I didn't think we were that bad off. All of our kids' clothes are in labeled in tupperwares, by age and category, with pretty stamps even. On the surface, we had it together. But we suffered from what we like to call avalanche syndrome. I'd be searching for herbs and spices ever so carefully so as not to knock one over and get avalanched. Same thing with our pantry. And our kids' toy closet. The kids had a dump-and-mix going on with some of their toys (and even some of their puzzles!) so there was so much to sort through. And these kids of mine - they're packrats I tell ya. They don't want to throw anything away.
But we got it done and it feels so, so good. Our house is more peaceful. I feel like I can be single-focused during the day instead of feeling like I'm being pulled in a million directions... like worrying if I'll get avalanched. Or having that nagging feeling like I should organize this or that space. So yeah, it's great. I highly recommend it. And we celebrated with Make Your House a Hotel Night.
The declutter freed me up to do some weekday sewing for a change, so I made this Mini Marthe Tunic.
I absolutely love Sophie's version. Then Lorene also recommended this very same pattern to me and I figured the top was begging to be made. I had no choice in the matter. ;) I really love this style so much.
The pattern is written in French and Google Translate didn't do a great job of translating for me. For example, it told me to put the fabric 'in law to in law' which I'm assuming means right sides together. (?)
But most of the instructions were lost in translation. Thankfully it's a pretty simple pattern.
I got the feeling I was suppose to add a seam allowance. There was a double negative in the sentence, something like "Do not not add the seam allowance" which I assume means add the seam allowances? Not sure. So I did.
The finishing instructions were sparse. To finish the back it simply said, "Finish the back using your preferred method : zip, button, etc." This normally would not be difficult for me, except that this dress is not lined. I'm used to working with lined bodices. So I used the same method as I used for my Hattie dress which was also unlined. It worked and it's easy.
One technique I learned while making this dress was to finish the neckline with an invisible binding using Rae's tutorial. Her tutorial was written for knits but works for wovens, too, except you don't stretch the bias. I would never have thought to finish it this way, but I kept studying Sophie's dress to see how she finished it. I think this is the method she used. (Am I right, Sophie?) I really like this method. It's a clean finish, similar to a facing, but easier.
I cut the size 6 in length and the sleeves were a little bit short, even though Tia is on the shorter side. So if you planned to keep them unrolled you may want to keep that in mind.
I would have preferred to make this a dress instead of a tunic but I keep forgetting that my girls need more than a yard of fabric for dresses these days. And being it felt a bit like an experiment, I didn't want to use my more expensive fabric until I was sure it would work out.
I like it, but we're moving out of long sleeves weather and I think it might be weird with short sleeves. A short sleeved raglan? Would that be weird? I think so, right?
In any event, I need to start sewing for Indigo (which means ordering enough fabric!) because her closet is so bare. Tia's closet and dresser are packed to the gills, but she is always so, so appreciative when I make something for her. And she loves to wear her mama-mades. So I can't resist.