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Reviewing: Little “Wrap” Skirt

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

As you might already know I have added to our stock Patterns by Wink Designs. They are pretty designs for girls and what’s great is, the patterns are downloadable, so you get them straight away. As well being very pretty they are also very easy to make. Originally, I wanted someonelse to review them and let you know that they are what the label says. Unfortunately it was not possible and I almost gave up until my always supportive husband asked me “why don’t you make it yourself?”. Firstly I didn’t want to do it, because I thought my review might sound a bit too much like an advert rather that that of a non-bias critic, but I guess I will leave it for you to judge. So please have a read, even if you are not interested in children’s patterns you are welcome to join me in my sewing projects.

Wrap skirt made using Memento and Sun Spots from Amy Butler's Love Collection

Where were we? Ah yes, Wink’s patterns. I decided to go for the Wrap Skirt for two main reasons: 1) it says it is an easy and quick project, 2) I personally love the design.

Choosing the fabrics was an easy task, not only because I have them in my own house, but because I wanted to make something with Memento in Midnight and Suns Spots in Mint they almost jumped off the shelves. The skirt is more of a mock wrap-skirt, so even if your child is jumping up and down the skirt won’t fall down.

After printing the instructions, I put together the pattern. There are 2 main pieces, each one of them is made up by putting together 4 A4 sheets of paper together (this would had been much easier if I had closed the windows, I hope nobody saw me chasing the pattern around the room each time a gust of wind blew through! but nothing to blame the designer for). Cutting the fabric would had been easier had I not been on the phone with my nan, which resulted in cutting the piece of fabric that wraps the skirt the wrong way (again, no one to blame just my lack of multitasking skills). Instead of cutting more fabric, I decided to use what I had already cut and make a few changes, so the skirt now mirrors the original design (instead of having to tie it to your left, this one ties to the right, no big deal right?). Which I could say shows how forgiving the pattern is should a mistake be made by the not so experienced or, as in my case, distracted maker.

Before we pass on to the sewing part I want to clarify that I have not sewn any kind of garment for 3 years; ever since I have been moving my sewing machine from one part of the house to another but not doing anything with it. I would also say that I am a beginner with some rough sewing skills. Having clarified that, I feel now more comfortable saying that it was very easy to put the skirt together.

Back of the skirt but still so not less pretty than the front.

As always, it does help if you press the fabric to get a neat finish and use the right colour of thread. I used two because I didn’t like the navy blue thread on the mint fabric. More importantly, reading the instructions from start to end before you start it is always a must (OK I confess, I only read them after I cut everything, but didn’t go any further until I read all the remaining steps). Reading the instructions will not only give you a better understanding of what are you going to do, but also the way Marina (the designer) has written them, it makes you feel like she is talking to you, something that you don’t often find with many commercial patterns.

Would I recommend this pattern? Absolutely Yes! It took me one afternoon to make it, if I hadn’t been on the phone (or chasing the pattern around the room!) I could have done it a bit quicker. This is the first time I print and assemble a pattern, but because the skirt is made of simple lines and it is a small garment it is much easier than you think. I didn’t put the pocket on because I love so much the Memento fabric that I didn’t want to put anything on top. I also used the main fabric for the ties for the same reason. The final result was a skirt that suits a little lady but the fun contrasting spotty fabric remind us that she is still a little child, don’t you think?

I must admit that making this skirt has filled me with confidence to try sewing other things, so if you don’t have a little girl to make it for, try it anyway, the satisfaction that comes from making something like this can’t be beaten!

New designer in the house

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I am so excited to announce that at The Fabric Loft we have a wonderful new designer whose patterns we now have available in stock. Her name is Marina and she is the brains behind Wink Designs. She lives in sunny Australia and loves making things for children, andit really shows! Why not take a quick look at her blog to find out more about her, I am sure it will make you feel like part of the family and hopefully inspire you to create something truly wonderful.

We are stocking two of her patterns and they are fantastic!

The first pattern that I would like to talk about is the Wrap-Up skirt pattern. This pattern ticks all the boxes, have a look:

- Easy enough for beginners: tick

- A quick project for advanced seamstresses: tick

- Need very little fabric from your stash (or maybe from our shop!): tick

- You can embellish the skirt to make it unique: tick

- Easy to follow instructions and helpful images: tick tick tick!!!

This pattern is just calling for a bold fabric design as Happy Butterfly from Sandi Henderson

The Petal Power Dress is just a classic with a little extra, it also includes a pattern for a flower brooch. This again is just such a sweet design that I don’t know where to start. I guess what I like is that you can use busy fabric designs, plain solids, stripes, linen, add applique on the front or around the bottom of the dress, just about anything to make it even prettier and perfect that a little special girl. The brooch, well, that it is good enough even for Mum!

Such a classic design that would let you use any fabric that you (or your little one) want

Another great thing about Wink Designs patterns is that they are PDF and will be available in you account to download immediately upon payment. You don’teven have to wait for Mr Postman to deliver them, you can start sewing straight away. To view the PDF patterns you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you don’t have it, Adobe Reader can be installed for free by clicking here.

Take a look at Wink Designs patterns and let us know what you think :)