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help and get helped: StraightGrain

As you probably all know: it was An from StraightGrain that convinced me to start blogging. I can’t express how grateful I am that she kind of gave me that last little push I needed to start with Compagnie M. I will always have the idea that she is my little guardian angel here in ‘blogland’. I still have her Tinny pattern waiting for me to be used, but I have two printed versions here with me in Romania, so I hope to find some time to make my own version soon… Don’t stop reading until the very end of her guest post, because she has a little surprise for you! Thanks a lot!!


Hi everyone! I’m An from StraightGrain, and I’m so happy to be a guest here today at Marte’s great blog. I met Marte not long before she started her blog, and I’ve been following her sewing and blogging adventures ever since. I love Marte’s creations, and to be honest, I’m a little bit jealous of just how productive she is.


Marte invited me to talk about my Tinny pattern today, so that is exactly what I will be doing. The pattern was based on two main ideas: (1) I really wanted to make a pattern based on a basic bodice design, because that was something for which I had been fruitlessly looking before I learnt how to draft patterns myself; and (2) I wanted to use the Tiny books as an inspiration. As a child, I used to love the stories, but as an adult, I’m much more interested in the illustrations in this Belgian books series. The 1950s and 1960s editions of these books are full of gorgeous vintage garments. What Mad Men is for adults’ vintage clothing, Tiny is for children’s vintage clothing: a magnificent source of inspiration. In honor of Tiny, I also decided to name the pattern Tinny (I used a double ‘n’ to avoid confusion – I didn’t want people to think that this was a pattern for a really small (tiny) dress). 

With so much inspiration available, it was not that difficult to come up with different options for this pattern. On the contrary; the problem was rather to decide which collars or sleeves not to include in this pattern.


After quite a few test versions (pictured above) I ended up with 4 collar, 3 skirt, and 2 cuff options – good for 24 different combinations. The most recent Tinny’s I made were a sleeveless version, to which I added a faux belt and bow, and a version with a tie and faux pockets. They illustrate exactly why I love dresses with a basic bodice design so much: they are so easy to change with very simple alterations.

If you would like to give this pattern a try, you can buy it here – the code COMPAGNIE will give you a $1 reduction (expires July 20). Well, that’s the story behind my Tinny pattern. Thank you so much, Marte, for having me here!

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