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Today, you can find me at the Mara Blog with a new version of the lovely Mara blouse :)

This version was a special request by my girl: She was eager to have a “Mara with sleeve-holes” (aka, sleeveless), loose enough to be worn for playing outside – apparently when its brazing hot outside, fitted clothes are not as appealing (obviously, I can relate to that).

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I’m might be a bit biased, but I do love the tiny pintucks bellow the front yoke:

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To be honest, I loved sewing this sleeveless Mara version as per my girl request but I missed using one of the sleeves provided with the Mara blouse pattern (I had my eyes set on the butterfly sleeves – probably my favorite sleeve from the different options available).

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If you haven’t tried it, you need to (that’s a friendly advice).

If you need a little motivator, Marte’s offering a 10% discount on the Mara blouse pattern in Compagnie M shop when you use this discount code: MARA-ACTION. The code is valid until the 17th of August.

More great news: Marte organized a Sew-along open to everyone! People with or without blog can participate. She will select the most beautiful creations – great prizes involved! You can find more details here!

 

See you tomorrow.

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Happy sewing,

xx Ana Sofia

 

 

 

Usually KCW starts earlier for me – I tried to sew one week in advance so that I can find some time to blog about the projects during the actual KCW.

For this KCW July 2014 I did managed to sew in advance (all but one very special project, which is still in the making – not because it’s a difficult one, but because I messed up the first version and have yet to find time to sew another one. I’m sure some of you know how it goes. Frustrating, to say the least).

Well, back to Day four of KCW:

I have a soft spot for blue and red gingham and every other season I managed to sew something using this fabric (this was part of a lovely package from the FarmhouseFabrics - you may recognize the floral print from here):

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A couple of years ago, I sewed a classic girl’s dress with gathered skirt, waistband ties and peter pan collar (here) and as I was ready to sew her a new version, I decided to go with another pattern: Mamie by the Children’s Corner.

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The Mamie is a round-yoke dress  with gathered skirt and I would describe it as a classic girl’s dress.

Overall, I wouldn’t rate it as a difficult pattern (because it isn’t), but it did took me over 1 hour to finished (ops!). Totally worth it, if I may say so myself.

Instead of embroidery, I added 2 vintage buttons to the front yoke.

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Again, because the construction method is quite clever (no seams exposed) you do get a professional-looking dress :)

I’ve sew this pattern before and my girl is now in the last size available (6 years), so this will probably be the last time I’m sewing it for her (obviously I can always sew another version before the summer ends, but I’m not confident about finding the time for it).

There’s a great idea for shortening Mamie into a blouse in the Children’s Corner website, which I’m tempted to give it a try.

The dress was perfect for my girl – she’s 6 and 1/2 years but she still loves to wear this sort of dresses (as long as they are not pink. Otherwise they would be rated as nightgowns …) …

especially when she gets so many compliments while taking a stroll in the old part of the city :)

The skirt is quite full and must be very comfortable to wear – it was rather hot outside, and she didn’t ask to take if off during the entire journey.

My favorite part? the ruffle sleeves (but you already knew that, right?)

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See you tomorrow.

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Happy sewing,

xx Ana Sofia

 

 

 

There were a couple of patterns I knew I wanted to sew for KWC: Children’s Corner Frannie (dress) was definitively on the top of my list.

KCW recommends to sew for 1 hour/day and I knew I would be able to complete this dress within that time frame (yes, that’s as simple especially if you have done several times before).

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The pattern includes only 5 pieces (front and back plus matching linings and the collar piece) and like all Children’s Corner patterns each size is individually drafted so you can cut the pattern pieces for the size you need (this is a size 6) while preserving  the other sizes for later (and I love that, because tracing patterns is not my favorite part of sewing).

The design of this dress is quite flattering and, most important is perfect for hot summer days (breezy and twirly) especially if you use a special Liberty tana law (or a beautiful voile) print – the drape is absolutely perfect. For this version, I choose a classic Liberty print: Betsy (a timeless floral bought on eBay).

The dress features a lovely peter pan collar (piping added) and the fullness is adjusted with side-ties/ribbons for added cuteness.

