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… 😉

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New shorts for F

You probably already know Toya and her unique style. The news is she recently started making patterns for kids, well… maybe it’s not that new since this is her second pattern already. Anyway, Toya released a new trousers and shorts pattern and we like it a lot.

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The Graphite Trousers and Shorts were even approved by my picky daughter, M, as well as by F. Totally a wining!

I really like the style of the trousers, with front pleats and optional tie. They are super comfortable and stylish.

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The pattern is available in sizes 2 up to 12 years old as trousers, cropped length or shorts. These will get a lot of use all year round.

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Shorts always get a lot of wear around here. Even during winter, (except on those freezing cold days) paired with tights, so I tried the shorts first, to wear with knee socks during Spring. I also made a version in chambray for Summer but haven’t photographed yet.

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For F, I made size 7 based on her hip measurements and although she is a size 8 for height, the shorts fit her perfectly.

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The fabric used is a Liberty corduroy bought at my local haberdashery that, unfortunately, closed recently. The fabric worked very well for this pattern and will be perfect for a trousers version during winter.

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The pattern instructions are detailed and helpful, as well as the illustrations.

During testing I’ve seen some great versions and I honestly can say that I’ll be making more for my girls. Now, if only there was a ladies version…

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I’m picturing a next version in seersucker. Do you recommend any shop that has some with nice quality 100% cotton? 😊

The Amalfi Dress

This is, probably, the most elegant dress I’ve made for myself and I love it! I’ve been dreaming with a dress like this and the pattern is finally available.

The Amalfi Dress is the most recent pattern by Hey June and, as usual, Adrianna nailed it.

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This pattern is available from sizes 2 up to 22, with two lengths and two sleeve options, bust darts and elastic waist.

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For my version I made the classic tea length and flutter sleeve (how could I resist it?), in size 2. Because of my fabric choice, I opted for omitting the pockets, but those are included in the pattern.

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The instructions recommend lightweight drapey fabric and I used a viscose lawn, with a lovely drape from Stone Fabrics. It wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, but I love the result!

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As usual, the instructions are great, easy to follow and include how to make changes to the pattern, including full bust alteration. Also, on the good side, the pattern doesn’t have closures (great, right?) and the elastic waist makes it look so feminine but very comfortable to wear.

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So, to summarize, I really like this dress, how feminine and elegant it is and am planning my next one. I think a Rifle Paper Co. rayon would look beautiful… 😉

The Ainsley Pinafore

It’s no news that I like the classic and timeless look of Jilly Atlanta’s patterns and this time is no different. The Ainsley Pinafore was released today and has an adorable vintage look.

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This pattern presents four front bodice options, button or tie straps, elasticised or button closure at the back, vintage or knee length hem and optional flutters.

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The version I made has low square neckline, straps with buttonholes, button closure at the back, knee length and the impossible to resist ruffles. I must add that these options were F’s choice 😉

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The pattern is available from size 2 to 12 years old and for F, I combined size 7 for height with size 6 for width.

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I realised recently that F has outgrown most of her clothes, so she needed something to wear now and although I can only think about summer the truth is, we still have a long time to wait… therefore I decided to use this light Liberty corduroy in lovely bright colours.

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Next, I want to try the high U neckline with elasticised back. I think it will work wonders on its own during hot summer days!

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Now the good part. For 24 hours only (28th March), you can get your pattern for only $5! 😊

 

Have a wonderful Easter!

The Nina Blouse Blog Tour

Today is my turn at the Nina Blouse Bog Tour!

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The Nina Blouse is the most recent pattern by Coffee and Thread, with a vintage look, for girls from 12 months up to 12 years.

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The blouse has two cap sleeve options, long sleeves and two collar options. I like the scalloped cap sleeve and collar options, but F preferred to keep it simple and asked for the peter pan collar and regular cap sleeves. There is also an optional front bow/tie for sizes 4 and up, but then again F said she would preferred without! I think it would look cute…

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One of my favourite features are the shoulder tucks. I really find those adorable and makes the blouse having a lovely drape.

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Although F’s chest measurements are those of a size 6, I made a straight size 8 according to her height. I didn’t made any changes but added piping to the cap sleeve as I believe it adds a nice contrast.

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The fabric used is a very light swiss dot in white, with pink dots that is very hard to photograph. I even used a darker backdrop than my usual, but still I found it hard to photograph. I had this fabric in my stash for some time now and worked very well with this pattern.

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For the piping, fabric covered buttons and bias biding I used a scrap of Liberty that makes a nice contrast but unfortunately didn’t have enough to make piping for the collar. I really love the detail of the Liberty bias… even if it’s not visible while wearing 😉

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The blouse was a pleasure to sew, no issues at all and I enjoyed the peculiar way of stitching the neck bias. I was a bit unsure at first, as I’ve never used that method, but it worked really well.

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Until 19th March you can get your pattern with 20% off using the code NINAPATTERNTOUR 😊

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

I’ve got a new dress!

When I was starting to believe that things were getting better and Spring was just around the corner, this is only when we face the coldest week in the last years! Really? I could hear the birds sing and the daffodils were starting to bloom… but then again, something else was planned. Oh well, that gives me a great excuse to sew a few more Spring/Summer clothes, don’t you agree?

This time I made a dress for myself, as part of my project as Sew Crafty Design Team member. I was a bit undecided about the fabric for this project, as Sew Crafty is growing their dressmaking fabrics selection and I had a few options I would like to try, but in the end, I went for a Sevenberry Yarn Dyed Cotton fabric in colour Mid Denim.

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I’m glad I chose this fabric, as it turned just as I’d pictured it. 😊 After all, you can’t go wrong with a blue shirt dress, right?

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I do like shirt dresses and bought a few patterns that I want to try. One of them is the one I’m sharing today, the Cami Dress by Pauline Alice.

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The pattern offers two options, one with short sleeves and one with ¾ sleeves with cuff. I know not everyone likes ¾ sleeves, but I like how it looks and doesn’t bother me, at all, when dressed with a cardigan, so I went with that option and the cuff adds a nice detail.

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The bodice is fitted, with front and back waist darts. To make the dress/undress easier there is a side zip, that can be regular or invisible and I opted for an invisible one. I used one a bit longer than recommended but it worked well.

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According to my measurements, I made a size 34 for bust, between size 34 and 36 for waist and although I am a straight size 36 at the hips, I went with size 34 since it is a gathered skirt. I’m happy with how it looks and how it fits.

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The only thing I didn’t do as per the instructions, was interfacing both collar pieces, collar stand and cuff pieces. I only interfaced one piece, as I usually do, and for this fabric it was enough. I believe that interfacing both pieces would have caused too much bulkiness.

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I guess it is safe to say that I do like my new dress. 😊

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. 😊