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An’s double gauze dress

This was written by An from StraightGrain for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hi everyone, I’m An from StraightGrain, and I’m here with my second Miss Matatabi Makers post.

I’ve worked with double gauze fabric a lot before, but never with a solid version of it. For the dress I’m showing today, I used a beautiful chartreuse double gauze from Frances’ shop. I combined it with a left-over of triangles fabric from my stash.

The feel and quality of the fabric is comparable to that of Nani Iro double gauze. Ideal for a hot Summer day, but not too thin for colder days.

The design of this dress is a bit of an experiment. I used the pleating detail earlier in a dress for Norah’s baby sister, and decided to check out whether it would work for a 4-year old too. I think it does. The dress is a bit too long and wide, but that can easily be changed in a next version.

The idea for the pleats was a pure case of serendipity, by the way. When I made the baby version, I actually had something entirely different in mind: box pleats of only an inch long. But the result was terrible: the pleats created volume in the wrong place (just below the shoulder). So I undid them so I could make new, longer pleats, which would create volume underneath the chest. However, I accidentally drew the lines to make the pleats on the right instead of the wrong side of the fabric, and as I was to lazy to draw them again, the box pleats became regular pleats. I like the result much better. The logical conclusion here is, undeniably, that laziness is the key to success.

I will surely be using this fabric again, together with the coordinating pink and aubergine solids which are also part in this line. In a baby quilt? A dress? Cushion covers, perhaps? What do you think would be a nice project for these fabrics?

Kobayashi double gauze : miss matatabi Kobayashi double gauze : miss matatabi

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Thank you so much An! Connect with An on her blog, instagram, facebook, and pinterest.

Leslie’s fruit backpacks

This was written by Leslie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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 Hi. It’s Leslie again. And this is my second project as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers. If you read about my first project you can probably guess what type I fabric I chose this time. Yep, more linen and cotton blends. You can never go wrong with them. Seriously. This series of fruit fabric from the Miss Matatabi shop is too adorable. My favourite is the pears with the blue background!

fruit fabric


I love sewing for my little one. So I looked at my sewing board on Pinterest for ideas and decided to make a couple of simple backpacks. One for Anika and one for her cousin. So I let Ani choose her two favourite fruit fabrics – the red apples for her and the pears for my niece. I used this great tutorial from The Purl Bee and the backpacks were simple to sew and came together quite quickly.


backpacks 1


I enjoy working collaboratively with my little gal when it comes to sewing things for her. She picked the awesome fabric as well as the cord for the straps. She was sold on the green cord and I tried to convince her to go for another colour. I am glad I didn’t have much luck because it was a good reminder that Letting her have her own voice is so important. And the combo ended up being quite cute.

pear backpack

I toyed with doing some patchwork on the front of the bag but decided against it. I like the fruit design and didn’t want to mess with it. Sometimes simple is best. This fabric is the perfect weight for a little project like this. I’m so glad I have some of this fabric leftover. I think I will make a couple more backpacks for birthday gifts.

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There she is with her new backpack. It was bedtime and she was not happy about having to model for me. (The outtakes are pretty priceless!) Luckily the promise of ten chocolate chips went a long way.

See you next month!

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Thank you, Leslie! Connect with Leslie on instagram, pinterest, and flickr.

Cherie’s Washi dress

This was written by Cherie from you & mie for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hello! Cherie here, from you & mie. I’m so excited to be an official Miss Matatabi Maker! When looking through Frances’ fabulous shop, this gorgeous cotton voile caught my eye. It’s called Starry Night and comes in several beautiful colors. I knew immediately that this lightweight fabric would make something wonderful to wear for the upcoming warm weather months.

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

The pattern is the awesome Washi Dress by Made by Rae, with the large bow from the Expansion Pack. I absolutely love this universally flattering, easy-to-wear dress pattern!

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

I made this dress for a wedding that I was attending and it actually has a little secret that is hidden. Can you guess what it is?

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

Can you see it now?

