Hearts Dress

A couple of months ago I had the impulse to learn how to make seamless patterns that I could use to digitally print on fabric. I love the idea of being able to decide exactly how I want my fabric to be.  I ended up with a mini “collection” with 4 designs, and although they are super simple and not really original I’m really happy with how they turned out. One of the prints is this one with little black hearts over blue, that I chose to order in lightweight twill from Spoonflower. 

Pretty much since the Loveralls pattern was released that I’ve been dreaming of making a circle skirt version, and as soon as I got this fabric I knew it was just what I was looking for that project. Since I had just finished testing the Spin Dress from Madeit Patterns I figured I could mix both patterns to save time. Yep it worked out perfect, except I should have made one size bigger, I keep forgetting my youngest has a sweet baby tummy that I have to take in account. Anyway, after realizing it was tight and super hard to dress I added an invisible (sort of ahem) zipper to the side seam, and for I while I was happy it worked but, after using it for a full day after these photos my girl still complains that it is tight and doesn’t want to wear it. Sniff Sniff Sniff I feel I could die hahaha this is my first total sewing failure size wise, up until now everything ended up being used, and I’m sad (that is an understatement). But enough with that… lol

For the straps I used black elastic instead of making them from fabric, kind of like suspenders, fastened with plastic snaps in black. Lastly I hemmed the skirt part with bias tape also in black for some contrast and I love it. I figured the fabric would be hard to hem, we can say circle skirts are not my forte when it comes to hemming so I decided to play it safe. Heheheh

Despite the fitting issues, I’m really happy with the result of this, I’m still deciding what I’ll do with it, I will probably sell it. I’m even considering opening a Facebook group to sell some things that no longer fit my girls but that are still in perfect condition like this swimsuit (here) or this dress (here), and also some new items like the dress in this post, anyone interested in that? 

My mini collection of prints is available at my Spoonflower shop. I think this one would be super cute for swimsuits too, just sayin’. 😀 You can check it out here.

You can get the Loveralls Pattern here and the Spin Dress pattern here.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! ❤

Project Sew It – February

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

This month on Project Sew It the theme is blouses so Yep I made another Waterfall! 😀 I know what you’re thinking this blog is turning into the Waterfall Raglan versions blog hahahah sorry but this pattern won my heart and I told I would have to copy the beautiful woven version that Toya made (here) so here we go. Last week Chalk and Notch had a blog tour for this pattern and some other woven versions showed up like this stunning dress from Nicole (here), be sure to check the tour posts because they’re filled with super inspiring versions.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

For my take on it I choose a beautiful light crepe fabric that came in the London Sew Social “goodie bag”, courtesy of The Sweet Mercerie. It’s a bit “see through” but I think it works perfectly for blouses, just see these beautiful ones from Eva and Trine.

To make this I used the same size as for my knit versions (size 6), I knew I’d be ok since the pattern has enough ease on the bodice pieces. The sleeve would be ok for me on the bicep area too, since mine measures closer to a size 4, but since its designed to be a fitted sleeve around the forearm I changed it a bit. Basically I added 2cm to each side at the wrist area and redrafted the sleeve from the bicep area down. I’m pretty sure this must be a totally lazy/don’t copy what I’ve done method, but I’m here to tell the truth so that’s how I did it hahaha Please don’t hate me sewing masters!! 😉 I also removed the hem allowance for the sleeve and finished it with a narrow hem.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

After finishing the neckline with bias bound in the same fabric, it started to funnel a bit so there was some unpicking involved and some free style cutting to get it to a point that made me happy. After that I didn’t have more fabric to finish it in woven so I decided to use navy rib matching some parts of the fabric. 😀 I know you keep seeing this neckline finish from me, but I love it so and I’m excused because I did try to make it all in woven!! heheheh

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

It took me a long time to cut all the pieces on my fabric because I din’t have enough which lets face it keep happening around here LOL, in the end I had to make the front ruffle shorter by a few cm, I think it was about 8 cm but I’m not sure anymore, sorry. The good surprise was that this fabric was a breeze to cut and much easier to sew than I expected, so its definitely a great one to start with if you want to move from up your game a notch.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

I’m super in Love with it and I can definitely say its one of the prettiest things in my closet right now. ❤ I have to make more hahaha But next time I’ll probably copy Celina’s version (here), its so GOOD! LOVE IT ❤

You can get the Waterfall Raglan here; the lovely swallows crepe I used here and you can join us on project sew it here.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

Thanks for stoping by. Hugs! ❤

My own stripes

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I’m not sure how to start this post but here goes. 😀 You see, a few weeks ago I decided to play a bit with the idea of designing my own custom prints in fabric. And though my skills on the matter are limited I couldn’t help myself. I came up with a series of coordinates, pretty basic designs and colors, but thing is they were exactly what I wanted. After sharing the idea in IG and FB and seeing people being so supportive I went ahead and ordered them at Spoonflower.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Since I wasn’t absolutely sure if the prints would end up like I wanted, I choose a less expensive fabric, their Kona Cotton Ultra for these stripes. It basically feels like a quilting cotton and as soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it was perfect pairing to this pattern from one of the A Sunny Spot books.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

It is pattern #02 from Girls Simple Clothes, in size 110cm with 120cm length. You can see other projects from this book in a post from last year (here). The only changes I made were to the neckline finish and ruffle. After redrafting the neckline curve to be a bit wider I added a band in rib knit from Nosh, in a color that paired beautifully with the main fabric. Somethings are meant to be.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

The ruffle is supposed to be cut on fold but I decided to change that and finish it with a zigzag stitch, I think this particular one is kind of an overlock stitch. The idea was to cut the excess fabric close to the stitches, but I became fond of how it looked when the fabric started to fray so I left it.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I always like to think that my style is happy and fun at least when it comes to the kids clothes, and I think this top really conveys that (I’m such a cliché hahaha). It feels amazing to look at the fabric and think I designed it too, even as basic as a striped fabric is. Even better was to see M’s face when I showed her the top, she was so so happy with it. ❤ Totally worth it!

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Some of you asked if I would be making these available at Spoonflower. I’m not sure yet. I have been considering it but it seems a bit complicated so I’m a bit on the fence, I would definitely love to be able to sell them so I’ll keep you posted on that.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Ok I just had to brag about perfect stripe matching! hahaha It could be better pressed though… ahem… But still… stripes match thats what counts! hehehe

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I won’t lie, I feel a bit proud of this. LOL I wish I could order tons of yards of my own prints hahaha I would love to have these stripes in jersey naturally, you know me, nothing makes me happier than sewing knits. Although I’m not sure I would have striped matched so perfectly if this was jersey! heheheh 😉

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

This book is a really great buy, it has many projects I want to make and all the A Sunny Spot patterns I tried so far are perfect. I bought my copy here, and you can read a review of the book here.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

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