dinsdag 15 april 2014

Project run and play sew along, signature style season 9

It's the last week of PR&P season 9, signature style week. I finally got around sewing up the pair of small fry skinny jeans I already cut out for season 8. This is my fifth pair of small fry skinnies and I just can't get enough of them! (actually it is the seventh pair if I'm counting the small fry tuxedo and skinny jogger pants). I shortened the pattern pieces I originally cut and added blue textile paint and bleach for a more summery colour.

The shirt is another recess raglan, made with knits from my old clothes stack. There's always room for another stripey tee in our closet.

On the study hall jacket I spend almost my whole week of kcw an-hour-a-day sewing. You can read more about that in this blogpost.

So, and now the outfit modelled by rascal.  I love how this look turned out! Prepare for some picture overload!

maandag 14 april 2014

Hawthorn sweatshirt tester, a willow & co pattern

Have you heard of Willow & Co? A pattern collective who will be releasing their first pattern collection at 22nd of April. The theme of the collection is Wanderlust, a glamping collection. Perfect for the many camping trips we take. I was selected (yay, thanks Laura!) to test the Hawthorn sweatshirt. It is the perfect sweater for those chilly moments in the morning while playing around the caravan (or just to wear all year round). And it comes with a lot of options: pockets, full or half zip, split side seams.

I tested the half zip with split side seams, no pockets in a size 2 for little rascal. I used a black and grey sweatshirt fabric with a contrasting yellow zipper.

When I was printing the pattern, I used the option of just printing the pattern size I needed. Perfect for black and white printing, no extra lines! The tutorial is well written with a lot of pictures to explain every step. Most of the sewing went smooth, though putting in the zipper did require some thought and understanding the construction. Again a pattern test with firsts for me, I never sewed a split side seam or half zip in a sweater before. The tutorial guides you through all the steps and the result is a great sweatshirt with a very neat finish.

As you can see the  size 2 in the test pattern ended up a bit too big for little rascal,  but the pattern comes with a measurements table so next time I'll make some adjustments for the perfect fit. * edit, the length of the body and sleeves is shortened in the  final pattern version, so I probably won't need the measurements table after all* 

Happy camping!

zaterdag 12 april 2014

Kcw day 6, summer jacket

Ha, I finally got something to show for kcw (apart from the pyjamas on day 1). Big rascal was in desperate need of a new summer jacket and for that purpose I bought the study hall jacket pattern. The sewing went fine, except for some difficulty at the waistband. As you can see at the front left, it pulls a bit up and towards the zipper. Hopefully I can iron that out. Apart from that, I love how the jacket turned out!

vrijdag 11 april 2014

Spring kids craft, clucking chicken

With Easter coming up and big rascal having a farm theme at school, we did some matching crafting at home. We made chickens. It's actually a very simple craft, but the result is fun and it makes sound!

empty cans
hammer and a nail to punch a hole in the can

Punch a hole in the top of the can, make a knot in a piece of string and thread it through the hole. Glue a strip of white paper all around the can. Cut a comb, wattle and beak out of coloured paper and glue them on the can, paint the eyes and done! Now pull the string and your chicken will cluck. With some smaller cans and yellow paper, you can make a whole family.

donderdag 10 april 2014

Spring crafts, weekly pin project #35

We did some spring crafting today, inspired by this pin. It's really easy, grab a fork, start stamping and voila: tulips! Little rascal loved it and was happily occupied for about half an hour.

woensdag 9 april 2014

Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award, thank you so much Elke! I must admit I've read the term a couple of times before, but had to google to discover more. This award is designed for smaller blogs to learn more about the person behind them. The rules if you accept? List11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 given questions and pay it forward. Okay let's face it, it's a chain letter, but a fun one! So here we go!

First up, 11 random facts:
1 Living in Amsterdam
2 Mother of 2 boys (2010 & 2012)
3 Always carrying around my camera
4 First time at a sewing machine ever was making a pillowcase in 2012
5 Love going to music festivals
6 Pondering over a new kitchen right now
7 Still have to paint the stairway that was put in 2 years ago
8 Love to read but can't pick a favorite book
9 Have a lot of cookbooks but never use them
10 Definitely a coffee person
11 One of my favorite songs is good riddance by Greenday

1 Why did you start blogging?
This current blog is not my first one. I used to have a website a couple of years ago because I wanted to learn how to build them. I started this blog just for the purpose of sharing the things I make and to get inspired by other bloggers. 

2 What is your go to pattern?
At this moment it is the recess raglan by see kate sew. Great fit, easy sew, maximum result (my kind of sewing).

3 How many hours a week do you spend behind your sewing machine?
Probably around 6 hours a week.

4 Which country or continent would you like to discover?

5 How many yards of fabric are there in your closet?

My stack of fabric isn't that big, but I do have a closet filled with old clothes for repurposing. There's a lot of recycling going on around here.

6 What's your favorite movie?
I'm more of a series watcher, so I'll name my favorite series: dr Who! Although Sherlock is a very close runner up. Sherlock meets dr Who? That would be great, thanks Steven Moffat!

7 Tent, caravan, cottage or hotel?
Definitely the camping type! We used to travel around with a small tent, but now we enjoy the luxury of a caravan. that's so much more practical with the rascals.

8 You can wake me up for:
Taking a road trip

9 What's the last thing you photographed?
The rascals on their little John Deere, crossing around the playground.

10 Do you have a motto?
I'm not very good at oneliners but I think "Go for it!" comes pretty close. 

11 What's your favorite city for shopping?
Hmm, the world wide web isn't a city, right? Than I stick with my hometown Amsterdam.

Okay now the last step, I nominate Pienkel, as a long time real life friend I already know a lot about her, let's see if she surprises me with her answers :)

Pienkel, the questions I have for you:
1 Name your top three favorite blogs
2 What does your dream house look like?
3 What is the best blog post you've written so far (in your opinion)?
4 Why did you start blogging?
5 What is the last thing you photographed?
6 What makes you laugh out loud?
7 What is your favorite social media?

8 What is your favorite book?
9 Coffee or tea?
10 Where would you like to travel?
11 What is your alltime favorite band or song?

dinsdag 8 april 2014

Project run & play sew along, design your own fabric

Design your own fabric, so much fun! I had tons of ideas but just no time, so pr&p meets kcw this week and I ended up decorating a white knit with my doodles and made a PJ for little rascal. The patterns I used are the go to leggings and the recess raglan.

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