Sewing for your Girls (I received this book as a sponsoring for Parissewsocial last year from Tuttle)

Fabric: Linen from Miss Matatabi

My Maternity-Weddingdress

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It`s nearly two months ago since our wedding. It was a very nice and positive day. As you can clearly see, i`m 38 weeks pregnant here. I didn`t have enough energy left for a big party at this time. We decided, to have a big party next year and enjoyed a very relaxed evening with our families in a good restaurant. It was just perfect. We loved it a lot!

In the last months of pregnancy I was so tired, i nearly bought a dress. Then i told a good friend about and she just told me what i needed to hear. “No, you can`t.” She said, “i`m sorry but of course you have to sew your own dress.” That was the hint, that got me back to my sewing machine. It felt like meeting a long missed friend. In the end, it was a big project and a lot of hours i spent sewing on this dress, but so worth it. Wearing my own dress on this special day, was necessary for me.

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I used the gorgeous book Oui, Robes de mariée by Yukinori Morinaga. I received this book as a sponsorship for the Paris sew social in April 15. It`s from the beautiful shop La Teleria. She still has it in stock! Maria is a very sweet person and a very inspiring sewist you should check out her blog if you don`t already follow her!

Back to the book. I felt in love with the stunning pictures, which really highlight the designs. It`s for sure, the most beautiful sewing book I know! It didn`t even bother me that it`s writen in French. I knew if i`ll need a wedding dress once, it will be a dress out of this book!

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I choose the basic dress nr. 2. It`s a empire style dress with a little tail. It`s easy to alter the pattern to a maternity version. I just needed some gathers and more fabric for the front skirt. A lot more fabric, my belly was impressive!

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Of course a dress like that you don`t sew with a single layer of fabric. The bodice is boned (so I could wear it without a bra) and made of 4 layers (lining, silk organza, a heavier toile and silk). The Skirt is made out of 3 layers (lining i used a very nice silk cotton, a havier in between fabric to give it some weight and structure and the pretty grey silk i got in Paris). I nearly got crazy while hand-stitching the rolledhem of the silk skirt! Maybe it would have been a relaxing thing to do, but it was the evening before my wedding day. There really was no passion left for hours of hand-stitching. The dress includes a lot of hand-stitching actually, I wanted to do it the proper way.

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To give the bodice a special touch, I added a golden lace fabric to go with it. That was probably the most expensive fabric i bought in my whole life. But, is there a better option to buy expensive fabric? I hand stitched the whole lace with golden tread so the seams become invisible. I haven`t done something like that before. You`ll have to be patient but it feels like you’re doing some haute couture. The wonderful mohair cardigan is knitted by my mum and it was the most beloved gift i got on this day! She spent a lot of hours knitting. That means a lot to me! Thank you mummy!

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And here he is the love of my life. You mean everything to me!

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Photos by Manuela Jans