The Recital Shirt

So, here I am sharing another ruffled blouse. Even before the ruffles become trendy, I already used to wear them, so it’s only natural that I started collecting patterns with ruffles when they started being released, right?

This time I made the Recital Shirt, a pattern by Liesl + Co. I knew I needed that pattern the moment it came out, but some patterns I prefer in paper version, so I waited a sale to get my copy in the paper version. I can now tell you that it was worth it.

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The pattern offers different options for front, collar and placket. I opted for version A, with princess seams, ruffled collar and continuous placket.

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This pattern offers a range size from 0 to 20, and for different cup sizes. According to my measurements, I made a size 0, cup A/B, without modifications and I won’t make changes in my next version.

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I particularly like the fit, not being baggy at the waist, thanks to the back darts and princess seams. Although it doesn’t make hemming any easier, I like how the slit looks like and makes it more comfortable to wear.

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The instructions provided are very useful, leading to a neat final result. I don’t make sleeve plackets that often, so it’s something that causes me some apprehension at first, but I had no issues at all.

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The fabric I’ve used is a lovely Liberty bought from Cousette, two years ago already! I really like this print and colour, and was saving it for something I’m sure I will wear a lot.

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I do like to wear blouses and the fit in this one is very good, but I admit I, probably, wouldn’t have bought it if it wasn’t for the collar. 😉

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This was not a fast project but was definitely worth it. 😊

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The Stella Dress

Although we’re still in full winter weather, I can’t stop thinking about summer. The thing is, despite finding winter very beautiful (especially in photos), it’s not my favourite season and after Christmas I’m ready to move on to Spring. So, it is only natural that I start sewing for summer while we are still having snow, right?

M was the lucky recipient of my first summer sewing! Diorella from Bebekins is releasing new patterns and I got to test them. The first one, the Stella Dress and Top, was released today and is a lovely and timeless pattern. The kind of dress that goes well in every girl’s wardrobe.

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The Stella Dress and Top has a high yoke and ruffle sleeves that gives it a sweet look and is available from sizes 1 year up to 10 years.

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I find the style of this dress truly adorable but I don’t think I need to tell you that my favourite part are the ruffle sleeves, do I? 😉 Not that the dress needed, but I added a cotton trim to the sleeve. Can’t resist adding some details!

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The fabric I used is a poplin (or very similar) from Mike Tecidos’ last year collection and I already used it before in here. I really like this print and colour!

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For M, I made a size 7 for height with a size 5 for width and I’m happy with the fit. I’m sure she will wear it a lot during summer (already dreaming…).

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If you join the Bebekins Facebook group you can get a code for 30% off! 😉

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Have you already started your summer sewing as well?

The Ines Dressing Gown

Sleepwear might not seem so appealing to make but, if you think twice, it is something that we give a lot of use and really want it to be comfortable. To be honest the pyjamas (and even underwear) that I made for my girls are the most used items, so there is no reason not to make them and using nice fabrics. They really are very appreciated around here.

For this reason, when Susana from Suco by Susana shared her new pattern to be tested, I wanted to make it.

The Ines dressing gown is her most recent pattern, released yesterday, and I got to test it. It’s a pattern available from sizes 12 months to 14 years old, with a timeless look.

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It’s perfect to make using a soft and warm fabric like fleece or quilted jersey, but it worked equally well with a piqué.

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For M, I made size 8 for height with size 6 for width, as usual, and it fits well, with room to play and wear layers but without looking baggy. Instructions to make adjustments using different sizes are also included in the pattern.

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This pattern has a sweet design with front and back yoke, slightly gathered body and peter pan collar.

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Also included in the pattern are lovely appliqué templates that can be placed in the pockets. So sweet! I didn’t used them because of my fabric choice but must include them next time.

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I must say that my initial intention was to make the dressing gown using fleece but, the fabric I ordered didn’t arrive and I opted for a piqué I already had in my stash, bought long ago at Trae Tela. It worked very well and it makes a lovely dressing gown for Spring (or even Summer, as we live in the UK…).

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You can get it until Monday, 5th February, with a special price. 😉

I am sure this one will be much loved and used. 😊

Nova Blouse

I can’t believe I forgot to share this blouse in here! This one is, very likely, one of my favourite makes.

This was not the first time I made the Nova pattern from StraightGrain Patterns (you can check here) and ever since I wanted to try the honeycomb pleats version, as I adore the effect it lends to a garment. So, I finally made it last Autumn (yes, that long ago!).

 

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I made a size 7, without changes but instead used the ¾ sleeves from the Feliz pattern, also from StraightGrain Patterns. The other small change I made, was adding lace to the sleeve hem, for an extra girly touch… okay, and also because you know how much I love lace and couldn’t resist it.

 

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The fabric is a vayella from Ratucos in a beautiful mauve colour that worked well for this project even for the honeycomb pleats.

