I’ve got a new sweater!

Yes, I’ve got a new sweater and I love it! It’s no secret that I love Hey June’s patterns. Having tested few of them, I know how much work and care Adrianna puts in every new pattern. This time is no exception!

I immediately loved the pattern when I first saw it, just what I like the most in a sweater, comfortable but stylish. No doubt a sweater is really comfy but I also like a bit of style.

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The Tallinn Sweater certainly is comfortable but the cross-over bodice is such a stylish feature! The pattern is available from sizes XS to 2XL, with options for a turtleneck or cowl neck. As usual, all pattern pieces matched perfectly and the instructions are clear and helpful.

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For the test, I opted for the cowl version made in size XS, based in my chest measurements, because due to the sweater design the hip measurement is not so important and I really like the fit and won’t change anything next time.

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The fabric I used is a quilted knit from here that I bought last year and is very soft and warm. It might not be the best fabric if you are looking for a style, with a bit more drape, but certainly is great if you’re looking for comfort and warm, I’ve been wearing mine as much as possible!

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The pattern was released today and you can grab it on sale. Next time I want to make the turtleneck version, just need to find the right fabric!

Hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

The Women’s Waterfall Raglan!

This time I’m here to share my first make of the year, for me!

Since the release of the Waterfall Raglan pattern for girls that I’ve been (in)patiently waiting the women’s version. The ones that I’ve made for the girls have been much loved and used around here and I really like this style for myself, so as soon as it was released I had to give it a go.

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The pattern is available from sizes 0 to 18 and according to my chest measurements I made a size 0, with ¾ sleeve as I intend to wear it when it get warmer. Eventually it will happen!

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As usual in Gabriela’s patterns, everything matches perfectly and the instructions are clear, so this top was in fact a fast sewing and in no time, I had a lovely top. The pattern, as it happened with the girls’ version, includes two neckband options, to use depending on the fabric’s stretch.

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The fabric I used is a cotton jersey with broderie anglaise that I bought some time ago from The Sweet Mercerie and unfortunately, I think it’s no longer available. I was saving it and now that I’ve used it I regret not having bought more! Typical, right?

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My favourite thing of this pattern is the feminine look it has, with the comfort of a tee. The bottom ruffle is lovely! Can’t wait for better weather to wear it. Meanwhile I will be making more for sure and maybe there will be some mum/daughter matching. 😉

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Have a wonderful week! 🙂

The Macy Suspender Skirt

First post of 2017! It’s not too late to wish a Happy New Year, is it? Wish you a wonderful 2017! 🙂

Although, I have already made a couple more things, this was my first make of the year and I really love it. I think it’s a good start.

The pattern is the Macy Pinafore and Skirt from Jilly Atlanta, that I had the pleasure to test. It’s a lovely pattern for ages 12 months to 12 years, with options for a pinafore or suspender skirt, with two lengths.

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According to F’s measurements, I made the suspenders version skirt in size 7 for height and 4 at the waist and the fit was good so, no need to make any changes.

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Because I like to see the skirts, on my girls, more on the short side, I opted for the vintage length and I think it looks really well with knee socks. The pattern also includes optional flutters in the straps and a bow at the back. I asked F which options she wanted, she chose the bow and I’m glad she did, it looks adorable!

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The recommended fabrics are light ones, such as cotton, seersucker, lightweight linen… but despite the recommendations I used a lightweight corduroy that also worked well, even with French seams, and I really love the colour. I had this fabric in my stash for almost two years it was about time I turned it into something pretty! For the bow, covered buttons and inside of the elastic casing (not visible) I used the same Liberty used in the blouse. Love how these two fabrics look together.

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In regards to the pattern, all the pieces matched, the instructions are clear and I did not had any issues while making it. It all come together easily and fast. I see more Macy skirts in my daughters’ wardrobe! 🙂

Have a wonderful week! 🙂

It’s almost Christmas!

This is my third project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team and as Christmas is so close, I’ve decided to make something that could be used not only this time of year but, also in any other period, together or as separated pieces.

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M is now much into skirts. She keeps asking me to make them to her. So, I made a skirt and a blouse adding just a removable velvet bow to add some festive look. The bow I reused from the Christmas dresses I made two years ago. It’s kind of like in Lavoisier’s Law! 😉

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So, let’s start with the blouse. The blouse pattern is the Odette, by Citronille, a pattern that I have used before and really like. How could I resist that peter pan collar! The blouse is quite simple to make but, the result is so nice.

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I made a size 6, without modifications and used a white swiss dot fabric. If you have been following me for some time, you must know how I like this fabric. This fabric is perfect for blouses!

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For the skirt, I used a free pattern, the Sadie skirt from Jilly Atlanta. I made this skirt before (although I did not blog about it) and I knew M liked it and so did I. How cute is the paper bag effect? I made a simple version of the pattern, that also include front pockets and sash carriers to use with a sash.

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I made a size 6, with a length between the vintage version and the normal one and used a lovely fine corduroy. I really like this colour!

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I think this is an outfit that is good to be used during this festive period, but also during the rest of the year.

Humm, I think there might be some Christmas presents hidden up here…

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Have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

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The Ila dress

Last Monday, Olga from Coffee and Thread, released another lovely pattern, the Ila dress!

