Blog tours, Määratlemata, selfish sewing, Show your Stoff

Show your Stoff – Women edition

Show your Stoff is a blog tour to show off our makes of Zierstoff patterns(Aff link). This tour is sponsored by Zierstoff (they gave us the patterns, fabric and sewing is provided by us 🙂 ) . I’ll start by telling you a little bit about Zierstoff. Zierstoff is German pattern and fabric company, ran by four amazing women who all live in Germany with their families. They have both English and German patterns but since I don’t speak German I am talking to you about their English patterns. This blog post should have shown Juliene shirt (Aff link) and Svea pants (Aff link), but since I ran into difficulties with my sewing machine I am hoping to show my Svea pants to you in my next Show your Stoff blog post! 🙂
So how I chose my patterns? I wanted to create some comfy outfits for me and DD( you’ll see her in the next blog post) for summertime. I am still hoping that I’ll get my pants ready but until then you’ll see this beautiful Viscose Jersey top.

Zierstoff patterns are no cut patterns and they have both A4 and Letter sized pattern files. It is recommended to print in color, but I only have black and white printer so this is what I did. I measured exactly in EU36 and this is what I made. I feel like the fit is exactly what it should be! 🙂

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Want to make your own Juliene? Go grab your pattern and use code MahlicaDesigns30 to get 30% off trough April!

Now that you have read my blogpost, go and check other bloggers too to see what they are showing today!
Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Blog tours, Breaking Ground, Määratlemata, selfish sewing

Breaking ground – Hey June Tallinn sweater

To be honest Adrianna and Hey June isn’t new to me. I have known her and her patterns for almost as long as I have sewn with PDF-patterns (a.k.a almost a year now), but for a long time there was one big problem – my paypal 😀 And then she came out with the Tallinn sweater. If you aren’t familiar with me then you are probably thinking what is so special about that Tallinn sweater. Wait for a second and I’ll tell you 😉
Tallinn is a small capital in Northern Europe, for a country called Estonia. And if you are still wondering, this is the city I was born and still live. So it was natural for me to buy this pattern and make it 🙂
I found out that turtlenecks and cowls aren’t my thing so on my final you can’t see any of them. Instead I used cowl neck cutting line and added binding. My favorite thing is that I didn’t need to add length to sleeves, they were exactly the length I liked and I have long arms!
My dream was to have first photos of this sweater in beautiful streets of Tallinn, but well.. Life got on way, so instead you’ll see that beautiful corner of our apartment 😀 Next Tallinn sweater will be seen on beautiful background 😉
Fabric: Floral FT, ordered from local fabric group
Pattern: Hey June Tallinn Sweater (Aff link)
Price paid: fabric 14€/m, pattern $8.50

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Make sure to check all the other todays bloggers too!
Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu, Sewing A La Carte, Sprouting Jube Jube, Lulu & Celeste

I want to truly thank lovely Melissa from Mahlica designs for making this tour happen! I wish I would have had more time to work on this tour, but next time I’ll start earlier 🙂

Blog tours, Breaking Ground, Määratlemata, selfish sewing

Breaking Ground – Love Notions Margot peplum

I was so excited when I chose my next project, I had always dreamed about beautifully fitting peplum (I have never owned one!) and because of that chose my longsitting pattern Love Notions Margot peplum. This project was fail. At first – I messed up with my differential so I got lettuce hems (And my sewing machine needs to be serviced so I can’t fix it now.. ). Next thing, it had extremely wide sleeves! I took in 3cm total from each sleeve and they were still wide! Next time I’ll definitely take them in before sewing it together… I chose the easiest version for my peplum (swing skirt), but now feel that I maybe should have chosen pleated skirt. I would have loved long sleeves, but I was tight with fabric. And then I managed to screw up my neckband.
Pattern: Love Notions Margot peplum (Afflink)
Fabric: Stenzo black CL (95%/5%) 220gsm
Price paid: fabric – 16€/m pattern – 5.37$ (bought during sale)

I think that with this pattern it might have been easily my error of sewing.. And fabric choice.. If you have any ideas how I could avoid being so frustrated next time let me know 😉
Feel free to enjoy my latest sewing failure! 😀

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Now make sure to check everybody else too that blogged today!
Rainy Day Sewing, Anne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Tales of a Tester

Määratlemata, pattern testing, selfish sewing

Pattern testing 14: Cozy toes socks by Peek-a-boo patterns

Pattern name: Cozy toes socks (link!*)

Designer name: Peek-a-boo patterns (link!*)

Price: 7.95$

Size range: 8.5″-12″, slim, regular and plus size calf

Print sizes: no layers and colorcoding, but since it an easy pattern this isn’t something bad. Different calf sizes have different pattern pieces and they are not nested.