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

Ok, ok, I’ll tell you. It’s nursing friendly! I needed a dress that I could nurse in and unfortunately, the options are pretty limited out there. So I had the brilliant idea of adding an invisible zipper to the bodice. Well, it turns out that Rae herself had the same idea and not only beat me to it, but she even made a tutorial for adding a zipper to a Washi (or any dress bodice, really)! Lucky you!

The black fabric, plus the large bow, make the zipper completely undetectable! Of course, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to photograph any of the details of this dress because of the color, but trust me, the fabric is wonderful!

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

The fabric is very lightweight and has a beautiful drape. It is slightly sheer, so I lined the entire dress with a tan/nude voile I had in my stash. But because of the dark color, it actually wasn’t as sheer as I thought it would be. I think it could make a great unlined top, if you are going to layer it with a camisole underneath.

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

I made the Washi in size large and added 1 inch to the bottom of the bodice just so it would hit a little lower. Well, the truth is, I originally added 2 inches to the bodice, but in a complete sewing fail, I sliced my bodice with my serger blade while finishing one of my seams. THANKFULLY, the fabric was cut 1 inch above the bottom of the bodice, and I had added that extra length, so it was easy enough to save. Phew!!

I also added a little width to the front skirt piece and gathered it (instead of pleating). I pleated the lining so that it would lay nice and flat and not add anymore bulk to the waistline. I made a double elastic casing in the back instead of shirring, since I still haven’t unlocked that secret on my sewing machine yet.

Starry Night Washi Dress by you & mie

I love how versatile this dress is – I can dress it up or down. And I plan on wearing it long after I’m done nursing. I hadn’t used voile to sew for myself until know, but it was so easy to sew with and I love wearing it! I highly recommend this fabric, especially for your spring/summer wardrobe. It would make a perfect lightweight tank, blouse, or scarf. And I love the other colors, especially the bright and cheery yellow! I could definitely use a Wiksten tank in some of that!

Have you started doing any spring/summer sewing yet?

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Thank you, Cherie! Connect with Cherie on her blog, instagram, facebook, and pinterest.

This was written by Leslie for the Miss Matatabi Maker series.

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Hello! I was super happy when I was asked to be a Miss Matatabi Maker. This is exactly what I needed in my life right now: a monthly project to focus on and more Japanese fabric.

I used to live in Japan and was constantly in fabric heaven. My favourite fabric was (and still is) the linen and cotton blends. The medium weight ones. The well designed ones. The very versatile ones. So naturally that is the exact kind of fabric I chose for my first project. And I was not disappointed. I am in love with this animal world fabric and wish I had more of it.


I have a long list of projects that I want to sew. Making a laundry hamper was for my little one’s room was near the top of the list. I went to Pinterest and found a cute little laundry basket that would show off the great design of the fabric I had chosen from Miss Matatabi’s shop. And there was a simple tutorial by ikatbag to go along with it. Perfect. The fabric I chose for the bows and the lining was an older Japanese cotton and linen blend from my personal stash.


This was definitely a family project. I figured out the sewing part. And made a few adjustments to the pattern. And a few mistakes. My husband helped me build the frame. And my daughter was right in there trying to help too. I love that we all love creating. And I also like that my little one is always in love with the finished product. Not only is it a laundry hamper but it is now where all her animals to hang out.


The beauty of this linen and cotton blend fabric is that is the perfect weight for these kind of projects. Stuff for the home. Or tote bags. Or quilts. Or place mats. Or backpacks. The list could go on and on. And I guess that is why it is I love it so much. I like fabrics that give me options. And lots of them.


I am excited to start sewing my next Miss Matatabi project. And, yep, you will see some more awesome Japanese linen and cotton blends. And you should really just go get some of your own.

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Thank you, Leslie! Connect with Leslie on instagram, pinterest, and flickr.

Angela’s JUBILEE Peplum top

This was written by Angela from Sake Puppets for the Miss Matatabi Maker series.

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Hello Miss Matatabi friends!

I have had my eye on this delicious JUBILEE fabric for months, ever since I spotted it at a Tokyo fabric event last year. Since florals aren窶冲 always my style, I love to stumble across cool geometric prints. JUBILEE to the rescue! I love all of Yasunobu Shimizudani窶冱 designs, but this print窶冱 optical illusion angelfish are especially great.

