I tested their new Azaire pattern, a chic and flattering top and dress. It features a fitted bust, curved yoke, boat neckline, peplum, back darts and an invisible zip. There are two sleeve variations; ¾ length sleeves with a petal cuff or short petal sleeves. I made the top option, but I shortened it by 10cm in order to suit my style better. I went with the short petal sleeve option and I couldn't be happier.
Although the pattern calls for a woven fabric, I decided to be a rebel and I went with a stretch lace fabric for the front and sleeves and a see-through knit for the back panels. I cut a size 12 for the bust, grading to a size 14 for the waist and hips, because I wanted the top to have a more oversized fit. I didn't add a lining and I didn't need any zipper closure, due to the stretch of the fabric.
The pattern is addressed to intermediate sewers, but I believe that an advanced beginner with a little patience would be able to tackle it with no problems. It is a really well drafted pattern, with easy and very clear instructions. And what I love most is that it comes printed in a thick paper( torned rice paper drama, anyone?).
Overall, I loved working with this pattern and I can't wait to make a long sleeved version!
And the good news are that the lovely girls from Gather were so kind to offer me an extra copy to giveaway to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how do you plan to make this pattern. I will pick a winner next Monday(Sept.26).
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Gather for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*
Hello friends! Long time, no see, but you know......summer! Sea, sun, vacations, family and friends! It was a lovely time, but now I'm ready for fall! Bring on the lower temperatures, winter fabrics, hot drinks and cozy nights. For me September always marks a new beginning, it's like a fresh start and as we are preparing for the season change, I can't stop dreaming about my fall wardrobe!
I'm in the planning(favorite!) stage right now, so lot's of pinning, drawing and list making is happening.
So, how about you? Are you excited for the new season? Are you participating in any of the challenges? Are you a planner or do you prefer going with the flow?
Lastly, another reason that I've been quiet around here lately is that me & my mum opened our first Etsy shop. We combined our love for handmade and all things sew+knit. So it will combine made to measure clothes, knitting patterns, knitting bags, as well as hand dyed yarns. Have a look if you'd like!
Have an awesome new month everyone!
....let's go to the beach, each, let's go get away....Oh hello there! With all the high temperatures we are experiencing recently I can't help but think all about sunny beaches, vacations and of course beachwear! Caftans, linen shirtdresses and off-the-shoulder dresses are only some of the endless possibilities!
So, what's your beachwear attire this summer? ☀
Hello, hello! Summer wardrobe is in full mode and I couldn't be happier! You have to admit, there's something really satisfying in summer sewing. The minimum amounts of fabrics, the light and airy textiles, the colors and the -usually- fewer sewing hours.
This project was one exceptional example of summer sewing. It used only 1.5m of a beautiful viscose fabric, it has a lot of interesting details and it came together in one afternoon.
If you are a long time reader of this space you will know that I much prefer sewing with indie patterns and I have expressed these feelings a lot of times. I just find the fit and style of indie sewing patterns much more modern and well drafted.
A few years back, I used to buy every single issue of the Burdastyle magazine, but most of the times I would sew only one or none of the designs. I got a bit frustrated by the old-fashioned designs and the bad fit of the final garments, that I stopped buying it. But browsing through the Internet a few months back, I came across the May issue and I found myself liking many designs, as well as their style. So I thought I give it another go and buy the issue. And I was pleasantly surprised. Burdastyle has put a real effort to modernise the magazine and the patterns. I have already traced six patterns from the magazine.
I thought I'd start with the Pleated Shorts 05/2016 #102A that immediately caught my eye. They feature waistband pleats, decorative back pockets, belt loops and a handmade fabric belt. I was immediately sold. For these, I cut a size 40, but I ended up taking in the sides by 0,5cm. The waist is just a tiny bit roomy still, so I think I could have gotten away with a size 38. I used 1,5m of a viscose fabric that sewed up beautifully. The print of the fabric, makes it difficult to detect all the features of the shorts, but I couldn't resist to this b&w splash print.
Overall I love these shorts and they are quickly becoming a summer wardrobe staple. I think I'll have to make another pair soon.
A big thank you to my friend Kristi for modelling the shorts in these pictures.
What are you sewing lately? Is it all about summer or winter sewing on your part of the world?