Farbenmix Willemientje

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’d be completely surprised if anyone out there is still listening. Sorry the tumbleweeds have been whistling by over here.

I’ve been doing two university papers simultaneously over the past few months and it’s been a lot harder than doing them one at a time as I have been up until now. I feel like I’ve had assignments coming out of my ears recently.

On top of that my GP discovered that I’ve been running a low thyroid hormone level. No wonder I’ve been so tired! It’s taken a few months to get my levels sorted but I’m starting to feel so much better. I phoned my GP the other day to tell her I thought she was wonderful!

I promise I have been sewing but with such limited time and energy I’ve limited my efforts to the sewing and forewent the photographing/photoshooting/blogging side. I’m having a big catchup so watch this space over the next short while!

I made a birthday dress for my next door neighbours daughter. I’ve made her a birthday dress each year for the past few years – a Roxy last year and a Feliz the year before that. She’s such a pretty one and so appreciative I love doing it.

This year I thought I’d try the stunning Willemientje pattern. It’s definitely a special occasion dress so I went all out on the fancy factor. The gores make it a fantastic twirling dress and the tulle makes it look so special, I feel.

She loves blue and green. After a good rummage through my not insubstantial stash she choose this delicate floral print poplin from Spotlight. It suits her beautifully.

I used the hemming technique from the Oliver + s Lazy Days skirt to hem the tulle with dark blue satin ribbon.

The front looked a bit plain so I added a ribbon flower from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love.The leaves are felt and stitched on with embroidery floss.

















The light was fading as we gave it to her so the photos are a little grainy.


















Pattern: Farbenmix Willemientje
Fabric: Cotton poplin from spotlight.


Another Feliz

This is the second Feliz I promised to make for my friends other daughter. It’s been crazy busy round here but I’m so pleased I have managed to squeeze in making this dress.

Her birthday is the Fourth of July so we decided to go with a red, white and blue theme. I’m no flag waver but it’s a classic combination and makes a lovely, mature dress for a slightly older girl.

Another dull day but this dress needs to go to it’s new owner and I had to grab whatever opportunity I could between the showers.
The overdress is a genuine Farbenmix fabric I bought off Trademe. I have one more metre and would love to try to make an Elodie for Elsa for summer.

I saw this technique of combining bias binding and ricrac on another blog, I forget where, and really wanted to try it out. I did it by sewing a guiding line for the ricrac, then sewing on the ricrac with a straight stitch then putting the bias binding as usual. The ricrac ended up a little high in one spot so I covered it with the ribbon/button feature you can see at the hem. It is something often done on french blogs so must be ‘de rigeuer’!
Umm. Yeah. I went a little ricrac crazy.

I’m kind of wishing that I’d used the matching Miss Liber-T ribbon on the front as well. I do like the stripes, however, and am pleased how they pick up on the stripes in the stars.I used some of the matching ribbon on the back over the top ruffle.

The back is a gorgeous soft, buttery poplin which was on sale at Spotlight. I’m definitely going back for more of this, it is delightful.
I rounded the edges of the overdress side pieces to make the ricrac application easier but I also like the effect.

I like how the matching ribbon ties the overdress to the underdress.

Overall I’m pretty happy with this dress. I think it hits a good balance between being girly enough yet has a little more maturity to it. It’s going to be interesting hitting this balance right for Elsa as she gets older.

Do you have older girls you sew for? How do you mange it or plan to approach it?

Pattern: Farbenmix/Studio Tantrum Feliz
Fabric: Farbenmix Miss Liber-T/spotlight.


Farbenmix Feliz for Elsa

Well. That girl of mine doesn’t forget a promise in a hurry. She kept at me until she had a Feliz party dress all of her own. In my continued ‘use up all the pink fabric before the pink phase passes’ mode, it’s pinkalicious.

Needless to say she loves it and wore it to school as soon as it was finished. Not sure it’s my cup of tea but I’m no pink fan.














The fabrics are heavenly and I’ve had them stashed for a while. The great thing about having a use-up-all-the-pink panic is that it gives me licence to cut into all these delicious fabrics I’ve been hoarding. See, I’m a bit of a fabric scrooge.

Actually that’s a little unfair, it’s a touch more romantic than that. I feel the potential for each piece of fabric and it’s exactly that potential which is really exciting. Will this be trousers, a special dress, a twirly skirt? Dreams if you like. The ones that fabricaholics get while stroking a delightful fabric that’s way out of their price range in the store. I’ve seen other’s out there.  I can recognise that faraway look and almost percetible drooling. And always the compulsive stroking (I think fabric makers call it the ‘hand’). We just smile that secret smile of a shared obsession and move on.

So cutting into a beautiful piece of fabric destroys those dreams – it all becomes concrete – and sometimes the letting go can be so hard. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about?!















No ruffles this time. Just didn’t catch my imagination. The fabric already seemed so busy. No embroidery either, just ribbons and decorative stitches.


This beauty on the front was gifted to me by the lovely Lisa of Crafty mamas. Thanks, Lisa. That’s where the lovely Hilco floral fabric and the stunningly soft Stenzo gingham came from, too.

The sash fabric was a Spotlight special, however, and I’m still not sure it was the right choice.
















I love the Farbenmix ribbons.

I used the sleeve ruffle from Oliver + s Badminton top again. I felt I needed to bring in a little more of the sash fabric somewhere.

Well. Too pink for you, too?

Pattern: Farbenmix Feliz
Fabric: Stenzo gingham /Hilco Flora l/Spotlight Floral