I’ve tested for Olga a couple of times before and really liked her patterns, all the dresses I’ve made from her patterns were well wore and loved. This time is no different, Olga did put a great amount of effort to bring you the best pattern.

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The Ila is an A-line dress with two sleeve options, short or long, available from sizes 18 months to 12 years. The shaped yoke, front panel and in-seam pockets makes it perfect to play with different fabrics, colour blocking and use different trims or piping. Plenty of opportunities to achieve different looks!

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I made the dress for F in size 7 and although I should have adjusted to her chest measurements, I have made it without modifications, just because I want M to wear it when it doesn’t fit her anymore and their chest measurements are a bit different. The dress is meant to be lined but I only made the yoke lined and it closes at the back with an invisible zipper.

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The fabric I used is a viyella bought here over a year ago! Because I wanted to give it a Christmassy look, but not too much, so that it could be used during other periods, I used a plaid fabric for the pockets and yoke facing (not visible from the outside) and a burgundy ribbon to the broderie anglaise trim. 😉

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I love how the dress turned out and all the possibilities to add cute details! F loved her new dress too, I can assure you! 🙂

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You can get the pattern from UpCraft Club or from Coffee and Thread. This pattern is great for a Christmas dress… or any other time of the year, really!

Have a lovely weekend and hope your Christmas preparations are better than mine! I am so behind…

A new and cool pattern by Suco by Susana!

Some time ago I wrote about the release of Suco by Susana’s first pattern and I can tell you she is not messing around! Today, she released another pattern, the Luis & Joana Hoodie!

The hoodie is intended for both boys and girls, from size 12 months to 12 years, made using knits, which make it very comfortable and very practical. For example, I know M will use hers a lot to go to ballet lessons because she doesn’t want to damage her hair bun!

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Once again, Susana made a great work and the pattern is well drafted, everything matched perfectly and both me and M are really pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

For now, you can get the pattern at the UpCraft Club with 25% off and after also at Suco by Susana. This time the pattern is being released in Portuguese and English. Great news!

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My initial plan was to make one for each girl, but we are having a very busy time I ended up making only one for M, at least for now! I made a size 6 without modifications. The pattern has two pocket options and I made the slightly curved ones and opted for a lined hood.

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The Fabric I used for the main body is a quilted knit, that is soft, warm and I really love. For the hood, I used a jersey knit, lighter than the main fabric and for the cuffs and pocket detail I used a ribbing knit, in the same colour as the jersey. All the fabrics are organics and I got them from here.

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Last year I made my daughters a tee with a 7 at the back for their 7th Birthday and quite some time ago they asked me for another, but this year with an 8. When Susana asked for testers I thought the hoodie could actually be a good idea, instead of a tee!

To make the ones from last year I used transfer paper, but after the first wash the tees were ruined, so this time I wanted to use another method, therefor I tried appliqué and it still needs to go thru the washing test, but they look much prettier! For the 8 I used a Liberty as well as in the hood.

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M wore already her new hoodie on her Birthday and she really loves it! I think this smile says it all. 😉

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Congratulations Susana on another great pattern!

Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour

 

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When Leslie and Fleurine invited me for this tour I immediately loved the idea! How could I not? When Christmas and making clothes were the subject… The idea was making clothes using Itch to Stitch Patterns for the holidays, but not necessarily the classic Christmas dress, it could be anything related with the season, so the possibilities were several.

As much as I love dresses, I decided not to make it and make something that I could wear in a less formal party, like a night out, so I decided to make a top and cardigan.

For the top I used the Kathryn, a lovely empire-waist pattern that can be made as top or dress and that I really love the neckline with pleats.

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The fabric I used is a sequin knit from Style Makers Fabrics that contrarily to what I feared, was easy to work with. All the construction went smoothly!

Accordingly to my measurements I made size 00 graded to 0 at the hip. The grading was really easy to make and I’m happy with the fit. 🙂

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To complement the look, I made the cropped version of the Lisbon cardigan, with ¾ sleeves also using a knit from Style Makers Fabrics.

I must say that I love this pattern and I wanted to make it since it was released, so I am really pleased for finally taking the time to make it. Because I was making the cropped version and would not hit the hip, I made a straight the size 00.

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Because the fabric is not as stretchy as the pattern recommends, I should have used a neckband a bit bigger, my mistake! Even though, I really like how it turned out. 🙂 I confess I was a bit worried it would turn out too sparkly, but I really like how the fabrics look together and I can always wear the cardigan with a plain black or white tank top for a more casual look.

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Being part of this tour is being so much fun. Sharing ideas and the progress on the makes was really great. Also, picking fabrics when you are so far away can be tricky, but Michelle was so helpful, giving advices and sending photos of the fabrics together to see how it looked. Thank you!

There is a Holiday shipping special of $5 shipping on all fabric from Style Makers, no code needed. There’s also a discount for international shipping as well! 😉

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If you are eying one or more Itch to Stitch patterns now is a good time to get them! You can get 16% off with the code “holiday 16”!

The Tour started yesterday until next Saturday and I assure there are wonderful makes and styles, I can’t wait to see them all.

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
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Enjoy the Holiday! 🙂