For the Coffee and Thread Pattern Tour : A Polina Dress

Today I'm happy to be sharing my contribution to the Coffee and Thread pattern tour.  I've seen so many beautiful creations and awesome hacks using Olga's patterns! You can scroll through some of those photos here. So inspiring!

I decided to sew another Polina dress without making any changes to the pattern.  Because as far as I'm concerned this pattern is perfect already!


The Laure Dress

When An released the Laure dress pattern,  I had originally planned to make the version with what I will call the "neck" bow (ahem). But then I saw Trine's version of the dress here and I knew I wanted to make one exactly like it for Indigo.

I wouldn't have thought to put these pattern options together in this way myself, but I love it.  Trine has the best taste and I especially love her picks for her daughter who is right around Indigo's age.  It was Trine who got me on my Mini Marthe kick a couple of winters ago, too.

I wanted an oversized rather than fitted look for this pattern.  Indigo measured as a size 8 in the chest but I cut the size 10.  (She will be 10 next month!).  It did end up being a little bit too big under the arms and gaped a bit, so I brought in the side seam by 1/2", tapering it down to the original seam allowance at the bottom of the bodice and that worked perfectly.


The Modkid Sydney Dress, with Modifications

All the way back in 2010 (which is like centuries ago in blogging years, right?!) :P I made two Modkid Sydney dresses for Indigo and toddler Tia.  The dresses were way too big on them and looked a bit ridiculous to be honest, especially Tia's version.  Dan said the girls looked like Gandolf in them.  I saw Merlin from the Sword in the Stone.

The dresses were never worn, so during one Kids Clothes Week two years later, I altered the sleeves from an oversized bell shape to a tapered sleeve.  (I also played around with selective color when editing my photos! :D)

Iris took a particularly liking to this dress.  She called it her "witch dress" because of the shape of the hood and wore it constantly.


The Polina Dress

When my friend Olga from Coffee and Thread showed me the sketch for her upcoming pattern, the Polina dress, I immediately couldn't wait to sew it.  It was love at first sight!

She was in the testing phase and I told her if she needed another tester - wink wink, nudge nudge - I'd love to make this dress. She sent the pattern over and the rest is history.

I knew I wanted to make my first version (because there will definitely be more versions!) of this dress in a Kaufman Swiss dot chambray.  It has that vintage nostalgic feel that I love so much.


The Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress

Indigo is growing up! She will be 10 in April but is so tall many people ask if she and Jude (who is 12) are twins! As she grows, she is choosing to wear jeans, shorts, and tshirts more often.

This is fine, of course, except that I don't have any desire to sew jeans or shorts with zippers.  I don't mind sewing tshirts, with the caveat being that I prefer to do so when I can't find store-bought alternatives that I like.  This is mostly an issue with little girls' shirts, where there seems to be an assumption that all little girls love purple, pink and/or bling.


A Day in the Life of our Fall/Winter Homeschooling Semester

I feel so grateful to be living in a time where there are online communities of people learning and growing together. I have been profoundly shaped by those in both the sewing community as well as the homeschooling one. I'm so grateful for all of you talented people who inspire me so deeply!

I mentioned in a previous post that I wrapped up our year last year with a solid case of homeschool burnout.  I love to listen to podcasts while I sew and I found myself adding more and more layers to our homeschool.  Three separate, complete Waldorf curricula.  Classical language arts.  Singapore math. And while we're at it, let's throw in a good dose of Charlotte Mason.  Instead of ramping down at the end of the year, I ramped up.  My friend Rachel from Stitched in Color ever so gently asked, "You ramped up in the last month of the school year? That's a time when teachers tend to wind down." She is so gracious and wise.

This year, we made a couple of changes, the biggest one being that we enrolled Jude, Indigo, and Tia in a two-day homeschool enrichment program. (Initially we had enrolled Iris for one day as well, but she preferred to stay home with me and I am great with that.) The homeschool enrichment program offers amazing classes, which I wrote about near the end of this post.   The kids are learning so much and thriving there.  After three years of being home together every single day, seven days a week, it could sometimes feel a bit like Groundhog's Day. The change of pace has helped keep the kids so much more focused on their days at home with me.   And now I have a couple of days each week to focus on my two little girls, which has been wonderful!