Sunday, February 16, 2014

Compagnie-M Patterns Contest

I Love Sewing Contests.
They are inspiring, challenging and super motivating.

They push my imagination to new levels.

And... having a deadline helps to actually accomplish projects, 
instead of thinking and designing and redesigning over and over in my head.

Today I present you the combination of Louisa Dress and Mara Blouse patterns by Compagnie-M.

For the most part, I used the Louisa Dress Pattern (size 3 was a perfect fit for my 3 & 1/2 year old).
Obviously I wanted to keep the unique design aspect of the dress - pockets, however I thought that straps would really complement those pockets. 

So I replicated the front pocket design on the back and connected the two pockets with straps that have mini cap sleeve-like piece at the shoulders. 

For the bodice, I incorporated the yoke and long sleeve option from Mara Pattern. 

Instead of button placket on the front, I made a one piece yoke with some textile manipulation effects.

The contrasting fabrics and colors of the bodice and the skirt 
(top is tissue linen in natural color, and the skirts is a heavier weight linen in burgundy-purple color) 
make an illusion of a two-piece outfit instead of one dress.

I think it's a perfect look for a preschooler. 

Pockets are lined with very lightweight lavender polka dot satin-like fabric.
(Pockets on the back are also functional, though not very practical I imagine.)
Lace trim finishes are at the pockets, sleeve cuff and the yoke of course.

Straps are attached with beautiful rustic metal flower buttons.
I just love the rustic romantic feel linen always gives a garment and these buttons were the perfect match! 

When we took the dress out for a test-drive, it turned out the straps kept falling down. 

My first thought was I needed to tack those straps down at the shoulders. 
But after watching N run around with the straps hanging down, I kind of started to like the look. 

Maybe I'll have to think of a way to keep both options possible!

To VOTE for this design, CLICK HERE and then click little heart at the top right corner of the page. 


  1. Wow, this is beautifyl - especially the top!

  2. I have already voted for your dress as I absolutely love it! The yoke detail, the straps, the two-piece look - I would not be able to pick which one I like more! Bravo!

    1. Jenya, Thank you! I love discovering new blogs with cute kids and adorable hand-made clothes, so I spent quite some time this morning going though your posts! Loved your birdie Louisa dress and many other outfit!

  3. Loving the blouse - wonderful details on your outfit!

  4. This is amazing! Your color and fabric choices are perfect. I don't know how I've never seen this before.

    1. Thank you! I too love the combo, but turns out the dark one bleeds the color even after many washes.... have to hand wash and try to keep the two fabrics separated as much as possible... will learn a lesson for the future though! :)