Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sewing weekend edition 2: two toddler dresses



Do you remember that I went on a sewing weekend a year ago (how could you ever forget about it, I bring it up almost every month)? Well, last weekend we had our second edition! We had two new girls, Evi and Ivy (obviously selected on the criteria of a three letter name with a "v"in it) and Dominique had to pass this one weekend due to delivering her son two days before our weekend started. The rest of the group was the same and we had a blast!


You know that I like to play with scraps and a few weeks before the weekend, I suggested that we would all take our scraps with us to trade. I had several scraps that I just did not want to use anymore (either really over the print or they were used in too many garments already) but that I could not bring myself to throw away either. Most girls took something and it was all stashed in a corner of the sewing room which created an instant fabric store! There was no explicit trading, you could just take what you wanted, and I used that corner a lot (of course the whole idea was created for my own self interest).



My personal sewing goal for the weekend was to only work with scraps. I had planned to do it with my own scraps (the ones that were not to be donated) in case nobody else took anything, but it turned out that there was more than enough to work with. On the first evening and second day I worked with patterns that I took with me, that work well with scraps. On the third day I just free wheeled without a real pattern. During that game I created two dresses for my youngest out of scraps of others only. Those are the dresses that I will be showing you today. Here you see a picture of all my sews of the entire weekend together. I will show the rest of my sews the coming weeks in small dosages.



I made this blue laced dress with Marie Paule's fabrics. When I took them out of the pile, I had no idea's who's they were. Also, I did not know that the lace and blue underlay fabric had been bought together to make this Elsa dress. They were not in the same pile anymore when I found them. The skirt part was actually a summer dress. I used a bodice pattern piece from one of the other sewists, lengthened a bit and redrew it to fit the lace perfectly. I cut a skirt part of the dress (just cut down the lowest part so that I did not have to hem) and gathered it. I put in an invisible zipper and was done. Back home, it turned out that I had been a bit too optimistic about the stretchability of the lace and the dress did not fit. It simply was  too tight . Problems are there to be solved, so I ripped one side of the zipper, took a piece of ribbing and widened the back. It looked better without the ribbing (the lace originally perfectly met in the middle over the blind zipper), but we do not have much use for a dress that can not be worn. Now it fits pretty perfectly and it was already worn to daycare.



The other dress that I made was with a super pretty leftover of when Davina sewed this coat, some stretch jeans from the trousers Sofie once made and a generic light blue jersey scrap. I used the same bodice piece as with the previous dress but cut a bit roomier (good instinct) and guessed how deep I had to cut the front for my daughter's head to go through. I drew an A line skirt and some pockets. This dress was okay without any adjustments.




Like last year we received a stuffed goodie bag. Marie-Paule had gone out of her way again and it was filled with all kind of beautiful stuff. You can see a picture of Davina's bag and Marie Paule's bag in this post. My bag was pretty similar except for the fabrics. Therefore, I only made a picture off all the fabrics that I gathered during the weekend. Some from the goodie bag, some from the bingo evening and some from the scrap "store". I had planned not to take anything with me. I had to immediately use it or leave it, but some of those beauties just begged me to be taken home. During the bingo evening I also won a pattern by Rosie and me. You will get a closer look of all of these once they are used.



We actually had one goodie bag more than we had people on the weekend, so we are giving away one! You can get a chance to win it by filling in the rafflecopter. Most of our members have blogs and I collected all of them in here. You might be following a few of them already, but there might be some new interesting ones for you as well. For every blog you follow you will get one entry. The give away is including postage for winners from the Netherlands and Belgium, outside those countries you have to pay the extra postage.

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Marie Paule thanks again for organizing the wonderful weekend, it was perfect! and I also want to explicitly thank all the sponsors

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We forgot to take a decent camera but Sabrina's selfie stick and phone saved us. Till next time girls:

Stephanie, Aukje, Gabriela, Katrien, Sabrina, Isabel, Elke, Sofie, Hanne, Katrien, Rebecca, Marie-Paule, Evi, Ivy, Joyce, Davina, Caroline, Griet and Lindsey.



18 comments:

  1. Veel hartjes voor jou en al die stoffen die per se met jou naar huis wilden :p

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    1. Ik ga vanavond al meteen in eentje knippen :)

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  2. Ik heb echt met open mond zitten kijken naar die creativiteit van jou. Zo geweldig om te zien hoe kleine lapjes die totaal niks met elkaar te maken hebben, uiteindelijk echt een geheel vormen. Lapjestovenarij! En geweldig idee van die restjes. Ik ging ook niks mee terug nemen maar er zijn er toch een paar in mijn zak beland... Volgende keer weer van dat!

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    1. Fijn om te lezen dat anderen toch ook zwichtten voor al dat moois.

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  3. Super hoe jij kan toveren met restjes !! Beide kleedjes zijn geslaagd. En ik nam stiekem ook enkele restjes mee ;-)

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    1. haha, de grap is dat er eigenlijk maar wenig echt vloekt bij elkaar, naai het aan elkaar en het lijkt al snel leuk.

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  4. Wauw, superleuk om je naaisels in detail te bekijken, knap gedaan zeg.
    Het was een fantastisch weekend, op naar het volgende!

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  5. Super die inspiratie! Ik mis het (georganiseerd) recykleren :) Daar lijkt het toch een beetje op, krijg ik het gevoel.

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    1. Inderdaad, gebruik ik mijn recykleer brein hierbij ;) Voor een van de naaisels die ik dus nog in detail ga showen verknipte ik reeds genaaide en gedragen shirts van mijn zoon om er een nieuwe grotere versie van te maken. Dat deed ik nog niet, reeds vernaaide stof weer gebruiken. Ik vergleek het al eens met de kamer nogmaals opruimen nadat je het die ochtend ook al deed. Toch bleek het erg veel voldoening te geven. Misschien ook maar wat vaker opruimen dan ;)

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    2. Ja, precies!! Ik verknipte ook nog geen naaisels "echt". Wel vermaakte ik ze al eens. Wat langere mouwen, extra tailleband, onderdelen hergebruiken etc.

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  6. Sew naaaiz to see now your creations being worn!! You made wonders with those "restjes" . Love it!!!

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  7. Wat een geweldig idee van die restjes en wat heb je er twee pareltjes mee gemaakt! Super

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  8. Je inspiratie is eindeloos en dat vertaalt zich in prachtige dingen. Bovendien nog aan recordtempo :) Ik keek er naar en kreeg een wauw-gevoel, top!

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  9. Naaiweekeds zijn de max! Tof genaaid met de restjes!

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