Thank you Needle and Ted and Madeit Patterns for asking me to participate in their Florence Holiday Blog Tour. I have to admit I was not as familiar with all of Madeit’s patterns other then their boys button down top pattern, The Weller. So before I agreed I had to checkout their website where I was blown away with all of her available patterns. We were asked to center our outfits around The Florence Blouse so with that I also choose The Bjork Skirt .
When I was deciding what to do with The Florence Top and Bjork Skirt I wanted to push myself and use fabric I don’t typically use. My daughter has a current obsession with overalls lately so I knew I would be keeping the suspenders from the Bjork Pattern . I also wanted to make an outfit that would be trendy, unique and a little grown up for a now 10 yr old (ugh, stop growing already!)
I made a size 8 in both the skirt and top and it fit perfect! The sizing chart was spot on and easy to follow, so I just chose my size and ran with it from there. Both pattern instructions were easy to follow with great written and visual instructions.
How I modified The Florence:
1. I made it short sleeve since most of our California Christmases are 80 degrees. I used a 1.5″ bias facing made with the same velvet I used on the shirt. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance and folded the facing in and top stitched.
2. I lengthened the collar for a total of 44″ (the width of the velvet I purchased)
TOP – I love the velvet in my dreams but sewing it was a different story. It took some patience since it slippery. Don’t forget the pins!!
BOTTOM – The Quilted Faux Leather was so easy to sew. I used a Leather Needle and a longer stitch length. There are other tricks like tape under your foot to help it glide easier.
Not only is this a fun Blog Tour to show off the amazing Florence Pattern but it is also a Competition! What!?? That’s right you heard me, a competition and YOU can join in too!!! You could win a free pattern by joining in the fun! If you would like to jump in: 1st buy the pattern with the 20% off discount , 2nd sew it up with a Christmas theme and then post a picture to Madeit Facebook Page by end of January 2015. You can also vote for your favorite Blogger’s Twist on the Florence Top HERE
Now until November 23rd you can get 20% off The Florence Pattern and every pattern in the Madeit Shop. Code: Tour20
Click on the Link below for the code for 20% off !!
Faux Leather : Joann’s
Red Velvet: Joann’s
Suspender Clips: I Love Big Buttons on Etsy
Thank you again for letting me join in on the fun Blog Tour !!!
Alexis/ My Sweet Sunshine
This is what really happens when you take pictures of kids…