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? 😊

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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 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. 😊

New Tees for the girls

My girls were in need of some tees, as they have outgrown most of the ones they have, so I decided to make them a couple each, but this time adding a little personal touch. These tees were made over a month ago, but they haven’t made their way to the blog until now!

You might know that I have opened an Etsy shop recently, with girls’ clothes, and wanted to include some tees that I believe are age appropriate. Two of these tees were actually made as samples for the shop. If you would like to have a look at the shop, you’re very welcome. 😊

For all the tees, I used Hey June patterns in size 8. I made two City Park Tees and added a ruffle at the shoulder for an extra girly look.

I used a Nosh jersey as the main fabric, ribbing also from Nosh and for the ruffle I used mustard Capel Liberty Tana Lawn. I love the colour contrast and they will look great paired with dungarees.

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The second City Park Tee was made using an Art Gallery jersey that I had for some time now and organic cotton ribbing from Maud’s Fabric Finds. This time also included a ruffle, but instead used broderie anglaise. I like how delicate and feminine it looks.

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I made two more tees, but this time using the Morrison Tee, again in size 8. Since ruffles continue to be trendy I, once again added ruffles. I really like how it looks!

The fabrics used are the same as the City Park, but used Liberty Wiltshire instead.

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The broderie anglaise used for this tee is also slightly different, as it is wider and the fabric is lighter.

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These might be just tees, but I like how girly they look. 😊

A Dress and a Blouse ready for Christmas Festivities

Hope it is not too soon to talk about Christmas! I usually start Christmas preparations only in December as it feels funny starting them before, but the truth is I always find I’m late getting everything ready. There is nothing like having a commitment to start making things on a timely fashion! 😉

A while ago I made, each of my girls, a Juliette dress, a pattern by Sewpony and Kneesocks & Goldilocks (IG) and I absolutely love the style. Simple lines, but so girly, that of course, became a favourite and had to be included in their winter wardrobe.

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This time I made one dress for M and one blouse for F, both in size 7, although I think I will have to make another one for F soon. She is growing way too fast!

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Despite the pattern offering different options, I liked the previous ones so much that I’ve chosen, once again, ¾ sleeves and ruffle neckline.

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The only difference, although not visible, is that this time I made a very small change to the ruffle. In the pattern instructions, the ruffle is attached to the back, but because the blouse and dress are going to be used with a cardigan, I didn’t want the ruffle to stay under it, but instead standing out. Not much of a difference.

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I recently got a new foot for my sewing machine. There is nothing like having the right tools for the job! I got a rolled hem foot and I don’t waste a chance for using it. So, I hemmed the ruffle using the rolled hem foot instead of following the instructions (nothing wrong with them, just personal preference 😉). The hems in my ruffles are becoming much neater now. 😊

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The fabric used for both, dress and blouse, is the Liberty Tana Lawn Wiltshire, just in different colours. I really like this print and how they match. I got the fabric from Alice Caroline, who has a big variety of prints, making the task of choosing a difficult one.

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Have you started your Christmas sewing? I have to admit I was never so ahead of time!