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With its 6 different views, the Ibi dress pattern is perfect for all types of styles and interpretations. Don’t hesitate to mix the different views to create a totally unique garment. Here are some ideas:

 

BOHEMIAN

With its gathered skirt panels, the Ibi dress is super romantic and perfect for a bohemian-chic style. Choose natural colours and fabrics, floral prints and lightweight fabrics.

1/ Chambray seafoam

2/ Seersucker saffron

3/  Swiss dot grey

Source images (from left to right and top to bottom): Mariefrance.fr  /  Dosa Inc  / Matchesfashion / Pinterest

 

MIXED PRINTS

Highligth the cut and volume of the Ibi dress with mixed prints or contrasting colours. Such a great way to use your fabric remnants!

1/ Viyela wine / viyela printed / viyela curry

2/ Brick Linen / argyle linen

3/  kaki gingham / dusty pink gingham / off-white gingham

Source images (from left to right and top to bottom): Ace&Jig  /  Asos  / Pinterest / Molby The Label / Luxury Dejavu

 

PARTY

The full skirt of the Ibi dress makes it THE party dress! How about silk, viscose, beautiful prints, velvet or lurex to elevate this dress to a very chic style!

1/ Blue flowers Viscose

2/ Jacquard Moon Cosmic – Henry Henriette

3/ Storm blue needlecord

Source images (from left to right and top to bottom): Polienne /  Pinterest  / Cecilie Banhsen / AboutsomeModesens

 

What fabric have you chosen for your Ibi dress?

Get the  IBI dress pattern in the shop in print or PDF format.

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I remember showing a glimpse of what would become the Ibi dress pattern on Instagram back in March, 9 months ago. I asked if I should make a pattern from this dress I designed and you were a lot to express interest. So I started working on it and just like a baby, it’s finally here after 9 long months!

Working on the pattern, I couldn’t make up my mind on details and at the end, decided to add them all to the pattern so you would be able to make so many different versions of the dress. That’s how the Ibi dress was born.

Let’s start the presentation: the Ibi dress is a long, flowy dress, with ruffles, lots of gathers and 6 different views that can be combined to create a unique garment. The general shape is loose, with raglan sleeves and a raised bodice at the front, making the skirt slightly higher at the front hem as well. There are inseam pockets in all views but e.

View A is the most romantic version in my mind: the waist and the sleeves can be gathered with self-fabric ties and it has a 3 tiers skirt, very full and dramatic. The buttons on the back are fully funcional but if you don’t want to unbutton them, you can pull the dress on very easily as well.

Perfect for the summer, view B has double crossed straps and a 2 tiers skirt. The bodice is fully lined.

View C is the first version of the dress I designed back in March. Some classic shirt dress elements with a twist: a nice and topstitched shirt collar, a hidden button placket, long sleeves gathered into cuffs with buttons and a super full 3 tiers skirt. It’s a dress made for big impact, I just love how the sharp shirt details look with the big, twirly skirt.

The Ibi dress also includes a wrap version with a simpler skirt… but full volume sleeves! The waistband is loose and ties at the side (with a button and a thread loop inside to keep it close). For view d, the 3/4 sleeves are gathered.

For view e, I wanted to keep the volume to a minimum so lengthened the bodice and added just 1 gathered tier at the bottom. But it’s still full of lovely details: a button placket at the back and ruched sleeves gathered with self-fabric ties.

And finally, view f has a faux-wrap neckline, long sleeves with volume and a 2 tiers skirt. The neckline is finished with self-fabric bias binding.

This pattern is very versatile: with as many as 6 different views, you can create so many unique garments. All the options combined with each other: choose the neckline of one view, the sleeves of another one, add skirt tiers or change the length… There’s no end to your creativity! The loose shape is also perfect to wear all year round and accesorize with belts or different types of jackets. For example, I’ve been wearing the samples all the time since March, first breast-feeding and then pregnant (I can still wear my normal size at 8 months pregnant, it’s comfortable and I feel put together).

The Ibi dress pattern is available as printed copy and PDF download on the shop. Remember that when you buy the printed copy, you also receive the PDF automatically (so don’t worry about cutting into the pattern sheet!).