Jubilee Angelfish : Yasunobu Shimizudani

The optical illusion of the print is so convincing, that it actually had me a bit fooled. When I saw it in Miss Matatabi窶冱 shop I thought it would be great for a billowy dress. Although it is lawn, it turns out this fabric is more like a crisp cotton shirting, similar to a light-weight quilting fabric. It feels soft and luxe, but didn窶冲 have the drape I was expecting. I wanted to make something for summer that really highlighted the print, and I窶况e made a few too many Wiksten tanks, so I was left scratching my head a bit.

Off to the Internet I went and in about .027 seconds discovered April Rhodes had released a new pattern, the Riding Peplum. Win!

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

This fabric and pattern are such a nice duo. I love how the peplum gives this tank some swing, but doesn窶冲 interrupt the print. I tried matching the print on the front and back center notches where the peplum attaches to the bodice, and feel pretty good about how it turned out.

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

I窶冦 5窶 7窶 (170 cm) and cut the size S to fit my bust, extending the bodice length to the M size and the peplum to L. The pattern directs you to attach the shoulders with french seams, which are easy and make those shoulder straps feel really durable. The remaining seams are to be finished however you like, and I chose to use my new overlocker for the first time. I may have been a little conservative with cutting my seam allowances down to size, but the inside looks nice and clean. The arm and neck holes are finished with what the pattern calls a facing, but is really a bias-tape method similar to the Wiksten. It takes patience in pinning, but is worth the work.

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

I will definitely get a lot of wear out of this tank come summertime. The fabric is so light and crisp! I think this fabric would also be great for kid窶冱 clothes and accessories. I窶冦 going use my leftover scraps to try and eek out some pouches with colorful zippers, and perhaps save a few bits for surprise pocket linings or facing.

In the meantime, I窶冤l just wait for warmer weather and hang out at home, like so:

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

Jubilee Peplum : Sake Puppets

Thank you Angela! Connect with Angela on her blog, instagram, facebook, pinterest.

An’s seersucker Hanami dress

This was written by An from StraightGrain for the Miss Matatabi Makers series.

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Hello everyone! I’m An from StraightGrain, and I’m so excited to be part of Miss Matatabi Makers.
When I saw this elephants fabric in Frances‘ shop, I immediately knew it would be a hit with my 4-year-old daughter, Norah. I could just imagine her whining, “But I want to wear my elephants dress today, mommy!”.



I decided to make a simple dress from it – busy prints like these do not ask for many bells and whistles. I used my Hanami pattern, and replaced the flutter sleeves with semi-long sleeves because I wanted to do a little experiment with the cuffs. The experiment was not a big success, though, so I just cut them off, creating little cap sleeves. I think it looks much better now – the combination of the longer sleeves and busy print made the dress just too heavy.



I love this fabric for so many reasons. First of all, it is a lovely, light seersucker. I’ve always been a fan of seersucker, but for some reason, it mostly comes in pastel colours, and often in stripes. I have nothing against pastel stripes, but the bold colours and the elephant print make this elephants seersucker truly unique. Secondly, as I expected, my daughter loves the print. She’s so fond of the little baby elephants which show up in the print here and there. Thirdly, the fabric washes up very well: the colours stay bright and bold. And finally, this fabric does not need to be ironed. Because of the seersucker texture, there are simply no wrinkles or creases in this fabric. Hurray for that!



By the way, this fabric comes in three more colour combos, which are equally fun and fresh. See you next month! ツツ

Thank you so much An! Connect with An on her blog, instagram, facebook, and pinterest.

Miss Matatabi Makers

Today is a wonderful day with wonderful news! I have some lovely friends who are going to be joining me here every month to share things they have sewn with fabric from Miss Matatabi. I’m very excited to be sharing this space with these creative, funny, and kind women and I know they are going to be making some amazing things!

