I am part of the Chalk and Notch "Make it Mine" blog tour and sharing my hacked version of the Waterfall raglan.
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Denim overalls made from the new Art Gallery Fabric denim line. The next Petit a Petit pdf pattern in the works.
Oh look it's me again! It's a been fun blogging again, hopefully I can keep this pace up. I am very excited to be part of the Debut Holiday blog tour. I had the privilege to sew up not 1 but 3 cute items from some super talented ladies all new to the world of pdf patterns. All three are awesome patterns, easy to put together, clear instructions, notches in the right place and fun to sew! Seriously looking forward to seeing what they'll be creating next.
is a super sweet sleeveless dress with curves at the princess line and delicate gathers. I absolutely love that the inside is as pretty as the outside with french seams and a lined bodice. I also really love the bias finish at the neckline and armhole.
I made MissE a size 6x with the intention of her growing into it. So it's a little wide at the chest, but she will probably be wearing it with a long sleeve tee until this summer. The length is also great for now and she has plenty of room for her to grow.
The only modification I made was to add a cute little faux collar and I omitted the bias at the princess line. I knew I wanted this dress to be simple but couldn't resist the urge to make it a little special. If you would like I can have a tutorial for this simple add on.
The main dress fabric is a slightly stretchy tomato red sateen. It has just a little shine to it, but you really have to look hard to see it. It is super soft to the hand, yet still has a little stiffness to it perfect for this style. However, it is a pain to iron!
The collar fabric has been in my stash for maybe 10 years now. It's a cotton with small flocked white bow pattern. I have hardly any left and use it very wisely. I wish I knew where to get more!
And just look at that back! Swoon.
And look at that face ( and that smile it, see if you can spot a difference in a photo below)... a very happy girl with her new dress. The wreath crown... not so much. Haha! It was a little itchy and poor kiddo was a little sick and not so much in mood for extra props.
Next up are the
. Well now they are knee high socks, but they started out as tights. I am definitely going to give these a try again. The pair I made ended up a little big and I ran out of time to make them again. The difference in fabric and stretch probably was the reason they ended up being too big. I had used 2 different fabrics to create them, so just ended up cutting them where the sock part ended and added some elastic to hold them up. I absolutely love the knee high socks and end result. I've had this sweater in my up-cycle stash forever and I just love texture in tights. I was going to use the sweater for the Fishtail Kimono, but felt like the red and green was a little too Christmas-ee, so I changed things around and made the socks with them instead.
And how cute are these bambi shoes from H&M? Too bad they are too small already. MissE insisted on wearing them for the photos anyways.
And finally I made the
. I changed my mind at least 5 times and finally settled with this grey faux knit sherpa. I was going to make myself a Cocoon coat with it, but it's been sitting on my desk for a year now. MissE always ends up with the good fabric! I wasn't sure if the thickness of the fabric would work with the style, so I knew my good friend Mie had made the Fishtail and asked her what she thought of the idea. She was pretty excited about it, so I tempted my chance and went ahead and cut into the fabric.
I was going to size up, but decided to go with the recommend size for my daughter's measurements. So happy I did. I did widen the neckband a nudge as I wanted it to overlap ever so slightly. After cutting the neckband on bias and not loving my sewing job, I ripped that out and recut it on the grainline as well as added 2cm to the length of each panel. It was well worth all the trouble.
And I used the old neckband to make a belt. So nothing went wasted. I added two small openings in the side seams, so the belt would pass trough it and that way it not disturb the beautiful pleats at the back. Oh and lucky me, I had an exact match for the neckband fabric in my stash. It's a water resistant polyester type fabric, that melts when you iron it, yeah don't ask how I know!
And look how awesome the back is? Such a nice little surprise! As you can see the gathering worked well the thickness of the fabric. I also added some cuffs to the style to give it more of a coat look. One thing I would change if I were to make the Kimono in a thick fabric again, is to move the shoulder seam forward by 2 or 3cm. I found the seam of the sleeve kept rolling back and not sitting at the right place on the shoulder. A very simple adjustment to make it fit perfectly. I just love this style, looks great in so many different fabric, it's super simple and fast to sew and looks super cute and stylish. I am excited to try it again, as well as the other two patterns.
