Friday, 25 July 2014

Flip this Pattern - Vintage beauty

A couple of months ago I received an invitation to participate in the Flip this Pattern series run by Ashley and Emily, the lovely ladies from Frances Suzanne. I was so excited, so of course I said yes!

My version of the Croquet Dress pattern by Oliver + S was revealed yesterday. Please visit Frances Suzanne to see what three other competitors have made. We all did our best and would appreciate your votes. Each person has one vote. Voting opens on the 25th of July at 5 am CST time (that is 8 pm AEST time) and closes on the 26th of July at 11 pm CST (which is 2 pm on the 27th of July accordingly). The winner will be announced the following Monday. You can VOTE HERE.

In case you missed my creation I am re-publishing it here. And since we are among friends I thought I would tell you how my flip nearly ended up being a flop!



I enjoy challenges where I am provided with a starting point and then given freedom to do as I please. For this challenge I wanted to keep the pattern recognisable, but give it a little twist that would make it my own and unique.


I initially wanted to make an A line dress out of lightweight denim, but when Little Monkey saw my choice of fabric she said, 'Bwa' and turned away. Boy was I happy I did not cut into fabric before consulting with my little customer! You see, it is important for me to make something my daughter likes and wants to wear.


So once Little Monkey rejected my idea we started looking through my fabric stash together. Pulling fabric out, stretching it on the floor, touching and folding it together with my daughter was so much fun!


Little Monkey chose vintage floral brushed cotton that I purchased from House of Cloth. The fabric is super soft and nice to touch. It feels wonderful against the skin and it drapes beautifully. Little Monkey's choice of fabric determined a few other changes I have made.


The most noticeable change is that the dress has become a blouse. I can't explain it. This fabric had to become a blouse, not a dress.


Pintucks. Sweet little pintucks. They are such a delicate detail. For some reason I associate pintucks with vintage. Perfect for our choice of fabric! I replaced gathers on the front of the blouse with four pintucks, and I love the look!


Once it came to sewing the collar detail in place I thought my blouse was looking a little too busy. Golden ricrac helped break up the business of the print.


The other obvious change is that Little Monkey's blouse has long sleeves. I cut them too wide but instead of trimming excess fabric I narrowed the bottom of the sleeves by sewing three pintucks on each sleeve.


Another detail that I associate with vintage is a button up closure on the back of a garment.


Both Little Monkey and I love buttons. When she saw the back of her new blouse she was pleased with the amount of buttons. She is so funny!


Gorgeous blouse, isn't it? Well, this is the second blouse I made for this competition. The reason I had to start all over again is both embarrassing and funny. Look!


Doing pattern alterations well past my bed time is my only excuse! I still have no idea what I did wrong. My best guess is that somehow I lengthened one pattern piece twice. I finished the first blouse, but it was too short. Luckily I had time and fabric to start over!

So, this is my 'flip' that nearly became a flop. What do you think about Little Monkey's new blouse?

Remember, you can VOTE for your favourite look HERE.

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25 comments:

  1. Well it turned out great! Love the fabric- Miss Monkey is so cute!!

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    1. Thank you Amy :) She loves that blouse. The other day I asked her to put a jacket on top of her blouse and she requested to not button it up so that she could see the flowers on her blouse hehe

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  2. Voted! The competition seems tough, but I like your creation. The choice of the vintage fabric and the detailed pleats are beautiful! I have never seen pleats on sleeves like those!

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    1. Thank you Annie. I made a dress with small inverted pleats on sleeves last year. When I realised the sleeves I cut out were too wide I thought I would try sewing a few pintucks to see if they would do the job before cutting out narrower sleeve pieces. I was so pleased with the result I made the second blouse exactly the same.

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  3. Glad you had enough fabric to make two! How lucky! The blouse is so pretty, and the details you added are just perfect! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you Veronica. I still have a little bit of this fabric left - but maybe only enough to make something for a newborn!

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  4. So cute, little munky sure has taste.

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    1. Thank you! I swear she was born with an ability to pick nice fabric!

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  5. Love the pin tucks. Man thank goodness after all the fabric negotiations you had enough to make a second!

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    1. Thank you! Oh I know I am so lucky! She loved the blouse so much but there is no way the first one could have lasted her more than a couple of weeks... I just had to make exactly the same (but longer) blouse for her to enjoy for a while. The original blouse went to her best friend :)

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  6. This is so beautiful, Jenya. It looks just gorgeous on your little one.

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    1. Thank you Marisa :) I am so pleased LM likes it too :)

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  7. Jenya - you know I love what you did! Anything with pintucks is a win! I love the ric rac too...I'm sure Little Monkey is smitten with her new shirt!

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    1. Thank you Teresa. Yes LM loves her new blouse :) The other day she didn't want to button up her jacket so that she could still see the flowers on her blouse hahah

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  8. So beautiful Jenya!!
    Love the ricrac and sleeves.
    I couldn't vote, I saw the post late.
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    1. Thank you Carolina. Isn't it amazing how a small detail can change the look of an outfit? That gold ricrac sat in my drawer for a long time. I was not sure what I could use it for, and now I have and I love it!

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  9. It's amazing Jenya. Love the little pin tucks and ricrac. Just makes it that little more ... wow!

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    1. Thank you Jane. I actually really enjoyed sewing those pin tucks... Well, most of them :) There were 28 between two blouses - ouch!

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  10. Lucky you had extra fabric, Jenya. It's the details that make this vintage blouse so special... pintucks, ric rac and the buttons which Little Monkey couldn't do without.

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    1. Thank you Pam. When I buy fabric, I always get a little more than a pattern requires. You know, just in case. But it is a little different with vintage fabrics. I have what I have and no more, and most like won't be able to get anymore if something goes wrong! I was so glad I had enough fabric to make two blouses.. and enough time, too!

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    2. I've featured your sweet blouse today, Jenya...

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  11. Ric-rack, vintage floral, pin tucks? These are a few of my favorite things! I love this shirt and I'm so glad she loves it. I've been letting M help me choose fabric as well, she enjoys it and so do I!

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    1. Thank you April :) I find picking fabric together with LM so much fun! Fabric shopping with her is a lot of fun, too. She now goes straight to shiny dance fabrics and picks everything rainbow-ey and purple, and asks if we can take them home haha

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