Party Dresses

Before going on holidays, we attended a wedding and for the first time, I decided to make the dresses for both girls and myself. I was comfortable with the girls’ dresses, but not so much with making one for myself. Let’s be honest, I’ve made a few dresses for myself, but a dress to attend a wedding I was not so sure.

To start, I made M a dress I had made before and really like, the Atlanta dress by Nun Studio.

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For this dress it is essential that it fits properly at the chest, so I made a size 6 for width, with size 8 for height and the fit is great.

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My favourite part of the dress are the sleeves, so I wanted to accentuate that feature and used a different fabric for lining ang cotton lace. The main fabric is Broderie Anglaise from the Sweet Mercerie and the lining fabric is Liberty Felicité denim blue from Stragier. Two of my favourite fabrics 😉 and I just wish this dress could grow with her…

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F asked me if I could make her a twirling dress with a sash and bow. That was an easy request, that I was pleased to fulfil.

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Once more, I used a pattern I already knew, the Tinny Dress by Straight Grain, with circle skirt and regular bodice. To make it as per F’s request, I added a sash. Also, I thought a ruffled collar would look good and she agreed on adding it.

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I made a straight size 8, using the same fabrics used for M’s dress. Installing an invisible zipper in this fabric was not the most enjoyable task and it’s not perfect but the sash helps disguise and it looks so pretty!

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Although it was quite warm back in July, the truth is you can never trust the weather in the UK, so I decided to make both girls a cape, bearing in mind that the wedding was at the evening.

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The pattern I used is the Constance Cape by Jilly Atlanta in size 7 for both girls. To choose the size I considered the shoulder to shoulder measurement and opted for straight hem, gathered collar and ties. The girls did really enjoy this cape 😊

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I used a linen from Stone Fabrics for the main fabric and some Liberty (the same as the one used for the dresses) for the collar and ties. Love how it looks!

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Now, this post is getting a little longer than usual and I hope someone is still reading until this point.

For myself, I thought about using a pattern for a long dress, but I was afraid I would have to make changes and I didn’t had the time to make muslins and adjustments, so I decided to go with a pattern I already knew and loved and made one more Amalfi dress

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The only change I made was to extend the skirt. I used the tea length version to start with and added 26cm.

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The fabric is viscose crepe from Atelier Brunette bought at Maçãs d’Amor. I’ve used this fabric before and knew it drapes beautifully, just what I needed to achieve the look I had in mind.

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Now I promise I will stop sharing summer projects and hope it won’t take too long to share my autumn make

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Summer Dresses

We just got back from our holidays in Portugal where it was sunny and warm, straight to Autumn in the UK. But, before I star sewing warmer clothes, I would like to share a couple of things I made before going on holidays.

One of the dresses I made was the Fringe Blouse and Dress by Chalk and Notch. As you already figured it out, I made the dress option, view A button up front with view B sleeve cuffs.

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I made a size 0 as per my bust and waist measurements, without any major changes. In fact, the only change I made was taking 5cm from the skirt front and back curve, without changing the sides. Basically, just made the curve less pronounced as I believe it suits me better since I am not tall.

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The fabric used is a lovely Broderie anglaise from The Sweet Mercerie. As a side note, I felt more comfortable using a under dress slip. I did use this dress quite a lot and love the fit.

 

Another dress I’ve made was the Amalfi Dress by Hey June Patterns (actually, I made two more Amalfi dresses but I will share the other one later). I tested this pattern and absolutely loved it, so I had to make another to wear in my birthday.

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This time I made a view A, with flutter sleeves, in size 2. Just like the first one I’ve made, I omitted the pockets.

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The fabric is Rayon, Amalfi by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel from Crafty Mastermind. I really adore this fabric, the touch and drape are so good, not to mention how beautiful it looks, right?

Hope you had a wonderful summer break 😊

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”.

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… 😉