Summer Sewing for the girls

Last post I shared a few things I made for myself and now it’s time to share what I’ve made for the girls, before start sharing Autumn makes.

I know that, regarding the girls’ wardrobe, things will get a lot more use around here, if there are matching outfits. That doesn’t mean two pieces of the same, but using the same fabric for a different pattern, or the other way around. As I didn’t have much time left, I thought some skirts would be easy, fast and would get a lot of wear, so I made two skirts for F, matching a couple of M’s dresses.

I used the Jolie skirt by Fille a Maman, that I’ve used before and knew it would be perfect for what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I don’t have good pictures, actually this is the only kind of decent one I got! But I used the same fabrics as M’s pinafore, with the seersucker as main fabric and the broderie anglaise for the waistband. For the other skirt, I used chambray as main and Liberty for the waistband (sorry for the lack of pictures!).

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I also wanted to make a skirt for M, to match F’s Marlow dress, so I used the same pique fabric to make a Sadie skirt, a pattern by Jilly Atlanta. I’ve used this pattern so many times already!

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Now, what I really enjoyed making and especially see the girls wearing, was the Macy pinafore, also by Jilly Atlanta. This time I opted for the pinafore version with flutters.

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The fabric I used is a chambray from Merchants and Mills that looks good with almost everything and is great for transition weather paired with a cardi.

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No need to say that the part I liked the most are the flutters, right? Don’t they look adorable?)

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These got a lot of wear this summer!

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I know you’re used to seeing two of my makes, one for each twin, but this time I made something slightly different. I made three of the same garment! I made one pinafore for each of my girls and a matching one for my niece. They looked so adorable matching!

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Now I’ve finished sharing summer clothes 😉 Have a wonderful autumn!

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The Penny Blouse

The Penny Blouse is Jilly Atlanta’s new pattern. Released today, like all Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, I’ve made so far does not disappoint.

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The Penny is an adorable blouse that goes from sizes 6 months to 12 years, with two back options, three collar options, fluttered sleeves or sleeveless. It is a fitted blouse, so that it can be used with the Macy pinafore, with a romper or on its own.

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As usual in Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, the instructions are very helpful and the inside finishing is very neat! The instructions recommend French seams and the collar and armhole are finished with bias binding, so the serger wasn’t even needed.

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The option I’ve made has gathered collar and fluttered sleeves, both favourites of mine. I made size 7 for height with size 5 for width and I am so pleased with the fit. Trust me when I tell you that Jill made sure the fit was the best possible.

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The fabrics I used are a very light cotton swiss dot in light pink and Liberty Tana Lawn for the collar and bias. I can guarantee you that the blouse looks as beautiful inside as it looks outside 😉

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In the first stage of testing I made a blouse using the same fabrics, but in different colours and although the fit was changed after, M will wear this one for sure.

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For today only (29th July), you can get the Penny Blouse for $5 only! 😊

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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! 😊

The Macy Suspender Skirt

First post of 2017! It’s not too late to wish a Happy New Year, is it? Wish you a wonderful 2017! 🙂

Although, I have already made a couple more things, this was my first make of the year and I really love it. I think it’s a good start.

The pattern is the Macy Pinafore and Skirt from Jilly Atlanta, that I had the pleasure to test. It’s a lovely pattern for ages 12 months to 12 years, with options for a pinafore or suspender skirt, with two lengths.

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According to F’s measurements, I made the suspenders version skirt in size 7 for height and 4 at the waist and the fit was good so, no need to make any changes.

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Because I like to see the skirts, on my girls, more on the short side, I opted for the vintage length and I think it looks really well with knee socks. The pattern also includes optional flutters in the straps and a bow at the back. I asked F which options she wanted, she chose the bow and I’m glad she did, it looks adorable!

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The recommended fabrics are light ones, such as cotton, seersucker, lightweight linen… but despite the recommendations I used a lightweight corduroy that also worked well, even with French seams, and I really love the colour. I had this fabric in my stash for almost two years it was about time I turned it into something pretty! For the bow, covered buttons and inside of the elastic casing (not visible) I used the same Liberty used in the blouse. Love how these two fabrics look together.

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In regards to the pattern, all the pieces matched, the instructions are clear and I did not had any issues while making it. It all come together easily and fast. I see more Macy skirts in my daughters’ wardrobe! 🙂

Have a wonderful week! 🙂

It’s almost Christmas!

This is my third project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team and as Christmas is so close, I’ve decided to make something that could be used not only this time of year but, also in any other period, together or as separated pieces.

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M is now much into skirts. She keeps asking me to make them to her. So, I made a skirt and a blouse adding just a removable velvet bow to add some festive look. The bow I reused from the Christmas dresses I made two years ago. It’s kind of like in Lavoisier’s Law! 😉

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So, let’s start with the blouse. The blouse pattern is the Odette, by Citronille, a pattern that I have used before and really like. How could I resist that peter pan collar! The blouse is quite simple to make but, the result is so nice.

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I made a size 6, without modifications and used a white swiss dot fabric. If you have been following me for some time, you must know how I like this fabric. This fabric is perfect for blouses!

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For the skirt, I used a free pattern, the Sadie skirt from Jilly Atlanta. I made this skirt before (although I did not blog about it) and I knew M liked it and so did I. How cute is the paper bag effect? I made a simple version of the pattern, that also include front pockets and sash carriers to use with a sash.

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I made a size 6, with a length between the vintage version and the normal one and used a lovely fine corduroy. I really like this colour!

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I think this is an outfit that is good to be used during this festive period, but also during the rest of the year.

Humm, I think there might be some Christmas presents hidden up here…

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Have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

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