Holiday Debut Blog Tour

7.12.15

 "Rudolph, the red nose reindeer, la la la lala la la"


Are you impregnated with Christmas spirit already? Have you survived making the tree with your toddlers?
Well today I´m on a very special tour, bringing you lots of inspiration for the Holiday´s with an all star cast of bloggers. It´s the debut year for Holli Coats from Hello Holli, Gabriela from Chalk and Notch and Saskia from The Wolf and the Tree. These amazing ladies came together with this project and I´m so glad to be joining them. You see, Saskia reached out to me, inviting me for the tour; I had already seen her Abby´s footed tights pattern around and knew it was making quite a buzz. She told me there was also "a lovely dress and coat" on the tour and in all honesty, I freezed a bit: I was afraid of what kind of patterns these would be (c´mon, you know there´s some rather dubious quality stuff around). When I finally realized the patterns were the Blue Ridge and the Fishtail Kimono, I might have squealed a little!
I had won the Blue Ridge on a giveaway, I tested the kimono, and I had only read and seen very very positive reviews about the tights. Let´s face it: if you follow some of the things I do, you may have noticed some consistency about the patterns I use. Well designed and graded, with layers for printing when possible, good fit according to table measurements, notches where it matters, good illustrated instructions: these three pattern presented here have all this and more.





There´s a rather nostalgic mist around the Holidays. Yes, there´s joy and white light, but there are also lots of dark rich tones. The fabrics here are all from Girl Charlie UK & Europe, kindly given to me. I fell in love with the green cotton jersey with bambi print, which is slightly faded, with low stretch but very very stable. For the tights I needed a 4 way stretch jersey so I picked this beautiful mustard colour (though the pattern includes pieces for using 2-way stretch as well). The kimono is made with the softest navy sweatshirt fleece (not available at this colour at the moment, but there are other options here), which makes it the perfect warming layer piece.
The kimono is just a TNT by now, so I sewed up the regular size S (4/5), quick as can be. Even quicker, as I folded the neckband and just sewed that to the main pieces, stretching a bit, just like any regular band.






The dress was trickier. The Blue Ridge is designed for wovens and is sleeveless: I wanted to do knit and sleeves since it´s almost Winter here. I muslined just a tiny bodice in my daughter´s normal size 5 in jersey, without the back opening: it fitted through the head, even when I added the neckband I was planning. For the sleeves I changed the bodice armholes, by overlapping and copying the Rowan Tee armscye and using its sleeves. These might not be the best sleeves for the job, or maybe it just needs to drop the underarm a bit. Anyway, the armscye needed another tweak but I just didn´t have time to make it any better.
To accentuate that beautiful curve on the dress bodice and since I wasn´t using the bias tape (not a bias tape girl, sorry!), I made some piping with a subtle golden knit and used it on the neckband as well: not the best choice, ha! Really open and loose knit that just falls apart when cutting, I couldn´t get it exactly even all around regarding wideness. Finished all hems on the dress and kimono with a double needle.









The tights were graded from 5 to 4 from the knee down and the waistband is elasticized since my girl still haves a proeminent baby tummy and the elastic helps to keep them in place. The fit is perfect and lazy mummy here just serged them together (3 threads) and no complaints existed about the seams being itchy (the pattern includes instructions for french seams).
Calling the reindeers "bambis" was sheer genius, I think it clicked something in her little memory that made her love the dress, so much she wore it first without even being hemmed.
The whole outfit just needed something to bring it all together and give it a more festive and dressed up look, so I made a detachable peter pan collar with this free pattern, in faux fur with a purple wool for lining and velvet ties in the same colour. The shoes might look vintage but they´re like 2 months old from Zara, ha!





Now take a look at all those stars!



Make sure to visit the posts throughout the tour and enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win this great prize! In addition to the giveaway, our three designers will be giving away copies of their patterns via Instagram throughout the week, so be sure to follow Gabriela on Instagram and follow Holli and Saskia for more chances to win, too! Use the hashtag #holidaydebutblogtour to see some sneak peeks and follow what everyone is sharing!
If your star is just not shining bright and giving you no luck, you can get all three patterns with 20% off during this tour with the coupon code HOLIDAY.
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24 comentários

  1. Beautiful my dear! Really Love the colour/fabric pairing. Adding sleeves to the dress was genius! I feel you on the shoes, it's so sad right? heheh I bought some boots for M. and they already look like they have ages. Lol

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    1. Gaah my only consolation is they still look cute like this! Haha, but not just any sleeves, had to be the one and only good for all Rowan! <3

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  2. It is absolutely gorgeous -- the entire outfit is simply beautiful. Very elegant, muted colors that have a bit of whimsy with the "bambi" print. I love it. The sleeves are perfect, too. You are incredibly talented. That is all. <3

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    1. Thank you so much Emi! And thank you for making the perfect description for this, that is exactly what I was trying to achieve! <3

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  3. Amazing makes, our fabrics look great on your perfect model! Love the piping trim details and that gorgeous collar!

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    1. Thank you so much! So glad you liked it! <3

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  4. It's too bad that gold trim was such a pain because it totally makes the dress! I love this outfit so much- the colors are right up my alley and your pairing is perfection. That collar. I'm gonna add that to my make list for sure! Thanks so much for joining us Andreia!

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    1. Yeah, I should have known because I used it before and it didn´t work so well, but this time I was relentless to get it right, ha! And that collar was just a nice suprise, glad I found it (and that it is free too!) Thank you for having me Holli! <3

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  5. Super duper cute Andrea! =)

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  6. Seriously?!?! Each post is better than the previous one... The entire outfit is AMAZING! Love every single detail! YOU ROCK!

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    1. Ohh my dear Rita! Thank you! <3 I stepped out of my confort zone for her with all the color matching, but glad it worked! Love you! <3

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  7. I just love this outfit and color combination so much!! The fur collar is the perfect added detail :) XO

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    1. Thank you Gabriela! The combination of all those colors was totally out of my confort zone, but I´m glad it worked! And what girl wouldn´t love a fluffy collar like that? ;) Thanks for having me! <3

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  8. She looks adorable!! Lovely and complete Christmas outfit!

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    1. Best part is she loves it! So i just hope it holds up until it´s actually Christmas haha! <3

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  9. so incredibly cute! all the details, the mix and match, the worn out shoes... perfection!

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    1. Ok, so first of all thank you for commenting here! I know how busy you are! And i´m so glad you liked it! You know you´re a total inspiration for me and push me to try some new things! <3

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  10. This is SO adorable and that fur collar....love!!

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    1. You know I´m always scared of your comments, not that I don´t appreciate all your insight (I REALLY DO!), but I´m afraid you might find something wrong and that I´ve missed it hahaha! I´m so glad you liked it Mie, and glad you´re becoming a regular costumer here! <3

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  11. Just gorgeous. I love the simple details in each piece.

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  12. Your entire outfit is perfect, and not the normal festive colors. I love that!!

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  13. I love your outfit! The deer fabric is adorable; especially paired with the fur! Great work!

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