Marte has a few free patterns and great tutorials on her blog.
Recently Marte started making patterns for sale. The Mara blouse was her first commercial pattern, and what a great pattern has she designed! I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. Because it is such a great patterns and offers a few options I could not stop after making one, so I made a dress version of the Mara blouse.
Marte's newest creation is the Louisa dress pattern. When Marte first posted it I knew I would buy it as soon as it would be available. The Louisa dress is vintage-inspired and funky at the same time. I knew that the large pocket and buttons would win Little Monkey's heart, and as for me - the thought of indulging in piping was certainly appealing. When Marte offered me to participate in her blog tour I got super excited!
While she was sleeping, I made the Louisa dress for my Little Monkey.
I used some printed cotton poplin that my daughter picked for her new dress. The Louisa dress has three views. The original version Marte posted was my favourite. While the birdies print is super adorable, it really needed something to spice it up. Finding fabric for the side panels was not a very difficult task. However, trying to find either bias tape or plain died fabric to match green or pink on the dress proved to be impossible. I thought adding piping to the side panels made out of the same fabric was defeating the purpose, so I omitted it full stop.
Marte offers a few lining options for the Louisa dress. My dress only has facing around the neckline. I top stitched the seams on the side panels so they would not rub against Little Monkey's skin.
May I just quickly note that this was my first successfully installed invisible zipper! It actually IS invisible :) High five me! Next I shall work on puckering...
Marte mentioned that sleeve pieces from her Mara blouse pattern fit the Louisa dress as well. Perfect! It is summer in my corner of the world, so I used butterfly sleeves from the Mara blouse pattern, just made them one piece.
Now to the coolest feature of the Louisa dress... the pocket!
Little Monkey enjoyed dancing in the rain in her new Louisa dress. Oh yes, we did take photos in the rain. Well, it was more like wetness dripping from the sky, but it was fun!
The Louisa dress pattern is available in sizes 1 to 10.
Now, are you in love with this pattern as much as I am? You can purchase it HERE right now. Marte is offering a 10% discount during the blog tour. Please use the code Louisa10off at checkout. This offer is valid until the 7th of December (23:59 CET timzone). Or you can try your luck and see if you can win a copy!
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If you would like to purchase both the Mara blouse and the Louisa dress patterns, the two pack is available for 12 Euro on Marte's blog. You do not need a discount code to purchase it at this price.
Marte, once again thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour and giving me the opportunity to be one of the first to sew your new pattern. I have had a lot of fun!