Boy, am I happy I stumbled upon Compagnie M. patterns a couple of months ago. I was looking for a new dress pattern for Littlest Plush and I wanted something funky, with some cute details and preferably with pockets as she does love a spot of treasure collection throughout the day (too cute). I was SO happy when I discovered Compagnie M’s patterns and instantly fell in love with the Louisa Dress, I mean – look at the pretty piping! And the pockets! I was smitten, a new girl crush was born and I immediately snapped up a PDF pattern of the Louisa dress (and a few more besides. Marte’s, the brains behind Compagnie M, has drafted some very amazing contemporary patterns.)
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of PDF patterns, I find them really annoying. I hate all of that cutting and sticking and ending up with little random paper shapes which I’m not sure belong to the pattern, or in the bin. Maybe I’m just not structured enough, or too easily frustrated, or just a bit lazy (or all of the above). I just think spending all of that time doing something so tedious is robbing me of precious time to do the the fun stuff, like actual sewing but I loved these patterns so much I decided I would deal with the sticky tape. And I did. Even though I swore, huffed and puffed and two hours later I had my pattern pieces.
Marte obviously feels my pain because she’s helping out us PDF pattern-phobes and has just last week released her most popular patterns ON PAPER! Whoop! And even better still we’re stocking them in the shop, DOUBLE WHOOP! And generously Marte has given me three copies of the Louisa Dress paper pattern to giveaway to you lucky lot and as the icing on the cake we’ll add the fabric of your choice! (I realise not everyone gets so annoyed with PDF patterns as I do and if they are your thing you can download Marte’s patterns direct from her website here but if like me, you prefer the paper variety then you can enter this giveaway, or find it here if you are impatient.)
I quickly got over my PDF pattern frustration when I started to sew it up. I wanted to use a heavier weight fabric to suit the season and chose 16 wale baby cord in fuchsia and turquoise and used Corn Yellow Kona cotton for the contrasting piping. Buttons were from my stash. I’m absolutely delighted with how it turned out, I’d even go as far to say it’s the favourite item of clothing I’ve ever made her, and she absolutely loves it. The pockets are fantastic – roomy and deep – I adore the piping detail and I chose to make with the 3/4 length sleeves which is perfect for little hands which love to get in to everything. One note about using the baby cord, I love the finished dress but setting in the sleeves was a challenge. At first I thought it was just me having a complete sewing disaster but after a bit of Google I realised it was the fabric choice that was making setting in the sleeves more difficult than usual so I ended up taking about 1cm out of the sleeve head and pinned it to within an inch of it’s life and despite being fiddly the sleeves came out perfectly with no puckers. (For more tips and info about cord then check out my fabric guide here.)
Alongside the gorgeous Louisa Dress there are 6 other paper patterns from Compagnie M to choose from, including 2 for teens/ adults. I can’t wait to sew up the next one, I think I’m going to go for the Lotte Skirt next.
You can also make the Louisa dress with contrasting cut outs at the side and there are two other sleeve options. I’d use the cord again as I love it, but I’d probably opt for the sleeveless version and save a bit of swearing. I chose the split back option to give the impression of a “skirt” but you can equally make a plain back option and save yourself a seam.
Marte is based in Belgium and is multi lingual so you can choose which language your instructions come in, how handy is that if English isn’t your first language? Instructions are available in English, French, Italian, Dutch and German and your chosen instrucitons are downloaded from the Compagnie M’s website. The paper patterns also comes with his cute, shiny gold label which you can sew in to your creations. When you purchase a paper pattern also get a token included so you can download the PDF pattern too.
How to Win The Compagnie M.Louisa Dress Plus Fabric ** This Competent is now closed **
- Log in to your Plush Addict account (or set one up if you don’t have one)
- Peruse our fabric filled virtual shelves and choose the fabrics you’d like to make the dress up with. This pattern work well with either one or two co-ordinating prints. (Check out Compagnie M’s FlickR pool for more inspiration.)
- Add your chosen fabrics to your wish list by clicking “Add To Wishlist”
- Once you’ve chosen your fabric(s) then share your wishlist with us (see the image below) to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave us a comment on this post to tell us we have mail!
The three lucky winners will be drawn at random on Thursday 26th February 2015.
Good luck and happy sewing!