The Willamette Shirt

Now that Me Made May is in full swing and I am organising my wardrobe for warmer days, new summer shirts are very welcome, especially ones with a good fit and that you can use for a more casual look as well as for a dressy one. The Willamette shirt is Hey June’s new pattern and definitely covers these requirements!

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The Willamette shirt it’s a boxy dolman popover shirt with three views, cap sleeves or cuffs and optional front pockets, available in sizes 2 to 22. For the test I made version B, cap sleeve, without pockets in size 2, according to my chest measurements.

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Although, I was very tempted in making version A using a fabric with a good drape, as I think it will look lovely, I end up using Chambray (from here) that gives this shirt a boxier look but I actually like it and I know it will get a lot of use. For the bottom part I used a broderie anglaise for a summery look.

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For a shirt, this pattern is a fast sewing, the construction is actually quite easy and the instructions, as usual, are really good, so you end up with a very good looking shirt without being complicated at all! 😊 As I’ve mentioned before about Hey June’s patterns, Adrianna is careful with how the garments look not only outside, but also inside. This one is no exception and there are French seams inside this shirt. 😉

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Have a great weekend! 😊

The Juliette Dress

I’ve been following and admiring Suzanne’s work since I started sewing and for quite some time Jill’s work too. So, when they decided to work together to make a pattern it could only be really good! From this collaboration, the Juliette Dress and Top was created!

I was really pleased when Jill asked if I would like to be part of the tour as I absolutely love this pattern! How could I not, right?

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The pattern can be made as a dress or top and offers 4 sleeve options in sizes 12 months to 10 years. For those who follow me for some time, it must be clear that my favourite part is the collar. 😉 The collar has two options and there is also a Peter Pan option available at the Sewpony FB group that looks adorable.

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My initial intension was to make sleeveless dresses or tops, with the Summer holidays already in mind, but the girls were very peremptory about their options! Both said they wanted dresses with sleeves! Fine, so be it! Truth to be said, they will be wearing these dresses a lot more. I keep thinking about the holidays but we live in the UK and sleeveless dresses don’t get that much wear without a cardigan! I might have the perfect excuse to make more 😉

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The dresses are in size 6 for M and size 7 for F, both with ¾ sleeves, made with a Liberty fine cord, from here, bought last summer. It is perfect for this weather and the bright colours make it perfect for Spring.

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I haven’t made any changes and only added a trim to the collar. The fabric, probably would have worked just fine for the collar, but I was afraid it would be too thick, so I used a plain white cotton and the trim just added a pop of colour. Also, was the perfect way not to make both dresses exactly the same!

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The Juliette Dress and Top is a simple and fast sew, without zippers or buttonholes, which makes it a perfect project for a beginner, nevertheless, the result is beautiful inside and out.

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You can get the pattern from Sewpony with 10% off until 2nd June with code DRESSEDINSEWPONY. Also, if you haven’t heard about it you should go and check the amazing sewing contest Suzanne organised. The prizes are wonderful!

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Don’t forget to check all the creations made by these talented ladies.

 

Thank you so much for having me Suzanne and Jill! 😊

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The Farrah Blouse and Dress

The Farrah Blouse and Dress, released this week, is Chalk and Notch’s most recent pattern that I had the pleasure to be part of the test.

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This pattern has two views, view A, has ruffled sleeves and view B a front ruffle. Both views have side slit, high-low hem and can be made as blouse or dress.

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This pattern is available from size 0 to 18. I made the blouse, view A, in size 0, according to my bust and high bust measurements.

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Although the recommended fabric is one with a better drape, I really wanted to try it with this shirting fabric. The fabric choice plays a big role in the what it will look like and this is how I wanted it to look, with visible ruffles. I’m loving that this season ruffles are a trend and am making the most of it. 😉 I’ve also made another Farrah blouse using a fabric with much better drape and love how it looks, just need to take photos!

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The instructions, as usual in Gabriela’s patterns are very clear and helpful and the pattern pieces’ match perfectly. There are also instructions to adjust height and for a Full Bust Adjustment if necessary.

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I don’t think I need to mention that my favourite part of this pattern are the ruffles, right? 😉 Just in case the sleeve ruffles are not enough, I added a tiny one in broderie anglaise trim. Couldn’t help myself! Both pattern and fabric were demanded it!

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The Farrah is a beautiful and feminine pattern and depending on the fabric chosen it is very versatile and I really want to make a dress version as well.

For now, and until April 17th, you can get the pattern with 25% off full price at UpCraft Club, since last Monday and since today, also at Chalk and Notch.

The Coffee and Thread Tour

The Coffee and Thread blog tour 2017 started yesterday and I am really happy to be part of it. I tested a few of Olga’s patterns and I know how much effort and care she puts in each pattern, so it is an honour to be part of this tour and when Emi asked me if I wanted to take part I didn’t had to think much. Thank you for inviting me! 🙂

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Although I love and have made all the dresses, for this tour I decided, along with the girls, to try the Ania tunic as I know that better weather means more outside play and the girls like to look pretty but comfortable, so I know it will get a lot of wearing. Also, it was a pattern I hadn’t tried before!

