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Climbing the Willow – A Mara for a Michigan Summer

By Friday,8 August,2014Mara-contest

Hi, I’m Teri and I blog over at Climbing the Willow!
I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Michigan we are having an abnormally cold summer … following a record breaking cold winter! It seems like we can never catch a break, at least regarding the weather. So when Marte asked for people to sew something from the Mara pattern to be used this summer, I actually chose long sleeves to accommodate our rather unpleasant weather.
It felt wrong to sew autumn clothes in the middle of July, but I can’t control the weather (and neither can my kids no matter how hard they try!) so I just went with it :)

I started with the size 2, since the measurements given in the pattern match Mae’s measurements quite well, but I added an inch to the sleeves and the overall length since Mae is kind of tall and skinny. I chose a lovely aqua print from Cloud 9 Organics and simply cut the front and back yokes against the grain for a bit of interest.

I made a couple of small alterations such as adding an overlapping button placket to the front yoke and gathering the fabric below the yoke rather than pleating. I also modified the pattern slightly to include a gathered back yoke so Mae is just as cute when she is running away from me, which is pretty much all the time!

I used Robert Kaufman corduroy to make my own bias tape. I like the color contrast, although I’m not sure I would choose this combination again! Then I found some vintage crystal buttons in my stash and added them for just a bit of bling, because Mae does tend to like shiny things :)

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