This RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version is also made for a sewing challenge. You could read it in my Crafty Kooka sloth blogpost that the next make would also be made of a PDF-pattern from my stash. Blogrevolution and I are a duo for this challenge. She gave me the following three criteria:
– use a fabric from your stash
– a never used coat pattern
– use a zipper
The RDC Manteau Gerard pattern was a Sinterklaas 2015 gift. This wollen fabric was bought about four years ago. I bought this fabric to make a Spring coat. By choosing both two criteria were already filled in.
A Spring coat is perfect solution for the erratic Dutch weather during the Spring and Autumn. The Spring coat has a light weighted lining and can be made of a light weighted wollen fabric.
March Digital Sewing Pattern Month challenge is why my blogpost is called Crafty Kooka Sloth pattern #MDPM. I came across a FB-page where MaMarieke launched the idea to encourage herself and us to finally use a once purchased but never used PDF-pattern. MaMarieke had just like me bought one or more PDF-patterns during a € 2,00 Makerist sale. This Crafty Kooka Sloth pattern was bought about one year ago. Why? An insurance company had a few funny commercials with a sloth. Fun to watch and that made me wanting to have a sloth. I started looking for a pattern and after a while I found a suitable pattern. This pattern wasn’t immediately purchased until Makerist had a € 2,00 offer. They also have a few Crafty Kooka patterns for sale and lucky me one of them was the sloth pattern. This pattern was also included in the € 2,00 offer.
Melissa Evans is the host of the Breaking Ground Tour. The rules are simple. You’ll be Breaking Ground by sewing a pattern from a new to you pattern designer/company, a lesser known pattern company. That can be preferably an Indie pattern, but if you’ve never sewn from one of the big four this is good choice as well. My first contribution was made from a Kwik Sew pattern but for my second contribution I used a Flosstyle pattern. Flosstyle offered free patterns for Breaking Ground Tour participants. I decided to accept the offer and took a look at the Flosstyle website. The Flosstyle Babies First Toys looked so cute and making a few would be my second entry. You can see below all my homemade Flosstyle Babies First Toys.
You have a sewing block and don’t know what to make? You’re looking for inspiration? This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. Some of them pushed themselves a little bit more and share to inspirations with you. Here is the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018 giveaway.
To make this tour more fun there is a giveaway. And you if you join the Breaking Ground you can win 2 Flosstyle patterns.
Show us your makes. We love to see them bu using #BreakingGround2018 across social media.
But you can also join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In this group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.
mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing à la Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist
Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style
Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura
Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing à la Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More
My Let’s Sti(c)k Together March challenge was making a poloshirt for my husband. I’m also a participant in the Breaking Ground Tour and decided to combine both challenges. First step: finding a suitable pattern for this make. I did a search on the internet with ‘poloshirt male sewing pattern’. The result was a bit disappointing and one of the suggestions was a Kwik Sew pattern.
I’ve never heard of Kwik Sew but this company seems to be founded in 1967. They design patterns for ‘real people’ and easy-to-follow sewing instructions. Kwik Sew 3484 is a dress shirt but I decided to challenge myself and turn the pattern into a pattern suitable to make poloshirt. The back body needed no alteration and the center front body pattern was also drafted on the pattern. Time for the Kwik Sew 3484 pattern poloshirt hack. I only made button plackets.
Have you already heard of the Wearable Studio? The Wearable Studio is a new independent patternmaker based in Australia. I was privileged to be a pattern tester for their first pattern. It’s called the Franki Top. This Wearable Studio Franki Top pattern can be made in a causal version but also in an chique and elegant version. The Top can be finished with a flirty ruffle hem and three-quarter sleeves with pretty ties or with short sleeves. Both Tops have a high-low hem. You can make a drapey version by choosing leightwoven fabrics such as rayon, viscose, voile or silk. Looking for a more boxy-look? Cotton or linnen is perfect.
The Franki Top is perfect for the Summer. I used a non glimmen artificial silk with a flower pattern in beautiful old pink, with bordeaux red and ecru. The fabric is leightwoven and has a beautiful drape. This floral choice is something different them my usual monochrome fabric.
My February item for the Let’s Stick Together monthly challenge are potholders. We painted the kitchen during our Christmas holidays so a new set of potholders would be very welcome. I never made potholders. The potholders aren’t the only kitchen textiel items that came from under my sewing machine. I started looking for leftover fabrics to make them and found a large piece of red/white gingham. We have a red roller blind in our kitchen and this red/white gingham was the perfect match. You want to know what I made besides the red/white gingham pot
holders? Keep reading and find you more about my homemade red/white gingham kitchen textiel items.
Last week two big fabric markets were held in my neighbourhood. The Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer and the Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem. Both fabric markets are held twice a year and visit all kinds of places in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and France. I always attend both markets because a few fabric shop owners are present at both markets. This time I wanted to buy some fabric for my mother and husband because I’ve planned for both them projects in my Let’s Stick Together Monthly Challenge. In this blogpost I give you an impression of both markets but I also show the fabrics I bought during my Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018.
Just like last year I used one pattern for both my Day&Night dresses. I gave a sneak peak of both designs on Instagram but also my fabrics choices for both dresses in this Day&Night Dress Challenge 2018 fabric choice blogpost. Both dresses are made of a self drafted T-shirt pattern that was altered into a dress pattern. Lots of designers have clothes with and asymmetrical look. This look is one of the 2018 style features. I decided to incorporate this feature in both my dresses. Time to reveal both my dresses and show you more of my coffee dress and cocktail dress.
I had the privilege to test another sewing pattern for Elke Puls. She always designs beautiful patterns which I really like. The Tunika Elle but also the Chobe bag and Bethoiua Top are some great examples of her beautiful designs. This time knotenshirt Shirt Mahé Elle Puls. The name of the shirt comes from the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off East Africa.