This blog tour is a little different than most - it is also a competition! The version of the Florence with the most comments over on Needle and Ted will be the winner. So, if you like my version (or anyone else's) head over to Needle and Ted and leave a comment!
For this week only (November 17-23) you can get the Florence Blouse Pattern (and any other pattern from Anna's shop!) for 20% off with the code Tour20. Just click on the button below! And (yes, there's more!) if you sew up a Christmas version of the Florence, make sure to post it on Madeit Patterns Facebook page by the end of January 2015 for a chance to win a MadeIt pattern of your choice!
Now that all the blog tour details are out of the way (because I totally would have forgotten to include them if I waited until the end!) we can get to my Christmas-ish version of the Florence pattern! I say Christmas-ish because I don't generally sew holiday specific clothing for my kids. I prefer sewing things that can be worn for an entire season. So this jumper is a little less Christmas and a little more winter :)
I know at first glance it looks nothing like the Florence Blouse, but I actually kept most of the pattern pieces as is. I used the front and back pieces without any modifications and eliminated the collar and sleeves. Then I doubled the width of the placket to make it double breasted and added a simple pleated rectangle skirt. It's amazing how small changes can make such a big difference in the end! Although Mae wears a size two according to the chart included with the pattern, I sewed the size three because I wanted a little bit of room for Mae to wear a shirt under the jumper. And I would have to say that the pattern fits true to the measurements which is always a good thing! Obviously, you can't see the fit with these pictures, so you will just have to take my word for it that it is perfect :)
This fabric was a bit of a challenge to work with. I purchased it at Joann's last year, and it was located in a miscellaneous spot in the store, so I'm not sure where it really belonged. I don't think the women who worked at Joann's knew either which is why it was stuck on an endcap! It's a polyester suiting fabric, but it is more of an outerwear weight. And it frays like crazy! I accidentally caught a corner of one of the pieces with the button on my sleeve, and suddenly the piece was 1/2" shorter! I learned really quickly that I had better be careful, or the entire jumper was going to fall apart :) I thought the fabric felt a bit prickly (although my kids told me it didn't) so I fully lined the bodice with a stretch sateen ... in red of course! After all, I at least have to give a nod to Christmas since it's the theme of the tour :)
I really love the details included with the pattern! The princess seams are lovely, as is the back bodice. I didn't finish this jumper following the directions in the pattern since my version is fully lined, but I did read the pattern through, and I have no doubt that any blouse made with this pattern would be finished beautifully inside and out!
White Suiting from Joann's
Lining - Stretch Sateen from Joann's
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Make sure to check out the other blogs that are part of the tour!