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Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 – A Little Girl’s Capsule Wardrobe and Welcome to my new site!

Hi folks, it’s Perfect Pattern Parcel (http://www.patternparcel.com) time again and this time the little one’s in our life are getting in on the wardrobe-building action!

But before we get to my pattern reviews, I’d like to welcome you to my new site! It’s really exciting to finally have my own domain and I’m looking forward to the possibilities that this platform offers. I hope it’s onwards and upwards!

Ok back to the patterns and what a fab selection the Pattern Parcel gals chose this time!


I have two little girls and I’m totally ecstatic about PPP#2! With this expertly curated collection of patterns, you have a complete little girl’s capsule wardrobe and what’s more, with a little pattern tweaking and imaginative fabric choices, I can see these patterns working all year round! There are wardrobe staples for everyday wear and some cute dress and blouse patterns for fancier occasions.

For my first outfit pick, I went with the Celestial Tee from Figgy’s patterns and The Hosh Pants from LouBee Clothing.

top and pants

You see my little girls are action girls. They’re always whizzing round on their scooters and bikes and so their everyday outfits of choice are pretty simple – things they can easily dress themselves in preferably without complicated fastenings (did I mention how independent they like to be!) and can wear with ease. T-shirts, leggings and jeans get the most wear – things they can run around in and cake dirt on!

Hosh pants in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord and Celestial tee in organic cotton single jersey
Hosh pants in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord and Celestial tee in organic cotton single jersey

I think the Celestial tee and The Hosh Pants fit these requirements perfectly, although I hope my daughter doesn’t cake too much dirt on these!

The Celestial tee was super simple to put together. I used an organic cotton single jersey and an organic cotton rib jersey for the neck-band. Next time I make this, I’m going to try gathering the neck rather than doing the pleating to see how it looks, but either way, I think this front detail gives the top a cute girly look. It’s a great basic that I’m sure I’ll be making again and again.

coral t-shirt and pants side view

The top has the same hi/lo hemline as the Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee that was so popular in PPP#1 and I think it has the same relaxed vibe. I made this pattern up in age four for my three-year old and it is a bit wide around the neck but she can get away with it and hopefully it’ll see her through to next summer as well.

The Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing in Liberty Art Fabrics baby cord cotton
The Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing in Liberty Art Fabrics baby cord cotton

The Hosh Pants were also easy to make. The pattern suggests using light to mid-weight stretch woven fabrics so I used a baby cord cotton from Liberty Art Fabrics from my stash. I really love these pants, so practical and stylish. They’re like a skinny jean cut with nice slim legs but with enough ease to not restrict movement. An ingenious design!

The Hosh Pants waistband
The Hosh Pants waistband

They have an elasticated waistband but what really sets them apart from most elasticated waisted kid’s pants IMO is the waistband shaping. The waistband is lower at the front and the elastic is only in the back waistband piece. This dip in the front nicely accommodates my three year olds little baby Buddha belly (we can all associate with that problem, right?!) so the elastic doesn’t cut her in half which often happens with regular elastic waisted pants. The elastic section is also adjustable.

Adjustable waistband in The Hosh Pants
Adjustable waistband in The Hosh Pants

I’m a little jealous of these pants, I wish they came in adult’s sizes, I could do with a little adjustability myself these days!

I can’t wait to get going on the other patterns in this Pattern Parcel. My older daughter has already requested the Hanami dress by Straightgrain and my younger daughter wants to have the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations and I’ve got a pair of the bonus shorts pattern cut out, ready to be sewn up. I can see I’m going to be kept busy!

All in all, this is a great set of patterns, so don’t miss out! This offer is for a limited time only. You snooze, you lose my friends, so head over to www.patternparcel.com now!

Please leave a link in the comments below, I’d love to see what you make from PPP#2!

Happy sewing,




A Mini European Union and Collegien Giveaway!

We’re jumping for joy here at YoSaMi over this festively-coloured make and our first ever Giveaway!


It struck me as I finished this dress that it’s a micro European union of sorts!

Organic cotton sweatshirt dress
Organic cotton sweatshirt dress

It was sewn by a Brit, using a Danish pattern design (http://www.minikrea.dk). It’s made out of cotton sweatshirt fabric bought from a German fabric supplier (http://www.lebenskleidung.com) and organically grown in Turkey ( a European wannabe!). It’s accessorised with French made tights and slipper socks (http://en.collegien-shop.com)and finally so as not to neglect the immigrants to Europe, it’s modeled by my dual nationality British and Japanese daughter!

