Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Showers Jacket Pattern Tour and Discount Code

Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
 Hello from the land of 10,000 lakes. Mr. J is sporting his newest jacket that I sewed up for him for the Spring Showers Jacket Pattern Tour. Many thanks to Heidi of Elegance & Elephants for inviting me to participate.
Guy Cotten rain coat
Guy Cotten rain coat
 I'm going to hit the rewind button for just a moment… way back in 1999-2001 while we were living in France, our oldest son got a classic yellow rain coat. The brand name is Guy Cotten and it's from Brittany, France. All 3 of my children wore this coat (2 boys and a girl). Here's a photo of my daughter wearing the coat at age 2 in 2009.
Guy Cotten rain coat modeled
Guy Cotten coat modeled with yellow rain boots to match
 I love it that a yellow rain coat never goes out of style. My children no longer fit into that Guy Cotten coat, so I sewed up a big kid one using the newly released Spring Showers Jacket pattern. It comes in sizes 2/3 to 12 years. It's got a sewing level of 2.5 out of 4, it's not super difficult, but it is very time consuming as it's a fully lined jacket with lots of topstitching.
Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
 My favorite things about the pattern are that it:
  • is gender neutral
  • has a visor on the hood
  • has a lower back hemline
  • has a hanging loop
Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
Hello octopus... hello octopus
 Project details
Pattern: Spring Showers Jacket by Heidi of Elegance & Elephants
Size: 6/7 with added length (about 1.5 inches)
Fabrics:
main: yellow twill (I quite like working with twill)
lining: Free Spirit, Salt water - Octo Garden - Aqua
Notions: 20 inch separating zipper

Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
 This was the first time I sewed an Elegance and Elephant's pattern and I found it to be of a very high quality, with many photos for the steps, the option to print out just one size, and the option to cut out a few pattern pieces with using measurements or print out pattern pieces.

All in all I had very satisfying results.
Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
It's raining outside today... so can you guess what jacket he's wearing?
Spring Showers Jacket by nest full of eggs
Exciting news! There is a discount for nest full of eggs readers during the tour. To receive a dollar off the price of the pattern, use discount code: TOUR. You can go here to purchase the Spring Showers Jacket Pattern.

Elegance & Elephants

Monday, April 21, 2014

Katie 18-inch Doll Dress

Katie 18-inch doll dress by nest full of eggs
 The Katie 18-inch doll dress is a cute little sleeveless dress with a 7 inch regular zipper in the back. Most doll clothes have Velcro, but Velcro can snag onto so many things like tights and other clothing. You would think that installing a zipper in doll clothing would be difficult, but it really wasn't.

Katie 18-inch doll dress by nest full of eggs
 The fabric came from the leftovers of the Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress and the dress has the same silhouette as the re-engineered dress. I had just enough leftover piping (from the original dress) for piping at the waistline for this one.
girl and doll matching dresses by nest full of eggs
If you're looking for a free dress pattern and tutorial for an 18-inch doll, I highly recommend this one. I will definitely be sewing more of these.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Matinee Pattern Tester Blog Tour

Matinee Dress by nest full of eggs
 During Kid's Clothes Week I had the pleasure of pattern testing the Matinee Dress by Jennifer from A Jennuine Life.

What a sweet dress this is. I am a huge fan of this style with it's plunging open back and simple sash.

Matinee Dress by nest full of eggs
 There are several options:
  • sleeveless or cap sleeve dress
  • with or without pockets
  • contrasting hem
  • peplum top

I sewed up a sleeveless dress with pockets.

Matinee Dress by nest full of eggs
 Project details
Pattern: Matinee Dress (available is sizes 12-18M to 8) by Jennifer from A Jennuine Life
Size: 6
Fabrics:
1.5 yards light blue polka dot fabric "PaintBox" by Cyndia Rowley for Michael Miller Fabrics
4 inches light pink cotton
.5 yard light blue 100% cotton voile (for the bodice lining)
Notions: 3 pink buttons
Matinee Dress by nest full of eggs
 Some things I really liked about the Matinee pattern:
  • The clean finish seams on the skirt.
  • All seams are enclosed or finished, giving the interior a very polished and professional look.
  • Some of the pattern pieces are given in dimensions rather than pattern pieces.
  • The placement of items are given as a measurement instead of a marking on the pattern piece.
  • It comes with different sized pockets for the different sizes.
  • Images are given for every step.
  • The pattern and the instructions are really well done.

Matinee Dress by nest full of eggs
I really like the one Jennifer made, where in place of the sash she added ribbons in the back. I want to make one that way, too.

The Matinee pattern will be regularly $10, but Jennifer is offering a discount of $2 off for the release through Friday.  On Etsy the code is MATINEE20, and since Craftsy doesn't utilize coupon codes, the listing is at $8.

