2019 First Post Featuring an Old Make

Hope it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year! This is my first post of the year. Nevertheless, what I’m sharing is in fact something made quite a long time ago however, only had the opportunity to take pictures during the Christmas holidays.

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I made M this outfit to match the one I had previously made for F (previous post) but, bearing in mind her own style. M doesn’t like ruffles that much anymore, but has agreed on an Ida Blouse by Ikatee in white, because it looks good with jeans! In fact, I have to agree with her. So much so, I also bought white fabric to make one for myself.

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The blouse was made in size 8, without modifications and it fits pretty well. Like the one I made for F, I’ve chosen the long sleeves option but, this time I changed the way it closes at the back and used ties.

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Instead of using fabric for the ruffles, I used Broderie Anglaise and in my opinion, adds such a lovely detail. The main fabric is a plain off-white shirt fabric from Mike Tecidos and it worked well for this project.

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I know M’s idea was to wear the blouse with jeans but, I also made her trousers that she can wear (or not) with this blouse. The pattern is the Graphite Trousers by Made by Toya.

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For the trousers, I also made a straight size 8 without modifications, using the same corduroy previously used for F’s pinafore and Liberty Ava for the ties.

Hope you had a good start of the year!

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A Not So New Outfit for F

We are now starting to truly feel the Christmas spirit but, before I close my sewing room door to spend family time, I would like to share a few more things I made.

This outfit was made some time ago but, I’m struggling a little to document my makes… This blouse was one of the first things I made F this Autumn and is such a lovely one.

It’s not because I took part in the design of this pattern that I like it and use it a lot. It’s because it was something, I really missed in my daughters’ handmade wardrobe. The Maria blouse was, once more, the pattern used 😉

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I made the blouse version (perfect to wear with a pinafore), with long sleeves and ruffled collar (F’s favourite) in size 9 for height with size 7 for width.

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The fabric used is Liberty Tana Lawn Ava from Alice Caroline. I found this print and colour so much prettier than I expected, I must say.

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The pinafore is the Ainsley Pinafore by Jilly Atlanta. This pattern has a design a little differently than the usual pinafores, as the waistline is raised and I think it actually looks adorable.

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I opted for the lower U neckline, elastic back for extra comfort and button straps, made in size 8 for height and 6x for width. That’s why F likes the clothes I make her so much. The fit is much better!

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For the main fabric I used a corduroy that was in my stash for some time and for the lining the same fabric as the blouse. How lovely does it look inside? This is another reason for enjoying sewing so much, the pretty inside!

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I made a matching (although completely different) outfit for M that I hope to share in the near future. 😊

A Christmas dress for F

December is here and it won’t be long until Christmas! We still don’t have plans for this holiday but we are looking forward to spending quality time together.

The fact that we don’t have plans doesn’t mean that we can’t have lovely dresses to wear, right? Even if we stay home, I always like to dress something smart for Christmas day and this year is no exception. As part of my latest Sew Crafty Design Team I made F a lovely Christmas dress, using a super soft double gauze.

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The fabric is 100% cotton and is so soft! F will be well dress but still very comfortable. Perfect! The colour is Eucalyptus and works wonderfully for this season but still works great to wear any other time.

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The pattern I used is the Louise by Ikatee in size 9. I made the dress option with shoulder and collar ruffle but omitted the ruffle on the back.

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F adores wearing ruffles (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…) and asked for a little sleeve ruffle and that was the only change I made to the pattern.

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The closure is at the back with buttons and I took the opportunity to use the mother of pearl buttons that Sew Crafty now has available. Don’t know about you, but these are my favourite buttons for dresses and blouses and lately I can’t get them easily so I was really pleased to see they now have them available.

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I have to be honest and say that because the fabric is so soft, I should have been more careful for this pattern. For example, I should have stay stitched the neckline to prevent stretching but still, we are both very happy with this dress and I’m ordering some more fabric to make something for M as well.

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Although I took the photos outside, with natural light, the colour didn’t come true, so I took some inside photos and was able to get a better match.

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Hope you’re having a god time getting ready for Christmas. Enjoy the season 😊

The Brunswick Pullover

Winter is definitely here! Temperatures dropped dramatically this week and we had snow yesterday. Although being able to admire the beauty of Winter, I confess that it is not my favourite season and I deal very badly with cold.

