Taking The Late Sew on the (wrong side of the) Road!

I’ve got some huge, exciting, British news. That’s right. Get ready for The Late Sew’s British Isles Adventure!

In one week from today, Mr. Late Sew and I are headed on the trip of a lifetime!

Let me back up to explain how this came about. Last fall, I was visiting my parents when I received a phone call from my husband. He said, “I’m about to do something very irresponsible.” Cue the horror, right? First you must know that my husband is a wizard at getting amazing travel deals. Amazing. It’s a talent I’ve never seen matched. But it’s been years since we’ve gone on a trip, because, you know, life and stuff.

ANYWAY, he found some absolutely incredible flights to Europe. Like, cheaper than lots of domestic flights. It was insane. There were several cities included, and we deliberated for a bit about where we might want to go. One of the options was Dublin, and we decided that we could fly there, spend a few days in Ireland, and then make the tour of Scotland, England, and maybe Wales. A British Isles Grand Tour!

I’m pretty much obsessed with all things British. I studied British literature in college (and I’m a Ravenclaw for life), we love British music,  both of our ancestries have huge Irish and British origins, and pretty much everything I watch is produced by the BBC. We cannot wait. We’re renting a car and driving all around (on the wrong side of the road, yikes!) and it’s going to be absolutely brilliant. Really smashing.

So that’s where we’re headed! We’ll be leaving in a week, I’ve got loads to do, I’m super overwhelmed, I’m sad to be leaving my babies, but I’m also INCREDIBLY excited. We’ve got some amazing things on our itinerary, and are going to try our best to see and do as much as we possibly can.

I’m also going to be sharing tons of handmade clothing I’ll be wearing on our trip, including a few things I’m feverishly sewing last minute, in true Vienna fashion. We’ll see how much I get done!

This quilt is the Victory Garden pattern. I made this almost four years ago for my husband for his birthday. I actually brought it with me to give it to him at the hospital because our little boy was born three days before my husband’s birthday. He saw the quilt rolled up and thought it was for the baby, but it was for him! It’s probably the coolest quilt I’ve ever made. I kind of want to pack it so we can take pictures of it over there, but maybe that’s insane? Still might do it…

I would love to hear any suggestions you have for things we must do. I’ve got a few sewing stops on my wish list, and I’m hoping to share some of our adventures along the way. I plan on getting a few posts written while we’re there, but be sure to follow along @thelatesew on Instagram to see all of our grand and lovely British adventures! Pip pip, cheerio, darlings!

Rosa and Rosie Patterns + Giveaway!!!


The winner of the Rosa and Rosie Patterns is…..

Antoinette Brown!!!

Congratulations Antoinette! I hope you love your new patterns! I’ll be sending you an email to set up your prize. For the rest of you lovelies who entered, thank you so much! I really expected to get like five entries, and I was blown away by all the love and kind comments. Thank you all so much. Please stick around for more sewing fun and more giveaways in the future!

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Hey friends! Today I’m really excited to share with you the Rosa and Rosie patterns, my new favorite top patterns these days. Kate of  See Kate Sew has been releasing all sorts of fantastic new patterns over the last few weeks. I’m pleased to present my versions of her Rosa top for women and the matching Rosie top for little girlies! I’ll be sharing some details of the patterns, but if you’d rather skip my ramblings, there’s a giveaway at the end of the post!

The Rosa Top is a loose, flowy, knit peplum top with a high-low hemline. It’s got dolman sleeves (the easiest kind to sew!) and the option for long sleeves as well. The recommended fabrics are light to mid-weight knits. It doesn’t have to be super duper stretchy, because the fit is so relaxed, but you want it have a lovely drape. This vibrant floral is from Girl Charlee, and I wish I had bought more, because it’s divine, and perfect for the Rosa.

I love this top. The fit is easy and forgiving; you can throw it on with jeans or leggins and be comfortable but still look put together. It’s super cute for maternity as well, and it makes a fantastic nursing top because it’s roomy enough to pull up AND cover your baby. I’m always on the lookout for patterns that are as flexible and transitional as this one.

Kate has also designed the Rosie Top, which is the mini-me version of the Rosa and it is EVERYTHING, I tell you! I was lucky enough to test this pattern for her, and I loved it so much on my little flower that I made her three right away. It is the PERFECT little girls’ top. It comes in sizes 18 months-10 and it’s SOOOOO fast and easy to sew.

This girl is obsessed with flamingos, so I made her this one in this lovely cotton jersey flamingo knit. I added a couple inches in length to the peplum skirt, just because she’s a tall little lady. I also like her clothes to last as long as possible, especially the ones I make for her. (P.S. I promise I’m not picking my nose here. I just couldn’t NOT use this photo, because of how fab Nolie looks.)

Rosa and Rosie Tops

These little mommy-and-me versions are from a lightweight jersey knit also from Girl Charlee. It looks like this one isn’t available anymore, but there are lots of great prints that would be perfect for a Rosa or a Rosie. Or both, as it were.

Kate’s patterns are some of my very favorites to sew, and were among the first I ever made when I started out making clothes. I love Kate’s style and designs and her patterns are really well written, with clear and helpful illustrations. They come in PDF format and are really simple to print at home and tape together.

