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Dress up this town – Twig + Tale

Today I’ll show you my latest make from Twig + Tale Driftwood pattern (link!*)
It is a perfect summery dressing up dress made out of lightweight cotton blend. I don’t know the exact fiber content as it was given to me from my granny. My granny used to work in clothing industry and she still goes to visit her ex coworkers and they now send me some fabric scraps they have 🙂 So because of the nature of the pieces I had I made some modifications. When the skirt portion is originally double the width of bodice I had enough to only make it around 1.5 width of bodice.
I decided to change the sleeves and shortened them to use without cuff and took some of the wideness off. It resulted in this beautiful dress I am loving in bits and pieces.
I am sorry that these photos don’t do justice as it is just so cold and windy outside!


The most important part about this dress is that DD loves it and I love it too!

This post is part of the Dress Up This Town series hosted by lovely Sewing by Ti (link!)
This blog tour has weekly giveaways and this week is sponsored with:
1 Pattern Designer Stitch
$10 Shop Credit to Patterns For Pirates
$10 Shop Credit to Simply By Ti
1 Pattern Sisboom
Make sure to go to Rafflecopter (here!) to get into a chance to win this weeks price!

Make sure to check everybody else too who worked hard for this blog tour!
Week 1: July 1st-8th

1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) Stitching At Night

2- Me Made

3- Tenille’s Thread

4- Sewing By Ti

5- Seams Sew Lo

6- Anne Mari Sews

7- Sea of Estrogen

8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th

9- Living in Twinado Valley

10- Ma Moose

11- My Heart Will Sew On

12- Seams Sew Lo

13- Kate Will Knit

14- Creative Counselor

15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd

16- Stitching and Making

17- That’s Sew Lily

18- Sprouting Jube Jube

19- Auschick Sews

20- Anne Mari Sews

21- Lulu and Celeste

22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st

23- Stitching At Night

24- Sewing Curves

25- My Heart Will Sew On

26- Indulging Mum

27- That’s Sew Lily

28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug

29- Capture, Craft Cook

30- Sewing By Ti

31- Sew Like a Sloth


For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

Janie dress by Mouse House Creations

I am in love with Scandinavian design – Clean lines and patterns, optimal for cold weather. And when I saw the testing call from Mouse House Creations I immediately thought that this dress will be perfect for my Scandi-inspired dress. (And when we talk about Scandi-inspired, I made a FB group for Svandinavia inspired sews for kids)I am talking about Janie Dress and Peplum, I chose to make a regular circle skirt, long sleeves and scoop back out of the fabric I bought from local kids clothing company. Please note that this is one of the previous versions so it is made even better by lovely Hayley.
I do think I’ll write longer about that dress later, when I have made the final version (I am planning, but time isn’t my friend now and I am looking for a perfect Christmas knit so, hopefully 🙂

Now onto showing you some photos, made outside in the snow! This little trooper didn’t have any complaints! What a model I have at home 🙂


With me there were some more testers so if you wish to read what others wrote make sure to visit their blogs: CraftiMom by Jennifer, Anna’s heirloom by Amy, Welcome to the Mouse House by Hayley, Jennuine Life by Jenn, The College Seamstress by Elizabeth

For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

The Eli Monster: Dadaïsme dress

Pattern name: Dadaïsme dress (link!)

Designer name: The Eli Monster (link!)

Price: during release sale the price is 7$, afterwards it will be 9$

Size range: 12m-12y

Print sizes: letter sized, layered with different lines and colours. Pattern is nested for easy grading.