I’m coming back soon with some style and fabric inspiration but in the meantime, here’s the fabrics I used for the samples, all available at the shop:

View a: swiss dot in argyle

View b: cotton lawn – multicolour flowers

View c: printed viella (cotton twill)

View d: linen/cotton in sand

View e: needlecord in brick

View f: printed viscose – blue flowers

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ZOOM IN: ALBORS

by Pauline Alice

Let’s start the presentation of the new patterns with the Albors trousers. With two young boys, I spend my days running after them or on the floor, at home or at the park, so my dresses and skirts are gathering dust in my wardrobe. I needed a pair of trousers, comfortable and practical in all situations. Workwear as inspiration is not new for me (hello Tello jacket), so naturally, it came back when I was designing this new collection and the Albors trousers in particular.

Albors has a classic shape : a regular high waist (just below the navel), hip hugging and then straight wide legs with a cropped length.

What set it apart are the numerous pockets and topstitching : big patch pockets on the back and the front, tool pockets on the side and hammer loop on the other. The curved waistband also has some buttoned tabs. And you can choose between a button fly or zip fly, the booklet comes with both instructions.

I think Albors is a great basic pair of trousers : with or without all the pockets, contrasting or matching topstitching, zip or button fly, it has everything!

As for fabric, you should look for medium weight fabric with body : cotton canvas, gabardine, denim, corduroy… and most importantly, have fun with the topstitching!

Here, Maria is wearing a size 38, made in off-white cotton canvas (available soon) with contrasting topstitching.

The Albors trousers pattern is available in sizes 34-52 in the shop in print and PDF.
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It took more time than I thought it would but the new collection is finally here! Let’s take a look at the Albors trousers, the Maritims pullover and the Calvari dress.

I started designing these patterns when we were confined and I guess it reflects my need of horizons, fresh air and freedom. I wanted clothes I could wear outside, for all weather, that can be worn through the day for different activities, outdoors or indoors. And Rosa, the photograph, understood that perfectly, it shows in the pictures don’t you think ? Here’s a short description of the patterns :

Albors is a classic pair of trousers inspired by workwear (painter’s or carpenter’s trousers) with a wide leg and high waist. What sets it apart : the multipurpose pockets, so handy !

The Maritims pullover will be perfect for all outdoors activities : fully lined, you can pull it on easily thanks to the zipped opening and high buttoned collar.

The Calvari dress is casual but with lots of character. The shirt dress with its notched collar, buttonband and pockets is classic and ideal all year round.

I hope you liked this preview, you can find the patterns in the shop in print and PDF format: Albors, Maritims and Calvari.
See you very soon with some posts on each pattern, fabric inspirations and tutorials.
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Vera is the kind of shirt designed for those days when you want to feel stylish and comfortable at the same time. When I design new patterns, that’s my major goal. 

The Vera shirt has all the details of a classic shirt with its small notched collar and front button closure. But we wanted to give it more lightness and feminity by choosing a loose shape, dropped shoulders and round edges. 

The small gathers at the back of the neckline highlight the notched collar and give volume to the shirt. With the asymmetrical hem, you can choose to wear Vera over a pair of trousers or shorts for a casual look or gathered inside a high waist skirt for a more retro look. 

The rounded hem and the sleeves are finished with facings. We have also added buttontabs to the sleeves in order to roll them up easily. 

We recommend you to use light weight fabrics to make Vera. Depending on the style you want, you might choose fabric with drape for a very light and airy look or fabric with body to highlight the volume of the shirt. We used cotton poplin for both version here. You can also use cotton lawn, linen, rayon, tencel, cupro, gaze, chambray or silk… 

– You can find the Vera shirt pattern in our shop in printed copy of PDF downloadable. –

 

Fabric credits: off-white batiste from Julián López – graphic batiste from Fil’Etik

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aldaia dress

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I’m so glad to finally introduce the new pattern: the Aldaia dress! I’ve been working on it for the past 3 months and was waiting for the Paris fair to release it.

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View A: cotton spandex jersey – Girl Charlee Fabrics UK

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View B: knit fabric – Henry & Henriette (not available – similar here)

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View C: ponte milano – local shop (similar to Cousette)

Inside the Aldaia dress pattern, you’ll find 3 different views and you’ll be able to combine the sleeves, necklines and skirts options for a total of 27 different dresses! Yes, 27 dresses in 1 pattern! As I started with the Aldaia design, I kept adding possible modifications and I thought it would be great to have them directly added to the pattern.
This pattern is designed exclusively for knit fabrics: you’ll need between 20% and 30% stretch (I’ll come back in the next days with a tutorial on how to check the stretch and some tutorials on how to sew with jersey fabrics). You can use fabrics like cotton jersey, rayon jersey, neoprene, french terry… and my favourite ponte milano!
As for sewing the Aldaia dress, you won’t need anything special: if you have an overlocker, perfect. If you don’t, don’t worry, you can sew the whole dress with your sewing machine.
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The Aldaia dress pattern uses the same bodice base for all 3 views but has many options.
  • View A has a V-neck, elbow-length sleeves and a short skirt with panels (great for colorblocking).
  • View B is sleeveless, with a faux wrap neckline and an elegant knee-length skirt.
  • As for view C, this is the more playful design of the 3 with it’s round neckline, short sleeves and full 6-gore skirt.

