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flowery lotte tunic

I recently found a new fabric pre-order group on facebook about a month ago. And I’ve fallen in love with the designs she’s been coming up with! I love a good quirky print just as much as I love a fun more traditional print that I can pair with anything, and Mimi’s Custom Fabrics includes both. Which works brilliantly for me!!

I sewed up her bity floral‘s print (this one is in a bamboo blend, but it’s being offered on cotton/lycra) this past week and couldn’t be happier with the print quality! It pairs well with a multitude of colours, including this eggplant double gauze that I used as a coordinating colour for this dress. I find it really makes the purple and pink flowers of the print pop!

We were a ‘wee’ bit moody when we were taking this pictures, so prepare yourself for a grouchy girl haha. For this piece, I sewed up the Lotte Dress by Misusu Patterns. I sewed up the tunic option, without the pockets, in a size 3/4.

I made (knowingly) a few mistakes on this pattern, primarily with the bias tape/binding. I didn’t have enough of the double gauze left to cut it on the bias, so I opted to just cut it and fake it, which as you can see around the neckline didn’t work out in my favour. The keyhole portion turned out ok, but the neckline wound up getting some puckering around the entire front neckline, and a little bit at the back… so this is your lesson, always cut on the bias!!!

This tunic has a super cute hi-lo feature to it, which I really loved from the get go! With the tunic length you could easily pair it with leggings, although we paired it here with some skinny jeans, and it would be super cute! I’m actually really looking forward to trying the top version for her back to school wardrobe.

Admittedly, I didn’t love the instruction for this pattern, I didn’t find them very clear when it came to defining which pieces you’re working with until the halfway point/when you get to the sleeves/armholes. I think the pattern could definitely benefit from some further instructions or more precise instructions there. But if you read through it and are experienced, this shouldn’t be a problem for you, and after all, this is marked as an intermediate skill level pattern.

For this version, I opted to sew up the size 3/4, which in hindsight I should have went with the 2/3 and added the length to it instead. It is meant to be a flowy pattern, but I find it’s a little wide on her tiny frame on her shoulders, the rest though is perfect. The one thing I did really love about this pattern was the sleeves, they’re doubled and you wind up with a really neatly finished armscye seam, which I totally appreciate!

I will definitely be sewing up another version of this pattern, and I will also definitely be adding a few more of these prints from Mimi’s to my wishlist! She’s got that banana print that we shared in our banana trend post at the beginning of last month.


sewing for easter: one final dress

Last minute sewing is my jam! I tend to hold on sewing specific things until the very moment they’re needed. This dress is a perfect example of that! Originally, this is a dress I started sewing up for my oldest. I was still, as I’d like to think, at the beginning of my sewing journey at the time.

I had purchased this double gauze from imagine gnats and it had taken me forever to finally decide on a pattern to sew with it. I had opted to sew it up as a fun spring dress, using the Caroline Party Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House. If I remember correctly, the measurements I had used for A had put her in a size 3, and then I may have added a bit of length to the bodice since she was around 6-7 at the time.

I made a few mistakes while sewing the dress, specifically when attaching the skirt to the bodice and I then think I ripped it apart twice, only to find out the double gauze is very delicate and doesn’t like to see the seam ripper too often. There were a few other things that went wrong with it at the time (user mistakes). So I put it aside discouraged…

Low and behold almost 8 years later… yup, that’s a long time to be sitting in the wip pile. Pretty embarrassing actually, but I’d like to think that it worked out in the end. When I started thinking about dresses to sew up for the girls for Easter, I really wanted to find something I had in my stash to sew from first. As I was looking for something I came across the dress! It was like it was meant to be!

To get this dress back on track, I seam ripped (delicately this time) the skirt and the bodice sections that had issues and reattached them. I also decided to take the time to rip off one of the Peter Pan collar pieces off since it had shifted and wasn’t properly centred when I originally attached it. This honestly felt like it was going to be a lot of work BUT it actually wasn’t too bad. I did all my seam ripping while watching tv and found time during the day to stitch it back together little bits at a time.

The only thing I really changed on the pattern is how the back closes. It’s supposed to be an invisible zipper closure. But I couldn’t find any zippers the night before Easter and it was too late to run out, so I opted to go with a snap/button closure (similar to how the geranium dress closes). The only thing that got affected was the collar, which now overlaps a bit.

By doing this type of closure it actually works out better for fit for J, since it was pretty wide on her to begin with (she only measures about 19″ at her chest, so typically fits in 12m patterns), and it reduced the width by about an inch.

One last thing I did talk about doing for adjustments was a ‘deep’ hem, or a ‘grow with me’ hem. So I had originally thought of folding it over about 2-3″. But once I tried it on her with the back closure done up, I decided that 1″ would be plenty. It sits just below her knee, and she still has some growth in it. So I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

In the end, she looooved this dress! And I’m pretty happy with how it turned out too, especially since I never intended it for her haha. She wore it the entire day (including a walk down to the creek where she fell in a deep mud puddle of course)… but I’m fine with it, sorta, as long as she’s having a fun Easter

I hope you guys all had a lovely Easter yesterday!

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sewing for easter: a bunny cheong sam

Happy Easter !

Easter day is always associated with bunnies. My girl, N is obsessed with bunnies.

I bought this pretty fabric from Spotlight last December. Immediately, I knew what I will sew for N. A cheong sam sewn in this fabric is definitely the choice of dress she will be delighted.

Challenged myself to piping and mandarin collar

For this project, I tried out the binding, the mandarin collar and the hidden zip. It was quite a challenge for me as I have not done this for a while. Definitely some room for improvement. I followed the dress pattern from this site.

Managed to find a hidden zip with a matching colour for the fabric

After close to 3 days of sewing, cutting and sewing, finally the end product.

My worry about whether the fabric is suitable for an oriental dress has been eased when I saw the end product.

And N was a little shy to have the picture taken. Especially when I told her this post will be shared on a blog site. Reluctantly, she agreed to take a photo in this dress. Convincing her to take more photos in future will be a challenge for me.

A little camera shy for someone who is active and chirpy.
As a start, N wanted to try out some photos which she was more sedentary compared to her usual self.

Nonetheless, N was delighted to see her favourite woodland theme on the new dress. She asked if she could have some smores to go along. I figured sweet treats would be the way to go for more photos in future.

We created this equation for our smores. Especially for Easter.

More bunnies!! Sinful snacks as we dipped the cookies in thick melted chocolate. These beautiful things were gobbled up within minutes.

But who cares! Bunnies rule the world…. I meant our world.

Happy Easter!

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