This dress is fully lined (no exposed seams) and I’m looking forward to try a fall version using a fine corduroy (note: for a fall/winter version, I would skip the peter pan collar so that it could be worn with a turtleneck underneath).

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And finally, on day three of KCW July 2014, “someone” decided to model the dress. Obviously, it was made for dancing :)

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Happy sewing,

xx Ana sofia

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When Willow & Co. patterns were released a couple of months ago there were several patterns that made into my sewing-wish list in the blink of an eye.

The Clover shorts and the Fawn Lily tunic (and dress) were my first selection and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

My girl loves dresses almost as much as I do, but shorts are definitely a close second in her list. She wears them regardless of the season and loves to pair them with almost anything (yes, winter coats included).

For KCW day Two I choose a soft color combo as I wanted to used some fabric scraps (the polka dots and brown linen) and use a smaller piece of Liberty that was not enough for a blouse.

The entire outfit look surprisingly cute and, dare I say, polished (I added a burgundy ribbon I found on my cupboard for the shorts bow).

 

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Both pieces were made in size 6, but I will go a size up for my next attempt with the shorts (these look a bit tight/short on her – for that reason I didn’t hem the leg bands as instructed by the pattern).

The Clover shorts were such a quick sew – I wasn’t expecting it, because they look much more elaborated. It was a pleasure to sew them and to be honest I already have another pair cut (unfortunately it’s also a size 6) as I’m sure these will be worn quite a lot.

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Once again, KCW is here (remember the motto: Sew clothes for your kids, 1 hour a day, each day for 7 days).

From today until next Sunday, 27 July 2014, it’s the summer edition of Kid’s Clothes Week: lots of sundresses, tops and shorts will be feature by so many talented ladies (you can check it all here and register if you fell like joining the fun).

I almost skipped this edition: too busy balancing kid’s summer holidays with me still working full-time (don’t ask me how we managed, because it’s not fun for either of us), but at the last minute I decided to join the fun.

I have a couple of projects in the pipeline and 2 projects on the go, so there was really no excuse, right?

My first project has been in the pipeline for quite a while.

I bought the Geranium dress pattern (Made by Rae) when the larger sizes were released, but it did took me a while to join the crowd.

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Obviously, now I wonder what took me so long.

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Yes … I made the Cosi Swimsuit!

Cosi Swimsuit collage

Sewing a swimsuit was a challenge I wanted to tackle this season.

To be honest, there’s plenty of “proper” swimsuits for little girls where we live, but every year I find myself buying several (between 4 to 5) new swimsuits for my girl: she has swimming lessons twice a week (all year) and we live close enough to the ocean, so swimsuits really do get worn a lot. And that can be quite expensive!

So, I had been assessing some of the available patterns. I was looking for a basic design that could be worn to the beach and the swimming pool with flawless instructions (I have sewn with knits before, but swimwear was new to me).

Then one day, I got an email from Suz (super talented lady behind Sewpony Vintage. Remember this lovely pattern?) checking if I would like to test her new pattern: a Swimsuit :)

I almost grasped! Of course, I would!

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I am a bit picky when it comes to children’s nightwear.

Obviously, I strongly believe children should wear comfy clothes to sleep, and that can be something as simple as a tee and a pair of shorts (and trust me, my kids wear this combo quite a lot), but I love the vintage nightgowns I used to wear when I as a child (always made of crispy white cotton with a bit of lace trim).

Unfortunately, it was not easy to find a sewing pattern for making a “vintage-style” nightgown for my girl: I kept running into lovely vintage patterns that were just not my girl’s size or missed a detail …

Well, my search is over.

Lindsay from the Cottage Mama has just released the Claire’s Pajamas which is just what I was looking for (and much more).

The pattern includes a full-length nightgown with long or short sleeves plus a two-piece pants pajama also with long or short sleeves and as a bonus, the pattern a matching 18″ doll pattern for all design options. How perfect is that?

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I was lucky enough to test the full-length nightgown with short sleeves for my girl and I can tell you that this has been wearing almost non-stop since it was completed.

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