I sure hope that you have been following along with this wonderful blog tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste! It has been so much fun to read interviews from some of my favorite designers, see all the fantastic patterns, and hear all about Canada from all the lovely ladies living there. Alas, I am not one of them, I live about six hours south of the border. Yet, I was privileged to go to Whistler B.C. for my honeymoon in 2011! It was as beautiful as I had dreamed it would be! One of the amazing things about this sewing & blogging community that we have created for ourselves here on the internet, is that while we might live thousands of miles away we inspire each other, encourage each other, ohh and awe at each others creations, and have become friends!
I have made a few of Filles a Maman patterns in the past and now I get to share with you one of my favorites! The Extraordinary Girl shirt! I have the combo set (child & adult) because this is a shirt that translates (not only between English and French) from child to adult seamlessly! You can read about my shirt and all the ordinary things I do in it, HERE. Today, however, I am going to show you how awesome my shirts turned out for my girls! I started off with these three coordinating knit fabrics. The Coral solid was from the Purple Seamstress, the Paparounes Art Gallery knit can be found in our SHOP and will be on sale all week! And the Hot Pink solid was from my local JoAnns fabric store.
One of the things that I love about this pattern is that you can get multiple looks for your finished shirt even if you use the same fabrics for all of them. All you need to do is change up the front bodice, or sleeves, or the back. Basically it allows you to color block and have fun! Here are the three different looks that I created using the Extraordinary Girl pattern and my three fabrics.
(on my "I'm too cool for this, Mom" tween)
Coral - Top Bodice
Paparounes - everything else
(on my "I can't hold still or I might die" sporty girl)
Paparounes - Top Bodice, Sleeves, & Back
Hot Pink - Bottom Bodice
Coral - Pocket
(on my "I still love all the attention!" girly girl)
Hot Pink -Top Bodice & Sleeves
Paparounes - Lower Bodice & Back
Panels are not the only great thing about this pattern. I also love the Hi-Low Hem line and the pocket! The pocket is small and a bit of a pain to complete, but it will be worth your time. It is so cute! I found that wash-away wonder tape will be your best friend when making and attaching this adorable little pocket. You can also take a few liberties with the sleeve length. I really like the 3/4 sleeve and because these shirts will be for Fall it is perfect length for crisp mornings and warm up by mid-day. My other favorite detail is the boat-neck collar. I just love this style! I hope that you try this pattern or any of the others from Filles a Maman. Thanks for visiting our blog today! Keep in touch with us by liking our Facebook page, or following us on Esty, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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