Thursday, 31 May 2018

Romp On Tour - Boho Style


When I found out the next Winterwear Designs Blog Tour would be Rompers, I think I literally jumped for joy. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the romper I made last year (Also from WWD) found here. I was slightly skeptical the first time I wore it but it has become a staple in my weekend summer wardrobe. I even more it during our 40 degree celcius Disneyland Experience.


Fast forward to this year and I jumped at the chance to make a new Romper. I was originally going to make another version of the Riviera Romper but swtiched to the Boho Breeze at the last minute. I could not get over how gorgeous some of the other bloggers Boho's were turning out. The neckline is absolutely fabulous and I'm definitely keen to try this Romper dressed down with my Birkenstock's at the Saturday Farmer's market as I am to dress it up for date night with heels.


The Boho Breeze pattern is definitely a very versitile pattern to add to my collection, I was able to make a romper version with very short sleeves this time but there is also a dress option included with the pattern! I was also able to print, cut, and sew this pattern in approx 3 hours. I am not a fast sewer so do not be too alarmed, I tend to putter and take my time. I also skipped the gathering stitch requested when putting the top and bottom together as I was too lazy to drag up my sewing maching from the basement. Instead I just stretched to fit since I made the entire outfit in Cotton/Lycra (I was able to complete this entire pattern using my serger and coverstitch).


I am in love with the print that I used for this pattern. This custom print is a strikeoff called "Vintage Floral" from the Sweet Summer pre-order open until June 8th at Black Rabbit Fabrics. Amazingly enough, I was able to get an entire size small romper including pockets out of just 1 meter because this fabric is printed extra wide at 64". I wish I had measured the piece before I started cutting to be sure of the exact size.

As always, come check out my Instagram for more sewing adventures (and even some other outdoor craziness I keep finding myself getting in to!)

Cheers! Michelle

Disclaimer - I was given a copy of this pattern but all opinions are my own.

Don't miss any of the spectacular rompers
 on the Romp On Tour!!!
5/28

5/29

5/30

5/31

6/1

Monday, 12 March 2018

Breaking Ground with Emerald Erin

I absolutely love supporting Canadian Pattern Designers whenever possible. When I saw that Emerald Erin had just put out her very first two patterns, I just knew it would be a perfect fit for the Breaking Ground blog tour. 


I first heard of Emerald Erin during Canada Cups Blog Tour (an all Canadian Bra and Lingerie Making blog tour that I participated in a few years ago). She has a little storefront shop in Trenton, Ontario and focuses mostly on lingerie and swimsuit sewing supplies as well as hosts a bra making supply shop online. She is also an avid blogger and has many amazing lingerie making tutorials and how to's available on her blog


For these patterns, I used some gorgeous cotton/lycra strikeoff floral fabric from Black Rabbit Fabric available here for preorder until March 13, 2018. I paired it all with a bralette kit that I bought online through the Emerald Erin etsy shop. It got to me just in time to get my pattern sewn up.


For the Jordy Bralette Pattern, there are three variations included within the pattern. I made the Foam version which is what is recommended with stretch knits. It was my first time sewing with cut and sew foam and honestly it was super straight forward. My sewing machine usually has issues sewing with knits but with the foam attached, it made a beautifully stable surface to sew on.  I made one critical mistake when measuring which was to underestimate my cup size. FOLLOW THE PATTERN PEOPLE! Oops! Luckily, I absolutely love this and plan to make many many many more. I also have some leftover floral fabric as well as what I would need to make a set of bigger cups so I made do that as soon as I have some more sewing time.


My absolute favorite part of this bralette pattern is that there is proper bra sizes (cups and bands both) rather than the standard S/M/L. I am hoping that with a few more sewn up I can really get a good fit and bring what I always thought as the weekend bralette into the every day. There are so many options and fabric combo's available with this pattern that the possibilities are literally endless. Emerald Erin has also posted some gorgeous examples on her Instagram page.


For the Tuesday Boyshort there are two variations included. I made the solid front variation. These are incredibly comfortable boyshorts and I love that the seams of the gusset/lining are fully enclosed. I have never sewn undies with fold over elastic but Emerald Erin has the absolute best fold over elastic instructions included in the pattern. I will definitely be using this technique on some of my other underwear sewing patterns.


So what's next for Emerald Erin Patterns?! I have no idea, but i'm definitely sticking around to find out.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of these patterns free of charge to sew up for the blog tour but clearly all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day: Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We'd love to see how you're Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you're working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media. Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you'll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.