Wednesday, March 8

One Thimble - Winter Wear Designs - Amuse Boho Top

As soon as I saw Issue 14 of One Thimble I knew that I had to smock this pattern.   The gathering under the centre front piece was just crying out for me to smock it - just adding a little texture rather than making it a feature. 

You can find the instructions for a how-to hack on the One Thimble Blog here

But here are some photos as well.

If you are an experience smocker, you could well make it without cutting the front section out or you could also make the entire front section one piece and smock that to suit as well, quite a few variations are possible including smocking the back instead of gathering. 

I made the size XL and I made no changes.  Round necks don't suit me that well, hence the v shaped fold back on the neckline.   Do if you make the faced version tack it down at the shoulders etc, as it did want to flap in the rayon, a heavier fabric probably won't though. 

I hope you enjoy the hack and I'd love to see your finished projects. 

If you'd like to grab a copy of the magazine - you can find it here
Winter Wear Designs designed the Amuse Boho and you can find Suzanne here 

Friday, March 3

Bella Sunshine Designs - Reagan Raglan

This is the second test I've done for Bella Sunshine Designs.  What strikes me most about this designer is that Melissa listens to her testers, she tweaks and changes, makes things fun and most of all is very appreciative of her testers.   You feel valued as a tester.

The Reagan Raglan has been released to celebrate Bella Sunshine's 2nd Birthday in conjunction with the Ladies Reagan Raglan and a huge 40% off sale on existing designs.

I made up the dress length short sleeve for Katherine - I am trying very hard to use up stash because well really its embarrassing to have so much fabric lol!  It has taken over the entire downstairs pretty much and I need to curtail it a bit.  95% of it is working fabric, and well I should use what I have before buying more.    So I used a black/red stripe that i had, its not super stretchy but as K is slender it worked well.

As you can see the pattern is what I would call a slim fit, nice coverage for the sleeve and a very quick sew.   You can easily dress it up or down.  I made K the size 8 width and 11 length.   Which is pretty much spot on for her.

If you prefer a looser fit just go up a size in the width.

Pop on over and join in the Bella Sunshine Designs PDF Patterns group on Facebook to retrieve the code needed for both the kids and ladies Reagan Raglan

Tuesday, February 21

Bubby and Me - Fusion Boardshorts

I had the pleasure of testing the Fusion board shorts from Bubby and Me

The pattern has quite a few variations - 3 different waistband treatments, several pockets, tizz them up with piping, or colour blocking.  Use whatever fabric you like to make them, I've used both board short fabric - available from Bubby and Me on preorder HERE.   

After a slight hiccup with my muslin - my boy child had them on backwards lol!  even though he swore he didn't, everything went smoothly.  All the pattern pieces fitted together, the instructions are nice and clear and it leads you through everything step by step. 

Sizing was spot on my son is 13 1/2 and I made the 13 - he's not particularly tall yet - though he has grown inches in the last couple of months, but everything fitted like it should and I made no alterations to the sizing at all.

The first pair I made from Rose and Hubble Fabric in an Hawaiian print, which was lovely, but after one wear had faded to nearly non-existence :(  I was so very sad about that.  I've never had trouble with fading before despite living in a hot climate and definitely not after 1 wear. 

But onto pair No. 2. 

These ones are a mix of drill - probably slightly heavier than you should use if you are wanting them for swimming, but gosh they make a super nice pair of shorts.   Teamed with a DC Comics Print - ignore that the Avengers and DC are NOT the same - but it appears we don't have a DC Tee - that is being rectified.  

I pieced the leg together.  I am sure there are a gazillion ways to do this.  However, I cut a rectangle roughly the same width/length at the front short piece.   Cut a wide two inch piece of contrast DC fabric and just sliced the drill, inserted the contrast and then topstitched this down.  As you can see my contrast varies in width as it goes up the leg.  I just cut my two inch piece down to achiever this.  I kept roughly the same spacing for the blue drill between the strips. 

The other front leg is straight contrast print.  The back has some piping - sans cord, its actually just  a piece of bias folded in half and ironed and it looks effective.   I also added the back pockets.  Though I probably wouldn't again as my son doesn't really use pockets.  That said, it does add interest to the back of the pants.   

The waist finish was elastic with the eyelets.  The instructions for the eyelets were easy to follow and worked well.  I did have trouble finding elastic and cording, but my Lincraft was a better option than Spotlight - both in terms of cost and variety.  Sadly we have next to none local stores left here in Brisbane anywhere near me. 

The second pair is board short fabric sent to me by the lovely Nikki from Bubby and Me - I have the orange version - OMG the world didn't end …. and they look amazing - those that have followed me know that orange is not a colour I would by choice choose …  but stay tuned. 

I did some judicious juggling of the fabric and came up with this pair of racers.  These have a drawstring waist - and I had to work out how to use that, but I ended up going with the buttonhole waistband option and I did also stitch the elastic down as it wanted to move around ALOT otherwise. 

It takes a little patience to do the final step for the leg but the effort is well worth the finished result and I think they look pretty darn good.   I suppose the stamp of approval came from the boy child, who when I went looking for them, expecting them to be tossed in a corner, were actually put into her drawer (okay they were stuffed in there) but if they are in the drawer it means they'll be worn - so WOOT!!!!

So run out - grab some of the board short fabric from Nikki - grab the pattern when its released, it goes from wee little ones up to a size 14 - so there should be plenty of use to come from the pattern.