Willow & Co Wanderlust Collection

IMG_7655

The Wanderlust collection from Willow & Co launched a few days ago. It’s kept me so busy that today is the first chance I’ve had to post here. It has taken many months of hard work to get here and I’m so proud to be a part of this with all the other talented ladies involved. The collection of patterns is now available over at Willow & Co.

You can see our inspiration for the collection in this incredible lookbook:

The designer tour kicks off today and we will each be sharing more about our patterns on the Willow & Co blog. My contribution to the collection was the Hawthorn Zip-up Sweatshirt so I will be posting there on Tuesday and sharing some of the amazing versions my wonderful testers created.

Designer tour

I will be back here tomorrow as well to tell you all about the different options and details that are included in the pattern.

Craftstorming

Until then head on over to the shop to see the full collection.

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged | 2 Comments

Ugly Vintage Pattern Challenge

frog dungarees

I am excited to be joining the Ugly Ducking Pattern Challenge today. This is a fun challenge set by Liz and Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Company where you take an ugly vintage pattern and try to give it some new life.

The ladies were generous enough to send me a pattern from their stash. I waited with great anticipation and nervously opened the package, wondering how bad the pattern could be. You might be surprised to hear that I was thrilled with what they sent. This is what I found.

Ugly Vintage Pattern

The envelope included patterns for dungarees (overalls) for children and matching ones for a teddy, plus a hoodie. I love how it says “Yes I can! Learn to dress myself.” If I was going to choose an outfit for my children to dress themselves it would not include dungarees, which can be very fiddly to get on!

As you can see, the styling is pretty bad but it definitely had potential. I have wanted to make dungarees for a long time so there was no question which pattern I’d pick. The first thing I did was consider what fabric to use. To protest against all the bright colours on the cover I decided on grey and settled on some yarn dyed linen in black to add some texture. I let Rowan choose the lining in the hope that he will be happier to wear them. He opted for the frogs from the Ed Emberley Happy Drawing collection. I had a Sailboat Top in mind for this fabric but with a bit of careful cutting I think I’ve managed to save enough to make one of those as well.

Frogs from Happy Drawing

While I was sewing I added rows of green topstitching on almost all the seams but chose to use regular thread instead of topstitching thread, so it would be more of a subtle detail.

Craftstorming

The next thing I did was work out how I wanted to alter the pattern. Those enormous leg pockets had to go and I wanted to add some other details. The pattern includes facings but I chose to fully lined these as I prefer the finish. I took the front and back pieces and separated each into three pieces for the main fabric and two for the lining. I also added inset side pockets and belt loops to the front, altered the patch pocket on the front bib and added patch pockets to the back legs. I had a lot of trouble finding adjustable dungaree clips that I liked so I went for buttons.

I made the size three and I’d say the sizing is pretty good. The pieces worried me as they looked massive but I think that was due to the 5/8″ seams, which I’m not used to. They’re quite long in the leg on Rowan but he’s a bit short for his age. I did a wide double hem so I can take them down as he grows. The buttons are also quite high up the straps so I can add more once he’s taller. It’s just possible that these might last him until he’s 5.

Craftstorming

I didn’t manage to post about Fashion Revolution yesterday but this is campaign that raises some very important issues. Visit the site for more information and to find out what you can do. To make up for missing it I have some photos of the insides of the dungarees today.

Frog Dungarees

I am so happy with how these turned out and definitely plan to make more in the future. I love dungarees on little ones, they’re just so cute.

Frog Dungarees Back View

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

Willow & Co: announcing our release date

Willow & Co

You’ve probably noticed that things have been a bit quiet over here recently. That is because I have been working all the hours I can to get everything ready for the first Willow & Co collection. The release date will be the 22nd of April. I am so excited to share everything we’ve been working on with you and to tell you more about my pattern, the Hawthorn Zip-up Sweatshirt.

You can find out more about the collection here on the Willow & Co blog. Stay tuned because we will be sharing some exciting release discounts.