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I made the tunics in the same size, although the girls do have a difference in height. I made size 7 for height with size 5 for length and I am very happy with the fit. It is fitted where it should but with room to play freely.

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As usual, Olga was careful to make this tunic pretty inside and out. This is actually one of things I like in Olga’s patterns, she is also careful with good finishing and beautiful insides.

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I wanted the girls to match, without looking the same, so I used different fabrics. For F, I used a Liberty Lawn in a colourful print, that I think looks great for summer and matches perfectly with white, navy and denim shorts or jeans, which are the colours she wears the most.

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For M I used a white broderie anglaise that I had in my stash for some time and have used before. I know white is not the wisest choice for kids, but I love to see them in white and matches well with almost any colour. I used F’s fabric for the button loop and in the hair bows (I didn’t made them) to make sure they were matching. 😉

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Taking these photos was no easy task, as they were particularly “inspired” that day and did not made my life easy. I love how they look in their new tunics! 😊

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And because it is party time Olga is offering 20% off her patterns with the code “Coffeeandthreadtour” and there is also an awesome giveaway going on.

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Last but not least, have you seen the line up? Amazing talented ladies, right? Don’t forget to check what they’ve made! 😊

April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie BurgettApril 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||

With Love By Eva 

I have a new dress!

Today was released the Trevi Top & Dress, the new pattern by Hey June Handmade. I am not going to mention again how much I love Adrianna’s patterns (oops! Just did it!) because you already know and this new pattern is no exception. 😉

The Trevi Top & Dress is a trapeze top or dress for woven fabrics and love how versatile and comfortable it is. Depending on the fabric and accessories you use you can achieve different looks and it also looks great paired with a cardigan.

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This pattern is available from size 2 to 22 and I made the dress version in size 2. I didn’t used it, but the pattern also includes a separate front piece with a darted full bust adjustment for cup sizes above C.

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The recommended fabrics for this pattern are the lightweight with drape and I used a lightweight viscose crepe that I really like but it was not the easiest fabric to work with, probably because it is not the kind of fabric I usually work with.

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The top/dress closes at the back with buttons, a feature that I really like! I like the fit of my dress but next time I will take a few centimetres, because I am not tall other than that, I will not make any changes and I am sure I will wear his dress a lot. How could I not? It’s perfect for hot Summer days in Portugal (I’m already dreaming with those days!).

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I probably didn’t have to say this, but just like all the other patterns I’ve tested or used from Hay June, the instructions are clear and helpful and the pattern pieces all match perfectly.

Hope you are having a lovely week. 😊

The Polly Pinafore

After more than a month without posting on the blog, I am publishing three posts in a week! The weather is getting warmer, new patterns for Spring and Summer are being released and I must say that this year I am enjoying the new patterns a lot! Ruffles are a trend so, I get to be trendy this season. 😉

This time, I am sharing with you Diorella’s, from Bebekins, first pattern, The Polly Pinafore.

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The Polly Pinafore has an adorable vintage style and is available in sizes 1 to 7 years old. With two ruffle options and two skirt width.

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For M, I made a size 6 with size 3 for width, used the two ruffles, one narrower than the other, and the regular skirt. The instructions include how to blend sizes which, in my opinion, is always helpful as it is something that I have to do regularly.

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The fabric used is a seersucker from The Sweet Mercerie and for the narrow ruffle I used broderie anglaise.

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What I like the most in this pattern, besides the style of course, is the fit and that it has a high waist. This allows it to be worn without a tee or blouse underneath, perfect for the hot summer! Yes, the season that I am already dreaming with!

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Like I mentioned before, the skirt I used, is the regular one and I think it is good enough to twirl, but if your little girl like some more twirling factor, there is also another skirt option.

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You can get the pattern throughout today for $5 and if you join the Bebekins Facebook group you can get it for an exclusive price! 😉

 

Hove a wonderful weekend! 😊

The Marlow dress

The Marlow dress is JillyAtlanta’s new pattern. It is a classic, yet with a relaxed fit perfect for every little girl to play around in style but, comfortable!

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The pattern is available in sizes 12 months to 10 years with two skirt length, two bodice, two sleeve and ruffles options along with a removable pocket.

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For F, I made size 7 with vintage length with size 5 for width, short sleeve with ruffles and “V” bodice with ruffles. I love this option for “not so little girls anymore”!

Instead of using fabric to make the front ruffle, as per the instructions, I used a Broderie Anglaise trim. I used the trim with the same width of the pattern piece except the seam allowance, because I didn’t need to hem. This option is great to use lace, trims, piping or colour blocking!

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Once again, all the pattern pieces matched perfectly and the instructions are clear and packed with useful tips. Also, the instructions use French seams (love it!) and in the “V” bodice, the seams are enclosed making this dress beautiful inside as well as outside! It is an easy sew and great for a beginner.

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The fabric used is a cotton pique in a beautiful colour that I bought almost two years ago, in a traditional fabric shop in Coimbra, Portugal. I remember it was the end of bolt but I need to go there next summer and see if they received some more.

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For today only, March 14th, it will be available for only $5!

Hope you’re having a great week! 😊