Minikrea Anorak Pattern - 30500
Minikrea Anorak Pattern – 30500

It’s the Minikrea Anorak – 30500 pattern that I’ve made before. I used my existing pre-cut child size age four pattern and made the dress version again.

Variations of the pattern
Variations of the pattern

I really like the Minikrea children’s patterns because they’re multi-sized – this one is age four to ten, and the pattern envelopes always include lots of ideas for variations of the pattern including optional extra pattern pieces.

Optional cuff pieces
Optional cuff pieces

I made the dress up in organic cotton sweatshirt fabric from Lebenskleidung as before but this fabric is their mid-weight sweaterknit so I decided to line the dress with organic cotton rib knit jersey also from Lebenskleidung. The pattern is lined so it was straightforward to follow the instructions to do this. The upside is,  the dress is now reversible.


I used my overlocker machine to sew most of the seams and then topstitched with my regular sewing machine and a jersey needle around the hem and hood opening.

Topstitching on hood
Topstitching on hood

My only problem now is that I have to sew another one for my youngest daughter, but this size is still a bit too big on her!


We styled this dress with these lovely tights gifted to us by Collegien and which we are very grateful for! They are really great quality, made from long-fibre Egyptian cotton and they are a really nice thickness – warm and robust but not too thick and bulky and they come in the widest selection of yummy colours you could imagine!

Collegien tights and slipper socks
Collegien tights and slipper socks

Which finally brings us to The Giveaway!

Collegien slipper socks - they're French!
Collegien slipper socks – they’re French!

The Giveaway Lowdown

The lovely folks over at Collegien are offering a lucky reader the chance to choose any one item from the Collegien online shop. (I don’t envy you trying to choose only one item though – everything is so tempting in that shop!)

Also don’t forget to stop by Collegien on Facebook too and ‘like’ them if you do!

How cool are these?!!?
How cool are these?!!?  Image courtesy of Collegien

The offer is open worldwide but the postage is only covered within Europe –  you would have to pay the difference yourself to have it shipped outside of Europe.

How to Enter

Just leave an answer to the following question in the comments below:-

What are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking this year?

I’ll draw a winner at random and post it on the blog on Monday 2nd December 2013.

I wish you luck and have a great weekend,


Minikrea Anorak 30500 review

It feels like a while since my last post and honestly I don’t seem to have had much time to sew or blog since the new school term began! It’s getting closer to winter every day and I haven’t even really begun my autumn sewing!

But onwards and upwards as they say. No time to dwell on what’s not been done! So I’m reviewing a kid’s pattern that I actually made last year, although these photos of my daughter were taken about a month ago.

The sleeves aren't quite as long as they appear here, it's just my daughter being an uncooperative model and keeping her hands inside the sleeves.
The sleeves aren’t quite as long as they appear here, it’s just my daughter being an uncooperative model and keeping her hands inside the sleeves.

This is ‘Anorak – 30500’ by Minikrea, a Danish children’s pattern company. Minikrea have a large selection of kid’s patterns and this is the first that I’ve tried so far. The patterns are written in Danish but you can download English instructions from their website – www.minikrea.dk.

‘Anorak’ is a hooded pullover or dress pattern that comes in sizes age four to ten and I made the size age four.

More like a sweatshirt dress than a top
More like a sweatshirt dress than a top

As you can see in the photo, the sizing is quite generous. My daughter’s five and half and it’s more of a dress on her than a top.

I think the pattern makes a cute sweatshirt dress for girls. My daughter isn’t very keen on dresses at the moment – she’s into climbing trees and other not very dress-worthy activities so she insisted on wearing trousers under the dress so she can break out into action at a moments notice!

Practical hood
Practical hood

This dress is ideal for active kids. The styling of it reminds me of Finnish kid’s clothing brand, ‘Finkid’ which I love. The pattern’s designed for fleece or sweatshirt knit fabrics and is simple to make.  It’s practical and cosy with the hood but with some cute details too, like the front patch pocket.

Patch pocket
Patch pocket

I used a natural coloured organic sweatshirt-knit from www.lebenskleidung.de to make this. It’s a heavy duty sweater knit fabric and is super fluffy on the inside making it really cosy and warm. I bought ten metres of this last year when there was a sale on with the intention of dyeing some but I haven’t got round to that yet. I have made a pair of pants for me and a sweatshirt from BurdaStyle patterns from last year and they are really comfy to wear at home.

