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.


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.


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 😉


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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…


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


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.


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.


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 😉


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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. 😉


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

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.


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.


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!


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!



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…).


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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…).


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!).




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.




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




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




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. 😊




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. 😉