 

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I liked this pattern already, but I confess this version is my favourite and I’m already planning a summer version.

 

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The thing is, M wants to wear jeans more often now and I thought that with a girly blouse it would be practical, as she prefers, but still elegant and girly and I like how it looks. I think it works great for both of us this way. 😊

 

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I still have more makes from 2017 to share but, now that I seem to have started to feel inspired and motivated again, hopefully will share some new year makes soon. 😉

Happy New Year!

First of all, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful new year!

Although, I am really looking forward to share with you what I’ve been doing this year, I still have a few makes from last year that I would like to share first.

So, this is not the first make of the year, but it’s what I used in the first day of the new year. 😉 I always like to wear something new during the first day of the year and cardigans always get much use on an everyday basis, so I opted for a cardigan in a different colour than my usual navy blue.

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I used a McCall’s Pattern, the M6996, bought some time ago at a sale and I must say it took me quite some time to use it. I like paper patterns very much and prefer them to PDF most times, but for some reason I don’t use patterns from the Big Four that often and I believe that was what put me aside from making it before.

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The pattern offers two neckline and back options, different lengths and an optional belt. I made option A, which has a simple hemmed neckline in the shortest option.

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Another difference in this pattern options, is the back, that for options A and B has a ruffle, while in versions C and D is straight. The back in this option is one of my favourite features. I really like how it lays.

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The fabric I used is a structured knit from Nosh and despite the fact that it makes my hips look even larger I really like how it worked. Maybe a lighter fabric would have a better drape, nevertheless I would do it again using the same fabric.

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The only thing I will probably change next time are the sleeves, as they are a bit long on me. Other than that, I like a lot. 😊

Hope you’ve had a good start of the year!

The girls got new pinafores

Ever since my girls were quite small, I always dressed them with pinafores and it still is one of my favourite garments for them. It’s a classic that always looks good and never gets old, at least for me!

When I started sewing, I couldn’t easily find pinafores patterns. I was lucky to have been gifted this one that I adore, but unfortunately, only goes up to size 6. Recently I tried a couple of new pinafore patterns and liked both very much, each in its own style and the girls have been wearing them a lot. So, when I saw that there was a new pattern, I had to try it.

The pattern is the Ring Around the Rosie by Puzzle Patterns. This pattern is part of their debut collection and I came across them through Susana, that tested a few items from this collection.

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The pattern is available as pinafore skirt from sizes 12-18 months to 10 years and as a romper for sizes 12-18 months up o size 5 years. Both pinafore and romper have two strap options, with and without ruffled straps.

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I made for M a simple version without ruffles, in size 7 with 6 for width, using a viyella from Ratucos.

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I really like how it looks, but I believe I could have sized down at the width. Maybe a size 7 with 5 would look even better.

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I didn’t make the ruffled version yet, but I didn’t resist adding some lace. For F, I made a size 8 with 6 for width and used some lace on the straps’ side seams.

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Again, for this version I used a viyella from Ratucos. I am not sure if this kind of fabric would work well for the ruffle… maybe a light weight fabric will work better, I think.

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I like that the straps are adjustable at the back. The pattern is for 3 buttonholes, but I’ve only made two and used wooden buttons in both versions.

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I can already picture a linen version with ruffles for summer. 😊 I know it’s still a long way to go and we just had snow and it’s freezing cold, but I can’t resist thinking about warmer days…

Hope you’re not as late as I am with Christmas preparations. 😉

New Tees for the girls

My girls were in need of some tees, as they have outgrown most of the ones they have, so I decided to make them a couple each, but this time adding a little personal touch. These tees were made over a month ago, but they haven’t made their way to the blog until now!

You might know that I have opened an Etsy shop recently, with girls’ clothes, and wanted to include some tees that I believe are age appropriate. Two of these tees were actually made as samples for the shop. If you would like to have a look at the shop, you’re very welcome. 😊

For all the tees, I used Hey June patterns in size 8. I made two City Park Tees and added a ruffle at the shoulder for an extra girly look.

I used a Nosh jersey as the main fabric, ribbing also from Nosh and for the ruffle I used mustard Capel Liberty Tana Lawn. I love the colour contrast and they will look great paired with dungarees.

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The second City Park Tee was made using an Art Gallery jersey that I had for some time now and organic cotton ribbing from Maud’s Fabric Finds. This time also included a ruffle, but instead used broderie anglaise. I like how delicate and feminine it looks.

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I made two more tees, but this time using the Morrison Tee, again in size 8. Since ruffles continue to be trendy I, once again added ruffles. I really like how it looks!

The fabrics used are the same as the City Park, but used Liberty Wiltshire instead.

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The broderie anglaise used for this tee is also slightly different, as it is wider and the fabric is lighter.

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These might be just tees, but I like how girly they look. 😊