A Christmas dress for F

December is here and it won’t be long until Christmas! We still don’t have plans for this holiday but we are looking forward to spending quality time together.

The fact that we don’t have plans doesn’t mean that we can’t have lovely dresses to wear, right? Even if we stay home, I always like to dress something smart for Christmas day and this year is no exception. As part of my latest Sew Crafty Design Team I made F a lovely Christmas dress, using a super soft double gauze.

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The fabric is 100% cotton and is so soft! F will be well dress but still very comfortable. Perfect! The colour is Eucalyptus and works wonderfully for this season but still works great to wear any other time.

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The pattern I used is the Louise by Ikatee in size 9. I made the dress option with shoulder and collar ruffle but omitted the ruffle on the back.

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F adores wearing ruffles (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…) and asked for a little sleeve ruffle and that was the only change I made to the pattern.

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The closure is at the back with buttons and I took the opportunity to use the mother of pearl buttons that Sew Crafty now has available. Don’t know about you, but these are my favourite buttons for dresses and blouses and lately I can’t get them easily so I was really pleased to see they now have them available.

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I have to be honest and say that because the fabric is so soft, I should have been more careful for this pattern. For example, I should have stay stitched the neckline to prevent stretching but still, we are both very happy with this dress and I’m ordering some more fabric to make something for M as well.

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Although I took the photos outside, with natural light, the colour didn’t come true, so I took some inside photos and was able to get a better match.

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Hope you’re having a god time getting ready for Christmas. Enjoy the season 😊

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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. 😉