Thursday, February 11, 2016

Zoo Collection - Pattern Hack!

Its taken me awhile to get the courage to 'hack' patterns. To give them my own spins or slight modifications.

Jessica from Flosstyle mention the adding ruffles to the Romper. I'm not a big fan of ruffles, but I thought they would look totally adorable on the Zoo Rompers.

Ok so honestly its really easy to do!. Heres the process I went through (with some photos!)

Sew up the two back pieces of the Romper, and mark where the Shirt line falls on the back piece. I marked with a pin, and then just drew a line across. I did have to adjust the butt part so that the legs were straight.

Next draw another line 3/4" inch up from the shirt line, and then another line 3/4" up from that one. (for the bigger sizes you can add another line, or two.. its totally up to you how many ruffles you do!). The distance between each line is totally up to you! I wouldn't recommend having them any closer together, but you could easily space them out to 1"

Next its ruffle time, depending on how many ruffles your doing, cut your strips. In my case I cut up 3 strips. 3 inch wide, but 1.5 times the width of your back piece.  The 3inch wide, again, just preference, if you have your space between lines larger, you can make your ruffle strips wider.

The size 2 was 15 inches wide, so my strips were 3" x  22.5". This is just my personal preference, if you want fuller ruffles, make it twice the width of the back, if you want it less ruffly make it smaller :)

Next fold the ruffles in half and press, RTS (right sides together)

Now sadly, I hurt my wrist, and it was impossible to take anymore photos, I have been typing this out for the past few days! (Just a tip, don't go rollerblading, in the rain, on a gravel surface..) but its pretty straight forward from here.

After folding in half and pressing the RST, sew down one short end, and the raw edge, making a tube.

Turn the tubes right side out and give another press, this tubes mean you don't have to hem the ruffles!

Sew a gathering stitch down the side. A gathering stitch is a long stitch length down one side that you don't back stitch at the start or at the end.

Once you have done that too all the ruffles, you start to gather your ruffles by pulling on the bobbin thread (the one that was on the bottom). Spread your ruffles out evenly and make sure that your ruffles are the width of your back piece.

Starting at the lowest line, attach your ruffles along the lines that you have drawn, and sew them down. Repeat for all the ruffles.

Once attached yous should be able to remove your gathering threads from each of the ruffles to give it a really nice finish.

Now that your ruffles are done you can just continue to put the romper together as explained in the pattern instructions!

And this is what you get! How cute is she in This ruffled Stork Elephant??

Make sure you join the sew-a-long at Flosstyle Fair and you'll see a few more hacks, and a boat load more of inspiration. Don't be afraid of this pattern, once you get the first one done, you'll realise just how easy they are to put together!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Patterns 4 Pirates {Me Hearties Dress} A Review

This dress really excited me when I saw the tester call for it. It was something right up Miss 12 year olds alley, or as she would say.. "this is totally my style!" and it was.

I recently got some Ponte online, that I was going to use for some pants for me but thought it would be perfect for this dress! 

The Dress is very simple to put together, I was surprised at how quickly it went together of course the use of my coverstitch for the binding made it even quicker. There is an option to use Fold Over Elastic (FOE) for the binding, but i'm not a fan of elastic or how it looks/feels.

Instructions are pretty straight forward, and go together how I would do it if I wasn't following  any instructions.

The version I went with was a size 12 with the the sweetheart bodice, short sleeves and I used stretch lace for the upper bodice and sleeves, Ponte for the bottom bodice and circle skirt, and bound the neck and sleeve hems with a black cotton/lycra. I also did a rolled hem on the skirt, you can leave it un-hemmed because, knits to fray!

The skirt is a full circle skirt, so it gives a lot of twirl factor and we all know how little girls love this!

Its very easy to dress this dress pattern up or down, all depends on your fabric choices and the combination you select.

The pattern features
- trimless pages (how much do I love those!)
- Letter and A4 printing
- Layers (a must have for patterns!)
- 3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long)
- 2 Skirt lengths (peplum, and dress length)

The dress also has a mummies version! I'll be adding that one to my collection so I can make some really sweet mummy and me dresses. Christmas Ideas already?

The Me Hearties Dress is $9.00 but currently on sale for $7.50. Head over to the P4P website and purchase your copy here: Me Hearties Dress

Monday, February 1, 2016

Flosstyle {The Zoo Collection} A Review

Its 2016! and I have been a bit slack in the updating the blog department. I have been sewing, in fact I have been sewing lots, and Testing patterns lots! and even testing fabric strike off from Australian Custom fabric groups!

This one here, is a combination of both a Aussie Pattern designer and an Aussie Custom Knit fabric.

If your not aware of Flosstyle, then you need to be. These patterns have so many options included. I know it may seem overwhelming, but the instructions and step by steps make it a breeze! It would take me forever to list the options, so instead I will just include this image. Some options can be made in Woven, some in Woven and Knit, and some you can even use Lycra/Spandex to make swimwear! (turtle elephant, and turtle wombat!)

The possibilities with this are endless. There is also a section on mods, Flamingo (tie backs for the girls) Penguin (vest) and Puffin (puff sleeves)... and yes there is even a doll pattern, and applique templates included.

There is no hemming ruffles, not even a rolled hem! No bias binding, no bare backs, no bulkiness under the chin and no zippers.

The size range is from 0000 (newborn) to size 4.

You really need this pattern in your collection, Flosstyle is so unique with its pattern collection catering for both Girls and Boys in the one pattern.

It can be purchased today! at Flosstyle and its on sale until Saturday. Regular price is $14, but until Saturday you get 25% off! and thats in AUD! so if your a USA purchaser thats even cheaper thanks to our crappy exchange rate at the moment.

 Now Some Picture Spam! :)

Size 2 Stork Koala Flamingo (woven)

Size 2 Giraffe Wombat (Knit) and Size 4 Koala Stork Flamingo (Knit)
 also using the knit fabric from Jennilea Designs