Have fun sewing your Matinee!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday Brunch Jacket

Sunday Brunch Jacket by nest full of eggs
 I have had this cotton velveteen for over 2 years now, so it was about time to use it up! I had the hardest time trying to figure out what to make out of this fabric… in the end it became a spring jacket.
Sunday Brunch Jacket by nest full of eggs
 Project details
Pattern: Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket (difficulty level of 2 out of 4 scissors)
Size: 6
Fabrics:
Anna Maria Horner LouLouThi Velveteen In The Clearing Berry
For the bias trim I used leftover pastel cottons from the Antoinette dress.
Notions: four 5/8 inch yellow buttons, 4 sew-on snaps
The Sewing: I'm not quite sure I like the fabric pattern placement on the sleeves, but it's too late to change that now.
Instead of buttonholes I installed sew-on snaps (my buttonhole feature is not currently working on my sewing machine, so making a buttonhole is not fun).

Sunday Brunch Jacket by nest full of eggs
 The Sunday Brunch Jacket is a double-breasted unlined jacket has band collar, gathered empire waist, and cuffed long sleeves. Bias trim is used to finish the facing edge and seam allowances. It's a chic and elegant jacket that's beautifully cut.
Sunday Brunch Jacket by nest full of eggs
 This was the first time I sewed up the Sunday Brunch Jacket by the pattern (back in December I sewed a modified one for winter).
Sunday Brunch Jacket by nest full of eggs
This cotton velveteen is lovely to touch, it's so super soft, but it surprisingly frays and crumbles a lot!
This was the first time I'd sewn with cotton velveteen. Have you sewn with it before? If so, what did you make out of it?

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Re-engineered Dress

Re-engineered Laura Ashley dress by nest full of eggs
 Repurposing, upcycling, refashioning, sustainable sewing, whatever you call it, it's one of my favorites. I have taken a woman's dress and transformed it into a girl's dress several times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Today I have another one...

Re-engineered Laura Ashley dress by nest full of eggs
 This a pink dress refashioned from a Laura Ashley 100% cotton bridesmaid dress (made in Great Britain) from 1989.
Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
Front

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
Back

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
4 flaps in the back, 2 small, 2 large

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
piping along front neckline was removed and reused

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
very well made dress

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
all 5 fabric covered buttons were reused

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
side zipper

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
bonus! 2 extra fabric covered buttons hidden inside the skirt!

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
circle skirt = lots and lots of fabric
 I wanted to stay with the sweet, soft, feminine, romantic style of the original Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress. So here is what I did.
Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
removed zipper

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
separated bodice from skirt by cutting with scissors

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
bodice and skirt separated

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
sleeves removed from bodice

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
original back became the back for the new dress

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
one large flap removed and ironed

Laura Ashley bridesmaid dress 1989 nest full of eggs
large flap opened up, permanent crease inspired pintucks

making pintucks by nest full of eggs
pins in a line, fold on pin line

making pinktucks by nest full of eggs
iron on fold line, then topstitch

pintucks by nest full of eggs
pintucks, 3 on left, 3 on right, all 1 inch apart


pintuck bodice by nest full of eggs
bodice cut out of pintucked fabric

re-engineered dress by nest full of eggs
3 fabric covered buttons added to bodice, original piping at neckline, bias tape sewn onto armholes
 For the skirt I took 3 skirt panels from the original dress keeping the original hem. I added in-seam side pockets to the skirt as well as lots of pretty pleats.
re-engineered dress by nest full of eggs
fabric covered headband and bow hair tie
All done, already worn, and a very happy customer. Now off to make an 18-inch doll dress out of some of the leftover fabric...

PS Did you watch the Great British Sewing Bee series 2 episode 8? For the alteration challenge they were asked to breathe new life into an old wedding gown, turning it into a little girl dress! Wow, what fun! They were given only 2 hours for that challenge, what a challenge that would be!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Antoinette Dress

Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 I have 3 dresses completed, but it has been difficult as of late to take photos and blog about them. Good news though, I have one to share today.

This Antoinette sewing pattern is simply divine… lovely bow collar, 2 pleats on the skirt in the front, teardrop pockets, piping, V-neck back. I have been wanting to sew one up since December and now one is finally made.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 Project details
Pattern: Antoinette (comes in sizes 104, 116, and 128 cm = 4, 6, and 8 years) by Nele
Size: 116 cm with 128 cm length for the skirt
Fabrics: cottons in robin's egg blue, pastel pink, light green, bodice lining in white cotton voile
Notions: 7-9 inch invisible zipper

The tutorial is in Dutch, and even though I copied and pasted all the instructions into google translate, I mostly relied on the well photographed steps.

Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 For the interior I finished the bodice/skirt seam with bias tape and the skirt side seams with clean finish seams.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
 I have been having fun trying different collars lately… origami, flap… it's so hard to pick a favorite, but maybe this bow collar is my favorite.
Antoinette Dress by nest full of eggs
This is a fun dress to play around with color blocking… just think about all the possible color combinations!

A pretty pastel dress... just in time for Easter.

PS If you would like the Antoinette pattern/tutorial, be sure to let me know.