Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Maxwell Shirt - Pattern Parcel #4

I made this cute little shirt for The Perfect Pattern Parcel #4. The theme is boys this time around which is great as I have two little models waiting and ready.

I originally decided to make the shirt for my eight year old but when I finished it, it was a little small as the largest size is 7/8 so my six year old was the lucky model for this project. The shirt pattern I chose is the Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs. I’ve been super busy lately (Bali, Skiing, racing bikes poor me) and haven’t had a lot of time for sewing so I only managed one outfit.

I used a gorgeous Italian100% printed cotton which I picked up at Tessuti from the remnant table. I only needed just under a meter for this shirt. I have another meter left so I think I’ll make a little something for myself with the left over fabric.



I added some reflector tape to the pockets for a bit of interest and a skull woven badge I’ve had stashed away for a while on the back yoke.

The instructions are a little tricky so I would recommend if you are a beginner to go slowly and read thoroughly before jumping into it.

The studs drove me crazy to start with because I couldn’t figure out which pieces went together. Once I figured it out I hammered them in no problem.

     In the end I’m happy with the result. Noah loves it and I couldn't ask for more than that.

Just a recap on what The Pattern Parcel is all about.

“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donors choose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've
raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.”

Here are the patterns included in the parcel.

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

Pattern Parcel #4

Pattern Parcel #4
Buy Pattern Parcel #4

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fringe Dress

Tessuti are running another competition which closes tonight! I bought the fabric a while ago and pinned a few ideas to my pinterest board but like always, left it literally to the last minute (again!).

Update: I was awarded a runner up prize! Thankyou so much Tessuti!


The competition requires that you use Tessuti's fabric which is a Jersey that comes in black/natural or ecru/natural.  Make whatever YOU like! Sew something that suits you and that you'd like to wear.
Sounds like a fun project.



I bought a couple of meters of both colourways but chose ecru/natural for the dress I had in mind.
The fabric is beautiful. It is a really nice mid weight jersey which is gorgeous to sew.


I instantly loved a Sauce dress I found on ASOS which is a simple little dress but is a little edgy with a fringe in the same fabric. It's such a fun dress and I like to think that I'm a fun girl.


I used a Kwik Sew pattern 3777 for the dress which is actually a top so I added a few inches to make a short dress.  As I was on holiday's when I made the dress I didn't have an overlocker on hand so I used a very narrow zig zag and a stretch needle. I used a twin needle for the hem.


 I then made the  fringe by cutting a wide strip of the jersey, cutting slits and then pulling it so the fabric curled. It looked just like the Sauce dress so I was pretty happy with that.


 I attached the fringe by hand sewing in place and then top stitching so the fringe faces away from the centre front.



I am really happy with the way it has turned out. I have more fabric so I might try a top next time with the same  fringe technique.



Under construction

Sauce Fringe Dress from ASOS


Fingers crossed Tessuti will like it too.



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Staple Dress for Perfect Pattern Parcel 3

This little number is part of a fun project called Perfect Pattern Parcel.


I was kindly asked if I would participate and how could I say no as it supports Indy designers and raises funds for children's education. Win Win!


I chose the Staple dress because it looked more my style than any of the other patterns. I chose the "mullet" hem rather than the straight hem as I think it adds a little more interest to the dress.



 The dress is super easy to sew and very quick to sew as well. I whipped it up in an afternoon. I can't even remember where I found the fabric but I think it was a Spotlight bargain and is a japanese cotton voile. Perfect weight for this type of dress.



The photos were taken this weekend in Robe, South Australia. We are here on a holiday as it is a long weekend in Australia (celebrating the Queens birthday).


The dress has a shirred waistline. I added three rows of stitching. This is easy so don't be afraid. 
The pattern has great photos included so you can't go wrong.


 I also added a bit of broderie anglaise lace to the hemline as I thought it needed a bit of something special.


Robe is full of history and a perfect location for a photo shoot.


I hope you can support this project and enjoy your sewing.


Here is a little background from Perfect Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality.

The Pattern Parcel Number 3 includes

Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect 
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio 
Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand 
Staple Dress by April Rhodes 
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files

Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. This shorts pattern has a retro trim, loads of pockets, two inseams and are so comfortable you won't want to take them off. Includes sizes 0 - 24. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern!