I have a soft spot for German patterns (and by soft spot…I mean obsession). Trouble is…my German is pretty bad. Actually, my German is non-existent (do they have German language classes for sewists?). So when I had the chance to join the Show Your Stoff Blog Tour and sew up some stunning German patterns that are now AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH I knew it was a match made in heaven.
Zierstoff Sewing Patterns is a new to me group of German pattern designers who have an enormous selection of patterns, many translated to English. In fact, their collection is so large I was a bit intimidated at first to select from all the amazing patterns available. I finally settled on two of their patterns for kids – the Emil Pullover with Hood and the Clara Slim Fit Trouser which I thought would go great together.
Their patterns are very easy to put together – trimless so you can easily tape them up and have them cut in no time and are available in US and Euro paper sizes for printing.
Their patterns seem very versatile – lots of opportunities to add your own touch to great basics. I ended up making a LOT of mods to the hooded top and almost none to the pants. Mostly because I’ve made dozens of hoodies but not a lot of pants for whatever reason. I realized when I started this project that I have never made pants (other than leggings) for my mini so she was long overdue.
The Emil is designed for fleece and sweatshirt fabric. I’ve made it here from French Terry (which my little says is cozy like pajamas). Although the pattern calls for bias tape for most of the openings (hood, sleeves, hemming) I didn’t have any on hand I wanted to use. Instead, I sewed the facings / shirt fronts and hood with right side together and flipped them out to eliminate the raw edges (which the bias tape would cover). I also added a band to the bottom hem instead of bias tape. I think I will make another with their original method but I like how this turned out.
I added the front pocket (an option in the pattern) but turned it into a kangaroo pocket instead of a pocket with the opening on top. She loves her pockets!
This top has the cutest pixie hood as well!
When I first opened the pattern for the Clara pants, I was worried they might be more than I could tackle. They were, however, amazingly simple to put together and I finished them up from cutting to final hem in about two hours. I also made the pants from French Terry with minimal stretch. My little loves this style of pants – the comfort of leggings with the styling, structure, and (most of all) pockets of jeans!
These jeans have functional front and back pockets which makes them great for hiding all those treasures that kids like to pick up. I love the details in the stitching and pockets as well – they have the look of jeans but don’t require a zipper (the front fly is a faux fly).
I opted to top stitch in a bright pink on the mostly black fabric and love how it turned out. The details on these pants are fantastic.
Now’s your chance to check out all the fabulous patterns at Zierstoff – with the code MahlicaDesigns30 you can get 30% off until the end of April! Emil comes in little kid, big kid and adult sizes so there is an option for the whole family!
Check out the other great bloggers on the blog tour
Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday
Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstress, mahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn
Wednesday April 12- Thread and Scissors, Kaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns
Thursday April 13- Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Thread and Scissors.
Friday April 14- Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug,
Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube Jube, Musings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade