Peek A Boo Jumpsuit – M7021 & M6930

As the winter approaches, I often have a hard time with keeping warm while trying not to suffocate.  While I am originally from NY, I have done tours in both GA, and FL completely erasing my tolerance for cold weather.  In November, I made a …

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· A More Successful 1940s Dress! ·

As I mentioned a while ago, after previously being adamantly opposed to fashions of the decade, I decided to give the 1940s a fair chance in the last few months.
I half-way succeeded last fall, but after making that dress, I was inspired to try again and get closer to a complete success!  Well, I think I succeeded!  I am closer to liking this dress than I ever thought I’d be! 😉

The number one change I knew I wanted to make was lengthening the skirt.  I feel like knee-length is definitely not my best length and I’m so much happier with this length- it feels much more natural!
The second change I knew I needed was to make, *gulp*, shoulder pads.  Ugh.
I’ve always had a major dislike for shoulder pads, and emphasized shoulders are one thing I’ve always hated about the 1940s.  However, I do have sloping shoulders, so just a little bit of padding really helps the whole look become more flattering!  What’s up with that?! 😉
I’m glad I’ve made peace with shoulder pads, but I still don’t think I’ll be making them a regular occurrence. 😉

The final change I wanted to make in my 40s look was 3/4 length sleeves.  I don’t think 1940s short sleeve styles are terribly flattering on me, plus it’s nice to have a more “cold weather” dress. 🙂

Even though Butterick 5951 isn’t in their “retro” collection, it looked suspiciously 1940s to me, and I wanted to give it a try.  This fabric, with such a busy print, certainly isn’t the most ideally suited fabric for showcasing the details, but I’m a bit hesitant about all the gathering anyway so I like how subtle it is. 🙂

The shoulders have gathering and the front darts are gathered on the side.

I love the way the collar is formed by an extension of the front piece!
Rather than putting in the recommended back zipper, I made a back keyhole opening and used a side zipper (my favorite!).

I wasn’t sure whether to go with a matching or contrasting belt, but I’m so glad I settled on matching!

These 4 vintage buttons hide in the dress a bit, but I kind of prefer them like that. 🙂  There were exactly four of them, so it seemed meant to be!
This 1940s hat happened to be at a local antique shop (it’s very unusual to find pre-1950s hats locally!), and I’m so glad that I picked it up even though I was in my anti-1940s phase!  It’s just perfect. 🙂
· Photos by Kathryn ·
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Little Black Laurel Dress

The first completed garment I’ve got to share with you in 2015 is actual one of my final projects of 2014. It racked up a fair few wears in those last few weeks of 2014 too! They don’t lie when they say having a classic little black dress in your wardr…

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Stretching Out of my Comfort Zone

I am rather excited about my Alabama Chanin progress.  Here is the test run garment that was thrown together before I spend hours and hours on hand stitching and appliquéing.

This knit is more substantial and has a bit more stretch than my cotton jersey, but it was a useful process.

There really is not much more to say about a basic four seamed knit skirt.  Although this one is a bit special because I believe this is my first knit fabric project (took me long enough to work up the courage!).
It also gave me a reason to pull out this sweater . . . so I am going to call this one a success.
For now, it is back to the hand appliqué work . . . I have one of my skirt pieces finished (except for some of the cutting) and am well into the stitching on the second.  And I am enjoying every minute of it!

Sweater:  Made by me, Jenny Cardigan
Skirt:  Made by me, Alabama Chanin
Shoes:  Halogen
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sound & vision: another new year

  It’s January again, and by force of habit, or for some deeper reasons, thinking about reinvigorating, becoming, and planning seems to be the thing we’re all doing. Right now, the idea of an open invitation to be what we are appeals … Continue reading

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DIY Printed Skirt

A few years ago pretty much everything I wore was black, you could walk in my closet and a sea a black would hit you.  Since I started to sew, I have a new respect for fabric and an appreciation for color.  While at Mood I spotted this gorgeous Anna Sui fabric with all these bright amazing colors.  My intent was to make a wrap style cape but silly me I inadvertently cut the fabric and was reduced to a skirt.  Lucky for me has the fabric available online.  As beautiful as this fabric is, make sure you treat the ends……….it can be an unravelling nightmare.

