Minerva Blogger Network: The "Dog Lover" Pajamas

Size: size 8.
Alterations: I only used elastic at the waist and no fabric tie belt; I added a bow at the center front.
Fabric: quilting cotton from Minerva Crafts (momentarily out of stock)

These PJs went live on Friday on Minerva, but I couldn't bring myself to blog about them until today.
You see, in a cruelly ironic turn of events, my dog passed away on Friday, which wasn't just the scheduled day to blog these pants, but also the day she had a vet appointment because she hadn't been feeling great lately.
I don't believe in coincidences, so I wonder what the F was up with that day...

Anyway, thank you SO MUCH to anyone who shared some kind words with me on social media, it really meant a lot. In my real life, not everyone understands how devastating it can be to lose a pet (lots of people thinking "it's just an animal"), so I was quite moved by how sweet you guys were.

Now, the pants. This is my November project for Minerva Blogger Network. I wanted something cozy and snuggly for the incoming cold weather, so I settled on PJs. And because I love quirky prints and I love dogs, this fabric was the perfect choice! The only problem is, I didn't notice this quilting cotton was sold by fat quarter, so the 2,5m of fabric you need for this project add up to quite the price.
If you want to make yourself a pair of PJs pants, I would recommend browsing the immense polycotton range at Minerva, there are some extremely cute, more affordable choices.

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Strawberries - 2. Cupcakes - 3. Stars - 4. Polka dots
The pattern I used is once again from Sewaholic, the Tofino pants. It's a rather pricey pattern for PJs, but it's a good investment in my opinion, especially if you're not very experienced, as the instructions are really great. Not much else to say about it, as Pjs don't really require fitting at all.

I'm trying to convince the rest of the family to adopt a new dog as soon as possible... Cross your fingers for me!

Minerva Blogger Network : First impressions Cambie dress

Pattern: Cambie dress by Sewaholic patterns

Size: size 6 for the bodice

Alterations: I straightened the front neckline, lowered the back neckline by 5 cm, replaced the skirt with a self-drafted half circle skirt.

Fabric: a beautiful cotton poplin courtesy of Minerva Crafts.

This is my first project for the Minerva Blogger Network, and as I wrote in my post over there, I'm a big believer in the importance of first impressions.
This adorable tape measure printed cotton poplin was just perfect for a colorful, fun summer dress that would immediately give a sense of my personal style.

In my post, I completely forgot to mention Roisin of Dolly Clackett, who also made a gorgeous dress using this fabric (but in another color). I guess great minds think alike? I can't help but be constantly inspired by her, I simply adore that woman and her style.

Anyway, this is my second Cambie dress (see my first here) and I'm still loving it, but this time I drafted a semi-circle skirt to make it even more feminine and swirly. More details on construction are in my post.

I was afraid this dress might have been a bit over the top after finishing, but after wearing it a bit and taking pictures, I just love it so much. It's very colorful and it definitely will make me stand out, two things I'm not super comfortable with, but it definitely makes a statement about my style and my personality, even. A success, then!

If you want to make this dress (or a similar one, if you don't have the pattern), you can purchase the kit here, in which you'll find everything you need: 3m of tape measure print fabric, a matching 18" (45 cm) dress zip and 4m of matching bias binding.

What do you think? Did I manage to leave a good first impression?

Leopard print Pendrell blouse

This week at The Sew Weekly the theme was "collars" and you know I couldn't skip this one.
I finally got around to sew the Pendrell blouse I had previously planned and I'm very happy with the result.
As I wrote in my post, this blouse pattern from Sewaholic is extremely popular, so I don't think I need to write a detailed review on it. But I really, really loved working with it, which seems to be a recurrent feeling with Tasia's pattern. Right now I'd love to try the Alma blouse and the Thurlow trousers, but I'm saving up for other upcoming patterns.

I made view C and drafted a peter pan collar that stops at the shoulder seams, as I didn't want the bulk of a collar in the back. It is a size 6 with no alterations, just 10 cm shorter (the original lenght is a bit crazy, imo).
I used a leopard print silk georgette, which wasn't that difficult to work with and feels so luxurious against the skin.
I really like this blouse! I styled it with trousers because, well, you never see me with trousers and I thought I was a nice change, but it looks really cute with skirts as well. I'm sure I'll wear it a lot this winter.

And while I deserve a pat on the back for sticking to my plans, I'm afraid I'm not going to be as good with the rest of them (except the Macaron). I cut fabrics for three new garments yesterday, and none of them were planned. Oh, well...

Minoru jacket

The pattern has been released, I have my computer back and I managed to take decent pictures: that means I can finally show you my Minoru jacket!
Back in September I was lucky enough to be chosen as a pattern tester for this beautiful jacket. At first, I was a little intimidated by the design, I thought it would be a difficult garment to sew. It was my first experience with Sewaholic, I had only read somewhere on the Internet that the instructions Tasia gives with her patterns are great and I came to discover that they are actually awesome.
This jacket came together so quickly and without any accidents of any sort. I was so surprised! So, if you feel a bit intimidated... don't! You just need some experience with zippers and everything will be fine, I promise.

As far as fabrics are concerned, I decided I wanted a cozy, sweater feel, so I chose a heavyweight dark grey jersey for the outside and added some graphic interest on the inside using a black and white houndstooth printed cotton.
Another thing that surprised me about this jacket is the amount of compliments I received for it. And the faces people made when I told them I had made it myself! So rewarding! My mother even asked me to make her one for spring, in a lightweight cotton canvas (we'll see, mum).
My only regret about this jacket: not adding pockets to the outside. I'm one of those people that carries everything in her pockets, so I definitely miss them.
Since finishing the Minoru jacket, I bought the Pendrell blouse pattern and I can't wait to try it. I also have a few tips on princess seams, so stay tuned!