Ebony = Love

Some patterns are just too good to resist. Especially when your friends make such awesome versions on release day 🙂

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Colours are slightly washed out even after correcting.

The Ebony t-shirt & knit dress is exactly what I was trying to create when I made my black Nettie swing dress but Heather Lou made it even better. The hi-low hem is on point and the sleeve variations give it everything you want and more.

I made a straight size 14 after Gillian advised to size down when in between sizes. Next time I’ll shorten it beforehand because this needed a 2″ hem to be sassy. I also have a 2″ sleeve hem. #yesimshort

Other than that, perfect fit 🙂

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These are the real life colours. Better lighting but the backdrop was making this feel like a camo outfit.

I’m not going into the whole “flattering vs non-flattering for my shape” discussion. Let’s just say that I don’t care and that I love love love this dress! I feel sexy and sassy and that’s what counts #somuchcomfort #somuchtwirling

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Accidental boobflower – #dontcare

Final verdict:

LOVE . period

Summary:

Size:

  • Size 14 (measurements put me in between 14 and 16)

Alterations:

  • 2″ hem (tips on hemming this thing – here)
  • 2″ sleeve hem
  • took in the sleeves with my serger

Fabric:

  • 2m rayon jersey

 

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xoxo

 

 

Glitter deer combo

 

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This little lady turned 3 last week (#cuemommytears, #stopgrowingup) and my aunt bought her this cosy sweatshirt knit. Little did she know that my stash contained matching fabric (#stashisuseful). An idea was born and my sewjo was kicked back to life. (#halleluja)

Patterns:

  • Dress/tunic: Blå Blomma dress (Ottobre 1/2016) size 104
  • Leggings: Storm legging (Ottobre 1/2016) size 110

Fabric and notions:

Review:

What I like about working with Ottobre is the fact that their patterns are well-drafted, true to size and super fun. They always include little details which makes them extra special.

Dress/tunic: She still fits a 98 but I made a size 104 anyway so it’s still a little roomy but not by much. I’ve never tried high contrast ribbing because I prefer matched colours for my own clothes but the kid can pull it off and I really love how it turned out. I especially like the pockets, the yellow topstitching and the slight balloon shape due to the elastic hem.

Leggings: I decided to go up to a size 110 in the leggings because the fabric had less stretch than a regular cotton jersey and because I hope she’ll be able to wear it again next winter. The leggings have a 5cm hem at this point because they were way too long, but this way I can let it out if she happens to grow another inch or two. The samples in the magazines showed these leggings in 3 shades of coordinating blues but I decided to keep it simple by using the raw edge of the fabric as the contrast and just using one colour through out. They are cosy, soft and warm and she loves wearing them.

 

I usually don’t blog the things I sew for my kids but this is my life now and I’m really glad my sewjo is back even though I don’t feel like sewing for myself at this point. Maybe when the warmer weather rolls around 🙂 Until then, keep sewing!

 

xoxo

Paprika Patterns – Opal Cardigan: Review

It´s not a big secret that I like Lisa. I like her as a person, her lifestyle and I´m a big fan of her patterns. I´ve made the Jade skirt, the Jasper sweater and now her Opal Cardigan. I want to make her Zircon sweater/dress so badly, but since it doesn´t (really) agree with pregnancy or breastfeeding, I´m putting on hold for next year.

Back to the Opal Cardigan. When Lisa asked for testers, I was bummed because being pregnant I wasn´t the right woman for the job. So when she asked for reviewers* afterwards, I jumped at the chance because a buttonless cardigan is wearable whatever state you are in 🙂

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The One with a Word of Warning

I love sewing, but sometimes it’s a hobby which can get a little expensive. Especially when you need (read: want) all the available notions. Who can say no to gorgeous buttons and pretty ribbons… I for sure can’t. So I try to save on each one if I can by looking for a cheaper replacement.

But sometimes, sewing karma comes back to bite you in the ass.

One of the things I frequently use is fusible hemming tape (or fusible web). I use it in all widths because I find it practical when hemming. The hem just doesn’t shift while sewing and it often adds just that little touch of stability that makes everything sit nicer.

However, these things are difficult to come by in Belgium, not every store has them. I’ve actually only found one store which stocks it but it’s a 30 minute drive (for us Belgians, that’s a lot) and it was quite expensive (10m for 11 euro) so I looked for something cheaper online.

The bad stuff

I finally found some on Amazon and since it was about a quarter of what I would normally pay, I ordered it. Biggest waste of money ever!

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How it should work:

  • Iron on
  • Peel off paper
  • Fold over
  • Iron hem

What was wrong with it?

  • It wasn’t nice thin webbing, it looked more like the netting used to pack oranges (pic 3)
  • 40 cm into my seam suddenly it didn’t stick anymore.
  • When I tried to go back I noticed that the web and paper got separated and instead of the webbing being underneath the paper, it was suddenly above the paper. (pic 2)
  • When I tried to turn it around, it stuck to my ironing board and my iron but not to my fabric.
  • It made the entire room smell like burned rubber.

So somehow the glue (of the webbing) got stuck to the wrong side of the paper so when I tried to iron it, it got stuck to the paper instead of the fabric and then I couldn’t peel the paper off anymore.

Seriously, don’t ever buy this. It’s a cheap, China produced replacement for better stuff.

The good stuff

So I drove down to the store anyway to get some decent fusible web and I bought every packet they had (they had only 3 of them). I’m never ever using anything else ever again.  If you want to buy some of your own, you can find it here.

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It was slightly cheaper than last time, so that made me happy and since it’s a very good store which sells quality sewing machines and quality (mostly quilting) notions, I had a look around for other nice stuff. I finally left not only with the fusible web but also with tailor’s chalk which comes in the shape of a very fine refillable pencil (My other refillable chalk pencil is quite thick so not very accurate) and some Wonder clips to hold down binding or thick layers of fabric. I hope they all give me great sewing joy!

Do you have any bad experiences with cheap notions? Any cheap notions I should absolutely avoid?