Corduroy Pearl Shift

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After making my first Pearl dress (blogged here), I immediately made this one. The Pearl Dress pattern is from Green Bee and this version was made with one of my favorite prints from my latest collection for Cloud9Small World. It’s lightweight organic corduroy, and this print is called “Oh my darlin.” I was inspired to design it by my own darling (and strong-willed) Clementine. The corduroy is light enough for a dress, thought its weight would also also be well-suited for skirts or light pants. Though I would definitely add knee pads if making pants for a child whose playtime consists of more than coloring and tea parties.

I had some trouble deciding between a shorter or longer sleeve, which resulted in the hybrid you see here. Initially I cut the sleeves 3/4 length (the pattern also includes full length sleeves), but after trying it on, I felt perhaps the whole package was a bit too much and cut off the sleeves to a short-sleeved length, ala Beatrix. I immediately regretted it — the proportions were all off — but by then the damage had already been done, so I folded the bottom portions of the trimmed sleeves in half and reattached them to create a sort of cuff. It was all a bit “let’s see how this goes wheeeee” but in the end it turned out fine.

The only other teeny tiny change I made here is that I pulled the extra ease on the sleeve into a gather at the top to create a bit of a puff sleeve. The sleeve is a set-in sleeve, hence it does include some extra ease for the shoulder. I think the little puff at the top seems to suit the print quite nicely.

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I’m always a big fan of pockets in a dress (who isn’t?) and I went for the zipper option again. I didn’t have an invisible zip — which would have been really great — but I think even a standard zip looks fine on this dress, and makes it easy to get in and out of without having to pull over. You can see all of the Pearl Dress pattern options over at the Green Bee website; the pattern is available in both print and digital formats.

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It’s almost time to say goodbye to my lovely turquoise (green? some people see green) extensions. They’re getting all tangled at the top where they’re attached to my hair so I’m going to have to have them taken out soon, probably next week when we get back from vacation. I’m trying to decide if I want a break from extensions, or if I should try a different color (last time I did pink), or even do something a little bit crazier this time. I haven’t decided yet. I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on these, and they always seem to match what I’m wearing (I often wear aqua and turquoise). What do you think?

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Striped Flashback Tee for Hugo

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It’s been a while since I posted pics of le bebe, so let me show you the latest Flashback Tee I made for him!! It’s a whole new world of clothes-making for Hugo now that he’s fully into the 12-18 month size I tell you. Now I can make him Charlie Tunics and Flashback Tees since both patterns run size 12 mo – 5!! I had a few small scraps left over from a Lillestof knit I used to make this Flashback henley for Elliot, perfect for a tiny tee. I think it looks particularly cute paired with these mini Boden pants. Unfortunately the pants don’t fit over his cloth diapers very well, good thing they make up for their illfittingness (new word alert) with cuteness. I really should have made some yellow twill B3Ps!!

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He is teething in a major way right now: currently his third and fourth teeth are pushing through his upper gums, so this banana toothbrush has been in constant use as a teething toy.  blue flashback tee for Hugo

I added a little pocket, which is completely cosmetic and totally not useful (like pockets in baby pants. what are those for anyway? storing their baby credit cards?), but in my opinion make it 100% cuter. I really must show you my easy-peasy knit pocket trick someday.

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Still Celebrating!

It’s Day 10 of the Wear Your Washi Contest on Instagram. In case this is the first time you’re hearing about it, I’ve been having a party to celebrate the Washi Dress and its companion pattern, the Washi Expansion Pack. Washi was the first women’s sewing pattern I released, and it turned three years old this month!

I’m amazed at all of the Washi dresses and tops that are out there, with so many awesome variations. Some of you still seem to have a few more Washis in your closets, and I can’t wait to see what else shows up in the feed. Here are just a *few* of the photos in there:

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Last week, I posted a giveaway of five copies of the Washi paper pattern. So many of you entered!! I used a random number generator to select five winners, and here they are:

#78 Ellen, who said: “Happy Birthday, dear Washi!”

#109 Nicole, who said: “I would love to try the Washi Dress. I just bought the Ruby dress in the last week. Sewing your children’s patterns have given me the confidence to sew adult patterns. I think you are simply amazing.”

#196 Katy, who said: “I’d love to win a copy – I’ve been following your blog for years and always fancied making a washi (or 10!) but there’s always too much month left at the end of my money! x”

#281 Elena, who said: “I love this dress! Great pattern and thanks for the giveaway!”

#292 Hilary, who said: “I would love to give this pattern a try!”

We’ll pop your patterns in the mail today, ladies!

Watercolor Tank Dress

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With the hottest days of summer upon us I’ve been wearing dresses almost daily, especially my Lotus Pond tank dress. So it made sense to make another tank dress that could stand up to the heat. It took next to no time to sew and already in the few weeks since I made it has been threatening to surpass the rayon maxi washi for Most Worn Status in my closet.

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The top is a black baby rib knit from Organic Cotton Plus (I love their rib knit. I also got some natural and mint) and the bottom is a watercolor rayon print from Wanderlust. I also had the good sense to include pockets, something I always consider skipping to save time but never regret later when I add them.

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As you can see, it’s all pretty simple. I even skipped adding binding to the arms and neck and just folded the edge under and zig-zagged it down to finish it.

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It looks great with my little black bolero which I did not make, but I think I need to try making one of these soon. The bolero sweater always seems to look fantastic with the high-waisted styles I’m drawn to.

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Washi Print Pattern Giveaway (and a winner!)

Thanks for all the comments!!! This giveaway is now closed, and winners will be announced soon.

It was so fun to see all of the Washis posted on Monday for the #happywashibirthday giveaway! Here’s just a sampling of the dresses and tops posted on Instagram:

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I’m excited to announce that the randomly selected winner of the #happywashibirthday giveaway is Heather, who posted such a lovely green dress made out of Lizzy House’s Catnap fabric.

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Heather will receive one copy each of the Geranium Dress and Washi Dress paper patterns. Thanks to everyone else who wished Washi a Happy Birthday on Monday, and feel free to continue to post with the tag #happywashibirthday. So many of you are still posting with the tag (on Twitter and FB too!) and it’s really great.

The Washi birthday festivities continue! First, the #wearyourwashicontest is going strong. I can’t believe how many people are still posting daily Washi Dresses!! It’s so incredibly fun. If you’re participated, please don’t forget to include full shots of the dress on you as well as the day and date count to stay in the running.

And…to wrap up our birthday week for Washi here on the blog, today I’m giving away FIVE more copies of the print Washi Dress Pattern!!!! If you would love a print copy of the Washi Dress Pattern for your very own, this is your chance! We’ll leave the giveaway open until tomorrow evening.

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To be entered in the drawing, leave just ONE comment on this post by 9:30 PM EDT tomorrow evening (Saturday, August 15, 2015). Five winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email to provide a mailing address for the pattern. International entries are welcome! Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck, and a huge thank you to everyone for helping me celebrate Washi this week!!!