I have been sewing clothing regularly for myself and my daughter for a few years now. When I first got into the PDF pattern world (be careful if you have not yet, it’s addicting), I had only heard about a few of the bigger names. Once I starting sewing to my hearts content, I started hearing about so many more wonderful companies out there.
One company that I recently heard about is Zierstoff. They are a German Pattern Company, and there are many unique features to their patterns and designs. (*Psst… Discount code at the bottom of the blog post*)
I had the pleasure of trying out a few patterns that I received in compensation as part of the blog tour. Now I live in Arizona, so the weather is usually very predictable (hot, and more hot). There is so much leftover lightweight sweater knits or french terry from the winter/fall, so I selected the Fine Jacket and the Lena Shawl Sweater.
My daughter is very tall and skinny for her age, so I knew I could definitely try out the Clara Slim Fit Pants, as well.
Now, the only semi-confusing part of the patterns are to select the right size. Seems fairly simple to go off of measurements, but finding each size chart and the corresponding pattern was a little bit more difficult. They are not on each pattern listing, but there is an entire page on their website to help you. Once that is located, it is easy breezy from there. I know everyone has their typical size that they wear in RTW (ready to wear) clothing, so they typically choose the size based on that. That is a huge “no-no”, and as long as the size is picked with the proper measurements, these patterns all fit exactly as they should.
After that was tackled, the sewing started. Each pattern had list of materials needed, seam allowances, photos and detailed written instructions. While I did not find the photos to be as detailed as many other PDF patterns, they were still valuable.
I enjoyed sewing up matching Lena shawl sweaters for me and my daughter. A very lightweight sweater knit was used, so the shawl collar had more drape. The feel of this sweater is love, and they will be a great layering piece for the winter with a long sleeved shirt, or the spring with a tank top.
Next up was my Fine Jacket. The pattern had suggestions to use a sturdier knit, so my Rayon French Terry was not going to be exactly what the vision was. Oh, but it was mine. I love this sweater! The oversized hood, raglan sleeves with a dart, and the pockets were all such unique features. But there was also a split cuff with an optional thumbhole cuff added. I love this feature. This was a bit more of an intermediate pattern, but could easily be tackled by the advanced beginner. The pattern asks you to put snaps or buttons down the whole front, but I wanted a more drapey sweater, so I only put one snap on the top.
I used some of my favorite cotton lycra for the hood lining (which is optional).
My little one always needs new pants, since she is growing so fast (please stop! stay little). She wanted pink pants, I wanted navy, so we compromised. She got navy pants with hot pink decorative stitches.
I really loved these Clara Pants. They are more of a slim fit, and feature a back yoke and front pockets. My daughter loves the fit of them too.
Now, just when you think I am done, I had to go and see a bag pattern that I would love. I have never made a bag. Never. But I did it! This is the Everyday Bag, and there are two size options. I chose the larger size, because I love carrying many things with me.
I used a corduroy (navy), canvas (floral), and an outdoor fabric (brown suede) to complete this bag. It has a zipper closure and an inside pocket on the lining. I love this bag, and have been using it daily since I made it.
Well, that’s it for my portion of the tour. I made up so many different things, and enjoy each of them. The ladies of Zierstoff are very helpful, and will be getting my business for more patterns. I already want a Fine Jacket for my little one, or the Henrike Jumpsuit for me and my little. There are so many patterns to sew for the whole family.
Lucky for you, there is a sale through April on all Zierstoff Patterns. Pick up some now!
Here is the rest of the Blog Tour line up: