Hello and Welcome to my blog, today this is one of the stops of the Coffe & Thread tour. Coffe & Thread is a pattern company created by Olga, a talented blogger and pattern maker. I’m always impressed with her attention to detail, professionalism and beautiful photography. I also considered her my friend and when she talked about the possibility to make a blog tour I jumped in the wagon therefore here I’m! thank you so much my dear for having me on the Coffee & Thread Tour I have enjoyed every single minute!
For this tour, we were able to choose any or all of her patterns. I choose the Mulberry tunic, the Wild and free Lounge pants and the Elena dress. I made slight alterations to two patterns but only to suit specific request of Miss VI
We live so near to the coast and during summer we like to go to the beach, have a little bit of play in the sand and splash our feet into the freezing sea water. Miss VI has been asking me for a special dress for the beach. I don’t know why I thought a sort of kaftan would be amazing, as she tends to be very stylish and loves to dress up. The Mulberry tunic is perfect for the job!.
She enjoyed the trip to take the photos so much and said she loves her new dress for the beach a lot and was a bit easier to take pictures of her wearing the dress, which always is better than the normal struggle. Yes, she doesn’t like me taking pictures anymore -insert sad face here-
- Pattern: Mulberry Tunic Option: No hood and long sleeves
- Size: I sewn size 6, adjusting the length of the top
- Fabric: Rayon Viscose bought here
During the making of the tunic, I had my moments. I love rayon viscose, don’t get my wrong…the way it drapes is lovely and is so perfect for summery dresses, but -yes I have a but!- it is a bit difficult to sew -or at least for me!- Im open to advice if someone would like to offer them to me. Sometimes it seems like it grows on its own while you are doing the seams, it is slippery and you have to use lots -insert here tons!- of pins to hold the pieces together.
I made four very easy alterations to the original pattern: A) Added length to above the knees B) Added a ruffle to the neck line, C) Elastic to the sleeves hem and D) used KAM snaps instead of buttons. For the length I added 6 Inches. I used the original hem as casing for the elastic.And for the ruffle on the neck, I took all my patience and pleated a long strip -the 150 cm width of the fabric- I attached to the neckline and lastly -in an act of supreme laciness- I decided to finish it with my serger…but if you would like to try this lovely alteration, I think would look nice using the bias tape covering the seam. Also if you would like to use KAM snaps make sure to add double interlining on the spot where you are going to add the snap to asure stability.
- Pattern: Wild and free Lounge pants Option: View B with pockets and patches
- Size: I sewn size 6
- Fabric: This super soft Pink sweatshirt from the new collection of NOSH Fabrics, which generously sponsored for me. For the patches a little piece of Liberty Cotton lawn I had on my stash
I made the pants a bit bigger from the normal size, just for her personal preferences -she doesn’t like much elastics on the waist and I thought if is a bit loose she will use the pants-. Also I left the hem undone to roll them up, because I think looks nice and hip. The only bad thing about make them to big was that during the photoshoot the pants kept going down and obviously the knee patch location too. The good thing is that she is going to grown into them and that she loves them, then I’m totally sure they are going to get lots of use.
- Pattern: Elena dress.
- Size: I sewn size 6
- Fabric: Swiss dot Cotton lawn I had on my stash. Sorry, I don’t remember where I bought it.
The tunic is completely lined because the fabric was very sheer. I made the following modifications to the Elena dress : A) Made a full lining, B) I made it sleeveless, C)shortened length to a tunic, and D) instead of zipper I opened a bit the neckline and added a triangular feature that includes some gold elastic to the back.
Super simple outfit for an active girl but with a dress up feeling.! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did making the clothes and taking the photos.
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