OK this is a mash up of a blog post with some sewing chat (the awesome Maison Fleur Halterneck swimsuit) as well as a little view of my holiday photos (I’m taking you to the Croatian island of Cres). I’m still catching up with everything, so apologies for not having replied to some comments earlier in the week yet. First onto the sewing chat.
Have you been keeping an eye on the Indie Pattern Month (June) and the great pattern bundles that are being put together to promote Indie Designers, offer you some great value and also to give money to charity. Not just pattern bundles there are also sewing contests, interviews with designers, and an annual pattern swap. Check it out here https://themonthlystitch.wordpress.com/indie-pattern-month-2016/
I have been checking out the Getaway Capsule bundle – there are two options – the basic bundle, and the extended bundle.
The basic bundle
Contains three patterns – the Amber trousers by Paprika Patterns, the Warabi tunic by Waffle Patterns, and the Jacket Express by Islander Sewing Systems. This is available like this for a limited time only – up to the 6th July 2016- details below.
Regular price for all three patterns is $36 USD. When purchased as a bundle, the three patterns cost only $21 USD, which means you save over 40%. (Insert an ‘ooooh’ emoji)
The extended bundle
Contains six patterns – the three from the basic bundle, and three additional ones.
Patterns included are:
- Warabi tunic by Waffle Patterns
- Amber trousers by Paprika Patterns
- Jacket Express by Islander Sewing Systems
- Ute dress by Schnittchen
- Southport dress by True Bias
- Halter neck swimsuit by Maison Fleur
Regular price for all six patterns is $67 USD. When purchased as a bundle, the six patterns cost only $33 USD – a saving of over 50%
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And what’s more, sales go towards the designers and the nominated charity – more info at the end of this post about the charity and how to buy…
So the getaway Indie Pattern Sewing Bundle came at just the right time for me to make something to take with me to pack for my own little getaway. What a brilliant mix of patterns, I absolutely love patterns in this bundle, already have the Islander jacket (Just wish I’d got round to making it …!)
I’d love to make all of them, but only had enough time to pick one before my hols and was sorely tempted by the Ute dress…but it was the Maison Fleur halterneck swimming costume that seemed the best option. I chose the one piece which has cute side gathers & the option to make it low back or high back. I chose to make the low back version which also has an optional supporting back band (which I most definitely needed).
I used some swimming costume lycra & lining I had in my stash- the cutest red & polka dots.
You don’t need to line all of it, but I like to. (Although I realised this adds to drying time- a consideration next time). And be prepared with plenty of elastic – it’s used all round the edges to finish them & also provide some tension. Optional success story- the way that you can add elastic to the rouleaux makes it sturdy & uniform to look at as well.
The instructions give guidance on how to sew the elastic- it’s a two step process, sewing the elastic to the wrong side edge, then folding over & finishing with another line of zig zag (I used three step zig zag).
I ended up using a tougher ballpoint needle than I started with as there are quite a few layers with elastic to sew through.
So, sewing up was satisfying – working with something that’s relatively small & feels more complex than it actually is. It’s also nice working with the slinky swimwear fabric & its lining – feels like a quality sew.
The big surprise for me was trying it on – the fit is awesome – especially the bottom half – you can ruche the legs up (or down) as much as you prefer, but the way the cut hugs your buns is pretty perfect – it seems to hug right underneath without cutting across the flabby bits, I will definitely be making the bikini up in it as well!
It looks like the leg elastic flipped out on the right
I even swam in it & everything remained where I wanted it – in & out of the water afterwards!
So whilst the instructions are pretty good, there are a few minor bits that I think could be improved- but if you have sewn swimwear before you’ll be laughing.
The pattern is a pdf & you can select to print only the size you want (or as many as you want) which is really great- avoiding all those confusing extra lines– saying that, to print off costume (with its two backs ) & the bikini version still produced about 60 pages of printing…how can something so small need so much paper…but that’s my only whinge. I am sure if I was smarter I could have looked out which pages I needed just for the costume. But I was not that smart this time!
Attach the lining to the costume pieces before sewing seams
It was also a little unclear how to treat the lining if you are going for a full lining – here’s my answer – you need to attach the lining to all of the costume pieces as if you are underlining (ie stitch lining to fabric wrong sides together all around the edges close to the edge and with a longish straight stitch on your machine – then the lining is integrated & sewn as one with the costume pieces.
And want a bit of info about the pics? Can I tell you about this very special place we visited? There will be more pics to come when more new outfits are revealed. This is the Croatian part of our holiday where we travelled to the island of Cres. It is apparently Croatia’s largest island & is so unbelievably beautiful. It can be reached by numerous ferries but there is just one car ferry & we had hired a car & so arrived on the island at Porozina with a 45 minute or so drive along a sheep inhabited road to get to our accommodation in the town of Cres. (More on the town in a later post).
We used Trip Advisor to get some ideas (I had absolutely no time beforehand to do any research ) – & whilst there are so many secret coves – some only reachable by sea, we saw this one at Orlec which was just a 15 minute drive from Cres. We parked in the village and therefore had a 45 minute walk down the lane to the cove. There is a carpark nearer the beach but we wanted to enjoy the scenery. It was the hottest day we had in our week.
The track down to the beach from the carpark was super windy & rubbly – a little steep in places & I have to say that my heart fluttered & breath escaped when I first glimpsed the emerald- to turquoise water under the protection of the craggy rocks. It is here that the griffon vultures soar & we were so lucky to see a couple (or was it the same one returning) checking out the cove with graceful sweeps. It took shelter high up in a shady spot & we saw it later heading off across the sea….so lucky.
The water was crystal clear & totally warm enough for me to swim in – I have so many mental scars from bone chattering swimming in UK waters that I am a bit of a chicken now. However this was serene. And then I dragged myself out with the exception of my legs so that the sea gently swished over them as I sunned myself. Pure heaven. This beach has no shelter from the sun though so people there had either brought shades or were constructing them between the rocks. We were mad dogs & English men- of course….but were only there a couple of hours before a sweaty hike back to the village (it really was uphill all the way!) to then explore the island further. It is beautiful. Keep tuned for more instalments if you are interested.
Back to the Sew Indie pattern bundles – your questions answered ….
Where does the money go?
The money is split evenly between the designers involved, The Monthly Stitch, and a charity chosen by the designers. For the Getaway Capsule, the charity is Little Sprouts (website: http://littlesproutsnz.org/ ) Little Sprouts are a great charity run completely by volunteers. They provide care packages for families with new babies or small children who need support – people living in poverty, refugees, people fleeing domestic violence, etc. They give the families everything they need for their child – clothing, nappies, safety gear, even cots and buggies when needed, making an immediate difference in the life of the child.
The Monthly Stitch will be using their share of the bundle sale price to move the Monthly Stitch website to a self-hosted platform. This will mean lots more storage space for people to upload photos of their sewing projects, and it will also mean we can implement other community functions, such as forums.
Bundle sale dates
The Getaway Capsule bundles are on sale for two weeks only – the sale will be begin at 00:00 UTC on 23 June, and it finishes at 00:00 UTC on 6 July. Both bundles will be found here during the sale dates: https://themonthlystitch.com/
There will be sneak peeks of the patterns that will be included over on The Monthly Stitch Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/themonthlystitch/