My name is Ana Sofia and I blog at SisforSewing where I share my love for sewing, fabric and handmade thrifts. I was so thrilled to be selected for the Mara blog action because this was the first pattern I tried from Marte and I haven’t stopped ever since – I was immediately capture by her sense of style and the way her designs look after they leave my sewing room: great garments with unique details.
Although my initial idea was to sew a Mara dress with a contrasting hem band (to date, I’ve only made versions of the Mara blouse and I do have a soft spot for dresses), my girl had a special request: She was eager to have a “Mara with sleeve-holes” (aka, sleeveless), loose enough to be worn for playing outside – apparently when its brazing hot outside, fitted clothes are not as appealing (obviously, I can relate to that).
She also requested a specific print and paired it with a couple vintage wood buttons handpicked by her from our (common) stash. I did had a say with the piping … I’m might be a bit biased, but I do love the tiny pintucks bellow the front yoke – see, Marte’s unique details
To be honest, I loved sewing this sleeveless Mara version as per my girl request but I missed using one of the sleeves provided with the Mara blouse pattern (I had my eyes set on the butterfly sleeves – probably my favorite sleeve from the different options avaliable).
Marte did an amazing job with the Mara pattern and since it was released she updated with additional options, like the flutter sleeves and the dress option (that is still high on my sewing list), which is why I find it to be a staple for anyone sewing for girls. If you haven’t tried it, you need to (that’s a friendly advice).
Ana Sofia www.sisforsewing.wordpress.com