You can get all three patterns in each of designers shops and they are having a 20% discount with promo code: HOLIDAY. So here are their links again: the
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Now I couldn't resit taking some photos outside as the weather has been so nice and way above average for this time of year. We took a little stroll after early dismissal yesterday and put this outfit to the test. Sorry for the photo overload.
Don't forget to check out what everyone has been up too- So many good holiday outfits!
My amazingly talented and good friend Mie from Sewing Like Mad is showcasing a girl version of the Mini Hudson pants today and I can tell you they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G maybe even a little very shiny! Check it out and tell her I say hi!
Be sure to check out all the other participants on the tour:
Here we are testing the bag out!
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.
Shoes hers & mine: Zara
Cat bag: Muchacha ( special Milk Magazine Anniversary Edition)
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.
So here is a just sneak peek as to what Tara from Girl Like The Sea has been up to, as well as Alexia from Lexi Made. Now you are going to want and check out their blogs because there is a lot more to discover.
Just look at how cute this Ash playsuit is! I just had to ask Tara to come glamping with us, her children are named after the Clover and the Hawthorn after all! Seriously. Or maybe it was the other way around! I just love Tara's style and couldn't wait to see her how she would interpret the Wanderlust collection. She never disappoints, hop on over to her blog Girl Like The Sea to see for yourself.
And who wouldn't want to go glamping with Alexia and her little family. Alexia's style exudes glamour and everything she makes is so precious, perfect fit for the Wanderlust collection wouldn't you say? Her daughter are too cute in the Ash jumpsuit, Fawn Lily and Clover... and their is more! So head on over to her blog Lexi Made and get ready for some cuteness overload.
Now, have you entered our little giveaway yet? You might win a pattern of your choice and 2 yards of fabric. Did you hear you can now purchase the fabric from the Willow & Co Lookbook in our shop? Exciting right?
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Don't forget to check out the Willow and Co blog for all the wonderful bloggers who are glamping with us. And did you see the awesome Ash Jumpsuit Jess from the Sewing Rabbit made yesterday? How about the gorgeous Persimmon Farrah of Mingo Grace did?
Oh, but I didn't leave anything out for Miss E. I even added the rivets and brass buttons. 7 buttonholes!!! If you know me, you know that that is a big deal! I had a little fun with the topstitch on my fly and went "wild" on my back pockets. I didn't use topstitch thread as I had some really bad experiences with my sewing machine in the past ( don't get me started with my piece of junk machine) but I did use neon pink thread! And yes, I did run out and had to go buy some more!
So I am personally not 100% happy with the result of my topstitching besides the crappy sewing machine, I also made my shoulder straps too long and had to redo the waistband once I had installed the buttons and rivets. Note to self- fit your clothes before you finalize them.
All in all I am happy with the results, most importantly MissE is loving her new dress. Now we are patiently waiting for the warm weather to come our way and dreaming of eating giant ice-creams. This photoshoot was our attempt to bring the summer indoors.
In case you are wondering, the top MissE is wearing is actually a dress by Neige courtesy of Ladida. The tights are from H&M. The moccasins are by Manimal.
You can see more of the details here. And the insides on the photo below ( I felt compelled to do like everyone else on the tour!). It is all just so pretty inside out!
Laura concocted one amazing pattern with so many possibilities. I had planned on doing many more pairs for the tour but things came up and was unable to cut up my aqua and yellow stretch denim you see in the backdrop of the photo shoot ( at least they served a purpose). I expect to make some shorts for the kids this summer and many more jeans, since it's pretty much all my kids wear. Funny thing is that MisterM & MissE wear pretty much the same size bottoms, so lucky me they will be able to share!
Thank you Laura for providing me with this amazing pattern and having me on your tour. I seriously LOVE it.