Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New patterns from Itch to Stitch

You are in for a treat! Not one or two, but three new patterns from Itch to Stitch!! PLUS see below for some fabulous discounts on the patterns AND fabric!!

First up is the Mila shirt – a loose fitting casual shirt with a button placket, high-low shirttail hem, optional collar and sleeve tabs and a choice of cup sizes (A-DD) – so you can get a perfect fit without the need for full bust adjustments!! Hooray!!

My first one I made out of an unknown red fabric, with great drape and just a tiny bit of stretch – I wish I knew what it was – it hangs really nicely!! But this is what happens when you buy tonnes of fabric and then hoard it for years unlabelled ;) For this one I went with just the collar band.

My second one is made from a lovely flowy navy viscose, which really works great with this style of shirt – love that I can wear this shirt with leggings (it’s long enough for butt coverage!) or jeans for a casual look, but can also tuck it into a high waisted skirt, and it’s great for work! This version has the full collar option.

Next is the Irena Knit top – depending on fabric, this could be a casual sweater, or a more fitted top – and it is designed to be worn over another top, as it has a deep V in the front! (My version has a higher V neckline – this has been lowered since testing).

I love the neckline on this top – the flat bottom and low V is really stylish – and the neckband comes up around the base of your neck, making it really cozy J

Last but definitely not least! The Liana stretch Jeans pattern is one of my favourite patterns ever!!! Firstly – I LOVE that I can make my own jeans, secondly – the pattern makes them so easy to customise for your own style, and did I mention – making your own custom fitted jeans?!?!!

You can pick from Skinny, Straight or Boot cut – I went with skinny, the back pockets have the option of adding flaps (I just went with some funky stitching), and detailed instructions are included if you need to lengthen or shorten. Kennis is also running a Sew along for the jeans on her blog and the Sew-A-Longs & Sewing Contests group on Facebook – she will be helping us through getting a great fit, picking the correct fabric (as the name suggests – you need stretch denim!!) and the general sewing techniques involved. It starts tomorrow (2nd December), but there is already a post up to get you started.

The other amazing thing about these jeans is the front pocket construction – it is so clever! The way it is done means 1. Your pockets won’t slip about and 2. They come across your tummy almost like a control panel – hello flat tummy!!!! Kennis takes great fit very seriously, and these jeans were tested over several versions to really make sure they were the best they could be!

All the patterns have the layers feature, so printing and tracing is much easier, and there is also the option of a large format file for the print shop, so you don’t even have to tape!! The instructions are well written and have clear images for each step, so don't be scared to give these patterns a try!

All three patterns are currently 20% off, and until 6th December you can also use the code CYBER to get a further 15% off if you purchase two or more patterns (this code is also valid on all other patterns) – why wouldn’t you?! Both tops are a great pairing with the jeans!! Don’t miss out – snap them up now and join in with the Sew Along!! The shop is Here, where all the patterns are available now.

Even better still, Kennis has talked to several vendors (in various countries) and they have agreed to give us some discounts:
** lowpricefabric.com (a.k.a. Michael Levine in Los Angeles) - 10% off / now to Dec 15 / code: itchdenim10
** plushaddict.co.uk (in the UK) - 10% off denim / now to Dec 24th / code: LoveDenim
** califabrics.com (USA) - 15% off Denim and Twill / no expiration date / code: ItchToStitch
** threadbarefabrics.com (USA) - 15% off / November 30 to December 4 / code: ITCHTOSTITCH15