September 30, 2014

The Mimi Shirt, Adorably Chic

Sometimes when you're neck deep in a project of one type it can be energizing to work on a quick project of a different type. I'm sewing furiously behind the scenes on some lovely dresses for my sister's upcoming mid-October wedding. Thank heavens for my commitment to Pattern Parcel -- I don't know that I would have taken the break if it had not been scheduled for me (by me) in advance. But sewing a quick knit top, straight from a pattern felt like a breath of fresh air this week amid my fury of woven fabrics and pattern alterations.

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren



A peter pan color can flirt between chic and twee, but on The Mimi Dress & Shirt by Filles a Maman it's solidly chic; I love me some asymmetry. I was especially drawn to this pattern because it combines knit and woven fabrics, and I've only done that once before.

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren
The pattern includes an alternative to top-stitching the neckline facing, but I always love me some top-stitching.


This pattern includes a lot of great options including a keyhole opening, a loop & button closure, cuffed sleeves (short or long options), and a curved hem. Obviously it also includes dress and shirt lengths.

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren
Loving all the little details, included the cuffed sleeves.


I love the look of the curved hem, so I chose to accent it with my trusty twin-needle and some pale purple top-stitching. I like the way the pale purple works with the chambray collar and the dark purple button. As I was sewing with the purple thread I had no clue what I was going to pair this top with. Seriously. Even though this was the source of the purple top-stitching thread. Good thing I went and looked in The Peanut's closet.

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren
Here you can clearly see the top is big on The Peanut -- I struggle between sewing clothes that have room to grow (like here) versus clothes that will look good on the blog because they fit well coming off the machine.


The Mimi Dress & Shirt pattern came to me as part of Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens. I'm honored to be part of promoting Pattern Parcel. I think it's amazing what they do and why. So instead of my usual end of post Love/Notes conclusion, let's learn more about them, in their own words. 


How Pattern Parcel Works

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


Pattern Parcel #5:


  • Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns 
  • Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle 
  • Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM 
  • Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs 
  • Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman 
  • And a BONUS PATTERN* too: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s 

*Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven. Double bonus! The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. Amazing!


Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win


Of course, I'm not the only one getting the word out, check out these other stops on the blog tour and be inspired by those who have already sewn up Parcel #5














But wait! There's more...

Wednesday, October 1 

Thursday,October 2 

Friday, October 3 

WOW! That's an amazing list. You can see why I'm honored to be included. Click around and be inspired, then go get Parcel #5 -- as of this publication, there are just a few days left to purchase!

The Mimi Dress & Shirt is just one of five patterns (plus a sixth, bonus pattern) included in Pattern Parcel #5: Girls & Tweens | The Inspired Wren


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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13 comments:

  1. I love your version of the Mimi! Thank you! <3

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  2. I love the asymmetrical peter pan collar. It's so Audrey Hepburn!

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    1. Right?! I can't take credit for that, it's all in the pattern. It's a great pattern.

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  3. I love your version of this shirt, it's just adorable. The pop of purple is perfect :-)

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  4. What a cute top. I love the collar, and the button loop.

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    1. Isn't it fabulous! This is one of those patterns with lots of great details built in.

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  5. Lovely!
    I agree, when you work on a huge project you need a break sometimes with a different kind of sewing! Last year I realized my wedding dress, so I know what you are talking about... :-)

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    1. YES! It was so nice to sew something so different. How fabulous you made your own wedding dress!

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    2. Do you have link to pics? I'd love to see the wedding dress!

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  6. Que bonita camiseta!! Me encanta el cuello Peter Pan asimétrico.
    Te paso este enlace por si te interesa:
    http://diymiscosasdecasa.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/iniciativa-diy-kids.html
    Saludos.

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