I’ve got a new skirt!

It has been years since I used a skirt. Not that I don’t like them, but it’s really hard to find one that fits me nicely, so I gave up. Until now that is!

Today Adrianna from Hey June Handmade released her new pattern, the Sandbridge skirt, a casual skirt available in two lengths, five pockets, zipper fly and belt loops. As you see, a real skirt!

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The skirt is available from sizes 2 to 22 and I’ve made a size 2, based on my natural waist and hips measurements, the ones that are most important in this pattern.

I opted for view A because I am not tall, so I knew it wouldn’t be as short as it is intended to and I will wear it during the holidays, which is just perfect.

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The instructions, as usual, are so clear and helpful. This was the first time I ever installed a zipper fly and I didn’t felt difficulties. If you feel put aside from making the skirt for being difficult, don’t. Not only the instructions are very helpful but there is also a sew along starting next week.

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I absolutely love the fit of this skirt! The back yoke makes the skirt fit nicely and this one It fits me like any other store bought did.

The hem is meant to be raw but in case you prefer a hem, just need to add the correspondent length. I chose it raw and just add two parallel lines of stitches to keep it from fraying too much.

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The fabric is a light denim that I bought long ago and already used before. The only thing missing are the rivets, that I found hard to find.

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I know I said it before, but I am really pleased with how it turned out. It is a great feeling to challenge myself and achieve something that always put me way.

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Have a wonderful summer. 😊

The Penny Blouse

The Penny Blouse is Jilly Atlanta’s new pattern. Released today, like all Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, I’ve made so far does not disappoint.

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The Penny is an adorable blouse that goes from sizes 6 months to 12 years, with two back options, three collar options, fluttered sleeves or sleeveless. It is a fitted blouse, so that it can be used with the Macy pinafore, with a romper or on its own.

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As usual in Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, the instructions are very helpful and the inside finishing is very neat! The instructions recommend French seams and the collar and armhole are finished with bias binding, so the serger wasn’t even needed.

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The option I’ve made has gathered collar and fluttered sleeves, both favourites of mine. I made size 7 for height with size 5 for width and I am so pleased with the fit. Trust me when I tell you that Jill made sure the fit was the best possible.

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The fabrics I used are a very light cotton swiss dot in light pink and Liberty Tana Lawn for the collar and bias. I can guarantee you that the blouse looks as beautiful inside as it looks outside 😉

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In the first stage of testing I made a blouse using the same fabrics, but in different colours and although the fit was changed after, M will wear this one for sure.

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For today only (29th July), you can get the Penny Blouse for $5 only! 😊

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The Nova Dress Tour

Today is the second day of the Nova Tour and I’m so glad to be joining this amazing group of ladies! An’s patterns are adorable and the Nova is a wonderful pattern with lovely details and so many options, from size 3M to 12Y and available in paper or PDF.

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As I mentioned before, the Nova has plenty of options to choose from. Four front pleats options, three sleeves, three back options and all can be made as a dress or blouse. How versatile!

As I am preparing the girls wardrobe for summer and there are always many opportunities to wear a dress I choose to make F a dress with cap sleeves.

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I confess I felt tempted to make the honeycomb pleats, that I like so much, but because the fabric has a busy print, I think it wouldn’t stand out. So, instead, I opted for the flat pleats.

The only thing I made different was the collar. I made a ruffled collar using a beautiful broderie anglaise lace, gifted by the lovely Carla. Thank you so much!

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As for the size, I made a size 7 based on F’s height. I could (and probably should) have blend sizes and made a smaller size for width but she didn’t complain, I think it’s fine and she can move freely. 😉

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As if it was not enough this pattern being adorable, it has a special name, Nova, which is the Portuguese word for new (in the feminine form)! The colour of the fabric, I used, resembles the traditional Portuguese tiles (azulejos), so I thought it would be a good match.

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I would say the fabric is a poplin weight cotton, from a Portuguese shop and I used a white cotton fabric for the lining. The pattern offers three options for the back closure and I opted for the ribbon. It’s a lovely detail for summer dresses, don’t you think?

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There will be a giveaway on IG, tomorrow, so don’t forget to check it.

For more inspiration (and I’m sure there will be plenty) don’t forget to check out these amazing ladies:

Sisko by MiekeBel’EtoileZowiewo Petrol & Mint – sewpony – Fairies, Bubbles & Co

Elizabeth LittleMaker Mountain FabricsBetter Dressed Child Just Add FabricMy Petite Sophie

Frances SuzanneI Sew BlancheLily & WoodyMy Minnie Mie

I Love You SewThread Riding HoodAriane Blog

 

Have a wonderful week. 😊

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New Striped Tees for The Girls

I love striped tees, particularly navy blue and white and especially this time of the year, when the weather gets better (occasionally it happens!) and we can enjoy more the seaside.