Meet An, Angela, Cherie, and Leslie the

miss matatabi makers

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An : Straightgrain

An : StraightgrainHi, I’m An, and since around two years I blog over at StraightGrain. I started sewing after my eldest daugther Norah was born. I just wanted to make her some blankets, and thought that people who spend hours on making garments which are generally outgrown within three months, were simply crazy.
A few years later, I am one of those crazy people. Not only have a made dozens of garments for Norah, I also started studying pattern design and am selling my own digital patterns. Six months ago, I also gave birth to a second daughter, Ava, so the first layette patterns are on their way. :-)
I live in Antwerp, Belgium, with my wonderful husband and our two daughters. I’m also a part-time lecturer at a university in The Netherlands. I’m super excited to be a monthly contributor to Frances’ blog, and be part of this amazing group of creative women.ツツ Connect with An on her blog, instagram, facebook, and pinterest.

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Angela : Sake Puppets

Angela  : Sake Puppets

ツHello! My name is Angela and I write the blog Sakテゥ Puppets, where I spin tales of sewing, sashiko embroidery, and my affinity for ramen and tacos. I recently moved to Brooklyn, New York, after living in Tokyo for 4 lovely years. Frances and I are internet-friends turned real life craft-compatriots, and together we wrote the Tokyo Craft Guide. Many trimmings were purchased and parfaits consumed during the writing of that book. What a blast!

I learned to sew when I was young but rediscovered my love for it while in Tokyo, after having difficulty finding off-the-rack clothing that fit my, ahem, hindquarters. Now I sew for fun and design embroidery patterns with a nod to Tokyo’s modern aesthetic. I grew up in Minneapolis, and wax philosophical about snow whenever I get the chance. In my spare time I bake pie, shake martinis, and play roller derby.

I’m really excited to be contributing to Miss Matatabi. Frances, thank you for having me!ツ Connect with Angela on her blog, instagram, facebook, and pinterest.

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Cherie : You & Mie

Cherie : You & Mie

ツHi, I’m Cherie and I blog over at you & mie about my latest sewing and crafting adventures.ツ I remember growing up watching my mom sew.ツ It seemed pretty magical – I could ask her to make me something and she was able to make it, seemingly, out of thin air.ツ I didn’t really pick up sewing myself until after college and then it really got kicked into high gear around the time that my first daughter was born.ツ I haven’t been able to stop since!ツ I love sewing kids’ clothes, women’s clothes, accessories and things for around the home.ツ I still dabble in various crafts occasionally and one of my favorite things to do is stamping, stenciling, or painting fabric to make it truly unique.

I live in San Francisco with my amazing wife and my 2 daughters, a spunky 3.5 year old and sweet 5 month old – a house full of girls!ツ I was born in Alaska, but grew up in the Bay Area of California, went to college and grad school in Los Angeles, and lived in Japan for a couple of years before settling in San Francisco, a city that I absolutely adore.ツ I love being outdoors in sunny weather, watching movies, enjoying good food and drinks, having crazy dance parties and tickle wars with my girls at home and I’m also kind of obsessed with Instagram.ツ I’m so excited to be sharing my projects with you and can’t wait to see what these other ladies will be making!ツ Connect with Cherie on her blog, instagram, facebook, pinterest.

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I have always had a creative streak and am constantly adding to my list of new things to try. I inherited my mother’s love for fabric and sewing years ago, and this is definitely my favorite creative outlet. Living in Japan for five years and owning an online fabric shop definitely helped fuel my fabric addiction. Now that I am back in Canada and have a family I need to be more diligent about making time to be creative. Luckily my little girl is following in my footsteps and is always eager to help with my steady stream of projects. ツConnect with Leslie on instagram, pinterest, and flickr.

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Thank you for joining me An, Angela, Cherie, and Leslie! Can’t wait to see what you make!

Hello! If you’ve popped over here following the Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern tour, welcome!

small fry skinny jeans : titchy threads x miss matatabi

I made a pair of skinny jeans but they aren’t jeans. They don’t have a zip fly, belt loops, or rivets so they’re kind of fake. What they really are though is an awesome pair of pants made from a seriously awesome pattern. Edited to add : although I simplified the pattern to suit my daughter’s needs, this pattern does actually come with all the bells and whistles of traditional jeans. Inset pockets including an adorable coin pocket, belt loops, optional full or half fly, and the option to insert rivets. Fun! If you are looking to make a pair of jeans that look like real jeans then this is the pattern for you!

