Helga Shirt Pattern with Digital Fabrics

Hey guys! I have a really fun post in store for you. This week I got to work with two fabulous companies out of Australia.

The first company is called Digital Fabrics. Known for their unique and beautiful fabrics, Digital Fabrics sells beautiful and unique product. The best part is that you can order a print you like in many different types of fabrics, from linens to knits. (They have it all).

They also provide the option to print your own designs by uploading your own image. The fabric I chose to work with was previously listed on their website under fashion fabrics; Ethnic in Cornflower in micro (and now that I look at it, I think i need it in lycra too for a swimsuit!).

You can also order a sample pack of all the different fabric types they offer to get a better feel for each one before you order your fabric. Digital Fabrics is such a cool company, and I really enjoyed working with them. I received my fabric super fast; their shipping is awesome. The fabric is so soft, and the print is bright and bold; really great quality! I love how unique my top feels in this fresh print.

And exciting news!! I’m giving away 2 yards of this gorgeous fabric to one winner. (Scroll to the bottom for more info).

The other company I had the chance to work with is Tessuti Fabrics. I’ve had my eye on this company for a few months now. Tessuti Fabrics currently own three shops, two in Sydney and one in Melbourne, and they have their online shop as well. I really like the style of their clothing patterns they design and sell. (They also have some great fabric options as well, what they are more commonly known for). They also offer some fun sewing classes in their shops if you’re local.

I have had the Helga Shirt pattern on my to-make list for a little while, and I thought it would be fun to sew it up using my new fabric from Digital Fabrics.

The pattern calls for linen, cotton, lightweight wool, wool crepe and firmer silks fabrics. My fabric is more of a crepe-like texture so it was a little tricky to work with. I made a few changes to make the fabric more manageable: I interfaced the front facing pieces, and top stitched around the two front edges for a crisper look around the corners. I made a size XS following along with the pattern measurements, but I’m thinking I could have gone down one more size. When choosing your size keep in mind that it’s a big, loose fitting shirt. No adjustments were made to my shirt except for bringing in the shoulder + sleeve about 1/4″ along the top shoulder seam.

Other than the fabric being a little tricky, the pattern is great! I would definitely say it’s more intermediate than beginner. It was really fun to put together, and came together pretty quickly too. (I’ve been binge watching ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ while putting my Helga Shirt together. It motivated me to sew as perfectly as possible, almost as if I were in school again. I’m obsessed!). This pattern would be really cute in a plaid print for fall too.. hmm….


I’m so excited to host one of my first big giveaways this week. One winner will receive two yards of the fabric I used from Digital Fabrics, as well as a hard copy of the Helga Shirt Pattern from Tessuti Fabrics. *To enter, head over to my Instagram account (@thesaraproject_) for more instructions. I will announce the winner in the original Instagram post of this shirt in one week from today. (7/25/16). Good luck!

Also, head over to @lovewinniejames for a chance to snag my cute Greta Clogs! (Another great giveaway!).

What I’m wearing: Chevron Necklace/Jeans/Shoes




Sewabaloo + a giveaway!


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Recently, I met Eluned of Sewabloo, based in the UK. Eluned has designed and created independent sewing patterns for children. You guys! Her patterns are adorable! This particular pattern I used is the Briabaloo. There are three options in this pattern, all very different and adorable. I chose to make the pinafore dress, but quite honestly I went back and forth between all three. I’m also obsessed with her Anibaloo pattern; the fox! Maybe Halloween next year? I can’t wait.

The Pinafore dress of the Briabaloo pattern was easy to put together. There’s a lot of pieces, which makes it quite fun to piece together. I had to be a little more patient with myself as I read through the steps, as it is with any new pattern. Lots of pieces, lots of steps. Confession time, buttonholes are not my forte. I don’t often make projects with buttons, so I was excited to refresh my buttonhole abilities. No major issues there, except somehow my second button ended up being a little farther down then desired, and the very bottom button probably shouldn’t be there… but I’m glad it’s there for closure purposes. All in all, it was good practice for an up coming project I have planned. Archer shirt anyone? The back of this dress is so sweet: gathers and a little tie so the dress fits just right when worn. I really love this pattern.

I asked Eluned to tell us a little bit about herself and her company Sewabaloo. She said “I’ve always sewn, but love to sew for my girls because clothes look so much better on them than they do on me, and it’s an extension of my love for them.  I’m always making dress up outfits for schools (World Book Day, United Nations Day, Dress like a garden animal party – we get them all!) and making them toys and dresses at any excuse.  I learnt to draft my own patterns through patterns to fit myself, but I hardly ever have the time to sew for myself any more, especially since I started Sewabaloo.

In terms of my pattern design – movement, comfort, growth and playability are at the top of my priority list, and minimal fussy ironing.  Frills and flounces can look very sweet, but they’re an absolute pig to iron and to keep looking nice.  I want to make clothes that my girls can climb trees in.  An unisex pattern is in development so sewers for boys should join my mailing list too, to be the first to see it when it comes out!”. 

You can find the Sewabaloo mailing list here. Also, I feel like we Americans are missing out on some pretty great school theme days. I mean… dress like a garden animal day/party!? Maybe I need to move to the UK…

The fabric I used is Whirlwind Orchid by Cotton + Steel. My thoughts? Cotton + steel always and forever. I purchased it at Pine Needles at Gardner Village. If you are in the SLC area, check out this shop! The little chambray shirt worn underneath this dress is from Target.

Eluned was kind enough to agree to a giveaway! You can enter to win one pdf pattern of your choice on my instagram account: @thesaraproject_

The Giveaway closes Monday October 19, 2015. Winner will be announced on original post.

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Thank you again to Eluned for this fun opportunity. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

You can find everything Sewabaloo at sewabaloo.com!