Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New pattern release - Haute Skinny Skirt from Wardrobe by Me

Another gorgeous pattern from Wardrobe By Me!! This is the Haute Skinny Skirt - and it is stylish, flattering, smart and classy!

Design features include a super fitted high waist, that hugs you in all the right places, panels that wrap around the sides, giving a really slimming effect and it has a concealed zip at the back.

Construction is simple and the instructions are easy to follow - so you can knock one of these up in no time! The split has a clever little reinforcement, so you can be sure your stitching will be sturdy!

I made my first skirt out of a stretch woven (you need at least 5% stretch fibre content for this pattern because it has negative ease for a very close fit!), and I picked two plain fabrics for a simple smart skirt.

For my second skirt I used Ponte Roma, which has a lot more stretch to it, and also good recovery. I used a floral print for the front and back and plain black for the sides, for a more dressy version of the skirt.

Because this fabric is stretchy enough, I was able to leave the zip out the back, making this a pull on skirt - this meant I could leave all the pretty flowers intact and not have to worry about pattern matching!

To do this, I left off the seam allowance of the back pattern pieces, and sized down. I used a knit interfacing for the waistband to make sure it still had plenty of stretch to pull it on, but kept a nice structure.

The regular price of the pattern will be 8.5 USD, but you can use the code 'sister' until Saturday to get 25% off.

Get the pattern HERE

Saturday, 5 September 2015

New pattern release from Wardrobe By Me - the Mirri Wrap Dress

I have just recently discovered Wardrobe By Me - and there are some really great patterns in the range! I was very lucky to be selected to test the new Mirri Wrap dress - I loved the look and the flattering style as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be my sort of dress!

The dress is designed to be made using lightweight jersey knits, so it's an easy comfy pull on style. As with most knits, you get a lovely flowy drape to the dress, which I love!

The waistline sits just above your natural waist, making it really flattering, along with the pretty detail of the asymmetric pleats, this dress is very feminine. Depending on your fabric choice, you could make it smart enough for work, or dressy enough for an evening out!

The shawl collar and sleeves are all in one with the front/back bodice - so this pattern only has 5 pieces, and it's really quick to make! You can choose to only print the size you need with the layers feature, which also helps to speed up the process of cutting out.

The dress has a fit and flare skirt, which is really easy to wear and suits all shapes and sizes.

You can pick from 4 different lengths, as shown below -

The pattern is available HERE and comes in sizes 2-16 (EUR 32-46) and you can use the code 'sister' for 25% off ALL patterns!

Check out this blog post to find out more about Wardrobe Be Me - the designer has TONNES of experience, so it's awesome to be able to sew up some of her lovely designs!

Friday, 4 September 2015

New release from Hey June - Hatteras Hoodie Pattern and Giveaway!

It's already starting to cool off after the 'summer' here in the UK (what summer? lol!) - so a versatile hoodie and jumper pattern is just what's needed!!

So here comes the Hatteras Hoodie Pattern from Hey June! Hooray!!

We did View B - which is a cute little hi-low hem sweater with a twisted side seam. But there is also two other options - View A is a pullover hoodie and View C is a zip-up hoodie.

Both View A and C would be great for both boys and girls. And depending on your fabric choice, this could be a light sweater or really warm if you use a thicker French terry or sweat shirting fabric.

I used the same fabric all over - but this would be a great pattern for some colour blocking, as it would really show off the twisted side detail!

This pattern comes in sizes 2-14/16yrs, but during testing we have been trying to convince Adrianna that we need this pattern in adult sizes too! So watch this space....... No pressure Adrianna ;)

Here is the Pattern - and make sure you have a look at all the other patterns in the shop - there is some lovely stuff for adults and children! And starting today you can get ALL patterns including the Hatteras Hoodie for 30% off using code "laborday"! 

Check out the Hey June Blog - there are great pictures of all the Views, and a fantastic giveaway, which is open until 7th September.