Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Welcome to the Tea House Top and Dress Tour! The Tea House Top and Dress is a pattern by Sew House Seven that was realeased a few months ago.

The Tea House features: a V-neckline with front and back neck yokes, front seaming, in-seam angled pockets (for the dress versions), a back neck box pleat, cuffed dolman short sleeves and two different tie options.

I chose to make a top with inseam ties (View A) and I made size 8 without any modifications. I think the fit is spot on.


I love that there are no closures to the top/dress and the ties make it flattering and easy to wear. The pattern instructions are very clear and I had no issues. The sewing went smoothly.

The fabric is a cotton lawn from Robert Kaufman's collection London Calling available here.

I really love the fabric and I love how the top turned out, but next time I would like to try to use a different fabric for the front yoke. I think the pattern has really nice and original details that are not enhanced by the floral fabric. Also, I really want to try the dress version!

Overall, I absolutely love the pattern and I will definitely use it again!
Thank you so much Emi for inviting me to be a part of the tour and thank you Nelleke for hosting it!!

And now about the giveaway! If you want to win a pattern of your choice from Sew House Seven, just write a comment on Gaafmachine's first blog post and we will pick two lucky winners next Monday 15th of August using a random generator.
Now, go check other amazing tops and dresses versions of the Tea House Top and Dress Pattern. Here is the line up.

Tuesday August 9th
                                     Rebel and Malice   || Stahlarbeit   || Gaafmachine                               

Wednesday August 10th
In a manner of sewing  ||  Sew Happy  ||  Mottenfrosch           
Thursday August 11th 
Friday August 12th 

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Its been a while, I know. I have been sewing quite a lot... but it has proving to be really difficult to take photos, whether the weather is not cooperating or the model is not the mood... and  by "model" I mean not only Teresa but also me. Hope the weather gets better soon so that I can take photos of all I have been making.

That said, I was once again very lucky to be chosen by Olga (Coffee and Thread) to test her new pattern: the Wild and Free Lounge Pants. 

I saw the version that she made for one of her daughters a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with them. The design is so so clever. 

Last winter all cool kids were wearing these cute socks with faces of animal, being the most popular the fox socks. My kids have those socks and they love them. So, when I showed this pattern to my daughter she immediately said: YES, I WANT THESE!!

So, I am sure these pattern will be a hit! Aside from being very cute, the pattern is also very well drafted, as all of Olga's patterns.

The pattern comes with sizes 9/12 months through 12 years and with two views. In view A, you can choose to add the animals faces (kitty, puppy, bear, mouse and fox) and in View B, you can use knee patches, with a heart, a star, a lighting bolt, etc.). The possibilities are endless. I also love the pockets, which you cannot easily find in leggings patterns... ;-)   

Another very cool feature is that the face of the animal is actually painted in the fabric using a stencil. This was the first time that I painted fabric and it so easy and cool to do. I already used Olga's instructions to make other stencils. :-) 

I made a size 7 for my almost 7 years-old and the fit is great! 

The fabric is a jersey knit from Joann's and for the Kitty's ears I used some Liberty in pink.

The pattern is on sale for only $5.00 through Thursday, April 28. So just grab your copy here!