The amazing sisters, Emily and Ashley from FrancesSuzanne, are back with a new Flip this Pattern Series: February “Free for All” is currently displaying free sewing patterns for all of us, sewing-lovers.


I must confess that my will-power is close to nothing when it comes to testing a new pattern (either free or purchased), so I was obviously I was so happy to join the challenge.

Oddly and despite the numerous options, I knew exactly what I wanted to sew: the free reversible vest from Frances Duval Stalla

I had done it before (here), but because I used a faux furry remnant from a local I skipped a few steps from the original pattern: I did not used 3 layers and didn’t add the lovely quilted cap sleeves.

I was determined to do it properly this time, especially because the first version has been quite a hit in her wardrobe (my girl even wears it under her School Days Jacket). Apparently, this vest is very trendy ;)

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The pattern is written in French, but don’t let this prevent you from using it. There are step-by-step instructions and it’s such a simple project (the sizes run from 3/6 months to 6 years).

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Classic style | Adelaide

During the Christmas break I had the chance to organize both my fabric stash (way out of control, but I’m totally hopeless in this matter) and my sewing pattern’s stash.

I wasn’t surprised to see that my fabric stash is getting a bit out of control (too many cuts and prints  that don’t fit my sewing needs anymore) but it did surprised me the amount of patterns that still need to be sewn – and that are fast approaching the end of their size range (meaning that soon my daughter will outgrown them).

Of course, I needed to start by tackling the patterns (as obviously, the fabric stash won’t get used unless I actually sew from it) and picked Children’s Corner Adelaide first.

Adelaide is a dress pattern featuring a knife pleat on each shoulder that is embellished with three decorative buttons on each side. The dress back opening is under an inverted box pleat at center back. The patterns goes up until size 6, which is exactly my daughter’s age (she will be 7 soon and size 6 clothes are getting tight on her). I purchased this pattern from an online sale several years ago (4?), because I was actually intrigued by the construction of the inverted box pleat at the center back.

CC Adelaide#6

There is a 2-part help video that explains how to construct the placket opening at the back and I watch it so many times (I think I mentioned before how much I love CC videos) that I knew I had to try it (this technique also applied to CC Kathy-Kelly dress, which I also purchased. And yes, still need to try).

CC Adelaide#3

It did took me a while (a couple of years, but who’s counting…) to choose a fabric for this dress – I knew I wanted to try the short-sleeve version but needed a fabric with some weight (to provide some structure for the pleats). That’s why organizing your fabric really helps! This vyella (currently on sale) was such a perfect option – plus, I had a matching blue trim waiting to be used ;)

CC Adelaide#7

The dress has a Peter pan collar and puffed sleeves, which are actually quite sweet and perfect for this dress, but my girl is almost 7 (…), so a few mods were needed. Instead of using Adelaide’s sleeves, I used the ones from CC Ruthie (did you know that most collars and sleeves from CC patterns are interchangeable? Great, right?). As for the peter pan collar, I actually sew it and even added the piping, but on the last-minute (and even with everyone’s opinion’s against it), I decided to skip it. I really love the outcome – perfect for my growing girl <3

CC Adelaide#5

Sometimes I feel like I keep showing you exactly the same styles overs and over again, but as much as I would like to convince myself to sew other styles, the true is that what I sew is actually worn a lot and I can’t afford (time and money wise) to sew things that will be tucked away in a closet.

I love vintage patterns (always looking for great finds on eBay or Etsy) but I’m terribly afraid of their sewing instructions (although I’m not as scare as in the beginning, because now I can sew them following my own instructions. Ahaha, almost at least!). Children’s Corner design, especially the older ones like Adelaide, managed to capture the vintage vibe that I love so much, yet their instructions are so easy to follow and the fit is always amazing.

CC Adelaide#2

Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I will be able to sew another Adelaide for my girl (this one has not much room to grow) and I regret not having sewing it earlier – it’s a wonderful dress and it looks adorable on her.

CC Adelaide#1

The dress is not lined, but the instructions very cleverly advise you to use french seams. These are perfect for beautiful insides.

I still have a few Children’s Corner patterns that I need to tackle soon (and some that I still need to post here) and I hope it won’t take me as long to sew as this one.

