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Blog tour and GIVEAWAY – #parissewsocial

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

Today is a fun day!  Not only do I get to share with you something I’ve made using fabric and a pattern given to me by the generous sponsors of #parissewsocial, but all the other bloggers from the trip (and competition winners) are doing the same!  This means you get to check out 14 different creations (see the grid below) AND you get the chance to enter 14 different GIVEAWAYS to win some of these patterns!

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the HedgerowThis dress is the Pinafore dress from the Japanese sewing book Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada (translated into English).  I’m pleased to say it was much more of a success than the first item I sewed from this book (see this post).

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

This is such a perfect summer dress – just throw it on and go!  As with all Japanese sewing patterns, you need to pay careful attention to all the illustrations but, if you do, you’ll be rewarded with a dress that comes together quickly and looks very professional.  I made it even easier for myself by omitting the buttonholes and just sewing the buttons directly on to the dress (the neck is wide enough to go on and off without unfastening them).

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

The mustard tank you can see peeking out under the dress is the new Twisted Tank pattern by Titchy Threads.  This tank has had so much wear since I made it that I need to sew at least four more!

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

The fabric!  Yes, let’s talk about the fabric!  I am in love with this Petit Pan fabric and wish I had more to make a skirt for myself.  Of course you can’t reach out and touch this dress but let me assure you, the quality of this cotton is just as stunning as the pattern.  It’s lovely to work with – not quite as light as, say, a Liberty Tana Lawn, but with beautiful drape and it’s so well-behaved when being pressed and stitched.

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

The fabric came from the online fabric shop Telaria.  This is a wonderful shop and one that I’ve only recently discovered.  It has a lovely, curated selection of high quality fabrics and the owner, Maria, does a great job of giving lots of information about each fabric (composition, pattern repeat, lots of photos, etc) for people who are still a bit wary of buying fabric online.  The shop is based in Spain so is ideal for European sewists (the site is in both Spanish and English).

Sew Chic Kids pinafore dress // Behind the Hedgerow

I’ll keep this post nice and short – since I’m sure you’re going to want to click, click, click on these images below to see what everyone else has been making!

And now for the GIVEAWAY!  Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to be in with a chance to win a PDF sewing pattern of your choice from designer Paisley Roots.  Karly’s patterns are classical, yet relaxed.  I’m really digging her All Spice Dress (look at the lovely extended placket!).  I’m dying to find the time to sew up a colour-blocked version.  The competition is open until 10th July.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Liberty and Mustard – version 2

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the HedgerowI told you l liked this fabric combination!  A couple of weeks ago I shared this outfit which combined this muted yet elegant Liberty of London called Mitsi in nougat (which was a generous gift from the online fabric shop Cousette) with some organic mustard jersey from Nosh.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

But I didn’t stop at just one outfit.  Here is the second instalment – a top made from this Japanese sewing book.

In fact, it’s this top here on the left.

And leggings from the Go To Leggings pattern by Go To Patterns.


Pin-Tucked Blouse

I’ve made a few things from Japanese patterns before and, even though they can sometimes be a labour of love, I have always liked the end result.  I’ve got three new Japanese sewing books in my collection so thought it was time to crack on and get something sewn up.  These are the other two books I picked up in Japantown in San Francisco – I think I’ll make something for ME next!

… Finally decided on these two. #japanesesewingpatterns

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Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

This book was gift from Tuttle publishing as part of the Blogger’s Paris Meet Up #parissewsocial, back in April.  I chose to sew this pattern because I wanted something light and floaty that would work well with the Tana Lawn and I also needed to be careful with fabric quantity.  I only had a total of one metre of this Liberty and after making this skirt I didn’t have too much to work with.  I just about managed to cut out the pattern pieces (and that was after cutting one of the sleeves incorrectly!).

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

As is customary with Japanese sewing patterns, the written instructions were minimal with only illustrations to help you along.  With a simple blouse like this I didn’t think this would be a problem, however, this project was not without its complications.

  • The biggest issue I had was with the sizing.  I made the size 6 for my 7-year-old.  Of course the fit is meant to be loose and easy but the neckline ended up being way too big and sloppy.  Here it is before alteration.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

  • The whole blouse (including the neckline facing) was finished by the time I made this realisation so I wasn’t sure what to do.  I ended up unpicking part of the back neckline facing and making a big inverted pleat in the back to bring the whole neckline in.  It’s not the perfect solution because if effects the fit around the arms but for something this loose it will work.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

  • Another issue was the order of construction.  It instructs you to attach the sleeves before finishing the neckline in the back.  This would leave you with an exposed raw edge where the front sleeve seam meets the neckline so I had to juggle the order of things.
  • I omitted the elastic sleeve cuff and just did a quick rolled hem on the sleeves.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

I do love the look of all the clothes in this book and I will definitely not be put off by these minor issues.  If you’re interested in reading and seeing more about this book then there are some really stunning garments out there.  I love this dress from Alida Makes.  And I’m pretty sure this dress by Gioia (Dotta) will be the next one I make.

Go To Leggings

There’s not a great deal to say about these leggings.  This is the pattern that I always use for leggings and it’s never let me down.  You can whip these up in no time and I’ve always found the fit spot on.  I made the capri length this time.  In this picture you can really appreciate the knobbly, textured nature of the fabric.  It’s wonderful stuff!

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the HedgerowSo, that’s two summer outfits to add to the wardrobe.  Not bad for just one metre of each of these fabrics!  I only wish I had more to make the same outfits for myself!

Thanks for reading,

Laura x