Difficulty level: Beginner

Määratlemata, pattern testing, selfish sewing

Tula dress

Pattern name: Tula dress (link!)
Sister pattern: Talia (Fitted, link!) and them both in bundle (link!)

Designer name: Laela Jeyne patterns (link!)

Price: price normally and with coupon (+link where to get coupon)

Size range: XXS-3X

Print sizes: A4 and Letter in same file, copyshop file for A0, layers, color coding and different line styles

Difficulty level: intermediate

Notions: Interfacing, invisible zipper (for fully lined)

Methods used: Burrito roll

I tested:  Starting size 8 graded out to 12, added 5 cm to the length because of my height. Tunic length (it is intended to be mid-hip) with V-neck on front and round neck on back. Partially lined. Fabric is some kind of cotton woven with little bit of stretch, from Abakhan fabric boxes where they sell it by weight. I chose partially lined because I was intimidated by invisible zipper. I do think it would look awesome with lace overlay! But ever since I finished it I have been loving wearing it and am waiting for some busier times to go by just so I could sew at least one more for myself.

Free Patterns, Määratlemata, selfish sewing

Free pattern Wednesday: P4P Pencil skirt

Pattern name: Pencil skirt (link!)

Designer name: Patterns for Pirates (Affiliate link!)

Price: price normally 5$ and with coupon for free (You can find coupon code from their FB group (link!))

Size range: XXS to Plus 3X

Print sizes: US letter, A4 and A0, color coded no trim pages with layers

Difficulty level: Beginner

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Overview: This is a pattern I have sewn three times and unfortunately don’t have any decent photos of those skirts so this is in my to-do list! It is really easy to sew pattern with three length options ( above knee, below knee and midi length), it has optional walking went and two rises (high rise and mid rise). Those skirts I have sewn are really my comfiest skirts ever! The biggest plus on that pattern is how fast it is to sew together. I guess it takes maximum one hour and this is when you aren’t fully concentrated on it!

So I guess next time I do some selfish sewing with this pattern I should show you the results too!

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Photo from P4P, Judy Hale
For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

St. Tropez Swing

I had a chance to test for lovely Rebecca who is behind Mummykins & Me (link!)

I must say, in the beginning I was worried.. Gathers, pleats, buttonholes, bias tape etc. And then I thought – well, I must try, if I fail I’ll call it “confident beginner fail”. But I succeeded. I did so well that I am waiting for really fast times to go by so I can make one for myself too.

Pattern name: St. Tropez Swing dress and top (link!)

Designer name: Mummykins & Me (Affiliate link!)

Price: Patterns are on sale for $6.50 each (regular $8.50). Or the bundle with both ladies AND child’s versions is on sale for only $9.50

Size range: Newborn – 12years and Ladies XXS to 5XL

Print sizes: A0(copy shop file), A4 and US Letter

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Fabric: light or medium weight wovens, lightweight stretch fabric (Bias tape needs to have no stretch or hole in the back can stretch out).

I tested: Size 18-24m with lightweight cotton and viscose. I used store bought bias tape (Cutting it seemed crazy). Instructions were clear and easy to follow. I managed to use bias tape and gathering like I had always done that! Although it says difficulty level intermediate I would say it fits for a confident beginner also as she explains everything thoroughly. It went over her head smoothly, armholes are excellent size and it is exactly as beautifully flowy as one summer dress or top should be. Lenght was trimmed after I made mine so if you are making it you should expect top to be slightly shorter than ours although you can always adjust it to your liking! 🙂 Also, she teaches you to finish dress in a way it will look as beautiful inside as outside!

Fit photos: 

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See what others wrote:

Anna from Anna’s heirlooms (link!)
Zoe from Soul fed on thread (link!)
Rebecca from Mummykins and me (link!)

Free Patterns, Määratlemata

Free Pattern Wednesday: M4M Chloe

Pattern name: Girl and Mama Chloe skirt (Mama link!) (Girl link!)

Designer name: Made for Mermaids (affiliate link!)

Price: normally 7$, 0$ with coupon code from her Facebook Group (link!)

Size range: girls 1/2-14 years, mama grey-red (see size chart on product page)

Print sizes: US Letter, layered and color coded

Difficulty level: Beginner

Made for Mermaids 15k did come in really right time. I was thinking about making new series called “free pattern wednesday” and when their new pattern was released after hitting 15k I knew this newest pattern should be todays choice. I love that you can make matching mama and girl skirts (because who doesn’t like matching her girl?) and it comes in above knee and maxi length. Just the way I like my skirts!  So make sure to join her Facebook group, use coupon code that you can find in pinned post and then sew and sew 🙂

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Photo by Megan Gorman (Made for Mermaids)