I am so very honored to be a part of an amazing endeavor by Annika Ferk of the Näh Connection, the Näh Connection Shop. Annika has been hard at work connecting with German pattern designers, and then translating their patterns into English. She then recruited native-English speaking makers, such as myself, as ambassadors to proof-read and sew up the patterns before releasing them to the public. The result of her ambition is the Näh Connection Shop.
Over the course of this week, the Näh Connection Shop is hosting a special grand opening blog tour. All the sewing ambassadors will be sharing what we made with the fabulous German-to-English patterns. There are also some great discounts to be had this week, as part of the celebration. For the week of the blogtour (i.e. until Sunday 10th, 2016) all patterns in the English shop:
Buy 1 get 10% off
Buy 2 get 20% off
Buy 3 get 30% off
Buy all 17 patterns get 50% off
(The first three offers will get automatically discounted in the cart. The all pattern offer will be a special product for the pattern bundle.)
I have a few items to show you this week, starting with the Ballet Suit by Die Erbsenprinzessin.
Ivy is in her second year of gymnastics and loving it. When I told her I was going to make her a new leotard, she immediately pointed to the fabric she wanted, a fun giraffe-fur print in spandex, that I picked up a few years ago. It turned out pretty much amazing.
The pattern instructions are simple, yet thorough. Many European patterns use less illustrations than their State-side counterparts. But what they lack in illustration, they make up for in clear instruction and fabulous design.
The pattern includes multiple options for finishing your Ballet Suit/Leotard. I went with turned, encased elastic at the legs and a fun decorative elastic at the neckline.
There are options for various sleeve lengths, including no sleeves.
And with a skirt or without. Even the option for a double skirt, which I think I am going to try next.
I am super impressed with the fit. It’s a tiny bit big (spandex means it doesn’t look big, but if you look at the sleeves you can see it in the length). But I was expecting, and hoping for that. I sewed the 104cm for Ivy, so she should have a few good months of wear.
The leotard moves so well and stays put no matter what she puts it through
The Ballet Suit by Die Erbsenprinzessin will be my go-to leotard pattern from now on. I absolutely love the fit, the style, and the ease of construction. Pick it up today at the Näh Connection Shop!
The patterns used were provided as part of the Näh Connection Ambassador program