Monday 28 September 2015

Sewing For Moi

I have really enjoyed getting back into sewing for myself over the past few months.
 Having initially discovered the world of PDF patterns through the amazing Leesa when I signed up for Craft Boxes nearly a year ago, the boxes led me to discover various facebook pattern groups and I now find myself gathering up a growing pile of patterns and fabrics.

We're supposedly into Spring here in Australia and despite some very wet, chilly days, I've been inspired to make some bright and pretties ready to wear over the coming months.

Out September CraftBox included some gorgeous floral fabric and a pattern for the Make It Perfect A+ Skirt.

 I decided to line this one and am so happy with the result. I plan to wear this outfit later this week as I attend a High Tea to mark the start of Mental Health Month.

 When I saw this cute, colourful house door fabric recently on the Tesutti site, I knew it would work in the same pattern.

I decided to straighten the side seams on this one as it suited the fabric and print better.

I received so many comments when I wore this outfit to church yesterday.
So many colour options to pair with this skirt!

The skirt is a quick sew, I made both skirts and one pair of the leggings in one day!

I have also become slightly addicted to leggings, such a quick, easy sew. The pattern that best suits me is another one from the wonderful Kymmy of  EYMM, the Active Wear leggings. Cut out, sew to finish is well under one hour per pair!
Both the leggings here are in spandex fabric from BooDesigns, an Australian company.

Today's post is simply about me sharing my creations, is not part of a blog tour or pattern promotion, I just enjoy sharing the pattern and fabric sites I have discovered and enjoy using in the hope others will be encouraged to have a go at sewing for themselves or discover new designers. I also appreciate both these designers have a wide size range in their patterns.

Until next time,

Friday 11 September 2015

Pattern Test - Stand Up and Tote Notice

Love opening a new pattern by Lisa from Two Pretty Poppets! Apart from well written, clearly photographed step by step instructions, I know I will end up in love with a new bag and the Stand Up and Tote Notice (loving the play on words......) is no different.

This Tote comes in 3 sizes and I chose the large and let me tell you it is L A R G E ! ! ! But oh what a great size to take shopping for fabric or other sewing delights.

It will also be ideal for those summer trips to the beach or pool, as you can see from my photo, I have two large beach towels rolled up (only folded in half to give you an idea of size) with room to spare for cossies, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, sunhat, novel or other goodies to take to the beach.
For this test, I also tried Annie's Soft and Stable for the first time and really enjoyed sewing with it, it gives the bag great shape and helps it stand up well, even empty. I did find it best to use my walking foot when using this product but would have done that anyway for interfacing.

This large tote measures:
Width at base - 12" (30cm)
Depth 7" (18cm)
Height to handles 18" (46cm)

The other sizes are:
Width at base - 8" (20cm), Depth 5" (13cm), Height to handles 12" (30cm)
Width at base - 10" (25cm), Depth 6" (15cm), Height to handles 15" (38cm)

As well as the cleverly designed outer pockets, there are two internal pockets divided in half to store keys and phones etc. 

Check out the Two Pretty Poppets website or facebook page to see some of the other Stand Up and Tote Notice bags that have been made.
I plan to make some more of these in the smaller sizes but am working on another pattern test that you will just love when Lisa releases it soon. 
If you want this great pattern, here is the link to the Two Pretty Poppets website shop. It's also available via Craftsy, or Etsy. The pattern is in the same format whichever shop you chose to purchase it from.
Don't forget to pop back real soon to check out the coming pattern.

Until next time,