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The 27 different options…

And as I’ve said before, feel free to mix’n match the options: how about a wrap bodice (view B) with short sleeves (view C) and short skirt (view A)? Anything’s possible!

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I hope you’ll like this new pattern. You can find the printed and PDF copies in the shop.
Let me know which view is your favourite!
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Safor skirt pattern 2 versions

Today, let’s talk about the Safor skirt.
Safor skirt view A

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Ever since making the Rosari skirt pattern, I’ve wanted to add another skirt pattern to the collection. And because I couldn’t decide between a short and casual and a knee-length one for more formal occasion, I chose to make them both.
The Safor skirt is a faux-wrap skirt with a hip yoke that follows nicely the body’s curves. The great thing about the faux-wrap is that you can walk easily without the inconvenience of your skirt opening too high. The Safor skirt is confortable and easy to wear.
View A offers inseam pockets hidden between the yoke and the skirt and is quite short (there are lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern if you want to give a little more length to your skirt). View B is knee-length and has a contrasting panel along the hem. This is a great way to play with colors or fabrics contrasts.
Both views have the same asymetrical fold-over front and close with an inviible zipper and a button at the back.

Safor skirt view A zoom Safor skirt view B

Safor skirt pattern 2 versions

I’ve used Les trouvailles d’Amandine ‘s denim for both versions: in “liane” shade for view A and “etendard” for view B (as it’s reversible, I’ve used the wrong side for contrast). You could also use any medium weight fabric with a little bit of body: denim, linen, gabardine, leather or suede for example.

Let me know if you have any question about the patterns…

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The Fall/Winter collection of Named Patterns came out … well last fall as it’s name indicate. And I remember liking every single pattern. But as I knew ordering more than one was stupid as I would never have time to make them, I just ordered my favourite: the Isla Trench coat. And I’m just about to show it now, 6 months later 😉

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I wanted to make a very traditionnal trench coat (traditionnal in the sense of copying a Burberry one!) so I studied every Burberry trench coat pictures I could find on Pinterest (i even created a special board, check it for details). I went fabric shopping for some beige gabardine and tartan checked lining, which was more difficult than I thought first. In the end, my gabardine is slightly lighter in colour than desired but it’s ok. I found all the fabrics and material (buttons and belt loops) at my local fabric shop. I will admit that it was quite an expensive coat to make: the printed pattern was 22 € (+ 8€ shipping fees so 30 € in total), 3 meters of gabardine at 20€/m, 2 meters of 15€/m lining and about 15€ for the buttons/belt loops, I mean it’s almost a 100€ trench coat. But knowing a real Burberry one retails at least at 1500€, I feel better.

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The gabardine is very nice, a bit on the heavy side so some areas were quite difficult to sew due to the various layers. I didn’t add any interfacing because of the gabardine’s weight. And the lining is a Burberry-like tartan in flannel, which makes it a perfect winter coat for the mild mediterranean weather of Valencia (sleeves are lined in rayon).

As for the supplies, I chose to change some of the features to get a more Burberry-lookalike coat. I’ve used some metal belt loops and eyelets for the sleeve straps and the belt. I wanted to do the same for the collar stand but instead just shortened it. I also added some epaulettes and made the under collar out of checked lining.

Isla-trench-coat-named-patterns-5For the pattern itself, I made some changes mostly due to my petite size: I had to shorten the body about 30 cm and the sleeves by about 10 cm (fyi I’m 1m55 tall , 5ft1). The instructions were very complete but I wouldn’t recommand this pattern for a beginner (which Named patterns doesn’t either, the pattern is marked 5/5 and challenging). There are a lot of pieces and the construction has to be very detailed and meticulous. But the results are very professional looking. The only complaint I have is just some personal preference: I like to cut my pattern directly in the paper but I could n’t do it as the numerous pieces are layered on top of each other so I had to trace them first.

