I still remember the moment… I was at work and PING!, an email popped in on my iPhone. I glanced at it and saw that it was from a “Marte”…
Hummm, I thought to myself.. the only “Marte” I know is from Compagnie M. , the Belgian blogger turned amazing pattern maker who’s taken the sewing blogosphere by storm. It just can’t be THAT Marte, can it?
Curious, I opened up the e-mail and found this:
Hi! I’m Marte from Compagnie M. and I blog at compagnie-m.com.
In December I’ll be launching a new pattern (called vintage dress at the moment).
You can see the dress here:
Do you feel like participating in the pattern tour?
Hooooooly smokes!!!! Marte from Compagnie M. wanted me to participate in her pattern tour??? How insane is that???? HELL YEAH!!!
So needless to say, I am quite excited to be a part of the Louisa Dress pattern tour (my ever first pattern tour!). Plus, I have to mention that this is the very first time that, as a blogger, I am given something for free! There’s so much love, passion and hard work invested in sewing, photographing, writing, editing, and publishing posts on a blog that it feels SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD to finally be rewarded in some way… a free pattern you say? I’ll take it!!! Thanks so much Marte!
I had a ton of much fun sewing this Louisa Dress pattern. I could see a million zillion options in terms of fabric combinations. Plus piping, zippers, buttons, woohoo!!!
The grey fabric was found second hand from Value Village and was left over from a Debbie’s Birthday Dress I made for Alix’s this past summer (CLICK HERE) – it’s very soft!
The pocket Fabric is Little Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake Fabric (Little Mushrooms Toadstools Polka Dots Red on White), while the blue lining is Little Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake Fabric Grandmothers House In The Forest With Wolf on Blue.
Both of these matching fabrics were purchased from Allegro Fabrics on Etsy (who has some really incredible customer service – I had ordered a certain fabric for a quilt and was quickly informed that they didn’t have the quantity I needed. I was bummed to say the least, as I had been having difficulty finding that specific fabric and I just NEEDED IT! But Allegro quickly came back to me, saying not to worry, that they woudl find it for me and send it with my order. And they did! Within a couple of days, I had received an email saying that they had located the fabric I needed and all was being mailed out! Now that is going above and beyond the call of duty, no??)
These are real functional buttons friends! I forgot to take a picture but I lined the inside of the pocket with the blue Riding Hood fabric, just to give it a fun pop of colour when Gaëlle looks down and plays with the pocket.
Can you see the snow in the window? It’s soooo cold outside!
Marte’s pattern gives different options with regard to the back, which can greatly change the look of the dress. I opted for no side panels and a horizontal split at the back.
I also went with an exposed zipper (my first one!) instead of an invisible zipper. I thought it would add a little punch at the back!
It hit me once I was done that the beautiful blue lining would not be visible at all once Gaëlle had the dress on so I added a little tag of a mushroom, as well as a little bum patch. Just a little touch…
The Louisa Dress can be purchased HERE at a 10% discount using the code Louisa10off. Or even better, you can purchase both the Louisa dress and the Mara Blouse together at discount. I haven’t had a chance to sew the Mara Blouse yet but I think that might be next on my list!
Good luck with the raffle and happy sewing friends!