Mireille – Alternative Possibilities

I think an aspect of a great pattern is the ability to alter the original design to create a new and personalized look. Today I have three different ways to change up Mireille to make it completely your own!

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Not a fan of the keyhole? You can easily extend the center front line all the way up to the neck. This will create a more simple silhouette and can make it much easier to use a bold pattern. Since you no longer have the keyhole in the front, this is also chance to eliminate the front seam (just cut the front on the fold instead by extending the pattern 5/8″ beyond the fold of the fabric)!

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And now the counter part to our last alteration, you can easily expand the keyhole opening further. I think this has a more high fashion look. This could also be a great chance to change the shape of the keyhole. A “U” shaped opening would have a much different feel than the “V” shape.

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Do you have a couple different fabrics that would look great together? Try adding a contrasting band to the bottom. Color blocking is always a great way to add color to a project and you can also use up some remnants from another project.

If you want some more inspiration for Mireille, head on over the my pinterest board.

 

Mireille – Fabrics

Isn’t choosing fabric the best part of a new project? Today I’m sharing my roundup of some beautiful fabrics that would be great for Mireille!

Mireille is sized for knits (although you could go up a size or two if you find a good woven that is just to irresistible). You’ll want to look for a lightweight jersey with a good amount of stretch. Your fabric should also have a nice drape so those kimono sleeves are nice and flowy!

There are so many great options, but here are few that I just love!

Tie-Dye

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[one, two, three]

Tie-Dye is such a fun print and it is a great complement to the boho glamour style of Mireille! Not to keen on the colors or patterns available? This is perfect chance to try out your dyeing skills (I’ve been wanting to try out some natural dyeing processes).

Black and White

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[four, five, six]

Black and white is always a classic combo. These shades can turn your Mireille into a great top to wear with trousers or a pencil skirt for work. It also makes your top versatile enough to wear to work and then in the evening with jeans or shorts!

Jewel Tones

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[seven, eight, nine]

Jewel tones add a touch of glamour to clothing. They’re also the perfect tone to make Mireille a great piece to transition from summer to fall to winter.

What fabric are you going to use to make your own Mireille?

Say Hello to Mireille

Today I’m so excited to share with you my first pattern! Mireille is a knit, kimono sleeve top with a “V” cutout detail. Best of all, you can download the pattern for yourself for free!
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Mireille is designed for lightweight knits with a good drape. Although knits are the intended medium, you could easily make this with a lightweight woven by going up a size or two.


I wanted to make Mireille for a large size range, so it is available from size 0-22. It’s also a beginner level pattern. This a great chance to work with knits if you never have before.


I can’t wait to see you’re Mireille creations! When you’re posting your finished projects be sure to tag them with #mireilleshirt and #goodnesshandmade.


I’ve got a few more posts to celebrate the release of Mireille, so make sure you come back later this week.

M7388


Let me tell you guys, I love this top! I’m not sure what makes it so great, the pattern or the super soft rayon fabric. I can’t get enough rayon in my life, I might be getting a little obsessed! Not only is rayon usually a lovely fiber to work with, but it is also (usually) pretty affordable. I could go on, but I digress…


I really enjoyed this pattern! M7388 has a flattering cut, especially for some like myself who has been growing a sizeable food baby for pretty much my whole life. I made up view C, which is the most simplistic style of the four. With the right material, the skirt is super swingy and flowy but not too much and the neckline is a v-cut that would flatter any size bust. I’m also a huge fan of empire waist lines! I’m adding a dress version to my project wishlist because I think it would look so good!


The construction was pretty standard. The only deviation I made from the instructions was in attaching the raglan cap sleeve to the bodice. I just stitched it together and serged the edges like a normal. The result is not as pretty as it would have been had I followed the instructions (They wanted you hand stitch the lining to the sleeve to hide the seam allowances). However, I’m glad I didn’t do that because I ended up having to take it apart to reduce some gaping in the neck line. That brings me to my only regret, which is easily fixable for next time around.

This pattern comes with different cup sizes all the way up to a D cup. I, however, am a DD. My thought process on deciding on what size to make when a little like this… I’m a DD, these patterns are normally drafted for a B, how bad can it be to just use the D sizing. Well, I was wrong. It didn’t turn out completely horrible but I did get some serious gaping in the neckline that I could have prevented. Luckily I was able to fix that by adjusting the seamline connecting the sleeves to the bodice. The armholes also ending up sitting a little lower than they really should, but I didn’t think it was too noticeable so I let it go. Anyway lesson learned, being lazy and skipping an FBA is just not worth it. I did also make a small 1/2″ sway back adjustment which worked out perfectly!


And finally the wonderful fabric I was gushing about earlier! I got this soft drapey rayon at the Hancock liquidation sale. I think this may be my last item from them. So sad to see them go… My only complaint is that it frayed easily, but that’s nothing that I can’t handle.


I will definitely put this in the make again pile! Has anybody else made M7388 yet? What do you think?


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