Small Fry Skinny Jeans : Titch Threads x Miss Matatabi

My daughter has a deep love for leggings and does not tolerate anything that constricts her movement. That basically rules out any non-stretch pants so when I was making these I decided to meet her half way. I gave her some elastic in the waist (flat front with elastic in the back) and used a stretch twill (this pretty stuff) so they have the look of pants but with an ease closer to leggings than traditional jeans. By the way, aren’t her shoes fab? They were sent from India by my Aunty who is currently traveling there. Love.

Small Fry Skinny Jeans : Titchy Threads x miss matatabi

It’s hard for me not to totally gush here but the pattern is brilliant. It is extremely thorough and it is clear that Laura takes great pride in paying close attention to detail. This is not the kind of sewing project you’ll be able to whip up in one nap time. That doesn’t mean it’s difficult, it just means there are many steps to follow and it will probably require a lot of focus and concentration while sewing. I don’t often sew with as much focus as I did with these pants and I loved getting caught up in the making. Even though my topstitching isn’t perfect (I think I say that every blog post!) I enjoyed the challenge of trying to get it to look good and found myself thinking about other potential fabric and topstitching combinations. I used a metallic thread for all the topstitching here and my daughter loves it because it’sツkirakira – sparkly!

Small Fry Skinny Jeans : Titchy Threads x miss matatabi

What else do I love about this pattern? Flat felled seams. They look great and of course are very durable. The pattern is 84 pages packed full of helpful tips, and very detailed explanations. There is the options to make either shorts length or jeans length, and you can pick and choose from features to make a pair of pants that are truly your own. Also, Laura gives all measurements in both metric and imperial and I could hug her for that! If you buy the pattern, and I recommend you do, you can save 20% during the duration of this blog tour with the code TOUR20. And you can now choose which size you want to print by following the directions here. Fantastic idea!


Thank you for having me along on the tour, Laura!

*I received the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern from Laura to take part in this tour but all opinions, as always, are my own

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I have an exciting guest for you today! My lovely friend Cherie from you & mie is stopping by to share a gorgeous skirt she recently made for herself. I’m a huge fan of her sewing and I’m so thrilled she’s here today. Thank you, Cherie!

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ツHello! My name is Cherie and I blog over at you & mie. I love to sew for my daughters, but recently I’ve been trying to sew more women’s clothing, so today I’ve got a skirt that I made for myself and I’m so excited to be here sharing it with you!


If you know me, you know that I’ve been a HUGE Nani Iro fan for a few years now, but unfortunately my local fabric store stopped carrying the fabric. I had to search elsewhere to feed my Nani Iro addiction and that’s how I found Miss Matatabi. Frances has been my official supplier ever since! I started out only buying little bits of fabric and using it only for my daughter because it’s pricier than most other fabrics and I didn’t want to buy a large amount of yardage. But after realizing that a toddler does not need or appreciate the perfection that is Nani Iro, I was determined to start using the fabric for me. And I’m so glad that I did!

First of all, the prints are always gorgeous and very much my style. It’s like the artist, Naomi Ito, reaches into my dreams and makes them into fabric! Ok, I realize I sound a little crazy now, but that’s now much I adore her work. Secondly, the fabric is always such amazing quality – it feels great, it looks great and it’s a joy to sew.

everydayskirt2 The fabric that I used for this skirt is Nani Iro Birds Eye – C and it is a soft brushed cotton. The print is a gorgeous mix of colors in a style reminiscent of a Monet painting. The main color is a light lilac, but if you look closely there is a wonderful mix of mint, dark purple, tan, blue, cream, goldenrod and yellow. It’s such a unique and delicate print – I feel like I’m wearing a piece of artwork! This print is available in several different colorways.


