Last week, I come across a new company – Papillon & Mandarine (not that I was looking for more patterns) with a gorgeous skirt pattern that I reckoned it would be perfect for putting my (endless) scraps of fabric into good use.
The pattern arrived promptly and I was so eager to try this pattern, that I start cutting the fabric the minute I got a few minutes on my own (late, very late at night).
Not the smartest move, right?
As expected, I ended up breaking the most basic Sewing Rules during my cutting session (Note: Sewing Rules stated are based on my experience alone. Nonetheless, I still find them very useful and resource to them often).
Rule of sewing nº 1 “Always measure your child and when in doubt size up“.
I broke this rule before even cutting the pattern.
The measurements put my girl between size 4 and size 6. I choose to cut a size 4 (blame it on being very very sleepy),
and then, I fearless broke Sewing Rule nº2 (almost as important as nº1): “Measure twice, cut once” and Sewing Rule nº3 “Always read throughly the pattern instructions before cutting“.
I’m fully aware that most European patterns require you to add seam allowances to the pattern (before cutting).
I’m well acquainted with this practice and have done it before countless times (Ottobre and Burda). This information was also clearly written in the pattern instructions (and marked in the pattern pieces).
Yet, I managed to cut all pattern pieces without adding seam allowances.
Not the smartest sewing moves – I realized my mistakes only when I started the actual sewing (too late, of course).
I decided to sew the skirt, nonetheless (fabric was already cut and Liberty should always be cut wisely – even Liberty scraps) and, despite not having lots of room to grow, the outcome was adorable!
I knew I would love the pleats and the cute bow is just perfect (in my opinion).
She volunteer to try the skirt (didn’t want to take it off, afterwards) and I love the fit on her – already picturing a couple of white tops that need to go into my sewing list (she’s wearing a store-bought t-shirt and I reckon this could be easily duplicated with the right pattern – Ottobre has a few that would be perfect for this).
I think she’s, slowly, building a love for bows and blue (yeah!).
Btw, I also got the Little Angel blouse and can’t wait to try it as well.
I just need to get a good night sleep in the meantime.
xo, Ana Sofia