Monday, March 19, 2018

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to be a part of another Coffee + Thread blog tour! I have so much love for Olga's designs that it is such a good feeling to be asked to showcase one of her patterns. ❤️ 

When Claudia asked if I would like to sew up a Nina Blouse for the tour....I was really pumped because I adore Olga's patterns and also thought it could help re-ignite my passion for sewing which has been a little lost lately. There was a moment when I thought I wouldn't be able to do it due to work commitments, but Claudia assured me it was a fast sew. She was absolutely right! So fast that I managed to sew up two tops! I will only be showing off one today but am hoping to photograph the other this week and post to IG. 😌
The Nina Blouse pattern comes with two sleeve options: cap sleeves (regular and scalloped) and long sleeves. I opted to go sleeveless. While not labeled an "option" in the pattern, it needed no adjusting to omit the sleeve piece. I simply just bound the entire arm opening with bias. I chose no sleeves because sleeveless button up tops always remind me of my mom who has worn this style of top my entire life. I hadn't talked to my mom all week, so my missing her must have carried over into my sewing. My thought was that it will be nice paired with a cardigan until it warms up a bit and then she can wear it this summer. 
The shoulders have three super cute decorative tucks. They are the perfect dainty touch!

Side note: the pictures are going to be a random mix of outside and inside. Normally I try to be somewhat cohesive but due to weather and whatnot, I went with wherever I could take a decent photo. haha. Winter and spring always have me cringing for pictures because it is always so windy and cold. And I am not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination so I just turn the knobs, say a little prayer and hope for the best. lol. The first round of pictures we went outside in a skirt....

This lasted about 10 minutes before we were literally running for the house to throw on some jeans hoping that would feel warm enough to take a few more pictures. Sadly, this was the only savable photo in that 10 minute period but I wanted to throw it in here to show how stinking cute it looks paired with a skirt. Versatility's what we all want in a pattern! 
The second round of pictures were outside our back porch where the wind wasn't as fierce. It was also when I realized that the chickens have been hanging out there and had to edit a few clumps of chicken poo out of the frame....casualties of living on a farm. 😂 
Back to the top...I am totally hooked on this little blouse. Any top that looks equally as cute dressed up or down is a winner in my book. last attempt at photos was held in the dining room. The sun doesn't hit this room whatsoever so I was nervous that they would end up super dark and grainy but I was happy to see a couple keepers on the SD card. 
We chose the classic peter pan collar for our top but the pattern also comes with a scalloped collar and optional ties as well - be sure to check out the other Blog Tour contributors to see those variations because they are all adorable!
Some more details about the pattern....

The Nina is sized from 12 months through 12 years. For size reference, I chose size 5 for my scrawny 7 year old. Her chest measures 22.5" and the 5 fit her perfectly. Joni is a 5 in most other patterns right now so not only was it true to the size chart, it was also true to what I have been sewing for her lately in other patterns as well. I think I might have added an inch to length because she is taller but I can't seem to find my notebook! I usually have to add an inch to most patterns so I am 99% sure that I did. Just remember, it is always a good idea to measure your own child prior to sewing any pattern as they grow so quickly!

I really enjoyed the construction of this pattern. It yielded a beautiful finish on the inside and out - YAY!

The fabric I used was given to me a while back (thank you again Erin!) and is a cotton voile by Avril Loreti. The shank buttons are from Joanns.
Joni and I would like to extend a very big thank you to Olga for a such a fabulous pattern and Claudia for inviting me along to share in the Nina making fun. You guys helped me feel like I want to sew all the things again and Joni LOVES her new blouse! 💕 

Be sure to check out the Nina Blog Tour for more Nina Inspiration!  Olga has a special discount running for the tour. Get 20% off with the code NINAPATTERNTOUR, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central Time Zone.

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Beautiful as always. The tucks on the shoulders are a lovely touch to the pattern.

  2. Your Nina blouse is so beautiful ! Love the fabric you chose !


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