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I always spend the last couple of days before our summer holidays trying to get everything ready.

As much as I love travelling, packaging is an entirely different story. Especially, when I also have to pack for 3 kids and make sure they take a small amount of toys/books to amuse themselves during the journey.

This year, I was considering making small backpacks for my younger kids (so helpful for those long car journeys and for exploring a different city), when Virginia from Gingercake patterns asked me if I was willing to sew her new pattern: The Day Off Backpack.

Perfect timing!

The Day Off Backpack#6

I was hoping to sew two matching versions – girl and boy, but my kids weren’t very keen on having matching backpacks … Apparently these are no longer cool once you reach 1st grade :(

Nevertheless, they loved the idea of having a new backpack to pack all their stuff for our long car journey.

The pattern itself, includes both adult and kids versions and has enough options to customize your backpacks.  Continue Reading »

I’ve already posted here about the newly released Townmouse patterns and today I’m back to show you the Henri Long Shorts for boys :)

I often get asked if I only sew for my girl (as there are also two older boys) and to be honest I still sew for my boys.

unfortunately, the options are pretty much limited when it comes to boys and because I have a more classic approach to fashion (some would call it “conservative”), sewing for my boys is not as much fun… I find it extremely difficult to find fabrics that met my (and their) standards with a good quality/price ratio so purchasing clothes for them has become a sound option for us (i.e. less expensive and much less consuming).

Of course, I’m not saying than sewing for a girl is less expensive than purchasing, but then there’s the “fun factor” involved and I absolutely love it!

Nevertheless, my boys (8 and 14) still ask me to sew for them. And I happily oblige.

Currently, I mostly sew shorts, pajamas and coats (shirts, pants and tee-shirts and polo shirts are store-bought) for my boys (ages 8 and 14), so when Kristine contacted me for testing the Henri long shorts, my younger boy literally jumped with joy!

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There’s a new pattern in town :)

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to test the new pattern from the (hugely talented) Celina from Petit à Petit & Family: the Tip Top Tunic & Dress.

This pattern features a  loose-fitting dress (or tunic) perfect for twirling and dancing all day long …

I have to confess it was my first try with one of Celina’s designs and it didn’t disappoint (I did have high expectations after hearing/reading so many great things about her patterns).

The pdf pattern includes detailed step-by-step computer drawn illustrations (not pictures) and sizes range from 6 months to 12 years.   The pattern includes lots of details: different necklines, 3 lengths  – top, tunic or dress, double sleeves (my favorite, although I tested the single sleeve option), hem facings, pockets …

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I purchased the Class Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern from Oliver+S when it was first released (in 2011).

I have since then made an average of 3 Picnic Class blouses from my girl (and a few additional ones as gifts), since then.

Recentely, I took advantdge of a sale and purchased the larger size pattern. However, I kept sewing only the blouse.

I had no interest in sewing the shorts and in fact, I knew that from the start.

I purchased the pattern (twice!) because of the blouse and I didn’t take a second look at the shorts.

Yet, this summer, I needed to add more shorts to my girl’s wardrobe and I started looking around. I was looking for a pattern comfy enough to wear in our (very) hot humid summer weather, age-appropriate and stylish enough to wear in different occasions.

After sewing a few favorites (here and here), which I love, I found myself with the Class Picnic Pattern in my hands (I have the paper version) and (finally) decided to give it a try! Seriously, I so wish I had done it before!!

In my defense, I was raised in the (glorious) 80’s, and this style did ring a few bells (I’m so sure I wore a similar style when I was growing…). Not a fashion style one wishes to revisit, right?

Yet, I have to admit: These shorts are cute! (you may have already spot it here before. I’vet been postponing this post for weeks!).

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I discovered Townmouse designs (children clothing) earlier when I started sewing for my girl and Kristine sense of style hugely influenced the way I plan my children’s closet. Townmouse label is from Australia, but their designs have an European appeal featuring timeless and comfortable pieces for both boys and girls.

You may have spotted some Townmouse designs worn by little Royals and featured in high-end fashion magazines. I know I did, and was immediately conquered by the simple lines and fabric choices (Liberty, chambray and gorgeous cotton prints).

Luckily for us, Kristine decided to transfer Townmouse patterns into pdf patterns that are now available from her Etsy store.

There are still some patterns that have yet to be made available (check Kristine post here for more details) but the ones already available provide a good preview of what to expect.

I was lucky enough to test the Isabella Flutter Sleeve Blouse and the Matilda Gypsy Dress and Top.

First, the Isabella Flutter Sleeve Blouse.

Liberty Isabella#3

This blouse features a sweet keyhole detail at the front neck and a simple single button and button loop at the back.

Liberty Isabella#4

I’m particularly partial on the flutter sleeves and because Kristine is a perfectionist, these have a great design – they actually add to the blouse design without overwhelming it.

Liberty Isabella#1 Continue Reading »

Hello!

Welcome to the Henry & Bedford Blog Tour;)

I was lucky enough to test the Bedford dress, one of the two new patterns from Brooklyn Patterns.

I had tried the Franklin Dress for the Flip this Pattern challenge and was quite impressed with Erin’s work. The Bedford dress is obviously a very different dress and one that actually took me outside my comfort zone (sewing-wise, of course). It’s an A-line tank dress with a (very clever) racerback and exposed zipper.

At first I wasn’t sure if I could actually sew one for my girl (I don’t think I have ever sew or bought a racerback top/dress for her!), but she was over the moon with the back design and keep pushing me to have it done.

Bedford_front

I did make a previous version with the exposed zipper, but after some adjustments (I took 2 inches off the dress length, just because I prefer it a bit shorter), in the final version the zipper is not fully “exposed” – just the zipper tape. I guess we all need to compromise ;)

Trust me, this was really a major challenge for me. Even the lady at my local shop, gave me a funny look when I told her I was about to try my first “exposed zipper” (I keep purchasing her the same notions and I’m sure I’m her best customer for mother of pearl buttons) … Bedford_back The fabric combo used for the first version was really sweet (swiss dot cotton in mint with an exposed pink zipper), but it was this “bolder” second version with big green and blue polka dots, that really made it for us.

Bedford_new1

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KCW is officially over, yet I still have a couple of outfits to post here (hope that sounds familiar to some of you ;)

Remember this picture from earlier last week?

The cute (and I really mean cute) chambray shorts at the bottom are from Papillon&Mandarine (Léon shorts – I have the french version, but there’s an English version available now) and although the shorts were finished one day before the KCW started, I knew I wanted to sew a matching top before posting them here.

Shorts

In my humble opinion, you can paired chambray with most everything and it will always look great!

Yet, I had purchased a small piece of Liberty (Ella and Libby) from eBay and waited until the package arrived at my doorstep on the very last day of KCW.

I was completely smitten by these colors: red, pink, yellow and bits of blue and green. It screams summer, right?

Colombine#1

I’ve lost track on the number of dresses and blouses I made from the lovely Colombine (also from Papilllon&Mandarine and also with an English version already available) and when I saw this tutorial (here) for making a sleeveless Colombine top with added ruffles, I knew it was the perfect summer top!   Continue Reading »

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