If you haven’t already checked them out, I highly recommend a virtual visit to Lebenskleidung or an actual visit if you happen to be in Berlin, Germany. The company is German but all the staff speak English and the website is also available in English.

I first met them at Munich Fabric Start, (the twice yearly fashion industry fabric trade fair held in Munich) and whilst most of what’s on offer at this fair is beyond the scope of the home sewist – unless you’re in need of a few thousand metres of fabric of course which is quite a few maxi dresses – but there are some gems within our reach and Lebenskleidung is one of them.

Lebenskleidung is a retailer of organic fabrics, both woven and jersey knits which is primarily for B2B but the minimum order is five metres so I think that it is also within the reach of the rest of us. It has a vast variety of fabrics on offer at reasonable prices.


I used some of their cotton batiste woven fabric on the inside of the hood and on the front pocket on this sweatshirt dress to give it a bit of detail. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

organic cotton printed batiste used to add detail inside the hood and on the patch front pocket
organic cotton printed batiste used to add detail inside the hood and on the patch front pocket

Lebenskleidung have an interesting system for ordering new fabrics too. They have a regular stock of basic knits and woven fabrics and they also offer group bulk buys on other fabrics. You can chip in with a minimum individual order of five metres and be part of a larger group collective order. If collectively enough people place orders to reach the minimum amount needed for production then the order is successful and is processed but if not enough people collectively want it, then it doesn’t go through to production.

The company also actively encourage and showcase new emerging German designers who are using their fabrics and you can check them out on their website. I tried to persuade them to release patterns from these new designers when I met them this year at the fair. Of course I was only joking with them but maybe if enough of us ‘lobby’ them, then it may happen!! They were wearing some very cool knit tops from German designers, when I met them, that I would love to make!

Anyway back to the dress. I also used natural coloured organic cotton rib knit (also from Lebenskleidung) for the cuffs.

Organic cotton rib knit used for cuffs
Organic cotton rib knit used for cuffs

I’m no expert when it comes to sewing with knits, they still intimidate me a lot if truth be known, but this was really easy to sew and with good results I think – even my daughter likes it and she’s particularly difficult to please!

Have a great week,


Citronille patterns no. 181 ‘Susanne’

I mentioned the French pattern company Citronille in my last post and so I thought I’d add a quick review of their dress no. 181 ‘Susanne’.

I have this pattern in the children’s and adults version.  The children’s sizing ranges from two years to eight and the adults one in French sizes 36 to 46, although I’ve only made this up in children’s age two and four so far.

The pattern is really simple and easy to make and the instructions are available in French but they also have an English version.  I have the pattern in French and even though my French isn’t that good it doesn’t matter – you don’t need to be fluent in the language to be able to make sense of the patterns because the instructions are also illustrated for most of the steps.

I’ve made this dress several times mainly because it is so quick to make and easy for the kiddies to wear but I only have photos of one of them to share with you here.

Citronille pattern 'Susanne' Japanese double gauze cotton

I believe that the sizing is a tad on the small side because I think that this was the age four size and here it’s being modeled by my not-yet-two-and-a-half year old!  So the sizes run from age two then four, six then eight so I would suggest that if you are between sizes then it may be better to size up.  The only issue that we’ve experienced with this, is that the dress is just a little too wide across the shoulders and slips off a bit but she’ll grow into it soon, right!?

I made it up in this double gauze Japanese cotton designed by Kayo Horaguchi in the pink colour-way. I really love this interesting double border print with its crazy mix of giraffes and climbing foliage and leopards and think that it suits this dress design really well.  What do you think?

If you want to find out more about Citronille patterns, you can check out their online shop and also there is a blog for fans of their patterns – Citronille fanblog.  This is useful if you are thinking of purchasing these patterns because the blog is organised in such a way, that there is an easy reference column where you can see all of the different patterns available  – arranged by pattern number and in alphabetical order of the pattern names – and then you can click on each model and view all of the posts relating to that pattern and get an idea about what it is like when it is sewn up – as well as being able to get some design and customising ideas and tips from other makers of course!

The patterns cost around ten euros each and are available to ship internationally.

That’s all for the ‘Susanne’ dress.

I’ll be back soon with a bunch of jumpsuits to show you, of all things, that I’ve been busy making. In fact, I may need an intervention to stop me making these – I’ve made three so far and I’m day-dreaming of a fourth! Don’t ask me why, I just like them!

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