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I usually start by talking about the pattern I used, but this time I must start talking about the fabric. As soon as I saw the fabric at The Sweet Mercerie I had to get some. The stripes and colours were perfect for what I had in mind. I also had the patterns already and when we planned this day by the seaside I didn’t wasted my chance to make these tops.

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The pattern I used is the Lunch Box Tee from Oliver + S. I’ve used this pattern before and I knew that I would have to add some length to obtain the look I was after. So, I made size 6 for both girls, but added 8cm to F’s tee and 6cm to M’s. Apart from adding some length I didn’t made any other change.

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I am very pleased with how the tees turned out and I know I might be partial here, but I think the girls look really cute in them. Also, I think the fabric and pattern worked well together.

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The fabric is a very soft cotton/modal blend and apart from having to match the stripes it was good to work with. Having to match the stripes is an extra work while making the garment but it’s so nice to wear.

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When I bought the fabric I also bought some to make something for myself. 😉

The fabric is the same kind and the pattern is the Bento Tee by Liesl + Co. that I had for some time now and really wanted to try. I made a size XS with ¾ sleeves.

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I know this will not last long and soon they won’t think it’s cool wearing matching clothes with mum, but for this once it was fun. 😊

A New Blouse for Me

You know those type of projects you have on your mind for so long but, life keeps happening that it takes so long until you actually make it? This was one of those! Luckily, this one, did came to life, because a lot of them never do!

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I’ve always loved ruffles and this year they are trendy so, I’m making the most of it. I was trying to find a pattern with ruffled sleeves or one that I could easily modify when, it crossed my mind that, the only Japanese Sewing Book for women that I own, could have something that could help me. And indeed, it did!

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I used the pattern B from the Book “Stylish Dress Book” and changed, the sleeves, only slightly. The only thing I’ve changed to the original was not adding the seam allowance to the hem and eliminate the elastic.

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Although this is such an easy project, without closures of any kind or complicated steps, it doesn’t mean it went smoothly. I made such silly mistakes… all for not paying enough attention. I didn’t read the pattern piece where it said to add some width, so I had to cut new ones. And see that cute pleat at the back?

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Yes, it was not intended, it was another mistake. There were two lines for two different patterns and I choose the wrong line, so I ended up a back piece a few inches wider that it was meant to be. So, a pleat it was!

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The fabric was bought over a year ago at Bolo de Pano, for one of those projects that never happened, but it was handy for this one, as it was the exact kind of fabric I wanted for this project.

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Other than my “accidents”, I’m really happy that I made the blouse even before it gets out of trend.

Have a wonderful week!

The Key Largo Top

Today, Adrianna from Hey June released a new pattern and, as usual, does not disappoint. You know those patterns that go well with everything and you want to make one in each colour? The Key Largo Top pattern is one of those!

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The Key Largo Top is a woven tee available in sizes 2 to 22, with different options, including a trendy tie front hem and front pieces cut on bias. It is also a great pattern to play with fabric prints.

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For the test, I’ve made view B, in size 2, according to my high bust measurement. Although, view B is meant to be cut on bias and I have, in fact, cut two front pieces, I did not cut it on bias. This was only due to the print of my fabric, as I thought it would look weird. I did cut, however, the two pieces because I really like the front seam, although I know I would have avoided the print matching.

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As usual the instructions are clear and helpful and pattern pieces match perfectly. It is also a fast sewing project, so this is truly a great pattern.

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The fabric I used is a cotton lawn from Atelier Brunette, that is so nice to work and wear.

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You can get the pattern on sale through the weekend. 😉

Summer skirts for the girls

A couple of years ago I made skirts for the girls from the Japanese sewing book “Sew Chic Kids” and they loved them. They are a bit short now but they still want to wear them, so I thought new ones would be very welcome and I was right!

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The pattern is the Tired Skirt (p) in size 4 for M and 6 for F. I find this pattern a bit long for my personal preference and that is the reason I’m using a smaller size than the recommended for their height.

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As soon as I saw the Dashwood Confetti collection at Sew Crafty Shop I knew it would be perfect for these skirts and I really like how they turned out. For F, I used the Flower Seed

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and for M the Flower Ball. Although the prints are different, I like how well they match.

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I know the girls will be wearing the skirts a lot 😊