The fabric itself is unbelievably cozy and soft. It’s a bit heavier in weight than say, double gauze or some quilting cottons, but because of the looser weave and softness, it still has a lovely drape and is suitable for sewing garments.

everydayskirt3The pattern I used for the skirt is Liesl + Co’s Everyday Skirt. It was my first time sewing it and I loved it! It’s a really simple pattern, suitable for beginners, but comes out looking so professional. I love patterns that give you the confidence to sew for yourself!


The skirt features a flat-front waistband and elastic in the back for perfect fit and comfort. There are side panels that aren’t gathered to avoid any extra bulk in the hip area (which I think is genius!) and pockets, of course! I really recommend this basic skirt pattern, especially if you are new to sewing women’s clothes. I definitely plan on making more!


When my 3 year old saw my skirt she begged me to make her one too. She loved the feel of the fabric. I think this fabric would be wonderful as a scarf, a luxurious pair of pajamas, a pillow case or a blanket. In fact, when I laid my hands on this fabric for the first time, I had the urge to make it into a blanket so I could snuggle with it all the time. But now I can wear it out and still feel so comfortable at the same time.

Thanks so much for having me here today! And please come by you & mie to say hi some time! :)

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Cherie, thank you so much! You can see more of her work on her blog, on facebook, and instagram. If you follow her on instagram you’ll already know she injured herself while making this skirt but she soldiered on. That ‘s dedication! ;)

When Shelly from Figgy’s asked me to join the blog tour for her new Heavenly pattern collection I jumped with excitement. I have never met Shelly in real life but I know that she is a generous and good person, and an excellent pattern designer.

The Heavenly Collection consists of seven different patterns including several for knits. My daughter wears a lot of knit clothes and a lot of skirts, or round-and-rounds as she calls them, so I decided to make the Celestial Maxi skirt and the Celestial Pullover.

Figgy's Celestial Maxi : miss matatabi

The skirts I usually make her consist of two rectangles of fabric, a hem and a casing for an elastic waistband (my brain loves a simple sewing project) so it was fun to use a skirt pattern for a change. The maxi skirt is longer than the skirts A normally wears but I thought she might enjoy the drama of it and she loves it. It took no time at all to make and I especially love the exposed elastic waistband.

Figgy's Celestial Maxi : miss matatabi

One thing I like about both patterns is there were only a few pattern pieces to print out and tape together. I’m no fan of spending hours printing out, cutting, and taping together pieces of paper, and always losing that tiny corner piece before it’s time to sew so I appreciate Shelly for designing patterns that are simple to prepare and yet look good. I used this cotton dobby print for the skirt. It is wonderfully soft and drapes well and I think it works really well with the Celestial maxi.

Figgy's Celestial Maxi : miss matatabi

The pullover took longer to sew because I decided to make it reversible, partly to avoid hemming and partly because reversible kid’s clothes are awesome. Just as I was printing the pattern a new shipment of fabric arrived including some very cool quilted polka dot knits and before I knew it this fabric was washed and ready to go.The reverse side is a knit from the stash and I think these two together make a pretty cozy pullover. I’m not too happy with my topstitching here but I choose to live with it.

Figgy's Celestial Pullover : miss matatabi

Her Celestial pullover and her self-portrait

The quilted knit does not have much stretch so I omitted the cowl although I do love that part of the pullover. I also looked into my crystal ball and saw my daughter rejecting the cowl based on it being too hot, too tight, too something mysterious that only a small person can understand so that was another reason to leave it off.

Figgy's Celestial Pullover : miss matatabi

She loves the pockets and I love that I got to make her another grey piece of clothing she will happily wear.

Figgy's Celestial Pullover : miss matatabi

I’m excited to make more clothes from the collection and as soon as it warms up a bit here an Ethereal Dress in cotton lawn is happening. I hope you’ll stop by the other guests on the tour if you haven’t already. There is so much sewing goodness out there. And visit Figgy’s blog for a change to win a mega-giveaway!

Shelly, thank you so much for having me along as part of the tour!

*I received the Heavenly Collection patterns from Shelly to take part in this tour but all opinions, as always, are my own