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Iris from Oekeboeleke is an upcoming talent in the sewing patterns world. When she launched the Lucy Dress, I was immediately curious, and applied as a tester for the bigger sizes. The pattern is made for cotton-like fabrics, and combines a skirt with nice pleats with a special collar detailed bodice.

I like that the pleats are repeated at both the front and the back. I lengthened the size 110 for my 4 year old Lucie a little (3 cm), and then it was perfect for her; a little wide at the chest but ok the dress is supposed to be light and breezy.

I added pockets since the girl can’t do without. Together with this Soft Cactus retro cotton fabric, it gives the dress a nice vintage touch. The complete dress is buttoned-up, which I like a lot. Super handy to dress and undress, certainly when you use press studs like me; Lucie loves to do it all herself!

 

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Birthday time here, in on week Millie turned 2 and Lucie turned 4.  I like to sew them special matching outfits on such occasions. Last year around this time I drew myself a dress pattern for Lucie, based on a supernice basic from Zara. It’s designed for knits only, and has a circular skirt, short round sleeves and a tight bodice.

I made her several of those throughout the year, mostly in heavier fabric like sweatr, punto di roma and french terry. And I had to redraw since the girl was growing fast. For their birthday, I fell for the supernice Lily Balou fabrics at Mon Depot. When they came in, I immediately thought of a polo shirt. Since I didn’t find a good pattern for a polo dress in knit fabric, I decided to add it to my existing selfdrawn dress.

Because of her red hair, I chose the blue plane fabric for Millie. And Lucie was charmed by the pelicans on the other fabric so that was a quick choice. I was shocked by the premium quality of this ‘knit jacquard’, which is medium heavy and lovely lovely lovely to work with.

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I had to draw another size for Millie, so now I have the pattern already in 3 sizes (98, 104, 110). What do you think? Should I do something with it? Who would be interested if I share this pattern?

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Copper and blue. I got inspired by the denim I found in my fabric stash with a subtle metallic shine. I used it for Lucie’s glitter pants with the cat knees, but I was jealous and wanted something for myself in that fabric, too… Since I never ever wear pants it had to be a denim skirt; a girl cannot have too much of those. And I already knew I wanted to combine it with a shirt with some copper piping to match the metallic shine.

I chose the Elsa Blouse pattern from La Maison Victor (2/2016) for the shirt; I loved the idea of a hidden button row. And it has a shirt collar, which makes it suitable for piping. But exactly at the button row something went wrong; I still don’t know what happened but I had excess fabric. Maybe I cut wrong, but anyway I could solve it invisibly … – well more or less. Also when you make it, you should choose the smaller size when doubting between sizes, because it turns out large.

The skirt’s pattern is another La Maison Victor’s creation (5/2016), the Holly Skirt. Great basic pattern for a denim or gabardine or jacquard skirt, I only lenghtened it with some extra 7 cm because I found it too short. You should only do that when your fabric has some strethc otherwise you would have to add a vent to still be able to move I guess. Also this pattern turned out to be large, but maybe I should have chosen size 40 (recently lost 15 kg so still getting used to the idea that I fit a size 40 🙂 ).

Voila, a new outfit is born. Curious for your experiences with these patterns!