The Mayfair Dress

Did you take part in the Me Made May this year? I’ve been taking part for the last three years and although I didn’t document it every day, I did wear me made clothes every single day. Participating in Me Made May helps me realise what I wear the most and what works better for me, so that I can make things that I will effectively wear.

This year, I realised that I need more dresses, as I really love to wear them, and blouses in solid colours that go well with jeans and a cardigan without thinking too much if the colours match. White works wonderfully for me!

Luckily for me, Nina Lee had a call for testers, for a new dress pattern! I hadn’t tested for Nina before, but have tried one of her patterns and liked the way this new dress looked.

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The Mayfair Dress is a versatile dress, designed for knit fabrics with options to make it perfect all year round and is available in sizes 6 to 20.

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The dress has three sleeve and two length options and I opted for the short sleeve and knee length. According to my measurements, I made a size 6 graded to size 8 at the hip and I’m happy with the fit.

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My favourite part must be the gathering front. It wasn’t the easiest knit project (also due to the fabric used) but certainly was worth it. Although the fabric made things a bit tricky at times, I just adore the way it drapes. Also, did you notice it is not blue? Big improvement for me! I got this viscose jersey from Fabric Godmother.

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The pattern is now available in PDF and will soon be available in paper format. Until next Sunday you can get it with 10% off with code “hellomayfair”.

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A Summer outfit for F

F is in need of some Summer clothes as most of hers from last year don’t fit anymore and therefor, will be used by M. On the other hand, I know that if I have coordinated outfits for the girls, those will get more wear. So, for this Sew Crafty Design Team Project, I used some fabrics that I love and know it will easily coordinate with M’s outfits.

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I’ve been wanting to make the Laurel Blouse by Jilly Atlanta for some time now and Sew Crafty has this gorgeous dobby cotton lawn and, as you most likely already know, it’s one of my favourite fabrics.

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According to F’s chest measurements, I made a size 6 but added some length as her height fits in a size 7 and the fit is just right.

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The fabric is not as light as some dobby cotton I’ve worked with, but still lightweight and nice to work with.

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The pattern has the option for lined yoke or finishing with bias and I opted for a lined yoke as I prefer the way it looks. Just realised, looking at the photos, that I need to redo the front yoke lining. It is not laying right and it is bothering me… my fault!

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To complete the outfit, I made the Graphite Shorts by Made by Toya using Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman and I do wish I had a pair of shorts like this for myself!

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Like the previous ones I’ve made her, these ones are a size 7 without alterations. She really loves these shorts and asked me to make some more. She definitely feels very comfortable wearing them. Can’t blame her!

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The fabric is a mixture of linen and cotton, was very good to work with and we’re both very pleased with how it turned out. I honestly find it perfect for summer projects.

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I’m sure she will want to wear this outfit a lot! She already asked if she can take it to school in the next non-uniform day. 😊

More Maria Blouses!

As I mentioned last post, today I’ll be sharing more versions of the new pattern Maria Blouse by Suco by Susana 😊

The idea of this pattern was that it could be used by more grown up girls thence being available from sizes 3 up to 14 years old. Some girls, as they grow up, stop finding ruffles so stylish and prefer simpler garments (I have one at home like that 😉) so we also wanted to have options for them. The simple bodice will be perfect!

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The sleeves and collars are the same as in the gathered bodice version so, as you can see, this pattern is really versatile.

I think most of you already know that I like pinafores and I think this version works wonderfully paired with it. I made F a version, using the shirt bodice, puff sleeves and ruffle collar. How sweet, yet age appropriate, does it look? Yes, I know… I’m partial here. But I really like it. 😊

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As in the previous version I’ve made for her, I used a size 8 for height with size 6 for width and I’m pleased with the fit. Not too tight or too loose.

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The fabric used is Liberty Capel in mustard from Alice Caroline. F is a big fan of yellow/mustard colours so she “needed” this one.

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For M, I also made a shirt bodice version, but this time with the ruffled sleeves. How cute is this option?

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To keep it simple, as she prefers it, I made the peter pan collar and it’s such a lovely combo!

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 Like the previous one I shared, I made size 8 for height with size 6 for width and I think the fit is spot on.

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The fabric is Liberty Mitsi in grey and I must confess that when she first saw it she said she preferred brighter colours but when she saw it again paired with the mustard skirt she loved it! She even said it looked sophisticated! I think that’s a win! 😉

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You still can get your pattern with a reduced price, until tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd May). 😊

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Thank you so much Susana for all the effort you put this pattern. ❤

The Maria Blouse

Sharing today’s post with you makes me really happy and a bit excited. Susana and I have been working on this pattern for a few months and today, finally it’s coming to life! 😊

As my girls are growing I find it more challenging to get clothes that are age adequate. Not too grown up, not too childish. They like to wear dresses and skirts but jeans are also popular around here and that is also fine, but I still like to look at them and not see a mini grown up. I know this is personal preference and some might disagree. On the other hand, I understand and respect that they are not little children anymore and have their own style and preferences. That is when the idea of a blouse that would be age adequate crossed my mind but, I can’t make patterns…

Also, I thought other girls would like to wear these blouses, but then again… I can’t make patterns, I don’t have the knowledge. That’s when I thought about Susana! I know her patterns and I know she works really well, so maybe she would be interested in making a pattern. I’m so glad she agreed! She definitely put a lot of work into it. A few muslins and a test later, the Maria Blouse is now live! 😊

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The blouse has two bodice options, four sleeves and two collar options. Can you imagine how many blouses you will be able to make with this pattern? Plus, it comes from sizes 3 to 14 years old!

