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.
This blouse features a sweet keyhole detail at the front neck and a simple single button and button loop at the back.
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.
This Liberty version (Betsy Ann) is probably my favorite.
It was completed a couple of months ago and the final pattern has suffered some improvements (added length, for instance). Yet, we both love it so much that it’s a staple in my girl’s closet – these action pictures were taken a few days ago and, as you can see, the blouse still looks as new 🙂
I wish I could fill my girl’s closet with Liberty blouses, but a girl needs options …
I used the final (revised) Isabella pattern to sew her another version in a lovely strawberry shade (cotton chambray). Again, love it so much!
Next, I tested the Matilda Gypsy Dress and Top.
This top/dress was one of the most popular styles from the Townmouse range and if you’re looking for a easy sewing project, look no further.
The Matilda is a peasant style dress and top that never goes out of style (love the gathered neckline).
My fabrics options were made as soon as I downloaded the pattern but, much to my dismay, I didn’t have enough yardage for making the dress option.
So, obviously I had to sew two Matilda Gypsy Tops! And I almost squeeze in a third version, but couldn’t finished it before this post.
For the above version (fabric is Meadow Boom | London Calling by Robert Kaufman, a gorgeous soft voile), I added a couple of inches to the length, just because I love it so much I wanted it to last a bit more (fingers crossed, she will be able to wear it in a year’s time).
I also made a Liberty version (Liberty D’Anjo) to match all the denim and chambray bottoms she has in her closet. These blouses are finished with a tiny satin bow to identify the front.
This design looks rather sweet on my girl – again, the peasant style is just right to achieve a timeless look.
This little blouse can be easily paired with shorts and skirts.
Obviously, now I’m itching to sew a dress version. I just need to find the right fabric – I would love to sew the dress option in a quilting cotton (unfortunately most of my quilting cottons don’t have enough yardage for it and I’m not allowing myself to buy any more fabric for a couple of months).
Townmouse patterns are filled with lovely illustrations and detailed instructions that will guide you through the entire sewing process and I can assure that both the Isabella Flutter Sleeve Blouse and the Matilda Gypsy Dress and Top are perfect for a beginner.
My only regret is that they only go up to size 8 (yes, that’s my girl size …). Obviously, I need to sew many more before she outgrows them.
Kristine is offering a 15% discount on any Townmouse pattern (including the Harriet and Hugo Pyjamas) with the code Sewing15 at checkout. This code is valid until the end of July.
Thank you so much Kristine ❤