Difficulty level: advanced beginner

I tested: size 3 width with size 2 length. I officially named that dress to be my “bad luck dress” everything that could go wrong, went wrong. First, the fabric, that I had planned using didn’t arrive on time. After that, I made some really silly mistakes, forgot that I needed button (so I removed one from a garment that I was hoping to sell 😀 Storebought, what was small already for little miss Fashionista), the weather was horrible etc. So I cried, pulled myself together and finished that dress. And then, it was love from first sight! It seems that little miss Fashionista loves it too. She even picked her own accessories and modeled that dress for me.What a cute little girl I have at home! 🙂
Also, I feel that this dress is different and looks kinda couture, Pleats on sides make dress body fuller, but in the chest area it is quite fitted. For us it was excellent for layering also as it had big enough armscye’s to put long sleeved shirt underneath. Depending on fabric choises it can be really fancy, or less formal, either way it will look awesome!

See what others wrote:
Carrie from Sewing For Peanuts

Määratlemata, pattern testing, selfish sewing

Tula dress

Pattern name: Tula dress (link!)
Sister pattern: Talia (Fitted, link!) and them both in bundle (link!)

Designer name: Laela Jeyne patterns (link!)

Price: price normally and with coupon (+link where to get coupon)

Size range: XXS-3X

Print sizes: A4 and Letter in same file, copyshop file for A0, layers, color coding and different line styles

Difficulty level: intermediate

Notions: Interfacing, invisible zipper (for fully lined)

Methods used: Burrito roll

I tested:  Starting size 8 graded out to 12, added 5 cm to the length because of my height. Tunic length (it is intended to be mid-hip) with V-neck on front and round neck on back. Partially lined. Fabric is some kind of cotton woven with little bit of stretch, from Abakhan fabric boxes where they sell it by weight. I chose partially lined because I was intimidated by invisible zipper. I do think it would look awesome with lace overlay! But ever since I finished it I have been loving wearing it and am waiting for some busier times to go by just so I could sew at least one more for myself.

Free Patterns, Määratlemata

Free pattern Wednesday -Hey June racerback dress

Pattern name: Hey June Racerback dress (link!)

Designer name: Hey June (link!)

Price: 0$, no coupon needed

Size range: 1-8 years

Print sizes: letter sized, layered, black and white, 1in and 4cm test boxes.

Difficulty level: beginner that can gather 🙂

My notes: Instructions tell you to mark notches for easier assembly. Cutting guide gives you straight instructions how to get the best results. Although I haven’t sewed it yet by myself it seems like a quick summer staple.

Photo by Hey June

What designer wrote about it: Hey June blog (link!)


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For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

St. Tropez Swing

I had a chance to test for lovely Rebecca who is behind Mummykins & Me (link!)

I must say, in the beginning I was worried.. Gathers, pleats, buttonholes, bias tape etc. And then I thought – well, I must try, if I fail I’ll call it “confident beginner fail”. But I succeeded. I did so well that I am waiting for really fast times to go by so I can make one for myself too.

Pattern name: St. Tropez Swing dress and top (link!)

Designer name: Mummykins & Me (Affiliate link!)

Price: Patterns are on sale for $6.50 each (regular $8.50). Or the bundle with both ladies AND child’s versions is on sale for only $9.50

Size range: Newborn – 12years and Ladies XXS to 5XL

Print sizes: A0(copy shop file), A4 and US Letter

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Fabric: light or medium weight wovens, lightweight stretch fabric (Bias tape needs to have no stretch or hole in the back can stretch out).

I tested: Size 18-24m with lightweight cotton and viscose. I used store bought bias tape (Cutting it seemed crazy). Instructions were clear and easy to follow. I managed to use bias tape and gathering like I had always done that! Although it says difficulty level intermediate I would say it fits for a confident beginner also as she explains everything thoroughly. It went over her head smoothly, armholes are excellent size and it is exactly as beautifully flowy as one summer dress or top should be. Lenght was trimmed after I made mine so if you are making it you should expect top to be slightly shorter than ours although you can always adjust it to your liking! 🙂 Also, she teaches you to finish dress in a way it will look as beautiful inside as outside!

Fit photos: 


See what others wrote:

Anna from Anna’s heirlooms (link!)
Zoe from Soul fed on thread (link!)
Rebecca from Mummykins and me (link!)