Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Brueram dresses and give away

Like last time, I had the honor to test Sofilantjes newest pattern. This time she is releasing a pattern for woven fabrics, the Brueram dress. It is a summer pattern in three lengths, top, dress (high-low hem) and maxi. I preferred to try the high-low hem, I have seen many nice ones recently, like this one. For kids the low back really decreases the likelihood of underwear showing, I am a fan. I love it so much that I didn't take a break after KCW but immediately made a second Brueram dress and I already planned four others (really, no joke, literally four are on my to do list). Due to the fact that you will be seeing much more of this pattern I decided to put the test dress and the second one in one post. My 100th post! 75 Percent of those posts are written since September first 2014. As is good tradition in blogland I am celebrating this nice occasion with a gift to you, my readers, but first back to the dress.


The dress has an elastic shirred back. I shirred with elastic thread a few times before, like for this dress. If you never tried it, it really is much easier than it appears. This pattern is an intermediate sew, and shirring is not explicitly explained, but there are many tutorials out there, like this one. In the first dress I opted for two soft cactus' fabrics, one for the bodice and one for the skirt. In the tester pool I saw pictures from this creative woman of a beautiful top of which only the back had a contrasting fabric. I loved it and did the same for the second dress. For both dresses I used a soft cactus for the shirred piece. Both had a small horizontal print which made sewing horizontal lines very easy.


The dress version of the pattern has a wrap skirt of which the skirt pieces look like flower petals. I really wanted to accentuate the nice lines of the skirt pieces so for the first dress I decided to have a bias edge on the skirt. This is not an official option, but is easily done. If you want to do one yourself do not forget to remove the seam allowance from the bottom seam. Another thing which is not part of the official options is pockets, I added those as well in the side seam.



I love the length of the dress, my three year old is growing that quickly that dresses that fit her perfectly two moth ago are now on the short side. My daughter didn't take off her skirt before she put on the second dress. I noticed while I was editing the pictures. As you can see this dress hides a lot. I also like the wide shoulder straps, Dutch summer usually aren't extremely warm and the thick straps make the dress suitable for less than 26 (Celsius) degrees weather.


The dress calls for under-stitching, another technique that might seem scary but isn't and it gives a very neat finish to the dress. The only exposed seams this dress has anyway are the skirt side seams and bottom hem. All the seams of the bodice are hidden.




Like I mentioned already, the test dress was done in Soft Cactus (did you see the new line that is releasing, wow). For the second dress I used a very treasured fabric "Norwegian Woods" from Michael Miller. The fabric has such great colors and print, I am dreaming of using it  for the perfect project for months. Did you see this dress during the fall, stunning! I feel the orange and purple very well match the soft cactus' colors.


The pattern is releasing tonight (in both Dutch and English) and for two days it is almost 50% off! Check it out now. Really go and feast your eyes on the test pictures, I know I have.


Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is my 100th post and I am celebrating this with a Brueram pattern give away! If you want have a chance of winning this pattern you should follow me (bloglovin, facebook, pinterest, email, site member all is fine) and you should leave comment to this post. If you are the lucky winner but did buy the dress already (due to its great sale for the coming two days), I will reimburse what you paid for the pattern. You can participate until May 2nd.



I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).

26 comments:

  1. Prachtige jurkjes, en wat een mooie, schattige dochter. Ze zal stralen deze zomer met zo een mooie jurkjes aan. Moest je ze verkopen, je had meteen een eerste klantje ;)

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  2. Gefeliciteerd met je 100e blogpost! En voor dat patroontje waag ik graag een kans!

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  3. Waw, zo mooi!
    (ik pas voor de give-awy, geen meisjes hier in huis...)

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  4. Wat maak jij prachtige kleedjes zeg! Ik doe graag mee, wel niet voor mijn kinderen, zoals je ziet in mijn naam zijn die te groot, maar ik doe wel mee voor mijn kleindochtertje of 't dochtertje van mijn zus!
    Nog veel naaiplezier!

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  5. Gefeliciteerd met je 100e blogpost! Dat is snel gegaan. De jurken zien er geweldig uit, je geeft me inspi()ration om de jurk ook te gaan maken. Ik doe dus graag mee met de give-away!

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  6. Pretty dresses! I love the first dress's print and the vibrant colors. And the bias tape on the skirt is brilliant, it should be included in the pattern! Congratulations on 100th post!

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  7. Van harte. Ik bewonder je creativiteit en snelheid waarmee je de mooiste kleding maakt. Ik doe graag mee. Het lijkt me een geweldig patroon.

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  8. Gefeliciteerd met je 100ste blogpost! Ik vind de jurkjes heel mooi, net weer dat tikkeltje anders. En weer zo origineel met die achterkant in een contrasterend stofje. Ik ben fan van je creaties :) En het patroon zou hier zeker goed terecht komen!

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  9. Wat ziet dat er mooi uit. Ik ben helemaal fan van die Michael Miller creatie, een jurk met pit!

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  10. Wauw, heel leuk patroon! Prachtige kleedjes! Ik ben fan van ze allebei! En LOVE de achterkant!!! Heerlijk!!

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  11. Ook 2 prachtige exemplaren !!
    Die afwerking met biais ga ik onthouden voor mijn volgende versie. En zakken mag ik dan ook niet meer vergeten :-)

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  12. Love love love. beautiful blog and the dresses. The back is indeed gorgeous

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  13. Love this dress and your fabric picks; This dress looks perfect for play! That back must be so confortable!

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  14. OMG, nog 4 op je lijst. Wat een naai-ijver toch. En wat een leuk patroontje. Ik heb dan wel enkel jongens, maar ik wil gerust mijn naaigrens eens verruimen. Dat smocken zie ik wel als een nieuwe uitdaging :-)

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  15. Smocken is echt tof hé! Het kleedje is super!

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  16. In een woord: prachtig. Ik zie mijn dochter er ook al in rondlopen :).

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  17. Heel mooi modelleke. Wat staat ze er schattig mee :-)

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  18. Congratulations on reaching 100 posts!
    And I agree with previous commenters, the bias trim should be mentioned in the pattern, it looks lovely. I am also quite happy to hear that the pattern includes slim option for those hard to fit kids like mine :)

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  19. Wat een leuke jurkjes! En gefeliciteerd met de 100e blogpost! Ik doe graag mee met je give-away

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  20. Proficiat!!
    Ik lees al een tijdje mee.
    Ik vind je foto's ook altijd mooi.

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  21. What a great pattern--I love what you did with it! The bias trim and coordinating fabrics look so good.

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  22. Normaal ben ik niet zo van het paars, maar wat een mooi stofje is dit! En met de give-away doe ik graag mee! Vooral de top spreekt mij wel aan...

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  23. Het paarse jurkje vind ik prachtig!
    Ik ontving een week geleden trouwens de bloemetjes-kamsnaps, waarvoor zeer veel dank!

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  24. These turned out so fantastically! The kids must feel like magicians! What a fun class and completely success! You’re really inspiring these artists to weave rainbows, Bar! Love them.

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