Both the Rosa and the Rosie patterns are really well drafted for great shape and a comfortable, flattering fit. I haven’t tried the long-sleeved version yet, because it’s starting to heat up fast here in Utah, but I’m sure that come fall I will be making a few! You can buy each one seperately (Rosa for women, Rosie for littles), or you can buy them together in the bundle and save.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Kate has generously offered to give one lucky reader a copy of BOTH the Rosa and the Rosie patterns, so you can sew a couple up for yourself! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. For an additional entry, follow Kate (@seekatesew) and me (@thelatesew) on Instagram. Leave an additional comment to say you follow us both. Winner will be announced Monday, April 24th. Good luck, and happy sewing!

Pattern Review: The Millie Dress

I simply must tell you all about my new favorite little girls’ pattern: the Millie Dress, by Mix it and Make it. It really and truly has been a miracle in my life. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

We had our family photo session scheduled for the first week of January. Our holiday season is crazier than most, because it’s like all of our birthdays and our anniversary, so I was frantically trying to clean my house, survive the holiday aftermath and exhaustion, and decide what in the world we were all going to wear for pictures. The boys’ outfits weren’t too hard to decide upon, but I was really struggling over what my little girl should wear.

She recently graduated from the toddler section in most clothing brands. And the big girl section is a sad, terrible place. It’s twice the price for half as cute. I literally cried the first time I tried to shop in the older girls’ section at Target. It was so horrible. But I could go on a super long tirade about this issue, and that would take away from the magic of the Millie Dress, so moving on…

I decided to make her something to wear since I knew that finding her something in stores would be depressing and/or expensive. I was trying to decide on a pattern and a fabric, and was feeling super overwhelmed. Did I mention that this was less than a week before our pictures? It was.

Having gone over all the patterns I already had, and all of my favorite sources for little girls’ patterns I had no ideas. Everything was either too fancy, or too plain. I wanted something simple, comfortable, and cute, but also special and unique. I happened to be scrolling along through Instagram when I saw this incredibly darling little dress. It was everything I’d been looking for! Through a bunch of hashtag hopping, I finally found the source of the pattern. It was seriously an answer to my prayers, as silly as it may sound to pray over a dress for pictures. But I did, and it was.

The Millie Dress is a FREE pattern, in sizes 3-6. There is no photo tutorial, and it’s a little more involved than your basic dress, but there are instructions on the blog as well as the pattern pieces you can download. Because this pattern is originally written in Dutch, the measurements for cutting your fabric are metric, but you can easily just look up the conversions to inches if you’d rather. I made a muslin to make sure it would fit my rather tall five year old (because maybe Dutch chickadees are tiny?) and then once I knew it would work, I frantically tried to track down the perfect fabric.

The Millie dress is for knit fabrics, (though I think I’m going to attempt to make a woven version soon) and I decided to make it up in this flamingo fabric by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics. This line is adorable and my flamingo-loving girl just had to have her Millie Dress in this sweet fabric. Plus I though it expressed her individuality without being too flashy for family pictures. I wanted it! But I needed to find a place that I could get it ASAP. Lo and behold! I found some from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy, and was so excited because she is local to my area and let me do local pickup even though it was a raging blizzard that day. If you’ve never shopped Raspberry Creek Fabrics before, it’s time that you did. Their selection is amazing and they are so great to work with. It looks like she’s out of my flamingo fabric, but she’s got tons of other lovelies!

I had my fabric, had my pattern, and it was time to whip up that dress speedy fast like. Then it was picture time, and boy did this little dress fulfill all my wildest dreams. (stunning family photos by the fabulous Meg.)


I’m so in love with this dress, and so is my girl babe. I made the ruffle extra wide on this one, because, big huge ruffles, duh, and I added two inches to the bottom of the bodice because she’s a tall gal. Instead of hemming the neckline as the pattern suggests, I added a neckband because. I prefer the finish of a neckband with knits, and it’s easy to add one. After seeing this beauty, I immediately cut two more Millies for my girl so I could fill her wardrobe with handmade sweetness and not have to resort to the sequined kittens of the dreaded big girl section.

Millie Dress Floral

This sweet floral number is too good to be true. It’s so soft and sweet and I love her in this pink. Fabric is from Knitpop and it’s a dreamy double brushed poly knit. This stuff is super popular right now; it’s what a certain direct sales clothing company makes their lovely leggings from. It looks like Knitpop is out of this particular print, but they have tons of amazing and gorgeous prints to choose from. They ship FAST too, so I highly recommend them for knit apparel fabrics.

I mean, seriously. Adorable. She’s ridiculous, by the way, took us a million years to get a picture where she wasn’t making crazy faces, but we got there in the end.

Millie Dress Leopard

This version is a little different and I’m really excited about it for summer! I love this leopard print knit from Girl Charlee (one of my longtime favorites for knits!) and I’ve had it in my stash forever. I went with short sleeves and had to do the ruffles in black because I had barely enough fabric. It’s lightweight and easy to move in, perfect for playtime this spring and summer.

Millie Dress Leopard

I love the way my little lady looks in the Millie Dress. I’m planning on making loads more, especially since she’ll need a new wardrobe for Kindergarten in a few months (I’m already dreading it!). Anyway, I highly recommend the Millie Dress pattern! It’s darling, it’s FREE, and it’s really just everything I wanted in a sweet little girls’ dress. Check out #milliedress on Instagram to see a whole lot of cuteness and get inspired to make your own!