As I’ve made a few blouses, I will make two blog posts. Today I’ll be sharing the gathered bodice version and on Monday I’ll be sharing more versions.

For F, I made a version with ruffle sleeves and collar, in size 6 for width and 8 for length. In case you need, just as I did, to blend sizes, the instructions also include this adjustment.

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F still likes to wear ruffled collars, so I made this version for her. Isn’t the collar so sweet?

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The fabric is very lightweight and I liked it so much when I saw it at Pra Kriar that I forgot to see the composition! This is something very unlikely in me but it happened. I believe it is a cotton though. I bought the last metre available but there was another fabric very similar, that I also bought and it will be another Maria Blouse, for M.

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On the other hand, M is not so keen on wearing ruffled collars… so I made a version with peter pan collar and short sleeves. As you see, the pattern has versions for all tastes 😉

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I must say that I also find a peter pan collar adorable!

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For this version I used a Liberty Betsy Porcelain. This is one of my favourite prints and the colours are so beautiful.

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It’s no secret that I like some vintage inspiration and for that reason I mentioned to Susana that I would like the blouse to include puff sleeves option but I confess that the sleeves Susana designed exceeded my expectations. Those sleeves are so pretty! From my two daughters, F is the one that likes more this kind of style so, I made this version for her.

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Even though she is nine already, I think she wears this version so well, without looking childish at all.

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For this version I used, again, a Liberty Betsy but this time in turquoise.

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Hope you like this pattern as much as I do and I’ll be sharing more versions on Monday, so that you can see how versatile this pattern is. 😊

The Phoenix Blouse

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted here, on the blog! I feel like I’ve been neglecting it, but the truth is I’ve been sewing a lot! Hopefully will start sharing everything soon. 😊 Nonetheless, I have tested a great pattern that I really would like to share with you, because it is really worth it.

The Phoenix Blouse is Hey June’s new pattern, released last Friday. It’s a blouse with a boho vibe, that can be made with or without sleeves. In two lengths.

I made the sleeveless with standard length version. I had a difficult time deciding the version I would make but, went with this version for two reasons. Without sleeves I will wear it during summer or spring with a cardigan and I had this fabric that I really wanted to use and I think it works better in this version.

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The pattern goes from size 2 to 22 and I made a size 2 based on my high bust measurements. The pattern has some ease at the hip, so I didn’t make any adjustments and it worked well. I’m happy with the fit, very happy to be precise.

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I really like how it fits and how the front yoke seams work as princess seams. I confess I was a little afraid how those corners would turn out, as the fabric is a bit slippery, but following the instructions everything turned out great. As usual in Adrianna’s patterns, the construction techniques are very good and with a beautiful finishing.

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I’m not sure about the composition of the fabric I used, as it was in a remnant basket at Feira dos Tecidos (a Portuguese fabric shop) but, I would say it has viscose/rayon because it drapes beautifully. It was totally worth all the extra pins I had to use!

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I think I could use a few more Phoenix blouses in my wardrobe. Maybe a sleeve version in double gauze and another sleeveless one with some colourful tassels… 😉

New shorts for F

You probably already know Toya and her unique style. The news is she recently started making patterns for kids, well… maybe it’s not that new since this is her second pattern already. Anyway, Toya released a new trousers and shorts pattern and we like it a lot.

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The Graphite Trousers and Shorts were even approved by my picky daughter, M, as well as by F. Totally a wining!

I really like the style of the trousers, with front pleats and optional tie. They are super comfortable and stylish.

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The pattern is available in sizes 2 up to 12 years old as trousers, cropped length or shorts. These will get a lot of use all year round.

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Shorts always get a lot of wear around here. Even during winter, (except on those freezing cold days) paired with tights, so I tried the shorts first, to wear with knee socks during Spring. I also made a version in chambray for Summer but haven’t photographed yet.

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For F, I made size 7 based on her hip measurements and although she is a size 8 for height, the shorts fit her perfectly.

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The fabric used is a Liberty corduroy bought at my local haberdashery that, unfortunately, closed recently. The fabric worked very well for this pattern and will be perfect for a trousers version during winter.

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The pattern instructions are detailed and helpful, as well as the illustrations.

During testing I’ve seen some great versions and I honestly can say that I’ll be making more for my girls. Now, if only there was a ladies version…

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I’m picturing a next version in seersucker. Do you recommend any shop that has some with nice quality 100% cotton? 😊

The Amalfi Dress

This is, probably, the most elegant dress I’ve made for myself and I love it! I’ve been dreaming with a dress like this and the pattern is finally available.

The Amalfi Dress is the most recent pattern by Hey June and, as usual, Adrianna nailed it.

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This pattern is available from sizes 2 up to 22, with two lengths and two sleeve options, bust darts and elastic waist.

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For my version I made the classic tea length and flutter sleeve (how could I resist it?), in size 2. Because of my fabric choice, I opted for omitting the pockets, but those are included in the pattern.

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The instructions recommend lightweight drapey fabric and I used a viscose lawn, with a lovely drape from Stone Fabrics. It wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, but I love the result!

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As usual, the instructions are great, easy to follow and include how to make changes to the pattern, including full bust alteration. Also, on the good side, the pattern doesn’t have closures (great, right?) and the elastic waist makes it look so feminine but very comfortable to wear.

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So, to summarize, I really like this dress, how feminine and elegant it is and am planning my next one. I think a Rifle Paper Co. rayon would look beautiful… 😉