Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ileana times two

Today is the last day of the Ileana blog tour, which means you will all know that Compagnie M's newest dress pattern has tons of options. You will know that there are two bodice types, several sleeves, collars and pockets. Besides knowing this information, you will have seen several dresses already. But, If you know me, then you will also know that I will manage to show you something new (which sometimes might be unintended).



During pattern tests you are supposed to follow the pattern and I really tried. While thinking about which option I would sew first, I was thinking about the faux button placket and thought it would be so cool if it was a functional placket. A functional placket would eliminate the back zipper and would allow my daughter to dress herself. She strongly prefers clothes she can close herself when she has gym classes at school, or goes to her after school sport activities, which comes down to four out a five week days. I prefer the clothes that I sew,  to get a lot of wear, so front closing would be perfect. I therefore asked and got permission to make a functional button placket. Marte mentioned she is planning a tutorial on how to do this, making this pattern even more versatile.



When you are in a test group, you get the privilege to see everybodies lovely dresses first. I didn't immediately start sewing the dress, because I was actually sewing four tests in two weeks (that was a bit too much indeed), so it was a challenge to come up with a fresh type of look (the placket looks the same as the faux one, so that doesn't count).



Eventually, I chose to make a winter version. This meant that I chose for the sleeveless option (I know that sound paradoxal but just bear with me). Sleeveless dresses are great for layering, this dress will look great with a long sleeve and tights (mental note: sew unicolored long sleeves). Instead of using a collar I used piping and I used it everywhere. I used it at the neckline, at the armholes and in the side seams (okay you got me, I didn't use it at the bottom hem, nearly everywhere than). Sewing the piping in the pocket curve wasn't a very relaxing experience, but I am satisfied with the end look. I did some hand sewing there though.



The fabric is from Birch and the colors are perfect for fall. I bought it at Modes4u last year. The piping I made from a Softcactus cotton. The color matches the green in the Birch fabric perfectly. The buttons are squares and I tried to make a small leave pattern to fixate them, but this doesn't really show.



As you also will have read, Compagnie M organized a joined shoot with some of the testers that lived close by. I went, so you might have even already seen a glimpse (or more) of this dress in the blog tour already. I didn't just took my eldest, I thought it would be a nice outing for my middle daughter as well. I therefore also made her a dress.



This time I chose the floral collar, the half circle skirt, the other contrasting pocket shape and the raglan bodice with short sleeves (you see how many words you need to describe the dress version you choose). Of course I didn't actually read the manual (mental note 2: just read it next time, learn from your mistakes!) so I didn't iron on any stabilizers and I topstitched. If you want an example of a perfect flower collar, check her's out.



 I also bought this fabric at Modes4u. It is from Cloud 9, both fabrics are from the same line designed by Rea Hoekstra. The pink butterflies I had already used for this dress. I should have again chosen the circle skirt, I had had enough fabric, but I just wanted to see the difference in look. My middle daughter did complain immediate that it doesn't twirl enough (mental note 3: always choose full circle if you have enough fabric).



Besides the slightly different flower collar, this dress also has a different than suggested closure. This time I didn't intend it though. After cutting all my pattern pieces I realized I had cut the back piece on the fold (and I used the pattern without seam allowance). I didn't want to re-cut the back, because I just hate wasting fabric like that. I therefore made this into a learning experience and sewed my first side seam zipper.



A side seam zipper only isn't enough as opening, so I made a closure in the top of the back as well, to allow her head to actually go through. I was planning to use a button and a loop, but while fitting I realized that I could also use a snap. I really like the result. I used a small white flower snap, so it even fits the fabric's print perfectly.



During the shoot Marte distributed balloons and these were a big hit. My eldest managed to break the balloon relatively quickly, but my middle one treasured the balloon. She took it with her the entire day.

 
Untill the 11th of August you can buy the pattern on release sale with a 10% discount with the code ILEANA-10 in Compagnie M's webshop.

I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). 

33 comments:

  1. Ooooh, allebei heel mooi! Fan van die paspel!

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    1. Ik ook, ik begin te snappen dat sommige het overal tussen stoppen.

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  2. Oooh, heel mooi met die paspel! Geweldig idee!

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    1. Paspel doet me erg denken aan hoe ik vroeger de lijnen van een kleurplaat overtrok met stift in dezelfde kleur, dat maakte het ook af.

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  3. Geweldig, dat bruikbare knopenpad. Dat was het enige minpuntje aan het patroon. Mijn dochter wil zich ook het liefst zelf aankleden en met gymles is het echt niet handig. Een paar kamsnaps erop en ook de kleintjes kunnen ermee uit de voeten.
    Ook die paspel vind ik supermooi. Helemaal fan van jouw versie dus!

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    1. Ik ben van plan om in de volgende jurken lijn dus ook ritsen in de zijkant te gebruiken, mijn bijna 8 jarige zou daarmee overweg moeten kunnen.

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  4. Mooi, met die paspel! En de onderste vind ik zo lekker fris ogen, fan!

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    1. grappig om te zien een jurk zo anders wordt met ander stof.

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  5. <3 een bruikbaar knopenpad! Mag ik een beetje van jouw tijd, volgens mij heb jij er te veel, wat een productiesnelheid!

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    1. Kan ook aan mijn afwerkingsniveau liggen ;)

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  6. Heel tof, en ook ik ben fan van de paspel!

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  7. Heel mooi! Allebei met een lichte voorkeur voor het eerst! Tof wat je deed met die paspel

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  8. Zo blij dat ik ze live heb kunnen bewonderen. We hebben samen al een paar testrondes gedaan en leuk om te zien hoe creatief jij altijd uit de hoek komt. I love it!

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    1. Ik kijk al uit naar het weekend, ik denk dat het heel inspiratie vol wordt.

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  9. Heerlijke jurkjes, ook in het echt! Enne... bedankt voor het compliment ;-)

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  10. 4 testen in twee weken! Enthousiasteling :) maar ze zijn weer mooi hoor!

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    1. ja dat was iets te veel van het goede...

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  11. Mooi, allebei! Ik ben vooral fan van de paspel in de zijnaad.

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  12. Je kasten zitten ook al goede vol hé mr gevuld m heel schoon gerief. Topkleed m toffe details

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    1. gelukkig kan mijn oudste nog wel wat herfst en winter kleren gebruiken, door het groeien.

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  13. Mooi gedaan! Fan van de "herfstige" versie.

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    1. Ik was al weg van de stof, die hele lijn vond ik geweldig.

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  14. Leuk hoor met die paspel ... geeft het toch iets extra!

    Je moet trouwens eens kijken op mijn blog ... er staat jou een verrassing te wachten (Liebster award - winnaar givea-way)

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  15. Mooi! Jouw herfstjurk vind ik de mooiste Ileana die ik tot nu toe zag. Komt ook door de prachtige kleuren. Goed bezig!

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  16. Die voor je oudste dochter vind ik echt top. Ik ben na aan het denken over wat winterjurken voor mijn dochter en deze uitvoering is echt een kanshebber.

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    1. Leuk dat je nu een blog hebt, kan ik je toekomstige versie mooi bewonderen.

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  17. Waw! Deze had ik helemaal gemist, maar wat een pracht! Ik ben vooral fan van de eerste versie, dat zijn kleuren die ik voor Lilith ook meteen zou kiezen - en die paspelafwerking, goed gedaan!

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