Party Dresses

Before going on holidays, we attended a wedding and for the first time, I decided to make the dresses for both girls and myself. I was comfortable with the girls’ dresses, but not so much with making one for myself. Let’s be honest, I’ve made a few dresses for myself, but a dress to attend a wedding I was not so sure.

To start, I made M a dress I had made before and really like, the Atlanta dress by Nun Studio.

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For this dress it is essential that it fits properly at the chest, so I made a size 6 for width, with size 8 for height and the fit is great.

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My favourite part of the dress are the sleeves, so I wanted to accentuate that feature and used a different fabric for lining ang cotton lace. The main fabric is Broderie Anglaise from the Sweet Mercerie and the lining fabric is Liberty Felicité denim blue from Stragier. Two of my favourite fabrics 😉 and I just wish this dress could grow with her…

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F asked me if I could make her a twirling dress with a sash and bow. That was an easy request, that I was pleased to fulfil.

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Once more, I used a pattern I already knew, the Tinny Dress by Straight Grain, with circle skirt and regular bodice. To make it as per F’s request, I added a sash. Also, I thought a ruffled collar would look good and she agreed on adding it.

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I made a straight size 8, using the same fabrics used for M’s dress. Installing an invisible zipper in this fabric was not the most enjoyable task and it’s not perfect but the sash helps disguise and it looks so pretty!

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Although it was quite warm back in July, the truth is you can never trust the weather in the UK, so I decided to make both girls a cape, bearing in mind that the wedding was at the evening.

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The pattern I used is the Constance Cape by Jilly Atlanta in size 7 for both girls. To choose the size I considered the shoulder to shoulder measurement and opted for straight hem, gathered collar and ties. The girls did really enjoy this cape 😊

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I used a linen from Stone Fabrics for the main fabric and some Liberty (the same as the one used for the dresses) for the collar and ties. Love how it looks!

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Now, this post is getting a little longer than usual and I hope someone is still reading until this point.

For myself, I thought about using a pattern for a long dress, but I was afraid I would have to make changes and I didn’t had the time to make muslins and adjustments, so I decided to go with a pattern I already knew and loved and made one more Amalfi dress

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The only change I made was to extend the skirt. I used the tea length version to start with and added 26cm.

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The fabric is viscose crepe from Atelier Brunette bought at Maçãs d’Amor. I’ve used this fabric before and knew it drapes beautifully, just what I needed to achieve the look I had in mind.

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Now I promise I will stop sharing summer projects and hope it won’t take too long to share my autumn make

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The Maria Blouse

Sharing today’s post with you makes me really happy and a bit excited. Susana and I have been working on this pattern for a few months and today, finally it’s coming to life! 😊

As my girls are growing I find it more challenging to get clothes that are age adequate. Not too grown up, not too childish. They like to wear dresses and skirts but jeans are also popular around here and that is also fine, but I still like to look at them and not see a mini grown up. I know this is personal preference and some might disagree. On the other hand, I understand and respect that they are not little children anymore and have their own style and preferences. That is when the idea of a blouse that would be age adequate crossed my mind but, I can’t make patterns…

Also, I thought other girls would like to wear these blouses, but then again… I can’t make patterns, I don’t have the knowledge. That’s when I thought about Susana! I know her patterns and I know she works really well, so maybe she would be interested in making a pattern. I’m so glad she agreed! She definitely put a lot of work into it. A few muslins and a test later, the Maria Blouse is now live! 😊

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The blouse has two bodice options, four sleeves and two collar options. Can you imagine how many blouses you will be able to make with this pattern? Plus, it comes from sizes 3 to 14 years old!

As I’ve made a few blouses, I will make two blog posts. Today I’ll be sharing the gathered bodice version and on Monday I’ll be sharing more versions.

For F, I made a version with ruffle sleeves and collar, in size 6 for width and 8 for length. In case you need, just as I did, to blend sizes, the instructions also include this adjustment.

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F still likes to wear ruffled collars, so I made this version for her. Isn’t the collar so sweet?

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The fabric is very lightweight and I liked it so much when I saw it at Pra Kriar that I forgot to see the composition! This is something very unlikely in me but it happened. I believe it is a cotton though. I bought the last metre available but there was another fabric very similar, that I also bought and it will be another Maria Blouse, for M.

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On the other hand, M is not so keen on wearing ruffled collars… so I made a version with peter pan collar and short sleeves. As you see, the pattern has versions for all tastes 😉

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I must say that I also find a peter pan collar adorable!

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For this version I used a Liberty Betsy Porcelain. This is one of my favourite prints and the colours are so beautiful.

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It’s no secret that I like some vintage inspiration and for that reason I mentioned to Susana that I would like the blouse to include puff sleeves option but I confess that the sleeves Susana designed exceeded my expectations. Those sleeves are so pretty! From my two daughters, F is the one that likes more this kind of style so, I made this version for her.

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Even though she is nine already, I think she wears this version so well, without looking childish at all.

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For this version I used, again, a Liberty Betsy but this time in turquoise.

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Hope you like this pattern as much as I do and I’ll be sharing more versions on Monday, so that you can see how versatile this pattern is. 😊

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 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!