Before we get started on our Durban Sewalong here on the blog, we want to say a huge thank you to all of our incredible testers who have worked on their own Durbans for our test round. We had such a wonderful response from them and some incredible suggestions that have made the pattern what it is today! The testers have (as always) knocked their makes out of the park and we’re so excited to share them with you in this tester round up! Let’s take a look! [Read more…]
Was it just me who didn’t realise the sheer joy in looking for jumpsuit/romper/playsuit inspiration images online? It’s a treasure trove of joy! If you would like to go down that same rabbit hole, I highly recommend our Durban Pinterest Board or; you can read on for our favourite inspiration & ideas for the Durban Jumpsuit & Romper pattern. When we designed Durban we specifically wanted it to be a pattern you could mix and match to suit your style. You can change the sleeve, the neckline or the leg length & shape depending on what you’d prefer and honestly there are SO many other tweaks you can make to your Durban to make it even more unique! Let’s take a look! [Read more…]
This Book Week Buddy’s costume dreams came true and we’re both just a bit excited! We have a Book Week rule in our family – I will make any costume the kids want, as long as it’s from a book. If a movie exists for that story, that’s fine, but the book must have been written first. Sorry, no books based on movies, no super heroes or Disney princesses etc. Buddy is obsessed with Star Wars and with the release of the new Star Wars High Republic book series (a series of novels for teens set in the Star Wars universe about completely new characters who have not and will not be featured in movies) he finally found a way to be a Jedi for Book Week! So today I give you, the Reath Silas Star Wars Jedi costume!
As you may have noticed, I love Book Week. Making my kids Book Week costumes is the sewing highlight of my year, and this year I had so much fun! Birdie decided she wanted a Paddington Bear costume almost a year in advance which gave me plenty of time to plan! Birdie is obsessed with Paddington. She loves the books, she loves the movies, she loves the TV show, and she loves the audio book narrated by Stephen Fry. There isn’t an incarnation of Paddington she doesn’t love. This costume was a really challenging one for me for a number of reasons, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it!
We often have serendipitous moments here in the studio when it comes to writing blog posts. There’s the time Naomi had an obsession for Rowan tees and when Meg learned a tough lesson on stretch percentage that is a cautionary tale on what NOT to do when sewing stretch jeans! Recently, what started as an offhand comment to Meg & Naomi that my childhood quilt was sewn in the Megan Nielsen Patterns brand colours has officially turned into this post! How to turn a vintage bed quilt into a Hovea jacket. [Read more…]