The coat was made last year here using a lush wool from Mood.

The pattern used for this skirt was Butterick B5285 view B with the following alterations:

-Opted for flat inverted pleats
-Added a 2″ high waist
-Removed 6″ from the hem
-Added seamed drop pockets

Shirt- Mens button up
Coat- DIY
Clutch- DIY
Shop The Look

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Contest Sewing Update

It snowed here most of the day yesterday. So rather than risk a fender bender, or worse, I stayed in and sewed. I’m really making great progress, and feel pretty confident that I’ll be able to finish before the deadline. Having made this jacket before is a huge advantage.

I’m not exactly sure how these Pattern Review contests work. Apparently I get to submit two pictures. One of the “inspiration”, and one of my interpretation. I’m not sure if I can refer back to my blog. But if I can, it would give people a better idea of my process.

For some of you this is old hat, but here’s where things currently stand.



The patch pockets are finished and sewn onto the jacket fronts. They’re a big part of the design, so I take my time and sew them as accurately as I can.



My camera really doesn’t do this Missoni-esque” fabric justice. Trust me, the overall effect is very green. I’m interlining the jacket with a substantial cotton jersey in a sort of light avacado color.



The knit fabric and jersey are basted together to act as one.



The pattern is very simple, which makes it go together quite quickly. “Snug hugging” the seams is the time consuming part, but it does make for an attractive inside finish.



Lastly, the sleeves are made and lined. The undercollar is interfaced and rows of zigzagging are added along the roll line to beef it up a bit.

The next step will be to add two bound bottonholes to the front. That’s something better left for when I’m fresh. Once they’re done, things will really move right along.


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What I’m up to

I can’t believe time is going so fast. I was a little under the water last week with a fierce cold but managed to sew a few easy pieces in the evening that are the first of a few mix and match garments. They are finished but not yet photographed, I’ll post pictures later in the week.

In the meantime I’m thinking of sewing a dress for an upcoming dinner that I can wear on other occasions as well. The dress code for the dinner is not very formal, a knit dress will be fine. Browsing through Pinterest boards I stumbled upon this dress which I want to make in a ponte knit. This is an Oscar the la Renta dress which apparantly was sold for the bargain price of nearly 2000 euro (yes, 3 zero’s). For that you got unfinished seams too ;).
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you can guess that’s not what I’m doing. It’s not me.

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An enlarged detail of the original hem/seam:



The colors are a struggle: the off-white is very nice but an online supplier selling all the colors I would want could not guarantee the dark colors not bleeding in the light fabric and I don’t want to go to the dry-cleaner for it. Today I looked in a brick and mortar store that had beautiful ponte fabric in a lot of colors, but not white or off-white. In the end I did not yet buy any fabric yet (also because I’m not yet sure how much I need for each color).

The color scheme I’m contemplating now is black, dark grey and a bright blue. My computer drawing skills are basic, in my line of work I don’t need that but using what programs I have I came to these variations. Colors are not accurate, I even forgot to take a picture in the shop, but you’ll get the idea. I’ll probably go for one of the alternatives with black in the skirt for the obvious reason that doesn’t give an accent to the hip area as much. What do you think?


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Made the Thetis Tank Top by Thread Theory

  Hello Everyone and a Happy 2015 to you all!!!   Winter season is here but living in Southern California there always seems to be some sunny days throughout the winter. Sometimes we get to wear tank tops on those winter…
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Violet Is A Bad Girl

After my first Violet Dress was mistaken for a nightie, I decided that Violet 2.0 was going to be a bad girl! If you ignore the pathetic attempt to channel my inner biker chick (I just look moody), then I think I’ve succeeded thanks to my fabric choice…

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Bottoms Up Pants

Happy mid-January!  To celebrate me finally dragging myself off the heater, out from under a blanket, and to the computer to be just a tiny bit productive, how’s about some super-crazy-adorable little pants on a super-crazy-adorable little girl?! And not just any super-crazy-adorable pants, the Bottoms Up Pants by If Only Design, the first release by the fabulous Jess at If Only

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Floral Denim Jacket with Faux Piping

Whaaaaat?!?! Is Shams wearing a floral?!

A year ago I made a Sandra Betzina blouse as a jacket. I have worn that jacket a number of times and I wanted to revisit this pattern and make some changes: to lengthen the hem and the sleeves, add the button closure (which I’d left off of the previous version), and to use a stretch woven for increased wearing ease. When I saw this beautiful double-sided, stretch denim on Marcy Tilton’s site, I snapped it up.

When I was sewing this up over the end-of-year break, I was having some trouble pinning the darts properly so I visited my friend, Ronda Chaney, head of the fashion department at Cañada College, and she pinned them for me. She also suggested that I add slits at the hem. Thanks so much, Ronda!

Here is the full list of modifications:

  • A generous FBA using a side dart.
  • Lengthened the hem by several inches.
  • Added side hem slits.
  • Faux piping along the front edges and the sleeve hems. This is done by “favoring” or exposing the facings just slightly. Topstitching in the ditch secures the mock piping in place. (Of course, you must also sew the facings on “backwards” to expose the other side, or use a contrasting fabric.)
  • Constructing the faux piping.

    I love the fluted collar on this pattern.

  • Omitted the sleeve pleats. Rather than lengthening and tapering the main sleeve piece, I decided to draft a lantern cuff for the rectangularly shaped sleeve.
  • Lantern cuff. You can also see the faux piping on the cuff and the hem slit.

  • Added pockets! I spent some time thinking about how to do this. In the end, I used a pocket inside a pocket. The inside pocket used the solid blue side of the denim and is much shallower than the larger outer pocket. This is perfect for my cell phone and tissues. The pockets are cut cross grain to take advantage of the wonderful selvedge.
  • Inner and outer pockets, before attaching. The fabric selvedge is at the top of both pockets.

    Completed pocket. The outer pocket is roughly 8″ by 10″.

  • Replaced the functional buttons with decorative buttons and snaps. The buttons that I found at Stone Mountain & Daughter were 1.5″ across. I didn’t want 1.5″ buttonholes, so I sewed them on decoratively and added snaps.
  • Decorative button.

This denim was a dream to sew and very comfy to wear because it’s extremely soft and stretchy. I expect to get a lot of wear from this!

Thanks to mem for the pictures!

Vogue 1385

P.S. I just saw on Sandra Betzina’s Facebook page that she had surgery recently to repair pain in her neck, arm, and shoulders. It’s so good to hear that she’ll be in top form again soon!

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Marfy 3520

How I’ve missed shivering half naked on the driveway in twenty degrees! Anyway, Marfy 3520 is finished and I love this dress, its simple, understated and incredibly comfortable. And while I am really very happy about that, there is a tiny part of me that wishes it looked a little…

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Ballerina Roxanne Blouse

Today I present to you my ballerina print Roxanne Blouse from Victory Patterns! I made…

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DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis)

DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura

Hola!!! Ya está aquí el pantalón conjunto de la Blusa que hicimos en el pasado post. Os digo de verdad que tanto la blusa como el pantalón juntos y separados me los he puesto un montón de veces ya. Y es que son muy cómodos, y la verdad que la blusa con un pantalón vaquero o el pantalón con un jersey o con una camisa, quedan fenomenal para alguna ocasión un poco mas especial.

Tal y comentaba en el post anterior, los cuadros escoceses son tendencia este invierno, han entrado con mucha fuerza los vemos en infinidad de prendas de ropa, sobre todo fulares o bufandas. 

La dificultad de este pantalón es la confección de la cremallera con pletina, pero ya veréis que con la ayuda del video tutorial y un poco de paciencia, lo podréis conseguir sin problemas.



DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
  • Patrón gratis de este pantalón (descargar aquí).
  • 1,25 metros de tela tipo sarga (podéis encontrar parecidas aquí).
  • Cremallera de 28 cm.
  • 1 cierre para pantalón.
  • Entretela.
  • Hilo del color de la tela.
  • Materiales habituales: máquina de coser, plancha, regla, tijeras, jabón de sastre, alfileres…


DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura

La tela que yo he utilizado es SARGA de cuadros, esta es la típica tela de cuadros escoceses. No debéis confundirla con franela, que es una tela de invierno que también es muy típico encontrarla en cuadros, pero tiene como un pelito suave. También podéis utilizarla, pero debéis saber que el resultado no será el mismo.

Este conjunto de blusa y pantalón también lo podéis realizar en otro tipo de telas por ejemplo: sarga elástica, crepe de invierno, punto o punto roma… Cualquier tela con caída (es decir, que pese) y que tenga cuerpo. 


DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura
DIY Costura: Cómo hacer pantalón (patrones gratis) blog de costura



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sewing to sell | review, project, & giveaway ((now closed!))

Anyone with a love for making things has probably fielded the comment “You should sell that!” at least once or twice or a hundred times. In general I just scoff at this suggestion, but the truth is, I’ve thought about it plenty. About what I might sell, how much I’d charge, how I’d set it […]

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Sewing room re-do

What seems like just yesterday I posted a DIY craft room makeover here then fast forward 9 months I became pregnant.  As much as I enjoyed sewing in that room due to it’s proximity to our room, I had to give it up and convert it to our nursery. &n…

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Jalie 2908 secret jungle jeans

Every year around this time I have an uncontrollable need to make a pair of jeans. This year was no different.So I whipped out my old faithful Jalie 2908 and went to work. This is my 8th pair of jeans from this pattern, and I think I’ve got the fit nea…

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Called Out by My Kids

Jayce and I 1

I think I’m a pretty good parent.  
I don’t think that I’m perfect, but I also don’t think I need to be perfect.  I strive to be the best that I can each day under the circumstances.  On the days when I’ve lost my patience or my temper and I feel like a terrible mom, I remind myself that every day is a new day and I have a chance to try again and do better.  I also think that taking time every once in a while to re-evaluate what Chris and I are doing and see what we can do better or differently is important, and last month my kids each helped me on this number.
The week before Christmas I got called out by both of my kids at different times and they stuck with me.  It wasn’t anything huge but I took note.
First was Jayce.

Jayce Christmas 2

Mom, I’m never showing you anything anymore if you say ‘that’s cool.’  It sounds like you don’t really like it very much.
I had been hanging up the laundry to dry while Jayce was playing legos.  I was in the middle of something else too, I can’t remember what, but I remember that I was rushing to get the clothes up because there was something pressing that I needed to get back to.  Maybe I was in the middle of making dinner?  I can’t remember.  But Jayce had showed me something that he was excited about, my enthusiasm did not match his, and his feelings were hurt.
In my defense (kind of) I had looked at what he was showing me and I did think it was cool.  My crime was not coming up with a more convincing way of expressing to him that he had done a great job and that I was proud of him.  In the last few weeks I have not made that mistake again, and I told Chris about it so he could be aware of it as well.  When he shows us some Lego creation, we get down to his level, talk about it a little with him so that he can explain the ins and outs, (and sometimes there are a lot of them), and never use the overly simple and dismissive phrase “that’s cool.”  
I know that I cannot always drop everything to give my kids my undivided attention, and that it wouldn’t really be good for them if I did.  But sometimes I can, and it won’t be something that I regret.
Next up was Hannah.

