Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frederique from Compagnie M

Yesterday, we had a lovely spring like day. It made me long for better weather even more. I always seem to forget how great it is to be able to go outside without coat, leave the garden door open and have fresh air around the house. Today's dresses are made with the newest release by Compagnie M*, the Frederique dress*, and fit perfectly with hopeful thoughts of spring!

I have a love for waist ties and apparently my girls do to.They have skinny waists and usually like very fitting clothes, so waist ties are perfect in that case. My middle one asked me to make her a waist tie dress, after her bigger sister got this one. As usual, she had to wait a few months, I still have to make her those lady bug slippers that I promised her almost a year ago. When Marte from Compagnie M showed her newest design, I immediately saw a chance to at least take the waist tie demand of my to-do list.

The pattern is, as we are used to by Compagnie M, very versatile. Of course there are pocket options, multiple collars, multiple sleeve options and multiple closure methods. You know I love color block options, so those princess seams make my heart sing. You can dress your daughter in this dress whole year round due to the long and short sleeve option. After making amazingly beautiful "plain" Frederique dresses, several testers started to hack, so I think there will be many tutorials available to give this dress even more spins. A reversible option is already included in the pattern itself!

I am very much trying to decrease my stash (did you check the right side of my blog recently). I did buy three fabrics this week though, but in my defense, I got a fabric voucher for my birthday. My jersey stash is still huge, but my woven pile is not shameful at all anymore. I even doubted for a second if I would have any nice fabric to sew up a Frederique, but of course I still managed to create a few possible combinations. I eventually went for an upcycle. I used a 20 year (plus) old pillow case as my main fabric and some Soft Cactus for contrast. I had to cut very efficient, so there is a seam on the inner skirt part and I did not have enough to add seam allowance to dress (which I solved by adding a bias to the neckline).

Like I mentioned before, the testers immediately fell in love with the pattern and made more than they were asked. A few testers made jersey ones and my love for jersey of course made me want to make one as well. Sizing down is the recepe for nice knitification, so I simply used the same pattern pieces for my eldest as the ones that I used for my middle one (I did lengthen ofcourse). I am still very much into brownish fall colors, but added a bit of spring blue. I got this lovely deer fabric from Joyfits last year. I think it will look lovely on a bit more colored skin in the summer.

The lovely weather yesterday also made me do a photography shoot outside. In my favorite shooting spot from last year, I mostly found grey and brown, so the dress is not really coming alive as I hoped. My daughter loved being there with me, so I would say the shoot was success anyway.

The Frederique* is now available on the Compagnie M web shop* for 7 euro for the digital pattern, there is also a paper pattern option (if you buy two, they will be send for free to Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK). Will you go for a long or short sleeves version? My sewing is all spring and summer already.

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