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April 2015

Sewing the Franklin Dress by Brooklyn Pattern Company

It's been a while since I've sewn someone else's pattern.  And this one was so cute.

Franklin Dress 2

The Franklin Dress by Brooklyn Pattern Company was beautifully drafted and quick to sew.

Adelaide is already a fan.  For my first attempt at this pattern I used a wool/cotton Liberty in one of my favourite prints - Betsy.  This colour way is perfect for winter.

Franklin Dress 1

I learned about this pattern because it is the basis of the "Flip this Pattern" challenge on the Frances Suzanne blog.  The challenge is to use the Franklin pattern and add your own twist to it.

I didn't do anything too extreme to the pattern.  I added some piping in a coordinating solid colour at the bodice seam on the front and back.

Franklin Dress 5

And I also added a sleeve cuff that I gathered the end of the sleeve into, rather than finishing the sleeve with elastic.

All in all both Adelaide and I are happy with the end result.  I could also see this pattern making a very cute blouse.  That might be my next flip for this pattern.

Franklin Dress 6

I'm also going to be on the hunt for some more Liberty in this wool/cotton blend.  It's so practical for our cold Melbourne winters and rather lovely to sew with.

A tame top for kids clothing week

Well I'm not very good at sewing to a theme - obviously - as this top is about as tame as it gets.  The theme for Kids Clothing Week this time around is Wild Things.

I'm not very wild.  And my daughter is not really known for her wild ways.  This top suits us fine.

Grey flutter top 1

This is a variation on one of my favourite self drafted patterns - the keyhole flutter top.  I used the same top shape, deleted the keyhole detail and inset the flutter detail into the top, to sit above the armhole binding.

Grey flutter top 5

The flutters have just the right amount of flounce and gather to sit under a cardigan without creating too much bulk.

Grey flutter top 4

As usual I've finished the flutter detail with a rolled hem.  My old Husqvarna machine does this stitch particularly well and it's about the only thing I use this old machine for these days. My newer Bernina just doesn't seem to do this stitch as finely.

Grey flutter top 2

For something a little more wild, pop over to the project pool on Kids Clothes Week to see all the clever creations.

I'm also linking up to Sew + Show today over on Straight Grain. Follow the link to see what people around the world are sewing.

Sew + Show

Wool felt baby bassinet

How divine is this?


I confess to being a lover of wool felt.  I have felt iPad and laptop cases.  A few Christmases ago Will gave me one of my favourite presents ever - a grey wool felt weekend bag he found in Italy.

When planning for storage on shelves above the children's 'lockers'  in the garage I had my eye on these.

I'm always drawn to products in wool felt.

So when I saw this little Sleepnest I was very sad that my newborn days are behind me.  I would have loved one of these for my children. And I'm sure Adelaide would enjoy putting her dolls to bed in it too.