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged | 3 Comments

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 10

It’s the last day of the tour! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the different versions that have cropped up over the last two weeks. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken part in the tour and for all the support I’ve been getting for this pattern. It took several months of hard work for me to finish this pattern and it really means a lot to know you appreciate the extra details, like the flat felled seams. Don’t forget that the 20% discount code expires this Saturday (15th March) so if you’re planning to buy it now is a good time.

We’ve got a bumper line up for the last day that includes four amazing ladies that I’ve been lucky to get to know better over the last few months.

First up is the lovely Mie from Sewing Like Mad. Mie is a professionally trained seamstress and is very generous in sharing her knowledge. She has a bit of an obsession with colour blocking, which she used for her jeans to give a completely different look to any other pair on the tour.

Sewing Like Mad

I love everything Tasha from I Seamstressed makes. She has a knack for choosing unusual colour combinations and designs. She is also impressively prolific – she has made ten pairs of Fancy Pants Leggings in one day before. I was lucky to have Tasha as a tester for this pattern, when she made a pair for her baby son. Today she has made an adorable floral pair for her daughter.

i seam stressed

Caila from Caila Made lives in California with her three gorgeous children. If you’re still waiting for the end of winter then her photos will make you yearn spring to arrive. Caila writes in such an upbeat and friendly way that you feel she’s talking directly to you. I love the summery floral print Caila found for her jeans.

caila made

Last but certainly not least is my very good friend Celina from Petit à Petit and Family. Whenever I send a pattern Celina’s way I wait impatiently to see what she creates from it. I certainly didn’t guess what she came up with for today. How fantastic is this remix for girls?

petit a petit

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 9

It’s the penultimate day of the tour and I have two very talented ladies that I hugely admire sharing their jeans today. Caila from Caila Made will be sharing hers tomorrow.

Christine from Heidi & Finn is well known for her amazing patterns. I always love her take on other people’s patterns as well. She has a lovely understated style and often adds unusual details like you see in the photo below. It seems that Christine was pretty pleased with the skinny jeans pattern as she ended up making three pairs for her girls.

Heidi and Finn 1

Max from Max California has such a cool inimitable style. I first started following Max’s blog because of all the incredible clothes she made for her son so I was delighted to see her jeans were for him too. These are no ordinary jeans though – look at all that topstitching!

Max California

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 8

Are you ready to see three more pairs of fantastic jeans? If you’ve been tempted to buy the pattern don’t forget the 20% discount runs out this Saturday – use the code TOUR20 at checkout.

Elizabeth from Charming Doodle has two boys and two girls. I find Elizabeth’s style really varied and interesting – you’ll find some beautiful outfits for her girls, cool boy projects and some fun accessories. I love the way Elizabeth has used embroidery thread for topstitching her jeans.

charming doodle

Sarah from Emmyloubeedoo sews the most gorgeous outfits for her adorable daughter. Her enthusiasm for sewing is infectious and I always love to see what she is working on. Sarah also sells some of the cutest patterns around in her shop. I can’t wait to read more about these amazing jeans.

emmyloubeedoo 3

Kristin from Skirt As Top is one of the most encouraging bloggers you will find. Her sewing is always impeccable with the perfect balance of style and fun. Kristin just welcomed a new baby boy to her family so I was blown away when I saw today’s outfit.

Skirt as top

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 7

Today’s bloggers have all become very good friends of mine. They’ve all used a more traditional denim colour but with a bit of a twist.

Suz from Sewpony lives in Australia with her three gorgeous daughters. She has a really consistent style and I love the way Suz mixes prints and adds little details to everything she makes. She also sells some really cute patterns in her shop. Today she’s made some really cute jeans for her youngest daughter.

sewpony

I could chat with Abby from Things for boys for hours. She is also from Australia and has two adorable boys. I really need to visit Australia some day! Abby’s posts are so varied – a lot of amazing sewing projects and tutorials, yummy recipes, household tips and I really wish I was as organised as she is. I absolutely love what Abby has done with the back pockets on her jeans – you HAVE to go and see them!

