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I love nani IRO

Have you heard? It's nani IRO month over at Miss Matatabi's. I kind of wish it was nani IRO year! If only I could sew with this amazing Japanese fabric for every project- ohhhh dreamy! I am super and honoured to be part of the blog tour and I had the privilege of choosing some fabric in exchange for this post. How could I refuse such an amazing opportunity, some of my favourite items were made with nani IRO  you can see the sweetest tunic here and remember my Project Run & Play hi-lo tunic, see it here! This time I knew I wanted to make myself something and couldn't resist doing a mother-daughter outfit!

I made myself a dress with the loveliest Kokka nani Iro Water Window wata double gauze. I just love the oversize checker board print, it looks as though it was hand painted. I was pleasantly surprised how little it got wrinkled after a days wear. I shortened the dress a little too much, I guess I have enough now to make MissE an exact copy of my dress as per her request! However, it is perfect for wearing with skinny jeans and will be great for all seasons. I finished the hem with some floral nani IRO bias tape which I bought a while back at Miss Matatabi's- oh so sweet. 

I also made a bag. I LOVE my bag. It is oversized but light weight. It can carry sooo much, perfect for travelling with kids or going to the beach. 

I used some Kokka nani IRO Pierre Pocho Canvas. How awesome are those polka dots?  It's a lovely cotton and linen blend,  just perfect for so many applications. I used a vintage leather belt I had for the straps and added a magnetic snap for easy access. 

Here we are testing the bag out!

I used the same Canvas to make MissE's romper. 

I love the simplicity of this pattern. The open back is super cute. I might sew the straps to back so MissE can put it on and off as she desires. She thought it was funny her dress was actually shorts! She was even more excited her romper matched by bag. The fabric was a perfect choice for this pattern, i was worried it would be too thick or stiff but it turned out perfectly. 

The dress is from the Simple Chic Japanese Pattern book. The Bag from this Umami Japanese bag pattern book. The romper from my favorite author Ennana. Just click on the photos to shop ( the first 2 are affiliated links).

The amazing fabric is available at Miss Matatabi's Etsy Shop- her international rates are awesome, her service impeccable and selection to die for, I have ordered from there a couple of times and will keep on shopping there. Check out the double gauze here and the Pocho Canvas here, note there might be some variations in color also if the item is sold out it will most probably be back in stock real quick.

The best part of making a mother-daughter outfit, is that I get some fun photos with my daughter. I need to work on a mother-son outfit next! I really need to thank my husband for these awesome shots.

Cardigan: J-Crew
Shoes hers & mine: Zara
Cat bag: Muchacha ( special Milk Magazine Anniversary Edition)

Straightgrain   ∆   you & mie   ∆   Lizzy House
A Little Goodness   ∆   Make It Perfect   ∆   skirt as top
Sanae Ishida   ∆   verykerryberry   ∆   Craftstorming

Now you are going to want to check out what everyone else is up to this month and if you are sewing with some nani IRO don't forget to tag your photos with #ilovenaniiro so we can all follow along. Thank you Frances for inviting me to the tour.


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Sharing a new Etsy favorite: PATKAS. This lovely shop is based in Berlin and has simple style for the little and big people of this world. 

There are very few kids style, however all 3 are super sweet. The sparkly headband is an awesome accessories to spruce up any outfit. 

The basic boxy dress is my favorite: comfy, cute and stylish- I LOVE that it's black. 
And the navy polka dot beanie adds little fun to the everyday routine! 
100%cotton. Handmade. Awesome. 

 They also carry a basic line of dresses, loose fitting tees and scarfs for woman and an amazing selection of leather goods. I can't tell you how much I love the oversized bags & clutches. I feel like my wardrobe needs some of these pieces. Hmmmm.

Check out the PATKAS Etsy shop and Happy shopping!

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Mommy+Me= ACE & JIG


 What makes a garment outstanding? Is it the design or perhaps the workmanship? In my opinion, you can have something amazing but unless the fabric is spectacular, well then the garment just can't be outstanding.
Ace & Jig happens to be outstanding, their designs, workmanship & fabric are all amazing. The fabric is hand-woven and dyed in India with the upmost attention and skill.  The first time I saw their woman's collection I fell in love- their oversized red gingham caught my eye and I've been a huge fan even a bit of a stalker... I follow them everywhere, Pinterest, Facebook and IG. Consequently I discovered they were about to launch their first kids collection- and look it's now available, how exciting!

