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    Floral dresses for girls

    My daughters friend E has been looking at the dresses I make for S and and asked me to make a similar dress for herself, too. This gave me an opportunity to test my Maiden of Finland dress pattern again. Since E was a little taller than S and the winter is coming, I made her a size bigger, so that it will be perfect for next summer. Following E’s wishes, I left out the collar. I again used gorgeous cotton from Nuppu print company. The fabric in E’s dress is called Näsiä. S got a new dress, too! The fabric in S’s dress is called Sydäntalvi. Due to the big pattern…

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    Autumn Cami dress

    Today I went for a walk in Helsinki and climbed up to the Uspenski Cathetral hill. It was a bit chilly without a jacket but I wanted still to take pictures of my autumn Cami dress. It is an older make but I have never managed to get good pictures of it before. Anyway, this pattern is from Pauline Alice and I have also made a summer version with short sleeves. I got the fabric from a small fabric shop Palttina in Outokumpu. I am not sure the exact composition of it. It feels very much like cotton, but I am pretty sure it has some other fibers mixed in. It…

  • Image: My floral autumn dress
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    My mix-and-match autumn dress with some piping fun

    The schools have started and that means it is officially autumn here in Finland. I have been looking for a perfect dress pattern for the dress I have held in my imagination but for vain. In my mind, I had an image of a floral dress with a gathered skirt and a fitted bodice, long sleeves and a peter pan collar. I found this amazing floral viscose fabric from the factory remnant section of Eurokangas. Finally I decided to use the patterns I already owned. Cami dress by Pauline Alice (my version is here) has a perfect bodice and the Rosie dress by Sew Over It a perfect skirt for…

  • Image: Ottobre 04/2017 12. Shy bear dress
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    Shy Bear dress (Ottobre 04/2017 12.)

    The schools start on Thursday next week here in Finland and my first-grader is waiting for her first school day enthusiastically. I found some really nice jerseys at Eurokangas and wanted to make something cool and modern but still comfortable. I chose the Ottobre 04/2017 12. Shy bear. Shy bear is a perfect pattern to combine two different fabrics with its different top and bottom parts. Handy little pockets are hidden in the seam. The name of the pattern comes from a really cute bear face appliqué. I left the appliqué out this time but am planning to use it in some other version of this dress. The sleeves are 3/4…

  • Moneta dress
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    My moneta dress

    OK. I am probably the last sewing blogger on Earth that makes the Colette Patterns’ Moneta dress. I have admired all the dresses others have made but it took some time for me to purchase this pattern, since I was more into woven fabrics. I have, however, a great need for comfortable clothes to wear at home and this dress seemed to be perfect lounging around dress. Moneta is a very versatile pattern with sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. It has sleeve options ranging from a completely sleeveless version to full sleeves. The pattern has one optional collar included but you can download Moneta Extras for free to get…

  • Ottobre design 1/2016 dress 19. Rhythm, side front view.
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    A dress for my first-grader

    Hello all! My little girl is not so little anymore and she is starting school this autumn. Although it is still July my thoughts are already in the autumn and I have started to plan clothes for the cooler months. S has grown several inches since the spring and I’m afraid that almost everything in her closet is too small. This has given me an opportunity to sew as much as I want! I couldn’t resist these wonderful geometric prints that I encountered at Kangaskapina fabric shop in Helsinki. (Btw. they say they also deliver also outside Finland. You’ll just have to send them e-mail!) I knew just the pattern…

  • Tilly and the buttons Coco jersey dress, sewn by me, front view.
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    Blue and white Coco

    Hello again! I was craving something easy and straightforward to sew for once, so I got out this nice cotton jersey and decided to make it into a casual dress for myself using Tilly and the buttons Coco dress pattern. Quite a while ago I bought the Coco and used it to make a dress for a friend. Then I forgot the whole pattern until I saw a very nice stripy version of it somewhere online. This image of a blue and white striped jersey dress was already on my mind when I bought the fabric and now was a good time of turning the idea into reality. Coco pattern…

  • Sew Over It Rosie dress, sewn by me using Liberty cotton tana lawn, front view.
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    Yellow Rosie and how to add boning to a bodice

    My recent trip to London resulted in a massive fabric haul. As I am a big fan of Sew Over It patterns I had to visit their Clapham shop and besides fabric, I also bought this pattern: Rosie Dress. I think it is a wonderful summer dress and I also love the skirt version of it. At Shaukat at Old Brompton road I picked up a perfect fabrics for it: Yellow and white floral Liberty tana lawn and white Italian lawn for the collar and the lining. At home I realised that the pattern called for some boning. I have never used boning before and was a bit taken back but…