Hannah 1

Mom, are you teasing me?
She had asked me a question and I had answered her back in the same way that she asked me.  I can’t remember exactly what either of us had said, but I must have mimicked her inflection.  When her response was to ask if I was teasing her, it felt like an icicle to the heart.  
For the sake of clarity, her question wasn’t loaded with sadness or heartbreak.  It was no, “Mom are you TEASING me?!” with eyes brimming with tears.  It was more like she had just requested a pretzel.  It was just a question.  But I immediately scooped her up and smothered her in snuggles and kisses, and told her I was not teasing her, that I loved her so much, and that I was just talking in a silly way like I do sometimes when we are playing.  In that moment I did everything that I could think of to reassure her that her mom was a person who loved her and not a person who openly mocked her.
Chris and I are sensitive about people repeating our kids’ accents back to them.  They sound precious, truly, I get that.  But particularly when they are talking to family or friends in America, I don’t want them to be made aware that they sound different.  I don’t want them to feel like they need to over-think what is coming out of their mouths, or to wonder why people are giggling slightly when they ask to go to the toi-let, in that very British way.  
So for me to do it and for Hannah to notice…ugh.  Just…ugh.
Obviously I wasn’t intending to mock her, I was just being silly.  If she had asked me a question like Minnie Mouse I would have answered her like Minnie Mouse.  But I don’t want to be the one to point out to my three year old that she sounds different than I do, and I don’t want her to think that her mom teases her.  It was a small thing, but a good little jolt to remind me to be more careful about this.
The last instance of calling out was by Hannah again, but this time it was to Chris and I both.

Girls 1

Stop!  Stop!  You guys talk about my slide.
Chris and I were bickering about something in front of the kids, Hannah didn’t like it, so she gave us an alternate topic of conversation.
I don’t really know where “the slide” thing came from.  She doesn’t have a slide and we weren’t at the playground, we were at home.  But Chris and I think that maybe this happened one other time when we were all at a playground.  Chris and I must have been playing with Hannah by the slide, started arguing about something, and Hannah re-directed us back to a more appropriate conversation…about her slide.
This is a no-brainer really.  We don’t typically fight in front of the kids, and I don’t think that any parents think it’s a great idea to do so, but sometimes it just happens.  But I think that while I’m making a list of things that I’d like to do better with as a mom, remembering to “talk about Hannah’s slide” when Chris is really getting on my nerves should be on the list.
And for now, that is that.

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A small Tea Party

You know my love for the Tea PartySince first we met.From the moment Trixie was born I was itching to sew her a Tea Party dress.I knew from experience the 0-3 month size was a very roomy fit so I was patiently waiting for her t…

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Week in recap

1.Enjoying some Indian food/ 2. Soup making/ 3. Late night snack/ 4.Cozy nights/ 5. More soups/ 6.Thank you for 8 wonderful years buddyThis week had its ups and downs for sure. It was all about returning to everyday life and organising. You know it’s a…

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I’d like to thank those of you who sent me understanding and  uplifting responses to my last post…I’m feeling much better! and Happy New Year!Here’s a vest I’ve been wearing a lot lately…It’s B6064 by Katherine Tilton, in a yummy scarlet cross…

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Hazel is Five Months Old!

This year I’ve felt motivated to re-evaluate the way we do things around here and put pen to paper and write down some New Year’s resolutions.  In the past, I’ve written ‘intentions’ which I feel are decidedly non-committal.  Somehow, though,…

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Françoise – a pattern review

Late last year, Tilly released a new pattern on her website called Françoise! A spunky little 60s number with raglan sleeves and a sweeping A-line shape

Tilly had reached out to me to give this lovely lady a review but I didn’t get to sewing it well after the sew-along in early December cause things were just too crazy. But here she is now!*

Considering I sew mainly vintage and sometimes Burdastyle patterns, this was a good way to shake up my sewing routine with instructions and patterns from the Indie pattern scene

I’m quite naughty with pattern instructions – I tend to gloss over them and sew freestyle as per my own experience, referring only to the pattern when I get to a tricky bit. 

I had done the same with the Françoise instructions and hit a hump very quickly when I decided to change the dress style mid way through.

I started out sewing the sleeveless version, thinking that I need more sleeveless dresses in my life. The fabric I chose was a not-very-stretchy polyester knit that I bought from Stratostreak vintage. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics only, but this fabric has very little stretch so I thought it might still be ok. To describe it, its very similar to polo shirt material… but polyester – which means its really hot to wear! 

And cause we had a lovely little week of hot weather and high humidity, as soon as I tried this on, I knew there was no way in hell this was going to be a summer dress, even if it didn’t have sleeves!

So I cut out the sleeves, with the help of Balthazar and continued on my merry way
In my not reading the instructions mode, I tried to sew the sleeves on while the shoulder pieces for the sleeveless version were still intact. Which meant the neck hole was huge!