CC Adelaide#4

Happy sewing,

Ana Sofia

I’m not the best candidate for refashion clothes as much of my own clothes are actually worn to exhaustion (i.e. usually not good enough to refashion) and my kid’s clothes are usually (with a very few exceptions) handed-down to other children.

Obviously, I still have my husband clothes – and these usually are in a pretty good shape – but with older kids (meaning bigger sizes and more fabric involved), refashion becomes more of a challenge.

Yet, when my friend Magda, from House of Estrela, invited to her mini version of the Refashion Month Series I couldn’t say no (and I had actually done it before!). Especially because she had planned a whole week of refashion with Portuguese bloggers only! And, trust me, these ladies sure know how to refashion :)

For my refashion project, I decided to use a knit dress that was gifted to my daughter a couple of months ago. She didn’t like the dress and the style didn’t actually suit her. Nevertheless, I decided to keep it because the knit fabric was extremely nice – great color, medium-weight and so soft inside, but it was actually stashed away in her closet (hence the wrinkles).


The main issue was the front placket: wonky stitching and military-style buttons, really didn’t appeal to any of us. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to stitching and although I’m much more flexibility with handmade items (especially mine), I have almost zero-tolerance for wonky stitching in store-bought items.


Obviously the original front placket had to be removed (love my seam ripper, but this took me forever) and because the sleeves were way too long (the dress is a size 8/9 years dress for my 6 years old girl) I decided to cut and hem them with a Liberty ruffle (the Liberty fabric was also a left-over from a previous project). The ruffle is attached to the sleeve keeping the open sides aligned with the sleeve seam (I cut the ruffle using 1,5 times the sleeve measurement and double my desired length – the ruffle cuff is folded).


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On Coordinating …

Today I’m showing an outfit that almost didn’t make it here.

It was one of my first projects this fall (earlier October) but because it was too hot then to wear it I didn’t take an pictures at the time.

When the weather finally cooled down a bit and my girl finally got to wear it, I didn’t took any pictures (because I forgot these were still to be posted).

So, it took me almost 3 months to finally take any pictures of it – and trust me, by the time these pictures were taken, each piece of this outfit – dress, collar tee and sleeveless vest – had been worn to pieces.

Yet, I really couldn’t miss the chance to post it, because it really reflects the way I (usually) sew for my girl: coordinated pieces that are meant to be layered.

Let me tell how it all began …

It all started with this dress – Mallory by the Children’s Corner – which is a personal favorite. I’ve lost count on the number of versions I’ve made so far and I even purchased the larger sizes when my girl was only wearing the 2 years-size (I was so confident she would be wearing this dress until she was 8 years-old).


The fit is perfect on her, the pattern is easy enough to sew in one-late night sewing (less than 3 hours) and it actually doesn’t take that much fabric (it is lined, nonetheless).

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Belated [C…] Dress

Well, January is half-way through and I finally starting to post some of the projects that were completed (and worn) last year.

In order to make it a bit easier for me (i.e. less embarrassing), I won’t tell you which occasion this dress what sewn for (if you’re curious, you can check the sneak peak here).

Luckily (for me and my erratic blogging schedules) this dress is as perfect to wear now as it was 3-weeks ago.

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There’s no use in pretending.

I’m totally hopeless when it comes to sewing dresses for my girl. I can always justify the need for one more (and another …).

But this one might be a be too difficult to justify as it was actually made on December 28th – a couple of days after Christmas and with no obvious reason for it.

But, I saw the fabric on my sash and I really needed to use it this year (next year, there would probably not be enough for a dress as I was already short of yardage for this pattern). I told you I was good at justifying yet another new dress :)

I used the Apple Picking dress pattern from Oliver+S in size 6 for the bodice and a size 7 for the skirt.

Late Xmas Apple Picking Dress 2

I have used this fabric before for a Playtime dress (here) and it was one of my favorites (too short and tight already).

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Season’s Greetings

Wishing you all the warmest Season’s greetings!

We’re looking forward to enjoy the blessings of this season for the next couple of days. I suspect sewing will be set aside for a while :)

Christmas dress_Myrantine#1

[Myrantine blouse by Citronille lengthen into dress in pale pink floral voile. More details soon]

From our home to yours, we wish you peace, love and joy with your loved ones!

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[Louisa dress by Compagnie-M, already posted here

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you!

Ana Sofia


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