Guten Tag, Friends!
I am stepping away from my usual vintage vibe to sew up something a little more practical with clothes my kids will actually WANT to wear.
Zierstoff is a new-to-me German pattern company that features styles for everyone. Everything from fun and sporty hoodies for a day of play, to skirts and blouses for the office. Even adorable hats and shoulder bags. Zierstoff has it all!
To highlight their fun and stylish designs, Zierstoff is holding a week-long blog tour. With such an expansive array of patterns to choose from, I signed up for not one, but two days in the tour.
Around the beginning of the year, I made a pact with myself to do something with the mountain of fabric scraps that seems to be taking over my ‘stash.’ We all have one of those, right? Copious amounts of fabric, left over from previous projects. Too big to throw away, yet too small to make an entire item from.
One fun idea to help tackle that monstrosity? Color blocking! And, the Noel Hoodie is the perfect solution with its ultra-stylish patchwork design. This hoodie has a comfy, over-sized style with drop shoulders and a longer length. Perfect for a fun day of play 😀
For my big goofball (er…son), I used some of my left over geometric print from the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Club Line.
His little sister got this Idle Wild bird print from Riley Blake (also from Raspberry Creek).
Whoa! Hold up! Did you see their drawstrings? Not the typical drawstring you see on most patterns. No hanging cords! Now the kids can run, and jump, and play like the crazy animals they are, and not loose an eye (lol! Ok, ok. Totally being dramatic here. But you can see the coolness factor of these drawstrings, right?)
I have always thought the use of grommets adds a clean, professional touch to the finished product. I usually just let Amazon deliver them to me so I don’t have to hop on the ferry and take up my entire day (Hey! Island livin’)
Shhh…..Can you keep a secret? For the drawstrings? I just used good, old-fashioned shoelaces. 1 pair of shoelaces = drawstrings for 2 hoodies! Plus, you can find them in an array of colors and styles. Even glow-in-the-dark (if you had your heart set on them). I chose to go basic this time and used these simple, white laces.
I happen to have a huge penchant for up-cycling. I love the sentiment of using Daddy’s old shirts to make something new for the kids. I also love saving $$$. Ha!
This old shirt that Daddy, um…out-grew, became an awesome pair of shorts for his boy. With clever pattern placement, the breast pockets are now back pockets!
This is Version 1 (of 2) of the Ole pattern. Version 1 features a slimmer fit with an elastic waistband, faux fly, and side pockets. Because of the limited amount of material from Daddy’s shirt, I opted to sew my son’s Ole in the optional shorts length.
My favorite thing about this version is the darts at the knees. I know they’re hard to see with the plaid, but they definitely add more room for movement. Nice (because this kid never stops moving!)
Version 2 of the Ole has a looser fit, with a knit waistband and ankle cuffs. Even though these pants were sewn in a woven Chambray (again, from Rasberry Creek), the ankle cuffs give them the appearance of joggers. Can you believe these are from the same pattern?
One cool thing about Zierstoff patterns is, they are jam-packed with tips and tricks to achieve different looks and styles. There is a quick tutorial for adding lace to the pockets and waist band. With my vintage mentality, I couldn’t pass up the chance to incorporate some of my beloved vintage lace.
I just can’t get over how awesome their outfits turned out!
Check out these cool kids! <3
BTW: Zierstoff is offering an amazing discount during the month of April 2017.
Use coupon code: MahlicaDesigns30 to get 30% off purchase!!!
Be sure to come back on Saturday for my second day on the blog tour. This time I’ve sewn up a fun (but cozy) perfect-for-Spring outfit for ME! Here’s an itty bitty, little seak peek…
And of course, check out the other stops on the tour to see even more featured patterns from Zierstoff…
See you Saturday!!!
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