It took me ages to work out wtf was going on. It was hot and I must have been dehydrated but I eventually worked it out and got on with the sewing. 

Lesson learnt. Always read the instructions on indie patterns!

Size wise, I cut a size 6 as per Tilly’s measurement chart. I’m normally smaller on the top then on the bottom, but for the sake of trying this pattern properly I only cut the one size. It fits well around the hips with no adjustments and the bust is fitted but not too loose. For me, I might like the arms to be a little slimmer, but the fabric also bunches in a way that looks bulky, so it could just be me

The dress is shaped by darts at the front which run from the hip up to the bust. I quite like this style because it shapes the dress not only at the bust but also into the waist. 

There are also two darts at the back which normally I omit on some patterns as it makes me look like I have a sway-back, but I kept these in. Because the dress is well fitted I didn’t have this problem of the swingy-ness back there

I like that this dress has 3/4 sleeves. Even though this will now become a cool weather dress, the sleeve length is nice a practical. The collar is optional but how could I not include it!

It looks a little off centre in the photos, but its not. While modelling this dress is was about 30 degrees inside my house (north-facing houses are a blessing and a curse) so it was a bit sticky modelling this polyester pretty and things got a bit clingy and twisted.


I didn’t use the facings to finish the neckline as the fabric was bulky enough and I knew it would have problems sitting properly. (I had to use a vinegar/water solution to get the collar to press crisply). Instead I used a cute stripy bias binding to seal the neckline. It matched the fabric colour wise, and so the pattern clash was a nice match.

I obviously need to practice lining up the bias at the back though… 

The back neck is not my finest work. Lucky I have long hair to cover that… 

One thing I really liked while sewing the sleeveless version, which made me decide that this pattern was pretty well designed…

When the shoulder piece was attached to the dress front piece, if you sew with the correct 1.5cm allowance, once you press it open, the two pieces match perfectly to create the arm hole! 

Nice work there Tilly! 
So neat!
So in the end, I’m quite happy with this pretty little darling. Very sweet and a good pattern if you are a new sewer as the instructions (once you read them) are very clear. I like that its very clearly influenced by mid 60s dresses, like most of her designs, so if you prefer to use new patterns I would highly recommend looking at Tilly’s range.
The sizes run from bust size 30 to 44 inches so there is a good variety of sizes for all the lovely ladies in the world. 

What do you think of Françoise? Have you sewn with her yet, or any other of her sister patterns? 

Thanks for popping in readers, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekends or the upcoming week. I back at work tomorrow for the first time in 3 weeks! Eeek! I only have 3 or so weeks left before my new role so I’m excited but starting to get a little sad at the same time cause I’ll totally miss my team. Oh my!

Till next time! 
Cat xo 

*This pattern was gifted to me as part of a request to review the new Françoise pattern. All opinions are my own
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Baby Hopscotch

I am probably a bit old fashioned.But I love baby nighties.I don’t get on with wonder suits. Too many poppers and they always seem too hot or not warm enough.I remember getting one of the babies up to find the legs of the wonder suit wra…

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Ready, Set….Compete!

I should have my head examined! I’ve gone and entered my first sewing contest at Pattern Review.   I’ve looked at these contests before, but they always strike me as impossible. One Pattern — Many Looks. Oh, man, I’d be lucky to complet…

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Introducing my machine, Betty.

I’m always really interested to see other people’s sewing machines and the space where they sew so I thought it was about time I introduced everyone to my machine, Betty. I inherited Betty from my mother-in-law, also Betty (although I always called the…

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I’m so gorgeous, there’s a six month waiting list for birds to suddenly appear every time I am near!

YO! Hello everyone! Well, I hope we have all managed to get through the first full week back at work after Christmas (I know not all of us, but I think this describes this week for many people). I’ve had quite a strange week. For me personally, it’s be…

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2014 Round Up!

It’s taken me a little while to get motivated to write this round up of last year and onward look into the next but finally writing it has made me feel incredibly inspired to get sewing! It’s been so satisfying to look back at how much my sewing has im…

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Louisa dress pattern by Compagnie M.

