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! 😊

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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

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. ❤