Monday, July 15, 2013

16 Compagnie-M Pattern Test

Marte from Compagnie M was calling out for pattern testers for this fabulous frock.
I jumped at the chance and was one of the lucky ducks to to get first crack.
 The pattern was fairly easy to sew. It had plenty of pictures which is a big plus for me (i'm a picture kind of gal) and the pattern consists of 5 pieces which is another plus for me (too many pieces = too much work). The only difficulty was figuring out the metric conversions, but working with Japanese patterns for so long, it was really nothing at all.
Overall, I give the pattern two thumbs up! A great pattern!!!
I remember in Marte's previous post, she was trying to find a name for this blouse. Wanting to have more reader participation, she asked, "What do you think?". There were a few readers who mentioned the idea of naming it after a place or city and I couldn't agree more. 
Now the fabric you see here was by chance. I was digging through my stash, trying to find the right one. It came down to two options, but I wasn't completely sold. So I dug deeper... lo and behold, deep in recesses of my fabric bins, I found THE fabric!
Yummy, no? The fabric is, Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda.
100% quilting cotton... 100% FAB-U-LOUS!!!
As I mentioned earlier, this is a great pattern, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to change it up a bit.
I widened the bottom opening at about 3/4", giving the blouse a slight A-line cut (Lala needed a little more tummy room).
I then gave the hem a soft curve both front and back
and did a soft inverted curve along the sides.
VERY minor details and almost unnoticeable, it was more of necessity to accommodate ones "healthy" build. *wink*
In the midst of all the children sewing hullabaloo, I'm sure you have one word on your mind...
"WHEN".
Soon, my pretties! Very soon! In the meantime, be sure to visit Marte's place for more inspiration and FREE patterns, yes... FREE!
Check it out!
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16 comments:

  1. In a word: gorgeous. I am so coveting that fabric! And I love all the little modifications you made - so impressive, Venus!

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    1. I know...I can't believe I only had 1 yard of this fabric. What was I thinning when I bought it?! I need to scout for more, seriously! I'm thinking the next blouse will actually be a dress.

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  2. wwwoow! what a beautiful garment! love it. The fabric is perfect :)

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    1. Thanks, Mia! I love it when I find that perfect fabric and I love it even more when I already have it!

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  3. This is super cute, Venus. Love the fabric!

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  4. Gorgeous Venus. I can't wait to make up this shirt, it is so sweet. You did a great job!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I can both girls wearing this...

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  5. Very cute! I love the fabric you used. A very darling little top!

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    1. Thank you, Fiona! It's a great top. Marte did a fantastic job creating this pattern.

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  6. Ooooh I like your modifications. I too think this top is really cute, it definitely has a boxy shape to it (though I have a scrawny child so most things look boxy on her!) and I think your changes make it a little softer.

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    1. It's those little subtle changes that can make a big difference, no? Some of the modifications was mostly due to Lala's belly. :) I think there's a watermelon growing in there!

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  7. cute cute cute! I love the yoke. Plus that fabric is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Tara! The fabric was a happy find... I completely forgot I had it. Things work out in mysterious ways...

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