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Art Gallery series: Soumya

By 18/05/2016Blog

Soumya loves bright colours. No wonder that she made this super sunny outfit for her daughter. I love it so so much. This is for me the typical ‘Soumya style’. A super bright outfit that matches so beautiful with her lovely daughter! Thanks a lot Soumya for the sunshine on this not so sunny day! (In Belgium! ) ;)

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When Marte said that we would work with Art Gallery fabrics for this blogpost, I was obviously super excited! We all know that Art Gallery makes some of the prettiest fabrics around, right? And having used them before, I knew to expect only the best. I was conjuring up a dozen ideas for what I would make with this particular set of fabrics; but when I actually set sight on them I knew exactly what they were meant to be – the Lotta skirt..

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..and an Ileana shirt.

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I have always liked the Ileana dress pattern, especially it’s cute bodice styling. Since I didn’t want to make yet another dress for V, I chose to make a shirt out of the pattern. I had a lot of fun making all those changes and learning a ton on the way!

…like finishing the arm holes with bias strips

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…adding a back yoke to the bodice

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…sewing a curved hem and finishing it with a bias strip

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…adding a shoulder patch

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…and of course, converting the faux button placket to an actual working one!

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You can read more about how I made these changes here.

I like that the outfit can be dressed up..

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…or dressed down, depending on how you wear the shirt.

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I also absolutely love the iridescent quality of the two fabrics; put this outfit out under sunlight and my, it’s beautiful!

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There is a just a gorgeous interplay of light and color happening every time!

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With the skirt I didn’t really make any changes; it’s such a pretty pattern by itself (Did I tell you yet that I have a weakness for those adorable little pocket flaps?!) And the fit was bang on! I didn’t have to use any buttonhole elastic for this one.

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Thankfully, Marte has some good instructions for sewing on the invisible zipper for the skirt. Nothing quite like that to give an outfit a neat and professional finish.

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Thanks to Art Gallery and Marte, I got an opportunity to sew something very different from my usual style. I am glad I tried something new because now I love it! Hopefully you like it too :)

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