It’s almost Christmas!

This is my third project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team and as Christmas is so close, I’ve decided to make something that could be used not only this time of year but, also in any other period, together or as separated pieces.



M is now much into skirts. She keeps asking me to make them to her. So, I made a skirt and a blouse adding just a removable velvet bow to add some festive look. The bow I reused from the Christmas dresses I made two years ago. It’s kind of like in Lavoisier’s Law! 😉



So, let’s start with the blouse. The blouse pattern is the Odette, by Citronille, a pattern that I have used before and really like. How could I resist that peter pan collar! The blouse is quite simple to make but, the result is so nice.



I made a size 6, without modifications and used a white swiss dot fabric. If you have been following me for some time, you must know how I like this fabric. This fabric is perfect for blouses!



For the skirt, I used a free pattern, the Sadie skirt from Jilly Atlanta. I made this skirt before (although I did not blog about it) and I knew M liked it and so did I. How cute is the paper bag effect? I made a simple version of the pattern, that also include front pockets and sash carriers to use with a sash.


I made a size 6, with a length between the vintage version and the normal one and used a lovely fine corduroy. I really like this colour!


I think this is an outfit that is good to be used during this festive period, but also during the rest of the year.

Humm, I think there might be some Christmas presents hidden up here…


Have a wonderful Christmas! 🙂



When I first saw the new sewing series hosted by Sewpony and StraightGrain it seemed great and I was very curious to see what would be created, not only because I love Anita (aka Martine/Tiny/Debbie) books but also because participating there were some bloggers that I follow and like particularly.

Then it was announced the sew along! My first reaction was I would love to, but then I thought that maybe I shouldn’t once I’m newbie both to sewing and blogging… Well, but this is Anita and those books are part of my childhood and I have very good memories of them, so I decided to give it a try and here are my two Anita inspired outfits.

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I didn’t reproduce an outfit, but instead I made them inspired in a couple of them from the books.

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I wanted them to be worn during the cold weather that is already settling, so I decided to make a blouse and a pinafore dress.

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The girls enjoyed their clothes very much and were very happy with them. They both like the books very much and despite only having a couple of them, here in UK, during this summer holidays they have been “reading” my books at my parents’ house.

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The blouse is the same for both the girls, using the pattern Odette from Citronille and was alredy in my to do list. Made size 4 and 6 and used a white cotton with white dots bought at Portugal.

For the pinafore dresses I used the pattern “Robe Trapeze” from the book “Intemporels pour enfants” without the ruffle at the bottom and different embellishments added, once again in size 4 (red with a little bow for little lady M) and size 6 (jade green with lace for little lady F). The fabric used in both dresses is a corduroy bought here. I must say that not only the girls were pleased but so was I (just my opinion!). This is the kind of style I like to see my girls with!

Although this is not similar to the dress used by Anita in the book where she went to the circus, there is exactly where we went. So if you excuse us, off we go 🙂

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