Today I get to be in the Extraordinary Girl Tour. This is a pattern by Filles à Maman. It was my first time working with a pattern from this designer and I couldn't be happier about it. I had all sorts of problems in the way when I started it. It seemed to be cursed and when it wasn't for the missing ink in my printer, it was my sewing machine chewing all the thread. But I made it, just in time for today. And although I was literaly swearing as I was trying to get the stitches right on my machine, I was so happy about my two shirts when I finished them.
This pattern comes in girls (12M-14Y) and women sizes (XS-XXL), but you know right? I fit into the girl's size so I only had to print from one pattern. I did girl's size 14 for myself and size 3 for my daughter. The pattern comes with print by layers option, which for someone who cares a lot with waste like I do, it is just great. We get to save a lot of ink. So, I printed both sizes together, cut my pieces first, and then cut hers. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and it's a good pattern to sew for yourself if you're just starting.
I love to make us matching clothes, and this might be one of my favourites so far. From the two sleeves options, long or 3/4, I went with the second option for both. The fabric might have influenced me into it. It's a light cotton knit that imitates lace. I bought it in my last trip to Spain late last year. I bought it hoping to make myself a summer dress, but I just might have to go back and buy some more in a different colour. I had this men's striped shirt that matched beautifully this colour, so I had to refashion it and incorporate in these pieces.
Contrary to the last time I made us matching shirts, I didn't want them to be exactly the same. I kept mine simplier, I used the one colour fabric for all the shirt apart from the front yoke in my version. For hers, I used the striped fabric for the collar and the sleeves too. I also added the cutest tiny pocket in hers and skipped that in my own. She calls it the coins pocket, after daddy saying so, because, coins are all that fit in there. I love the different neckline too. It is quite practical if you're dressing a younger child, but it looks great on us too, it is easy to put on and perfect for warmer days. There's one more feature that makes this a special shirt pattern, and it is the high low design. I would like it better if the bigger sizes would have been a little more accentuated, but that's fine too.
This is perfect for Spring. The days have been a little warmer and less windy these last couple of days, and I keep dreaming of a few of these shirts. They really are so comfortable I swear I could live in one of these through Spring. The best thing about this though, was our 5 minute-lots-of-fun photoshot. How I loved it!!! My daughter has been in a no photos mood for a while now, so I really feel lucky to get these great photos of her holding me, looking at the camera, smiling and enjoying the moment. That's how I want out photos to be, always.
If you want to get this pattern, do it before the end of the tour because it's on sale. Quite worth it to buy the bundle of both girl's and women's sizes. Just picture you and your little girl wearing these beauties and I am sure you won't resist. You can also try your luck, entering the giveaway below.
Don't forget to visit all the other ladies in this tour for more ideas on how to sew your Extraordinary Girl shirt for the extraordinary girl in your life!!!
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Disclaimer: I was given a Free copy of the pattern for this tour, but all opinions are sincere of my own.