Hello, everyone! Guess who’s still alive? 🙂
I’m emerging from my loooong silence today to introduce to you a wonderful pattern for little girls, the Louisa dress by Compagnie M.
As per its description, the Louisa dress is “a vintage inspired pattern with a modern twist. Unique pockets and three back options make this a versatile pattern. Add lining according to the season and enjoy this pattern the whole year round.”
The pattern includes sizes: from 1y to 10y.
Compagnie M. and I teamed up to translate this pattern, (understandably) their best seller, into Italian (the Louisa dress is also available in English, French, German and Dutch).
I really want to help spreading the love for indie patterns in my country, so I feel it’s almost my duty to give my contribution as a trained translator.
And this week the Louisa dress pattern is touring around some amazing Italian blogs to celebrate its new language!
I was supposed to present to you my version today, but as I’m a very bad, disorganized blogger (as you might have noticed in the last few months), I didn’t manage to finish the dress I was making for my niece Caterina in time, so that will have to wait. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful creations by the other Italian bloggers included in the tour so far:
Dotta Sews My Cute Sewing
 Mademoiselle Chou ChouMamma Craft
Mamma 190
So good, right?
Although I have nothing to show, I can’t recommend this pattern enough. The design is just adorable (with that vintage touch I just can’t resist), the instructions are extremely detailed (meaning: beginner friendly) and once you print this huge pdf (only downside I could find), this project is guaranteed immediate gratification.
If you want to celebrate with us, you can purchase the Louisa dress pattern with a 10% discount until tomorrow using the code LOUISA-INTRO.
(And if, like me, you’re not too much into kids patterns, just know that Compagnie M. just started releasing women’s patterns, like the Lotta skirt pattern… just sayin’).

Cucù! Indovinate chi è ancora viva?
Oggi riemergo dal mio luuuungo silenzio per parlarvi di un meraviglioso modello da bambina, l’abito Louisa di Compagnie M. 

Quest’abito viene descritto come un modello d’ispirazione vintage con un tocco moderno. La forma unica della tasca e tre opzioni per il dietro lo rendono un modello molto versatile. A seconda della stagione, si può aggiungere una fodera e utilizzarlo tutto l’anno.
Le taglie incluse nel modello vanno da 1 a 10 anni. 

Compagnie M. ed io abbiamo collaborato per tradurre questo modello in italiano (che, non a caso, è il loro best seller). L’abito Louisa è disponibile anche in inglese, francese, tedesco e olandese.
Diffondere l’amore per il cucito e per i modelli indie nel nostro Paese è una causa che mi sta davvero a cuore, perciò dare un contributo in quanto traduttrice mi è sembrato davvero di dovere.
E per festeggiare il fatto che adesso Louisa parla italiano, questa settimana il modello sta facendo un bel tour in alcuni dei più bei blog del nostro Paese.
Oggi vi avrei dovuto far vedere la mia versione, cucita per la mia nipotina Caterina, ma essendo una blogger cattiva e disorganizzata (come forse avrete notato negli ultimi mesi), non sono riuscita a finirla in tempo. Nel frattempo, vi lascio riempire gli occhi con le creazioni delle altre bravissime blogger incluse nel tour finora:
Dotta Sews – My Cute Sewing
 Mademoiselle Chou Chou – Mamma Craft
Mamma 190
Bellissime, no?
Nonostante non abbia nulla da mostrare, non posso che raccomandarvi questo modello con tutto il cuore. Il design parla da sé ed è decisamente adorabile, con quel tocco vintage a cui io proprio non so resistere, le istruzioni sono estremamente dettagliate (e quindi a prova di principianti) e una volta stampato l’enorme pdf del modello (unica pecca di Louisa, a mio parere), si tratta di un progetto veloce e gratificante.
Se volete partecipare ai festeggiamenti con noi, potete acquistare il modello dell’abito Louisa con uno sconto del 10% fino a domani usando il codice LOUISA-INTRO.
(E se, come me, non siete estremamente interessate ai modelli per bambini, sappiate che Compagnie M. ha appena iniziato a vendere anche modelli da donna, come ad esempio la gonna Lotta…)

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