I’m still not sure I attached the lining at the back vent correctly but it looks ok. It was the fist time I had to line a back vent, I even left the trench unfinished for about 4 months before going back to finish the lining. I finally figured it out and that’s why I’m showing it only now (started in november and finished in march, that’s my longest project!)

For the rest, everything fits together nicely, the construction order is great and the fit is good.

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I’ve been wearing the Isla trench coat for about a month now and I really like it. My favourite thing about it? When the wind blows and the pretty tartan lining peeps out!

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The new patterns are at the printer right now and I’m really looking forward to receive them!
In the mean time, I’ll show you the inspiration behind the “collection”.

Inspired by travel, the models are both chic and comfortable. Cruise or safari, which one is your style?

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Moodboard: pinterestFabrics: les trouvailles d’Amandine
Can’t wait to release the collection!!!

 

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I’ve made jeans! Like real jeans! I’m very excited about that as buying jeans has always been so frustating for me. I own only 2 pairs of jeans, one skinny and one boyfriend (very loose!). The issue for me when buying jeans is the following: I’m short, only 1m55 (5 ft 1) so I always have to cut about 25 – 30 cm (10″ or 11″) to the hem, which change completely the shape of the jeans. Also I like high rise (mainly at the back) and most of the jeans available are really low rise – which makes it difficult to bent without showing my underwear – or worse…
And finally, I’m not fan of the skinny shape. And this is the only shape I find at the stores.

 

So when I saw the Birkin Flares by Baste & Gather, I was delighted and so excited to make them.About the pattern: It’s great! It has all the details of a store bought jeans, with a nice fit (more on that later) and the instructions are really good and easy to follow.
So the fit… It would be great if I had chosen the right size for me. Next time I’ll go up a size. I don’t think they run small, I think I made a mistake when choosing the size. The legs are a bit too tight for me (you can see the crotch lines) but I could wear them like that. The problem is with the waistband. I can wear the jeans only when standing up 😉 If i sit or bend down a little bit, the waistband cuts into my stomach.
I’ll call them my practice jeans!

 

The denim I used is really nice, it has 2% elasthan which makes it really comfortable. I bought it online at the Sweet Mercerie. As I didn’t find any rivets locally, I didn’t add them. That would be a nice detail but I don’t really feel like paying the extra cost of shipping them here.I hope to show you the second version very soon…

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xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-1Today let’s talk about the perfect summer dress:  the Xerea Dress. Inspired by the 60’s mini dresses, Xerea is easy to sew and easy to wear!
The pattern is available in two versions: View A is a shift dress with short sleeves and View B a sleeveless tent dress with center box pleat. Both views include pockets at the princess seams.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-2Xereaxerea-dress-pattern-sewing-3 is perfect for beginners and will delight advanced (lazy) seamstresses: no zipper, no buttons. The dress is put on easily thanks to the open back neckline, finished with bias binding.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-4For fabrics, I would recommend fabrics with some drape, in particular if you choose the shift dress.
For the shift version, View A, I used an ikat cotton (Henry et Henriette) with piping inserted in the princess seams – perfect for summer – and for the tent version, View B,  I used a jersey (Tejidos Paredes – make sure it’s stable enough: for example ponte knit fabric) for a 60’s style.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-5xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-6The yoke design allow you to use contrasting fabric very easily: how about color blocking or lace accents? All the hems are finished with bias binding, make your own with matching fabric for an invisible finish or add some subtle contrast to your dress.
This pattern can also transition easily into the colder months: lengthen the sleeves or make view B in woolen fabric to wear as a pinafore over a shirt or pullover.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-7I hope you’ll like the new patterns, the Xerea dress and the Sorell trousers!

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Thanks do much for your lovely comments about the new pattern, the Quart coat! I can’t wait to see your versions…
But for today, let’s see the Quart coats of some amazing testers. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome:
quart-coat-testers-version-sewing-pattern-1quart-coat-testers-version-sewing-pattern-2Sandra’s beautiful red Quart looks very festive! This is such a great way to brighten a grey Winter.
Read about it (in French) on her blog.
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I absolutely love Manju’s style and her sewing realisations are always so well executed. I am so happy to have her as a tester. Look at that beautiful tweed Quart coat and her bright lining! See more details at SewManju!

 

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Once again, Annie’s pictures are divine, I should definitely ask her to model the patterns for me ;-). Such an amazing classic style and gorgeous coat. Read about her Quart coat (again in French) at her blog.
Have a wonderful end of the week!

 

 

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