 You know the collection will appeal to your kids when two moms get together to create it. Jenna & Cary ( photo up top) are the creative force behind Ace & Jig, they each have two kids and after having all the moms from their neighborhood nag them about starting a kids line, they felt the pressure and finally did. I can't thank the moms of Park Slope- Brooklyn enough!!!

The silhouettes are simple and comfortable, perfect for everyday use. Of course they used their gorgeous fabric, the colors and textures are just lovely. Most items are unisex, which I think is brilliant, perfect for handing down from kid to kid no matter what they are.

 The woman's collection is simply stunning- I'm not sure which pattern I like best! The styles are just as lovely, dressing up in the morning would become such a breeze. I love the loose fitting tops, the jackets as well, both of these paired with a t-shirt and jeans and you look fabulous! I'm a sucker for jumpsuits- how great is the Ace & Jig one? It's just all effortlessly cool. One of each, please!

You might want to follow Ace & Jig on Facebook, just so next time they have a fun event you won't miss it. They recently had a Warm Weaving event, were the kids used some of the Ace and Jig scraps to make some crafts of their own. Oh how I would have loved to get my hands on some of those scraps, they would make the best looking weaving crafts, that's for sure.
Oh what I wouldn't do to live in NYC! Seriously.

The collection is available at a few different places, even Canada, check out their website- you can buy online too.
Thank you Jenna & Carry for making the fashion industry that much better!





SOFT GALLERY is one of my all time favorite brands. I really enjoy everything about this clothing line- the muted colors, the prints and embroideries of course, the art collaborations. Pay close attention to the little details, the pleats, the gathering, the uneven stripes, those are the elements that make this line so special. I also think it's great that they have added some basic styles to their collections, making mixing and matching a breeze.

I can't tell how much I love the boys selection, maybe even more than the girls! That is usually the case... I have a hard time resisting both actually. Did you know they have a woman's line too. Too cool!

Did you also know that Soft Gallery has their own online shop? You will find all their amazing style all on one site and even some items of past seasons. And they are offering free International shipping until May 15th.
I'm having a hard time choosing my favorites, but I'm definitely thinking of getting Miss E, Mister M and myself a little something. You'll just have to wait and see.





Today I'd like to introduce you to Marilyn Tov- a beautiful high end line of clothing for little girls and their moms. It started out as a childrens line and with a high demand for adult sizes, it slowly grew into a womans line too.

The collection comprises of lovely dresses, great for special occassions, as well as tops and bottoms ready to be dressed up or down. The styles are delicate and feminin, adorned with simple and sweet details. It really is all in the detailing- small pleats, tucks and gathers that make these clothes so special, as well as the lovely noble fabrics in soft tones and subdued prints. I particularly love the silhouettes, the loose fitting tops, the crisp lines and everything seems to be so comfortable.

 Marilyn, the designer is originaly from Paris but has since moved to NYC, where everything is made with lots care and attention. She is looking to expand her collection adding some everyday styles as well as some custom made special occasion dresses.

 Actually, if you would like to help a small designer make it a little bigger, here is your chance- Marilyn has put together a kickstarter project, where she is gathering funds to bring her small buisness get to new heights. When you make a donation, depending on the amount, you could choose one of the items pictured above in exchange- for you or your daughter. What a sweet deal! That sweater was one of my favorite items at the NYC Playtime show.

For more details you can read all about the kickstarter project here.



Mom & Me... April Showers by Polder

I've been thinking about starting this new feature on the blog for a while: Mom & Me- here you will find things, brands, outfits for you and your kids. It might be brands that offer collections for both, sort of like this post I did way way back or perhaps outfits I think can be cute for you and your kids or something like this other post I also did a long long time ago! Something along those lines... I'm still sorting out the details! 

Actually, how do you feel about matching clothes and accessories for mother daughters? I'm not usually a big fan, but when the items are so amazing- then how can you resist! Polder is a french brand that does just that- amazing clothing and accessories for  kids and grown-ups. Their kids division is called April Showers - I've featured them before on the blog but season after season they never cease to impress.  Their colors and fabrics are always beautiful , their collections  consist of simple tops and dresses, pretty necklaces, incredible shoes and adorable bags. 

The womans collection is just as lovely and comprises pretty much of the same items as the kids. I really love that you can match with your daughters in a very subtle way- now we are talking! How cute would this be for Mother's Day?
April Showers is available in the US and Canada in a few stores, some of my favorites being Flora & HenriThumbeline and Sweet Williams. There is a full list of stores on their website. Have a look at the whole collection while your there.
Hopefully these April Showers will bring lots of May Flowers...