Waterfall Raglan Dress and Top

I managed to send off both my giveaway packages this week, thanks to everyone who took part on Instagram. I made this patchwork pouch out of a stack of my favourite Anna Maria Horner prints using the In Color Order Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial . It took a bit of time as I haven’t done any patchwork in a long time but I really enjoyed the process and love the result.

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I used a pink and red striped Tula Pink print for the top of the bag which I think complements the colours nicely. I hope its new owner enjoys using it, and I’m thinking of making another one for myself.

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I’ve been meaning to share this top for a little while, its the Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch patterns. I made both the top and dress versions for my daughter.

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I used a beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics knit for this. The fabric is from the Fleet and Flourish collection  by Maureen Cracknell and is called Swifting Flora Fond.

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I cut a size 5 for my daughter and it fits her well with some room to grow (she is just over 4 but quite tall).

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The loose style of the top looks great over trousers. She doesn’t have many tops at the moment so I am planning to make a few more using this pattern.

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I made the dress using a jersey which is overlaid with a cream corded lace which I bought from Simply Fabrics in Brixton.

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At first I thought the fabric would be fine to use as it has a jersey base but when I did the stretch test I found that it only had about 20% stretch due to the lace which is bonded on to the jersey. When I initially sewed the sleeves they were a bit tight so I unpicked and sewed them again using a 1/4 inch seam instead, which gave a bit of extra room.

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I also  used a thinner fabric to make the facing for the neckline and turned that inwards which made the neckhole a bit bigger. waterfall3

It’s a great dress for twirling in and the fabric makes it special. I also bought some velvet as I have seen some beautiful velvet versions online too.

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Kids Clothes Week : Ice Cream Top

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A quick post because I have to go out now, but here is an Ice Cream Top from the Oliver + S pattern. I’ve made an identical top to this before for my sister’s baby, so they both have cute matching clothes! Unfortunately, my niece is thousands of miles away in Egypt so I can’t take photos of them together!

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I’ve made a few of these now, there are only 3 pattern pieces to cut (including the button loop) which makes it very quick to prepare. I love this beautiful Nani Iro print, perfect for spring. 

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I found the top is long enough to wear as a dress for now, although it is loose around the neck still. I made the 6-12 month size and my baby is 3 months. 

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They match really well with her Zara jeans! Unfortunately she will grow out of them before she grows into the top. 

Kid’s Clothes Week Plans

Thanks to Bloglovin, I am managing to stay more up to date with my favourite blogs and am more ‘in the loop’ with the group challenges and sew-alongs. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Kid’s Clothes Week, starting April 22nd. It looks like it will be bigger than ever, with 150+ bloggers signed up already! 

I already have a lot of plans to make things for my children, but here are a few notes to start with: 

1) Classic Boy’s Summer Shirt in Ed Emberley lions and tigers print for my son. I love this striking print and think it would look great as a shirt. 

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2) Ice cream top in Nani Iro Little Letters gauze 

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3) Geranium dress using this gorgeous hand blocked print from Lulu and Nat 

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4) A baby skirt in Liberty Pepper with a neon trim. I bought this fabric from the Fabrics Galore stall at the Spring Knitting and Stitch Show. I’m also planning a Wiksten Tank for myself in this as well. 

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I have so many more plans but don’t want to get carried away! I’ll have to make sure I keep my diary free so I have plenty of time for sewing.