Things for boys

Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House is one of the most hard working people I know – I often wonder how she manages to do so much. She is also hilarious. Hayley has been blogging for a long time about sewing, crafts, home decor and food. She shares A LOT of great tutorials and also sells patterns. Today she has added some button tabs to her jeans, a great way to make them last a bit longer.

Welcome to the Mouse House

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 6

Hello! Did you have a good weekend? We finally got a few days of sunshine so made the most of it with a bike ride and a trip to the beach. The second week of the pattern tour starts today and today is for the girls.

Jennifer from A Jennuine Life writes about sewing (including teaching children to sew), knitting, photography and much more besides. Everything Jennifer sews looks so well made. She’s used a very funky gold denim for her jeans.

Jennuine

Lauren from Lauren Dahl is a very talented lady who sews gorgeous clothes for her daughter, son and herself. She also shares some incredible Illustrator tutorials for pattern designers and her Pattern Workshop course will be open very soon. Her posts are honest and funny. Today Lauren is sharing a cute pair of skinny jeans she made for her daughter.

Lauren Dahl

Frances from Miss Matatabi lives in Japan and sells the loveliest fabrics in her shop. It must be wonderful to “shop” there for every sewing project. I think her two girls must be some of the most stylish around. I can’t wait to read more about these adorable jeans.

Miss Matabi

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 5

We are already on day 5 of the tour. I feel like this week has just flow by in a blur of amazing jeans from all over the world. We have another great day lined up and this one will really inspire you to sew for your sons.

Sabra from sew a straight line is the jeans queen and has sewn several pairs for her children and herself. She is even co-hosting a jeans series this month. I am in awe of the amount of clothes Sabra manages to sew – and all of it looks so stylish and well made. Her daughter’s jeans mean that this is the forth day in a row to include some floral jeans.

Sew a straight line

Toni-Maree of Sew Jereli has become a very good friend over the last few months. She sews a lot for her two gorgeous boys and shares my love of details. Toni-Maree doesn’t just sew for her boys though and shares some great tutorials and free patterns. Check out the cool back pockets on her jeans!

Sew Jereli

Amanda from Kitschy Coo is another good friend and I’m very excited that I will get to meet the hilarious woman in person this May. She is a knit guru and stocks patterns and the most bright and colourful knit fabrics in her shop. Amanda’s Minecraft inspired jeans show another way you can add a fun detail to the back pockets.

Kitschy Coo

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour: Day 4

I am very lucky to have four amazing bloggers sharing their Small Fry Skinny Jeans today. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve had from the talented ladies that have joined this pattern tour. It has been wonderful to see all the different versions showing up in my inbox.

My first guest is Christina from 2 Little Hooligans. Christina has a huge variety of projects on her blog, including a lot of tutorials. I love how Christina brings her fun personality to so many of the things she sews. How cute is this fabric she used for her jeans?

2 little hooligans

Trine from Groovybaby and Mama always uses the most incredible fabrics. Apparently having too many exquisite fabrics can actually be a problem though! I love everything Trine makes and can’t wait to read more about her outfit today.

Groovybaby

Next we have Gail from Probably Actually. She is another person who always seems to find the best fabrics around. I always admired the clothes Gail made for her daughter and I’ve really enjoyed seeing her style of boy sewing since her little boy Oscar came along. These corduroy jeans look like the perfect addition to a little boy’s wardrobe.

Probably Actually

Alexia from Lexi Made has not been sewing that long but you wouldn’t know it if you saw all the incredible clothes she sews for her children and herself. While testing the skinny jeans she made a very professional looking pair for her son. Today she is sharing a stunning pair that she made for one of her adorable twin daughters.

Lexi Made 2

You might also like:

Posted in Sewing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments