Selfish Sewing, a McCalls Pattern

Monday, July 20, 2015

Recently I had an impromptu vacation to California. My sister, who lives in Switzerland, was on business trip in New Zealand and was flying back home through Los Angeles. It was her idea for us to spend a few days in the area. I was doubtful it would actually happen, many things had to fall in place and I didn't really get excited until I landed in LA. But just in case I made myself a dress, because you need a new dress when going on vacation. Right?


Alice in the Wonderland Inspired

Monday, July 13, 2015

My wonderful friend Sara of Made by Sara  organized a very special event on her blog - a celebration of 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. I am among many bloggers participating.


A Bambi Dress

Monday, June 15, 2015

A while ago my friend An from Straight Grain posted a dress that I knew Ania would absolutely love. The fabric was the cutest. I immediately clicked on the link to the shop, Bambiblauw, and after navigating it for about half an hour (it's in Dutch) I reached the checked out only to discover that they didn't ship to the United States. Sigh. My next step involved extensive whining and complaining to An, and she graciously offered to get it for me. So not only she is the coolest blogger with the impeccable sense of style, she is also kind and giving. Yep, an impossibly high standard to reach. I am good at whining. (hey, it worked). :) :)



Ishi by Straightgrain Pattern Tour

Monday, June 8, 2015

I am excited to be one of the participants for the Ishi dress tour by Straight Grain. What a great pattern! I am a big fan of An's patterns and made quite a few of them. An was one of the first designers I tested for. Here is the bubble dress I made when I just began blogging, way back in 2012 when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Then came the Tinny dress (here) and the Hanami dress (here, here). Her patterns are well drafted and the instructions are detailed and easy to follow. If you've never tried her patterns, you won't be disappointed. Now comes the Ishi dress.  I think the design is just perfect for an every day play dress. The big side pockets let the child collect all kinds or precious rocks, twigs and other junk treasures. And that's what I made, an every day play dress... oh wait, maybe not.



Another Antalya

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When I drafted the Antalya dress pattern, I made a lot of samples. A few I never finished, or never even intended to finish, but a few turned out pretty cute, so I thought I would share. There are so many stunning Antalyas sewn by super talented bloggers. These are just a few that come to mind - here, here, here, here, here and here. The pattern was released through Willow & Co and can be purchased here.













A FREE pattern and Color Me Fabric Tour

Monday, May 11, 2015

To download The Vasilisa Top pattern go HERE

It's my turn for the Color Me Fabric tour by Mouse House Creations. I am excited for my friend, Hayley, and happy she was able to bring her great idea to life. Not only the concept is great, the quality of fabric is superb. The paisley print reminded me of Russian fairy tales - of beautiful princesses and noble princes, of Koschei the Deathless, Baba Yaga and the magical Fiery Bird. Of course, all the magic happened in far away kingdoms in enchanted forests filled with good and evil creatures. The childhood fairy tales and the fabric became my inspiration for the top.


















The Franklin Dress for Flip this Pattern

Friday, May 1, 2015

I am one of the competitors for the Flip this Pattern at Frances Suzanne. I would love your vote. :) To vote go here. This is  my version of The Franklin dress by Brooklyn Pattern Company. I was excited to see it as the pattern to flip, since I love the style of the dress. It is comfortable, child friendly, stylish and unique. It reminds me of Japanese patterns that are so popular today.