That said, I am very grateful to Adrianna for creating another wonderful pattern, the Brunswick Pullover.

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The Brunswick is an oversized pullover with two views that are interchangeable and available from sizes 2 to 22.

I made a size 2, based on my high bust measurements and didn’t made changes but depending on the type of fabric, some slight changes might be needed (all is well explained in the instruction, as usual).

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This pattern is, not only very comfortable but, has some interesting details. I opted for the plackets at the hem (that I adore!) and cowl as I don’t really use the hood and the cowl will make it extra cosy. There is also a kangaroo pocket option and a sleeve pocket that I also like but didn’t have the right zip for it.

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The fabric I’ve used is a really very soft sweatshirt fleece from Pin & Sew and for the placket I used a bit of Liberty Tana Lawn. This pattern and fabric combo make it perfect to hibernate. So comfortable!

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In all honesty, this is a great pattern, well drafted, very comfortable and perfect for snuggling during these next moths. Mine is being used already and it will continue to be on heavy rotation for the next times.

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The Lana Pattern Tour

In case you’ve missed it, the Lana Pattern Tour started yesterday with some lovely versions and today is my turn to share what I’ve made.

I bought the ladies version when it was released. I’ve made it back then and wear it so much, that when Emi and Olga contacted me to know if I wanted to take part in the tour, I immediately said yes.

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M “needed” a new tee for the school disco, so I asked her how she felt about the newly released girls’ version and she willingly said yes!

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The pattern is available from size 12 months to 14 years old and has two dress options besides the tee. I made a size 7 for M without any changes and she absolutely loved it. In fact, I got the best compliment from her. She said that when this one doesn’t fit anymore, she wants another one just the same.

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The fabric is a cotton jersey in a lovely pink shade from The Sweet Mercerie, that I got before the Summer holidays and was intended to become a Lana tee for myself, but didn’t got the chance to actually make it… until now.

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I’m glad that, at the time, I bought some extra fabric, because I managed to also make one tee for myself. Now we can go out twinning 😉 Not sure that will actually happen but we like the fact that we can if we want to and despite the cold, we had fun taking photos.

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Do you know that Olga just added long sleeves to the pattern? How great is that? You can use your Lana all year long! I managed to make a long sleeve version for F in time to enjoy these beautiful Autumn days.

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For the dress, I’ve used a Liberty jersey bought over a year ago for her, at Fabrics Galore.  Of course, she loved it because: 1 it has ruffles; 2 is super comfortable… 3 it has her favourite colour.

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I made a straight size 8, but the hem is only ½ inch instead of 1 inch in the hope that will still fit next Spring.

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So, the Lana really is a lovely pattern, well drafted, with great fit and as you will realise during this tour, so versatile. Honestly, do follow along the Tour as it will be very inspiring. If you would like to get the pattern, now it is a great time, as it is 20% off (excluding bundle) with code ‘lanatour’.

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Thank you so much Olga and Emi for having me on the Tour! 😊

Autumn blouse for F

Autumn is truly here! The days are shorter… and colder, but the colours are beautiful and bright. To be honest, I don’t like cold, but I do like the baking and snuggling in the sofa with my girls and watch a film, so… not all is bad.

I started sewing for F because this girl had a growth spurt and she had barely nothing to wear! My plan is to share a couple more outfits, but for now I would like to share the Ida blouse I’ve made for her.

The Ida is a newly released pattern from Ikatee in collaboration with the French blogger Petite Choses, with a Victorian vibe that I, as you might already be aware, particularly admire.

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The pattern offers several options, dress or blouse, long sleeve or short sleeve and can be made both in woven or knit, with a size range from 3 up to 12 years old.

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I made the blouse version, with long sleeves and ruffled neckline in size 9, based on F’s height and I think it fits her good.

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The blouse closes at the back and I made a button loop. I did try to use elastic but it turned out too bulky and I did not like how it looked. Next time I will use a ribbon. Yes, I already have another one cut 😊

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This is the first time I’ve used an Ikatee pattern and I liked it. The instructions, although in French (I think there will be an English version soon), are clear and there are also videos available if necessary. Also, the seam allowances are included.

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The fabric used is a shirt weight/poplin bought 3 or 4 years ago in Portugal. I’m glad plaids are back and I can use the fabric.

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From the same collaboration, there is another pattern that I would like to try, the Louise blouse and dress and maybe, the ladies version that will also be available. 😉

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