My first project for the year has recently been sent off to America, YAY!!
Along my search for the right patterns to produce gorgeous garments for your little tree climbers; I found an amazing array of patterns by Ericka and Jessica at Violet Field Threads (VFT). Gorgeous couture styles I' look forward to using for Special Occasions and perfect vintage designs I'm excited to make. I'm yet to add all the lovely and much wanted patterns to my folders but in between 3yr old (Connor's) demanding cuddles I did manage time to read through a few of their blog posts. I came across this particular post which peeked my interest, Give Hope Campaign.
The Give Hope Campaign was created through their desire to give back and pay it forward..
Three patterns were designed: The Hope Dress & Tunic, The Lola Top and The Evie Shorties.
Not only were these patterns designed to be free for their fans but also to encourage others to pay it forward and create these garments for someone in need. How wonderful!
I purchased the Hope Dress & Tunic immediately for a small $2.50 fee to aid with the cost of delivering all the amazing garments I imagine they will be inundated with. Then I decided to investigate their campaign. It's just something I do, I never remember everything I read but I like to look into what I can when I get the chance...
Ericka (VFT) has a strong connection to Guatemala and so it was a suggestion that was quickly received well with Jessica, to support an orphanage there. Casa Guatemala, is a wonderful organistion who support over 300 children in need of education, protection, health improvement, work experience and so on. Casa Guatemala in my view seems to provide pillars to the children of Guatemala, through all they provide and care for them. It is a Non Government Organisation and relies on others' help and generosity. If you would like to know how you can volunteer, clink on this link or donate here!
I quickly decided to pull out all my fabric and tried to find some coordinating prints to make a gift for this wonderful campaign! As I originally didn't buy prints with reversible outfits in mind I guess you can say I had fun playing around with all the prints lol. Double checking with the hubby, I think it worked out well..
The Evie Shorties on the other hand, well... I have knitted many times but never have I sewn a knit. At first I was doing extremely well cutting out and pinning and I thought.. yeah, I can do this without all the drama I've read lol! Once I got to the ruffles I struggled big time!! I couldn't find my turning tool so I tried a crotchet needle, knitting needles and lastly found a decent size safety pin to turn them all through. The ruffles were the hardest to overcome for me. I've made spaghetti straps many times in woven fabrics and didn't imagine I would struggle with it. The knit stretched about 3 inches but I managed to gather the cute tiny ruffles and pin them on the shorties nicely. I realised during the process that there are a few tips for sewing knits to prevent stretching one of which is the zig zag stretch stitch which I have but is limited in length and to use tissue paper underneath the fabric to help guide the fabric through preventing stretch. I had no tissue paper but I managed to finish the shorties with very little stretching. First knit project I dared took me most of the day, mainly due to the ruffles. I forgot to take a pic of the Shorties on their on but below is the combo with the lining pic too. There were a few things I would have changed but I'm proud of my first attempted and dare say I'll sew a knit again :-)
Hope Tunic and Evie Shorties pattern by Violet Field Threads
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