Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Welcome to Twig and Tale blog tour



You know I love blog tours. Today, I am participating again in one. This is not any blog tour though, it is a blog tour that I actually organized! I picked and contacted most of the 25 bloggers, and I was super excited that almost all of my picks wanted and could make time for the "Welcome to Twig + Tale" blog tourTwig + Tale (formerly known as BigLittle), recently changed her name, and we would like the world to know. We therefore picked a very international selection of bloggers. All these bloggers sewed at least one lovely Twig + Tale garment. As cherry on the pie, Art Gallery Fabrics was willing to sponsor the tour! We could all pick any fabric  from the Art Gallery website. Of course, there is also a give away. At the end of this post you can enter a Rafflecopter with the chance to win two yards of Art Gallery fabrics and five Twig + Tale patterns.



At the beginning of the year, I sewed all my kids some outwear from Twig + Tale. With the season change now upon us, most of those now need a warmer replacement. I picked a lovely combination of Line drawings in canvas for the outside of the coat and Moon stories spark for the lining. To make the coat really winter proof, I added an extra layer (from thick fleece) between the main and lining, this way she will stay warm for sure.



I used the updated Pixie Pea coat pattern for my coat. The updated version now contains two different hoods and a collar. I had seen several coat in the Twig + Tale Facebook group, combining hood and collar, and I wanted the same. I really love the look. When the hood is down, the collar is a great eye catcher. When the hood is up, the collar almost disappears and does not bother the wearer at all. If anything, it is an extra protection against the wind. To protect some more, I also added ribbing to the sleeves. The pattern is intended to have extra long sleeves. By folding them, your kids can use the coat one year longer. I loved the idea, and placed the ribbing such that I kept the extra length fold.




I of course, had to play with the pattern a bit. I added a zipper and an alternative kind of pocket. Another blogger on the tour added a zipper through a slightly different method, and wrote a tutorial about it. Seeing this will be a mid-winter coat, I wanted the front flap as extra protection. I therefore added one part of the zipper in the seam between the front flap and right front. The easiest way to sew in the other half is like another blogger on the tour did. She widened the left front piece a bit, such that the other half of the zipper could be sewn between lining and main fabric. I took a small detour by adding an extra piece of fabric to the left side (that is what you get if you start cutting without a clear plan in mind). I wanted the flap to stay closed, so I added snaps next to the zipper, but still hidden by the flap.



The inspiration for the pocket came from a retail bought coat from my husband. It is a double function pocket. You can either but something in the pocket from the top, or you can use the (open) side. This combination is really perfect for both storing gloves (or stones and twigs if you are my daughter), and just keeping your hands warm in your pockets. I had been planning to write a small tutorial, but I was not satisfied with the method I had chosen. The corners are so thick, that I had to hand sew them to coat. There was no way my machine would do it, I broke a needle trying, which of course did not stop me from trying some more. I like the concept so much though, I will add these to more coats to come. I will keep you posted.


Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.
International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.

Enter using the rafflecopter below. (The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).

a Rafflecopter giveaway



18 comments:

  1. Waaw, dit is weer een pracht exemplaar! Wat een leuk idee van die zakken!
    en wederom een mooie kleurencombinatie.

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    1. Het was even een risico natuurlijk, zo op het schrmpjes van mijn telefoon leken ze leuk te matchen, maar het kwam inderdaad helemaal goed.

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  2. Die zakken zijn echt geweldig goed gevonden. Mooie jas!

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    1. Ik kan dus geen crdit nemen voor het idee, maar ik vond ze dus ook super!

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  3. Gorgeous! Your combination of fabrics is so beautiful and I am totally in love with those pockets! I can't wait for the tutorial!

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    1. Haha, me neither, my middle one needs a coat :)

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  4. Geniaal, die zakjes! Veel hartjes voor je stoffencombinatie, ik ben helemaal weg van je voeringsstofje :)

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    1. Ik heb nog een stukje over, de mouwen voerde ik met echte voeringsstof en ik knipte zuinig, dus nu bedenken wat dit pareltje gaat worden.

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  5. Gorgeous coat Miranda!! I love all your additions - those pockets are genius :) The combination of fabrics your chose from Art Gallery are just awesome together - Love at first sight xx

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    1. My daughter could not wait to wear it. In the end I decided to put the pockets on after I closed the coat, that way she could wear it one day earlier, because she had already announced at school we was bringing it the next day :)

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  6. This is my absolute favorite Art Gallery Fabrics canvas! Love this coat, and those pockets are just perfect. A beautiful coat.

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    1. And it really is nice and sturdy, great fabric!

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  7. Mooie jas, knap gedaan en wat een leuke stoffencombi.

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    1. Geeft duidelijk kleur aan de winter ;)

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  8. I love the pockets!! Such a neat idea

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  9. Very pretty and practical coat. Love the pockets, the extra effort really payed off.

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  10. wat een prachtige jas!! ik zag daarnet de post van marie-paule over haar creaties en ben meteen gaan kijken. Intussen dus weer wat patroontjes rijker, waaronder deze jas :-) Heerlijk wat jij ervan gemaakt hebt, echt prachtig en geweldige aanpassingen!! echt knap!!!

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  11. Prachtige jas en <3 voor de stoffencombinatie!! Ik kijk bovendien al uit naar die tutorial voor de zakken, zo handig lijkt me dat!

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