Hello Nani IRO! If you haven’t heard, June is Nani IRO month over at Miss Matatabi. Frances has invited some of her sewing friends to select a favourite fabric from the Nani IRO 2015 collection and of course I accepted that invitation!
The fabric I choose for my project is a double gauze print called En Garden – So. I’ve got a pretty hefty Nani IRO stash but find it hard to actually cut into, so committing to participate in a celebration like this is good for me!
My intentions were to use this fabric to make myself a pair of pyjama pants, but when the fabric arrived in the mail and I took a look at it in person I couldn’t bring myself to use something so beautiful for a pair of PJs that no one would ever see. Instead, I decided to so a new Waterfall Blouse that I knew would get worn a lot.
The watercolour floral print is stunning, and there are little birds throughout the design which are a shimmery, metallic light pink. So pretty.
To help you build your Nani IRO stash (trust me, it’s a good stash to have!) Miss Matatabi and Naomi Ito (the genius behind Nani IRO) have put together a massive giveaway…click here to enter. It’s pretty awesome!
Rachael from Imagine Gnats is joining us on the Pattern Parade catwalk today! Rachael is a busy blogger, fabric shop owner, pattern designer and Mum of two cute little girls but still she, like most of us sewing enthusiasts, manages to find time to sew lots of gorgeous things.
Today’s Pattern Parade diva is the gorgeous Jill from Made with Moxie. Jill and is a hip Mama who sews with vintage style and has is full of fun personality. Jill is also one of the Masterminds behind the Perfect Pattern Parcel, a initiative supporting both Indie pattern designers and a charity.
Go and Visit Jill at her blog to see the beautiful Waterfall Blouse she has made for the Pattern Parade catwalk – a stunning change from everyday plain tees. Doesn’t it look great on her? Jill is also offering a Make It Perfect PDF pattern giveaway so be sure to enter!
A few people have been asking me if the Waterfall Blouse pattern works in a knit fabric. The answer is yes! I had a go making one when I was just about finished writing up the pattern and it worked perfectly.
The only thing I did differently was to bind the neckline as I would usually bind a tshirt instead of using bias binding as the original pattern states.
I found that the shirt was way too long for my liking when made out of knit fabric – perhaps because of the way that it clings to your body more? So I ended up trimming a couple of inches off the length before hemming. I would also suggest going down a size for a more fitted top when using knit fabric. I sewed the same size I wear in woven fabric and it ended up pretty roomy, which is fine for maternity purposes, but I’d want it a little smaller if I wasn’t pregnant.
One of my pattern testers used a knit fabric to test the pattern and she put a fitted waistband on the bottom of the top for hers. It looked amazing and I’m planning on using some of my left-over fabric to do the same once I’m not pregnant anymore to help the top look a little more fitted.
These photos were taken 2 weeks ago…I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown in just 2 weeks – and scared to think about how much bigger I’m going to get with 4 weeks to go!!!
I sewed another Waterfall Blouse for myself last weeekend. I love how quick this pattern is to sew up, the whole thing was cut and sewn in a couple of hours – how’s that for instant gratification?!
I also love that I am able to make something pretty and comfortable to wear during the last few weeks of my pregnancy that will also be wearable after the baby is born.
This pattern has proved to be SO popular (especially in the PDF download department) – I can’t wait to see what you sew up with it. Make sure you send me pics or links to your blog posts or add to my Flickr group.
I got this fabric from Spotlight. I know I’m always going on about how dodgy Spotlight is, but I do manage to find a few decent fabrics every now and then. It seems that they do one thing well every season – last time I went in there were some great dress fabrics. This one is a crepe and is really lightweight and doesn’t crush at all – I love not having to iron after washing!